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Good Deal on PM141 bandsaw and PM50 jointer?

by jay443
posted 08-03-2017 11:58 PM

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#1 posted 08-04-2017 12:28 AM

$500 is pretty fair for the jointer in my area.
I’d say his asking price on the saw is high,
but I’ve never used one. The 141 does have
a good reputation.

These days, with photos online and all that,
I make an offer by email and if the seller never
gets back to me I leave it at that. Driving
very far expecting to haggle a cheaper price
on machinery is a practice that can leave
you disappointed and emptyhanded.

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#2 posted 08-04-2017 12:32 AM

750$ is too much for a 14” bandsaw if that is what it is.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#3 posted 08-04-2017 12:39 AM

$750 for a 14” band saw? I’d say the guy is nuts… I would maybe offer $400 for both and could care less if I hurt his feelings or not. They are machines, not relatives, and their ‘value’ is not a matter of pride.

And like Loren, the time to work out the price is before you commit to the drive to go see it. Unless it’s fairly local. In the rare event that you get there and something was misrepresented, then you can lower your offer and be prepared to walk away if it’s a deal breaker for you.

There will always be another one… act appropriately.


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#4 posted 08-04-2017 12:49 AM

I’m sorry, I assumed it was an 8” jointer.

As a 6” Powermatic I wouldn’t value it
much over $250 in any area. Powermatic
is a good maker with a long history but
Asian imports work just as well and are
in a lot of professional shops.

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#5 posted 08-04-2017 12:59 AM

It never ceases to amaze me how much people ask for 6” jointers. No used 6” jointer is worth more than $300. Maybe $400 if it is absolutely perfect and comes with extra sets of knives and all the trimmings.

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#6 posted 08-04-2017 01:42 AM

Ok, interesting, it seems that the consensus is that even for old American PM that these are way overpriced.

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#7 posted 08-04-2017 01:48 PM

What would be a fair price for the bandsaw, given it’s age and very good condition?

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#8 posted 08-04-2017 02:46 PM

A lot will depend on your local market conditions. Around here, used 14in bandsaws don’t show up very often, so when a good one does, it doesn’t last very long. A couple years ago, I missed out on a 141 that was listed for $350 and was in pretty decent shape. I contacted the seller within an hour of the posting and it was already sold. That says a 141 in really good condition would sell quickly here for $400-500, possibly even more. Your part of the country may be a bit different.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#9 posted 08-04-2017 04:16 PM

I did a blog on restoring an old (green) PM141. The date was hand written on a label behind the top door.

I spent around $500 for the saw and new parts to do a full restore. If the saw you are thinking about is in excellent condition (tires, bearings, blade guides, etc). I’d set $500 as a ceiling. More typical condition would put it at $3-$400 (note: these are what I’d consider spending).

A 6” jointer would maybe be $200 unless it had long tables or some other redeeming feature.

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