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Hello to All,

Going to an estate sale tomorrow and they have a bandsaw and drill press I like but don't have any info on. Any info anyone can give as to quality, problems, what to look for when looking at it, and what I should pay for it would be greatly appreciated! Mind you, these will be my first drill press and bandsaw and I'm on a budget so really can't afford to go and purchase a new high quality machine. !

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The drill press is likely a good one.
Both tools are ones that are pretty simple machines… hard to have major issues lurking.
The bandsaw looks mid 2000's vintage (based on the made in USA sticker) which is what my delta has on it from 2004, only difference is I have a closed base.

For the Bandsaw - open the top door (especially if there is a blade on it) and give the wheels a spin…see what the tires look like.
Tires are cheap to replace - but if they are torn up, you know perhaps there is an alignment issue that the prior owner was fighting.
if everything spins ok - and seems in good shape - you are good to go.

The drill press is a little harder to evaluate value - without being able to play with it, you cannot get a feel for whether it runs true/has excessive run-out.
But still it is a simple machine - with a pully system. Looks like a craftsman, and it is hard to really go wrong with the machines.these are both private/hobbiest machines. So other than some rust they likely have not been abused.
 

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For the saw I see the Chinese version selling at 300 bucks starting bid.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Delta-28-276-14-Bandsaw-/201282917534?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2edd65949e

If it is looking solid i would go as high as 350 myself.
Grizzly makes a great saw at ~550 new. But because the Delta is made in USA (I am funny that way) I hedge up.

But the Grizzly has a fence and will be new with a warrantee - - so the G0555 markes absolute tippy top outer limits of what i would spend on a used Delta.
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I see drill presses similar to this on ebay at 500 bucks.
I would never pay that… an
http://www.ebay.com/itm/SEARS-CRAFTSMAN-1-HP-15-12-Speed-Bench-Mount-Drill-Press-5-8-CHUCK-/191410438275?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c90f38083
the ebay item has no bids either.

I personally wouldn't pay more than 200.
But I really like my benchtop drill press - - I got the Delta DP350. There is a newer version now, but I particularly like it because i can change speed with a front crank, - so no belts.

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Ran around 299 new when i go it.
The one you are looking at will have a lot more power, turn bigger bits/sanding drums and also can get a mortising attachment (maybe)

Good luck - auctions in my area are INSANE… people buy pipe clamps for 20 bucks each, when you can get the clamps new for 15.99.
sold 2gallon Husky quiet compressors for 50-75 bucks (they had 6) but online from Home Depot they were new on clearance for 49.99

typically little stuff goes way high, but there is a more limited market for large power tools. They are heavy and many don't have room - - so sometimes stationary tools are a great buy.
As always - depends who shows up that day with a wad-o-money in their pocket, and an ego to WIN that item.
 

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My buddy had the same bandsaw, should be worth $250-$300, my drill press is similar, price should be about $200, but as Dirt says, sometimes auctions make people crazy…
 

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I have an earlier version of the bandsaw (1992) and it's a very good one. That said, I've seen several around me sell in the $250-$300 range recently. I doubt I would pay more than that. No idea what the DP might be worth, tho'.
 

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Thanks everyone for the advice! Was able to run the bandsaw before I purchased! Great running very well maintained piece of equipment. Besides a bit of rust on the blade guide it looks new. Ended up paying $175. They had the drill press priced at $225. I'm going to hold off until they do 50% off tomorrow for the press. If it's still there I'll take it! If not, I got a great deal on the BandSaw.
 

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Ended up scoring some good deals this weekend. Went back and picked the drill press up for $110, four planes for $18 together, some chisels and a file for $10, and a PC Dovetail Jig for $10. Planes and Chisels need some good cleaning and rust removal but I'm fine with that! I like to add any hand tools I can to my arsenal whenever possible!
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good deal on both

from the pics
it looks like you might want to cover the belt and motor
(a simple ply box would do)
to keep falling scraps from tangling in the belt
or any loose clothing
(herd to see if it has something already there)
 
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