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Forum topic by Honeyhole posted 06-12-2017 08:26 PM 1426 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Honeyhole

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06-12-2017 08:26 PM

Hello,

I’m new to the site and would appreciate some input. I’m currently considering purchasing what I think is a 1997 Delta Unisaw on CL https://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/tls/6166042368.html. I haven’t looked it over yet. It was used as a hobby saw. He’s asking $1000 and I have no idea what to offer him or what it’s worth.

Any suggestions and/or input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all.


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jonah

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#1 posted 06-12-2017 09:03 PM

If it were me, I’d go in and offer $750 and be prepared to pay something more than that. I don’t think $1000 is outrageous considering the age, condition, and extras. The molding cutters aren’t useful to me, but some people use them. The dado set looks like a pretty average one. The Incra miter gauge is a very good one. Craigslist hosts very low resolution pictures so I can’t tell anything about any of those other blades in the picture.

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knotscott

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#2 posted 06-12-2017 10:49 PM

$1000 isn’t bad at all for the condition and the extras. The Systimatic dado set is pretty good, and that Incra miter is excellent. Can’t hurt to ask what his best price is, but he may not need to budge much to sell it.

If you don’t land that one, have you looked into this one?
https://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/tls/6109730621.html

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Sark

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#3 posted 06-13-2017 01:17 AM

Looks great to me. Buy it before someone else does. I just bought a stripped down 1986 Unisaw for $600 which didn’t include a fence (since I had one). I drove through pouring rain to make the purchase (also Craigslist), and three other buyers were coming over to buy, but I got there first.

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Honeyhole

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#4 posted 06-13-2017 06:04 PM

Thanks for everyone’s advise. Knotscott, I’ve been watching that one as well but seems a bit too old for my liking. Now, if I can just get the seller to call me back.

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Robert

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#5 posted 06-13-2017 06:16 PM

Its worth what he’s asking.

My advise is put $850 in your wallet and $150 in your pocket and head over there..
Tell him you don’t really need the accessories.

I’ve been looking at older Delta Unisaws with no fence or wings I can only get the guy to $500.

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MrUnix

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#6 posted 06-13-2017 06:22 PM

I’ve been watching that one as well but seems a bit too old for my liking.

That $595 saw is a 1990 model… so it’s about the same age as the $1000 Unisaw… maybe just a few years older. Although, 1) It’s not a Unisaw, and 2) it’s been out there for a couple months – so it is most likely already gone and the seller just hasn’t pulled the ad.

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Brad

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#7 posted 06-13-2017 06:32 PM

To add to the confusion… my identical model (looks identical at least) Unisaw I bought for $500 but it was in rough shape that needed to be tore down and rebuilt (a fun experience actually). FYI: it is a right tilt cabinet saw, not a left tilt. To some, that makes a difference. My saw also came with Bieseymeyer fence & rails too.

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Honeyhole

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#8 posted 06-14-2017 03:01 PM

Ok. So that saw has been sold. How about this setup. Powermatic 66 with a Grizzly cyclone dust collector. A bit more than I wanted to spend but I’ve read on this site how impressive this saw is. Unfortunately the photos aren’t the best. Thanks again for your help. https://detroit.craigslist.org/mcb/tls/6157800292.html

If this doesn’t work, I may just give in and purchase a new Grizzly G1023RLX

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GR8HUNTER

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#9 posted 06-14-2017 03:48 PM

OWWM Rule No. 5: In the time between finding a machine and asking others if you should buy it someone else will come to the proper conclusion. I hesitated, only 5 minutes or so, but that was long enough, I lost this:

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jonah

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#10 posted 06-14-2017 04:31 PM

That is really, really steep for the Powermatic + dust collector. The dust collector costs $865 new. So he’s basically asking $2500 for a table saw plus some piping. No way in hell. You can buy a new PM2000 for that.

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jonah

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#11 posted 06-14-2017 04:33 PM

Here’s the Grizzly:

http://www.grizzly.com/products/1-1-2-HP-2-Stage-Cyclone-Dust-Collector/G0703?utm_campaign=zPage&utm_source=grizzly.com

A brand new 3HP PM2000 (or Sawstop, or Unisaw, etc) runs ~$3000 new.

$2500 is crazy town for that used Model 66.

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ShaneA

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#12 posted 06-14-2017 04:54 PM

Agreed over priced by more than $1000 easily. Probably more, almost qualifies as a Craigslist Posters Have Gone Nuts candidate.

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Honeyhole

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#13 posted 06-14-2017 04:58 PM

You guys are truly great! So what would be an appropriate offer? He’s also include a roller outfeed table and the saw is on a mobile base. Thanks again.

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ShaneA

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#14 posted 06-14-2017 05:02 PM

A little more than $2k? Figure the saw about $1000-1200, DC $600, Accessories $200…and that is not a steal by any stretch. People are proud of the PM66 in my area.

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jonah

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#15 posted 06-14-2017 06:34 PM

The DC costs $875 new. His isn’t new. It looks used, but cared for reasonably well. Figure $500 for that. The saw is worth $1000. The accessories aren’t worth $200. Half that maybe.

So offer $1500. Break down the offer by item so he understands your thinking. Then when he counters with $2500 you walk away. If he gets near $1600-1700, you take it. All my opinion, of course, but you can get a perfectly nice Griz 1023 for ~$1400 shipped. That’s at your door for $1400. The PM66 is somewhat better than the Griz, but not double the price better.

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