Value of 12" Craftsman snowflake band saw

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09-30-2018 12:16 AM

I am considering selling this old girl to put the money toward a more serious band saw. Based on my research it was manufactured in the 1940’s. I put new urethane tires, drive belt and an Olson blade on it but it’s just not what I need. I’m not sure if the Dunlap motor is original or not. I replaced the power cord after I got it. Any idea what I should ask for it? TIA.

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#1 posted 09-30-2018 11:33 AM

I have no idea the value but absolutely love the look. I bet it is very heavy and solid.

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#2 posted 09-30-2018 12:32 PM

what part of the country are you in ??
a location may determine “how much you can get for it”.
(the white license plate on the wall says Kentucky).



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#3 posted 09-30-2018 12:53 PM

In southern Kentucky near Bowling Green.

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#4 posted 09-30-2018 12:54 PM

I have no idea the value but absolutely love the look. I bet it is very heavy and solid.

- Redoak49

Yes it’s pretty heavy. I haven’t moved it in a few years so it’ll probably feel even heavier!

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#5 posted 09-30-2018 01:14 PM

It may depend a bit on how fast your want the money so you can put it towards something new(er). It looks to be in pretty good shape and there are guys out there who like to restore old machines and will pay a decent price for something unique or rare, especially in what appears to be excellent shape for an old machine, so if you are not in a hurry, I would price it at least the same as similar sized but newer saws are going for in your area. It looks like you don’t have a stand that was may have been optional for this model so that could be a little bit of an issue for some. It will be easier to sell if you can at least set it up so someone interested can test it (probably not an issue for collector & restorers).

BTW, I think that Dunlap was also a Sears brand name so it is likely the original motor as well. You might try searching Vintage Machinery to see if you can find more information. I think that they have a classified ad section where you might be able to find a collector who would be interested in a rare machine in good shape.

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#6 posted 10-01-2018 06:08 PM

It it was me, I would keep it as a backup saw and for small specialized work. If I lived closer, I would buy it, as I love “old iron”. Personally, I wouldn’t go for any more than $75 and it may be hard to find someone to go for more than $50 tops.

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#7 posted 10-01-2018 07:12 PM

I agree with MrRon,
It is a beautiful piece of history and it looks to be original. I also love the old iron. I would fix it up and keep it because you will probably have a hard time getting enough out of it to buy a new saw of any real value. If it’s a space problem or you are bent on selling it, consider an auction on EBAY and set a reserve so you don’t have to take less than you want. At least that way you get a feel for the market.

It’s a really nice machine.

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