Is this a fair price for a 1951 DELTA MULTIPLEX 40B RADIAL ARM SAW?

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03-25-2019 06:05 PM

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1951 DELTA MULTIPLEX 40B RADIAL ARM SAW sitting on matching metal storage with door and wheels. Extra-long wooden deck to handle big jobs. Excellent condition due to low humidity and garage storage. My father used this saw to build dozens of homes with custom birch kitchen cabinets, doors, wood trim and moldings. $950.00 My Dad, Fred, got interested in woodworking while growing up on their dairy farm in Shawano, WI. Since he was the youngest son of 13 children, he was the last to go into the Army close to the end of WWII and served in the Occupational Forces in Japan. After discharge, he visited Kalispell, MT where his elder brother lived with his family. His brother was a carpenter and built a set of 5 apartments where they lived. When his brother moved to Spokane to become a minister, he sold the set of apartments to my Dad. They served as an income source while my Dad built custom homes in the Flathead Valley for 35 years and raised his family of eight with my Mom. He used his 1951 DELTA MULTIPLEX 40B RADIAL ARM SAW to build his custom cabinets for his kitchens as well as all the doors and trim work for the entire house. During the summers, he would load up my two sisters and I in his Ford pickup and take us with him to his jobsite where we learned to sand, stain, and varnish to perfection all the woodwork in the house. What a unique summer job!
Many years later, during a church luncheon with my Mom, all the guys at the table were showing their scars and missing digits from their occupational mishaps. My Dad quietly placed both hands up on the table. Not one digit was missing or scarred.
Many more years later, my Dad had developed a familial tremor in his hands. After I returned home after caregiving him for a week following rotator cuff surgery, he pulled his ice house and popped the rotator cuff again. Refusing a second surgery, he has lost fine motor skill function in his right hand.
My brother and I decided that for his safety, we had to disable his saw. As we opened the saw blade protector, fluffy white stuff fell out. Bless his heart, he had been cutting the large Depends in half for my Mom. He had taken an early retirement to become her primary caregiver as she struggled with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. She passed in 2003.
Now he is almost 98 still living in the home he built and raised eight children surrounded by the furniture that he built out of leftover oak. He is also surrounded by his caregivers honoring his dignity in dealing with dementia and a rare anemia causing weakness. I need to sell the saw as he has developed an obsession to use it again which is causing much stress for all of us.
As soon as I figure out how to insert photos, I will do it. I am unable to copy small jpegs into the photobucket space.
Joyce, Fred’s daughter

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#1 posted 03-25-2019 10:34 PM

As far as home shop type radial arm saws go, that is a great model. However, you would be very unlikely to get anything near $950. Radial arm saws have fallen out of favor by many and simply are not in many shops anymore. I would estimate $200-$300 might be more reasonable to expect.

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#2 posted 03-26-2019 12:33 AM

I’ll agree with jcv on the radial arm saw. I’ve got one in my shop that I haven’t touched in at least a year. When I need to cut extra wide boards down now I use either my sliding compound miter saw or my track saw.

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#3 posted 03-26-2019 01:26 AM

As far as home shop type radial arm saws go, that is a great model. However, you would be very unlikely to get anything near $950. Radial arm saws have fallen out of favor by many and simply are not in many shops anymore. I would estimate $200-$300 might be more reasonable to expect.

- jcv

I think that if you’re desperate to sell it $200 – $300 bucks would attract buyers like bees to honey. It’s the kind of tool that some folks would pay allot more for but then you’d have to hold out to get your price. I sold a 1956 DeWalt 10” RAS for $400 dollars to a gentleman who thanked me the entire time he and his friend loaded it onto his truck and drove it back the two hour trip home. He was one of those guys that loved the old DeWalt saws and he’d buy up any he could find, restore them and then, I guess, resell them.

Depending on the condition of the machine, your location and how patient you are you could expect to fetch more that $300 bucks, IMHO.

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#4 posted 03-26-2019 02:25 AM

It is hard to sell woodworking tools now a days it seems, the radial arm saw especially. I can’t tell you how many people have tried to give me one because they can’t sell them and don’t have the room for them anymore.

There is one a down the road about 10 miles that has been sitting outside in the weather by the side of the road for a couple years.

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#5 posted 03-26-2019 04:51 AM

I had an old Craftsman RAS with all the bells and whistles, several blades, molding cutters, drill attachements etc. After getting my table saw and sliding compound miter saw I no longer used the RAS so put it on Craigslist for $150 OBO, and kept lowering the price . Sat for several weeks until my wife finally wanted it gone. So I put it on for $25 willing to let it go for free if someone would just haul it away. It finally sold for $25 and I celebrated by using it to buy some burritos.

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#6 posted 03-26-2019 05:38 AM

Track Saws have made RAS’s obsolete in a shop where size matters. There is still use in larger shops, because face it, you throw it up there, and whack it off, super easy for cross cuts, Usually those shops are looking for something newer though.

I hope you can realize 950, but I’ll be surprised if you do.

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#7 posted 03-26-2019 05:58 PM

Yep, price could be all over the map—$300 would probably be near the top for most areas, and as mentioned the target of $950 would be a real stretch. I have a 1946 Red Star (the turret design that Delta purchased) which has a 3/4” arbor. My dad likely bought that saw in the late 1950’s and it still has a Red Star steel blade on it as by the time he bought it the standards were 5/8” and 1”. Once i get the bearings changed out and the table rebuilt, i’ll have a few blades built with a 3/4” bore. I love the saw, but if not for sentimental value i’d probably have sold it and picked up a later Delta or another Dewalt GWI—really love my GWI.

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