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Jopldangla

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11-15-2020 01:00 PM

My table saw purchasing thoughts are all over the map lately.
I was thinking to but a sawstop 3hp saw but they are so expensive that I am having trouble justifying it. I came across this Unisaw. $1500.

https://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/tls/d/montrose-10delta-unisaw/7228456004.html


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EarlS

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#1 posted 11-15-2020 01:08 PM

I wouldn’t pay $1500 for a unisaw purchased in 2015.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 11-15-2020 01:13 PM

Well, that is certainly not a bad price for that saw. That will be a Taiwanese saw (I think), but so would a Sawstop. There is an exact one to that advertised around me for $2000, and it’s been listed for 6 weeks or so. There’s also one of the older ones made in USA advertised for $3000, and it’s been listed for several months.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Jopldangla

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#3 posted 11-15-2020 01:14 PM

Thanks for the quick response. What would you think is appropriate? $1100?
My new thoughts are. A saw at around $1000-$1600. 3hp. Needs to have riving knife. I think the sawstop is a good saw, but I think a riving knife and healthy respect for the equipment might be better.

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Nubsnstubs

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#4 posted 11-15-2020 01:56 PM


Thanks for the quick response. What would you think is appropriate? $1100?
My new thoughts are. A saw at around $1000-$1600. 3hp. Needs to have riving knife. I think the sawstop is a good saw, but I think a riving knife and healthy respect for the equipment might be better.

- Jopldangla


In bold in your post is right on. If you need that saw, and have the money, I don’t it’s age has anything to do with it’s quality. But, that’s a decision YOU need to make. Not Lumberjocks. ................ Jerry

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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Jopldangla

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#5 posted 11-15-2020 03:44 PM

I offered him $1100-$1200, he is firm at $1500. I am going to pass. Thanks for all the tips LJ.

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hairy

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#6 posted 11-15-2020 03:50 PM

I always check searchtempest.com and ebay for pricing major tool purchases. Remember, there’s a difference between asking price and selling price.

If you can, do your homework so that you know a good deal when you see one, don’t wait for opinions.

-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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#7 posted 11-15-2020 03:59 PM

If you want it and it’s in great shape I wouldn’t walk away from it. Opportunities just don’t pop up everyday for nice table saws…

I wouldn’t worry too much on what everybody thinks. Your money and your decision…

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JackDuren

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#8 posted 11-15-2020 04:06 PM



I wouldn t pay $1500 for a unisaw purchased in 2015.

- EarlS

Why not? To hobby woodworker that’s still new. A lot of hobby woodworkers spent a lot on woodworking tools and never really used them…

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#9 posted 11-15-2020 06:43 PM



Thanks for the quick response. What would you think is appropriate? $1100?
My new thoughts are. A saw at around $1000-$1600. 3hp. Needs to have riving knife. I think the sawstop is a good saw, but I think a riving knife and healthy respect for the equipment might be better.

- Jopldangla

I would revise that to a TS with a Guard in place with a SPLITTER and the healthy respect and consideration of each cut you make, BEFORE cutting, will go a long way to your having all 10 fangers in good shape when you die of old age in your sleep.

An RK is just a splitter that moves up and down, this might allow for a possible non through cut, but Shark guard offers splitters in 3 heights, the lower of which can keep the splitter there when you Dado. But it isn’t non through cuts where most are getting injured anyhow.

So that opens it up to a lot of TS’s for sale.

If all those people actually did have a guard on their saw, we wouldn’t keep hearing about people whacking off fingers. I couldn’t see the cut, and I can’t figure out how to cut something skinny with the guard on, are both lame, and excuses that have easy answers.

-- Think safe, be safe

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bigJohninvegas

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#10 posted 11-15-2020 07:22 PM

If that saw is only 5 years old it should have a factory riving knife, and maybe the owner has the guards too.

And I agree with your offer of $1100/$1200. That saw was most likely around 2k 5 years ago. thats just a guess, and maybe I’m wrong here. But we did take that 25% tariff hit a while back. The saw owner is showing a screen shot form his amazon app that says he purchased the saw in 2015. But amazon will show todays price, not what he paid 5 years ago. For him it says $2759. MY search just now is $40.00 higher at $2799. That’s normal for amazon. I’ve looked up items in the morning, and go back in the afternoon to find a higher price.

And looking at this saw on amazon just now. the 36” fence version is the most expensive at $2895, and the
5hp with a 52” fence is the least expensive at $2672. go figure.
If the saw is still offered in a week or two, I would offer $1100 again.

https://www.amazon.com/36-L336-Unisaw-36-Inch-Biesemeyer-System/dp/B002YQDKM8?th=1

-- John

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Jopldangla

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#11 posted 11-16-2020 03:04 AM

Thanks John. I think those are some valid points (tarrifs and prices increasing due to this). I will keep an eye on it. I have my eye on a jet as well.


If that saw is only 5 years old it should have a factory riving knife, and maybe the owner has the guards too.

And I agree with your offer of $1100/$1200. That saw was most likely around 2k 5 years ago. thats just a guess, and maybe I m wrong here. But we did take that 25% tariff hit a while back. The saw owner is showing a screen shot form his amazon app that says he purchased the saw in 2015. But amazon will show todays price, not what he paid 5 years ago. For him it says $2759. MY search just now is $40.00 higher at $2799. That s normal for amazon. I ve looked up items in the morning, and go back in the afternoon to find a higher price.

And looking at this saw on amazon just now. the 36” fence version is the most expensive at $2895, and the
5hp with a 52” fence is the least expensive at $2672. go figure.
If the saw is still offered in a week or two, I would offer $1100 again.

https://www.amazon.com/36-L336-Unisaw-36-Inch-Biesemeyer-System/dp/B002YQDKM8?th=1

- bigJohninvegas


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AlaskaGuy

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#12 posted 11-16-2020 08:42 AM



If you want it and it s in great shape I wouldn t walk away from it. Opportunities just don t pop up everyday for nice table saws…

I wouldn t worry too much on what everybody thinks. Your money and your decision…

- JackDuren


+1

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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seakuv

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#13 posted 11-16-2020 02:53 PM

Not sure what the market for used tablesaws (good ones!) is like in your area, but around here they aren’t very common. I think that you might want to compare the $1500 asking price to what it would cost you to buy a new one. By my math, that makes that used saw price look a lot more attractive… Good luck with your hunt for a new tablesaw!

-- DaveS, Montana

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MrUnix

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#14 posted 11-16-2020 05:55 PM

Check to see where it was made… IIRC, they moved production overseas around 2014 but US made versions were still in the supply for a long while. The US made machines (36-L352) were selling for around $3400 +/-, and the newer imported ones dropped in price significantly. If the machine in question was one of the last US made machines, then $1500 is a very reasonable price IMO for one in excellent condition like that one appears to be.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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