I’ve come across some deals on Craigslist since I’ve been tool hunting over the past year and a half. But the one I got this weekend was probably my best.
On Saturday March 12th, the listing “Grizzly Table Saw” popped up. In the descriptiion all it said was:
”Grizzly table saw, seldom used, great condition, 120/240 V, extention table and shop fox fence. $400 Firm”
It was only posted 15, maybe 20 minutes when I saw it. No phone number so I sent an email telling them I was very interested and asked some standard questions. Mainly, what’s the model number. The wife responded the next morning only saying her husband would get back to me.
Two days go by and nothing. I send another email telling her I’m still interested and waiting.
Three more days go by and still nothing. I again send an email, only this time giving her my phone number and telling her to call me if it’s still for sale.
So Saturday morning my phone rings. She tells me that her husband bought it new about 7 years ago, he said it has maybe 2 hours run time on it, it weighs five or six hundred pounds, and the manual says it’s a G1023SL.
When I asked her if anyone else was coming to see it, she said I was the first person she’d contacted since I was the first to respond. I asked her if it ran and told her I’d be there in an hour with $400. Don’t even worry about calling the others back.
The guy had it in his basement. Which was really like a big crawl space with a walk out door. We fired it up, I cut a piece of 3/4” plywood, shut it off, and I reached into my pocket giving him $400 trying to keep a straight face.
My dad and I were talking on the way there. He hates his Skil tablesaw and has always said he’d take my Delta 36-600 when I upgraded. So since he owed me $60 for the Porter Cable 371 belt sander I picked up for him on clearance a couple months ago at Lowes, he said he’d give me $140 for my Delta 36-600. Which comes with a mobile base, my box joint jig I’m almost done making, and a half dozen 8” & 7 1/4” blades I keep for it.
Point being, for $200 I upgraded to a cabinet saw this weekend.
We took the rails and wings off dropping the weight to 300-325 I guess. My dad and I were able to get it outside while the guy I bought it from was pumping up the tires to the dolley. The three of us were able to lift it into the bed of my dads truck. It wasn’t too bad really. Not as bad as I thought that is.
It came with a pretty flimsy extension table that the guy made for it, 2 blades (a craftsman and a freud), the blade guard, the manual, a dado insert, and a bench dog blade lock (as it only came with one wrench). He also threw in a Shop Fox stand I believe costs $50 from Grizzly.
There was some very minor surface rust on the top. I put some Rust Free and a coat of Johnsons paste wax on her and she’s shiny and as smooth as can be. Now I just need to get my garage wired and set up so I can use it.
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