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Posted on Pricing Question for a Used Delta DJ-20

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#1 posted 01-10-2016 06:30 PM

Just a thought on the “neck of the woods”...

People all over the Interwebs, and before that, Usenet, will tell you how you should be able to get a killer, awesomely clean, American cabinet saw for $400, or some other absolute steal on some other machine, and you’re not looking hard enough if you can’t find the same. I’m sure they can tell you what Powerball numbers you should have played last night, too…

My neck of the woods is Southern New England, right between NYC and Boston, and I’ve been buying woodworking machines for over 20 years, and I have never seen one of those unicorn machines. I’d still be waiting for some of them, and have never been able to use it. ;^) I’ll bet the DC burbs are similar, as both of our areas haven’t been manufacturing centers for a lot longer than some other locales.

A personal story: Four years ago, I sold the General 3HP 650 I purchased new in 2000, as I purchased a SawStop ICS. The 650, bought new for ~ $1700, sold for $1700… In thirty minutes to the first response I got on Craigslist. It was out of the shop hours later.

I had similar experiences selling a 5 year old Jet contractor saw back in 2000, as well as with a 10’ enclosed cargo trailer, my 6” Rigid jointer, a small band saw, a Jet dust collector, and my benchtop Delta drill press. It’s not unusual to see good condition, single phase, PM66’s or Unisaws going for $1200, to even $1500+, and they sell quickly. There’s even a cabinet shop that refurbs older machines found further away, and they fly off his Craigslist ads. All of the cheap stuff I’ve seen in all that time is either thrashed, rusty, missing parts, 3ph, or all of the above… By personal choice, I want to work wood, not rebuild machines.

All that said, I personally have a DJ-20, and in my area would be comfortable paying $750-800 for a nice used example, but would really have to think about what else I had seen come and go. Extra sets of sharp knives, delivery and setup, a mobile base, knife setting jigs, dust hoods, etc… may sweeten the deal a bit. Even here, if he’s stuck on $1000, I’d probably leave my number and $800 offer and walk away.

I really like the DJ-20’s accuracy, super easy maintenance adjustability, and the speed and ease that the lever allows me to change depth of cut up and down. I’ve had mine for ~ 12-13 years and would buy it again in a heartbeat. There’s not much to go wrong with a jointer, if you can get good results from a face and edge jointing test run, it’ll probably outlast you.

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