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Forum topic by pdhbaseball23 posted 09-22-2015 02:00 PM 652 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-22-2015 02:00 PM


I am new to the forum. I recently started in the wood working hobby and have began collecting the needed tools. Next on my list is a scroll saw.
I have been looking through my local craigslist to see what is available and I located a RBI 216vs (S/N: 4022). The pictures of the machine look good and the owner said it is in excellent condition. He is asking $225. Would this be worth looking into or should I continue looking?

Do you have a recommendation on a size (16” or 20”, why), brand, any specific features?

Thank you

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#1 posted 09-23-2015 01:07 PM

Im not eniterly sure what that brand is, but i have seen $1000 ones sell at auctions for $200, and have seen a powermatic one sell for $45. Good deals are out there, but could take a while to find. If you give people your location, otheres here might be able to help you out better.

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#2 posted 09-23-2015 01:29 PM

RBI is an excellent saw. Depending on what you want to do, the 16” might be limiting. The original RBI sold out and is now made by Bushton Mfg. That is one of the few USA made saws available. I believe that is an older model and with serial #, you could contact Bushton to determine the age. If it is in excellent running condition that wouldn’t be a bad price but I don’t see the variable speed control on the side and am not sure what that is on the side of the table.

-- Kepy

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#3 posted 09-23-2015 07:50 PM

If in good shape , I would buy it.

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