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Forum topic by mw7018 posted 01-16-2016 12:40 AM 1113 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-16-2016 12:40 AM

I will view this saw tomorrow. Any feedback on a reasonable price if in good shape?

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#1 posted 01-16-2016 12:50 AM

Seems a bit steep to me. I have seen these go for at least 500 less and in better cosmetic shape, not that that actually matters that much. It has been on there for a fair amount of time as well, its not exactly priced to sell.

-- Jesse, West Lafayette, Indiana

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#2 posted 01-16-2016 12:57 AM

That seems close to what I normally see them advertised for in that (apparent) kind of shape. What they actually sell for is another thing, closely tied to supply and demand in your area. I would shoot for $1000 – $1200 (maybe a little less by arguing the presence of surface rust) but depending on how urgent the seller is they might not move too much from that price.

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#3 posted 01-16-2016 12:59 AM

I paid a grand for my X5 and it came with a shop fox sawdust vac. I had to buy the back rail and part of the mobile base. That picture of the top tells me who ever had it, didn’t show it no love. It wouldn’t take much to clean it up. On the upside it’s got that Biesmeyer fence, that’s a real big plus in my book. Question is how bad do you want a decent saw? You give it some TLC, a few tweaks and you’ll fall in love with it. My wife hated my saw for the first year or so. Now she agrees it was a wise decision.

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#4 posted 01-16-2016 01:08 AM

Probably not in the same class saw, but you can buy a new Grizzly and have it shipped to your house for less than that. At least it would be new and you would have a warranty.
Just my 2 cents worth.
I live in the milwaukee area and I wouldn’t pay that much for the shape it looks like. The ad did say he has had it sitting for several years.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#5 posted 01-16-2016 01:09 AM

Yes, it’s a reasonable price.. not great, but reasonable – provided it’s in the condition stated. Can’t really tell from the pictures provided. It’s a 2005 model, so it’s into the Black and Decker years, which is a little less desirable, but still US made. Surface rust is easily removed and just from sitting unused. Mobile base and Biesemeyer fence w/new in box extension table is worth a third of the asking price alone.


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

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#6 posted 01-16-2016 04:11 AM

Thank you all for the input.

I will let you know how it goes.


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#7 posted 01-16-2016 05:27 AM

I’d buy it if I was wanting that saw. It might be on the upper end of the fair price scale, but it’s worth it if one has the need. It looks like it may be in great shape after a little cleanup.

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#8 posted 01-16-2016 09:27 PM

I passed on this one. Overall, it appeared good other than the rust. There was no power to test run it and based on storage conditions, there could have been hidden issues.

On top of all that, the seller had ZERO flexibility on price.

I have been looking at the Grizzly 1023 RL. A new saw at the same price.

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#9 posted 01-16-2016 10:06 PM

I’d say you made a wise choice, given the circumstances you encountered.

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

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#10 posted 01-16-2016 10:14 PM

No worries… there will be another one along shortly :)
(and another after that… and another after that…)


PS: Not a Unisaw, but have you seen this really clean hybrid listed at $650?

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

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#11 posted 01-16-2016 11:56 PM

If you’re going to by a unisaw find one with a unifence and lean how to use it.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#12 posted 01-17-2016 04:12 PM


I am fairly set on a cabinet saw at this point and can be patient for the right deal.


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#13 posted 01-17-2016 05:45 PM

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#14 posted 01-17-2016 06:07 PM

Thanks Lynn!

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#15 posted 01-17-2016 09:34 PM

I was in the same boat as you. Did not have a cabinet saw, only a Bosch 4100. While a great little saw, it was time for me to desire a cabinet saw. Nearly pulled trigger on a new Grizzly 1023, but halted because felt rushed. Decided to wait til next year while saving money. Lo and behold, 2 weeks later… a great Unisaw with 52” beiseymeyer rails fell in my lap. Smart move on being patient. Keep eyes on craigslist and local auctions for those great deals. In mean time, chuck away $50 or $100 a month for a cabinet saw. And get that little craigslist auto keyword notifier to jump on that deal. I was first to call my seller, but was delayed 24hours. Upon pickup, he said 3 other people called to snag it but since I called first, I had first dibbs.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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