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Forum topic by wmartin posted 05-03-2016 10:32 PM 709 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-03-2016 10:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: band saw saw powermatic deal

Hi All!

I’m brand new to lumberjocks, and just a few months into woodworking in general. I dove in headfirst, and have a mostly outfitted shop. I’m lacking a bandsaw, and don’t want to get a table top model. I found the following (Powermatic 141 I think?) on Craigslist and the seller wants $375 and says its working. Assuming that’s true, it seems like a good deal and I wanted to see what you guys and gals thought.

Thanks for your help!

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#1 posted 05-03-2016 11:07 PM

Not familiar with it, but I think a bit high, if he could not clean it up for the pic, did he maintain it? I also dont know where you live, so that makes a difference too. It looks like a 14”, many Delta by me sell for 250 ish and some real bargains show for less, there was one a month ago 100$, with the original ”’ retirement light”, l the light sells for that on EBay.

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#2 posted 05-04-2016 12:49 AM

Those Powermatic’s are supposed to be very nice saws, and $375 is a pretty good price, even in it’s current condition. Actually, it might be better than it looks in the photo – it looks pretty dusty, but the paint might be good and maybe not rusty.

I think the whole thing is cast iron, including the covers, so it would be a heavy beast. I’d want to know what kind of motor it has, is it 110V or 220V, maybe even 3 phase, etc.

At that price, I doubt it will last too long. I’ve seen worse ones for $500 or so.


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#3 posted 05-04-2016 01:36 AM

They are good machines and the only thing that has issues are motors and tires more then anything.
They hold up under shop duty in school shops all over the country. Kids not knowing much about machines and these hold up.

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#4 posted 05-04-2016 03:12 AM

Those things are tanks and will last forever. As for it working…it may be, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you can just put it to work. At the very least, go in figuring you will need new bearings, belts and tires. Use that and general condition (particularly surface rust – easily removed but great negotiation point) to see if they will drop the price a bit.

Here is a good write up on those saws: Powermatic 141

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