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Forum topic by Siv posted 11-18-2016 04:40 AM 892 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2016 04:40 AM

Hi guys. I’ve never had a table saw before but want to get my hands on one soon. I’m too lazy to spend a lot of time sourcing and restoring a used tool so I’m set on getting something new (that I know will need some tweaks to get perfect).

I was thinking about a Delta 36-725 which is a reasonable price for a decent saw. I’m considering the price as a number that I’ll not cry too much if I get bored with the hobby and the saw ends ups up in a corner gathering dust.

However, I don’t mind spending $3k on something like a SawStop 3hp PCS if I can get say 60-70% of the purchase price back on the second hand market with relatively little effort. So my question is – is this is a reasonable expectation to get a decent amount of money back on the second hand market? Or am I better off not expecting any residual value and buying something cheaper?


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#1 posted 11-18-2016 06:05 AM

Common machinery typically sells for about
50% of retail, in good condition… older
machinery models for less.

If you want tools that will hold resale value,
buy Festool.

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#2 posted 11-18-2016 12:16 PM

I like your strategy. Sawstops seem to retain a good amount of their value when they show up on CL.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#3 posted 11-18-2016 01:45 PM

If I had $3k to spend and thought my fingers are worth the 2,200 difference from the Delta then I’d go for it. I wouldn’t really worry about resale. Why would you want to sell it shortly after you bought it anyway?

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#4 posted 11-18-2016 03:14 PM

I know you said no used saws but not all used saws need a restoration. There are people always losing interest in the hobby and selling there barely used equipment. I’d keep an eye out on Craigslist for a used cabinet or contractor saw. You could get all of your money back on the resale if you find the right deal.

-- Grayson - South Carolina

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#5 posted 11-22-2016 05:05 PM

I think I’m leaning towards a Sawstop PCS 1.75hp with the 36” t-glide fence. At the end of the day, my fingers are worth the money and judging by the reviews, people like them a lot so resale shouldn’t be a problem.

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#6 posted 11-22-2016 05:51 PM



I think I m leaning towards a Sawstop PCS 1.75hp with the 36” t-glide fence. At the end of the day, my fingers are worth the money and judging by the reviews, people like them a lot so resale shouldn t be a problem.

- Siv

i’ve seen a few in WW stores. they look to be really well built.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#7 posted 11-22-2016 08:40 PM

You won’t go wrong with the saw stop. One of the best if you choose to keep it. And if you lose intrest and sell within a couple years you will hold some value. However even a sawstop more than a couple years old is probably priced around 50%
A new PCS is a big investment to not be all in on the decision. Personally I would look at a used saw that is in that couple years old with lite use category.

-- John

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#8 posted 11-22-2016 09:16 PM


I think I m leaning towards a Sawstop PCS 1.75hp with the 36” t-glide fence. At the end of the day, my fingers are worth the money and judging by the reviews, people like them a lot so resale shouldn t be a problem.

- Siv

Good move IMO. If you have 220v, I’d strongly suggest taking the leap to 3hp. The difference is significant, the price not so much. You’d be going from sufficient to nearly effortless on even very tough cuts. The added power allows you to dictate the feed rate vs having the saw dictate it to you, which I think is safer. It’ll also work a lot less strenuously, so should last longer. Finally, it can be the difference between being satisfied with your new saw, and absolutely loving it….at this price point, might as well make it a dream saw.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#9 posted 11-22-2016 10:04 PM

I can’t find a second hand sawstop for sale anywhere near me… Either no one is selling them or they sell very quickly on the used market. In any case, it bodes well.

As for the 3hp, I have 220 so that’s not a problem. If I have the cash or find a good deal then maybe I’ll go for it…

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#10 posted 11-23-2016 12:35 AM

Sawstops are excellent (I have the PCS 3HP), but FYI they don’t typically have sales/deals. Like Festool, the prices are not subject to coupons, discounts etc.

Once a year, they run a special where they typically throw in a free mobile base or overarm dust collection.

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#11 posted 11-23-2016 03:02 AM

I don’t usually worry to much about resale. Resale means two things to me…either I am being too cheap to get what I want or not serious about what I am doing.

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