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Forum topic by PatrickIrish posted 01-04-2017 06:41 PM 603 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-04-2017 06:41 PM

What a difference 24 hours makes!

I have a used 3hp Unisaw I havent used yet. For Christmas I got the new adjustable riving knife complete sharkguard system ($250+) as my saw didnt have a splitter. I was planning to make some zero clearance inserts so I can start using it and hopefully score a 1.5hp 14” Rikon bandsaw with 3 blades for $500.

Then I come across a used 2 year old 3hp Sawstop for $2500 asking.

My unisaw came with an excalibur guard/dust collection AND the Biesemeyer overarm guard. The Excalibur sells new for $500 and the Biesemeyer goes for $200-$700. I cant decide if I should try and get the Sawstop for $2,000-$2,200 and then sell my Unisaw and parts.

If so, it will likely delay getting a bandsaw until I sell my townhouse later this year.

Of course there’s also a Dillon Xl650 reloader I want…..expensive hobbies I’ve been plagued with.


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#1 posted 01-04-2017 06:46 PM

Keep the unisaw, much better machine!

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#2 posted 01-04-2017 06:54 PM

It guess it depends on how much you value the safety of the Sawstop vs not having it. I’ve used both and found there pretty close as far as function goes.

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#3 posted 01-04-2017 06:54 PM

Which Saw Stop model, and which fence is on it? It’d also be good to know what goodies (if any) come with it….blades, dados, mobile base, etc.

If it’s a 3hp PCS with the stock 30 inch “Premium” fence, $2500 isn’t a great deal. If it has a T-Glide, it’s a step in the right direction, but still isn’t a give away. If it’s an ICS in good condition, $2500 is a bonafide bargain.

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#4 posted 01-04-2017 07:01 PM

PCS 3hp 36” with overarm dust guard, dado brake and dado insert plus the factory stuff. No warrant and no mobile base. Did the math is probably north of $3500 new. I think $2000 would be a deal. I offer $1800 and see what he says.

My Unisaw is a right tilt 36” platinum. Got it used in the summer and have yet to use it, waiting on the riving knife setup. Guess I should go whip out an insert and test it out.


Which Saw Stop model, and which fence is on it? It d also be good to know what goodies (if any) come with it….blades, dados, mobile base, etc.

If it s a 3hp PCS with the stock 30 inch “Premium” fence, $2500 isn t a great deal. If it has a T-Glide, it s a step in the right direction, but still isn t a give away. If it s an ICS in good condition, $2500 is a bonafide bargain.

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#5 posted 01-04-2017 07:17 PM

I think you have the right valuation on the saw, somewhere in the $2000 range would be a fair deal for that particular one. I went from a Unisaw (which I loved and think nothing but good thoughts about) to a Sawstop and haven’t looked back.

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#6 posted 01-04-2017 08:06 PM

The Unisaw is a more robust machine than the PCS and more capable in many regards. The Unisaw and ICS are more on par with each other than the PCS is (although it still has the same limitations). I would have just got a Delta disappearing splitter and saved my money for other tools. Amazon has them at $75 + free shipping, but Home Depot has them on sale through today for $56.90.

Cheers,
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#7 posted 01-04-2017 10:50 PM

Seller wasn’t as on the same page as me with my $2,000 offer haha!

So I spent the past 3 hours making a zero clearance insert for the new retro riving knife so I can actually use my unisaw.

Video of the new riving knife linked here. Pretty sweet piece. I’m used to using one on my bosch 4100 job site so I was reluctant to try use the Unisaw without one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNUmuD3Nc2M":https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNUmuD3Nc2M

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#8 posted 01-04-2017 11:30 PM

I’ve used a Sawstop and while it was nice, I wouldn’t want the anxiety of buying a $50 cartridge and a new blade if I cut some green wood without testing it first. Paying $2,000 for that anxiety is not my idea of a good deal.

Also “upgrading” from a Unisaw to a Sawstop is kind of an embarrassment of riches.

I’m sure that Unisaw is going to be nice and if you pay attention to safety you will never miss the Sawstop feature.

Enjoy it.

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#9 posted 01-04-2017 11:59 PM

Enjoy your new bandsaw and reloader.

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#10 posted 01-05-2017 02:32 AM

I realize you are not buying the SawStop, but I’ll add that I have that saw, with the ICS mobile base and all that was about $3,500 new, if my memory is correct. So I agree $2,500 was no great bargain since I think that setup is closer to $3,200 new. But not a crazy high asking price either. Though I can also understand someone not jumping at the chance to sell their 2-year old saw for a little less than 2/3 what they paid. But everything drops a lot in value as soon as you drive it off the lot.

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#11 posted 01-05-2017 02:55 AM

I’d be surprised if the saw doesn’t sell quickly for the asking price. I just did a nationwide CL and there is only one 3hp Sawstop listed within 2000 miles of me. Asking price is $2,500.

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