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Forum topic by Bro240 posted 02-15-2017 05:19 PM 969 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bro240

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02-15-2017 05:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw

Hey gang, first post (hopefully of many)!

I’m a bit of a novice in woodworking. My biggest projects thus far have been a Cedar porch swing and a mantle built out of MDF.

An opportunity has come up to buy an early/mid 90s Roland X31 for $800. Owner says he has all accessories. Is this a decent price?

I’ve had my eye on used Powermatics/ Delta’s but this seems like an intriguing option. From what I’ve read they can be hard to align but are solid. I like the idea of having so many tools in one machine.

I look forward to posting much more as my woodworking develops.

Thanks for your help!


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#1 posted 02-15-2017 05:29 PM

Get off your computer and go get it!! Someone else is going to beat you to it. If all three motors run and there are no major broken parts that is an unbelievable deal. I would expect to see a used price on those machines anywhere from $2000-4000.

If you’re considering a combination machine, that is a great one! I can’t say I’ve used one myself, but I’ve heard a good bit about Robland machines and they have a great reputation for quality. At least on par with Powermatic and Delta in their glory years, but possibly a bit more professional grade. You should be able to find reviews online by googling the model number.

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#2 posted 02-15-2017 06:54 PM

Thanks for your response. My main concern is it seems like there are issues with the accuracy/consistency of machine, particularly with the planer. Even though it is a good deal, I would rather have a separate table saw and planer for about the same price if the accuracy isn’t there. Although, having the ability to use a 12” jointer is pretty sweet.

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#3 posted 02-15-2017 07:38 PM

That’s a good deal on that machine. The planer
and jointer work well and accurate results
are possible. If desired the jointer tables
can be reground.

I had a Robland XSD for a few years an did
professional work on it.

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John

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#4 posted 02-15-2017 11:28 PM

I have a XSD. It is basically the jointer/planer half of the X31. For that price i would say go for it. I am happy with mine, but i paid more than for mine and its only half of the X31.
Worst case, if you hate it, sell it for what you paid, or a bit more.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#5 posted 02-16-2017 01:12 AM

I don’t know about 2k-4k in price.. I bought one new for right around 5k back around 1995. They were a bitch to set up and get right, especially that sliding table. I’ve seen them from time to time for between 1k to 1.5k on craigslist and every once in a while in the sub 1k range. Im like the others, if it has all the parts and everything is operational, but it. 800 bucks is a steal.

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#6 posted 02-23-2017 02:32 AM



That s a good deal on that machine. The planer
and jointer work well and accurate results
are possible. If desired the jointer tables
can be reground.

I had a Robland XSD for a few years an did
professional work on it.

- Loren

Thanks for the reply on this. I’m going to look at the machine this weekend. I know you said that accurate results are possible, but would I be better off (I.E. getting better/more consistent results) just getting a Powermatic/Unisaw/Grizzly and a stand alone benchtop planer?

I love the idea of having all of the tools in one, I just would much rather have a really good table saw and planer than an OK version of both. Really I just want to be able to plane and cut accurately and consistently with minimal need for constant readjustment even if that means giving up the 12” jointer which I don’t really need at this point, but would love to have.

Also, I’m concerned about third party accessories for miter gauge slots, upgraded fences, zero clearance inserts, etc. It seems that on a more common machine, these accessories would be much more plentiful and easier to come by.

Thanks all! Even if I don’t end up getting this saw, I’m looking to jump in to some good equipment in the near future so I look forward to posting and reading for many years to come as my skills progress.

Thanks again!

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