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Forum topic by Melreddie posted 08-21-2017 12:38 PM 255 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Melreddie

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08-21-2017 12:38 PM

My wife and I inherited a Rockwell Delta 900 swing arm saw. We are likely going to sell it as we do not need it, and are wondering what it may be worth. Here are a couple photos.


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Planeman40

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#1 posted 08-21-2017 03:40 PM

I remember those saws. They were good saws that were popular in the late 1950s through the 1970s. Commonly called “radial arm saws”, they have fallen out of favor due to the open blade being a safety problem and people were scared of them. I still have one and if used with respect and care, they work fine. My guess would be its worth around $100. Research eBay sales for “radial arm saws” to get an idea of value.

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#2 posted 08-21-2017 09:06 PM

Check out your local craigs list, In my area that nice saw will not bring $100. This type of saw, has received a lot of bad press for being dangerous for a couple of decades, however there seems to be no record of accidents.
There are those experts that claim the saws are obsolete, but they have probably never used one. the machines can make some very difficult cuts that are not practical or safe on table saws.

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#3 posted 08-21-2017 09:29 PM

Serial number dates that to 1957. Radial arm saws in general got a bad rap due mostly to the influx of the cheap Emerson saws sold by Sears under the Craftsman badge… however the Delta and DeWalt saws were outstanding machines, and the turret arm design is a desirable feature. Unfortunately, the 900 is only a 9” saw, so it’s a little limited in capacity. It does look to be in pretty good shape, is complete and has all of it’s original knobs, but is missing the anti-kickback pawls on the front of the guard. I don’t think the table is original either :)

Given it’s age and condition, it would most likely need some work to get it into a daily user… something that a lot of people would rather not do. Restored, it could fetch quite a bit. If you just want it gone, I’d say an initial asking price of $250-$300 would be reasonable, and you could negotiate down from there. You could most likely get more, but it may take a while for the right buyer to show up.

Cheers,
Brad

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