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Forum topic by TheBossQ posted 02-04-2011 01:26 AM 818 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-04-2011 01:26 AM

After my Steel City debacle, I have been looking for a decent used saw. I came across a Rockwell 34-440. The table is in excellent condition, but there are no wings. It comes with a Biesemeyer Fence that is quite worn and needs some work. The fence and rails might need to be stripped and powdercoated. It already has machined pulleys and the owner claims the bearings are newer. Comes with a wrap around outfeed table that I will likely pass on (poorly done and ugly).

In decent condition, with the work it needs, is $300.00 a fair price considering the upgraded fence, but lack of a full table?

I’ve done a lot of google searches and searched on LJs as well, but I can’t come up with anything definitive.


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#1 posted 02-04-2011 02:06 AM

sounds like the base Delta contractor saw. without wings (particularly the left one), $300 sounds pretty high.

I do have to ask how you can wear out a biesmeyer fence.

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#2 posted 02-04-2011 02:34 AM

As far as the fence, I am not sure. It is white, but it’s worn through the paint in quite a few places on both the rails and the fence. The nylon (or whatever they’re made of) sliders are gone in all but one spot. It would need a new tape measure on the front rail.

The Dad wants $400, but he is overly sentimental to ask that for this saw. The daughter wants $300 and wants it out of her garage. Supposedly the proceeds go to an underfunded school, so she is not wanting any less than $300.

I honestly want to offer $200, but I don’t want to offend anyone’s charity efforts.

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#3 posted 02-04-2011 03:08 AM

not that familiar with the Bies (I opted for the Unifence). Seems to me that the fence is critical so if you can get a long straight edge to align with that with no gaps and it stays in line with the miter gauge slots, then maybe it is worth a shot. Otherwise keep looking in MHO.

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#4 posted 02-04-2011 04:15 AM

Thanks for the advice. I ended up telling her that the price was too steep. I know decent deals are out there, but I keep getting beaten to the punch and it’s frustrating.

So far I’ve missed out on a MINT $500 Unisaw and a MINT $390 Unisaw.

Next up is a $300 10” Powermatic Artisan Saw.

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