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Buco

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10-19-2017 07:39 PM

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Hi all, been reading site for awhile now getting tons of info on buying a new table saw. Pros and cons make it a great way to narrow down a saw that I think would be for me. I’ve been working with wood for just a few years, making boxes is my thing now I want to move up to making cabinets. Both need to have a saw that can cut straight so I’m looking at the Grizzly G0833P. But my the reason for my post is this, is there a good time to buy a saw? When do good sales happen ( Christmas?, Black Friday?) or do they even have sales.I’m not in a rush cause I need to start cleaning out my garage and get it ready for a workshop so I have time but I don’t want to miss the bus either. Any help would be much appreciated….


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Ripper70

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#1 posted 10-19-2017 07:43 PM

Don’t know where you’re located but craigslist can be your friend. The key is to check your local area often, have cash in hand and be ready to buy as soon as your dream saw is posted for sale.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#2 posted 10-19-2017 08:24 PM

Best time to buy is when it shows up on CL or local auction. Never know when that will happen, so you have to be diligent and ready to jump.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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bbasiaga

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#3 posted 10-19-2017 08:41 PM

Grizzly does some sales. But you never know when or what will be in it.

Jet and laguna have 10 or 15% off sales a couple times per year. Sawstop usually does a freebie with purchase of the saw in the March or April timeframe.

I waited years checking craigslist for things. Guess I don’t live in the right part of the country. It works great when it works, but isn’t reliable. If you are not it in a hurry, check every hour. Until you are ready. If you find a deal, great. If not, go buy your grizzly.

Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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TheFridge

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#4 posted 10-20-2017 01:06 AM

I only average a steal a year on Craigslist. It’s best when your not in a hurry to pick something up. Like when you’re trying to upgrade but you have something serviceable.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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MrUnix

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#5 posted 10-20-2017 02:05 AM

I only average a steal a year on Craigslist. It s best when your not in a hurry to pick something up. Like when you re trying to upgrade but you have something serviceable.
- TheFridge

Yup ^^^^^

I always stumble upon the killer deals when I’m not really looking. Sometimes to the point of getting machines I don’t even need, just because it’s too good of a deal to pass up.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#6 posted 10-20-2017 02:26 AM

When I find a good deal, I usually find another good deal within a few days. I think it is because I promise to quit spending money. Fortunately I’ve run out of space and am only considering a few upgrades. I’ll second others advice about being patient and consistently checking CL.

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#7 posted 10-20-2017 02:33 AM

1 word of advise if you do CL be prepared to go get it right now cuz good deals don’t last long :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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Buco

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#8 posted 10-20-2017 02:57 AM

Thanks for all the input!
I did come across a nice craftsman saw plus a dust system combo deal ( only cut wood on Sunday after church kinda thing) on CL, I had the cash but it was the middle of the week and they lived about an hour away so I couldn’t go look at it. It was gone pretty fast!

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TheFridge

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#9 posted 10-20-2017 04:09 AM

I’ll take off work if I have to. For 885$ I got a ‘59 uni with all major parts (and a 36” bies fence thrown in for free), a craftsman contractor (sold for 185$), 3 lathes (sold 2 for 200$), a dw734 planer (sold for 230$), a delta floor drill press (sold for 180$), and a 14” delta bandsaw.

So end the end, my time and 150$, I have a unisaw, a 36” bies fence to sell or use, refurbed bandsaw and the big HF lathe. The deals are out there, it just takes time, cash, and a lot of patience.

Luckily. If I don’t have the cash, my pops does :)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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