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Forum topic by TimInIndiana posted 01-08-2018 06:48 PM 959 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-08-2018 06:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

I’ve been watching Craigslist carefully for table saws in my area. I’m trying to get a good feel for price points and brand names so that I can more easily determine if I’m getting a good deal.

Delta Unisaws seem to be pretty well respected. This one (https://louisville.craigslist.org/tls/6452306708.html) appears to be in good condition. Is $1,600 a reasonable price for a used 3HP Unisaw?


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#1 posted 01-08-2018 06:56 PM

That seems a little high, in my area ones like that (when they come up) are typically advertised around $1200, the wild card is you don’t really have a way of gauging actual selling price and it seems very rare for someone to not offer less than the advertised price. The overarm guard may be worth more to you but that part would be purely subjective.

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#2 posted 01-08-2018 07:02 PM

It’s a nice setup and a new-looking saw,
but may lack a riving knife.

I’m not obsessed with riving knives, btw, but
since retrofits are complicated a lack of one
diminishes a saw’s value imo.

Prices vary regionally and obviously some sellers
are not motivated enough to be realistic.

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#3 posted 01-08-2018 07:16 PM

I paid $200 for a used guard like that for my Uni, and it was worth every penny (you do need DC for it to be worthwhile). There was another post about a Uni without the guard and the seller wanted $1500. That saw may have been just slightly nicer than this one, but the opinions will be the same I suspect….that is, they were all over the map. I see that as being a tad high even with the Excalibur. I would think it should be $1300-$1400. But that’s me, in my market, and truthfully what matters is what is the saw worth to YOU. It’s an excellent saw and appears to be one of the Grand Edition saws made in the late 90’s (Grand Edition means it has the ivory paint, nothing more). If I was in the market, I would certainly be looking at it.

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#4 posted 01-08-2018 07:19 PM

a few year old uni’s here in phoenix, are going for 1500 up, usually more. and you do have to be careful as my pal looked at one a month ago, fella claimed it was complete, sgl phase, yada yada yada, went with him, and well, dang near turned into a donny brook, hate liars, or fella that embellish crap, just tell it like it is, why tell a big old story

anyhows, be careful on purchasing, i’ve bought everything in my original cabinet shop, used, with exception of the two big saws, i still have the uni in my garage now. love it.
Rj in az

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#5 posted 01-08-2018 07:26 PM

Typical price is around $1000-$1500, so I’d say it’s a hair high… but it does have that nice overarm guard, 52” Biesemeyer fence and an outfeed table thrown in, so that is a bonus. It would be more worthwhile if there are some other goodies thrown in as well, like blades, dado stacks, sleds, extra throat plates, etc…

Certainly worth taking a look at if you are in the market for a Unisaw. Would probably be the last saw you would ever buy. Of course, if it’s outside your price range, make a lower offer and see what they say. If they don’t want to play, another one will be along shortly. Look for three phase if you want the best bang for the buck. As for a riving knife, you won’t usually find anything made before ~2009 (or was that 2007?) that has one. However, that Unisaw can be mounted with a disappearing splitter that is even easier to work with. Might already have one, as that was the typical setup when using an overarm guard.

Cheers,
Brad

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#6 posted 01-08-2018 07:36 PM

I saw a sliding grizzly the other day in your area cheap! 1600 range. I just bought a saw stop 3hp cabinet for 1600 with a 52 fence…so I don’t know

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#7 posted 01-08-2018 08:02 PM

Nice looking saw, with some nice extras. I would say he is a bit high on it not outrageous, but maybe that is just the starting point of the negotiations?

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#8 posted 01-08-2018 08:20 PM

Thanks everyone for your thoughtful replies. I’m not quite ready to pull the trigger on a cabinet saw, but am saving up (and clearing space) for one in the near future! I definitely want to buy a quality tool once rather than underbuy and regret it later.

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#9 posted 01-10-2018 01:49 PM

i’d pass on the linked Unisaw as its right tilt. for $1600 you could get a new Griz left tilt with a riving knife and a warranty. Just my $.02.

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#10 posted 01-10-2018 02:52 PM

Before heading to craigslist read here to find out why some saws are sold there.

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#11 posted 01-10-2018 03:43 PM

He also isn’t talking about a unisaw.

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#12 posted 01-10-2018 04:44 PM

Tim, as someone living near the ‘Ville myself, I can attest to seeing pretty inflated prices on the used tool market around here. Thanks to the maker culture really picking up, it’s become a very supportive community, and a terrible market for used tools! The ones that come up listed at the “average” used market price go fast, while others list at 50% higher than reasonable (or more) and sit on the market for weeks/months.

In contrast, if you aren’t opposed to a little bit of a drive, the more rural areas in KY (Bowling Green, Owensboro, even around Lexington) tend to have better values.

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#13 posted 01-12-2018 01:33 AM

Suppose I find a great deal on a used cabinet saw weighing in at 500+ lbs.

What’s the recommended method for getting said saw from the seller to my garage? Would I be best suited to contact a local moving company? Any tips on what to expect in terms of pricing for that kind of move (assuming less than 50 miles one way, for instance)?

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#14 posted 01-12-2018 02:00 AM

They break down to manageable parts. I removed the top and pulled the motor. I loaded it by myself, so it can be done.

-- Jesse, West Lafayette, Indiana

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#15 posted 01-12-2018 03:47 AM

Pull the fence rails. Then extension wings. Then top. Then disconnect motor and pull it.

Bring a dolly. One of those low furniture Dolly’s as well. A small trailer is nice. Otherwise you’ll have to figure out how to get it in the back of a truck.

Definitely possible to load it in a truck bed by yourself. I’ve done it. Not easy. It stretched my manliness to the max.

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

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