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Forum topic by Charlesaf3 posted 03-06-2018 02:14 PM 615 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Charlesaf3

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03-06-2018 02:14 PM

Hi,

Came here by accident, but decided to join. I just got a big new shop, and am thinking of selling my Sawstop contractor’s saw and buying a sawstop cabinet saw.

Does anyone have any advice on this? I’m assuming local sale as it’s too heavy to ship practically.

Also, how to set a price? Have all the bells and whistles, cast iron wings, 52” fence, outfeed, mobile base. But saw is around 9 years old. How much is it worth? If too little I’d probably give it to my brother or such I think.

thanks,

Charles (Richmond Virginia)


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Notbrick

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#1 posted 03-06-2018 03:11 PM

I think you are realistic to see that price will be a factor. Here’s the deal about CL, Facebook, etc… all those prices you see are because the item is too expensive, and been up on ad for 30 days. I was in the search for a Unisaw, and things were disappearing within days. I contacted a man about a Powermatic 66 and it was gone within 2 hours of posting. I drove 2 hours to pick up my saw.

Your area location will vary with demand. Try to find a similar item, and base your saw with a slightly lower price than that. Don’t low-ball yourself too much. People will also throw a dollar amount lower than you post. The best thing you have going for you is that you do not NEED to sell it. With all those things, you can then determine if its worth to sell, or to hold on.

Also, if you have the space, I have never heard of someone complain about having two saws. Especially if you are in production and can have two different settings going.

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rwe2156

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#2 posted 03-06-2018 03:15 PM

I wouldn’t let a saw like that go on CL you probably will get 1/2 what you paid for it and experience the usual “CL tire kicker/low baller” type scenario.

If you have a nice, big shop, I would keep it. I’ve found 2 table saws are quite handy to have.

If possible, install it where the extension table is.

If the fence rails are different, you may have to buy another fence or you might be able to adapt it.

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gargey

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#3 posted 03-06-2018 03:25 PM

To be fair, getting 1/2 what you paid for something (retail) 9 years later sounds like a pretty decent deal to me…

Most of that depreciation comes just from selling in the secondary market, without warranty/returns/recourse. And then there’s the 9 years of use.

Different story compared to buying something used and reselling it. And it is motorized with moving parts, not a dumb handplane or handsaw that can live for 6 trillion years.

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AZWoody

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#4 posted 03-06-2018 04:03 PM

I might start at 70% of new and that gives you room to negotiate down. If you can get 60%, you did good in my opinion.
One good thing is that SawStop tends to hold it’s value better than most brands but the only ones I see for sell 2nd hand are usually the cabinet versions. Even in auctions where machinery goes cheap, the SawStops usually get a good price.

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#5 posted 03-06-2018 04:09 PM

Where are you located CHUCK!?


Hi,

Came here by accident, but decided to join. I just got a big new shop, and am thinking of selling my Sawstop contractor s saw and buying a sawstop cabinet saw.

Does anyone have any advice on this? I m assuming local sale as it s too heavy to ship practically.

Also, how to set a price? Have all the bells and whistles, cast iron wings, 52” fence, outfeed, mobile base. But saw is around 9 years old. How much is it worth? If too little I d probably give it to my brother or such I think.

thanks,

Charles (Richmond Virginia)

- Charlesaf3


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woodbutcherbynight

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#6 posted 03-06-2018 04:35 PM

If space is available 2 saws can be very useful. In fact this is true of any tool. I still have every benchtop tool I started with, all still in good working order. Two Drill presses lets you have one set up for pilot holes and ready to go keeping the work flowing and the creative process going.

But as always space for many of us is a issue. I often wonder if I could make the shop into a bedroom with a simple kitchenette and full bath, then convert the house into a multi-leveled workshop.

LOL

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BoardButcherer

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#7 posted 03-06-2018 05:15 PM

If you can make the space or make it mobile, keep it and turn it into a dedicated Dado machine. Save yourself the hassle of having to change out the blade and cartridge all the time on your new sawstop. It’ll also be easier to keep both of the saws dialed in if you only use them for their respective blade types.

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knotscott

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#8 posted 03-06-2018 05:17 PM

Post a pic to give us an idea of condition, and clarify any questions.

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Ocelot

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#9 posted 03-06-2018 05:25 PM

I’d be interested if I were closer. I’m in Alabama. My wife owns a little house down in Jarratt, she can’t sell and we haven’t even been over there in 6 years. It’s 14+ hours drive.. Tenants with invisible landlords … <sigh>. At least it’s rented now.

If you’d like to buy a little rental house down in Jarratt, then I’m sure I can figure out a way to buy our saw!

-Paul

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Charlesaf3

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#10 posted 03-06-2018 05:31 PM

thanks all.

So I put it on Craigslist for $1100 last night. So far one Richmond guy and one NC guy got in contact with me. 1100 is a little less than half I paid, so I think it’s fair to all.

2 saws. Currently I have 3 :-) Though I don’t know how to count the Dewalt 744 really… I also have a sawstop jobsite, great saw.

I’m going to have around 68×28 in my new shop, I actually think I’m going to be pretty squeezed on space once I put the jointer/etc etc in. So better to let it go to someone else if I can get my price

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Steve

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#11 posted 03-06-2018 05:39 PM

I’d start around 60-75% of what a new one or equivalent would cost and go from there.

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Charlesaf3

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#12 posted 03-07-2018 12:25 AM

so it turns out 1100 was probably too cheap. Sold in around 10 hours. But to a good home, I’m ok with that.

Now to the fun part of figuring out what to buy, Pro 3, pro 5, or Industrial

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clin

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#13 posted 03-07-2018 12:55 AM

Seems like you did good to me. Like selling anything, there’s always someone who will pay more if you wait long enough and deal with enough people. But if you are considering buying a SawStop ICS, I’m guessing you’ve got more money than time.

FYI, I have the 3 HP PCS and love it. Can’t imagine what you’d need a 5 HP for unless you were making a lot of big cuts daily like a production shop might do.

And if you want to know that you have the best SawStop you could possibly get, sure go all the way and get the ICS.

Happy table saw shopping!

-- Clin

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John_H

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#14 posted 03-07-2018 02:10 AM

I have had pretty good luck selling things on Craigslist

I start off a little high and I also add a statement something like – I will reduce the price by $50 every week until it sells

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Dark_Lightning

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#15 posted 03-07-2018 04:22 AM

It’s gone, so I have no advice. I have a SawStop JSS that I bought because of size restrictions in my “shop”- a small section of a 2-car garage that no vehicles can get in to. If I had the room, I would have gotten one of the bigger saws. Works great, but I’d like more power and the safety feature.

As far as CL buyers go, I tell anyone who asks for my “best price” that I don’t chisel my own price on the phone, and if they want to grind me, they have to do it in person. Just my 2ยข.

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