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Forum topic by jerkylips posted 09-20-2018 04:11 PM 418 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jerkylips

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09-20-2018 04:11 PM

Back story… We’re in the process of moving & my wife has been fully in “just throw it out” mode because it’s easier. I couldn’t justify throwing stuff out when I know we could get something for it, so I put some of our stuff on CL, and now have about $500 to spend. I told her I was spending it on something I wanted, since we wouldn’t have had it if she did things her way.. ;)

I’m thinking about replacing either my table saw or band saw, trying to decide what makes more sense.
I have a Ridgid 3650 table saw – in very good shape, has served me really well – but at times, bogs down on me & is probably a little under powered. New garage is wired for 220 so I’ve been looking for a used unisaw, found one that I could get for about $700. I think I should reasonably be able to get $300 for my 3650, so that would work within my budget.

I also have an older craftsman band saw. I bought it used & it was essentially brand new, but as we all know, they are not exactly high quality machines. I paid $150 for that one, would hope to get at least close to that back – so that would give me a budget of around $650 for a band saw. The problem here is that I NEVER see quality used band saws for sale, and most good quality used saws are going to be a little more than that.

I tend to use the table saw more, but the band saw is definitely the one more in need of an upgrade..


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lumbering_on

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#1 posted 09-20-2018 04:51 PM

Do you do a lot of resawing? If so, then I’d upgrade the band saw, otherwise, the table saw is likely a better bet. I didn’t even use a band saw for several years as I found I could do everything with a jig saw or fret saw.

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pottz

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#2 posted 09-20-2018 05:05 PM

well it depends on your needs,i have a resaw and a band saw that get plenty of use so for me if the table saw were still getting the job done it would be a new band saw.happy spending.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Oxford

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#3 posted 09-20-2018 07:22 PM

I like the Powermatic 66 cabinet saw. One of mine has a 5hp motor so will cut through about anything. They are generally available at a good price now as people are trading up to SawStop saws. Watch Craig’s List and eBay for local equipment. Expect it to take a while to find one. I’ve furnished my shop(s) with mostly Powermatic equipment bought inexpensively. I tend to find one piece of equipment that is a good deal about every six months.

Also ask around at woodworking and tool stores, the local shop class teacher, etc. Everybody knows someone who has some piece of equipment they don’t want any more. You just need to find the connection to that specific machine you want.

P.S. The Unisaw is nice too.

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Bill_Steele

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#4 posted 09-20-2018 07:54 PM

Have you ever tried a thin kerf blade in your table saw? I have a contractor saw with a 1.5 hp motor (sorta underpowered) and I really notice a difference with a thin kerf blade. You might try that before you get rid of your saw.

Do you have to spend this money right now—is it use it or lose it? Since your table saw is still in good shape, I would suggest holding on to the cash and keeping an eye out for a good used 14” bandsaw. If you find a really good deal on a table saw—you might want to use the money for that. My guess is that an upgrade to a cabinet saw from your current saw is going to be a significant improvement.

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jerkylips

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#5 posted 09-20-2018 08:12 PM



Have you ever tried a thin kerf blade in your table saw? I have a contractor saw with a 1.5 hp motor (sorta underpowered) and I really notice a difference with a thin kerf blade. You might try that before you get rid of your saw.

Do you have to spend this money right now—is it use it or lose it? Since your table saw is still in good shape, I would suggest holding on to the cash and keeping an eye out for a good used 14” bandsaw. If you find a really good deal on a table saw—you might want to use the money for that. My guess is that an upgrade to a cabinet saw from your current saw is going to be a significant improvement.

- Bill_Steele

No, I have time. I check CL pretty much daily, around here I see very little PM stuff. Old Delta saws are much more common.

As far s the thin kerf blades, I haven’t – mainly because the math is so much easier when you have 1/8” kerf. I’m lazy, I guess..

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DBDesigns

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#6 posted 09-20-2018 08:15 PM

What vintage is the tablesaw? Unisaw is a classic and they are usually a lot more expensive than that. My point is that it will be snatched up quickly at that price. Also, a Unisaw is a work horse and will last the rest of your life.

Band saws are way less and easy to find.
Just sayin’

-- I remember when Grateful wasn't Dead

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jerkylips

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#7 posted 09-20-2018 08:21 PM

This is basically what I’ve been looking for – unfortunately, this is 3 hours away & I don’t have the time for the drive right now..

If anyone is near Madison, WI, this seems like great saw for the money.

https://madison.craigslist.org/tls/d/delta-unisaw-3hp/6699272423.html

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MrUnix

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#8 posted 09-20-2018 08:30 PM

Run, don’t walk and don’t ask questions – just ask him when and where to get it (and hope that you beat the flood of other people who will be asking the same thing):

Free Delta Unisaw (Stoughton)

Even if it’s a bit of a drive for you, it will be worth it.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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Richard Lee

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#9 posted 09-20-2018 08:35 PM

Buy the wife some clothes and shoes,and maybe dinner.
Then tell her your going to buy a new 10” Cabinet saw.

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jerkylips

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#10 posted 09-20-2018 09:47 PM



Run, don t walk and don t ask questions – just ask him when and where to get it (and hope that you beat the flood of other people who will be asking the same thing):

Free Delta Unisaw (Stoughton)

Even if it s a bit of a drive for you, it will be worth it.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix


already deleted by seller – that was fast…

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