|Forum topic by mbs||posted 11-20-2011 04:25 PM||6655 views||0 times favorited||31 replies|
11-20-2011 04:25 PM
I’ve been looking for a used sawstop Professional Cabinet Saw for several years. I rarely see a local used saw and when I do find one the owner is asking almost full price.
So, I see this ad on craigslist.
“The 10” Saw Stop Industrial Cabinet Saw has everything you’d want in a saw: precision, heavy-duty construction, a great dust collection system, and the revolutionary safety feature that stops the blade the instant that a body part contacts the blade. The model CB53230 is an industrial grade table saw and comes equipped with a 5 Hp, 3 phase motor, a heavy cast iron table, precision fence, widely spaced trunnion assembly, over-sized arbor bearings, a powder coated enclosed base, and an extra wide table surface for oversized lumber. This saw will last a lifetime.
Asking $2900 firm (Cashiers Check or Credit Card only)
The saw offered has never been used and is still in the factory wrap and skid, pics below are saws that we currently have in use. “
I wasn’t really looking for the Industrial model but, I think ‘wow, what a good deal, an industrial cabinet saw that’s never been used with an HTC outfeed table and beismeyer dust collection blade guard for $2900. But it has a 3 ph motor! – ugh!
I decided to call the guy. He said he bought 4 saws for his business and he only used 3 of them. I ask him if he’d take $2550 for everything except the 3 ph motor and I would replace the motor with a 1 ph motor for $350. He was a very nice person and he took the offer.
When I picked up the saw the owner said it was a 2008 model and it was on a pallet with some plastic wrap. I really didnt care about the year and I didn’t inspect it closely. I got it home and wanted to get a mobile base. I was expecting to pay around $150 but for the Industrial saw they’re $300 (ouch!, but they’re very nice). I was talking to the rep at the store and told him about my deal. He wanted to trade me the beismeyer dust collector arm for a sawstop arm. I wanted the sawstop arm so I traded. I also bought the upgrade kit for the dust collector.
I got it home and installed everything. I tested the mobile base and love it. I started cleaning and waxing the machine At this point I’m having a 5-star day thinking I’ve saved about 40% off a new machine. As I was waxing the machine I read the name plate – “Professional Cabinet Saw”. The wind came out of my sails quickly.
There’s about a $650 difference between the Industrial saw and the Professional saw. I didnt feel like the seller did anything intentional so I decided to call him and work something out. Basically, he said that the word “Industrial” was used just to point out that it’s not a hobby model and he paid more than $4000 for the setup. He had another buyer for the saw and wouldn’t negotiate the price.
Bottome line – I got a nice saw for about $600 less than retail but it’s not the screaming deal I thought I was getting. He listed the model number in the ad and didn’t even think about researching it. Note to self “do your homework”
-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.