Is this Delta unisaw price reasonable?

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Forum topic by goethert posted 06-23-2012 06:05 PM 5605 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-23-2012 06:05 PM

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I was looking for a new table saw to upgrade my current one. Found two Delta unisaw 36-953. One is new and the other is slightly used. The prices are $1400, $1000, respectively. Both come with fence system, no mobile base. Which one is a better choice? The following is the pictures of used one: Thanks for comments.

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#1 posted 06-23-2012 06:26 PM

Do not see a fence, or a saw blade opening plate.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 06-23-2012 06:50 PM

You didn’t mention how the new one is equipped (which fence, any extra blades, etc.) . I bought mine new in 2002 (36-955, probably the same saw with a slightly different paint color) with a 52” Unifence for $1450, delivered. The one you’re looking has to new, old stock (NOS) and I would think they would have some kind of clearance pricing to move it. As mentioned, there seems to be some stuff missing on the used one, but even with all the parts I personally would value it somewhat less; maybe closer to $800 give/take.

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#3 posted 06-23-2012 06:51 PM

If it’s all there why wouldn’t you keep the extra $400 for yourself? Doesn’t look like a stick of wood has ever touched that table.

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#4 posted 06-23-2012 07:17 PM

The used one comes with Biesemeyer Fence system and blade plate, which is not shown in the pic. No extra blades.
It looks the saw was used only several times, but has not been used for a while. The cast iron is kind of rusty.

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#5 posted 06-23-2012 07:49 PM

Surface rust means little. It’s easy to clean up.

$1000 for the used saw isn’t a great bargain but the saw itself
is a good one and will perform well for you. Older saws are
sometimes cheaper to buy but they may not be plug-n-play.

I’d go for the used saw if you’re sure you’re ready to get
a cabinet saw. If you aren’t happy and need to sell it
fast it would probably sell in less than a day for $800.

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