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Forum topic by Matt Przybylski posted 01-02-2013 02:37 AM 2077 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Matt Przybylski

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01-02-2013 02:37 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sander belt scroll saw scrolling craigslist

Hello everyone,
I have been looking for a scroll saw and a small belt/disc sander for the past month or so. The belt/disc sander is going to be used mainly for sanding small parts (when I have them) and I’ve been wanting to try my hand at scrolling so I’ve been looking for a bargain on a scroll saw.

The sander is here:

http://chicago.craigslist.org/sox/tls/3514948414.html

It’s a 1×42 belt and 8” disc sander. Seems to be out of production but it looks to be an exact replica of the Grizzly found here: http://www.amazon.com/Grizzly-H8192-1%2522-42%2522-Sander/dp/B0017K8W3E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357093856&sr=8-1&keywords=grizzly+1x42+belt+sander

The Grizzly unit sells for $190 new but has marginal reviews. From what I gather from the reviews, however, it’s not exactly the same as the Delta which seems to be a bit better made (according to the reviewers, one specifically who bought the Grizzly to replace his burnt out Delta and wasn’t happy with the changes Grizzly made).

The scroll saw is here:

http://chicago.craigslist.org/sox/tls/3514938263.html

It’s listed on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Delta-SS350-Shopmaster-Professional-Variable/dp/B00006K00E/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

I can’t find a price anywhere and some quick Googling seems that the price is a bit high (although the machine looks to be, as listed, in pristine, unused condition). I don’t know much about scrollsaws so is there anything on this machine that I should be wary of? Will it take all types of blades (whatever that even means, at this point I don’t know, just want to make sure I don’t buy a scrollsaw that won’t take a certain type of blade that I want to use after finding out a bit more about scrolling. I read something about pin types err something-a-rather, I’m really clueless here :)

Can anyone that has one or both of these machines chime in? What was original purchase price? What are they worth? I offered $225 for both and he countered with $300. I told him $250 final offer as the location is over an hour away from me so gas is obviously the offsetting factor here. What is a fair price all things considered?

I really appreciate any help offered, particularly about the scroll saw. The sander, I’ve considered the HF model (1×30 belt alone, don’t even really know how much I’d use the disc, which normally goes on sale for $39.99 and with the 20% coupon can be had for roughly ~$35 after tax).

-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com


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derosa

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#1 posted 01-02-2013 03:39 AM

One of those scrolls is available near me for 150.00 been on craigslist a while too and is also new
http://rochester.craigslist.org/tls/3450305090.html
I’ve seen the sander combo go for 100.00.

From a 2005 posting on scrollsawer.com
My local Rockler store has a pretty good deal going on both saws at the moment. The Dewalt is going for $409 before a $50 rebate while the SS350 is $179 before a $25 rebate. That puts the DW788 at right around twice the price of the Delta. Both are within my budget, but I’m basically cheap, so if the Delta compares favorably with the DW788 I am tempted to go that way.

Looks like he’s asking more for the saw then it went for new. I see a lot from looking through old mags where people base their price on what a modern variant costs forgetting what they paid and ask modern pricing.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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LeChuck

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#2 posted 01-02-2013 03:48 AM

I’ve recently seen that very same sander here in an antique shop for $45. A tad crispy though. A while ago I bought a clone of the same, or nearly identical made by Craftsman with a stand for $80. Sears still sells the parts. It works very nicely.

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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#3 posted 01-02-2013 04:05 AM

I think you would be happier with a 6×24 belt/disc combo the wider belt will be more useful than a 1 inch wide belt.
Lowes sells that delta scroll saw new for 179.00 so even at 250.00 plus your gas I think your overpaying. Check other cl ads in the surrounding areas you’ll find a better deal. Things to look for in a scroll saw variable speed for intricate
lace scrolling thin pieces, pinless blades so you can thread your blades in small holes and quick change tooless blade changing in case you threading in and out of multiple holes and finally check for vibration the best scroll saws
have virtually no table vibration so you can stay on your lines. The 788 Dewalt is regarded as the best saw at this pricepoint and can be found used around 250.00. The HF belt disc combo sander should be ok if you cant find what your looking for soon as its not a tool that needs to be as high end as other tools.

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#4 posted 01-02-2013 04:33 AM

Just my opinion.. I think the Dewalt is a better deal @ $300

http://chicago.craigslist.org/nch/tls/3505898368.html

The sellers lives in Des Plaines. I was looking at it myself but decided to save up for a new Excalibur.

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Tedster

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#5 posted 01-02-2013 04:36 AM

Also, the RBI Hawk is a good deal at $285

http://chicago.craigslist.org/sox/tls/3508984321.html

I know it’s more than what you plan on spending, but either the Dewalt or the Hawk are far superior saws.

-- I support the 28th Amendment. http://www.wolf-pac.com/28th

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robjeffking

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#6 posted 01-02-2013 04:42 AM

Both of those saws will hold their value when you out grow them and move up I’ve been lusting for a Excalibur 30.

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Matt Przybylski

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#7 posted 01-02-2013 03:14 PM

@Ted: Thanks, I hadn’t seen the DeWalt (which happens to be the SS I wanted to buy originally anyway as it appears to be the top of the line in terms of the “known” brands) so I emailed him and am going to take a look at it on Thursday probably.

@robjeffking: I’m looking specifically for a thin belt sander as I have the Ridgid OSS already and a Makita hand-held belt sander to take care of some of the larger stuff.

-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com

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LeChuck

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#8 posted 01-02-2013 06:13 PM

I find the 1 inch belt very useful personally. If you have need for that, then I would not go for the HF model and wait for the right price machine similar to the Delta above. I also find an 8” disc pretty useful, as not the whole area of the disc can always be used when sanding, and you frequently have to stay on one side. The bigger, the better. I can for example quickly sand flush the finger joints on a box using the disk. What I don’t like is to have to remove the table to replace the disc and then realign it. That said, those discs and belts last a while, and I recommend one of those sandpaper cleaning sticks, they work great. It seems HF has a cheap one online but I picked on up at the local Sears for maybe just a dollar more or so.

The small belt is very useful to smooth out small parts and small corners or edges, and go into places that a large belt cannot (I’m planning to make some wooden gears for example). The 8” discs are less common, but they can be bought online, and the local Sears has some. They also carry 1×42 belts.

My comment on the HF unit comes from the fact that I have handled one in the store and it seems far from the Delta unit above or my Craftsman machine in terms of built quality and accuracy. Even adjusting the belt tension on the Craftsman is a turn of a bolt head. So depending on how fast you need this, I’d forget about the HF one or its clones (I think Delta made one too), and wait for the right price on a 1×42 combo like that Delta above. I’d definitely want it for less than $100.

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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#9 posted 01-03-2013 01:04 AM

i have a delta scroll saw very similar to yours but a bit older. picked it up from a guy liquidating his cabinet making shop for $20 on craigslist. I haven’t used it much but I couldn’t pass up a deal like that

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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