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Forum topic by CrazeeTxn posted 04-21-2013 02:00 AM 833 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-21-2013 02:00 AM

Doing my usual browsing around and came across this. I have a mid 80s contractor saw that has served me well for many years. But I’m thinking it might be time to expand a little bit. The guy said he’s used it for years, but recently found him something else and doesn’t need extra table saws. It’s wired for 220 (which I have in the shop) so that shouldn’t be too much of a problem. I also have a Vega fence on my saw that sould certainly be put on this one.

He’s asking $500, which doesn’t seem too bad…but that’s why I’m hear, to get ya’ll’s opinion. I haven’t seen or heard it yet.

As always, thanks for ya’ll’s inputs.

Troy


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#1 posted 04-21-2013 02:14 AM

Since you have the good fence to put on this saw and this one to sell with the contractors saw that should be a plus for you. I am not an authority on these saws so I have to ask this question. Are you sure they made the cabinet saw with the door on the lower front that late? I am just asking because I would have to check that out. I would think it should be worth $500 but again I am not authority. Prices vary in different parts of the country. I would talk to Knotscot and see. He is one of the more knowledgeable people on here when it comes to table saws. Not offense the other folks because a lot of them know a lot about tablesaws also but Knot would be my go to man.

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#2 posted 04-21-2013 02:40 AM

Grandpa -

From what I’ve found on OWWM, it looks around mid-60s or so based on the lower front door. Also figure I could possibly sell this fence to help out with the expenses too :) I have an Incra miter gauge to slide into it as well.

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#3 posted 04-21-2013 02:42 AM

This is one of the earlier models, with the Art Deco look. I think that look stopped in the early 70s. The door is indeed proper.

$500 might be more of a risk with one this old. It depends. For example, I paid $500 for my 1993 model.

I would offer $350 to $400, letting him know you have concerns about the vintage. Plus, as a possible restoration, the green color isn’t doing it any favors.

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#4 posted 04-21-2013 02:53 AM

take that step

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 04-21-2013 03:00 AM

Is it 1.5Hp or 3 Hp ? 3 Hp maybe 500. I think most of these were 1.5 Hp. 1.5 Hp I would be inclined to offer 350$. There are 2-5 Hp 3 phase units for sale near me for 500 each or 800 for the pair, and they look to be from the late 80’s or early 90’s. three phase power is very easy to set up in your shop at home. I have less than 300 in a ten HP rotary converter.

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#6 posted 04-21-2013 03:08 AM

green is often a colour of woodworking envy

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#7 posted 04-21-2013 03:20 AM

pull the pin and buy it

my gut tells me your grandchildren will thank you

nickel and quarters wont put it on your floor

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#8 posted 04-21-2013 03:24 AM

Whatcha tryin to say moron? Lol

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#9 posted 04-21-2013 03:32 AM

500 dollars for a rigid or whatever

or a hole in one

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#10 posted 04-21-2013 03:43 AM

seeing between choices

isn’t magic

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#11 posted 04-21-2013 12:59 PM

that saw looks to be from the 70s. i got one for $40 in gas money, rehabbed it and ultimately sold it, opting to keep my two emerson buiilt 10” CI contractor saws instead. you might check out the FAQ from the sawcenter as these saws can become money pits quickly:

http://www.sawcenter.com/unisaw_faq.htm

for $500, that saw would have to be in very good operating condition. check these areas carefully, cause fixes can be expensive: motor, arbor bearings adn arbor and trunions.

i sold mine because i prefer left tilts to rights and the herc-u-lifts on the contractor saws provide more mobility.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#12 posted 04-21-2013 02:26 PM

If it’s 3hp and it checks out, I’d give the full $500, and would then sell that jetlock fence. If it’s less than 3hp, I’d be inclined to offer a little less.

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#13 posted 04-21-2013 03:46 PM

Depends on regional supply of used cabinet saws, but having
such a saw will instantly upgrade your confidence in terms
of what you can do.

They can be had for 1 or 2 bills less. If the saw is near
you that counts for something.

They are very durable saws and can be expected to go
for a long, long time.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#14 posted 04-21-2013 05:33 PM

Reckon I should’ve asked the size of the motor when I talked to him. May have to call him back. It’s only about an hour or so away and this is the first time I’ve seen one around here in quite a while…if ever.

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#15 posted 04-21-2013 07:54 PM

Sorry but I confused the facts. You contractor saw is a mid 80’s. You didn’t give an age on this saw. I could go with a 1960 something on it but I will again I am no expert on these. I know they are good and I do own a newer version. Knot woke up and spoke so listen to him…..LOL
Loren is usually on the game with them too

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