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tengallonhat

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10-16-2013 03:54 PM

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I’m looking for some advice on the resale value of a table saw I own. It’s a 1957 50th Anniversary editon Craftsman hybrid table saw in absolute mint condition. Zero runout/wobble on the arbor, no rust, new 1.75hp leeson motor. The left wing is a custom machined piece of stainless steel. It’s SOLID stainless steel (not stamped) and weighs in the 200lb range. So the total weight of the saw is as much or more than most cabinet saws today.

I’ve got a crosscut sled (squared with the 5 cut method) and a miter sled for it. Miter gauge is intact and in just as good of condition. I don’t really want to sell it but I ended up with a good deal on cabinet saw and don’t think I have room for both. Any thoughts on what something like this would sell for? I’m in MN if that makes a difference.


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#1 posted 10-16-2013 04:01 PM

It sure looks like and exceptional craftsman saw. If you find a buyer that really likes vintage machinery you might get as much as $450 but as a used saw verses what’s available on the market new or used $200-$250 is probably more realistic, at least in my area.

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#2 posted 10-16-2013 04:04 PM

Thanks, given it’s been in my family since it was new I’m torn on what to do. $250 doesn’t make it worth selling most likely, but what good is a saw that doesn’t get used?

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#3 posted 10-16-2013 04:17 PM

It sure looks like it’s had lots of love and care,it would be hard to get rid of after having lots of use in the family. You could ask a lot($650) for it and see if there are any takers. Have and add the says something like “beautiful vintage Craftsman saw with great up grades”.or perhaps give to someone else in the family who will give it the same love it’s gotten over all these years.

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#4 posted 10-16-2013 04:31 PM

There are Craftsman collectors out there. You need to post this over at Old Wood Working Machines.
http://owwm.org/viewforum.php?f=83

Beautiful saw.

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#5 posted 10-16-2013 04:39 PM

That is a darn nice saw for sure but, I agree with Jim. Unfortunately sometimes we think what we have to sell is worth more than someone else thinks it’s worth, such as potential buyers….be it right or wrong. That said, new you’d probably pay a thou or more for a comparable saw, when your vintage Craftsman would perform just as well, maybe even better.
Regardless, good luck with the sale.

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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#6 posted 10-16-2013 07:57 PM

That’s a beauty for sure, but you’re up against saws with more modern fences and true riving knives. It’s likely going to appeal to a niche market…..you might get $400 for it….maybe more. The only way to find out is to give it a try.

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tengallonhat

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#7 posted 10-16-2013 08:01 PM

Thanks, the fence and riving knife are what sold me on the newer saw over upgrading this one. I am saving selling it as a last resort. I’m looking for a better storage option first in case I ever want a two saw setup someday :).

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#8 posted 10-17-2013 01:57 AM

I’m looking for a better storage option first in case I ever want a two saw setup someday

great looking TS. does the motor hang out the back or is it integral to the cabinet? two saws are a great thing to have. i use my second saw as a CC saw and the outfeed table for the TS devoted to rip cuts:

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

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#9 posted 10-17-2013 03:17 AM

I’d keep it and make some money on the cabinet saw!
It was probably better made than the new ones!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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