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12-30-2013 03:10 PM


I’m contemplating the move to a cabinet saw. I bought my Delta contractor saw new in about 1998 or so. It’s been used relatively little by most woodworking standards (until now wasn’t really set up to use it). It’s in nearly new condition. Cast iron left wing, 30” table wing on right side, Unifence. I think I paid around $750-800 back then. Since then I’ve added a link belt and CALS. Absolutely no rust.

I have no idea what it’s worth (please don’t say “whatever someone is willing to pay for it.”). Any suggestions? I live in southern Idaho if that matters.

If you need more information to help, let me know. Thanks!


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#1 posted 12-30-2013 03:21 PM

Unfortunately, from what I have seen, good used saws seem to go for around 1/2 their original price. The bigger the area, population wise, probably the more you can get for it. I’d put it on Craigslist and include Washington, Oregon area. I don’t know where you live in Idaho, but you never know. In the add I’d put several pictures and stress the like new condition. Maybe start around $500- $600, be willing to negotiate.

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#2 posted 12-30-2013 03:22 PM

That’s about what I assumed. Thanks!

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#3 posted 12-30-2013 06:49 PM

I sold my delta contractor saw, almost identical to yours, two years ago in Boise for $450. I listed it on CL and it sold within the week.

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#4 posted 01-01-2014 01:08 AM

Hello, fellow Idahoans!

Checking in from beautiful Boise.

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#5 posted 01-01-2014 01:17 AM

Sounds like a nice saw, but you’re selling against newer technology with riving knives and warranty. I think TroutStalker’s price of $450 is realistic….a mobile base, extra inserts, and some decent blades can add a little extra. Be sure to take some good pics, and do a good job with the description….mention that it’s made in the USA (if applicable), excellent condition, full size cast iron, standard miter slots, belt drive induction motor, etc.

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#6 posted 01-01-2014 02:37 AM

Not to mention that the contractor style (the motor hanging off the back) is really less than ideal for 95+% of woodworkers. The only benefit over a hybrid or cabinet saw is portability, but who in their right mind really drags a cast-iron, induction-motor saw around from place to place anyway?

When you have brand-new hybrid style saws going for less than a grand it’s hard to price a used contractor saw (albeit a nice one) for anything above $400 or so. I think $450-500 is a good place to start, but be prepared to take $400 for it.

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#7 posted 01-01-2014 04:24 AM

Only one for sale on our local Craigslist, a 36-451 w/ Unifence, for $400 firm.

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#8 posted 01-02-2014 02:08 AM

All great feedback, everyone. I read through someone else’s post on crazy Craigslist people and didn’t want to join that club (ask for what I paid for it). I’d be reluctant to let it go for less than $400, but I’m prepared to throw in the Freud blade and Delta dado set. Or keep it. Thanks!

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#9 posted 01-02-2014 03:51 AM

Your UniFence is a $300 Add-On. Don’t forget that!!! I’d say $500 – $600 is Way more than Fair. I sold my 30 yr old Rockwell/Delta Contractor saw with it’s MicroAdjust Original fence and the bearings and arbor was totally SHOT for $200. I was 100% up front with the guy on the condition of the saw. Had the replacement parts list all ready for him to order the parts and the prices. Motor was strong and new belt. He had no problem with the price. Said it was a lot better than the Plastic Direct Drive Crap at Lowes and Home Depot. For $125 bucks in parts and 2-3 hours of work he’d have a strong working saw. I agreed! Sounds like your saw is ready to go to work. $300 saw $300 fence. Sounds like a deal to me.

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#10 posted 01-02-2014 04:40 AM

I own a Delta Limited Edition Contractor with Unifence which I bought new 15-some years ago; in principle I agree they should be worth more than $400 but it doesn’t have a riving knife (everyone wants one now) and it’s a contractor (everyone hates contractors unless it’s a Sawstop). The Unifence alone should sell for $150 used. Anyway, good luck with the sell.

-- Rick M,

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