What's a good way to sell a table saw? My wife gave me the green light to
buy a new cabinet saw, so I want to sell my contractor saw. I just don't
know if an ad in the paper will be effective.
Any ideas appreciated...
I would think that a want ad would likely sell your saw quickly. That is
what I plan to do with mine when SWMBO gives me the go ahead on a cabinet
saw. I have called a few ads in the paper for equipment (band saw, jointer)
and they are usually gone by the time I call.
Just put FS: in the subject line then tell where you are located, all about
the TS and asking price.
I listed mine here (Delta CS 34-444Z) over two years ago and sold it within
2 days of the post.
Many town have local shoppers papers that list items for free or very cheap.
Bulletin board at work? Interested relative? Donate it?
You could make mention of it here as there are always people reading this NG
looking for tools.
I have sold two table saws, a radial arm saw, and a portable planer all by
placing ads in our local newspaper. Have bought a lot of stuff the same
way. I have posted some of the stuff here, but it's a long shot unless you
want to ship. If you are willing to ship, Ebay is probably your best bet.
But not worth the hassle to me to ship large items. Another good way is to
contact woodworking clubs in your wide area. They often have newbies
looking to outfit a shop and will usually place an ad in their newsletter
Whatever way you choose, setting a _reasonable_ price will git'r'done.
When I wanted to sell a chipper-shredder, I discovered that a
newspaper ad would be outrageously expensive for the $300 I expected to
get, so I decided to try an ad on eBay. I specified pick-up-only and
mentioned my zip code in the ad to give potential buyers an idea of where I
Within an *hour*, I had a buyer (who used the eBay "Buy It Now" button).
That weekend he showed up with a truck and $330.
YMMV, I live in Atlanta so my base of buyers might be larger than average.
Why don't you try, then let us know? I've sold numerous items that
way. What makes a table saw so unique? We have a free advertising
paper hereabouts with a wide circulation [supported by business
advertising.] An ad costs nothing. Ads *and* paper are free to the
public. Barring that, there's nothing wrong with spending a couple of
Sold my table saw on ebay last month after upgrading to a cabinet saw.
Specified "I WILL NOT SHIP" and "saw must be picked up at my house by the
Winning bidder was in PA, and he gladly drove 2+ hours to my house to pick
The TS sold for about $40 more than I had paid for it (used).
You didn't mention brand, model, age.
I recently sold my 70's vintage Craftsman, and I was up front telling folks
it would need a motor. I sold it from a local PenneyPower ad (freebe, 10
words or less) to a finish carpenter that had a motor. Saw, without motor
sold for $50. With a good motor this older machine would have sold in the
$75 to 100 range in our local market.
I constantly see newer Craftsman and Deltas in the $125 - 250 range. Won't
buy a cabinet saw but it will make a good down payment.
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