Is there any where that u can get good used table saws that havent
been abused? I m new to woodworking and i am just setting up my shop
but cant afford new machines. any help?
World Gift Shoppes
Depending on your definition of "abused" will it determine the spectrum of
saws for sale. I see many saws almost daily passing through Craigslist, that
is, at least in my area. In some cases, or more, people sell their equipment
for reasons such as financial downfall, death in the family, physical
limitations, etc. Therefore, many of these saws, as well as other tools, are
still in fair to great shape. If you learn more about the functions of these
machines and tools, you'll provide a vast amount of knowledge for yourself,
then knowing what to look for within a tool, in which the payoffs will be
much more rewarding.
On Sun, 13 Apr 2008 07:22:47 -0700 (PDT), mrsnippy
You need to do a lot of looking. Keep looking in your local newspaper
and estate sales. I looked for 4 years and had no luck, but I saved
up while searching then bought a new one. Get a good one, and you
won't have the frustrations and you won't need to buy again!
I did the same when upgrading from a contractor saw to a cabinet saw.
In some areas, good used tools are everywhere. In others, you gotta'
be ready, fast, and somewhat lucky to get a good used tool.
Proving I live in the latter type of area, I used my Jet contractor's
saw for 5 years for "almost free"! I paid $500, new in '97, and sold
it for $525 in 2002. The saw was listed in my local "Bargain Shopper"
for less than one day, literally hours, selling to the first caller. I
got 3 or 4 more calls while the buyer was loading the saw into his
On another note, I paid $1650 for my General 650 cabinet saw in 2002.
The same saw now goes $2600 - > $3000, depending on the dealer. I
could probably sell the 650 quite quickly, for more than I paid for
Most top quality stationary machines and hand tools will at least hold
their value. The tools that don't hold value well seem to be
"homeowner" quality tools and cordless construction tools.
Pardon my simplicity with the above numbers, I do understand
opportunity costs and time value of money, that's why I said "almost"
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Couple of years ago I bought a Jet Cabinet Table Saw off ebay for $350.00 it
was hardly used. Solid cast iron top with extension and upgraded fence. I
believe this same saw would have sold for 1200.00 to 1500.00 brand new. I
live in Southern California and at the time a few were listed. If you live
in a smaller community you might have to look longer or drive farther to
pick it up. It's not something you want to ship! btw the guy threw in a
bunch of extras too, which probably added up to 350.00.
"You can lead them to LINUX
but you can't make them THINK"
I, too, looked for a long time. I finally obtained a Powermatic 66
from a public school auction. Many high-schools are doing away with
their vocational education facilities, so industrial equipment comes
up for auction from time to time. In my experience, the schools buy
good quality equipment and maintain it pretty well. One caveat,
however. Almost all of the stuff I've seen is 3-phase (as was the saw
I got). If you don't have 3-phase power, you'll have to re-motor it,
make/buy a phase converter, or put a VFD on it. I went the VFD route,
because I already had it (free cast-off from employer). Good luck,
and be patient.
Depends upon where you live, I suppose. In Minneapolis MN there's a
company called Peterson Machine that sells all sorts of used woodworking
equipment (new, too). They have a pretty good reputation for checking
out the used stuff the sell. Try the yellow pages.
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