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Robert Hayward
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Current cost of new woodworking machines
Nov 15th, 2021 at 12:02pm
 
A couple years ago I sold my combo belt and disc sander and replaced it with a 20" disc sander. The old combo Rikon was marginally powered and had only a 9" disc. I did this thinking the 20" disc would be good enough. Have regretted getting rid of the belt sander ever since.

Have always wanted an edge sander and even looked at one of them instead of the 20" disc. Went online shopping for a 6X80~100 edge sander the other day. Could not believe a machine that was selling for $900~$1100 two years ago now is selling for $1500~$1800 and up.

After seeing the current cost of an edge sander I started poking around checking current prices of machines I bought in the last six or seven years. Wow does not describe what i was seeing. Over a five or so year period I upgraded my little shop with new good quality machines while I was still working and in anticipation of retiring. Sure glad I did it back then.

What is going on with the cost of our woodworking machines? Not only the price but the three to five month wait to get one also?
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Re: Current cost of new woodworking machines
Reply #1 - Nov 15th, 2021 at 1:47pm
 
The wait is easy to figure out due to supply chain issues. Most woodworking machines are either built entirely overseas or use components from overseas. Either way you'll need to be patient.

As for the price, I can't say. IMO most woodworking machines are quite simple. A motor, a control box, a shaft or two and a belt blade or disc.
When you actually think about it, there really aren't that many complex parts.
Now the quality can and does vary quite a lot but not as much as the price, which is my ongoing complaint. Why spend $xxxx when I can get nearly the same quality by spending $xxx.
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Reply #2 - Nov 16th, 2021 at 11:52am
 
My family owns a manufacturing business in the mid west. Dad said metal costs have tripled in this last year. Every thing is going up.... I am really glad I got my house and shop done 3 years back...

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Reply #3 - Nov 19th, 2021 at 11:04am
 
Of course it's all blamed on a virus. I would dare to call it greed. I wonder if the prices will ever go back to what is considered normal?
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Reply #4 - Nov 19th, 2021 at 12:26pm
 
Once everyone gets used to the higher prices they won't go back down. Same thing happened back in 70's.


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Reply #5 - Nov 19th, 2021 at 2:57pm
 
Glenn Jacobs wrote on Nov 19th, 2021 at 12:26pm:
Once everyone gets used to the higher prices they won't go back down. Same thing happened back in 70's.


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YEP

As I very easily predicted (no special skills required)
Lumber has come back down but it will never come ALL the way back down.

It's like when the county or state wants to raise your sales tax for a year to fund a project and tells you it will go back to the previous rate when the project is finished. it never seems to happen does it  Undecided
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Reply #6 - Nov 19th, 2021 at 4:13pm
 
I just received this today.
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That's about as close as you get to prices being reasonable these days

I have a Jet 1642, if I were to buy the current comparable Jet, the 1640, from the same place, It would cost me $1,300 more than I paid in 2008,
It's getting out of hand
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Reply #7 - Nov 19th, 2021 at 9:53pm
 
I bought a Jet 1840 at the beginning of this year for about USD2,600. It is now about 3,400 from the same vendor.
Two years ago, my Grizzly bandsaw cost 625 (Before discount). Now it's 899!
I'm glad I bought when I did!
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Reply #8 - Nov 20th, 2021 at 9:24am
 
Several weeks ago I took my 44 year old Craftsman table saw to my daughter's house to help with a flooring project. After a couple of uses it would only run at a slow speed.  Wife said maybe you need a new one.  After looking at the  prices I told her we could probably put a new motor in it for less than even a cheap one at the BORG.  Insane crazy prices.   

Oh  the  problem was the box holding the switch, starting relay and capacitor was packed full of sawdust.  Blew it out,  and worked perfectly.
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Reply #9 - Nov 21st, 2021 at 12:07pm
 
"Now is the times that try men's souls."
Now is the time to spend some time to apply maintenance to our tools that we have in order to make them last longer.

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