How can I buy a New Cabinet Saw for only $20? #16: Picked up a 1940's Delta DP220 Drill Press

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Blog entry by Chickenfoot posted 04-22-2012 11:07 PM 10916 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 15: 1960 Delta Band Saw & My First Shopsmith Part 16 of How can I buy a New Cabinet Saw for only $20? series Part 17: My First Live Auction »

It’s been a while since the last posting. I sold the band saw for $560 and some of the Shopsmith parts for another $80 after fees which makes my total $2040 as of Saturday. Today I picked up a Vintage Delta DP220 Drill Press for $100. The Ser# is 1-1514 which puts it about 1939-40… This ones all mine, you won’t see it for sale for a while. With this purchase my total is $1940, I have had a hard time selling the Shopsmith so I decided to split it up and list it on the Bay. Should make a couple bucks by next weekend. Keeping my eye on the big picture…

-- Mark-

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#1 posted 04-22-2012 11:36 PM

I can’t remember, is there a definitive dollar amount you are shooting for???

I love the design of “Old Iron”. The old machines have much more pleasing lines & character. Nice find.

Keep going, we are all eagerly waiting to see some saw dust flying from your $20.00 cabinet saw!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 04-23-2012 12:16 AM

Plus I think you are running way ahead of your goal, you might need to add a bandsaw to your list of tools bought with this $20.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#3 posted 04-23-2012 12:33 AM

Randy, I’m shooting for a new Sawstop saw just don’t know which one yet.

Ken, I already have a 14” Jet with a 6” riser and Rockler Table top. I have about $35 invested in it and it came with a nice Work Sharp 3000… I’ll have to tell that story some day. :)

-- Mark-

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#4 posted 04-23-2012 01:18 AM

I continue to be amazed at where you have gotten with your $20 initial investment. I’m afraid I would want to keep too many of the treasures you have found.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 04-23-2012 01:26 AM

Really cool blog!!!
I have always wanted to do this but I get lost in the estate sales. I end up keeping the good stuff I find. Sometimes it is not even good stuff but I think I wont ever find another one so I keep it.

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#6 posted 04-23-2012 06:08 PM

I can’t believe some the of the deals you come across. I also would have a hard time getting rid of some the great old tools, but with the goal you’re working towards, I can see why you part with them. Looking forward to the next installment.

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