I’ve been scouring CraigsList, for over two years now, in an attempt to outfit my embryonic work shop. I have been fortunate enough to have found a lot of great deals….
DeWalt DW735 thickness planer: $100.00
15 Jorgensen F-Clamps: $5.00 ea.
Ridgid OSS (NIB): $90.00
Those are but a few of my CL finds that warrant a gloat. I think my latest tool aquisition just may be my best one yet!!!
The seller stated in the CL ad, that they were downsizing their shop. Which is ironic because, CL is my favorite vehicle to “UPSIZE” my shop!!! Since the transaction & transfer of ownership would involve 1.5 hours of travel on my part, I tried to ascertain the true condition of my potential “new to me” machine. After several eMails and a phone call, I determined it was a worthy trip to take.
Enough foreplay, here are pictures from the CL ad:
Since the ad described the lathe as a JET JWL-1442VSK, I quickly surfed the interweb for retail pricing, reviews and whatnot. Being a turning virgin, I also had(have) a lot of learning to do. Where does someone go to learn any & all things wood working??? Why LumberJocks of course. So I hightailed it here and posted my cry for help, in assessing this lathes potentiality of becoming mine. Thanks everyone for the help!!!
I made the 1.5 hour drive to meet my potential lathe & the seller. Upon arrival, I find the seller trying to reinstall the on off switch! Yeah, that was tape, in the photo, holding the switch in place. She spent a valiant hour, while I was there & another before my arrival, trying to install the switch, but was unsuccessful. Well, I can’t buy a lathe if it’s operation is unknown. So, I jumped in to assist. There really wasn’t enough wire to make the connections to the switch, without disassembling the internals of the headstock. So I flew to the hardware store and bought 1’ of wire, 2 male spade connectors, 2 female spade connectors and made two short jumpers, right on the cashier counter. Suffice it to say, the switch was now able to be made temporarily operational. Lathe assessment can continue!!!
It was time to “flick the switch” and hope sparks didn’t fly….........
Short story long, the lathe motor fired up and no magic smoke appeared. I checked for runout, operation of the Reeves variable speed, lever locks locked, the centers aligned. The machine, to the best of my feable ability, tested out A-OK!!!
Now then, what makes a gloat, gloat worthy??? I feel that there are several factors; rarity of said item, “minty” condition of the item and of course the price paid needs to be way below the true value of the item being purchased. This is not a rare lathe. This lathe is not in mint condition. So, process of elimination leaves price paid.
The “new” retail price of this lathe is $1,429.99 on Amazon. Used items usually garner around 1/2 of “new” retail, depending upon condition. I would say this lathe is in fair to good condition. PLEASE, take a look at the photos & let me know if you agree.
What say you? Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent condition???
The seller asked for $400.00 in the CL posting. I went home with this lathe for a grand total of $375.00 (plus $3.93 for jumper pieces/parts)!!!
Is this lathe purchase GLOAT WORTHY???
-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow!