For those that don’t know me….
I’m addicted, due to finances and the thrill, of hunting for gloat worthy Craigslist scores. Yesterday, I set out on an expedition to “Bag Me A Big One”....
My sights were set on three different potential prey. The vehicle was fueled with petrol and I with caffeine. My journey would encompass traveling from the northwest corner of Vermont, down to the southern tip and then back up to central Vermont, a 350+ mile round trip.
My first stop (B on the map, A is home) was to be way down south, a 2.5 – 3.0 hour affair….
That is until my GPS decided to make it a 4.0 hour ordeal!!! Yeah, technology really proved beneficial, NOT!!!
I’ll return to the results of my first stop a bit later. The horrific travel memories are too fresh to rehash at the moment. Suffice it to say, the hunt was successful….
During my arduous trip, I stopped in to one of our “Vermont Welcome Centers”. Yeah, I needed a few more Mountain Dews, as fellow Ljer, Bandit had stolen all of mine!!! While there I snapped a picture of some “Vermont Woodwork” on display….
Onto “Map Site C”....
I made this stop, in response to a CL add posted in the “FREE” category. I like free, who doesn’t? The “seller” had what he called miscellaneous pieces of teak, free for the taking. Sign me up!!! The pieces were sitting around, cluttering up his shop for several years. What I got were the remnants of outdoor furniture parts. Parts is parts, so I was pleased to relieve him of his clutter. He also decided to throw in the hunk of mahogany, on the right. Did I mention the word FREE?
Hunt #2 successful….
A 45 minute trip to “Map Site D”, found me traversing mountain roads to the town of Bolton. That is the home of “Bolton Valley” ski resort. A place I have skied many a time. As a matter of fact, I blew out my knee there!!! A bad landing, after getting about 15’ of “air”!!! Can you say OUCH???
At the base of the mountain, I met a home owner, a builder really, as he is building his rather large house. Not only is he building it, he is also milling all the lumber for that build, in his basement woodshop. I didn’t get any pictures of the shop or stairway that he milled and built out of Jatoba (also called “Brazilian Cherry”), but it is stunning!!! He happened to be selling the remainder of his Jatoba stash. It was mostly all 8/4 thick, 22” wide and about 16’ in length. Besides the fact that I did not have room to transport it all, my wallet was also a little thin!!! I ended up leaving with a little more than 40bft of 8/4 Jatoba @ $4.00 a BFT!!! I felt that was a great price. What say you???
Hunt #3 Successful….
Let’s retrace my steps back to “Map Site B”, my initial hunting grounds. To arrive at the “Happy Hunting Ground”, I ended up traveling along many a mile of dirt roads. I hate dirt roads…. what with the dust or mud as the case was, the ruts and “washboard” rumbling. I arrived at my destination eager with anticipation, of acquiring what could be my LAST MAJOR machine purchase. Yeah, like that statement could ever be true!!! I was told that my targeted prey was out in the barn. Maybe this picture should be in the “Interesting Barn” thread, elsewhere on this site….
Be veeewy, veeewy quite…. I’m hunting Grizzly!!!
My heart started to race…. with the anticipation of “Bagging A Big One”.... could also have been the Mountain Dews!!!
Do you see it, Just inside the door??? Careful, don’t get too close…. you may spook it!!!
That there my friends, is a Grizzly G0458: 18” Open End Drum Sander!!!
Your Price: $949.00
I called the seller on Monday, one hour after the CL add had been posted. I was the first response to that add. That is the secret to scoring gloat worthy CL deals….BE THE 1st TO RESPOND!!!
The Object of My Affections….
With my work schedule and the traveling distance, I told him that Saturday would be my first opportunity to scope out my potential prey. He agreed to hold it until my arrival and he is a man of his word!!! He said that he purchased it three years ago, used it for a year or so, then put it “to pasture”, err into storage. He wasn’t able to sand the full 18” width and felt it was underpowered. That or he tried to take too big of a bite. I looked over the machine… ignoring the usual dust, it looked in fair to good shape, not abused at all. I had read a bunch of reviews, both here on LJs and elsewhere, so I knew of the “tracking issues” with the feed belt and decided not to let that diminish my evaluation. He plugged in the machine, I played with some adjustments and settings…. He turned it on…. All system go!!!!
I removed the sander from it’s base and with a helping hand, from a friend of the seller, we placed the sander in my vehicle… With “Hunt #1” Done & Successful, I was on my way to Central Vermont….
Oh yeah, with all the excitement, I almost forgot the gloat worthy part….
After I loaded and secured the sander, the seller secured payment….
I handed over crisp $20.00 bills, one at a time….
I would go on, but you get the point….
That & I stopped counting at 10, for a Total Purchase Price of $200.00!!!
I hope you enjoyed following me along my journey. I’ll leave you to judge the “Gloat Worthiness” of these Craigslist finds….
This has been a long enough rambling…. Besides, I need to go surf Craigslist for the next deal….
-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?