The search for new equipment! #1: Jewel found at an auction!

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Blog entry by Dustin Ward (aka Tearen) posted 07-24-2009 04:03 AM 1652 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just had to gloat a little tonight.

I decided to leave work early and go to a local auction today. The ad stated there would be some woodworking equipment there. Never one to turn down the chance to get something else for the garage/shop I decided to drive the 30 minutes. I did call ahead, and all they could tell me is that all the woodworking equipment was for a small shop (perfect for me.)

So even without a listing I took the chance. I was a little worried when I got there. Even before seeing the equipment I noticed that there was probably over 400 guys walking around. “Good luck getting a deal,” I told myself.

The owner had just about everything and almost everything was Delta brand. Drill press, jointer, osc. spindle sander, table saw, disk/belt sander, chop saw…. and a performax 16-32 Drum Sander w/moveable base and feed/outfeed extentions. I decided that I would stick around and take a shot at the Drum Sander. Since all I really need was that or a lathe. I do a lot of endgrain cutting boards and this would be such a great time saver.

Bidding started at $50.00 and of course it went up…..... and then I was a little shocked! They pointed at me and said “Winner” and we were only at $335. I guess everyone else was there for the plasma cutters and welders.

I had that thing in my vehicle before someone decided a mistake had happened and started the bidding over again.

Yep, I am a very happy camper tonight.

14 comments so far

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#1 posted 07-24-2009 04:32 AM

Wow, you are a winner. These sell for about $1,000 plus. Nice snag, you practically stole it. Hope you have fun with it.


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#2 posted 07-24-2009 04:51 AM

It does feel great to get a bargain doesnt it? Congrats!

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#3 posted 07-24-2009 04:55 AM

wow i’ll give $336 LOL great deal enjoy

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 07-24-2009 05:00 AM

hahaha, yeah, I would probably do the same. give them the money, snag it , put in the car, and leave with smoking tires before they figure out there was a mistake… LOL

nice catch! that would be a super helper for your cutting boards…

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Dustin Ward (aka Tearen)

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#5 posted 07-24-2009 05:06 AM

If I would have known that I was going to get such a great deal I would have gotten some of the other tools. The jointer went for $130, drill press $125, osc spindle sander $110, a CMT router station for $140, and a multi-station table that had a 1” vertical belt sander and a 6” disk/belt sander combo that went for $120.

I think I will enjoy this a lot. I do a lot of craft shows and anything that can help me make the cutting boards I sell is always a bonus.

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#6 posted 07-24-2009 05:19 AM

Awesome deal, congrats!

-- J. Neel, Texas - God Bless!

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#7 posted 07-24-2009 07:16 AM

Wow what a great deal!!!! A few years ago I saw an ad in the paper for a drum sander, a lathe, a planer and a drillpress. I called right away to go see. When I got there I told him I would buy everything. It was a Jet drillpress (upgrade), the planer was a Powermatic 13” (upgrade), a Performax 16-32 drumsander (needed)and the lathe was the 36” Jet (which I didn’t need but it came with about $650.00 worth of lathe tools).I got everything $775.00. These kind of deals rarely come along but when they do it is a great feeling. Congrats!!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#8 posted 07-24-2009 11:52 AM

Great deal Tearen. I’ve got the Performax 16/32 and I love. With your cutting boards, you’ll wonder how you got along without it.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#9 posted 07-24-2009 11:54 AM

nice score

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#10 posted 07-24-2009 12:16 PM

What a steal…............congratulations man.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#11 posted 07-24-2009 01:09 PM

That was a good deal. I have seldom bought tools auctions because they normally end up being overpriced by the time the bidding fever ends. But you bought a nice piece of equipment at a bargain price.

Nice score.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#12 posted 07-24-2009 02:16 PM

Very nice! Did I spy you dancing in the woodshop?

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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Dustin Ward (aka Tearen)

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#13 posted 07-24-2009 05:07 PM

Yep, I was doing a little jig in the shop last night…. Heck… I was walking with a spring in my step the minute they said “Winner”.

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#14 posted 10-03-2009 02:51 AM

more jealousy….yum, great deal.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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