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Posted on Best way to purge old equipment, tools?

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David Craig

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#1 posted 01-30-2013 01:28 PM

My suggestion, take five tools at a time, photograph them, post them here for an opinion on what you can get from them. Try to be able to answer some basic questions like “do they run?” I am assuming by the names you are giving of the manufacturer, these are power tools. If they don’t run, I wouldn’t do the parting out on your own. If a switch is bad or the motor is shot, folks would much prefer replacing these than putting it all together again.

As far as horror stories go, I personally do not feel craigslist is any more dangerous than posting an ad in the paper or having a garage sale. Interaction with people poses its own risk. More times than not, the worst you are going to encounter is some person who wants a better deal than you are willing to give them. As far as collectible goes, I wouldn’t look to gain much because of “age.” What most woodworkers are going to look for are old machines with cast iron for the tables and more solid construction. From the sounds of it, you have some tools that could be scrap in a yard or brought back to life by a woodworker. While the tool’s fate may be better if put in the hands of a woodworker, I would not expect the gain in profit to be much different. If the tools are in bad shape, there will be a great deal of elbow grease that will need to be applied to make these tools useable again. If they are rough, they are not valuable as is.

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