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#1 posted 10-18-2013 11:41 PM

Bought my 1948 Craftsman bandsaw at an industry auction for $50 over 25 years ago. New tires and guides and it is still going strong.

Went to a consignment auction last winter. They had a lot of new or almost new Rigid equipment. Was interested in the table saw. It all went for over what is could be bought at HD. Some People !?

At the same auction there were some hand planes. One was weird looking. The bid went to $15 so I held up my hand, wasn’t going to let it go that cheap. Someone else did as well and the auctioneer got the other guy at $20 and me at $25. I got it. After some research, found it was a Stanley 48 Tongue and Groove Model 1. One very similar sold for $102 on ebay not long ago.

Bought an Incra Ultra jig for $25 last spring at an estate sale. It is setting on the floor of a small portable building. Knew what it was immediately but asked the guy what it was. He didn’t know. I said I’ll give you $30 and he said he would take $25. I said SOLD.

Went back the next day to look for the the strips that slide in for different setups. Found them on the floor being stepped on. Found a book but not the original manual that I really wanted.

At the same estate sale, I got a box of of Starrett hole saws and multiple arbors that day for $10 and an electric motor for $5 from the same guy.

I know what Holbs means by spending too much. I go to estate sales almost every weekend. Buy items for various hobbies that I know something about. Recently bought seven large scale plastic model aircraft for $10 ea., they go for around $80 each on ebay. Have just missed out on some good deals on RC airplane kits. Bought at base clarinet for $62, after $250 reconditioning, should sell for around $900 (son-in-law is a high school band director and helps with that).

I wish Holbs had not told you all the secrets. Wait!! I just did the same.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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