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PurpLev

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#1 posted 320 days ago

build it … and they will come

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

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#2 posted 320 days ago

I bought my Fore Plane, table saw, Shop Fox Classic Fence, Bandsaw, and Miter Saw on CL, so I think good deals are to be had there.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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bbc557ci

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#3 posted 320 days ago

Couple months ago I bought a Unisaw off CL… paid $500 for it, and it was only about 2 miles from me. All it needed other than some minor clean up was a set of belts. Great deal IMO.

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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JoeinGa

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#4 posted 320 days ago

Found my Dewalt 735 planer on CL. Bought it on Thanksgiving morning no less. Called the guy the night before, told him “I WANT IT !” and that I’d be there at 8am. When I got there Thanksgiving day he told me he had 5 or 6 other calls after mine, each one saying they could be there right away, but he kept his word to me and waited till morning for me to show up.

Plus I got it for a GOOD PRICE!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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bbc557ci

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#5 posted 320 days ago

I forgot…. last summer I found a 113 Craftsman TS on CL. I called the guy and later that day went to his house to take a look. Old, but not in terribe shape ‘cept the motor was shot. Got the TS for $25.00. Shot motor so I put a “looking for” add up on CL for a 1 or more hp motor. Guy contacted me a week or so later and said he had a motor. Six mile drive to take a look, and the motor looked like new. I gave the guy $45.00 for the motor. So now I have the Craftsman TS up and running nicely for $70.00. Ok, maybe not a killer deal but where ya gonna get a good operable TS for $70.00? :o)

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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firefighterontheside

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#6 posted 320 days ago

Its a great idea but not sure it would take off. I dont think the OP of the “gone nuts” thread had any idea what he was creating.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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William

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#7 posted 320 days ago

I’ve bought a lot of things off of craiglist.
However, the best thing I ever bought was a lathe.
It isn’t because it was a great lathe, but because I met a guy who introduced me to a couple of great friends and Lumberjocks.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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MrRon

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#8 posted 319 days ago

Any time you try to provide an idea, or service that will save anything, there will always be someone who things he can make a buck off of it.

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waho6o9

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#9 posted 319 days ago

Great idea.

A c note for this jointer made me a happy camper.

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JustJoe

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#10 posted 319 days ago

Tucson CL – this is a steal and if I wasn’t already set I’d buy it myself:
http://tucson.craigslist.org/tls/4110111215.html

Slow-speed grinder and complete wolverine sharpening setup to include the skew holder and the varigrind for $95 total.

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exelectrician

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#11 posted 319 days ago

When I see a steal of a deal, I put in my email the plea, “call me first” this really works, somehow I usually get first pick on the good stuff.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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toolie

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#12 posted 319 days ago

got this for $40 via CL:

sold it for $750 and bought this for $700:

so that’s a rikon 10-340 and $10 in my pocket. better than free?

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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JoeinGa

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#13 posted 319 days ago

Toolie… FOURTY BUCKS???? You musta held a gun on the guy!

Or you bought it from your DAD and he said ”Well son, just gimme SOMETHIN for it, so’s you can tell folks you bought it.” :-):-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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bbc557ci

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#14 posted 319 days ago

HOLY COW Toolie!!!

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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BTimmons

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#15 posted 319 days ago

Toolie, my jaw fell open. No joke. 40 bucks, what a steal!

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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RibsBrisket4me

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#16 posted 319 days ago

HOLY CRAP TOOLIE!!!! That BS for $40 may be the best tool gloat-EVER!!!!

-- http://www.PictureTrail.com/gid6255915

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DS

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#17 posted 319 days ago

I dunno, ten bucks is ten bucks…
I’d be more interested in his opinion comparing the Jet to the Rikon.

I’ve owned a Jet 18” bandsaw before (Paid $1300, BTW)
Now I have a CL find Shop Fox 19” BS that I Paid $400 for.

Don’t know much about the Rikon, but you obviously thought to prefer it over the Jet. (Or maybe you just wanted the ten bucks)

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#18 posted 319 days ago

I paid $60 for an old (1940s?) Delta 2-speed metal/wood 12inch bandsaw with riser. Three phase motor though, still not addressed. It was owner of a building who had to clear out stuff left by last commercial tenant. He asked if I wanted a drill press too and I didn’t really but then he showed me the same vintage Delta DP220 floor model with a period retirement light and said $40 and it’s yours. The light alone goes for $65 or $70! I didn’t need to think twice.

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toolie

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#19 posted 319 days ago

That BS for $40 may be the best tool gloat-EVER!!!!

thanks. i actually paid $140 for ~ $2500 worth of tools. also included were a bosch 4100 TS with stand (sold to a good friend for $75), a delta HCM, ryobi 10” DP, makita belt and 1/4 sheet sanders, milwaukee sawsall and a few more things. i sorta figured the prorated net cost of the BS to be ~ $40. seller was getting divorced and i was the only person who showed up in response to his CL ad.

regarding the subsequent BS exchange, the 10-340 is far and away superior to the jet jwbs-18 i got in the CL deal. it’s physically larger with beefier components. and the 2 hp motor is a beast. it weighs almost 100 lbs more and is just a more enjoyable tool to operate. the jet was my first WMH tool group (parent of jet, powermatic and wilton) product and it was also my last. too long on promise, too short on delivery and, for anyone who bought one new, pricey, making it, IMHO, a poor value based purchase. ‘course, @ ~ $40, it’s a different story. it was a good deal. a great rikon BS and $10 in my pocket.

it’ll be hard for me to top that deal, although the unisaw for $40 in gas money comes close, but that’s another story (careful inspection of the lower left area of the rikon BS pic shows the unisaw sans it’s top during it’s rehab).

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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DIYaholic

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#20 posted 318 days ago

I LOVE CL!!!
DW735 thickness planer = $100.00
DeWalt 20” Scroll Saw = $100.00
Jet 1442 Lathe = $375.00
I would say that 75% – 90% of my shop is CL deals.
I could go on and on and on….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#21 posted 318 days ago

Toolie, that had to be one of those where the wife is getting ready to file for divorce after finding out her husband is cheating on her and he’s out of town.

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toolie

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#22 posted 318 days ago

bullhead….....sorry, it was the owner of the tools who facilitated the transaction. wives (past or present) weren’t anywhere in sight.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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MrRon

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#23 posted 318 days ago

If you find a “good” deal on CL, you won’t know how good a deal it is until you buy it.

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Steve Peterson

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#24 posted 317 days ago

The good deals on CL don’t last long and they get removed. But, the bad deals linger around forever.

There is a rusted out old arn lathe with duct tape holding the belt cover in place that gets posted every week for $1500. It is probably worth around $200-300 at most, yet it has shown up in every search for the past 2 years. It makes it appear like all of the items posted are complete junk. The same thing happens with houses and real estate adds.

-- Steve

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bbc557ci

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#25 posted 317 days ago

Can’t beat this deal :o)

http://syracuse.craigslist.org/tld/4115202218.html

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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Chris208

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#26 posted 317 days ago

I’ve found a number of good or great deals on CL.

The best deal I got was a Delta 37-190 Jointer that I bought for $25. The seller had bought it at that price on the condition that if he ever sold it, he would sell it for $25. I bought it, cleaned it up, and sold it for $250. It also came with a nice mobile base that I kept for my jointer.

I bought a Delta lunch box planer for $60. The first one with the cutter head lock. It’s still working pretty well, but can be a bit finicky when taking very light passes.

I got a 14” Delta bandsaw for $60. However, it was beat, and I ended up spending about $300 more to get it running, and install a Kreg fence on it. It’s a fantastic saw now, but I probably wouldn’t make any money if I sold it.

There are definitely deals to be had on CL. The key is checking frequently, and being able to move quickly to snatch up the good stuff.

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dogmir

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#27 posted 316 days ago

I have found several good deals myself as someone else stated most of my shop is from craigslist.

Jet JJ-6CSX 6” Jointer $100
Duracraft pro table saw $100 ( Made by Orion same as Ridgid r4511 with cast iron top)
14” Craftsman Pro Band Saw $100 (older delta clone)

I know there more that is slipping my mind. Those are three of my better deals.

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onecarwallace

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#28 posted 314 days ago

I got a Dewalt DW733 planer for $225. The guy threw in a second set of knives and 5 2’x4’ sheets of 3/4” maple ply.

Also, Kreg K2 jig for $25, plus a huge bag of screws for it.

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darthford

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#29 posted 314 days ago

Fashions idol in toolie’s image, kneels and bows to it.

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firefighterontheside

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#30 posted 314 days ago

This should be a pretty good deal if anyone is in the St. Louis area.

http://stlouis.craigslist.org/tls/4119673555.html

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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Joseph Jossem

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#31 posted 314 days ago

onieda cyclone system 5hp 200’ of duct $100
powermatic tablesaw 5 hp new $800
10” oliver jointer new $1000
85 bmw 70k original miles for 9.9 mercury motor barter action
general mortisser new $300
yes there are always deals on cl but you have to watch for them 24/7 someone always needs quick cash and will lose money on equipment

thats a fuuny one what they selling mangoes hahaa

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Odiferous

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#32 posted 314 days ago

Nice guy on the south side of Houston selling a bunch of stuff at pretty good prices: http://houston.craigslist.org/tls/4118043377.html

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firefighterontheside

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#33 posted 311 days ago

This seems like a good deal.

http://stlouis.craigslist.org/tls/4125412776.html

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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JustJoe

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#34 posted 311 days ago

There was a thread here somewhere about building your own lathe. This guy apparently did so, and then put a nice chuck on it and is giving it away free:

http://tucson.craigslist.org/tls/4127502763.html

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firefighterontheside

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#35 posted 310 days ago

Usually free is a good deal!

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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DS

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#36 posted 310 days ago

Sometimes, “free” is like someone saying to you, “Here, you throw this away.”

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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bbc557ci

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#37 posted 309 days ago

I picked up a Heil 100K in 90K out NG furnace a couple of days ago off CR. Guy told me it’s 12-13 years old and rated 95% efficient. I looked on the tags and didn’t see an eff. rating but it is a direct/PVC vent type. So I’d guess it’s somewhere between 92% and 95% ? Anyways, the guy said he got a deal on central air and decided to change the furnace as long as he was going with new AC. He told me it leaks a little water from the exhaust blower motor, and I could see that someone had globbed silicone caulk on the housing in an attempt to stop the leak. Anyways, I took a chance and bought it, and got it home and ran gas lines and all that, and she fired up…and yup, it did leak a bit of water from the exhaust blower. So, I took the blower casing apart and cleaned it up and resealed it with high temp (Ultra Black) silicone. No more leaking!!!

I paid $50.00 for the furnace and do believe it will heat the new shop/garage with no problem :o)

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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firefighterontheside

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#38 posted 298 days ago

Here’s a good deal for someone.
http://stlouis.craigslist.org/tls/4153120044.html

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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gfadvm

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#39 posted 297 days ago

I recently bought a very lightly used Wood-Mizer LT15 sawmill off CL for less than half of the new price. Guy was having problems and in need of cash. It came with 10 unused blades, 2 new cant hooks, and 10 blades to be resharpened. I honestly felt bad taking advantage of this guy. But I do LOVE my mill!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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upinflames

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#40 posted 297 days ago

Picked up a PM66 , 1973 model , pretty rough but she’s coming together – $350.00

1988 Hegner Multimax II scroll saw – $60.00

‘80s Foley Belsaw 6 1/8” jointer – $125.00

The scroll saw and jointer didn’t need much attention, the table saw is a different story.

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johnstoneb

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#41 posted 297 days ago

I picked up a Jet 1100CFM dust collector for $125 barely used.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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Holt

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#42 posted 296 days ago

Most of my big tools came from CL (all but my Ridgid lunchbox planer and Powermatic Mortiser)

Craftsman Contractor saw with Cast iron router table wing: $350
Shopsmith Mk V with Jointer: $600
Shopsmith Band Saw: $150
Shopsmith Belt Sander: $120
Shopsmith Lather Duplicator: $100
Shopsmith Jig Saw with power stand: $100
Delta drill press 18-900 new in box: $400
Hegner Multimax scroll saw on 3 legged stand: $150
Vintage Delta/Rockwell ~1941 Unisaw: $350
Delta 14” cast iron band saw on Stand: $100
Dewalt GWI 10” RAS: $150
Dewalt Powerstation 10” RAS: $200
Ridgid OSS: $85
Festool Track Saw: $300

Think that’s pretty much it for power tools. I did get a “full set” of Record Bench planes, never used, still wrapped in oil paper and in original boxes for $300. Was thinking that wasn’t a great deal until folks started trying to buy the 4 1/2 one from me…

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CharlesA

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#43 posted 296 days ago

If you live near Asheville and want one of the old Craftsman table saws: http://asheville.craigslist.org/tls/4157245154.html

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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bigblockyeti

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#44 posted 296 days ago

Every “good deal” I’ve seen is usually short lived. I called a guy giving away a radial arm saw for free. I was picked up less than 15 minutes after he posted. I don’t really want to buy one based on how much I think I’ll use it, but for free, that I can justify! Divorce and death are the two best ways to buy tools and boats, both have subjective resale value (especially boats with high fuel prices and a suffering economy), but more people can use tools to make money than boats. I’ve seen great deals on entire workshops full of good, lightly used equipment, but usually whom ever is selling wants it all gone as a single lot, resulting in a very high price, despite being a good deal.

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bbc557ci

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#45 posted 296 days ago

I agree bigblock. I’ve seen and called on two take all or nothing adds on CL. And both really did mean – take all.

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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firefighterontheside

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#46 posted 294 days ago

A lot of talk about these lately. Not exactly a steal, but much cheaper than new.
http://stlouis.craigslist.org/tls/4138537144.html

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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firefighterontheside

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#47 posted 290 days ago

Here’s for anyone that had been interested in the router attachment for a radial arm saw that someone here had posted a while ago.
http://stlouis.craigslist.org/tls/4168538234.html

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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Odiferous

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#48 posted 268 days ago

Sounds like a Ridgid 4512 for $200 in north Houston: http://houston.craigslist.org/tls/4210903837.html#

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#49 posted 268 days ago

I paid $15 for this scroll saw. Got it on Creig’s List. I use it almost every day.

-- In God We Trust

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stephan

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#50 posted 268 days ago

I got my Unisaw off Craigs list about 6-7 years ago. The guy wanted $500 I told him ok but let me hear it run, so the guy tries to plug it into a 110 outlet. I tell him its not going to run its 220 but he insisted it would run. When it didn’t he tells me the motor is no good and I can have it for $150. I took a chance and grabbed it, when I got it home I plugged it into my 220 outlet and it ran like a champ.

-- Stephan

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