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Sharing my auction experiences

by Holbs
posted 10-12-2013 05:48 PM

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#1 posted 10-12-2013 11:54 PM

I got a Delta Unisaw with a 52 inch Uni-fence for $180.

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#2 posted 10-13-2013 12:10 AM

I got a Rockwell lathe for 65.00. The same auction a delta contractor tablesaw looked great 85.00 and a 14”delta bandsaw 60.00. If I had the money at the time I would have bid on those as well.

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#3 posted 10-13-2013 07:11 AM

grandpa… did you get it locally? or did you get it shipped?

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#4 posted 10-18-2013 02:13 PM

Holbs, how do you find local auctions? I’m in the Chicagoland area and have always been curious as I’m sure I can pick up some nice stuff for dirt cheap considering my locale.

-- Matt, Arizona,

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#5 posted 10-18-2013 02:39 PM

I agree with you. Auctions are a good way to buy machinery and equipment. My brother and I have been going to auctions for at least 40 years. We’ve had two woodworking plants over the years and have bought a lot of equipment, hardware, tooling, and raw material at auctions.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 10-18-2013 04:38 PM

My best auction get is the pristine Monarch 10ee metal lathe in my avatar. Not exactly cheap at $9500, but current replacement cost is $150,000 for a like machine new from Monarch. Some good luck on that one.

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#7 posted 10-18-2013 10:15 PM

unbob… that machine looks to belong in Willy Wonka factory it looks so pristine. or a dieselpunk gumball machine :) must of been fun to move it

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#8 posted 10-18-2013 10:22 PM


google search chicago auctions. one such place

finding local auctions can be tricky because they do not have the funding to advertise or don’t bother. I have 4 locally here in Reno, NV. 2 are on auctionzip so can be easily found… the other 2 are in-person only (no online, no phone orders) and i found them by talking to auction folk from the other 2.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#9 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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#10 posted 10-19-2013 12:48 PM

I’ve had a few really good auction deals this year. I bought a nearly complete 1966 Unisaw for $65. It’s missing a blade guard and I had to deal with a lot of surface rust but everything is in great working order.

At another auction I upgraded the old 30ish” Unisaw fence for a newer 52” Unifence for $75.

I won a 4’x8’x3” thick slab of laminated maple for $2. That will make a great workbench.

I ran into a huge lot of clamps. They auctioned them off by choice and I got 10 Bessey K-body clamps for $9 each. The rest of the 20 or so clamps were assorted pipe, F style bar and one handed Quick-Grip and Bessey clamps. I bought those for $100.

I bought a 5’x5’ maple-topped workbench for $20. It included 2 heavy duty metal vices.

I spent $220, overspending by my standards, for a Powermatic 8” model 50 jointer.

Radial Arm saw $20. Another lot of 30 assorted smaller clamps $15. 50# of boxed wood screws $5. A large box with 30 or so drawer glides $25….

I love auctions!

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#11 posted 10-19-2013 01:08 PM

walker turner bandsaw, $100.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#12 posted 10-19-2013 01:23 PM

Invicta 18” x 60 ” wood lathe, $525
36” Yates American BS, $100
Grizzley Morticer, $120
Powermatic 20” planer, $200
146 wood clamps, Wetzler and Jorgensen, mostly, $230
5500 bd ft of KD Oak, Sapele, Cherry, $300
30’ x 8” stroke sander, $500

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#13 posted 10-20-2013 01:24 PM

I got a vintage Delta 8” jointer at an auction for $100. If you buy a VFD or rotary phase converter, you can get some really, REALLY nice machines for cheap.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#14 posted 10-20-2013 03:59 PM

true, dave.
i see tons of 3phase machinery go for 1/2 or more than 1phase machinery at auctions.
when i get filthy rich and build a true workshop, i’ll pay the $15,000 to get 3phase supplied.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#15 posted 10-20-2013 04:25 PM

Its getting much easier and less costly to deal with 3phase equipment. Most of my woodworking machines are 3phase, that I bought cheap. It does scare most folks away, good thing for us that are in the know, at least for now anyway.

These are the ultimate in phase converters, actually better then utility 3phase, but not really needed for regular non cnc woodworking machines. Around $3000 for a 10hp.

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#16 posted 10-20-2013 04:28 PM

75% of our entire shop is from auctions. Recent auctions alone we got 5 shapers, 3 power feeders, pm65/bies 52” fence, 3 HP Unisaw great condition, double spindle pocket machine, Blum minipress. Previous auctions netted 5 HP Unisaw, pm66, pm81 20” BS, 5 HP cyclone DC, quincy 325 compressor, Ritter 4132 edge sander, delta 6132 edge sander, 14” older delta American band saw, jet mini lathe, delta scroll saw, another 52” bies fence, safety speed cut router panel, several filing cabinets for tool storage and a number of tall metal lockers. Many many more things also that I flipped for nice profits. I do auctions as part time fun and spending cash. I found that I can have our equipment for nearly free through a flipping idea I use. Most every auction I buy for shop needs and also to flip in order to cover my shop need expense. I also buy to restore such as with the pm65 I recently got.

I know eBay is not part of this, but it is a tool I use. Just this past 6 weeks i sold all of my dewalt 18v tools. I had a ton of dewalt 18v and parted it all out and it all sold. Using the money, and adding a little extra money to the total, I updated to the dewalt 20v system on eBay also. Now we have all new batteries, guns, jig saws, circular saw, etc…

So 75% of our shop is from auction, remaining 24% is CL and 1% is new retail. I consider us avid auction buyers.

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