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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #3: Makita Banana

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Blog entry by Paul Bucalo posted 09-22-2014 11:11 PM 2197 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, it finally occurred to me that I should be looking to Craigslist for used tool deals. It’s not like I didn’t know I should. Sometimes, it takes more twacks from the two-by-four.

I live in a rural area, in the middle of nowhere, equidistant from anything important. It took a bit of search engine extortion to get listings for my fair little cow country. The best deal was a Makita Model 5008NBA 8-1/4” Circular Saw (less blade) for twenty-five bucks:

Not a lot of bananas for a quality tool. Within the hour I was listening to it fire up (such sweet music, truly) and smiling all the way home while it road beside me.

It has some time on it, needs a good cleaning and a better power cord, but everything else that matters is rock solid. I know of several characters that have made decent table saws from circular saws. Two of them with a Makita. Definitely. I see a future project peaking above the horizon.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA



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JoeinGa

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#1 posted 09-22-2014 11:24 PM

Good find. I actually GAVE one of these away a few years back. (Dumb move on my part)

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

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Paul Bucalo

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#2 posted 09-22-2014 11:29 PM



Good find. I actually GAVE one of these away a few years back. (Dumb move on my part)

- JoeinGa

Aww, man. You must have a heart of gold.

(I’ll bet you won’t do that again!)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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Jared

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#3 posted 09-23-2014 07:31 AM

I’m amazed at the deals I’ve found on craigslist. I picked up a craftsman router and 18 bits for $50. I just recently got a craftsman 2.7 hp tablesaw and a rigid chop saw with the laser sight for $150 bucks. All the stuff looked like it had barely been used. I like it when people need to make more room in their garage.

-- Jareds garage.

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Paul Bucalo

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#4 posted 09-23-2014 02:50 PM



I m amazed at the deals I ve found on craigslist. I picked up a craftsman router and 18 bits for $50. I just recently got a craftsman 2.7 hp tablesaw and a rigid chop saw with the laser sight for $150 bucks. All the stuff looked like it had barely been used. I like it when people need to make more room in their garage.

- Jared

I agree. Craigslist is like one humongous garage sale. I truly have no idea why I didn’t camp out there when I first started equipping my woodworking needs. Lesson learned!

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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cynic73

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#5 posted 09-24-2014 07:01 AM

I love craigslist. I outfitted my shop entirely form that sight except for my router + table, table saw, and my DC were new purchases.

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#6 posted 10-23-2016 03:03 PM

Craigslist is awesome! My latest find is a wormdrive HD77 Skil that looks and operates like the previous owner used it once… $80, not my greatest bargain, but a solid one. I have a tablesaw, bandsaw, multi-tool and many others that are either part or complete CL finds. There is a Bosch jigsaw on CL right now for $20… killing me that I don’t have time to go get it!

-- -Tim Royal... Always reminded of this when I see the amazing work LJ's do (I have no choice but to be humble!), "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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