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WillWilson

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08-18-2015 12:53 AM

I’ve been wanting to get into woodworking for some time now. I bought a table saw from craigslist a few months back. I had been looking for a bandsaw, but no one ever posted one nearby. Today I checked and a guy was selling a Steal City Bandsaw 14’’ with a Kreg fence and a mobile base for 400.

I drove over to check it out and noticed a for sale in his drive way. After talking to him, it turned out he was retiring and moving up north, so he was selling his wood working equipment. He had a Delta Jointer on a mobile base and DeWalt planer with a stands.

We talked for a little bit and he agreed to sell me all three for $1050. I was pretty excited, but also worried someone else would buy the items out from under me if I didn’t take them. I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss a good deal but didn’t have time to research each item. I agreed, and now I have all 3 in my garage.

I just finished looking up the items on Google, and it looks like I got a pretty good deal. What are you guy’s thoughts? And what would be a good simple project for someone to begin with to test out the tools?


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ForestGrl

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#1 posted 08-18-2015 01:01 AM

You did well! You are well-set with these plus your table saw to do what you need with stock to get it ready to build things—lucky man (and smart to take advantage when opportunity knocked). I bought my Unisaw from a retiring cabinetmaker, and it was reassuring that he was using it right up until a few days before I bought it. Also, I like the fact that your seller had different brands of tools—that at least means he doesn’t buy just for the name plate. Steel [not Steal ;-) ] City is not seen as commonly as Delta, Dewalt, Jet, etc., but they have produced some good tools. I have their mortiser and longed to get one of their table saws before I got the Unisaw.

I think you did well, both with the choice of tools and the price! Congrats.

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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01ntrain

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#2 posted 08-18-2015 01:03 AM

Oy Vey!!! Why can’t I get these kinds of deals in my area? Those look barely-used! While a lot of people may think that you overpaid, I think that you got a good deal, considering the obvious condition of the machines. Now, all you need is a good dust-collector to get started on making projects.

Curious as to what table-saw that you found on CL?

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WillWilson

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#3 posted 08-18-2015 01:11 AM



You did well! You are well-set with these plus your table saw to do what you need with stock to get it ready to build things—lucky man (and smart to take advantage when opportunity knocked). I bought my Unisaw from a retiring cabinetmaker, and it was reassuring that he was using it right up until a few days before I bought it. Also, I like the fact that your seller had different brands of tools—that at least means he doesn t buy just for the name plate. Steel [not Steal ;-) ] City is not seen as commonly as Delta, Dewalt, Jet, etc., but they have produced some good tools. I have their mortiser and longed to get one of their table saws before I got the Unisaw.

I think you did well, both with the choice of tools and the price! Congrats.

- ForestGrl

Thanks! I am super excited to start building things. I think I am gonna spend this weekend ensuring everything is set up properly.

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#4 posted 08-18-2015 01:15 AM

Pick a project and build it … like a foot stool or a knic-knack shelf … and grow from there …
I always tell the wife that I design my next project around the next tool I want …
You have some good tools there, learn how to use them, they love to work the wood.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#5 posted 08-18-2015 01:17 AM

Looks like you got a great deal to me.

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WillWilson

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#6 posted 08-18-2015 01:17 AM



Oy Vey!!! Why can t I get these kinds of deals in my area? Those look barely-used! While a lot of people may think that you overpaid, I think that you got a good deal, considering the obvious condition of the machines. Now, all you need is a good dust-collector to get started on making projects.

Curious as to what table-saw that you found on CL?

- 01ntrain


It was a Bosh 4100-09. The guy was selling it for 300 bucks, and it was new in the box. I was a little cautious at first because it had a huge hole in the side. He told me he worked for Ace Hardware, and he won it from a company auction. Apparently they couldn’t sell it because no one wanted to buy a saw with a large hole in the box.

It is a decent saw, and has been great so far. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money in case I wasn’t into wood working, and figured it would be a good saw to have around the house for odd projects. If I keep at wood working maybe in a few years I will upgrade.

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WillWilson

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#7 posted 08-18-2015 01:20 AM



Pick a project and build it … like a foot stool or a knic-knack shelf … and grow from there …
I always tell the wife that I design my next project around the next tool I want …
You have some good tools there, learn how to use them, they love to work the wood.

- Grumpymike

That’s a good idea. Maybe I can find some free plans online for something small like your suggestions.

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mahdee

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#8 posted 08-18-2015 01:25 AM

One heck of deal there.

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kinger

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#9 posted 08-18-2015 01:29 AM

Great find. I have the same planer and love it (paid 550 new with an extra set of blades) and yours looks well taken care of. At most you may have to buy new blades for it but that would only be ~80$. Be aware, it throws chips out like no other. When I first got mine I wanted to try it out so I ran it with the garage open and covered my driveway with chips. Had a good amount of sweeping to do.

Now all you need is some rough Lumber to mill up and then you can build something. Enjoy!

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#10 posted 08-18-2015 01:34 AM

Very nice buy! I have had that happen once or twice, where you get to someone’s shop and it turns out they are selling more than what you’re there to buy. They are usually inclined to give you a deal since they can get cash in their hands and the tools out of the way immediately. Win-win.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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WillWilson

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#11 posted 08-18-2015 01:37 AM



Great find. I have the same planer and love it (paid 550 new with an extra set of blades) and yours looks well taken care of. At most you may have to buy new blades for it but that would only be ~80$. Be aware, it throws chips out like no other. When I first got mine I wanted to try it out so I ran it with the garage open and covered my driveway with chips. Had a good amount of sweeping to do.

Now all you need is some rough Lumber to mill up and then you can build something. Enjoy!

- kinger

I need to get some type of dust collection. He was selling his, but I was tapped out. I wonder if my shopvac could handle it.

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WillWilson

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#12 posted 08-18-2015 01:42 AM



Very nice buy! I have had that happen once or twice, where you get to someone s shop and it turns out they are selling more than what you re there to buy. They are usually inclined to give you a deal since they can get cash in their hands and the tools out of the way immediately. Win-win.

- MrFid

It caught me a little of guard. I thought I might be able to pick up some extra blades, but never thought I would also be getting a jointer and planner. I live in Valrico which is near Tampa, but all the good stuff is always in Clearwater or St Pete which is on the opposite side. I also don’t have a truck, so it made it difficult when I found anything decent on Craigslist. Luckily this guy was 10 minutes down the road.

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waho6o9

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#13 posted 08-18-2015 01:43 AM

Congrats on your purchase!

How about making a workbench? It’ll be a good project to do.

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ForestGrl

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#14 posted 08-18-2015 02:00 AM


I need to get some type of dust collection. He was selling his, but I was tapped out. I wonder if my shopvac could handle it.

- WillWilson

Shopvac will have a tough time keeping up with the planer for more than smallish tasks, but it will handle the jointer easily. If you can’t roll the planer outside to use it and you’re planing several boards, you could hang some plastic to just corral the chips in a confined area for sweeping up.

There are lots of free plans online, you can even find them at Lowe’s website. Check your mailbox later—I might have some stuff that would get you started, and could use the space on my bookshelf!

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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WillWilson

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#15 posted 08-18-2015 02:18 AM


I need to get some type of dust collection. He was selling his, but I was tapped out. I wonder if my shopvac could handle it.

- WillWilson

Shopvac will have a tough time keeping up with the planer for more than smallish tasks, but it will handle the jointer easily. If you can t roll the planer outside to use it and you re planing several boards, you could hang some plastic to just corral the chips in a confined area for sweeping up.

There are lots of free plans online, you can even find them at Lowe s website. Check you mailbox later—I might have some stuff that would get you started, and could use the space on my bookshelf!

- ForestGrl

That’s good idea. My garage is pretty cramped, and it would suck to have wood chips everywhere. I wonder if I had a hose going directly into if it would help out. I’ve been watching youtube videos and it looks like it the planner really shoots the wood out. Maybe it has enough force to shoot it through the hose and into a bucket or garbage can.

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