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Forum topic by DTOLAR posted 08-09-2016 03:21 AM 684 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-09-2016 03:21 AM

long story short I’ve been looking at leasing a small commercial space for my wood working.

Its been a 6 month process but I finally had a location nailed down, set to move in 8/1.

As expected the landlords are pretty hush-hush about their tenants, but the Wednesday before they called me and said he wanted to speak to me.

So I call him and says that he’s old and its July in Texas, and he hasn’t been able to move out, he wanted to move the lease over to me, and then pay me rent for a few weeks to move out. We agree to meet the next morning so I can see the place before I sign the lease.

Turns out, he’s a retiring home builder and this was his shop. Its full of old tools, namely Delta, Craftsman, Porter Cable, Dewalt. etc. There’s a whole set of Hilti tools, laser levels, work benches, band saw, jointer, shaper, extension cords, compressor, basically a turn key wood shop.

Hes trying to liquidate all this stuff but hasn’t had the time and energy (He had sold the table saw and planer) I told him I’d be interested in quite a bit of it.

He said well, I’m more interested in just being done with the place, so if you’ll cut me a check for $600, Ill hand you the keys and be done. No idea where he got that figure from, but according to a mutual friend he built some serious houses and is filthy rich.

I got in there later and wrote down the model numbers of most of the power tools, of the ones I can find, I came up with a “new” value of about $5800 plus a half dozen 100ft extension cords, several hand tools including a Henry Disston saw, 3 ladders, 15 packing blankets, a dozen saw horses.

Its a little junky and nothing spectacular, but for a fledgling wood worker like myself its one hell of a blessing.

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#1 posted 08-09-2016 03:26 AM

Man if you said 600 not 6000 you hit the loto. If it was 6000 you still done very well, congrats and you suck (that seems to be an appropriate response here on LJ when someone is jealous)

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#2 posted 08-09-2016 03:44 AM

A shop full of tools for $600 is definitely a jackpot!’s one hell of a blessing.


Now that’s an oxymoron. What you’ve got yourself into is one heaven of a blessing. :D

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#3 posted 08-09-2016 03:48 AM

Yeah it was $600. I most definitely do not have 6000 to be dropping on tools.

A good portion of those I have no use for, but I should be able to sell them and buy things I do want/need, put towards rent, etc.

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#4 posted 08-09-2016 04:24 AM

Looks like lady luck was with you!

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#5 posted 08-09-2016 06:42 AM

Im happy for you, deals like this are somewhat rare, SCORE!!! Congratulations on the commercial lease, thats a big leap, I wish you luck.

-- -Mike, Southern California, YouTube User ( Give & Take )

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#6 posted 08-09-2016 02:43 PM

Wow, what a major score! Congrats!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#7 posted 08-09-2016 02:54 PM

following tradition …...... YOU SUCK ......... LOL ….... some great luck for you

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#8 posted 08-09-2016 03:10 PM

Its always nice to hear when the retired people pass on a good deal to someone starting up .
IF I ever retire I am handing everything over to my nephews. One is definately interested, other is trying !
I know my tools are old. BUT they do the job !
Hopefully some of his tools will work for you. $600 is a great buy !
Enjoy it, say thankyou and have fun creating !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#9 posted 08-09-2016 03:16 PM

following tradition …...... YOU SUCK ......... LOL ….... some great luck for you


Yup. what he said ^^

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

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#10 posted 08-09-2016 03:44 PM

That’s cool

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#11 posted 08-09-2016 04:22 PM

Where’s the pics? No pics, didn’t happen.

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

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