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10-16-2016 06:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: craigslist beginner help tools

Hey guys, just wanting a second opinion on this craigslist find. I personally am in need of a drill press and a better table saw. I also like the looks of the scroll saw, sander, and radial arm saw. what do you guys think? I have 200 to spend on tools.

P.S.- whats the likelyhood of me being able to restore these and resell them?

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#1 posted 10-16-2016 06:24 PM

Well, you can buy the RAS and then send the motor in for the recall get $100 back. I checked that one and it’s on the lust. That would give you $250 for tools. But I personally probably wouldn’t buy any of the other stuff.

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#2 posted 10-16-2016 06:34 PM

thats an interesting idea, i might try that.

As for the table saw, This is my current one:
And i just really want an old drill press to restore :)

The only tool they have that i have is the hand belt sander.

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#3 posted 10-16-2016 06:36 PM

That’s good advice from Fred. All those Craftsmen tools are very entry level. I was given that very same router and it was a total POS. About the only thing Craftsman I will buy nowadays in sockets and wrenches.

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#4 posted 10-16-2016 06:37 PM

Is this craigslist table saw better than the one you currently have?
I’d pass on this $400 lot, or $50 per item and invest slowly into more… newer quality tools, in my opinion. I had lots of stuff like this I picked up at auction lots that I gave away.

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#5 posted 10-16-2016 06:40 PM

Thanks for the replies guys! I know they are entry,but heck, so am I. I am mainly looking at the DP.

@Holbs- the table saw seems to be better than mine, mine is all aluminum top, fence cant stay alinged, and it has a rather small work area. Also all the degrees, and marking are off.

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#6 posted 10-16-2016 07:16 PM

Some folks like those motorized Craftsman saws. They
are 12” saws I think, though there may be 10” ones
out there. I don’t think the motor hangs out the
back so dust control is simplified.

I’d offer $250 for the lot and decomission the RAS for

Most of the stuff has little resale value but your time in
driving to acquire tools has value. The bench sander
and drill press and table saw will be useful to you.

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#7 posted 10-16-2016 11:41 PM

I’m quite certain the RAS rebate/recall has ended.

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#8 posted 10-16-2016 11:55 PM

I’m quite certain the RAS rebate/recall has ended.
- JoeinGa

Don’t think so… while they no longer are offering the ‘upgrade’, looks like they are sill offering $100 to return the motor and carriage assembly (they pay the postage):


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#9 posted 10-17-2016 12:04 AM

So there is a little money to be made buying these craftsman radio alarm saws just for the bounty….

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#10 posted 10-17-2016 12:07 AM

well, if i can swing the drill press and the RAD for 75, thats a $25 profit.

Was also looking at these

Thanks guys for the responses!

btw, my birthday is this saturday, so maybe i can get a little help from my parents, plus, both of these are old posts so they would probs be willing to sell for less, maybe even half.

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#11 posted 10-17-2016 12:13 AM

It has been my experience that when I buy a used tool something is always wrong or needs to be replaced that i didnt notice until i got it home. Take a 2×4 with you to test any woodworking tool you are considering purchasing. check spinning parts for wear and referencing parts for square, parallel, 90, etc. good luck

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#12 posted 10-17-2016 02:24 PM

Its all junk, you will not want it for free.

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#13 posted 10-17-2016 02:58 PM

I’ve used most of these. The Radial Arm Saws is well built actually works quite well. There were all kids of recalls and what not, but with a bit of common sense no more dangerous than any table saw or chop saw, I’m not sure why all the fuss over the RAS’s. If you don’t quite have room for a Table saw, but still want the ability to rip stock once in a while a RAS is great. Radial Arm Saws and Table saws do the same things, but RAS’s crosscut better and table saws rip better. The table saw is another matter that thing is a piece of junk, too difficult to keep everything lined up straight, and then it won’t stay that way. The drill press would probably work fine, but isn’t any real upgrade, other than looking cooler from a cheap Harbor Freight table top model. I have and use that router, it’s alright but collet sticks making changing to bit a real pain. I have worn out one of those belt sanders, but it saw a LOT of use before bearings went bad, it worked fine. I also have that belt/disc sander, I got mine for $10 at a garage sale. It’s nothing to write home about but does what it is supposed to. The grinder seems to be missing all the shrouds and such making it not overly useful, nice little motor though.
As far as restoring the drill press is the only one I wold bother with, if you could get it for $25 or $30 could probably sell it all shined up for $75 or so. RAS are out of vogue right now so not much re-sale value, but a good tool. You COULD send the motor in for the $100 but I hate to see a good tool trashed just becasue some idiot couldn’t keep his hand away from the blade.

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#14 posted 10-17-2016 04:22 PM

After 60 years of woodworking (I’m 76), I was around when most of those tools were new and I am familiar with them and had some of them. Yes, all of them are “entry level” type tools and are far from Powermatic quality, but they generally work well. I still have two of those Craftsman routers and use them constantly. They work great. The drill press isn’t much. Its Sears “Dunlop” brand which was its cheapest brand and generally just “O.K.” for small work. You can do better with a small Harbor Freight drill press. The radial arm saw, if running and all there, should do a good job if you are into doing cut-offs and not ripping. I still have one from the 1960s, but it sits in a corner unused as I much prefer a good table saw for my uses. The scroll saw is of the parallel arm type which is good and should be a pretty good small scroll saw. Just make sure you bolt the scroll saw down to something solid as all of them have considerable vibration due the reciprocal action. The router and small router table should be useful. As I mentioned, that router is a very good one. The 4” belt sander should be fine for a starter machine. The table saw doesn’t show a fence or miter gauge so it is useless without those. But if those are with it, it should be a nice small saw if you put a good bade on it. I recommend you buy a Harbor Freight blade with as many carbide teeth on it as possible. Harbor Freight blades are great! I use one on on my 12” $4,000 Austrian Hammer sliding table saw and love it. I can’t speak for the hand belt sander or hand miter box, but they should be workable,

My position on this is if you don’t have any or many of these tools, this would get you started and work fine until you want to move up, IF you want to move up. Many people don’t. People on Craigs list always ask way too much in anticipation of being beat down. I agree with Loren. You should buy at around $250. Plug in every tool and make sure it runs without making any kind of unusual noise like a bad bearing and make sure all of the parts are there on each tool. If you buy them, be sure to lubricate them carefully before using.

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#15 posted 10-17-2016 07:06 PM

That’s not much of a table saw. I’d rather buy one or two decent tools, then save for the others as I can. If you’re really looking for an upgrade that’s got some potential, I’d look into something like this instead –

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