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Forum topic by lumberjuniorvarsity posted 10-31-2016 02:04 AM 456 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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10-31-2016 02:04 AM

Hey All,

I’m planning on moving to Anchorage next spring/early summer, and for a while I’ve been thinking through the best/most economical approach to relocating (from Colorado) as far as my tools go. I’m just a hobbyist, so there’s not a ton at stake, but I want to maximize the bang for my buck.

My general plan is to sell my big tools before I leave, since we’ll be trying to move everything we own in an enclosed trailer, so we’ll pretty much be starting from scratch when we get there. As much as I love my tools and don’t want to lose $ on them, I’m pretty sure I’ll have to sell them due to limited space in the trailer. And really, the only big tools I have are a Delta 36-725 tablesaw and a Makita 2030 (which is a beast). IF I did have the space, I’d also be worried about damaging the machines on a drive that long.

I’ve lived in Anchorage before, so I know that pretty much everything there is more expensive. There’s also likely a whole lot less to choose from in terms of searching for used equipment.

So my question is (especially for those who live in AK): do you have any advice for tool acquisition?

Options as I see them:
- Craigslist, and hope for the best, taking my time but not expecting any amazing deals
- Lowes (to replace my Delta, if I can’t find a better table saw)
- Order from Grizzly and pay freight once I get to AK

The other big unknown is the kind of space I’ll have in whatever house we find there. It’d be great to upgrade my table saw at some point, but I don’t know how much money there will be in the budget. I’d also love a bandsaw at some point, but a planer and jointer will need to come first.

Anyone care to offer advice?



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#1 posted 10-31-2016 02:22 AM

I would try and take them with you. You could contact a shipping company and price that out and see if shipping what you have through them would be cheaper then buying stuff once you are there. you could check craigslist there and check prices .The table saw prices didn’t look to bad.

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