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Forum topic by BillyJ posted 08-23-2010 03:35 AM 1884 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BillyJ

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08-23-2010 03:35 AM

I hesitate to write this, but I can’t contain myself any longer. This falls into one of those categories that I would rather not approach – gloating about something. However, this hearkens back to the caveman days. I stalked it for over a week, placing phone calls and checking online to confirm it would be worthwhile. I consulted fellow hunters, too.

When fellow tool hunter, LJ, and friend said, and I quote, “That is a must-have item. I will own one of those little jewels before the game is over, I promise!!” it all but convinced me that just mere stalking of the tool was not enough – I must strike before someone else pounces on it.

Thus, this past Friday (in-between picking up 3/4 of a cow – I couldn’t find one that was intact), I became the proud, yet bewildered, owner of a Blum MiniPress P.

Bewildered in that I still question the purchase. No, I do not have buyers regret – it was too good of a deal. Although the machine is a 2007, it ran fewer than 200 cycles. Not that I take everyone at their word, but this machine has NO marks on it. Everything is clean, unscratched, and sharp! Not only that, but I scored about 600 Blum hinges & plates with this hunt. It has almost all of the bells and whistles one could ask for. However, will I ever make my money back???? I hope so.

Now I have to make room in my shop. I ran out of space a while ago, so I asked my wife if I could put the lumber in the garage. She was thinking I was talking about 3 pieces of 5/4×8” x 10’ red oak planks that are sitting on my shop floor. Little does she know I’m moving all of my wood, sheet goods, and scraps into the garage.

Regardless of whether we ever park in the garage again, I can’t wait to get the Blum up and running. I’ll send some pics, and maybe a video too.

I agree – this is one of those “must have” before I call it quits on this side of the earth.

Oh, the price, you ask? $1500 – American fiat. Heck, that’s less than an ounce of gold!!!!

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.


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#1 posted 08-23-2010 04:21 AM

Too funny. I really need one of those. If another goes by, trap him for me.

Michael

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#2 posted 08-23-2010 04:44 AM

Great buy, I’m jealous. I going to look into buying a MiniPress M at IWF next week.

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#3 posted 08-23-2010 05:53 AM

enjoy

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 08-23-2010 06:31 PM

OK, I must admit your post has me confused.

I didn’t know what a Blum MiniPress was. A quick search came up with the fact that it’s a boring insertion machine. Which confused me more, because wouldn’t you want an exciting insertion machine?

Don’t get the thing about 3/4 of a cow at all …

And finally, “ever park in the garage again”. Who parks in the garage?

-- The Wood Nerd -- http://www.workshopaholic.net

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#5 posted 08-23-2010 07:38 PM

That is quite the beast small but ferocious. It never had a chance with you on its scent.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#6 posted 08-23-2010 08:06 PM

Congratulations! I have seen them, but they are rarely found for that price in this area!
Bonus with the hinges, too!

Sounds like celebration steaks are on the BBQ!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#7 posted 08-23-2010 08:07 PM

???
what !
pictures please or ells it didn´t happen :-)
and before they arive I can´t understand a shit of what you talk about

Dennis

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BillyJ

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#8 posted 08-23-2010 08:38 PM

OK, ok – I’ll explain some things. The 3/4 of a cow – I went to the butcher and picked up my (well, it was mine after it was someone else) cow. She will provide me with a lot of steak, roasts, and hamburger.

I must retort – it IS a very exciting insertion machine. My wife, however, thinks it’s boring. I paraphrase: “And what do you do with that machine???” That was shortly after she questioned why I needed that much money.

Finally, I went hunting, not fishing. Fish get away, and one can tell a tail all they want. In a hunt, you actually bag something. My Kodachrome film is being developed – I will send pictures when they arrive. I had to send it to Hong Kong, thus there will be a short waiting period as they go through customs.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#9 posted 08-23-2010 08:49 PM

:-) Billy
I´ll wait with humble exitment for the reveal

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BillyJ

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#10 posted 08-24-2010 05:09 AM

I just received the pics of the Blum, delivered by an European Swallow.

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Unfortunately, I’ve been occupied with very important events, and have yet to move my wood, build a bench, and mount the Blum.

Below are the hinges and plates.

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Oh, you should have been there. After the stalk, I walked into the garage.The Blum was reposed on a 4-wheel cart – I approached from the East. I carefully assessed the prey. Although I had already fired several volleys, my aim was slightly off; I proposed $1250 for everything. The Blum’s owner quickly countered with $1600, at which time I knew I had the Blum square in my sights. The final blow came with a, “well, I can’t be sure I will ever use this – it is a lot of money….will you take $1500?”

BANG – the deal went down.

Whew.

I’m still in somewhat of a shock, but the pictures quickly bring me back.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#11 posted 08-24-2010 05:18 AM

Great story…looks like a good catch…oh, I mean bag !!

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#12 posted 08-24-2010 05:20 AM

It does look brand new! :)

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#13 posted 08-24-2010 05:23 AM

good score !

and i’m sure the wife will never
notice the wood in her space , LOL !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#14 posted 08-25-2010 12:54 AM

I don’t want to cause a ruckus, pardner, but I think maybe you russled that little heifer. I distinctly remember owning one of those. Now I can’t find it. Is that machine bright orange? Is it born and bred overseas? Does the brand, I mean serial number, have a 9 in it? Just return it to me, and there will be no questions asked.

Michael

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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BillyJ

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#15 posted 08-25-2010 04:22 AM

Now wait one minute there – you callin’ me a rustler? That three-legged cow was not orange. And if you be talking bout my little Blum, must be a coincidence. My story won’t change – I dun snuck up on it and made the killin myself.

So, you go get you a highfalutin machine of your own. This ones mine!

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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