I probably should’ve turned this question into a personal blog, as it would’ve become a long series by now, as I’ve accumulated a large percentage of my woodworking tools off of Craigslist. I guess I’ll just keep it simple and post it as a single forum topic.
I’ll start it off, but really want to hear from everybody that has purchased woodworking tools off of Craigslist. I’ll keep it simple and straightforward by listing the following:
1. The tool
2. The condition (NIB, used, etc.)
3. Any extras that came with the tool, such as blades, fittings, or any other goodies
4. Price paid for the item
-Powermatic 64a tablesaw
...used on a couple of projects, just had to remove a little surface rust (light)
...came with an Amana Dado Stack Set (8-inch), as well as the Powermatic rolling stand, and a Bench Dog featherboard
-Ridgid 15501 15-inch drillpress
...guy used it for metal fabrication, was missing the arm that raises and lowers the table so I ordered a new one online
...no extras were included
...Paid $125, if I remember correctly.
-Harbor Freight, 14” Bandsaw
...NIB, literally. Still in box with styrofoam, etc. Am having an issue getting the motor properly on… maybe it’s me? Either way, I plan on selling it now that I have a Delta 14” bandsaw
-Delta 50-760 Dust Collector
...used, but in good working order. one of the plastic knobs on one of the bolts was broken, but the bolt still works. It was wired for 220, so I went and spent $8 at HD to get a good 110-plug, then rewired it.
...included a couple of extra plastic bags.
-Performax 16-32 Plus Drum Sander
...used, but in working order. I will probably replace the table belt one of these days. I found this item on CL, although it was at an estate sale.
-Delta 6” Jointer (Model 37-190)
...used, but probably not very much as the blades are still sharp. I do need to get some of the gunked-on old sawdust off and make sure everything is realigned. I’m sure once it’s cleaned-up, it’ll look “almost new”.
...came with push pads
-Ridgid EB4424 Oscillating Spindle/Belt Sander
...NIB, literally still enclosed in original plastic bags, down in the styrofoam inserts, and all riding in its original box.
...no extras, but no use on this guy either.
-Delta 14” Bandsaw (Model 28-275) (Craigslist combo purchase with Incra setup listed below)
Incra Twin Linear Routing System, Incra Jig Ultra, Wonder Fence
...both used, although the bandsaw appears to be barely used. Might need to replace tires, but that’s it.
...bandsaw came with 2-new additional blades, aftermarket adjustable fence, plus dust collection fittings that the guy installed, plus a NIB resaw guide. Incra setup is attached to a plywood frame that the guy sat on top of his TS. I’ll eventually attach all of this to a dedicated router table. He had all the templates that came with it and also gave me an Incra Project book as well.
...Paid $425 for everything in this package
-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."