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11-06-2010 05:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: craigslist tool gloat tool score

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
...Paid $450.

-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 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 extras
...Paid $150

-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.
...Paid $200

-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. extras
...Paid $375

-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
...Paid $125

-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. extras, but no use on this guy either.
...Paid $125

-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."

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#1 posted 11-06-2010 05:08 AM

Delta 14” bandsaw from 1968 for $100…..underwent total restoration
Crescent 8” jointer from 1925-30 for $300…...Plug and play
Delta unisaw…..FREE….total restoration and just sold

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#2 posted 11-06-2010 05:41 AM

Grizzly 24” Drum Sander – Need complete rebuilt – missing large motor…. (Still working on it) i think $75
1930’s Walker Turner 16” Bandsaw – needed cleaned up. $200
1970’s Craftsman Joiner… needed blades sharpened…. $50
Jet Mortiser – Missing 2 chisels – $75
Ridgid Radial Arm Saw – needed adjusted $50
Ridgid oscillating sander – Perfect shape + Craftsman 15” Drill Press perfect shape—- $100 for both
8” Slow speed grinder with wolverine sharping jig and stand – $40
and lot of pawnshop stuff too.

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#3 posted 11-06-2010 05:43 AM

Jet JTAS 10 Cab Saw with the long rails and biesy fence excel cond 500
Jet 15 inch 5 hp planer excel cond 4oo
PC 3 1/4 speedmatic plunge router excel cond 50
Older 6 inch jointer, can’t think of the mfg 50 bucks mounted on a table, works great
a couple of PC nailers, very cheap, can’t think how much I paid at this time.

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#4 posted 11-06-2010 05:52 AM

50’s era Craftsman Scroll Saw
surface rust on the table, little dirty

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#5 posted 11-06-2010 05:58 AM

Delta Contractor TS 1 1/2hp pretty decent shape. I did spend a few hours refinishing the top. Included a shop built straight edge jig, some toggle clamps and 5 or 6 blades. Works great, no complaints.

Delta floor model Drill press. Some minor surface rust and broke switch. Included a delta drill press vise. Paid 100. Cleaned rust off and wired a new switch on. Great deal.

Its not a tool but I also get a lot of wood off CS. I am always looking for cheap or free reclaimed lumber or any other lumber that might show up. One example is I saw an add for Firewood and when I looked it was actually posted by a cabinet shop and it was for bins of hardwood cut offs. I got a few bins for 15 dollars and ended up with hundreds of cherry, maple and oak cut offs and small boards. Great for boxes and other small projects.

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#6 posted 11-06-2010 06:03 AM

I picked up my Craftsman Scroll Saw 103.0404 for $10.00 Started out looking rough, but it cleaned up nice.

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#7 posted 11-06-2010 06:07 AM

24 in Grizz drum sander with 2rolls paper-250
FEstool 1400 router, 2 MFT’s, Guides, gadgets, systainer=500

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#8 posted 11-06-2010 06:11 AM

Not Craigslist, but from a fellow forum member on BT3Central I got my BT3100 table saw, with Shark Guard, wide table kit, router accessory kit, and a mes of dust collection goodies for $200.00

Craigslist. Northern Industrial 15” 16 speed drill press. $75.00. Some rust, a couple of missing allen cap screws, and a dented pulley cover, but working. I derusted, got the screws from Northern Tool no problem, and banged the pulley cover back into shape.

Craigslist. Ryobi BT3000, no stand, didn’t run (start capacitor) $20.00. Fixed it and gave it to one of my brothers in law.

Most everything else I got new…

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#9 posted 11-06-2010 06:58 AM

I have had my share of craigslist scores as well

1) Ridgid 3650 TS $150 bit rusty but in perfect shape

2) dremel scroll station 1280? I bought it from a young woman literally 20 houses away from me. She is a jeweler and her boyfriend got it from her. She was too intimidated with it and never used it. $60

3) craftsman 4” jointer 50’s vintage. A bit beat up but a heavy 3 bladed workhorse $40 gonna give it to my brother when I get around to it.

4) craftsman 6” jointer early 90’s vintage. $25 in perfect shape good story too. I called the guy, he had someone come by earlier but it was still there. So I flew down there and snapped it up. He just wanted to get rid of it. It was perfect and looked unused. Apparently the first guy showed up in a subcompact and couldn’t get it out. His loss is my gain. I see these jointers listed regularly between $125 and $200.

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#10 posted 11-06-2010 07:11 AM

No craigslist scores, but I did get an awesome deal from an ad in the paper…which is pretty similar.

1.Tool Complete Home Depot Cutting Center- Delta 14” RAS (5 HP, 3ph), Panel saw, Powermatic Dust Collector (3HP, 3Ph.)
2. Condition Used, but not beaten, completely operational.
3. Accessories The vinyl sign that hangs from the rafters at HD, says “Cutting center”
4. Price $500. For all. Yup.

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#11 posted 11-06-2010 07:38 AM

1950’s 2 hp 20” delta bandsaw, $500. My one and only CL purchase.

Only things broken on it was one of the handles that tilts the tabletop and the door strike that holds the lower door closed. It will resaw dry 12” logs. I restored it completely and wouldn’t sell it 3 times the price.

-- Nate,

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#12 posted 11-06-2010 11:02 AM

Nothing on Craig’s.. around here it seems to be Retail Cost plus 25%??? Don’t see any bargains…

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#13 posted 11-06-2010 03:37 PM

Homecraft 4” jointer 45 bucks ,maybe not the steal of a life time but it’s worth it to me.

Delta scroll saw from a school auction $50

Bought a RAS by craftsman for $50 unbeknowst to me it was on recall—-recalled it for $100 and bought another for $100 it now sits in my kitchen as we are installing wide pine floors.

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#14 posted 11-06-2010 03:54 PM

  1. Delta 8” jointer (Model 37-380) built in 1999. Excellent used condition with mobile stand. $700
  2. Buffalo Forge Co. 18” drill press built in late 1950’s. Refurbished here. $75
  3. Buffalo Forge Co. flat belt benchtop drill press from early 1900’s. Still needs restoration. $50
  4. Buffalo Forge Co. post drill. Age unknown. Still needs restoration. $45
  5. A collection of used measuring devices for $80. They needed some cleanup but are very accurate:
    • Brown & Sharpe 12” rule
    • Brown & Sharpe tri-square head
    • Brown & Sharpe protractor head
    • Starrett 6” tri-square

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#15 posted 11-06-2010 04:38 PM

Craigslist scores for me? None.

I mention this only to provide some balance for those who have made great buys. ;-)

I do wonder, however, how much of the stuff on Craigslist, eBay, etc. has been stolen from other woodworkers, and how many Cragslist sellers have been subsequently burglarized by “buyers” who were casing their shops.

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