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Forum topic by Sarit posted 01-25-2011 01:40 AM 900 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-25-2011 01:40 AM

Topic tags/keywords: makita planer gloat

The last few days I’ve been seeing a few amazing deals on CL and kept missing them. There was even a delta 8” jointer and Uni-Saw for FREE! Can you imagine that? Well, I found a Makita 2040 15” planer listed for $50 so I jumped on it and got it. To get it, we had to drive 2hrs through through some hills and windy roads, but we managed to get through all that, load it on the trailer, and head back. We were on the home stretch, past all the hills and tricky roads, when white smoke started billowing out from under the hood. I looked at the temp gauge and could see it rising like the second hand on a clock. Luckily, we had just gotten onto a local street connecting two highways and were able to pull into a shopping center. I popped the hood and sure enough the radiator was almost dry. I bought 2 liters of bottled water and topped off the radiator. Since it was night time, we decided to find a hotel and limp our way to it, and then in the morning top it off again and limp to the nearest repair shop. The issue turned out to be a cracked radiator, which meant we had to wait several more hours for them to get a new radiator in. In total this planer took me 24hrs to get and cost around $1000 in repairs/hotel/gas/itself. Although, the radiator was bound to die after its 11yrs of faithful service, it will forever taint the phrase “honey, I found a good deal on craigslist” and that is the real tragedy…

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#1 posted 01-25-2011 01:57 AM

Wow, nice find on the planer though! Did you at least get free contenital breakfast? I love when hotels offer that.

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#2 posted 01-25-2011 02:06 AM

Yes, our “forced-mini-vacation” as I like to call it provided some nice benefits at the end. Our hotel, had free breakfast and they even had a waffle machine and batter to make your own waffles. We also found a cool used book shop with a nice select of WW books and a cafe that my wife is willing to come back to.

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#3 posted 01-25-2011 03:26 AM

Hey Sarit, It is good to hear that after the little hitch in the get-a -long, all turned out well. Nice score on the CL.

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