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Forum topic by Loren posted 08-16-2011 04:49 PM 1231 views 4 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-16-2011 04:49 PM

Your local Craigslist, Kijiji (now ebay classifieds) and other local classified
sources may not yield the specific types on machinery you want,
so here’s an advanced Google trick that sometimes turns up
unexpected results.

Google has an advanced search syntax and if you learn how to write
in the syntax, you can search what Google has indexed for specific
sites very quickly.

The you type into the Google search box is this: yourkeyword yoursecondkeyword

So to search Craigslist for a Powermatic jointer you’d go to Google
and type in: powermatic jointer

Google also has an “advanced search” feature, and this syntax I’ve just
explained is just part of that feature. You can access Google’s advanced
search functions by clicking on the link underneath the magnifying glass
“search” button that often appears to the right of a Google search box.

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#1 posted 08-16-2011 06:37 PM

Loren, thanks for the tip.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 08-17-2011 12:19 AM

There are also a few online auction sites that I have also used.

I have purchased from all 3 and have had good experiences with them all. FYI Interschola sells on Ebay and their prices reflect the normal Ebay over pricing. There are a few deals to be had when buying off Ebay but be prepared to pay a little more.

IRS is pretty good. Payment is usually required within 72 hours at the end of the auction, and they will not ship.

Public surplus is where I have purchased most of my machinery. Usually great prices and good deals. Most of the sellers are local schools but also some other private companies, municipalities, fire departments, etc.

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#3 posted 08-22-2011 06:28 AM

Just checked out “jaxed”. This site could be very useful. Thanks.

Another useful site for CL is “”.

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#4 posted 08-22-2011 08:22 AM

Hey Loren, explain to us how to search something on this web site that doesn’t come up 486 days old….....

-- mike...............

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