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Forum topic by RedMac posted 09-16-2011 02:59 PM 1034 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2011 02:59 PM

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I am new to this site and I haven’t had much opportunity to post. Mostly I blame all of you for that – every time I have a question or need inspiration I can find an answer on here without having to solicit input. I will know I have moved to the varsity team when I have to post an inquiry that has yet to be covered (unless it is an exceptionally dimwitted question which is probably more likely).

In my brief woodworking experience, I have found that the quality of your tools makes a bigger difference than I had originally suspected. I have also decided that, in this internet/information age we live in, the right tools are available second hand if you have the patience to search and wait.

Which brings me to Craig and his awesome list of everything.

I recently bought a Jet Mortiser, 4 chisels & riser block, a 14” bandsaw with table fence, riser block and 6 extra blades for $650.00 total. The seller has to be the worlds most anally retentive contractor because these babies are in better condition than the ones at Woodcraft – so spotless that you would have a hard time believing they have more than 10 minutes on them.

On top of that, I bought a Dewalt planer & 30 assorted clamps from a friend who renovated my house several years ago but has since gotten out of the home-building game. $300 well spent there.

Currently I am building out my shop & will post some photos once I have everything exactly the way I want it. Wait, that means never. I will post some photos once I have everything off of the floor.

Thanks and I hope everybody has a great day. -r

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#1 posted 09-16-2011 03:28 PM

I too have many second hand tools and machines RM. Most purchsed from ebay, I never cease to be amazed at SOME of the bargains to be had. I once bought a near new Jet 6” planer for £174 When I got down there the guy had an ELU Radial Arm Saw with stand and Frued dado stack, which again looked as though it had spent it’s life in a display cabinet. I got it for 60 quid as that’s all I had left in my wallet.

I enjoy a bargain but I am also concious of backing off when things seems too good or the bidding (ebay) starts to go a little crazy.

I must update my shop photos too, it has changed considerably since the last photos were taken.

Anyway, Welcome to LJ and have fun with the new tools.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#2 posted 09-16-2011 03:54 PM

What pops out at me, RedMac, is your spirit and attitude combination. You will doubtless continue to find deals and be amazed, when you step back, at the progress you make.

Welcome to the group. You are already an asset.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#3 posted 09-17-2011 02:31 AM

Yep, I agree. I bought much of my shop on Ebay. If you know the price points and have the time to be patient good things will come your way. The only thing I have bought on Craig’s list was my boat which was another great deal. That deal went very well there too.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 09-17-2011 02:43 AM

Welcome, RM! Glad to have you aboard.

-- jay,

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#5 posted 09-17-2011 03:16 AM

Yep. 3/4 of my tools are CL bargains.
And tools aren’t the only loot to be found. My kid’s Razor Scooter wore out and broke last weekend. My wife almost ordered a new one from Amazon for $40. I checked CL, and found a guy selling TWO for $40. He bought them for his kids a couple years ago, but were only ever ridden 2-3 times. They were virtually indistinguishable from new. And the icing on the cake is that these were upgraded models with larger wheels and other features.
When I got home and showed my kid the score, he shot me a breif look of disbelief, followed by a gigantic smile.
Craig made me a hero that day :LOL:

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#6 posted 09-17-2011 04:24 AM

I have made no secret of it. I think the older tools are better. Most of my shop tools came from CL. And most of them needed a lot of work to get them up to snuff. Still, I think I am better of than buying new.

I also think there are lots of other bargains on CL. My Mustang needed new tires this summer. The last set of tires I bought were cheap Toyos – hellacious road noise and about 40,000 miles before they needed to be replaced – never again. I found a set of MINT GT wheels and Pirelli P-zero tires from a 2005 Mustang with 500 miles that had been removed and stored for 6 years that cost less than new Pirelli tires would have cost!

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#7 posted 09-17-2011 06:33 AM

Im new here so be careful with me I’m gentle! I love the concept of re purposing. I have made things with wood for a long time, but now I want more! So now Ebay and the Craig’s are my friends. Today I picked up a DL-20 with roller base for 775.00 and in very good shape I might add. Last week a hardly used Rikon 14” and roller base Deluxe for 500.00. The week before a Wilton 16” DP for 295.00 with a cross slide vise for 295.00. All in great shape so keep scanning the sites.

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