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Forum topic by jimleigh1313 posted 11-18-2011 05:32 PM 1579 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2011 05:32 PM

Other than the two obvious places…Lowe’s and Home Depot, does anyone know what stores or companies put on good holiday sales for woodworking tools and supples? I’m looking to stock up my shop for as cheaply as possible. I’ve been keeping Craigslist hot for the past 2 months checking multiple times per day, but there just seems to be some products that don’t pass through…especially when your heart is set on a particular model number.

Thanks guys!

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#1 posted 11-18-2011 05:36 PM

What exactly are you looking for?


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#2 posted 11-18-2011 06:21 PM

Knowing what you’re looking for would be real helpful. – lol

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#3 posted 11-18-2011 06:40 PM

Last year Woodcraft in Franklin had some nice sales for Christmas, but this year they seem to be a little tighter.
Really nice folks though. I get their emails and check them out whenever I’m in town.

I found a good way to search CL is to search for the brands you would be interested in, like I often search for :
“Powermatic | Delta | Grizzly | Rikon” (without the quotation marks)
That looks for all posts with any of those words in the title or description.

It doesn’t work for General because that work is in a lot of posts other than General International tools.
Same thing for using PM instead of PowerMatic. You get a lot of time related posts.

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#4 posted 11-18-2011 07:02 PM

Thanks Crank. That is a good tip.

I’m looking for a router, a router table, a drill press, a jointer, and a planer. That’s why I was being really generic with what I was looking for. I’m just wondering if there are any of the big manufacturers that have special holiday pricing to get my collection started. Thanks again everyone!

One thing I am looking to get very soon is the Bosch 1617EVSPK combo router kit, if that helps anyone.

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#5 posted 11-18-2011 10:21 PM

The Bosch 1617pk is around $160 right now at Amazon. That’s a good deal. Prices change at Amazon hourly sometimes. It’s been hovering around $160 for a few days now though.

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#6 posted 11-19-2011 12:39 AM

Don’t discount Home Depot to quickly. Last year they had great prices on quick clamps.

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#7 posted 11-19-2011 04:21 PM

Looks like quick clamps will be on sale this year too. Thanks Jim. Thrak…I’m not seeing the Bosch that you are talking about on Amazon. I do see the EVSPK however…and it’s about $20 cheaper than normal ($179). So I may jump on board with that deal.

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#8 posted 11-20-2011 02:24 AM

Yeah, i meant the EVSPK, just dropped a few letters out of laziness. :) I’ve got this router setup. It’s my first, and I like it a lot.

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#9 posted 11-20-2011 07:32 AM

Woodcraft black friday ad:

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#10 posted 11-22-2011 01:22 AM

Ok…so I got a heckuva deal (thanks thrak!). At Amazon, the Bosch 1617EVSPK was on sale for $179. At checkout, Amazon automatically takes another $20 off (special for select Bosch Tools over $100), which brings it down to $159. I received a $25 Amazon gift card through Capital One Rewards which, theoretically, brought it down to $134. I also picked up the “MLCS 8377 15-Piece Router Bit Set with Carbide-Tipped 1/2-Inch Shanks” for $39.95. Then I signed up for a free trial of AmazonPrime which gives me 2-day shipping for free. Afterwards, I cancelled the Prime membership.

Grand Total with 2-day shipping…$173.95 !!

Couldn’t be happier or more excited!

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#11 posted 11-22-2011 05:10 PM

little tip for craigslist searchers, you can setup RSS Feeds. I use outlook for work email so I have my feeds go to there, but you can also use as well. To setup a Craigslist RSS Feed

1. Go to craigslist and do the search you want (tables saws, powermatic, whatever).
2. Scroll all the way to the bottom and find the orange button that says “RSS”
3. If you’re using Internet Explorer, you should see a link near the top of the page that loads which says “Subscript to this feed” or something similar. If you’re using Chrome, I suggest you install RSS subscription extension by Google. PM me if you need details)
4. If using outlook, it should popup and verify you want to subscribe. Now you will have a live feed of items posted on Craigslist.

This is how I filled up my shop. A guy was selling his hole shop for $1000 (TS, BS, Router + Table, Drill Press, Scroll Saw, DC, some other stuff) and I was the first one to respond because I had my live feeds goin.

Just a lil tip that helped me!

-- It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

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#12 posted 11-22-2011 10:06 PM

Thanks Pete…that’s a great tip. I never knew Craigslist had RSS.

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#13 posted 11-23-2011 08:22 PM

This will sound silly, but this is the time of the year when a lot of contractors get rid of tools, or pawn them and never come back to pick them up. Just this morning strolling through one of my local pawn shops I ran across 4-5 really great deals on a table saw, a really nice Hitachi scroll saw, more routers than I could count. Three band saws. I would suggest you know what you want, and try the pawn shops. They mostly will also deal, rather than leave that stuff lay on the shelf till next summer.
Hint: I’d stay away from battery powered drills and such unless the deal is so good, and you get at least one battery, plus the cost justifies purchase of another battery.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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