|Forum topic by gillyd||posted 03-09-2012 02:42 AM||956 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
03-09-2012 02:42 AM
Anyone else notice the difference between folks who do wood working and those that do contract work? If you ask someone on the street to tell you the difference I don’t think they could, most people think they are one in the same, they both work with wood, use saws and wear boots (well, maybe). I’m here to tell you that they are vastly different species, and I have a story to prove it.
A few weeks ago I saw a bandsaw on sale out on the famous CL. We arrange to meet up after my work so I could take a look at it. His CL advertisement had said that he had bought it locally at the Woodsmith store, only used it once and that it was a Delta 28-206 for 200 bucks. Now being in the market for a bandsaw naturally I couldn’t wait to see this thing, I was going to get a nice bandsaw for 200 bucks! I was going to be one of those lucky few who could gloat about their purchases on CL.
I show up at his house and we go into his garage and I see the bandsaw. At a distance it looked fine, I was excited. Then as we got closer to it my heart sank. Kind of like the old saying “she looks good from a distance”, this saw was definitely in this category. In place of the cast iron table was a layer of brown oxidized iron that I hadn’t ever seen before, like the kind you see from tools left in a barn for 50 years. Next I see a huge dent in the wheel guard at the top, with duck tape hanging from the bracket that closes the lid, the lid being slightly ajar from the wheel. All over the saw are these little pieces of aluminum dust, basically covered in it.
Now while I am standing there in shock looking at this saw, feeling sick, he is telling me how he used this saw one time for a 100k job he did in town for the local mall cutting aluminum and that it has sat there in its place since the job was finished for 5 years. He then turned the saw on to show me that it still worked. The saw was so loud and screechy that I asked him to turn it off, there was something wrong with the motor.
I then proceeded to tell him that I was a wood worker and that I wasn’t up for a rebuild project, that the rust was beyond what I was willing to fix. He was in disbelief, and didn’t understand the impact that a non-flat, non-true table had on wood working. He had also mentioned that the saw was hit by a skid loader and tipped over on the site but “should be fine”.
He really had no idea why I couldn’t use the saw in its current condition to do my wood working, that the 1/4 inch of rust on the bed with birrs all over it was fine by him. Not to mention that I would bet the saw was way out of alignment possibly damaged after being tipped over. He went over to a corner of his shop picked up a can of WD-40 and started to spray all over it in an attempt to clean it up while I was there, lol.
That brings me to my point, this contractor was using this saw as a rented mule and had no intention of taking care of it. Do all contractors do this to equipment? Could this be why prices are so high for contracting work? Is the price of equipment re-purchase built into the price I wonder? This isn’t the first time I have seen this out of a contractor, it seems to be in their genetic makeup.