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Forum topic by shopdog posted 07-24-2012 11:00 AM 976 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-24-2012 11:00 AM

I was driving down a state road in upstate NY, going about 60, and focused on the road, when the wife said that we just passed a yard sale, and she could see some blue and yellow tools on the lawn. A quick U turn later, and we were pulling into the driveway. Well, my mouth went dry when I saw what he had…but I couldn’t let him know that.
I saunter over slowly, and look at his tools…trying to look nonchalant. I start picking up tools, and putting them off to the side. The owner comes over, and we chat about why he’s selling. He quit contracting, and is moving to Arizona to become a building inspector…don’t want to make sawdust anymore…and I’m glad he made that decision.
Makita circular saw with extra blades
Milwaukee heavy duty sawzall, with lots of unused blades
Dewalt 10” compound miter saw, with 2 good extra blades (but no dustbag)
Craftsman router in a good tool bag…a good old router, and one of those box sets of 30 router bits
A couple of good 4’ levels
and some miscellaneous items

Everything was in good condition…$180
I love yard sales.

-- Steve--

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#1 posted 07-24-2012 12:47 PM

thats road side robbery shopdog …. kudos for your wife spotting tools like that … im workin on mine and shes gettin better. If my lab wasnt such a knucklehead id try and teach her to smell out sawdust.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 07-24-2012 12:55 PM

Time to change ur screen name to LUCKYDOG!


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#3 posted 07-24-2012 01:18 PM

Congratulations on your power tool score. :) As they say, you can find everything in yard sales …

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#4 posted 07-24-2012 02:00 PM

She’s a good wife. She knows how I love tools, and encourages me to buy what I want/need.
Of course, I make a living with my tools…and I build her anything that she wants, so it behooves her to support my tool purchases.

I forgot to mention I got some clamps :-)
3 heavy duty 24” Jorgensens
2 heavy duty 12” Irwin speed clamps

I felt bad taking away his tools…so bad that I didn’t even try to bargain with him.
I paid his asking price.

-- Steve--

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#5 posted 07-24-2012 02:02 PM

Great score…congrats !!

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 07-24-2012 02:34 PM

Bad dog! Bad! Bad! Didn’t even argue about the price!

But ya still done good!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#7 posted 07-24-2012 03:22 PM

I bit the bullet and bought a Super Sawzall new years back and paid about what you did for the total haul…

I infrequently use it… but when I do, it’s a must have tool for the job….

When I slap a 16” demo blade in there I look like some kind of sadistic warrior inflicting death and destruction about the realm…. just poit to where you want the holes :^)

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#8 posted 07-24-2012 05:30 PM

Great score! Yeah I love yard sales, flea markets, and even Craigslist if you’re patient. Picked up a PC 690 fixed and plunge kit a few months ago off of CL brand spank’n new never used collet still ty wrapped to the base, $60.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#9 posted 07-24-2012 05:52 PM

What a haul! We’ll be looking for you on American Pickers, Steve!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 07-24-2012 06:11 PM

your only mistake was not stopping at the first place you saw that sold lottery tickets…it was your lucky day…

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