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09-16-2012 01:07 PM

What was a tool that you got for a really good price? Mine was probably my PC 12’’ CMS, It was on sale at Lowes for $89.99! The retail for that CMS is $289! So just wandering, what was you tool bargain?


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#1 posted 09-16-2012 01:19 PM

I got my Grizzly G0593 8in Helical Head Jointer used (~2yr old) for $700 off of CL. Saved about $400 from purchasing it new (cost +sh) and picked it up just 1-hour from home. As we all know, well maintained machines like this can last 10, 20, 30yr and more, so this made my smile very wide 8-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#2 posted 09-16-2012 01:33 PM

Hmm, It’s difficult to say.

A fellow wood worker brought my bandsaw free all the way from North Carolina. He also brought me a decent older Delta CMS. Since I’m in Texas, it was very unexpected.

Or it could be my barely used Ryobi BT3100 with every accessory and bell and whistle for $50. I picked it up about 90 miles from home.

Or my Delta 22-580 13” 2 speed planer… Free for a 80 mile round trip and some odd pieces of lumber

Or the Craftsman 12” planer, nearly new from a friend west of here about 80 miles. Free.

Or the knowledge I’ve gained here and on other websites…........ really priceless.

This is why I always admonish everyone that gets a gift or a good deal to PAY IT FORWARD!

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

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#3 posted 09-16-2012 01:46 PM

I found this pin nailer in a pawn shop for i think 40 bucks, on amazon it is a s high as 220

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#4 posted 09-16-2012 02:05 PM

My PC 557 biscuit joiner, like brand new at the pawn shop $70.

Pic from the day I got it.

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#5 posted 09-16-2012 02:10 PM

a few months back i was browsing the internet for a planer and went on sears website.a dewalt 734 come up through there “marketplace” for $183 after i got the loml to double check me i ordered it s&h and tax was $242.00.the cheapest i’ve seen it since anywhere is $369.00

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Gene Howe

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#6 posted 09-16-2012 02:15 PM

Gotcha beat. Found one at an estate sale. The owner never had a chance to use it. Brand new for $25.00.
Sold it for a nice profit the next day.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 09-16-2012 02:18 PM

For $75 I bought a vintage Craftsman 1/2hp grinder w/ pedestal, along with:
- Tyzack Tenon Saw
- Tyzack Dovetail Saw
- Disston Back Saw
- Craftsman Kromedge 10pt Panel Saw
- Brown and Sharpe Machinist Square
- Record 9 1/2 Block Plane
- Dunlap Machinist Vise
- And a few other odds n’ ends I can’t remember
And everything was in SUPER-MINT condition. I’ve seen the grinders get bid-up to over $200 on ebay.
It was a once in a lifetime score. I was responding to a grinder ad on craigslist – “Craftsman Grinder on Stand $25”. No picture was provided. When I arrived to pick-up the grinder, I found the seller was clearing out a recently deceased relative’s home.The workshop was filled with all kinds a fantastic goodies. I only had $75 on me, so I grabbed the grinder and whatever else the guy was willing to give-up for $75.

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#8 posted 09-16-2012 02:20 PM

Got me beat 2x there Gene.

I tried to sell mine for $125 on CL after I found I don’t use it that much… still sits in the storage shed!

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#9 posted 09-16-2012 02:41 PM

Several I would consider gloats…

- Like Tedstor, I have that same Craftsman pedestal grinder, though mine was free from a client.

- My 1992 3hp Unisaw was $500 on CL. That was a bargain.

- I purchased a Performax 22/44 Pro a couple of weeks ago on CL for $405, but I haven’t picked it up yet.

- My Ridgid JP0610 jointer was $214 as a Home Depot close-out.

- My Worksharp 3000 was $68 online. The one many of us LJs got sometime ago from Home Depot…I’m less proud about that one, however.

-- jay,

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Gene Howe

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#10 posted 09-16-2012 02:46 PM

I tried to sell mine for $125 on CL after I found I don’t use it that much… still sits in the storage shed!

I understand about not using it much. They are very handy on occasion, though. I don’t (and apparently you don’t either) but, some guys plan projects around a specific tool…like the plate joiner.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 09-16-2012 02:55 PM

I did a large thread on this score already, but here we go.

At auction I scored:
Ritter edge wander like New after minor clean up
20 PM bandsaw
PM 66 (needs approx 800 in restoration)
Jet mini lathe
Delta 16” scroll saw
Delta 5 hp cyclone
Delta 14” bandsaw (like New)

Total paid including fees at auction 660.00.

Sold the Ritter, 14” delta bandsaw and jet mini lathe for 1,460.00.

At next auction bought a very nice Delta edge wander for 460 (counting all fees) to allow for a flip. This auction I also purchased misc. And resold already to cover my entire auction expense.

So in the end we got the listed machines minus the items I mentioned I sold, for free. Actually we are currently in the positive by approximately 1000.00 plus the machines I kept.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio,

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#12 posted 09-16-2012 03:12 PM

Stanley #2, $70. LN Panel saw $150, Ryobi One+ cordless drill with circular saw combo, $1.46 (because I had added a pack of screws to get over $100 for a coupon), and Ryobi one+ drill with 2 batteries, charger and carrying case $40. The two ryobi’s were straight from Home Depot too. Rigid 12gal Shop Vac, $22.75, also new from HD. I’ve had a few, but not too many big ticket things.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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Joe Lyddon

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#13 posted 09-16-2012 03:40 PM


Sit back, relax, and ask yourself “Do I really NEED (not want) that saw right now?”

If you don’t, forget it…

Think more about what would really improve your skills, etc. and be patient keeping an eye on CL, yard sales, etc. like you’ve had very good success doing… Your procedure is not broken… Why try to fix it?


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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Bob Kollman

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#14 posted 09-16-2012 03:51 PM

Drill press 80.00 new

Joiner 50.00 new

Router 35.00 new

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#15 posted 09-16-2012 03:56 PM

I just scored a 12 speed floor model drill press with a Jacobs 0-1/2’’ ball bearing chuck in it and it also came with an X-Y axis vise and several accessories . The guy was asking $125…I gave him $90 : )
On my way home , my phone rang and it was a person responding to a CL posting of mine. He came to pick up the item and bought a few other things that I hadn’t even posted yet that I had picked up for free. In the end , I feel as though I got the DP for free . LOL…....I love Craigslist !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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