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Forum topic by dj1096 posted 03-08-2013 06:40 AM 981 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-08-2013 06:40 AM

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I have had many routers in my life time but since they were never a big part of the type of construction I did I never bought a very high end one. I think before this week my nicest router was a 2 horse pwr Craftsman I bought refurbished.

We were robbed blind 2 years ago and I am trying to replace my tools. I have been reading reviews hear and other places and had decided that I would go all out and spend $190 at Amazon for the Bosch 1617 router combo. I had it in my cart to buy but really did not have the funds right now. So I decided for the 100th time to check CL. I found an old man who had decided to quit wood working for ceramics and was selling his entire wood shop. 1 1/2 hr drive later and I am snooping through years of tool collecting. I finally come to a Porter-Cable Combo Pack router case. I thought it was the Porter-Cable 693LRPK so a close match to the Bosch I was going to buy. Hardly used we settled on $150. I felt that no warranty, Manual, and 1/4” Collet made the price fair to both since I really wanted to not just low ball the older carpenter…..Next day I felt horrible! It is not the Porter-Cable 693LRPK, it is the Porter-Cable 895PK.

While excited to own such a fine, powerful machine, I feel bad for the older man. I decided that even though I really cannot afford anymore the fair thing would to be to call him and explain the price I offered was based on a lower priced router, if he wants I will return it or if he finds the 1/4” Collet and Manual I would scrape up another $25-$30

He seemed aright with the latter and I truly hope he is. I am not sure which makes me feel worse, Way underpaying the older carpenter? or Being so excited to have this router I never imagined I could ever have?

-- Dave,

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#1 posted 03-08-2013 07:25 AM

You can buy that exact router new right now from Amazon for $249, so while you got a decent deal I hardly think you stole it. Enjoy it with an easy conscience, my friend.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#2 posted 03-08-2013 02:18 PM

Yep, I think you paid more than I would. Nice router though.

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#3 posted 03-08-2013 03:34 PM

When your old and selling your tools, let them go at a little less. Pay it forward to another guy who is just trying to get by.

-- Brian

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#4 posted 05-12-2013 01:37 PM

”When your old and selling your tools, let them go at a little less. Pay it forward to another guy who is just trying to get by.”

Take Swyftfeets advise. See it to me for $100 and you’ll feel MUCH better. :-)

(‘ll send you my address for shipping) :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#5 posted 05-12-2013 04:02 PM

If I decide to get rid of these I will give you first dibs Joe!

I spend as much time as I can teaching woodworking to anyone who wants to learn. If I sell a tool I try to make sure it goes to someone that will use it, needs it, and help make it affordable. For example, just 3 years ago I gave away every tool I had, some $20,000 dollars to someone that needed them so bad they could not wait to for me to get back from taking care of my grandmother while she was dying to ask me if they could have them. They must of needed them bad to go through locks and chains.

-- Dave,

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