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Forum topic by ScottyWes posted 06-10-2013 03:54 PM 1091 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-10-2013 03:54 PM

Hey guys,

Some of you already know I’m starting a woodworking business, mostly cabinets and built-ins, and have been looking to outfit my shop.

I came across this ad on Craigslist today:

What do you all think?

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#1 posted 06-10-2013 04:15 PM

Unless he has a lot of “foreign and domestic” lumber the price seems high to me.

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#2 posted 06-10-2013 04:27 PM

IMHO, I would go through the list and see what you would likely actually buy in the next few years (which would be hard to do) and price that out. If it’s feasible, I would also go take a look. More important than the possible purchase, you might just meet someone who could be helpful in your journey.
Good luck.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#3 posted 06-10-2013 04:45 PM

Some Delta parts are difficult to obtain should you be in need of them.

I would keep looking around for a better deal. Good luck.

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#4 posted 06-10-2013 04:51 PM

Way too high. The if big machines were Jet (or the like) and not craftsman and harbor freight, then it MIGHT be worth it.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#5 posted 06-10-2013 04:59 PM

Worth something:
scrollsaw, dust collector, table saw fence, jointer, planer

Maybe worth $1200 for that lot, used. saw: $250,
DC: $250, fence $350, jointer: $200, planer $200

Routers, nailers worth about $250 more.

Maye worth 2k. in my market, and that’s not lowball.
Maybe the clamps and wood and tooling are a bonanza.
Good clamps are not cheap and they do hold their value.

I will say for sure that while there is a lot of nattering
about acquiring the basic shop machines for milling
lumber and cutting plywood, the investment in tooling,
accessories, hand tools, gadgets, sawhorses, hoses,
lighting, and forth do add up if you are doing the work
for income. As you get going, for several years in
fact I think you’ll be paying retail for something that
saves you a little time or effort on the present job –
these are incremental investments and often paid
for by the job underway, but the dollar outlay does
add up to something and it’s the sort of shop junk
you will use.

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#6 posted 06-10-2013 07:55 PM

Loren, as always, said it well. And I further like Sandra’s idea that you could benefit from meeting this person. In fact, he might go for the 2k if he knew more about you. That leaves you with the benefit/burden of offing the stuff that you don’t need or want.

As an alternative: Put your 3k in a separate account and use it just to buy tools, one at a time, as you need them. Keep this list, and in a year or two see what you have accumulated vs. what you might have bought.

Clearly the advantage will be that you bought what you liked, what falls easily to hand and the features you prefer. Your work will reflect that.

(As an aside, that biscuit joiner is the worst tool that Delta ever tried to foist on an unsuspecting market (of which I was a part).)

-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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