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Forum topic by Nicholas Hall posted 01-26-2014 07:13 PM 1739 views 0 times favorited 55 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Nicholas Hall

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01-26-2014 07:13 PM

I feel like I should post this tool gloat to give hope to patient craiglist-trolling Lumberjocks everywhere. Weeks of seeing crazy prices for beaten down junk can wear you down. After literally months of watching every craigslist in a 100 mile radius to find a good bandsaw at a decent price, I hit the mother-lode.

All of the tools were a few years old, but were basically unused. The owner bought them thinking he’d like to do woodworking but really never got into it. He spent dramatically more time assembling the tools than he ever did using them. When he assembled everything, he coated all machined cast iron surfaces with Slip-It, so there isn’t even a speck of tarnish much less rust on a single tool. It’s like they came out of a climate controlled museum with all the original blades still factory sharp! He is a master electrician, and was really, really OCD in his assembly and setup. All bolts were tight, fences at dead 90%, and all guides perfectly positioned. I think he saved me 20 hours in just assembly alone.

Grizzly G1023slx Table Saw with Full Extension Table
Grizzly G0586 8” Jointer
Grizzly G0514X 19” Bandsaw with cast iron wheels, bells and whistles
Grizzly G7948 Drill Press with a 1.5HP induction motor!
Heavy Duty mobiles bases for all of the above
Too many accessories, blades, manuals, and doodads to list

We dickered for a bit on the phone about the price for the bandsaw, which is why I originally called him, until a crazy thought came into my head and I said the magic words. I said “what if I bought the whole damn shop? How much for everything?”. I think he did the math over spending the next 3 months having his weekends wasted by tire-kickers who wanted something for nothing and he gave me his price: $3000. I told him I’d do $2500, and he said “it’s a deal”.

My father happened to be visiting from Maine, and I told him about the conversation. He said, “sounds crazy, let’s do it”. I told him I didn’t have $2,500 lying around, and he told me he did, that the tools would last for a lifetime, and he was pretty sure we’d figure it out in the meantime. It pays to have the worlds greatest Dad. The next thing I know, he was driving back to Maine to pick up his trailer, and I was on my way to central Massachusetts to inspect the tools. Having a family as crazy as you are is one of life’s greatest blessings.

You can’t imagine how quick you can load a trailer full of 500# tools when you’re worried that the seller will change their mind. I did the math in a spreadsheet later on to reassure myself that I hadn’t done something dumber than usual and I figure that with tax and shipping, if I bought it all new I would have paid $6,273. The band-saw alone would have been $1,800 with mobile base, tax, and shipping.

As an added bonus he had a pile of clamps too, and you can never have too many clamps. Some of them were in such bad shape that the price-tags had fallen off. One even had a drop of glue on it. I had him throw in all those raggedy clamps for free lest he clutter up his garage…

6 Jorgenson Cabinet Master Parallel Clamps 24”
6 Jorgenson Cabinet Master Parallel Clamps 48”
8 Bessey and Jorgenson Heavy Duty Bar Clamps 12”

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m unworthy of these tools. They are capable of far more than I can throw at them. I only hope that over a life-time of use I get good enough to use them to their full potential.

At any rate, the moral of this story is that if you’re tired of looking at junk of Craigslist, keep right on looking. You never know when score of your dreams will come along. The deals are out there. Just remember 3 things:

1. Fortune favors the persistent
2. It’s easier to get forgiveness than permission
3. When you get married, buy a comfortable couch; you’ll sleep on it more than you expect :)

Happy Hunting!

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx


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thesoninlaw

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#1 posted 01-26-2014 07:19 PM

Awesome score. You win the coveted “You Suck” award.
Dave

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whitebeast88

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#2 posted 01-26-2014 07:25 PM

sweet.nice score.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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lateralus819

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#3 posted 01-26-2014 07:26 PM

Wow great score! Was this in albany?

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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GrandpaLen

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#4 posted 01-26-2014 08:03 PM

Patience, persistance and a Father with some spare change, Great Score.

...and yep, ‘Tool Gloat’, “You Suck”, is definately in order. ;-)

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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Nicholas Hall

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#5 posted 01-26-2014 09:00 PM

The tools were in Princeton, Mass (just North of Worcester). It was a bit of a drive but think it was worth it.

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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JoeinGa

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#6 posted 01-26-2014 09:08 PM

You suck, suck, SUCK, SUCKETY SUCK SUCK SUCK!

Well, that just about covers it!

DAMN, what a great score!

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

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Nicholas Hall

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#7 posted 01-26-2014 09:20 PM

Grandpa Len: Having the greatest Father in the world with some spare cash is definitely pretty helpful :)

I still think persistence and a comfortable couch are the most important things though… :)

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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b2rtch

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#8 posted 01-26-2014 09:21 PM

I am happy for you.

-- Bert

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SCOTSMAN

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#9 posted 01-26-2014 09:25 PM

Don’t down yourself, you are as worthy of them as anyone here and in time you will calm down and just enjoy a nice workshop full of your newly aquired goodies have fun safely of course. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Nicholas Hall

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#10 posted 01-26-2014 10:28 PM

Thanks B2rtch and Scotsman. Using them safely is definitely a priority. These are massive, powerful tools. The pictures don’t really give a sense of the scale of these things. The bandsaw is nearly 7 feet tall and 500lbs. The drill press is 6ft tall and 350 lbs! They definitely inspire respectfulness and caution in a way that my shopsmith never did.

When the 3 hp induction motor fires on inside that bandsaw, you can an almost feel the power in your bones. Anyone that’s ever used a big Hp cabinet saw knows the feeling I’m talking about. That weird humming sensation hits you right in the chest, and it gets your attention straight away!

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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theoldfart

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#11 posted 01-26-2014 10:41 PM

Nicholas, great find! Even greater Dad. Just be careful, a whole lotta power there and a lotta sharp edges.
Now go build something. :0)

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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lateralus819

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#12 posted 01-26-2014 10:47 PM

Are these a big step up from what you have?

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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Picklehead

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#13 posted 01-26-2014 11:16 PM

Awesome. Glad the owner found somebody who would appreciate them, and glad you got the deal of a lifetime. Every time you use these tools you’ll appreciate them and your dad. Sounds like win/win/win. (Except for me, who’s still trolling CL for that bandsaw YOU were looking for. Honestly, though, I couldn’t have gotten that bundle past the “internal accounting office”) ENJOY, AND A BIG LJ “YOU SUCK” TO YOUR DAD! (I’m sure he’ll understand)

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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Jerry

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#14 posted 01-27-2014 12:32 AM

Great deal, Congrats. I always encourage folks to look to CL for their deals.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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Nicholas Hall

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#15 posted 01-27-2014 01:08 AM

Lateralus: All of my old power tools attach to my shop smith. My new drill press now has more horsepower than my old table saw. My old bandsaw weighed 35 lbs and had a 12” table. My newbandsaw weighs 500lbs and has 12” resaw capacity.

That trailer posted above is a one-way train to upgrade-ville. I still love my shop smith, but even the most starry eyed shopsmither drools involuntarily when 1800lbs of cast iron, and 9 HP of new induction motors rolls in the door!

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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