|Forum topic by Nicholas Hall||posted 01-26-2014 07:13 PM||2356 views||0 times favorited||55 replies|
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
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”
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
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