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Forum topic by Monte Pittman posted 02-26-2014 01:30 AM 1881 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Monte Pittman

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02-26-2014 01:30 AM

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Had a call from a lady that had heard about my fire. Her husband passed 5 years ago. His woodshop has been shut down for about 7 years. She offered to sell me anything out of there that I wanted. So I went to look. No real goldmine finds, but a few things that are alright to help get me running. Keep in mind that most of this is in the 10-15 year old (or older) range.

First item, Sears 12” bandsaw. Skeptical about this being that useful, but was obviously well taken care of

Delta planer on a metal mobile stand.

Rockwell drill press. Very clean with 2 vises. I couldn’t find a plate to say how big the motor was.

Rockler router table with Chicago router. Very clean. Not beat up in the slightest.

She also has a drawer full of new router bits still in the original packaging. I am guessing 20-30 bits. The table saw is much too small (and I have already bought one) and mitre saw is also too small (and I have already bought a good one). I will probably buy clamps and various other hand tools.

Any information or suggestions would help.

Here are a couple pictures of the area i was in.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 02-26-2014 01:48 AM

It will be hard to price this in a business manner given the circumstances, maybe show her some comparable prices on EBay although that could shoot you in the foot.
If she has original prices maybe 50% on those dollars.
Good luck, some of that equipment looks nice.

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#2 posted 02-26-2014 01:54 AM

Monte, Band saw is junk, I got one just like breaks blades all the time and wont cut on the line ,blade wanders . the drill press looks good, planer ,I have heard good and bad about some deltas.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#3 posted 02-26-2014 01:59 AM

Just wild estimations here. But I would look at 125 for the bandsaw. It is a 12” Craftsman but it is a decent machine and will be serviceable for you. The Rockwell drill press looks really nice, I am really not sure of a good price for that press but I see floor model rockwell drill presses on CL for between 100 and 200, maybe a little more on a regular basis. I let one go at an auction at 40.00. I don’t think it has a ton of value so I would think a 200.00 offer would be fair. The planer probably around 125.00. Again I see many bench model planers, mostly Delta, list for 100 to 150 on CL. The router table, probably 100 to 150. I am not sure what router is installed and that could affect the value a lot one way or another.

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#4 posted 02-26-2014 02:07 AM

only thing I see that would be worth anything is the drill press and mayyyyybee the router table (toss the router) and planer. total of those about is your call on the router bits ,clamps , etc.

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#5 posted 02-26-2014 02:09 AM


For what you are doing now and the future, the stuff is too small. Except the drill press, and router bits. Maybe you could do an in kind service, or make her something to her specifications?

You really need to consider a 17 inch band saw?

I have stuff that is not professional quality, and I will live with it unless I am really in business to sell. My hind sight for what it’s worth to you.

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#6 posted 02-26-2014 02:29 AM

The bandsaw really isn’t that impressive. I would like something much bigger.
The router table has a Chicago router. I think from HF. Not great but functional.
The drill press is probably the gem of this shop.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 02-26-2014 02:34 AM

I agree that the DP is the most useful for you. As for pricing: let your conscience be your guide! Sorry, not very helpful.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 02-26-2014 02:36 AM

You can always upgrade the motor on the drill press.. My hp routers are ok but you need a 2.5 Porter cable at least?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 02-26-2014 02:47 AM

Monte, I have that same band saw. Bought it off of Craigs List for about $125 a couple of years ago. I will say it was a great upgrade from the little Ryobi I had. If it is tuned up well it works ok, The blade change is a bit of a pain on it since you have to work under the table. May not be bad if you use it for a period time and then can keep it set up for a particular task.


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#10 posted 02-26-2014 02:49 AM

Wow, time flies… I just checked my blog and I bought that saw over 4 years ago.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#11 posted 02-26-2014 03:08 AM

$200 for that drill press would be a good deal, given the shape it’s in. I’ve seen people ask as much as $600 for perfect looking examples, no telling what they actually sell for though. The planer is nice, is that the 13” with two feed speeds or the 12 1/2” one? I think at it’s best price the two speed planer was just a little over $300 brand new, half that would be an ok deal, less would be better. The 12 1/2” planer maybe around $120 – $135. The BS and router I’d avoid completely.

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#12 posted 02-26-2014 03:18 AM

The band saw looks cumbersome.

I am a router junkie. Had 7 in the shop (1 survivor). The drill press I will almost definitely get. The planer is smaller than I would like, but the older Deltas were much better than the ones today.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#13 posted 02-26-2014 04:27 AM

I had that planer. It did pretty well until the “guts” broke down. I think the issue was probably a commutator problem, but it was one of those things that would have cost $100 and taken hours to fix, so I just bought a new one. For the record though, I did like the planer while it worked. Got it for free as a hand-me-down and it served me well for about 9 months. I’d take that planer until you can find a stronger replacement, it’ll work well for you in the meantime. I’d call it medium duty at best, but not a bad machine.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#14 posted 02-26-2014 04:36 AM

I’ll chime in with the ‘i have that planer’ as well. It works for medium duty, but I wouldn’t want to run it hard for extended periods of time. I don’t surface a ton of wood using it. Knowing that you cut your own materials, it might not be enough.

I think I remember paying $200 for mine a few years ago…it was also in good condition with a metal base.

-- Steve

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#15 posted 02-26-2014 04:51 AM

Monte…since you work with a lot of heavier and wider pieces of beatle kill pine I think the planer would most likely be too lightweight for your needs. The drill press looks like the best deal, and the router is a Harbor Fright and is a last resort. The router table looks lightweight. Do you think the router bits are ones that you will use or ones that would just gather dust. I would imagine that we all have router bits that we bought that never get any use…I sure have a few of those. Don’t rush into any purchases unless they give you goose bumps…Before you know it you will have all the tools you really want. I know because I lost everything 8 years ago and now have my dream shop.

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