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Forum topic by WorksInTheory posted 03-15-2014 12:08 AM 1071 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-15-2014 12:08 AM

Not sure if I posted in the right forum category. I saw a posting on craigslist for a bunch of nice woodworking machinery in great condition at a great price. I was going to buy it all. Emailed the person ASAP. Didn’t hear back all day. The posting had no number or email address on it so I was just going through the CL system. Finally got an email back, called him immediately…. someone beat me to it.

Totally bummed b/c still stuck here at work and wouldn’t have been able to beat the guy down there anyways as I have to work still. But thought I’d start this topic and have the LJ’s chime in.

What’s the one deal that got away from you that just makes you still go, oh man!

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#1 posted 03-15-2014 12:12 AM

Excellent condition Jet 6’’ Jointer, Model JJ-6CSDX for $200.

Still bums me out.

-- -Sam, in Wisconsin

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#2 posted 03-15-2014 12:22 AM

Somebody just put a Holz-her 1200 series panel saw on CL
for $600. Of course the thing weighs the better part of
a ton and is about 16 feet long x 8 feet high. It was
gone the next day… somebody got a lot of saw for his
dollars. I built my own vertical panel saw to fit my space

I suggest focusing on the best deal you got… keep at
it and you’ll get some real winners. It happens. Be polite,
call, be specific and organized if you leave a message.
If you don’t intend to haggle or kick tires say “That’s a
good price for the machine and I’ll bring cash”. Leave
your callback number clearly and, if it’s true, say you
can be flexible with time. While most sellers will say
they called back people in the order they called or
emailed… I don’t believe it’s strictly true. Another
trick to go to the front of the line is to offer more
than the asking price.

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#3 posted 03-15-2014 12:35 AM

Yeah that’s my problem. I work a lot and then also when I am not working try to spend the time with the kids. So even though I will call and say I’ll take it. They will not sell it to me unless I show up to look at it and pay cash. So it’s the getting there in a timely manner that’s the challenge for me.

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#4 posted 03-15-2014 12:51 AM

Earlier today a Milwaukee Panel Saw sold on Ebay. $255 new. I started to bid but it was in Peru. Anyway I blinked and it was gone. I can’t justify $1300 for one. Anyways I wish I had a rubber leg so I could kick my own butt.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#5 posted 03-15-2014 01:55 AM

I’ve been lucky enough to land most of the big fish that I’ve spotted and actually wanted.
But I recently missed a practically new Bosch fixed/plunge router kit for $50. Bummer.

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#6 posted 03-15-2014 04:11 PM

I’m not sure if this technically counts but I’ve been in the market for a decent planer for a little while now. Currently I have a contractors saw, sliding compound miter, a 15” floor model drill press, a heavy duty 6” jointer a nice selection of hand tools and hand held power tools. So not having a planer has really been a hamper because I have to pay extra for S4S lumber. Well here I’ve been keeping an eye on CL for a killer deal on a planer for the past six months or so finding a couple decent deals $500 for 13” old arn that needs the usual cleaning, sharpening, paint the usually 3 phase. All deals that weren’t good enough in my mind.

Well one day back in February I stumbled upon a powermatic about 3hrs away going for 500. After checking out the ad I find out its a 2 year old 20” Byrd head with all cast iron bed extensions. Just my luck though that I only had about $250 in the slush fund at the time. Since it was already an unheard of deal I didn’t even bother making a lowball offer. I think the add only lasted a cpl hrs.

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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#7 posted 03-16-2014 03:33 AM

An older variable speed floor standing 1 1/2 hp delta lathe for $150. Saw it, went to get the cash and it was sold by the time I returned. That one was tough to take.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#8 posted 03-16-2014 03:58 AM

About two weeks ago I saw a nice older Grizzly bandsaw on CL for $300, emailed using the “reply” button, later I noticed they listed a phone number in the “reply” info, as well as the email address. I called and the person said she was just doing the listing for her father in law and would pass on my phone number. Later, he called me and tells me that somebody else was going to look at it but hadn’t shown up, so he called me. Then he explains all about how he’s a retired contractor who never used it much, it was wired for 220, it’s an 18 inch saw, really heavy, I’m going to need probably two people to help me move it, he never used it very much and can’t justify keeping it, etc. etc. Finally, he gives me his address and personal phone number and then adds, almost as an afterthought, to give him a call before I come over because…....................................................................somebody ELSE is coming to look at it in about an hour!!!!!!!!! (who, of course, snatched it right up!!!)

Oh well…..............

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

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#9 posted 03-16-2014 06:58 AM

Saw an ad for an 18” Hegner scroll saw for $150. Went to check it out. Looked like it had barely been used. Hesitated, and of course somebody else grabbed it. I really blasphemed myself over that one.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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