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Forum topic by Holbs posted 06-08-2014 07:30 AM 1248 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-08-2014 07:30 AM

I actually just wanted to see what the WorkSharp 3000 would go for. But couldn’t pass these items up even though my wallet will scream at me later.

Lot 136A: Bosch 1/2” Slotting Cutter Router Bit, 1/2” Shank
Your final bid: $5

Lot 139A: Rabbiting Router Bit Set, 1/2” Shank
Your final bid: $15

Lot 149: Wood River 45 Degree Lock Mitre Bit, Cutter Diameter 1 3/4”, Length 3/4”, 1/2” Shank
Your final bid: $19

Lot 150: Bosch 3/4” Round Over Bit, 1/2” Shank
Your final bid: $12

Lot 152: Bosch 1 5/8” Ogee Style and Rail Bits, 1/2” Shank
Your final bid: $22

Lot 165: Pair of 4’ Jorgensen Cabinet Master Gluing Clamps
Your final bid: $26

Lot 166: Pair of 4’ Jorgensen Cabinet Master Gluing Clamps
Your final bid: $27

Lot 189: Work Sharp 3000
Your final bid: $29

Lot 217: Freud 8” Box Joint Cutter Set
Your final bid: $27

Lot 222: Rockler Quick Release Framing Clamp
Your final bid: $12

Lot 223: 2 Pairs of Bessey 3’ Bar Clamps
Your final bid: $17

Lot 224: (3) Bessey 2’ Bar Clamps
Your final bid: $16

Lot 225: Pair of Bessey 4’ Parallel Clamps
Your final bid: $25

Lot 241: Pair of Bessey 4’ Parallel Clamps
Your final bid: $29

Lot 242: Pair of Bessey 3’ Bar Clamps
Your final bid: $12

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#1 posted 06-08-2014 09:01 AM

whoa… nice tools, nice prices. You made a haul that’s for sure. Go and look up the prices of all of these in a catalog then compare the total. That satisfaction comparison will be nice.

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#2 posted 06-08-2014 11:03 AM

You did really well with the Worksharp 3000 and the Freud box cutter set. Was this a local auction?

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#3 posted 06-08-2014 11:22 AM

The few I’ve been to never worked that way. Seems like the testosterone kicks in and sucks the brains out of the bidder’s heads. As a result, the stuff sometimes sells for near the price of new…....unless it’s something I’m trying to sell (then it goes for prices like you found). I echo the comment about you really did good; especially on the WS.

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#4 posted 06-08-2014 01:45 PM

As with all online auctions, there is a certain “internet fee premium” to pay. This place was 20%, while some go as low as 12%. This was not a local auction so I will additionally have to pay for shipping. Even with the internet fee and shipping, to me it was worth it all. I have 25+ chisels to flatten the backs and sharpen and then 10+ iron planes as well so I was about to purchase a WorkSharp 3000 anyways for the retail of $200. Same for the bessy and jorgensen clamps. I am at that stage of a wood working level, that parallel clamps are soon to be needed. I just bought the odd ball stuff (router bits, box cutter, and F clamps) just because because they were offered 75% off retail (the Bosch Ogee and Rails are $100 retail). I “almost” went for a Leigh D4 dovetail jig for $60, but I hit my auction wallet limit :) I wanted the Sorby Lathe chisels, but they went for $300

Good thing this was not local, because I might of taken a bank loan out to buy the Grizzly G0593 8” helical jointer that went for $300.

Fred.. you need patience and diligence with auctions. I wrote a forum post months and months ago about auction pro’s and con’s. I’ve been waiting 4 months for parallel clamps to pop up. Still waiting for a bosch belt sander and a tormek T7 to pop up somewhere and praying nobody knows how valuable they are.

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#5 posted 06-10-2014 06:13 AM

Auctions are awesome!! I went to one for a local hardwood dealer that was closing shop, and made out with 10 gallons of Titebond III for $15! If I had a trailer and a warehouse, I could have done some serious damage. The only problem with auctions are huge lots (literally need a trailer to haul away the stuff) and professional junk buyers. Those guys come with trailers, fat wallets, and they actually know exactly what everything is worth. Tough to compete with them, but you can get some great deals nonetheless.

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#6 posted 06-10-2014 10:47 AM

How on earth are you going to use 10 gallons of glue before it expires? In my experience, Titebond lasts a couple or three years on a shelf maximum.

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#7 posted 06-10-2014 12:27 PM

Where do you find auctions.

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#8 posted 06-10-2014 12:36 PM

I’ve seen the same thing Fred was talking about at several auctions, people decide they want something and didn’t pay attention to the fact the price was quickly becoming a non-deal, near new cost. This happened in particular when a rental store I worked in during high school decided to close up shop. Most of the smaller power tools sold within 90% of new cost, the only real deals were on some of the bigger stuff. Someone walked away with a ditch witch that cost nearly $18k new for only $3K and just under 500hrs. on the clock.

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#9 posted 06-10-2014 09:53 PM

+1 on “Where do you find auctions?”

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#10 posted 06-11-2014 02:16 AM

jay & newbie… here :

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#11 posted 06-11-2014 02:38 AM

Those look to be nice scores. My wife and I have built a nice cabinet shop using auctions.

If done right many machines can be had for free, with a short term investment.

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#12 posted 06-11-2014 02:51 AM

I can help a bit on where to find auctions. There’s a site called that lists a lot of them. They tend to list a lot of regular auctions, though and the best ones I’ve made were one time liquidation auctions. My best lead on these was always in the “auction” section of the nearest big city newspaper’s classified section. Also, once you find out the names of the big auctioneer outfits in your region, you can check their website from time to time.

Back before the Internet kind of changed the game, I used to make live auctions all the time—as many as 3-4 a week. Business liquidations were the best. I usually found mini storage auctions more of a waste of time than anything else, though I did score from one now and then. Many local auctioneers now host online auctions that require you to go pick up the items after the auction closes (usually in a week or so). Always show up the morning of the pickup day, though. Things have a way of disappearing.

While Holbs got lucky, I’ve always found tools are the most difficult things to get for a good price at a live auction. The kind of guys who go to auctions tend to be the same kind of guys who love tools. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen beat up used tools go for practically new tool prices. Still, I could just about always score something worthwhile at most any auction—even a crowded one. The trick is to stay close to the auctioneer and pay constant attention. Don’t hang around in the back and talk to the guys. The best deals are often something you never spotted until the last minute.

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#13 posted 06-11-2014 02:56 AM

yep Dakkar.. the latest auction is one I found on auctionzip. Did you join in the online bidding over the weekend?

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#14 posted 06-11-2014 06:14 AM

LOL, you’re right jonah, I’m pretty sure it’s no good anymore, but I got 10 gallons for less than the price of one! I shared one 5 gal bucket with my dad (not a woodworker) – so it’s still sitting around.

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