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02-25-2015 04:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: school wood shop machines power tools

I just recently took over teaching a wood shop class. The class room/shop has zero organization and is very cluttered with tools. I would like to sell some of the shops tools and consolidate/organize the space as much as possible. So my question is, where and how is the best place to sell machines? Is auction or setting a price the best way to go?

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#1 posted 02-25-2015 04:25 PM

Is it part of a public system? Many public entities have very specific guidelines related to disposition of old equipment, especially if it was a capital expense item.

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#2 posted 02-25-2015 04:29 PM

I guess I’m not totally sure. I have only been here for 3 weeks. Specifically I am looking to move two lathes, a shaper, a radial arm saw, and a drill press. They all appear like they have been in the shop for 20-30 years, if not more.

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#3 posted 02-25-2015 04:42 PM

If you are part of a public system You have to go through the system. Usually this means listing them as surplus equipment in the public auction system and each state is different.

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#4 posted 02-25-2015 04:42 PM

Is this at a school? Check with your principal, or the county offices.

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#5 posted 02-25-2015 05:14 PM

Definitely check with your administration first, then report back here. I’ve seen a few school auctions run by auctioneers but usually they’re selling off a lot of stuff, not just a few items. If there aren’t any restrictions on the sales and there are only a few tools I would suggest offering them to your students’ families first, then to the public via eBay, Craigslist, and any local Buy/Sell/Trade Facebook groups.

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#6 posted 02-25-2015 06:00 PM

Dont check with the admin. I need the shaper and a lathe. give you a cool $20 for both. I ll even move them.

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#7 posted 02-25-2015 07:54 PM

Dont check with the admin. I need the shaper and a lathe. give you a cool $20 for both. I ll even move them.

- SirIrb

What he said, i’m in for the other lathe and the drill press!! Only $18, since i don’t have first choice on the lathe.

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#8 posted 03-01-2015 02:16 AM

The high school I went to had a shop teacher sell stuff. He did not keep the job. I would treat it as an ask permission and not forgiveness situation.

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#9 posted 03-01-2015 03:06 AM

The school where I teach shop has to list it as surplus equipment and sell it at auction. Usually you do not get anywhere close to what it is worth. Most of the machines we sold parts were not available. Some of the equipment if it was my choice would not have been sold. But the teacher who took over the shop got rid of it because he did not know how to use it. Now that he is not with the school any longer the other former shop teacher and I are team teaching a class after not having woods for five years. The shop is a mess like you have and we are organizing it as we go. I have stressed the need to replace the table saw with a saw stop like I have in my engineering lab.

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#10 posted 03-01-2015 02:43 PM

Are you thinkin of replacing them?

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#11 posted 03-01-2015 02:47 PM

I’m not a teacher, or much of anything but why would you sell a lathe?

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#12 posted 03-02-2015 04:03 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. I can assure you that I am not doing anything without talking to administration first. They have given me permission to attempt to sell it in any way that I see fit, in order to get as much for them as I can. The money will then go right back into the shop’s school account.

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