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05-27-2009 02:10 AM

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Over the holiday weekend I visited a store called Direct Tools. They sell Ryobi, Homelite, Rigid and dust buster reconditioned tools. I talked myself out of a tool purchase twice but gave in the 3rd time I went back in there. I picked up a Ryobi corded plunge router for $44 and a 13” Rigid Planer for $189. Both come with a 1 year warranty. Took them home and fired them up; both worked fine.
I’m a happy guy!

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#1 posted 05-27-2009 02:22 AM

WoW. Never heard of the store before. What is the store like? Are they going nationwide? Sounds like you got a good deal. I was in a Home Depot this afetrnoon and they had a Boxch 1 1/4 HP router and a table top router table for $99. If I didn’t have enough routers already I would have bought it.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#2 posted 05-27-2009 02:27 AM

Hey Gary
Congrats on the babies ,I guess you have them all tucked into your shop now.

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#3 posted 05-27-2009 02:35 AM

sounds like a great deal!

and cabinetmaster- what do you mean ’have enough routers’?

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#4 posted 05-27-2009 04:00 AM

Jerry: I don’t know what the business model is for the store. I got the sense though is that they are part of a chain. They are located in an outlet mall about 40 miles from my house. They had quite a variety of product within the brands, again all recons. Had some accessories, bits, blades, filters that were new. There were a lot of the battery operated 3-5 piece kits, table saws, hammer drills, chain saws, trimmers, construction site radios, sweepers, vacuums, rug shampoo machines. Store is pretty small, probably 25×60.

Jim: yeah, I ran a few pieces of elm that I resawed (by hand) through the thickness planer and found a temporary home for it until I build a stand for it. The router is waiting for a new home in a table saw extension wing.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#5 posted 05-27-2009 04:03 AM

BTW: There is no truth that I bought these tools to celebrate my 1st anniversary as a Lumber Jock. I don’t really need an excuse but it does make it easier.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#6 posted 05-27-2009 04:15 AM

in my street work i find it easyer to buy the nokoff tools for cheap , as ive had good ones stolen .
2 $ 250,oo sawzalls . now i got a 70 dollar ryoby that has all the bells and whistles i can change the blade instantly
and will throw it away if it goes bad its allready payed for itself .
use the cheap stuff to learn what you want in the good stuff .
then get the wife to buy the good one on your real birthday (lol)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 07-20-2009 04:27 AM

The ridgid planer threw me a curve the other day. I was planing some elm. I had run maybe 100 linear feet through the planer when I hear a large bang and the board came out the outfeed with a gash that was 2 inches wide about 3/16 in deep and four inches long.
When I opened the planer up to check it out, there were chunks of elm between the blade retainer bar and the blade. As I started to loosen the bolts to clear the wood I found that 3 of the 7 lock down screws were loose already. The retainer bar now resembles the rolling hills of Kentucky. Not suitable for planing.
Will be contacting Ridgid for replacement parts soon.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#8 posted 07-20-2009 05:48 AM

Hey, Gary. I’m 4 days short of my one year anniversary. Does that mean I can get the planer I’ve been wanting? I am not sure which one to get. The new Steel City with helical heads for $599 sure does sounfd sweet. Does anyone have any experience with it?

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#9 posted 07-20-2009 11:39 AM

Nice deal Gary. Enjoy!

I love the grain on red elm BTW….a little hard to work with but it’s beautiful.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#10 posted 07-20-2009 03:02 PM

I also happened into a direct but store here in NY this past week and got a rigid stand for bench top tools etc not recon brand new, for 29.95 can be adjusted for ht, width, and depth. excellent buy. inventory probably varies from store to store as I don’t remember any planers, but prices are very good and no waiting or shipping.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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