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Forum topic by joey502 posted 03-07-2015 07:15 AM 884 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2015 07:15 AM

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My object is to buy a DW735 and a shelix head. I am not ready to invest the cost of a shelix into the Ridgid planer I currently own. The Ridgid is in good shape and still works well but it is time to upgrade. I am tired of messing with the throw away knives.

My concern is selling it online. The potential buyer is going to want to test drive the planer but I don’t want some random person from Craiglist coming over to the New Joey Workshop. I work crazy hours and travel a lot and would rather not have someone come to my home. I have never bought anything used or sold a tool online before and I certainly don’t need two planers.

How did you handle selling your tools? How was it handled when you bought tools from someone online?

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#1 posted 03-07-2015 07:32 AM

They come to the house, I show and run the machine, they hand me the money, I help them load it up and they drive away happy. If it needs a demo, I will have it all setup and ready to go, outside, usually in front of the garage or on the patio. For other stuff that doesn’t need power and not real big, I’ll usually meet them in the parking lot of a local store which is easier for them as I live back in the woods and it’s kind of hard to find the house if they aren’t familiar with the area.

When buying from someone else, I meet them wherever they want at a time that works for both of us. Most of the people I’ve bought from don’t have any problem with me coming by.. and a majority of the tools I’ve purchased were with the intention of doing a complete tear down and restoration, so its ability to run wasn’t really a concern and it didn’t matter a whole lot if they could do a demo or not. Actually, I prefer not running as that is a great negotiation point allowing me to get stuff significantly cheaper than if it did run. Rusty and neglected is also a plus in that regard.


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#2 posted 03-07-2015 07:36 AM

I traded a ruger 10/22 rifle for a 735 last week. Great planer so far, even without the she-licks.

From the buying/trading side of things, I’ve always done my best to be open, honest and upfront about what I can and when on a limited budget and narrow time frame.

This guy had at least 6 other people call him about the planer 3-4 hrs after I talked to him. When i talked to him the first time, We talked about his equip, my equip, things we’ve built and such to where after 20-30 min of talking to a stranger, he felt comfortable holding it for me till I could convince the wife to let me get a planer. On top of the bandsaw and new drill press I got in the previous 2 weeks.

I thin more than likely you should be able to tell who is truly interested by having a little chat.

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#3 posted 03-07-2015 10:21 AM

Just a heads up that Rockler was having a deal a few days ago for the DW 735 kit with extra knives, outfeed supports and a mobile base ( It is the same price as the kit with just the knives and outfeed supports on Amazon so you essentially get the mobile base free. If you’re in the market for a new one it’s worth seeing if the sale they were running is still on. I just picked it up and I think it’s about to become one of my new favorite toys ;)

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#4 posted 03-07-2015 11:07 AM

I found a tool on CL. It was an hours drive from my house. I googled the address and saw a picture of the house. It was an old farm house on a 2 lane country road. Drove out found the house, good thing I googled it because the address wasn’t posted.

Rusted logging truck in the driveway, leaking diesel, 3 dogs barking in the house. One poor mutt on a chain guarding the leaking diesel. Several other vehicles parked in yard. None with 4 inflated tires. No answer at the door. Porch light was a work light on the end of an extension cord than ran under the closed window. 22 caliber rifle leaning against the outside of the door. I walked to the workshed behind the house. Completely filled with junk. I saw a freezer against the back wall and started thinking, “I’m going to end up cut up in small pieces and packed in that freezer”. Banjo music, wait maybe that was just in my head.

I left and drove away. I missed my turn and went a 1/4 mile past and found the correct house with the address clearly posted. I mentioned to the seller that google sent me down the wrong way and he said it happens all the time.

Otherwise it was a good experience. Next time I’ll ask for a description of the house or verify the directions with the seller.


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#5 posted 03-07-2015 03:07 PM

If I am going to sell something on Craigslist it’ll be in the driveway when they see it, maybe with an extension cord if it’s powered. I know it’s not friendly, but I don’t show people my tools or my guns. Even folks you can trust might tell somebody who might tell somebody who will come when you’re at work and rip you off. That’s how you get your house burgled and it happens ALL the time—the cleaning lady, the handyman, the delivery guy, etc. Random people off Craigslist—don’t let them see your stuff.

As far as somebody murdering you or robbing you right then and there, or whatever, use your common sense, but it’s very, very unlikely to happen. Nobody’s going to kill you for a planer. So I don’t worry about it though I do occasionally carry a pistol with me if I’m going to meet someone somewhere isolated or sketchy with a lot of money. Somebody just might kill you for enough cash, maybe. But I’ve never had a problem, of course, and you could buy stuff on Craigslist for a thousand years and probably never have a problem.

ETA: Neighbors! They’re more likely to rob your house than anybody. Not necessarily the neighbor himself, but his dopehead kid, his down-and-out brother-in-law, his drinking buddy who he told about the guy with all the tools, etc. The guy who lives down the road who drives past the open garage door with all the tools in it. Just don’t show your stuff to people if you can help it.

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