How can I buy a New Cabinet Saw for only $20? #23: The Search Is Over Part 2

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Blog entry by Chickenfoot posted 06-26-2012 04:06 AM 3537 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK, Here’s the picture of the completed saw and the story behind it. On friday I checked Cl and seen a listing for a NIB Delta Unisaw and a slightly used Unisaw, Priced at $1400 and $1100. After talking to the seller on the phone he stated that he already had 3 people coming to look at the saws on Friday night and Saturday morning so I figured I didn’t have a chance in hell not to mention is was about a 450 mile drive… About 3:00PM on Saturday I received a call from the seller telling me that he still had both saws. After talking for a while and explaining my situation (450 miles away and about a 7 hour drive) he agreed to lower the price to $1200 for the new saw and/or $900 for the used one, after all they were bought new in 2007. Obviously that was enough for me to set a 7:00AM Sunday appointment. I could hardly sleep and woke up at 3:00AM, pored my coffee and was out the door by 3:15. 3 1/2 hours later I arrived in Dinuba, Ca.. My first intension was to buy the used saw because per the seller neither one had a mobile base and those run about $250. The used saw was nice, it was only put together so they could see what they look like and only had one board run thru it. The blade still looked brand new but it did have a few issues. No miter gauge, Motor cover, Mobil Base and the extension bed looked like it was lifting from the 1×2 frame so we went to another building to look at the new saw. WOW, This saw was still mounted to the pallet, Everything was boxed and banded. After he agreed to let me open a couple of the boxes did I realize there was a Mobil Base included. Everything looked like it was still factory sealed and complete so this was a no brainer. It took 4 of us to load it in my truck and the 225 mile drive home was AWSOME… It’s probably not the best deal I made this year but it fit what I was trying to do perfectly and the best thing is I still have $1260 and like 14 auctions on the bay. So now I’m after a planer, a new Dust Collection and what ever else I can add to my shop. I can never thank Lumber Jocks enough for allowing me to do this blog and all of you guys for the encouragement and support. If I can do anything to help any of you get started in something like this please don’t hesitate to ask, It’s only June and WIA in Pasadena isn’t till October so there’s plenty of time to make a few bucks even if your in the So. California area. Trust me, there’s plenty to go around. THANKS AGAIN, Chickenfoot

-- Mark-

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#1 posted 06-26-2012 04:12 AM

Wonderful progress, let us know how the planer goes

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 06-26-2012 05:31 AM

I hate you so much right. You suck more than my free Craftsman dust collector.

-- Chief Petty Officer USN(RET) 1991-2011

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#3 posted 06-26-2012 05:59 AM

Awesome story chickenfoot. Glad the journey brought you to such a destination.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#4 posted 06-26-2012 09:19 AM

Amazing blog and an unbelievable deal to top it all off! Congrats on the journey and the fantastic deal you found. Someone ought to get their butt to Dinuba and grab that used one to keep me from making the 8 hour round trip from N. CA!

Thanks for allowing us to follow along on this journey. It was a fun read. Please keep blogging so we can see what else you get with the rest of that money you’ve got!

-- If it ain't broke, take it apart and find out why

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#5 posted 06-26-2012 01:13 PM

How to buy a planer for only $10 ??? Or how to buy a saw AND planer on the original $20?

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#6 posted 06-26-2012 01:26 PM

dpop24, Check the fresno CL. The used saw is still a killer deal for someone.

crashn, It should be how to fill your shop with tools for $20 because I have bought alot more then just this saw.

-- Mark-

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#7 posted 06-26-2012 03:20 PM

Indeed you have, an inspiration to all us CL aficionados. Just was chatting with a lady about a free desk on CL, I love free stuff. My biggest score was a Penn State Industries 3.5hp dust collector with canister filter for FREE!!!!! PSI wants $1,250 for a new one! Have already made a Thien contraption for it, works great, but have to upgrade my piping to 6” . The suction is so great it often collapses the trash can.

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#8 posted 06-26-2012 06:58 PM

Great ride Chickenfoot!!!

Wood you be willing to take $25.00 for the saw, that would be a nice ROI?

Looking forward to seeing what else you equipt your shop with & also a project or two or twelve!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#9 posted 06-27-2012 02:09 AM

I’m confident that you will be able to outfit your entire shop with the proceeds from that original $20! YOU ARE THE MAN!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 08-12-2012 06:41 PM

I saw the pics of your cc sled and box….which led me to read your blog. AMAZING! I didn’t notice when you started but what a journey. And how great or you to share it with us. I would LOVE to do something like this. I love flea markets and swap meets. One problem… I don’t know my stuff like you do. Lol. I would say money is the other issue…. But you started with $20. $20??!
You’ve definitely inspired me. Currently I have the following tools.
- Used (don’t know how old) Craftsman benchtop table saw w/ workmate table ($80)
- used Skil 2.5 hp plunge router with about 7 bits ($25)
- used 10” black & decker miter saw ($40)
- new benchtop craftsman 2 hp fixed base router ($105)
- old (at least it looks very old to me lol) craftsman scroll saw ($5)
- Skil cordless circular saw, 5-5 ($20)
- I also bought a black & decker ros for $15 but it died last week.
I can definitely make some sawdust with what I have. I’ve made a work bench, some frames, some boxes and some jigs so far. BUT… I don’t have a workshop. I pull everything out of the garage and ino the yard when I work. I’ve looked at a 12×16 utility shed that’s $2525 (minus 5% I think). I’m thinking it could hold me over for a while. It’s about my only option since we have limited space. I wonder if I could o one thing similar. Probably not, I don’t know my stuff and I’d be too tempted to buy stuff for my own shop. I liked how you posted “keeping my eyes on the big picture”. I don’t know if I could do that.
Great story! Can’t wait to see what else you make

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