Another Craigslist Diamond in the Rough

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by GreaseMonkey2275 posted 02-05-2017 07:13 PM 1212 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every once in a while one of us comes across a tool on CL that looks to be too good to be true. I was perusing CL one night and came across a 12” Ridgid Sliding Compound Miter Saw for $100. I look at the post, the seller had noted a broken handle and they did not have any further use for the saw as the project they needed it for was complete. The post was three days old and I figured there was no way the saw was still up for sale until I looked on Craigslist two days later and there it was. I contacted the seller and surprisingly enough, they still had the saw. After receiving a picture of the “broken handle” I asked where we could meet for the sale and explained that I wanted to plug the saw in to make sure there wasn’t anything wrong with the motor. We met up at a gas station, I plugged in the saw and everything operated properly with no unusual noises. I handed over a C-note and loaded the gem you see below into the truck.

After making notes of all of the broken pieces (upper and lower handle, belt cover, dust chute, and cord tang) that were on the saw I went to and was ordered all of the pieces I needed for less than $50. I also purchased a new cord as someone had “repaired” the broken black wire at the back of the slide with a solderless butt connector and electrical tape. My final purchase was for a new 12” blade to replace the 10” blade the previous user had installed. After about an hour and a half with a Scotch Brite pad I had all of the aluminum cleaned up. After waiting a week like a kid waiting for Christmas morning, the parts arrived and last night I was able to get it all put together. As you can see below, this diamond in the rough is repaired and ready for projects!

-- Jake

4 comments so far

View AlanJ44's profile


278 posts in 2496 days

#1 posted 02-05-2017 07:35 PM

You rocked it,

-- Alan J. Hoover, AL Keeping in mind I believe college football is only a profit center for the school.... Roll Tide!

View GreaseMonkey2275's profile


183 posts in 2362 days

#2 posted 02-05-2017 08:02 PM

Thanks Alan, this is the first time I’ve ran across one of these diamonds in the rough and I can’t wait to make some sawdust with it!

-- Jake

View magaoitin's profile


249 posts in 2158 days

#3 posted 02-06-2017 11:30 PM

Great Score!

I bought the same saw (MS1290LZ1) new about 6-7 years ago IIRC and paid over $500 (mine came with the MS-UV stand during some promo at the box store). You got a great deal with minor repairs.

Not that it is really needed, but depending on your model, Ridgid has an arbor mounted laser that has been remarkably accurate. The battery on mine has lasted for the past 6 years and it has had some pretty heavy use on the jobsite.

-- Jeff ~ Tacoma Wa.

View GreaseMonkey2275's profile


183 posts in 2362 days

#4 posted 02-07-2017 01:59 AM


Mine is actually a MS1290LZA and came with the laser; I think it needs either new batteries and maybe a little fine tuning. Not bragging but this is the second Ridgid tool I have picked up that only needed miner repairs but the other one I turned on CL since I already had the exact same model. Tacoma huh, your right across the pass from me; I’m in Spokane.


-- Jake

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics