A New Hope #2: Jackpot!

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Blog entry by PeteBarrett posted 01-11-2018 12:22 PM 501 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As mentioned in the first post, I’m just getting into woodworking seriously, so I am slowly starting to build up an arsenal of tools, and outfitting my humble little shop with things as I need them. Yesterday, I happened across a classified ad on Kijiji (like Craigslist, it’s an eBay owned classified company in Canada), for a big lot of power tools, for a silly price, so I immediately inquired, set up a viewing and last night I drove an hour across the Island to meet the gentleman, and see everything.

On the drive up, I was wondering why he would be selling so many, barely used tools for so cheap, and deduced that he likely was an older man, who may have wanted to take it up as a hobby, but then something changed (his interests, his health) and he just wanted to get rid of them. Well, when I pulled in and he opened his garage door, my heart sank. He was old yes, but not that old. He said he had retired early, 3 or 4 years ago, so I’d say he was only mid-60s, but he moved like a 100 year old. Very slowly, obviously not comfortable. Turns out that he bought all this kit after retiring, anxious to pick up a new hobby, but the year after he retired, he was diagnosed with Parkinsons and it’s pretty much prevented him from doing anything.

So, there is that. It really tugged my heart strings to see that situation, so I assured him that the tools would be going to good use, and that I had just bought my first home, and was voraciously diving into the new hobby. He seemed in good spirits after we chatted a little, started cracking some jokes, and I felt a little better, but it’s still a sad story.

Anyway. Then the tools…

All of them were only used a handful of times, some appear to have been only used once, and there were extras for everything. Granted all the power tools are Mastercraft, they’re good enough for me to have if I’m in the middle of a project and find I need something, and if I end up using some of them frequently enough, and they don’t feel up to snuff, I’ll upgrade.

For $500CAD I picked up:
2 Routers, one fixed and one plunge
Circular Saw
Reciprocating Saw
Belt Sander
Scroll Saw
Drill Press
Chop/Mitre Saw
2 Saw Horses
48 Router Bits
8 varying Circular saw blades
and a box full of other bits and pieces for all those tools

I was originally just looking to get a drill press, and just on a whim figured I’d have a look for used local options, and came across this motherload!

Now. To make room in the shop for them… :)

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