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Posted on Any reason to not buy machinery from Amazon? Other than we like to support local store?

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#1 posted 09-22-2020 01:35 PM

I’d love to buy locally…

But, I don’t really have a truly locally owned shop that sells any sizable equipment. There’s a Home Depot (which my wife found the best price on a Jet lathe for me for Father’s Day this year) and a Do It Best, which has no shop style tools. They’re both within ten minutes drives. There’s a Harbor Freight just over ten minutes away. There’s an Ace about 30 minutes from the house. Rockler is about 35 minutes away. Woodcraft is about an hour and 45 minutes away. There are also a number of commercial equipment places that I haven’t gotten all figured out yet (only lived here a year).

Being a small guy, who makes his living at woodworking, price is key. Once I figure out what piece of equipment I want, it’s time to shop, obsess, find a sale and pounce.

My table saw, I bought through Amazon. It was delivered via truck.
My bandsaw, I bought through Woodcraft. Had to go pick it up, but I had other business in the area, so it worked out.
My dust collector came from Harbor Freight. I had to drive an extra 30 minutes to find one in stock…
Other stuff I brought with me.

I don’t mind driving to save a buck or two (if it really is saving after gas and time, etc.). Everything is about ROI for me…. I am also not above shopping on Craigslist or eBay, or any other place online.

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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