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My tools were stolen...

by reamck
posted 05-02-2019 08:10 PM


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Kirk650

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#1 posted 05-02-2019 09:02 PM

That’s awful. If I had to totally “re-tool”, I’d look for buying from old guys that are no longer woodworking.. That’s what my brother did, and he got a full shop of well used tools.

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DrDirt

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#2 posted 05-02-2019 09:06 PM

Do your upgrades… take it as an opportunity to retool the way you wanted to, in a way it is a chance to “sell” the saw you had planned to upgrade, for full retail price, and go buy what you want.

It does mean that you get less stuff, but like me, I have a number of tools I don’t often use, and wouldn’t buy again if I were doing it over (like the Leigh D4R great tool, used it twice)

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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mike02719

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#3 posted 05-02-2019 09:27 PM

Very sorry for your situation. Your storage unit bears some responsibility for the theft. Talk to a lawyer about a small claims suit. You also have some rights under the tax code. The same lawyer could assist you in this too. My tools are very dear to me and I would be distraught if any one stole them.

-- Mike, Massachusetts

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CaptainKlutz

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#4 posted 05-02-2019 10:04 PM

Wow, sorry to read this news.

+1 look on CL for package deal.
Here in AZ, package deals are very common from retirees.

Your profile doesn’t list where you are located.
If approximate location as known might some folks willing to help you search for replacements?
Plus, There are also folks here with extra tools laying around, wink, wink.

Best Luck on rebuilding shop tool collection!

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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Charlie H.

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#5 posted 05-02-2019 11:33 PM

Why the huge discrepancy between your valuation and the insurance company valuation ?
They have to actually provide justification for loss valuation.
For instance if you lost a 3hp SawStop and they only wanted to payout $1500 they have to justify that by finding a secondhand one at their payout price.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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JCamp

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#6 posted 05-03-2019 12:21 AM

So sorry for you loss. Keep searching craigslist and Facebook. Call up all the pawn shops and Mayb you’ll get some of your old tools back

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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TungOil

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#7 posted 05-03-2019 12:29 AM

It sounds like you should talk to an insurance advocate, you insurance company is ripping you off. You don’t have to settle for their offer you know….

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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reamck

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#8 posted 05-03-2019 12:41 AM



Very sorry for your situation. Your storage unit bears some responsibility for the theft. Talk to a lawyer about a small claims suit. You also have some rights under the tax code. The same lawyer could assist you in this too. My tools are very dear to me and I would be distraught if any one stole them.

- mike02719


Yea I was very upset for a while (theft happened back in feb.

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reamck

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#9 posted 05-03-2019 12:42 AM



Wow, sorry to read this news.

+1 look on CL for package deal.
Here in AZ, package deals are very common from retirees.

Your profile doesn t list where you are located.
If approximate location as known might some folks willing to help you search for replacements?
Plus, There are also folks here with extra tools laying around, wink, wink.

Best Luck on rebuilding shop tool collection!

- CaptainKlutz


I’m in the Houston Area, And I have seen a couple of these retirement sales however most are till outside of my price range.

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reamck

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#10 posted 05-03-2019 12:46 AM


Why the huge discrepancy between your valuation and the insurance company valuation ?
They have to actually provide justification for loss valuation.
For instance if you lost a 3hp SawStop and they only wanted to payout $1500 they have to justify that by finding a secondhand one at their payout price.

- Charlie H.


well, I had 2 policies on the unit kinda. I have renters insurance for my apartment and unit insurance with the storage facility.the reason for the huge dicrepancy is because in the fine print of the unit policy they ut a blanket limit of $2500 for everything which I got the full amount. Additionally with the renters insurance there was a sub limit on tools specifically of $500.

oh and a lot of the stuff was given to me by my grandfather before he passed so i had no proof of purchase.
Those are the things that really hurt to lose. antique stanley hand plans in mint condition.

So, If there is anything to take from this REALLY read the fine print and put a motion activated hunting game camera in your storage unit just in case. it could have helped me figure out who did it.

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reamck

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#11 posted 05-03-2019 12:47 AM



So sorry for you loss. Keep searching craigslist and Facebook. Call up all the pawn shops and Mayb you’ll get some of your old tools back

- JCamp

Yea, I’ve been on those every day searching for anything to no avail.

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runswithscissors

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#12 posted 05-03-2019 01:45 AM

The thief is probably going to sell your stuff. Check out not only CL locally, but the surrounding areas. And pawnshops are supposed to record any transactions when they buy tools. Not that they all do that. Would you have a way to positively identify any of your tools?

I’d also try posting a wanted ad on CL, naming particular tools (such as the ones you value most) that you would like to buy. Don’t let on, of course, that you are the one who got ripped off.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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JCamp

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#13 posted 05-03-2019 01:05 PM

You know…... unless there were other units broken into it seems very odd that yours was chosen at random…. someone may have targeted yours. Like the owner or someone at a house nearby that could see what all u were unloading into it.

For what your original question was, it depends on what you wanna build. For me my table saw and various other saws are my most used tools so for me I’d invest (after I’d moved and the saw was NOT in that storage unit) in a nice table saw (used if u can) and then buy a few other quality tools to get started, then buy lesser quality tools that are seldom used.
Also check on FB for any local wood working clubs and see if anyone there has some used tools they would want to sell

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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Fred Hargis

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#14 posted 05-03-2019 01:24 PM

Man, that sucks. My only input here is to upgrade as much as possible as you go.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Fresch

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#15 posted 05-03-2019 02:25 PM

Put your money into the tablesaw first; the rest can be picked up as you go.
We have members that don’t have power tools that produce things by hand I could never achieve by hand or with power tools! I do have a nice selection of BFH’s for when the going gets tough! :)

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4wood

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#16 posted 05-04-2019 04:56 PM

I dont know how this guy did it, but he located his stolen chainsaw in a pawn shop 700 miles away by tracing the serial numbers.

www.woodweb.com/cgi-bin/forums/sawdry.pl?read=832998

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Delete

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#17 posted 05-04-2019 05:13 PM

Thats always sad to hear. There was a time when I had a storage space stuffed with all my tools, the thought of loosing them was often on my mind and I checked often.

For tools I would agree with many, start with the TS you want a BS and a DP then add tools as you find need for them. I have seen arguments defending the BS first but for the kind of work you want to do I would be going with the TS first and then go from there as your needs arise.

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WoodenDreams

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#18 posted 05-04-2019 05:38 PM

Sorry to here of the loss. You should be able to write off the difference of loss when you go file your taxes… I’d probably start with the table saw, miter saw, belt sander, clamps, and the different hand tools. Think off function instead of ‘brand name quality’ to keep the cost down. You can always upgrade later and sell the equipment you upgraded from. Shouldn’t take too much of a hit that way.

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therealSteveN

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#19 posted 05-05-2019 03:05 AM

Possibly you have done this, and just not entered it here. Definitely make a police report. This type of theft is hardly the work of a guy who wants/needs tools to work. Almost always it is an addict, stealing an item know to be liquid, and easily sold. The cops may know who it is already given your location. Longer time between the theft and your action, makes them disappear though.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Rayne

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#20 posted 05-05-2019 01:12 PM

This had to be a targeted theft. If they stole all the tools, they would have to bring in a trailer/U-haul type truck, break into the storage unit area and then break into the storage unit itself. There should be security cameras all over to see which vehicle did it and start tracing it from there. +1 on the Police Report. But since this happened back in Feb., I would hope all those avenues have been sought out.

CL is a great place to continue searching, but also hunt down eBay for local pickups or FB Marketplace. I’ve been finding more deals on FB as it’s more user friendly.
Half your budget for a nice TS sounds good if that’s been your workhorse for what you make. Then use the remaining budget for whatever other tools you need back; either used or new.

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Zonker

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#21 posted 05-05-2019 01:42 PM

I would suggest going with the best quality big three tools you can afford, TS, Planer, Jointer. Fill in the blanks with a really good jigsaw and router set up and you can do almost anything. After that you can nickel and dime yourself to death with the smaller/less utilized tools. I would also suggest hitting up the review section of this site to investigate all your tool purchases before you buy. They are definitely an eye opener. Just my slightly less than humble opinion.

-- Larry A. - I've made a small fortune with my woodworking. The trouble is, I started with a large fortune.

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mahdee

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#22 posted 05-05-2019 03:00 PM

Sorry about the incident. I think if you are the one building the house with 2×4’s and 2X6’s, you are better off with contractor’s tools for now. A good circular saw, contractor’s table saw, Nail gun from HF, Drywall hanger from HF, etc. Buy the cheap stuff that you will probably never use after the house is done.
If someone else is building your house for you, then just wait until the house is done, put some cheap used furniture in there and slowly replace them by your own products. This will help you buy the necessary tools you need. I built” my entire house plus most of the furniture with a sears contractor saw, sears band saw, sears router and some chisels, drills and circular saw. I did purchase a chainsaw mill and a regular chainsaw.
Best of luck to you and stick with your plan.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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