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Where and how I find used tools

I'm never going to buy a new tool again. Yeah right, but I can try not too. They are so expensive. If you have been following my recent posts I'm getting back into the craft after a long layoff. This series is devoted to the fine are of picking up used tools on the cheap.

Recently I discovered ( or re-discovered ) the pawn shop. OMG !!!!!!! the selection of tools is incredible.

I recently picked up a Porter Cable 1 3/4 Hp router kit with plunge and standard base. Great condition - 100 bucks. 3 collets, wrenches, 2 bases and the case. I was going to buy the same one on Amazon for about 230 bucks.

I also found a nice Dewalt variable speed jigsaw for 65 bucks too. I actually went in there to look at a Rigid 10" band saw but it was not if very good condition. I was walking out when I saw the piles of electric drills, sawzawls, and hundreds of other tools. SoI just had to get the router and jigsaw. I can't tell you how many cheap jigsaws I have burned up and destroyed in my career.

More to come on my cheap tool tips. If you have your own way of getting used tools please let me know. I'm never going to buy new again.

(Except for my new Air Cleaner, after market miter guage, router table inset, and the list goes on…..)
 

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Where and how I find used tools

I'm never going to buy a new tool again. Yeah right, but I can try not too. They are so expensive. If you have been following my recent posts I'm getting back into the craft after a long layoff. This series is devoted to the fine are of picking up used tools on the cheap.

Recently I discovered ( or re-discovered ) the pawn shop. OMG !!!!!!! the selection of tools is incredible.

I recently picked up a Porter Cable 1 3/4 Hp router kit with plunge and standard base. Great condition - 100 bucks. 3 collets, wrenches, 2 bases and the case. I was going to buy the same one on Amazon for about 230 bucks.

I also found a nice Dewalt variable speed jigsaw for 65 bucks too. I actually went in there to look at a Rigid 10" band saw but it was not if very good condition. I was walking out when I saw the piles of electric drills, sawzawls, and hundreds of other tools. SoI just had to get the router and jigsaw. I can't tell you how many cheap jigsaws I have burned up and destroyed in my career.

More to come on my cheap tool tips. If you have your own way of getting used tools please let me know. I'm never going to buy new again.

(Except for my new Air Cleaner, after market miter guage, router table inset, and the list goes on…..)
I browse Craigslist. I have picked up many new tools and very good used tools cheap.
For examplei bought a Craftsman 9" drill press in excellent condition for $25.

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Where and how I find used tools

I'm never going to buy a new tool again. Yeah right, but I can try not too. They are so expensive. If you have been following my recent posts I'm getting back into the craft after a long layoff. This series is devoted to the fine are of picking up used tools on the cheap.

Recently I discovered ( or re-discovered ) the pawn shop. OMG !!!!!!! the selection of tools is incredible.

I recently picked up a Porter Cable 1 3/4 Hp router kit with plunge and standard base. Great condition - 100 bucks. 3 collets, wrenches, 2 bases and the case. I was going to buy the same one on Amazon for about 230 bucks.

I also found a nice Dewalt variable speed jigsaw for 65 bucks too. I actually went in there to look at a Rigid 10" band saw but it was not if very good condition. I was walking out when I saw the piles of electric drills, sawzawls, and hundreds of other tools. SoI just had to get the router and jigsaw. I can't tell you how many cheap jigsaws I have burned up and destroyed in my career.

More to come on my cheap tool tips. If you have your own way of getting used tools please let me know. I'm never going to buy new again.

(Except for my new Air Cleaner, after market miter guage, router table inset, and the list goes on…..)
When I was in Fl a year ago, I picked up 2 PC 18 guage nailers, 1 PC stapler, and a PC 23 guage pin nailer at a pawn shop. Average price for all was 23 bucks each. All looked like brand new and all had the original cases Had to buy another suitcase to get them home.
 

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Where and how I find used tools

I'm never going to buy a new tool again. Yeah right, but I can try not too. They are so expensive. If you have been following my recent posts I'm getting back into the craft after a long layoff. This series is devoted to the fine are of picking up used tools on the cheap.

Recently I discovered ( or re-discovered ) the pawn shop. OMG !!!!!!! the selection of tools is incredible.

I recently picked up a Porter Cable 1 3/4 Hp router kit with plunge and standard base. Great condition - 100 bucks. 3 collets, wrenches, 2 bases and the case. I was going to buy the same one on Amazon for about 230 bucks.

I also found a nice Dewalt variable speed jigsaw for 65 bucks too. I actually went in there to look at a Rigid 10" band saw but it was not if very good condition. I was walking out when I saw the piles of electric drills, sawzawls, and hundreds of other tools. SoI just had to get the router and jigsaw. I can't tell you how many cheap jigsaws I have burned up and destroyed in my career.

More to come on my cheap tool tips. If you have your own way of getting used tools please let me know. I'm never going to buy new again.

(Except for my new Air Cleaner, after market miter guage, router table inset, and the list goes on…..)
I bought a practically brand new Milwaukee Sawzall at a pwan shop last year. It did not have a case but it was only $45. A few weeks later at a tool show I was talking with the Milwaukee rep and bought a Milwaukee 2 1/4hp router. I told him about the Sawzall and he gave me a free case for it plus a bunch of assorted blades.
 

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Where and how I find used tools

I'm never going to buy a new tool again. Yeah right, but I can try not too. They are so expensive. If you have been following my recent posts I'm getting back into the craft after a long layoff. This series is devoted to the fine are of picking up used tools on the cheap.

Recently I discovered ( or re-discovered ) the pawn shop. OMG !!!!!!! the selection of tools is incredible.

I recently picked up a Porter Cable 1 3/4 Hp router kit with plunge and standard base. Great condition - 100 bucks. 3 collets, wrenches, 2 bases and the case. I was going to buy the same one on Amazon for about 230 bucks.

I also found a nice Dewalt variable speed jigsaw for 65 bucks too. I actually went in there to look at a Rigid 10" band saw but it was not if very good condition. I was walking out when I saw the piles of electric drills, sawzawls, and hundreds of other tools. SoI just had to get the router and jigsaw. I can't tell you how many cheap jigsaws I have burned up and destroyed in my career.

More to come on my cheap tool tips. If you have your own way of getting used tools please let me know. I'm never going to buy new again.

(Except for my new Air Cleaner, after market miter guage, router table inset, and the list goes on…..)
The Pawn shops around here (2 of them only) have their used stuff priced the same as new. If a guy doesn't know better they will sell it to him with a smile on their rat faces.

I have had good luck with CL though.
 

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Where and how I find used tools

I'm never going to buy a new tool again. Yeah right, but I can try not too. They are so expensive. If you have been following my recent posts I'm getting back into the craft after a long layoff. This series is devoted to the fine are of picking up used tools on the cheap.

Recently I discovered ( or re-discovered ) the pawn shop. OMG !!!!!!! the selection of tools is incredible.

I recently picked up a Porter Cable 1 3/4 Hp router kit with plunge and standard base. Great condition - 100 bucks. 3 collets, wrenches, 2 bases and the case. I was going to buy the same one on Amazon for about 230 bucks.

I also found a nice Dewalt variable speed jigsaw for 65 bucks too. I actually went in there to look at a Rigid 10" band saw but it was not if very good condition. I was walking out when I saw the piles of electric drills, sawzawls, and hundreds of other tools. SoI just had to get the router and jigsaw. I can't tell you how many cheap jigsaws I have burned up and destroyed in my career.

More to come on my cheap tool tips. If you have your own way of getting used tools please let me know. I'm never going to buy new again.

(Except for my new Air Cleaner, after market miter guage, router table inset, and the list goes on…..)
Ebay!
 

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Where and how I find used tools

I'm never going to buy a new tool again. Yeah right, but I can try not too. They are so expensive. If you have been following my recent posts I'm getting back into the craft after a long layoff. This series is devoted to the fine are of picking up used tools on the cheap.

Recently I discovered ( or re-discovered ) the pawn shop. OMG !!!!!!! the selection of tools is incredible.

I recently picked up a Porter Cable 1 3/4 Hp router kit with plunge and standard base. Great condition - 100 bucks. 3 collets, wrenches, 2 bases and the case. I was going to buy the same one on Amazon for about 230 bucks.

I also found a nice Dewalt variable speed jigsaw for 65 bucks too. I actually went in there to look at a Rigid 10" band saw but it was not if very good condition. I was walking out when I saw the piles of electric drills, sawzawls, and hundreds of other tools. SoI just had to get the router and jigsaw. I can't tell you how many cheap jigsaws I have burned up and destroyed in my career.

More to come on my cheap tool tips. If you have your own way of getting used tools please let me know. I'm never going to buy new again.

(Except for my new Air Cleaner, after market miter guage, router table inset, and the list goes on…..)
Abbott is right the pawn shop people are another breed of rat faced low life back stabbers around here too.

Craigslist has probably affected the pawn shops ability to rake it in as easy. I am sure their are some nice ones.

How about Ebay sometimes there's small tools on there or tools that are close enough to pick up at a good price.

Its a challenge, I enjoy trying to find an online tool deal.
 

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Where and how I find used tools

I'm never going to buy a new tool again. Yeah right, but I can try not too. They are so expensive. If you have been following my recent posts I'm getting back into the craft after a long layoff. This series is devoted to the fine are of picking up used tools on the cheap.

Recently I discovered ( or re-discovered ) the pawn shop. OMG !!!!!!! the selection of tools is incredible.

I recently picked up a Porter Cable 1 3/4 Hp router kit with plunge and standard base. Great condition - 100 bucks. 3 collets, wrenches, 2 bases and the case. I was going to buy the same one on Amazon for about 230 bucks.

I also found a nice Dewalt variable speed jigsaw for 65 bucks too. I actually went in there to look at a Rigid 10" band saw but it was not if very good condition. I was walking out when I saw the piles of electric drills, sawzawls, and hundreds of other tools. SoI just had to get the router and jigsaw. I can't tell you how many cheap jigsaws I have burned up and destroyed in my career.

More to come on my cheap tool tips. If you have your own way of getting used tools please let me know. I'm never going to buy new again.

(Except for my new Air Cleaner, after market miter guage, router table inset, and the list goes on…..)
Eric,

That was COLD, man!!

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Where and how I find used tools

I'm never going to buy a new tool again. Yeah right, but I can try not too. They are so expensive. If you have been following my recent posts I'm getting back into the craft after a long layoff. This series is devoted to the fine are of picking up used tools on the cheap.

Recently I discovered ( or re-discovered ) the pawn shop. OMG !!!!!!! the selection of tools is incredible.

I recently picked up a Porter Cable 1 3/4 Hp router kit with plunge and standard base. Great condition - 100 bucks. 3 collets, wrenches, 2 bases and the case. I was going to buy the same one on Amazon for about 230 bucks.

I also found a nice Dewalt variable speed jigsaw for 65 bucks too. I actually went in there to look at a Rigid 10" band saw but it was not if very good condition. I was walking out when I saw the piles of electric drills, sawzawls, and hundreds of other tools. SoI just had to get the router and jigsaw. I can't tell you how many cheap jigsaws I have burned up and destroyed in my career.

More to come on my cheap tool tips. If you have your own way of getting used tools please let me know. I'm never going to buy new again.

(Except for my new Air Cleaner, after market miter guage, router table inset, and the list goes on…..)
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Where and how I find used tools

I'm never going to buy a new tool again. Yeah right, but I can try not too. They are so expensive. If you have been following my recent posts I'm getting back into the craft after a long layoff. This series is devoted to the fine are of picking up used tools on the cheap.

Recently I discovered ( or re-discovered ) the pawn shop. OMG !!!!!!! the selection of tools is incredible.

I recently picked up a Porter Cable 1 3/4 Hp router kit with plunge and standard base. Great condition - 100 bucks. 3 collets, wrenches, 2 bases and the case. I was going to buy the same one on Amazon for about 230 bucks.

I also found a nice Dewalt variable speed jigsaw for 65 bucks too. I actually went in there to look at a Rigid 10" band saw but it was not if very good condition. I was walking out when I saw the piles of electric drills, sawzawls, and hundreds of other tools. SoI just had to get the router and jigsaw. I can't tell you how many cheap jigsaws I have burned up and destroyed in my career.

More to come on my cheap tool tips. If you have your own way of getting used tools please let me know. I'm never going to buy new again.

(Except for my new Air Cleaner, after market miter guage, router table inset, and the list goes on…..)
I have never been really comfortable with pawn shops. I always picture someone with little other options getting nickel and dimed down and then the purchaser paying through the nose. On Ebay, I have seen some of the Central Machinery stuff selling for ridiculously high prices in the hopes that the purchaser would not be the wiser. The cost for new is much higher, but I prefer the warranty, the customer service, and a reputable company to direct any concerns or issues with. Old hand tools would probably be the exception in my case, as there are less mechanical issues to worry about and part of the low cost involves putting in some elbow grease to get back in working order. Most times, though, you know this in advance and are already braced for the time involved.

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Where and how I find used tools

I'm never going to buy a new tool again. Yeah right, but I can try not too. They are so expensive. If you have been following my recent posts I'm getting back into the craft after a long layoff. This series is devoted to the fine are of picking up used tools on the cheap.

Recently I discovered ( or re-discovered ) the pawn shop. OMG !!!!!!! the selection of tools is incredible.

I recently picked up a Porter Cable 1 3/4 Hp router kit with plunge and standard base. Great condition - 100 bucks. 3 collets, wrenches, 2 bases and the case. I was going to buy the same one on Amazon for about 230 bucks.

I also found a nice Dewalt variable speed jigsaw for 65 bucks too. I actually went in there to look at a Rigid 10" band saw but it was not if very good condition. I was walking out when I saw the piles of electric drills, sawzawls, and hundreds of other tools. SoI just had to get the router and jigsaw. I can't tell you how many cheap jigsaws I have burned up and destroyed in my career.

More to come on my cheap tool tips. If you have your own way of getting used tools please let me know. I'm never going to buy new again.

(Except for my new Air Cleaner, after market miter guage, router table inset, and the list goes on…..)
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Where and how I find used tools

I'm never going to buy a new tool again. Yeah right, but I can try not too. They are so expensive. If you have been following my recent posts I'm getting back into the craft after a long layoff. This series is devoted to the fine are of picking up used tools on the cheap.

Recently I discovered ( or re-discovered ) the pawn shop. OMG !!!!!!! the selection of tools is incredible.

I recently picked up a Porter Cable 1 3/4 Hp router kit with plunge and standard base. Great condition - 100 bucks. 3 collets, wrenches, 2 bases and the case. I was going to buy the same one on Amazon for about 230 bucks.

I also found a nice Dewalt variable speed jigsaw for 65 bucks too. I actually went in there to look at a Rigid 10" band saw but it was not if very good condition. I was walking out when I saw the piles of electric drills, sawzawls, and hundreds of other tools. SoI just had to get the router and jigsaw. I can't tell you how many cheap jigsaws I have burned up and destroyed in my career.

More to come on my cheap tool tips. If you have your own way of getting used tools please let me know. I'm never going to buy new again.

(Except for my new Air Cleaner, after market miter guage, router table inset, and the list goes on…..)
I have found that you can cut the entire piece of spam and paste it on a pm and send to martin with a word or two for subject and you can get some really fast results. Of course there is a time zone difference but still gets very good results.
 

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Where and how I find used tools

I'm never going to buy a new tool again. Yeah right, but I can try not too. They are so expensive. If you have been following my recent posts I'm getting back into the craft after a long layoff. This series is devoted to the fine are of picking up used tools on the cheap.

Recently I discovered ( or re-discovered ) the pawn shop. OMG !!!!!!! the selection of tools is incredible.

I recently picked up a Porter Cable 1 3/4 Hp router kit with plunge and standard base. Great condition - 100 bucks. 3 collets, wrenches, 2 bases and the case. I was going to buy the same one on Amazon for about 230 bucks.

I also found a nice Dewalt variable speed jigsaw for 65 bucks too. I actually went in there to look at a Rigid 10" band saw but it was not if very good condition. I was walking out when I saw the piles of electric drills, sawzawls, and hundreds of other tools. SoI just had to get the router and jigsaw. I can't tell you how many cheap jigsaws I have burned up and destroyed in my career.

More to come on my cheap tool tips. If you have your own way of getting used tools please let me know. I'm never going to buy new again.

(Except for my new Air Cleaner, after market miter guage, router table inset, and the list goes on…..)
Thanks for all the comments….Yes rememebr if you d go into a pawn shop to buy something, you are on your own. If you feel at all uncomfortable, keep your money in your pocket and don't buy it.

Same thing goes for Craigs list. I got an old Craftsman 3 wheel band saw and a Jet DC1200 from a guy for 100 bucks a few weeks ago. The band saw stinks but the dust collector is awesome.

Buyer Beware !!!!!!!!
 

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Where and how I find used tools

I'm never going to buy a new tool again. Yeah right, but I can try not too. They are so expensive. If you have been following my recent posts I'm getting back into the craft after a long layoff. This series is devoted to the fine are of picking up used tools on the cheap.

Recently I discovered ( or re-discovered ) the pawn shop. OMG !!!!!!! the selection of tools is incredible.

I recently picked up a Porter Cable 1 3/4 Hp router kit with plunge and standard base. Great condition - 100 bucks. 3 collets, wrenches, 2 bases and the case. I was going to buy the same one on Amazon for about 230 bucks.

I also found a nice Dewalt variable speed jigsaw for 65 bucks too. I actually went in there to look at a Rigid 10" band saw but it was not if very good condition. I was walking out when I saw the piles of electric drills, sawzawls, and hundreds of other tools. SoI just had to get the router and jigsaw. I can't tell you how many cheap jigsaws I have burned up and destroyed in my career.

More to come on my cheap tool tips. If you have your own way of getting used tools please let me know. I'm never going to buy new again.

(Except for my new Air Cleaner, after market miter guage, router table inset, and the list goes on…..)
I just walked into a pawn shop today to see what kind of tools they had and man was I surprised at the selection. they had a practically brand new Bosch 2 and 1/4 hp routers with the plunge and fixed base for half the price as brand new I was really surprised. I may check some others around my town to see if they all have a selection like this.
 

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Where and how I find used tools

I'm never going to buy a new tool again. Yeah right, but I can try not too. They are so expensive. If you have been following my recent posts I'm getting back into the craft after a long layoff. This series is devoted to the fine are of picking up used tools on the cheap.

Recently I discovered ( or re-discovered ) the pawn shop. OMG !!!!!!! the selection of tools is incredible.

I recently picked up a Porter Cable 1 3/4 Hp router kit with plunge and standard base. Great condition - 100 bucks. 3 collets, wrenches, 2 bases and the case. I was going to buy the same one on Amazon for about 230 bucks.

I also found a nice Dewalt variable speed jigsaw for 65 bucks too. I actually went in there to look at a Rigid 10" band saw but it was not if very good condition. I was walking out when I saw the piles of electric drills, sawzawls, and hundreds of other tools. SoI just had to get the router and jigsaw. I can't tell you how many cheap jigsaws I have burned up and destroyed in my career.

More to come on my cheap tool tips. If you have your own way of getting used tools please let me know. I'm never going to buy new again.

(Except for my new Air Cleaner, after market miter guage, router table inset, and the list goes on…..)
My favorites are garage sales and estate auctions. Might take a little longer to find what you need, but you can't beat the prices. Auctions usually bring fair market value or less. You just stop bidding when the price is more than you want to pay. Garage sales will get you the best deals. Most are just looking to get rid of stuff and most are run by women that just want the old man's stuff gone and will almost give it away! I've spent the last 30 years looking for deals and have managed to stock my shop with good quality tools for a fraction of the cost of new.
 

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Where and how I find used tools

I'm never going to buy a new tool again. Yeah right, but I can try not too. They are so expensive. If you have been following my recent posts I'm getting back into the craft after a long layoff. This series is devoted to the fine are of picking up used tools on the cheap.

Recently I discovered ( or re-discovered ) the pawn shop. OMG !!!!!!! the selection of tools is incredible.

I recently picked up a Porter Cable 1 3/4 Hp router kit with plunge and standard base. Great condition - 100 bucks. 3 collets, wrenches, 2 bases and the case. I was going to buy the same one on Amazon for about 230 bucks.

I also found a nice Dewalt variable speed jigsaw for 65 bucks too. I actually went in there to look at a Rigid 10" band saw but it was not if very good condition. I was walking out when I saw the piles of electric drills, sawzawls, and hundreds of other tools. SoI just had to get the router and jigsaw. I can't tell you how many cheap jigsaws I have burned up and destroyed in my career.

More to come on my cheap tool tips. If you have your own way of getting used tools please let me know. I'm never going to buy new again.

(Except for my new Air Cleaner, after market miter guage, router table inset, and the list goes on…..)
I would like to go to Garage Sales but the ones I have been to around here are just not worth it, and I never hear about Estate auctions. Do you have a resource for hearing about them?

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I'm never going to buy a new tool again. Yeah right, but I can try not too. They are so expensive. If you have been following my recent posts I'm getting back into the craft after a long layoff. This series is devoted to the fine are of picking up used tools on the cheap.

Recently I discovered ( or re-discovered ) the pawn shop. OMG !!!!!!! the selection of tools is incredible.

I recently picked up a Porter Cable 1 3/4 Hp router kit with plunge and standard base. Great condition - 100 bucks. 3 collets, wrenches, 2 bases and the case. I was going to buy the same one on Amazon for about 230 bucks.

I also found a nice Dewalt variable speed jigsaw for 65 bucks too. I actually went in there to look at a Rigid 10" band saw but it was not if very good condition. I was walking out when I saw the piles of electric drills, sawzawls, and hundreds of other tools. SoI just had to get the router and jigsaw. I can't tell you how many cheap jigsaws I have burned up and destroyed in my career.

More to come on my cheap tool tips. If you have your own way of getting used tools please let me know. I'm never going to buy new again.

(Except for my new Air Cleaner, after market miter guage, router table inset, and the list goes on…..)
I find a lot of garage sales listed in the local newspaper or on Craig's List. Look for ones that mention tools specifically. A good source for auctions is "AuctionZip. com". You can type in what you're looking for, and how far you are willing to travel, and the site will highlight auctions that may have what you're looking for. Many have pictures of the items for sale and a good description. Another place you may want to check out is flea markets, although prices tend to be higher. Antique malls can sometimes pay off but you will usually pay top prices there. I have even put an ad in the local newspaper and on Craig's list looking for tools.

You just have to be persistent and keep your eyes and ears open. Let friends and relatives know what you're looking for. You'll be surprised how many new sources turn up with a little effort. If you have problems finding what you want, send me a PM, I may be able to help you. Hope this helps, Willie
 
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