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Forum topic by mrramsey posted 10-08-2016 05:22 PM 696 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-08-2016 05:22 PM

Hi all, new to the forum here. Finally getting around to renovating my garage into a small wood shop. I have a good deal of tools already but now with the additional space I am looking to get some additional toolslike a drill press, jointer, disc sander, band saw etc. As much as I want to just buy new I don’t have any issue with buying good used gear.

I have been scouring craigslist for deals but most of the stuff is either junk or I am finding 10-20 year old stuff albeit in good to excellent shape people are asking premium prices. Example a jet jj6cs 6” jointer for $600. IIRC those sold new for about that price. Found another for $375 but I feel it’s probably more in the $175-200 range. Thoughts and advice are appreciated.

-- Mike ~~~ Experience is what you get right after you needed it. ~~~

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#1 posted 10-08-2016 07:16 PM

first off a location would help out possibly. I know for my area craigs list just sucks for power tools most the time. occasionally something good pops up but you really need to watch for it. I find that the local garage sale sites on facebook work alot better if i post in search of type posts for what im looking for. The local stores that sell used equipment in my area also are over price in my opinion so i dont hardly bother with them anymore either. Just gotta keep a sharp eye open and be ready to pounce when something shows up that you feel is a fair deal.

AJ in Mpls MN

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#2 posted 10-08-2016 08:08 PM

I know for my area craigs list just sucks for power tools most the time. occasionally something good pops up but you really need to watch for it.
- ajshobby

That is the same story everyone has, myself included. Good deals don’t hang out long – typically just a few hours, so what you wind up looking at is all the crap deals that everyone else is passing on as well. But they can be found. Know what you want and how much you are willing to pay before doing anything else. Don’t stumble on a deal and then ask everyone if you should go for it – if it was a great deal, it will be gone by the time you decide (OWWM Rule #5). Set up a few alerts and be ready to pounce when it shows up – being first in line is key. With a little patience and persistence, you will find them.

There are other sources as well, but I’ve found CL to be about the best. Garage and estate sales are hit or miss and require a lot of leg work. Auctions are about the same and the competition can drive the prices up well above what a machine is worth if you aren’t careful (plus you have that stupid ‘buyers premium’ tacked on). Also, don’t rule out friends, neighbors, relatives, local woodworking clubs and other word-of-mouth sources. When someone is looking to get rid of a machine, they will think of you first.


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#3 posted 10-08-2016 08:14 PM

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#4 posted 10-08-2016 09:53 PM

My advice is to peruse forums such as this one (another one would be Woodnet) in the selling place. You will be seeing things that are (often) priced closer to real value, generally in better shape, and typically accurately described. Of course, you have to be patient…and sometimes willing to drive a little further )at least for the big stuff, (small stuff can usually be shipped). CL is a real crap shoot, but watching it isn’t a bad thing.

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#5 posted 10-08-2016 10:08 PM

Keep on watching craigslist, Deals will come. I have been checking it 5 times a day for the last 5 years just to get a handful of crazy deals. However i am about to stop and start scoping out estate auctions and government auctions. All of the old woodworking equipment from high schools is starting to pop up more in my region. keeping cash on hand is a must for getting a good deal.

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