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Forum topic by Shawn Masterson posted 10-15-2017 03:00 AM 872 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Shawn Masterson

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10-15-2017 03:00 AM

so my family and I are going to sell everything and move around in an RV and follow the work for 4-5 years. we have discussed it very thoroughly. something I haven’t decided what to do is what to do with the shop. I have a huge 3 stage DC, PM66, an 8’’ jointer, 14”BS, a 20” planer, a 10 HP Rotary phase converter, 2 william hussey moulding machines, 3 12” miter saws, 2 portable TS, 6 or 7 routers, 2 router tables, and a plethora of other tools. I know I could sell 90% of it, for more than I paid, but not enough to replace it later when we settle back down somewhere wherever that ends up being. and I know me I’m probably going to wish I had my shop when we settle down. Any advise on what to do?? I have considered storing it at my brothers place, but haven’t talked to him yet. also I know about the only way to store cast iron in a non temp controlled environment is to basically slather everything in axle grease, and I can’t imagine having to deal with that in 5 years. As always thanks for any and all insite.

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#1 posted 10-15-2017 03:06 AM

I would clean/degrease the tops and roll on a coat of polyurethane. That’s what I did last spring instead of the usual wax treatment and it still looks like the day I cleaned it .

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 10-15-2017 04:09 AM

I know several full time rvers, and one thing they found out from experience, they needed a home base.

Good luck on your travels,

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#3 posted 10-15-2017 12:07 PM

You don’t need to slather on grease, but you could use something like LPS3, which is similar to cosmoline. It’s not what I’d call easy to remove, but it’s easier than grease.

The ideal situation would be to leave the machinery with someone who can and will take care of them (and use them).

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#4 posted 10-15-2017 12:35 PM

So you want to store tons of machinery at someone else’s place brother or not? Especially if it is covered in grease. I am not sure if I would be happy if someone asked me to stumble over all that iron for 5 years.
But I do, not quite often though, meet people who have no problems unloading their problems on someone else and save a buck along the way. All others in similar situation either rent a storage or sell the stuff. They of course loose money but do not earn reputation of freeloaders.

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Shawn Masterson

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#5 posted 10-17-2017 02:44 AM

I General contracted and completely trimmed out my brothers new house for free. It’s hardly free loading, but a fair point. That’s why I threw it out there just to see what others thoughts were on the matter. renting storage would be a waste(it would be a lose in the end).

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#6 posted 10-17-2017 03:05 AM

If I had a friend or relative that I knew would appreciate having those tools at their disposal I’d set them up with a tricked out shop of their own and let them have at it. Heck, for four or five years you’d be doing each other a great favor and it’s not like the tools would get worn out.

You’ve got some top quality iron there that should be making dust not collecting it.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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