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05-27-2018 03:00 PM

A Sears near me is closing and have a Craftsman 12” drill press and 10” band saw, both display models, on sale. The overall store closing discount is 10% off. Since they don’t have the product in stock I asked about buy8ng the display models. They said standard is 10% off, so 20% off in all.

10% off for a floor model seems kind of low, especially since these look like they’ve been out a while, albeit unused. Also, s8nce Sears doesn’t sell them any more I don’t know is anything it missing. Both have their knobs, fences, and other basics, except for the yellow plastic piece you need to plug into the power switch to turn it on.

Here’s a price breakdown.

Craftsman 12” benchtop drill pres: $229, $183 after discount
Craftsman 10” benchtop band saw: $219, $175 after discount

I’ve heard good things about the drill press in that it’s basically the exact same as higher priced versions under other brand names. I couldn’t find much on the drill press.

What do you think? Is 10% fair for a floor model? If you own these are they any good? Are there comparable models for the same price elsewhere?


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#1 posted 05-27-2018 03:14 PM

I’d ask for 50%. Give them the lets be reasonable and sneak the 50% in under the radar. They’ll never notice.

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#2 posted 05-27-2018 03:30 PM

I would expect a bigger discount for a floor model…maybe 15-30%. Does it include all original accessories and manuals?

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#3 posted 05-27-2018 03:35 PM

I’d be happy with the 20%. At worst, floor models get dusty and fingerprints. Nobody has used or abused them. This isn’t a Craigslist purchase. You even probably still get the warranty. That’s 10% off for sales tax and 10% off for warm fuzzies. I’d love to find something I need for 20% off. My $0.02…

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#4 posted 05-27-2018 04:50 PM

I would try to get as big a discount as possible. If the salesman doesn’t want to deal, then ask to speak to the manager. Whatever is left unsold will probably be sold to a store like Big lots for pennies on the dollar.

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#5 posted 05-27-2018 05:35 PM

I wouldn’t buy these products at all. The quality of Sears bench top and floor model woodworking tools is quite poor. Every Craftsman WW tool I have ever purchased, I regretted, and quickly replaced.

Hard pass.

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#6 posted 05-27-2018 06:16 PM

Thanks for the feedback. I thought 10% was pretty low. Came to find out the band saw should have a miter gauge too. The included ones are nearly worthless, but still a loss worth something.

I’ve actually read a lot of good reviews on some craftsman stuff as they are exactly the same product as higher end brand rebadged. I’ve also noticed a lot of reviewers that are negative are mostly just against benchtop stuff and only advise to step up to larger and much more expensive tools. Personally I’m short on funds and space, so I’ll have to accept some quality compromise, I just want to have as little compromise as possible. If I can get an even cheaper floor model then that’s just more money for higher quality blades, guides, etc.

I’ll have to go back to see how I can do. With the current offer it looks like I can get a comparable band saw for not much more with some additional features. But with the drill press I can’t seem to find a 12” or higher model for under $300.

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#7 posted 05-27-2018 09:21 PM

I can’t comment on the drill press and would just like to add that a 10” band saw is pretty dang small. Of course it depends on what you use it for, but don’t plan on much re-sawing.

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#8 posted 05-28-2018 01:09 AM

At 30% I would think about. At 10% I would think they were joking. I would speak to a manager.

-- Rick M,

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#9 posted 05-28-2018 12:15 PM

10% from Sears seems pretty low. Over the years when my local Sears closed out merchandise that they were discontinuing (e.g. Footprint planes:excellent as door stops; Italian-made 1/2” shank router bits, etc.) The markdowns were 50% or more. On the other hand: while you’re dithering here on the forum some other guy with less sense is scooping up the objects of your affection. If I really needed the drill press I might just take the paltry discount and move on. Sears drill presses are fine for woodworking applications. But unless you’re making models or very small parts I suggest passing on the band saw as 10” really limits what you can do.

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