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Forum topic by SoCalBonnie posted 05-31-2019 02:20 PM 3848 views 0 times favorited 40 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-31-2019 02:20 PM

Seller wants $250. My MBA husband says it’s not a good deal, based on:

1) age (over a decade old)
2) sale prices for equivalent stuff with more modern features (like dust collection and lack of visible rust).
3) I can make my own!
4) He claims Rule No. 5 is the Universe’s way of proving you don’t need it.

Then again, he’s started to exhibit that frowny look whenever I come home with used tools … and he’s kind of a hypocrite when it comes to pricing HIS old tools (“That Honda Lawnmower was the top of line in 1989! No way I’m gonna list it for less than 90% of what I paid for it!”)

  • A Rockler folding router table (full-size, not bench top model but still! Nice for storage in a small shop)
  • Jessem Rout-R-Lift (I do see some rust on it)
  • Incra fence
  • Porter Cable router

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5256 posts in 1372 days

#1 posted 05-31-2019 02:30 PM

id say it’s a good deal,as far as age if a tool works who cares.a little rust can be easily removed.the only thing that would be nice is dust collection,routers are very dusty.but id say go for it,you dont need an mba to do woodworking-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 05-31-2019 02:35 PM

I’d say its a good deal with all those accessories. Is it actually folding? I have an older one that looks like it folds but it actually doesn’t. It kind of breaks down with bolts and screws. But looks slightly different than mine.

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#3 posted 05-31-2019 02:42 PM

IMO … this is worth that money but still only go with 200.00 and you be driving home with it :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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9496 posts in 1526 days

#4 posted 05-31-2019 02:50 PM

That’s a buyers deal IMO for just the lift and the Incra fence. Then your getting a table and router thrown in too. I can’t tell from the picture but that appears to be one of the big PC routers (2.5 or 3.25 hp). If so, I think that makes it a no-brainer if you’re in need of a router table.

A little surface rust is common and also a great bargaining chip ;-) Tell hubby to go mow the lawn and you’ll be back in 2 or 3 hours ;-))

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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694 posts in 1490 days

#5 posted 05-31-2019 02:54 PM

In the end, it comes down to how much you want/need it and how much the seller wants to get rid of it. For me, the age and a little bit of rust would not be a factor except for negotiating purposes. The router, lift, and fence are appealing. The table, not so much. It just doesn’t look very stable (again, a negotiating factor?). You could build a more stable base for the top and other components, however. If the folding table is important and it proves to be more stable than it looks, I guess I would go for it, but would be more inclined at a lower price.

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1393 posts in 3237 days

#6 posted 05-31-2019 03:50 PM

The fact that the seller took the pic in front of his Porsche speaks volumes…

Did the seller give a model number for the router? I can’t tell if it’s the 2hp version or the 3.25hp plunge version that is no longer available. Router, Plate, Lift?, and fence is definitely worth $200

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#7 posted 05-31-2019 04:01 PM

That is a good deal, especially if its your first router table.
After the upcoming divorce, you can then upgrade and add all of the other essential tools that you know you need!
John J

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Fred Hargis

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#8 posted 05-31-2019 04:09 PM

If you wait long enough (just a short while) you won’t have to worry about it…it will be gone.

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

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#9 posted 05-31-2019 04:18 PM

pottz... I know, right!

SMP... Seller says it folds… looks like lag bolts hold legs tight… loosen a bit and the legs fold in.

GR8HUNTER... Seller seems awfully firm on price but I think I will try to ask for $200

HokieKen and ChefHDan... it is a 7529, I believe that is a 2HP router, still not bad, right?

Bilyo... storage properties are super important to me, but you’re right, it may not be that stable. I was originally looking for a benchtop but so many sellers are selling them for $175 and up.

Zoro39... <<<gulp>>

Fred Hargis... thereby proving my hubby’s point!

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9496 posts in 1526 days

#10 posted 05-31-2019 04:50 PM

Yep, that 7529 is a solid router. I think it’s still a solid deal even without the router.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#11 posted 05-31-2019 05:08 PM

That is easily worth $250.00. You could always make a new fence with dust collection. Whether the drive is worth it, only you can determine what your time is worth.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#12 posted 05-31-2019 05:11 PM

It looks like a good deal to me without the table…..I would get it and look to replace that table somewhere down the line. Possibly with a home built “Norm Abrams” style table. I have one and it is awesome. Many versions appear in the projects section. You could use that top and fence but I don’t see where that fence allows for any sort of dust collection. Routers can be messy. Maybe research any sort of mods that could be purchased or made.

IMO the lift is worth that almost by itself. Anyone that has ever used a router without a lift then got one will attest, they are awesome! Jessem is one of the best IMO.

Also, maybe ask if the seller has the original shroud from the router, so that you could use it by hand someday.

At any rate it will work fine, and allow for upgrades as funds become available.

-- Mike

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#13 posted 05-31-2019 06:15 PM

for 250 dollars, it should have sold by now. that incra fence,,once you use an incra product there’s no going back to anything else.

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#14 posted 05-31-2019 06:25 PM

Yep, the lift and fence systems are worth that alone. Check the fence for any obvious abuse, I have that model (Incra) and it can do many wonderful things, just need to spend some time learning to use its features (watch out when clamping with the slide lever, you need to have the plastic “teeth” in alignment first)

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#15 posted 05-31-2019 08:14 PM

No, that’s not worth it, you shouldn’t buy it. Was it advertised in CL? Asking for a friend. :D

I’d be all over that. I paid $300 for a table (non-folding legs) and an Incra fence and consider it money well spent (less than half of new). A little WD-40 and #0000 steel wool will take the rust right off. Put on a little carnauba wax and that’s it.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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