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Forum topic by ChefMichael01 posted 07-15-2020 03:24 AM 348 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-15-2020 03:24 AM

Hi All – First time post so be gentle. Relatively new to woodworking – only have basic tools (miter saw, circular, jig saw, router, etc) and am looking to add a drill press, table saw, planer. Garage space is very limited. I came across a FB marketplace post for someone selling their father’s entire WW tool set. Many of the items are not useful to me but am looking at it for the -

Craftsmans 1/2 HP drill press
Craftsman 9” band saw
Craftsman jointer (I’ve read many reviews this is not great but if included, can’t hurt!)
Rockwell/Delta 9” (!!!) table saw
Porter/Cable 12.5” planer

The package includes a ton of other power and hand tools (bench grinder, circular saw, router, jig saw, dovetail jig, belt sander). They are asking $1000 obo for the lot which “seems” reasonable to me but could use a sanity check. The main items I’m looking for now would be (in order) a table saw (no space for a cabinet, was going to get a Dewalt 10” contractor), drill press (hoping for something with more than 2” quill stroke). A planer and jointer would be super lovely, as would a belt sander and a band saw.

Thoughts from yall would be appreciated. Mainly, I’m focused on the table saw and am concerned about the 9” blade. The projects I work on and hope to work on are the basic, beginning woodworking projects – as of now, planters, montessori towers/toys for the kids, outdoor furniture but hoping at some point in the future (once I become more proficient) to move onto more detailed projects.

Really appreciate all of the help!

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#1 posted 07-15-2020 03:48 AM

Welcome to LJ’s.

I spent another life flipping tools, and offhand I can only recall a few instances where is turned out to be best to buy it all. If you as the buyer have interest, my advice is to have you tell the seller you only have interest in a few items, then ask if they have considered an auction, estate sale, or other sale that would have them sold out quickly, and because others would also be looking at items could net them more than the current asking price, for a hands off sale.

Being on WWing forums for going on 20 years I have seen several hey, lets buy this as a group, and split it up starts, but have never seen one go off, and those that did actually start, quickly failed, because universally some item/items will have several interested, and they just want to work it to get that part for as little as possible. I’ve never heard gunfire, but a few were close to it.

Best of luck.

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#2 posted 07-15-2020 04:51 AM

I’d offer to buy selected items your interested in, for used about 1/2 of retail price. If not pass. Most woodworkers already have a good share of the tools they need. And maybe want to upgrade certain tools.

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#3 posted 07-15-2020 10:47 AM

Don’t worry about size of blade. I rip a ton of hardwoods with a 7.25”.

And no way would I drop 1000$ for that lot. IMO 6” jointers, tiny bandsaws, and small planers just are no worth much.

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#4 posted 07-15-2020 10:56 AM

Welcome to LJs. The main list you gave isn’t worth the $1000 in my area but price does vary a lot by location. Could also depend on what all other little items they have. You might offer them 7-800 and see if they take it. I know it was their fathers stuff but it’s all “profit” to them and when u buy in bulk you do so for a discount.
Also the size of the table saw is odd to me, I don’t ever remember seeing a 9inch saw so I’m not sure how hard blades would b to find for it. Also I personally don’t like direct drive saws so pay attention to that if u are considering it.
Good luck. And welcome to the hobby

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#5 posted 07-15-2020 02:02 PM

Yeah, they said $1000 but it just isn’t worth that to you. They obviously don’t want the time and hassle of selling to multiple people over multiple days. Offer them a low number like half of that and see what they counter. At some point you both will arrive at the number that suits …...or not.

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#6 posted 07-15-2020 02:46 PM

Hey Chef,
Welcome to the forum, and the habit/hobby. It’s really tempting to hit a one stop shop but IMO I think you should take a pass on this equipment. Much of it sounds pretty dated, and it’s not mid to upper end quality of tools. Very often the best advice given here is to acquire tools as you need them, especially when your space is limited. I was surprised to see that 9” blades are pretty easily available, I’ve never noticed a 9” blade in a store before, but you can get them. Looking at 9” delta saw parts, lots are discontinued and that could be an issue. I think the best strategy would be to go and look at the entire lot of tools and build a pile that makes sense for what you’re expecting to use now and in the close future and see what you can get when they see a stack of bills. Lord knows you’ll always be able to use a stack of clamps and many other hand tools that would be a good buy at 50% to 60% below retail.

Good luck ad let us know how you do.

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