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Forum topic by agallant posted 02-11-2014 12:53 AM 1350 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2014 12:53 AM

So we will be moving out and in to an apartment shortly while our new house is being built. I will not have a shop for at least 6 months. The questions is do I move my stuff twice or just sell it and replace once we move in to the new house? Mainly thinking of my Unisaw, Jet 16-32, and dust collector. Im worried that my stuff will get damaged (moisture, mold) or stolen in storage. On the other hand I will be spending more than what I sold them for when I move in but it may be a good chance to upgrade.


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#1 posted 02-11-2014 12:57 AM

I think I would store it and make sure I had adequate insurance coverage in case of loss.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 02-11-2014 01:04 AM

Agree with Gerry, primarily because the new tools aren’t what older models are IMHO.

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#3 posted 02-11-2014 01:08 AM

Store it. Take it from someone who is buying all my tools again, costs way too much to replace them.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 02-11-2014 01:30 AM

There are a lot of unknowns here. What is your financial condition? Where do you live (humid/dry/hurricanes/tornadoes, etc.) Are you happy with your current tools or are you looking for an excuse to upgrade? Is there any likelihood you will want/need your tools while they are in storage? I have read about people working out of a storage unit. Are they in great condition and might bring top dollar if you sold them?

When we moved, I stored my tools and didn’t have any issues, but your situation is probably different from mine. FWIW

-- Art

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#5 posted 02-11-2014 01:44 AM

Only six months…...I’d store it.

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#6 posted 02-11-2014 01:44 AM

I stored all of my tools as I had to be out of my house in 10 days. That being said I “pre packaged” my tools. I bought a couple of cans of the lube that drys to protect my tables from rust. I removed all the knobs and any small parts such as band saw inserts etc. I then shrink wrapped about everything I could using the 22 inch wrap. I also did my own inventory of every tool and box packed. Of course don’t forget pictures. I was a busy guy doing all of this, but everything arrived with only minimal damage. One of the mobile bases was damaged and yes, they did manage to loose one box of stuff, but I was reimbursed. My workshop was 30×56 and I have a lot of tools. Many of them are older, but in excellent condition and it would cost me a small fortune to replace them.

-- Bill R

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#7 posted 02-11-2014 02:01 AM

My first inclination is to just store it but thinking about it for a sec, I think there’s other things you need to consider. First, what’s the replacement cost for all those tools? I don’t tend to see Unisaws come up very often in my area (or any decent used cabinet saw for that matter), so that may be difficult. If were thinking about maybe upgrading, it might not be a bad time to consider it either.

It probably depends on what part of the country you’re in, but a small 10×10 storage area in my neck of the woods looks to run about $150 a month. For six months, that’s an extra $900 that could go a long way towards upgrades. Plus, don’t forget the insurance cost too.

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#8 posted 02-11-2014 03:37 AM

Consider what I did last year when I moved my entire shop: I rented one of those “PODS” and made low (3”) ramps and loaded/rolled all my equipment into it , along with some furniture. When I was ,I called them to move it to the new house and unloaded all of it myself. Check with the local PODS company and find out how much it cost to keep the unit a month and how much to move it. It was a lot cheaper than $150 a month for me and I only had to load and unload the equipment once.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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#9 posted 02-11-2014 04:30 AM

you should definitely sell….the unisaw especially I will bring money and take it off your hands..don’t sell I did and now im buying old stuff to replace my old stuff…Rockwell delta etc are NOT what they were…plus you always use your tool replacement money for something else…like shrubs or wishing well for the garden…rent a pods and keep a dehumidifier in it till you have to move it…I sold my unisaw and I miss her very much..don’t be me


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#10 posted 02-11-2014 04:39 AM

If you like your tools and don’t want to upgrade…then Store them and hook up a dehumidifier in the storage unit if it is not climate controlled. Or sell what you want to upgrade…

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#11 posted 02-11-2014 12:27 PM

Store ‘em. If you keep they you’ll have them all when you’re ready to set up your shop again. If you sell them you’ll likely spend the money and when you set up your shop, you’ll be back to buying one new tool at intervals when you need and can afford it. If you want to upgrade, you can sell then.

Not a tool, but when my plane (a 1941 Taylorcraft) need more work than I could afford, I disassembled it and stored it in the garage. There it sat for about 15 years while family took precedence over flying, but even when we were broke I hung on to it, my rule was that I would either restore it, or sell it only to buy another plane (which is what I eventually did).

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#12 posted 02-11-2014 02:47 PM

Thanks guys. After some consideration I think I will store most of my tools. The only thing I will really sell is the dust collector seeing as I have never been thrilled with its performance.

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#13 posted 02-11-2014 03:42 PM

I believe that you will come out better if you store it with insurance.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 02-11-2014 03:49 PM

I stored my tools for 7 months when I moved out west before buying a house. No problems to speak of.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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