I still need to get a router for it as I don't want to install the plunge router in it. I suppose I should check out the local pawn shops. Got the card club, horse racing year round by telebet at the track and live for the summer months and 2 casinos so the pawn shops should get decent business.
I can't speak for your area but around here Craigslist often has routers for sale... another choice. I buy *some* stuff from Craigslist but a coworker seems to make a near full-time occupation of it, while actually working full-time. He parses Craigslist with the going in position that his maximum price for a *perfect* item he really wants is half of retail, and few items approach that criteria. He tells me he calls and chats with lots of folks on the list, inquiring as to how firm their price is, how long it's been for sale and how bad they want it gone while never appearing overly eager.
He's picked up some great deals. I pointed out a deal for 4 Jet AFS-1000B's for $300 total. I bought one, adding a second to my shop and he kept the others. They sell on Amazon for $300 each, and that's before shipping (not paid to Alaska). He got a 80-gallon 5-hp 175 psi Champion compressor with two 60-gallon extra storage tanks for $500. As he says, you can get great deals if you play the game. Carry cash, don't get eager and be prepared to walk away from 9 deals for the 10th. You just never know when secretly somebody just wants to get rid of something, how long its been for sale, how much space they have to store it. Some nearly pay him to take it.
On, did I tell you? He owns a duplex with a shop on premises. The duplex is 1,600 sq ft per side and his shop is 2400 sq ft with high-bay doors, 16' ceiling, all insulated, sheet-rocked and heated. Yea, I drool... <g>
I've gotten some great deals on Craigslist too... like a Waterloo 46"lX24"x24", 300# empty, professional grade tool box chest for $200. Retail price: $2,000. I'll take a few scratches for that deal!!
Be patient, save your cash and shop around!! Deals can be found!