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I'm not sure where this should go or even if it violates any rules but there is a big auction in Tacoma, WA of a woodworking company. Lots of tools including table saws, router tables, band saws, sanders, jointers, drill presses, hand tools. I'm not going but thought anyone in the area might be interested. These auctions can be hot or cold. Sometimes people pay really high prices and then, other times, stuff goes for pennies on the dollar. At least with an on-line auction, you don't have to stand around forever waiting for that one item to come up.

BELINA INTERIORS, INC - LIVE AUCTION | James G. Murphy Co.

If you participate, please post a report. And good luck!

And, by the way, I have no affiliation with any of the parties involved in the auction.
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I don't know where it should go either. Maybe the lobby. Personally, I do not see why it would violate any rules. If I was close to there I would thank you for posting.

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I don't think it violates any rules either but I moved it to the Lobby. Some of the machines I'd love to have like the Altendorfer saws but I'd have to build a bigger shop if I bought one. Maybe one of the disk sanders. I wish Tacoma was a little closer. It's a day's drive from here.

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I don't think it violates any rules either but I moved it to the Lobby. Some of the machines I'd love to have like the Altendorfer saws but I'd have to build a bigger shop if I bought one. Maybe one of the disk sanders. I wish Tacoma was a little closer. It's a day's drive from here.
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To compound the distance problem, it's a trip to do the preview and a trip to pick it up. Whereas with the "old school" auctions, you can preview and pick up with one trip. For me, anything more than an hour drive is pushing it. (And even though it's less than 60 miles from me, with traffic these days it can be 1 hour or 3). Progress doesn't always mean better.

By the way, they've got a lot of Grizzly tools in that auction and one of the unending mysteries to me is that people will bid over current list price for them. even before the auction premium. Like, is it so hard to look up Griz prices? That means plenty of idiots aren't doing the simplest of research or, worse, are getting caught up in winning over everything else. I guess it's possible that older versions of the same model number may be of better quality but with the examples I've seen it didn't seem to be the case.
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I've seen the same thing up here. And it was for 3 phase equipment which I was pretty sure some of the people bidding didn't have electrical services for. As for the Grizz tools newer might be better as they might have worked some deficiencies out. Really old iron is different. I love how solid that old stuff was even though it might not have been as ergonomic or have the safety features of newer stuff. My two brothers in law worked at a big sawmill up in McKenzie, BC that had two planers. One was an old cast iron 1950s model and the other a 70s or 80s. The old one outperformed the new one every year they were there. It planed 1,000,000 board feet in one shift once.

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I've seen the same thing up here. And it was for 3 phase equipment which I was pretty sure some of the people bidding didn't have electrical services for. As for the Grizz tools newer might be better as they might have worked some deficiencies out. Really old iron is different. I love how solid that old stuff was even though it might not have been as ergonomic or have the safety features of newer stuff. My two brothers in law worked at a big sawmill up in McKenzie, BC that had two planers. One was an old cast iron 1950s model and the other a 70s or 80s. The old one outperformed the new one every year they were there. It planed 1,000,000 board feet in one shift once.
On the farm when I was young, we had a 12" Parks planer. It was way quieter than the planers of today, had a 5hp 110v motor , no dust collection,had to shovel the piles of chips out of the shed. It had to be hand fed and hand off bearing. All cast iron construction, was still going after 30 years, just needed blade replacement now and then, HSS blades.
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