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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-16-2013, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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responding to a previous thread made me wonder how many others have bought tools used.You must be careful,but I have found woodworking tools somewhat like excersize equipment.It is bought with good intentions and then never or rarely used.For me it has meant items that were out of reach or of better quality than I could afford can be had for a fraction of there original cost.My "best scores" have been a 1hp dust collector,used for "about 10 minutes to see how it worked" for $75.My air scrubber" used for one project" for $75, and my incra ls 25 system,complete with the large table,stand,lift and pc router for $400.It was bought by an elderly gent who's health deteriorated and had to sell his place to live in assisted living.He never used it and he set the price,I would never try to take advantage of that sort of situation by haggling.I all these cases it was easy to tell the equipment was mint.I would not even have considered a lift at retail but am pleased to have it.
Others must have found great deals and hope I inspire some to look,that special tool may be in your reach
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There are many great deals to be found. You need to be familiar with any tool you buy used to evaluate if it is a good deal or not. I found a good deal on a PC 690 plunge base router. It was missing the turret depth stop which could be a problem for many users but did not effect my intended use on a ski jig. Even though this is a current model some of the hidden parts under the turret are not available. Just a reminder to check everything before you buy.

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There are many on CL, or in the nickel add type papers, selling Dad and Grampa's tools.
Often the tools are still new and unused, or little used.
Contractors selling out, can be different, where the tools have been thrashed.

The only woodworking tool I bought new, is a Bosch Colt palm router-that one I wanted new.

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When I bought my current TS from CL, I spent a good 30 minutes looking it over, did a few test cuts, checked critical parts for square. (even though I would have to square it back up after moving) After finding it all satisfactory, I STILL talked him down to a lower price. (Note, this was a younger guy who didn't have a need for the saw)
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I have recently (last few years) added 3 phase power to my shed, I have been amazed at how low prices of 3 phase equipment in Australia. I have bought a fair few old 1950-60 machinery, it is a bit of a risk (old bearings can be expensive), but they are generally made to survive an explosion, and with some work you have something that you couldn't possibly afford new or at least I couldn't


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