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    Is This a Good Deal?

    Hi all:

    OK, this is what my neighbor has offered me. You tell me if it's a good deal. I know you like pictures, but my camera is at the new house and I'm at the old house.......My impression is that he's not giving away the stuff for free.....

    For $500 he offers me, all used and dusty but in good running order, and he's offered to show me how everything works:

    1) Sears Craftsman Bandsaw with dedicated stand and 3 blades

    2) Porter Cable Biscuit Joiner

    3) 2 serious dowelling jigs, a bit different and heavier than the one I bought the other day

    4) Skil router (no bits)

    5) 2 sanders, an orbital and a ......flat one?

    6) 1 18-gauge nailer

    7) Elu sliding miter saw which he swears is super accurate + a big jig he built for it for infeed and outfeed (is that what you call it?)

    For another $100 he would give me a large industrial drill press.

    Should I take it or take fewer pieces.....or take nothing.....?

    Thanks
    Last edited by Cynthia White; 07-03-2010 at 08:40 PM. Reason: Added 7th
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynthia White View Post
    Hi all:

    OK, this is what my neighbor has offered me. You tell me if it's a good deal. I know you like pictures, but my camera is at the new house and I'm at the old house.......My impression is that he's not giving away the stuff for free.....

    For $500 he offers me, all used and dusty but in good running order, and he's offered to show me how everything works:

    1) Sears Craftsman Bandsaw with dedicated stand and 3 blades/75-100 unless its a old one built better than the new ones

    2) Porter Cable Biscuit Joiner/75-100

    3) 2 serious dowelling jigs, a bit different and heavier than the one I bought the other day/25 buys new one right?

    4) Skil router (no bits)/25 if it runs

    5) 2 sanders, an orbital and a ......flat one?/35 each

    6) 1 18-gauge nailer/50 depending on brand and shape

    For another $100 he would give me a large industrial drill press./yes fair price if its in good shape
    Should I take it or take fewer pieces.....or take nothing.....?

    Thanks
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    what size is the band saw ?
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    Wait I forgot one:

    included in the $500 is a Elu sliding miter saw. An older one that he swears is super accurate.

    And in answer to Don, the bandsaw? Jeez I don't know. BIG.
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    Without more specifics I think the price may be a bit high.

    1) Sears Craftsman Bandsaw with dedicated stand and 3 blades

    - I paid $80 for a 12" Craftsman bandsaw on the stand that was in great shape.

    2) Porter Cable Biscuit Joiner

    - PC 557 type 2 is worth at least $150 but PC makes lesser machines that are worth about half that.

    3) 2 serious dowelling jigs, a bit different and heavier than the one I bought the other day

    - Not qualified to speak to this; no experince.

    4) Skil router (no bits)

    - Probably 1/4" collet and there for I agree that $25 would be a fair price for an "extra" 1/4" bit machine to add to the stable if you have room to store it.

    5) 2 sanders, an orbital and a ......flat one?

    - A Black and Decker I wouldn't bother to carry home. Bosch, Makita, Milwaukee, etc. I would get model #'s and compare new price to what he is asking and judge from there.

    6) 1 18-gauge nailer

    - minimal experience here as well. I have been using the ones that came free with other tools for years and never had a problem or felt the need to upgrade BUT, I usethem very seldom. Like having them but just don't use them much.

    Hope this helps a little. As you are finding out, general opportuinties and deals come along often enough. Its our specific needs that never seem to hit the want ads ;-)
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    If you need all those items, I would defnitely make him an offer below his asking price, it's maybe fair but not a great deal. Depending on which bandsaw, biscuit jointer, and drill press they could be good deals or overpriced. Brand/models/condition are kind of important to determine value.

    I usually try and pay under 50% for something that looks new, 25-35% for something in good working order with use/cosmetic issues. Around here that's a good price but those deals do come along.

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