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John Morris

Purchasing Old Woodworking MacHinery

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Folks, I am going to be selling off my larger equipment, time to downsize, and I am going to replace it with older and smaller antique machinery, first on the chopping block is my 12" Grizz table saw, and I want to replace it with old ARN, does anyone know of some good locations via internet to purchase old machinery? I know about Ebay, Craigslist, any others?

Thanks!

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John, do a search for Habitat for Humanity Restores in your area and areas of your travel. At least in our area, I've seen many different kinds of tools & equipment donated. Also, area Thrift Stores, in-door & outdoor flea markets, yard/garage sales. You can check CL, Garage Sales, for your area...many advertise there vs spending $$ to take out ads in a newspaper.

 

I've had great success with all...patience & timing is the key. I've found items at garage/yard sales which weren't listed or only listed as "tools." Often times a bust, but bought my Jet bench-top planer, NIB at one sale where only a Craftsman table saw was listed...same sale had a wood lathe, drill press, dozens of power & hand tools; ya' just never know...many folks don't know what they really have.

 

Watch for auctions and estate sales as well. Another venue might be local wood-working clubs. Ironically, someone from ours just sent out a note today they had their Grizzly 12" TS for sale.

 

Best of luck and keep us posted. 

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Gramps, thanks for all the great tips and resources. I figured I'd have to work for it, it can't be as easy as clicking a mouse and hitting "Buy" can it! You are right, I'll have to do some leg work. I am in no rush so time is on my side, so as you said, sit back and wait for it.

Thanks Gramps!

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10 minutes ago, John Morris said:

Keeping my eye out for something along these lines.

Don't know about Kalifornayee (probably a Prop against owning them there:rolleyes:), but I see them them quite often here John. Sears.Craftsman/Atlas must have sold millions of those after the war through the mid early 1960's. Here on CL's, estate sales, garage sales & flea markets. Most are not refurbished to that degree, but occasionally you see some pretty nicely redone. Of course, half the fun is the refurbing, right?

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4 minutes ago, Grandpadave52 said:

Of course, half the fun is the refurbing, right?

NO sir!:lol:

Just wanna flip the switch and go! I tried my hand at refurbishing an ol Walker Turner DP, failed miserably, decided I am better off letting someone else make it shiny and pretty.

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4 hours ago, Fred W. Hargis Jr said:

Are you on your way there yet? (Very nice!)

No, I just woke up from my illusion Fred, and realized I'll need to sell my big ol Grizz first in order to acquire the proceeds for something like this, so now I am motivated to get that sucker sold!:cowboy:

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15 hours ago, John Morris said:

Well, lookee what I just found! 2 hrs south of me.

See there....and you thought this was going to be difficult...:P

Those old 100 Series were great saws...always plenty of parts etc. on Flea-bay for them, plus see them around, not restored for $25-$100 on a frequent basis.

Get that 4 Sale sign on the Grizz.:)

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50 minutes ago, Grandpadave52 said:

See there....and you thought this was going to be difficult...:P

Those old 100 Series were great saws...always plenty of parts etc. on Flea-bay for them, plus see them around, not restored for $25-$100 on a frequent basis.

Get that 4 Sale sign on the Grizz.:)

They seem to be plenty here in So Cal Gramps, but not in that condition. I have not seen one like that since I don't remember when. And a great price too. 400 bucks for a fully restored saw like this? I feel bad for not being able to get it right now, I doubt there will be another like it anytime soon, but hey, timing is everything! It just means the right saw is still waiting for me, when I am ready, it's the law of the universe.

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2 hours ago, PostalTom said:

John, you mentioned that California still has woodworking in the schools.  Maybe you could reach out to the people who acquire/dispose of woodworking machinery within the CA school system and get on their auction list. 

Excellent idea! Thanks Tom!

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John, some of the school districts sell on Govdeals.com

While they sometimes get some older equipment on the block, I have never seen a table saw like you pictured up above.

Here is today's woodworking listings:

https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.AdvSearchResultsNew&searchPg=Category&additionalParams=true&sortOption=ad&timing=BySimple&timingType=&category=160

 

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1 hour ago, Jim Harvey said:

 

Do some research first. Some of those King Seeley saws (I have two, a table saw and a 3 wheel band saw) have non-replacable bearings.

Jim, thanks for the tip, I had never thought of those old machines in that sense, you bet, make sure replacement parts are available!

Great to see ya here sir!

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On ‎7‎/‎7‎/‎2018 at 12:02 AM, John Morris said:

NO sir!:lol:

Just wanna flip the switch and go! I tried my hand at refurbishing an ol Walker Turner DP, failed miserably, decided I am better off letting someone else make it shiny and pretty.

John,

Say it  ain't  so!

Edited by Larry Buskirk

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On ‎7‎/‎6‎/‎2018 at 11:57 PM, Grandpadave52 said:

Of course, half the fun is the refurbing, right?

You got that right especially when the machine your rebuilding has to end up as a Frankenstein Monster because some parts are made from the rare element :ph34r: Unobtainium :ph34r: and are broken/damaged or missing. :Tapping: 

:998427331_ChinScratch:In some cases not a bad thing in that the parts used for replacement may actually improve the machine being rebuilt. :2030125484_TwoThumbsUp:

On ‎7‎/‎7‎/‎2018 at 12:02 AM, John Morris said:

NO sir!:lol:

Just wanna flip the switch and go! I tried my hand at refurbishing an ol Walker Turner DP, failed miserably, decided I am better off letting someone else make it shiny and pretty.

Oh John, (we need a shaking head gif)

For the patience you show in building chairs, etc. I really believe you could rebuild a machine.

:998427331_ChinScratch:Or is it just the immediate gratification of just flipping a switch? :2087728586_WonderScratch:

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