Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Brookville Ohio
Might be fun to fool with. I sometimes go to local farm auctions, where I often find woodworking equipment in somewhat "distressed" condition. These things go cheap, but a little elbow grease and some replacement parts usually bring 'em into good working condition. For example, I got a 4-1/2" Duro jointer for $7. A little cleaning up and repair of the guard and it works like new; I downloaded an owner's manual for free. The blades are sharp and un-knicked. I very recently found a bench-top ToolKraft bandsaw, complete with original stand and original owner's manual, for $3. It needs new tires and a belt -- about $30 for parts. I spent an hour cleaning it up, remounting the on/0ff switch, and properly adjusting the bland guides (which will hafta be redone when I get the new tires) and it'll work fine. A little research on-line and you can find manuals, parts, forums, etc. to help you find whatever you need to bring these things into working order. I have a 36" lathe I need to start on soon -- $2! -- good motor, solid bed, and headstock. Missing only the live center for the tailstock! Try the auction route. Most bidders aren't interested if the item is partly dissassembled and/or dirty/rusty.
Last edited by Daniel13655; 08-30-2010 at 10:27 AM.