Buying Cheap Tools at Auction

Buying Cheap Tools at Auction

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I went down to a woodworking and metalworking tool auction to see if we could get some cheap tools for the International Makers Station. I talk about how I find auctions and how to bid on tools to get the best price and highest quality. Thanks for watching! Please like, comment and subscribe. Cheers!
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  1. Trevor Dennis on March 27, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    It’s a crime to let those tools go rusty for no reason, even if it is just surface rust. I found this video after commenting on your drill press video, and I love the idea of machinery auctions, but they are not much use to me in rural New Zealand. Most of the machines I use are at the local Menz Shed though, and we actually get gifted some nice equipment, and pay for new equipment with grant money, and money we raise. We were recently gifted a very nice Somac table saw, a DeWalt thicknesser that produces outstanding results compared to our old thicknesser, and an amazing router table that has a clamp that can move the work piece across the bit with lead screw like a milling machine. We swapped out our Triton T001 from our old Kreg table, and donated our old stuff to a new Menz Shed starting up in Cromwell NZ. We had previously been gifted an 8" jointer from the same person who unfortunately has such bad arthritis he can no longer use the machines.

  2. Aaron Carter on March 27, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    a lot of this is dependent upon location and the size of your shop. in my area you will not find industrial planers even well used ones for less than $2000. I saw an awesome felder sliding table saw that did go for really cheap last month but I only have a 24×24 shop and that sucker took up a lot of room. obviously would still need a VFD for three phase conversion. I agree that auctions are great but getting the right machine at the right price then moving that machine does take a lot of time and logistics.

  3. Stanley Shostak on March 27, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    Great video. I scoured Craigslist for the past four months. I scored my sawstop today. Your advice from your prior video on buying used tools was helpful!

  4. Chris Colbeck on March 27, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Awesome advice my friend and congratulations on your purchase’s

  5. Steve Bailey on March 27, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Just received my "new" bandsaw and drill press. I got both at an online auction. The bandsaw is the Jet JWBS-18 eighteen inch and the drill press is the Grizzly G7947 12" floor press. They retail, new, for nearly $3,000 and $1,000. I was prepared for the shipping price of approximately $800 but that "rigging" price of $735 was a surprise. I got the bandsaw for around $800 and the drill press for around $200. Adding the shipping and rigging took these machines from the "super awesome deal" category to just the "pretty good deal" category. Unless you can drive to the auction or Craig’s list seller with equipment and man-power to handle the transfer…..beware! It can get very expensive. Knowing what I know now I have unsubscribed from all of the auction sites I was monitoring and will, in the future, rely on Craig’s List exclusively. Great advise Jonathan but buyer beware.

  6. OG Timbercraft on March 27, 2022 at 6:19 pm


  7. Joshua Blair on March 27, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    These sites are off the top of my head…

  8. William Brown on March 27, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    Any concerns about a motor that has been sitting in the rain?

  9. szargos on March 27, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    I love auctions, however have never been able to buy a ‘big ticket’ item at one. What I find is that the same guy, or group of guys, tries to buy all the good stuff. Based on what I’ve seen, I assume they are buying with the whole objective being to just sell it later to make more money off of craigslist or something like that. I’m not saying that’s not a good idea, but it sucks when I’m trying to buy something to use in my own shop, and these dudes are just out there to make money. So yes, good place to get good tools if guys like that aren’t there.

  10. Walter Rider on March 27, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    thank you Katz now i got to save my money good info

  11. Justin Fiorini on March 27, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Auctions are where I’ve gotten most of my tools. I paid a whole $35 for my table saw.

  12. James Still on March 27, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    how much did he pay for that beast of a jointer? Love to have that

  13. m782427 Waffen on March 27, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    Buying tools in order to "fill this space’ = a real Genius or a phony!!!

  14. Carlos Madeira on March 27, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Gain at others lost OK scumbag

  15. Renaissance Man on March 27, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Got a few of my tools at auction houses. Auction Zip was the site I used. Now I’m too busy. I don’t have time to have fun anymore.

  16. Adrian Ruvalcaba on March 27, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    Dang it, Ken stole that jointer from me! Now you guys let out my secret on TLC.

  17. Mastana Pro on March 27, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Please can I get information about it

  18. Frank Alston on March 27, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Nice video. You mentioned 9 months ago on the "Make Everything" channel you’d just purchased the Wixey WR550 Remote Planer gauge for your Invictus planer. Just wondering how you feel about it now with 9 months of use. Thanks for sharing.

  19. H2Dwoat on March 27, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Hi, are the items all guaranteed to be in working condition?

  20. titosrevenge on March 27, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    I love these videos on negotiation and buying tactics. They’re a bit different than your typical woodworking video but so useful nonetheless. Keep ’em coming!

  21. john lobo on March 27, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    who edit your video? very high quality production. send compliment to him/her. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  22. David Fricker on March 27, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    you can get screwed that’s why the smart money is conservative in biding

  23. ww scott on March 27, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Hullo young man, looking cool in those shade’s, so cold here the blacksmith’s are making a fortune welding the monkey’s nuts back on (you will have to look this one up). Really good buy’s there Big Man, a good start to the project. How is the Bonnie Wee Lassie doing. Good luck on your next purchase’s.

  24. Way Woodworking on March 27, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Hell of a score!

  25. Robert O'Connell on March 27, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    I’m up in Chico and I was REALLLLY tempted to hit that Fontana auction last month… I had my eye on that SCMI sander and either of the big bandsaws. Now that I know they have one every month I’ll have to keep an eye out 🙂 I found it on California(dot)hibid(dot)com. It has a lot of good auctions on it.

    Love the videos brother!

  26. Modern Wood Furniture on March 27, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    I am not a jealous person… But this planer for 800….
    Congrats! 🙂

  27. Justin Wathen on March 27, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    I can’t find the bid spot website?

  28. Joshua Herdman on March 27, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    And now auction prices are going up… Thanks jerk. Lol awesome advice! Thanks brotha!

  29. Vintage Woodshop on March 27, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    My entire shop (machines) are restored vintage stuff. I do the CL option but auctions are a huge component to finding good stuff.

  30. Ed Russo on March 27, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    I was given my hammer by a former belt maker that had a table next to mine at all the trade show. I unfortunately had a physical back issue and have learned to walk again and once my strength is up I will give you a blow by blow review. I don’t just collect old tools I use them.As us slightly older men know the best standard tools were made in the mid 60’s and thru the mid seventies then everything became automated. E

  31. Rich Hubert on March 27, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    Hey wow that’s pretty cool! Looking forward to see what you have next!

  32. I Am A Fixer on March 27, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    Great video! I’ve been buying tools at auction for years. You can also check out for government auctions

  33. richard goebel on March 27, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    Chance favors the prepared mind. Whether it is an auction or tool swap know the good from the bad, cheap from quality, and prices (or thereabouts) Understand that sometimes you score and sometimes you don’t.

  34. Gary Schmidt on March 27, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Buyers premium isn’t always in place. Some have sellers premium, with the seller paying out of his share. Just be aware going in, so you in so you know what you are spending as you bid.

  35. Jason Weaver on March 27, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    I found a wide belt sander on bid spotter that you might like

  36. DIM Tips on March 27, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    I need to really get to auctions. My tool collections is weak.

  37. Tundra Whisperer on March 27, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    I do not see the link your referred to for finding auctions in my area? Thx. Do you ever see sliding table saws at these auctions? Thx again.

  38. Adam Chesis on March 27, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    the guy that bought the Oliver got a much better deal than you, its a far better machine than the invicta. real actual value on that is probably $4-5000. the Oliver with the itch head which I am sure it has since you said it was a helical. those are worth $8-10,000. and that 12" 166 was a steal as well. You got a great deal no doubt, I would have chased the Oliver the 299d with an itch head is arguably the finest planer ever made. I have one and I wouldn’t sell it for anything.

  39. Mickleblade on March 27, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    I went to an auction in december, didn’t buy anything but nice morning out too. Super interesting and I wouldn’t be nervous about it next time. Another tip, see if they publish previous auction results, look at a few, sometime prices are really high, on others they’re so low it looks like only 1 guy turned up!

  40. Richard Rider on March 27, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Stop! This, and the old tool meets, and maker’s fairs, really makes me miss the states at times. Always great advice. Thanks…cheers…rr Normandy, Fra(cheese is better here…)

  41. J Fred Beck on March 27, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Next Video: Rust removal

  42. Lawrence Cole on March 27, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    it’s call taking an auction house cut "buyers premium" does it come with a handjob? Then it’s not that premium is it.

  43. DumDumDev on March 27, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    You have to get very lucky and you have to just be patient.

  44. Todd Chapman on March 27, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Will they typically help you load or do you need to bring your own muscle to get it on a trailer?

  45. Charles Reiche on March 27, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    If I buy nothing, is my $200 gone?

  46. Holzy09 on March 27, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    how do you remove the rust from something like that without messing up square surfaces? any chance there will be a video on that?

  47. Channel Wanderer on March 27, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    Love this guy’s stuff. I don’t like the accent and I still watched most his stuff lol.

  48. Army Vet76 on March 27, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    I love going to auctions. In my area we have a lot of auctions and can usually find great deals. You do get your over bidders that do it just to do it but they are a lot of fun….

  49. Aaron Purcha on March 27, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Do you remember If you saw any drum sanders at this auction ? That’s all I’m looking for and don’t really wanna drive there if there’s none being auctioned off

  50. Kevin Davis on March 27, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Great videos