Hey guys. Long time since I posted.
I need some advice. Yesterday I found a Dewalt DW735 planer on Craigslist. I drove 45 minutes to check it out. Everything was great, tested the machine, inspected it. 2 years of about monthly use. Was on the second set of blades. Guy was asking 500 but we settled on 375 for just the planer. When I got there he informed me that the guy who was gonna buy the dewalt stand ($150 new from lowes) had backed out and that he would include the table for an extra $50. I wasn't sure about the table until I saw the functionality and maneuverability it had and to me it was worth the extra 50. Here's where things took a turn. We had just unbolted the planer from the table. I had walked to my car to put the infeed and outfeed tables in and while I had done that, the guy had begun to move the table towards the outside of the garage. The planer slipped off the table and fell off the table!! The adjustment knob broke and two of the plastic caps on the main screw pillars (right term?) broke off. It's necessary to mention that the floor it fell onto was a rubber mat (maybe 1/2" stuff). Needless to say, I ended up walking away.
I'm still in communication with the guy. He has told me everything is fine and I only will need to replace the adjustment knob (aprox. $35 before shipping). He is moving this week and wanted to sell it before he moved. Now I am getting a lot of pressure from him to make this deal. He dropped to $400 since the knob is broken and has offered to deliver it to me.
I'm having trouble making a decision so I would greatly appreciate any input or advice. I feel bad that it was dropped while basically making a transaction, but at the same time, I didn't drop it myself. I had not given him money yet but had agreed to buy it which is why we had unbolted it and began to move it. What i'm having a hard time getting past is the new level of risk I am assuming if I buy it. Is there internal components that have a slight micro crack that could become worse over time? This is all whats going through my mind.
Thank you in advance if you are able to offer some advice.
One lesson I learned from this: If what you're selling is heavy, do not move it until the transaction is complete and the new owner takes responsibility for loading and transportation.
For hand tools, pretty much everyone has their particular "must have" list.
You'll find a good list in The Anarchists Tool Chest (book by Christopher Schwarz http://lostartpress.com/collections/books/products/the-anarchists-tool-chest). The book will also help you understand what too look for in each kind of hand tool (for example what makes one chisel better than another).
If you're looking to learn to use hand tools, you might look at The Hand Tool School (https://www.handtoolschool.net/). It doesn't take a large tool set to tackle semester one, and it looks like a good set of lessons and useful projects.
The book is good but he was looking for tool recommendations, especially hand tool recommendations and all he got was Marc's book and power tools! I think we can do better!
For hand tools, I think a Jack Plane (also referred to as a #5), Block plane, one or two backsaws, a couple chisels (1/2" and 1/4"), a cheap sharp point hand saw, combo square, and some sharpening medium. I am sure I am leaving a few things out but these will get you started.
Now if you want brand recommendations, well that's a whole different animal!