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  1. Just remember, they don't make 'em like they used to, @Chet! Thanks for the suggestion. I don't personally own a dial indicator (yet), but I know where to borrow one from. Good idea to bring along a bit and 2 by. Will do. Thanks. Incidentally, I found this thread on the Vintage Machinery site, which looks to be the same make/model press: http://vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=11632. The only noticeable different to my eyes between this example and the one I'm looking at is that mine only appears to have one pulley wheel above the motor, whereas the linked one appears to have a stack of 4 wheels of varying diameter. Given that fewer pulley wheels will presumably reduce my speed options, I'm wondering if this piece (a pulley wheel stack) can be easily swapped out for a different one if needed? Do pulley wheels like this have a universal fit with multiple press makes/models, or is this piece likely to be specific to this particular machine (which would make it more difficult to find a replacement in the wild)?
  2. An old Shopmaster bench top drill press popped up on my local CL. Priced at $30. The owner stated "it still works", and the attached photo is the only one posted. Based on some Googling, it looks to be a DP-600 model. I'm not too familiar with machinery of this era, and would welcome any thoughts or advice folks here may have about this unit and brand. Did Shopmaster make quality stuff? Anything in particular I should test/assess if I go see it? I like the idea of an older machine (compared to the new bench top drill press options from Skil, Jet, Wen, etc., all of which look they come off the same assembly line in Asia), but maybe this mindset is misguided? In any case, thanks for any thoughts you may have!
  3. Many thanks for all of your responses. The overall consensus seems to be that these machines are worth the effort and expense to transport across country, although @Tom King, I do appreciate your honest assessment of the value of these particular tools relative to transport costs. Sounds like they are decent enough machines, but not anything special. My first choice would be to go out there, load everything up in a Uhaul, and drive it back east myself, as some of you have suggested. But I don't know if I can swing that much time away from work this time of year, unfortunately. Nevertheless, I definitely plan to head out there in person for at least a couple days to help pack up and perhaps load whatever I decide to take. My buddy has also left me a bunch of smaller hand tools that I do plan to adopt. I guess the next step will be to price out transportation options for this kind of thing. @RichardA, any chance you could recommend a particular moving company or service, based on your experience? Do owner/operator truck drivers ever take on this type of job? I suspect that once I have a better idea of what transport costs will actually be for the heavy stuff, it will help me decide which of the heavy machines to take and which to leave behind. I really don't want to leave the estate with an enormous bill. Thanks again for all your thoughts, and feel free to keep the suggestions coming.
  4. New guy here. I was hoping to get some advice from the knowledgeable folks on this forum. An old friend recently passed away, and (completely unexpectedly) left me most of the tools in his workshop. These include a number of hand tools, as well as some larger power tools and machinery. However, there are two complicating factors: Firstly, he was located on the west coast, and I'm located in New England, so shipping costs are not insignificant. Although he specified that shipping costs should be covered by the estate, I would like to be sure that these machines are worth the expense of shipping them because I don't want to unnecesarily burden the estate. Secondly, the larger machines will likely be sitting in my unheated garage for several years before I'm realistically able to use and enjoy them. I have a few years of woodworking experience, and fully intend to get back into it down the road, but my work and family commitments at the moment don't allow me much time for this hobby unfortunately. Anyway, I'm concerned about the humidity and condensation in an unheated garage doing a number to these tools over several years. I've read that spraying the cast iron parts with boeshield or applying wax coatings can minimize damage, but I'm not sure how effective these treatments are over 5-7 years. I wouldn't want to go to the trouble of getting them over here, only to watch them deteriorate substantially over time before I'm able to use them. I don't know anything about the condition of these tools since I haven't been able to get out there to see them yet, but knowing my friend, I suspect they are in reasonably good condition. The larger machines include: - Rockwell Unisaw - Bosch 10” tablesaw and legs - Powermatic planer (18” quiet cutter head w/sharpener) - 501 belt sanders - Atlas Wood Lathe - Grizzly G0586 Jointer - Two drill presses (unknown make/model) - Logan model 200 machine lathe (not for wood, obviously, but something I could see myself using down the road) I'd really appreciate any advice on which, if any, of these machines are worth the hassle and expense of shipping across country. I have a sense that a few of them - particularly the lathes – are probably extremely heavy. I know some of these are older machines, but I don't know whether any of them are gems that would be hard to replace down the road. Also, if anyone has recommendations for how to actually ship these beasts, I'm all ears. Many thanks for any thoughts.