My father left me several tools (Craftsman drill press, Craftsman radial arm
saw, Rockwell 14 band saw, unknown brand shaper) that are 50 years old or older.
I don't have a shop, room for a shop, or the skills necessary to align and
maintain these tools. Are tools of this vintage generally desirable or are they
Generally, the older the Craftsman, the better.
The Rockwell bandsaw is a classic; the shaper may or may not be of much
value depending on size, etc., etc., etc., that are unknown.
The drill press is probably of interest to many; the RAS has fallen from
general favor (altho I'm a strong proponent, my situation is a little
out of the average ahr as I have large shop and 16" beastie for a RAS)
and so, while undoubtedly of use is likely to generate little interest
except for the piranhas circling for the kill.
I'd suggest finding a friend who is knowledgeable locally and getting
guidance there if really do not have a place or the desire to create
such. And condolences on your loss...
I'd say no.
I worked with a group of cabinet makers that were hired for a large
project. All power tools were supplied, mostly Craftsmen. This way
back in '72. They cabinet makers and carpenters complained mightily
about the poor performance and quality of the Craftman tools, table
saws, radial saws, planners, etc. Later, around 78', I had the
displeasure of using a Craftsman floor sized drill press. Personally,
I wouldn't spend five cents for anything Craftsman has made in the
last 50 yrs. Jes my opinion.
'72 is only 40 years; the OP says they're at least 50...if so, that can
make worlds of difference. It also depends greatly on just which models
they are--even then, Craftsman had a wide range of products from
entry-level to not bad at all for home/light commercial use.
The Rockwell bandsaw is a classic; that it's in the collection would
make me tend to think OP's father wasn't strapped and perhaps bought
higher end. I still recommend he get some local input from somebody
who's into woodworking before jumping the gun or at least post pictures
and link thereto to rec.woodworking; there's a bunch over there w/ wide
range of gear to check against.
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It won't make you wealthy, but those tools do have some value to a
woodworker. 50 years ago, Craftsman tools were pretty good and a
Rockwell bandsaw is worth cleaning up as it is better than most new
Find out if there is a woodworker in the area, or a club and they will
help you put some $ value to them. Possibly even make an offer for
I agree, they're all probably better quality than anything in your local
Sears today, and the Rockwell band saw is likely a gem unless it needs
where'd you say you lived again...?
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
Definitely not junk. Put 'em on your local Craigslist. I'd start:
Drill Press, $50 table model, $100 floor model
RAS - $75
Band Saw - $150
Shaper - $50
And see what happens. You can re-list them at lower prices if no takers.
Clean them up first.
Those prices are way too low for starting. Craftsman or not, they are
tools and fine for homeowner if they aren't into building furniture.
The Rockwell alone should bring a couple hundred at leasst.
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