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08-05-2005, 07:02 PM
For the life of me, I just don't get. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//confused.gif Another curbside find...


Not much inside (Greed always sets in) Was hoping for alot of Starrett, Brown & Sharp, Lufkin, etc. Just a bunch of hobby stuff.


I've put it on the bench next to the 9" Hardinge Cataract I found tossed out on the curb a few years back.

For those of you just starting your Home Shop and are on a low budget, KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN.

Have fun,

[This message has been edited by egpace (edited 08-05-2005).]

08-05-2005, 07:36 PM
aaaaugh...jealousy!!! Why don't I ever find this stuff??

Good find though. Lucky.


08-05-2005, 07:41 PM
Second that - excellent find. Probably half of my shop has been paid for by putting such finds on eBay. When I find "junk", if I don't want it, chances are there's someone out there who will. It's amazing what a little scavenging can do. You should see my "storage area" http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

Your Old Dog
08-05-2005, 07:46 PM
Nice find! I don't dumpster dive but have to admit I do everything short of that myself! You didn't have to go diving for this one, that's great!

Sunday before last the wife and I went to a really nice flea market. A vendor there had a very similar box as yours only wood. It was full of something. He didn't have a key for the thing. He tried to spring it open while at least 10 of us stood and watched. No luck. After about 15 minutes the wife said she wanted to move on. Stopped back later but he had given up. I just know there was a 10" Sterrett machine level in there or maybe a set of parallels!

08-05-2005, 08:17 PM
1. Buy box (Gerstner?)
2. Tote it home.
3. Gently open, remove starrett level.

08-06-2005, 06:59 AM
Ahhh, dumpster diving. Now thats a hobby,This is how I get alot of tool steel,mill/drill bits , carbide insert tools that are slightly dinged,Hell once I found a 50# box of 5/8 x 2 1/2" grade 8 bolts.
Yep I am a scrounger, and better off for it.

J Tiers
08-06-2005, 11:04 PM
The air compressor I use was a curbside find, on bulky trash day.

I replaced the motor, (cost me $5 new & unused) and a gage. Regulator was fine, belt is still in use, and I don't need the missing guards.

Heard an ad on radio today for a company that will come and "clean out" garages, basements, etc. A way for the yuppies and yuppettes to avoid getting their hands dirty in a deceased relative's house...... d'yeh spose the company would landfill the lot? Or scrounge?

08-06-2005, 11:38 PM
I was helping a friend clean a garage a long time ago and buried under stuff I found a Singer leather sewing machine (model 29-4)

I still have it, and it works great.