View Full Version : Can it get any better!!!

08-18-2005, 06:42 PM
The latest "on the curb" special! Needless to say I'm stunned!





So far for free...

9" Hardinge Cataract
9" South Bend Model "A" Tooled
7 Drawer Kennedy box.
& this latest find.

(Please don't hate me!)

08-18-2005, 06:44 PM
Pleas of mercy will do no good. I hate you! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif

08-18-2005, 06:45 PM
You gotta be friggin kidding!

Hate is an understatement. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif

08-18-2005, 06:47 PM
dont hate.

not quite enough passion in the word hate http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

Maybe I'll just come out and follow you around for a while. When I see your brakelights, I'll make sure my baseball bat is handy and smack ya over the head so I can beat ya to it http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif


08-18-2005, 07:29 PM
Just cruised past the gold mine & picked up a 15lb box of tooling and a 2nd vertical head complete with a 3/8th Hardinge 3c collet!

I'm guessing the 2nd head is manufactured by Burke also. Anyone recognize it?


Hmmm, I think I'll go for another ride... http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

08-18-2005, 07:32 PM
Does any one else think he is BSing us?

08-18-2005, 07:37 PM
I'd be shocked to find any of the three on the side of the road in any of my neighborhoods. No one seams to know what a lathe is, and if they do, they are thinking a wood lathe.
So who is your neighbor? Anyone go thru a divorce lately?

08-18-2005, 08:01 PM
Just took a picture of a small injection molding machine on the curb over at the "gold mine". Notice the "House for Sale" sign in the background? http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif I left it there, if I picked it up and took it home no one would believe me!

I don't blame you for doubting it, I'm still pinching myself to make sure I'm not dreaming!


08-18-2005, 08:02 PM
go knock on the door

08-18-2005, 08:06 PM
nice find ED
hows about this :-)


all the best....mark

08-18-2005, 08:57 PM
You could find Jennifer Aniston's phone number tucked into one of those machines...that would be better!

08-18-2005, 09:38 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by GregC:
You could find Jennifer Aniston's phone number tucked into one of those machines...that would be better!</font>

I'd settle for pulling into a gas station and having Jennifer pay me $3.00 for every gallon of gas she could squeeze in my tank. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif

J Tiers
08-18-2005, 09:44 PM
Don't hate you? OK, we'll think of something worse.....

A) you find these things


I think this is where we all say, (together), "Ah, its probably rusted solid anyhow", and close the thread.

Or better yet, "he'll probably get caught, next time".

NJ is clearly THE place to be..... if you happen to have a crane in your truck.

[This message has been edited by J Tiers (edited 08-18-2005).]

08-18-2005, 09:58 PM

you dirty rotten SOB!

you truly do suck!

congrats on the finds though! i wish such stuff got tossed out in my area.

andy b.

08-18-2005, 09:59 PM
This is where GPS tracking would come in handy http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

daryl bane
08-18-2005, 10:18 PM
It all looks like wore out junk to me!

Fred White
08-18-2005, 10:24 PM
&gt;&gt;I'm guessing the 2nd head is manufactured by Burke also. Anyone recognize it?

That is the Burke vertical head attachment for the mill...a highly prized accessory for the mill. Takes a slightly unusual collet....maybe a small BP collet. The head works fine within the capacity of the mill.

08-18-2005, 10:45 PM
"NJ is clearly THE place to be..... if you happen to have a crane in your truck".

J Tiers,
You got that right! Check out this one. $40.00 and no takers. (Mountain Lakes, New Jersey)


08-18-2005, 10:50 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by aboard_epsilon:
nice find ED
hows about this :-)

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7538009084&rd=1&sspa gename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&rd=1 (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7538009084&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&rd=1)

all the best....mark</font>

Wow, just goes to show, if you keep your eyes open there's some great deals out there. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

08-18-2005, 10:53 PM
"That is the Burke vertical head attachment for the mill...a highly prized accessory for the mill. Takes a slightly unusual collet....maybe a small BP collet. The head works fine within the capacity of the mill"

Thanks for the info. Any resourses (User group/forums, manuals, etc.)for the Burke out there?

08-18-2005, 11:56 PM
Almost worth coming half way around the world to come and trawl the curb in your neighbourhood http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif.I guess "one man's junk is another man's treasure".I wouldn't mind finding a piece of tooling,never mind a complete machine at the side of the road http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif.
Good scrounging skills,Ed!
Just as a matter of interest,if you don't pick it up,what happens to it?Our garbage collectors don't even take a cardboard box if it's not folded small and tied up with string!


08-19-2005, 09:57 AM

The stuff on the curb is only the tip of the iceberg.

You may already be too late.

Once you tally up the worth of this stuff, you will understand why I say...


;&lt; )


Michael Az
08-19-2005, 10:08 AM
I think I know what is going on with Ed. He isn't finding what he thinks he is. What is going on is people doing a cleanup of their shop. They drag a lot of stuff out side so they have room to do a good cleaning and here comes Ed and grabs their stuff! Wait till he gets cought. It happened to me once. It was yard sale day and I pulled up to this one place and got out and started looking over items when a lady came over and told me they were just cleaning out the garage and not having a sale. Embarressing!

08-19-2005, 01:18 PM
Leaving stuff on the curb doesn't always work.

I left a good mag wheel out on the lawn by the sidewalk for a week.
Not even the lowlife's who used my street to get into a seedier part of town would steal it.

Gave up and made a garden hose hanger out of it....

08-19-2005, 01:45 PM
Now i know where my luck at getting free to cheap stuff has gone,keep looking while the luck lasts!

08-19-2005, 03:24 PM
snowman & Too_Many_Tools (Not_Enough_Storage)

“go knock on the door “

I met the gent who owns the “Gold Mine” He was out in the yard carrying some odds & ends out to the curb (Nothing of value). I told him I was the one who picked up the mill and he smiled and said he was happy that someone wanted it! He said it was a good machine but he hadn’t used it in years and he couldn’t take it with him. He hated the idea of it ending up in the junk heap, but had no choice. I asked him why he didn’t try to sell it. He just shrugged it off and said the he got it from a friend as a gift years ago, and wasn’t losing anything by dumping it. I mentioned the Kennedy box, again he smiled and said he’d keep his eyes open for the keys and that I should check back with him later. He was kind of busy so I didn’t want to hold him up. You really had to drag things out of him. I don’t think he was a machinist as he didn’t “talk shop”, I’m guessing he picked it up as some kind of turn-key small manufacturing deal for single part short run production. I didn’t ask, but there was no mention of a lathe, drill press, or tool grinder, etc. (I WILL drive by again though)


“Just as a matter of interest, if you don't pick it up, what happens to it? Our garbage collectors don't even take a cardboard box if it's not folded small and tied up with string!”

The injection molding machine was picked up with a bucket loader by the town d.p.w. this morning and taken to the local dump. I’m guessing that’s where the mill would have ended up if I hadn’t rescued it.


P.S. new Motto: “Seek, and ye shall find”

08-19-2005, 03:58 PM
There's a yahoo group for Burkes.


The Burke vertical heads are a prized item that commands a premium price. You made a terrific find. They're great little industrial quality machines. Army versions of the manual are available on the Yahoo group. Spares and other information are available fro D.C. Morrison of Covington, KY. http://www.dcmorrison.com


Alistair Hosie
08-19-2005, 03:59 PM
About four years ago I bought some collets from a nice polish gentleman in Larkhall as we got chatting he says wait till you see this and took me to a second shed he had nearby,in it had a PRISTINE and I mean PRISTINE myford super seven with every conceivable extra it was on makers stand and looked the Camels cahoonahs .He went on to tell me that the local town drunk called in too see him to let you understand this guy (the drunk)lived in his deceased parents house and was living with oput electricity etc etc you know the type.He asked the polish guy if he would be interested in giving him £50 for the lot despite the polish guy (so the story goes) offering him more he would not hear of it and the polish guy told me he himself was so excited about the buy he started shaking and could not wait to get it in the van quick enough. He would easily have got £1500 to £2000 easily I never heard what happened.I nearly cried when I looked at it it was a beauty I have never seen a second hand one so nice with so many extras .So guys miracles do happen http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif Alistair

08-19-2005, 04:31 PM
I want to know where in NJ this is...

Considering I worked "just over the bridge" up until a month ago...


This Old Shed (http://thisoldshed.tripod.com)

08-20-2005, 12:30 PM
In the picture of the base is a RUSNOK Milling head, similar to the old Bridgeport heads. I am guessing it is a Model 70. There is a RusnokMill YAHOO group that specializes in just these heads.


They have info on collets and identification and years of manufacture and everything.


08-20-2005, 03:25 PM
Thanks for the tip, I'll check it out. I did find a Burke No. 4 Manual on line at Metalworking.com, so the quest begins.
Ed http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif