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1937 Chief
08-14-2010, 12:17 PM
This was the case here in my community. I saw a Bridgeport mill on craigs list for 300.00 with digital readout. I answered the add anyway, but it was already sold. I'll bet some of you have similar stories. stan

Elninio
08-14-2010, 12:21 PM
Almost sold my tools but then my dad went nuts and decided not to sell anymore. I was going to use the money to buy a 300$ knee mill (no D.R.O), a 300$ surface grinder, and use the rest of the 2400 to buy other great tooling.

I'm also always short of one or two setscrew, nuts, or other small cheap hardware, and I would have to waste at least 40 minutes obtaining it.

saltmine
08-14-2010, 01:18 PM
I recently called a guy about a Chinese lathe he was selling for $250.

As usual, he said it was sold, the day before.

"Then why did you advertise it?" I asked.

"Just wanted to yank the chains of some of those HSMer's out there." was he reply....

Dr Stan
08-14-2010, 01:49 PM
I recently called a guy about a Chinese lathe he was selling for $250.

As usual, he said it was sold, the day before.

"Then why did you advertise it?" I asked.

"Just wanted to yank the chains of some of those HSMer's out there." was he reply....

How 'bout posting his contact info? Wonder what he'd think of a bunch of HSMer's yanking his chain. :D

Boucher
08-14-2010, 02:48 PM
Three things that I learned when looking for a boat.
1. There are good deals out there.
2. The really good deals don't last long.
3. Keep your eyes open.

One Sunday morning the wife was reading the paper while we were having out morning coffee. She said there is a mill for sale in Marble Falls (15 miles south of us). We didn't have any commitments so we called and the guy was going to his shop about an hour later. We decided to go look. Turned out it was in much better shape than mine. It had a DRO and factory X axis feed not much tooling for $2300. I gave him a check and picked it up the next morning.

KiddZimaHater
08-14-2010, 03:06 PM
My 'dollar short & day late' story actually turned out for the better....
There was an ENCO Mill for sale on Craigslist, for $2500. So I called the guy and arranged to see it the next day. (It was late)
The next day, I drove over there and he tells me, "Sorry, I sold it this morning to another guy."
GGGRRRRRRRRRRR.
"But I have another mill here, if you're interested." :eek:
The 'other mill' was a beautiful Millrite in great shape, for $1000.
SOLD !!!!!:)

Mcgyver
08-14-2010, 03:36 PM
How 'bout posting his contact info? Wonder what he'd think of a bunch of HSMer's yanking his chain. :D

no kidding. what an asshat

67chevelle
08-14-2010, 04:28 PM
My recent CL misses have been a little different.

I needed a larger chainsaw since I installed a wood stove in one of my shops and have been cutting more wood (6-7 cords per year). Did some research and decided on a Stihl MS290 mid-range model.

Purchased the saw from a local dealer with case, extra chain, etc.. for $475. The same model ( virtually new) showed up on CL a week after I got mine for $250.

We do a couple of long camping trips per summer and I wanted one of those super quiet 1000 watt generators. Was considering the Yamaha or Honda, both $720 from local dealers. Bought the Honda in early June. A month later, a low use Yamaha showed up on CL for $400.. O'well..

A success story this week though.. I have been looking for a good brand hydraulic press for a couple of years and have missed several, found a Carolina 30 ton press last Thursday listed for $150, went right over after I saw it and showed up 5 minutes before some other guy.. It's now in my shop. :-)

Mark

gnm109
08-14-2010, 05:21 PM
Three things that I learned when looking for a boat.
1. There are good deals out there.
2. The really good deals don't last long.
3. Keep your eyes open.

One Sunday morning the wife was reading the paper while we were having out morning coffee. She said there is a mill for sale in Marble Falls (15 miles south of us). We didn't have any commitments so we called and the guy was going to his shop about an hour later. We decided to go look. Turned out it was in much better shape than mine. It had a DRO and factory X axis feed not much tooling for $2300. I gave him a check and picked it up the next morning.


4. You will be very happy on the day that you buy your boat.
5. You will be overjoyed on the day that you sell it.

:D

MuellerNick
08-14-2010, 05:31 PM
Sold my shaper (one of three) the first time October '09. After four months of excuses, bad weather and whatever, I was pi$$ed and sold it a second time (got no money yet). That took until before a week that I once more decided that he had enough time to come by give me the money and take the shaper.
PMed a friend, he answered that he wants to sleep over it, rang the next day and showed the following day to hand me over the money and drive home with a nice shaper.
That guy wanted to buy my shaper two times, but was either out of money (army) or out of money (new car). Two times too late, two times a dollar to short but finally got what he wanted.

I get a new-to-me shaper next Saturday. :D
A very special kind of shaper for making punches. I bet you have never seen something like this before. I'll make a video ...


Nick

toyjeep73
08-14-2010, 06:04 PM
I missed a $200 Millrite that needed a new motor and a $200 Southbend lathe that needed reassembly last weekend ....:(

MuellerNick
08-14-2010, 06:10 PM
Thanks god, I miss all Bridgeports. ;)

Nick

DannyW
08-14-2010, 06:39 PM
Re:

I get a new-to-me shaper next Saturday.
A very special kind of shaper for making punches.

Nick, will it be a Thiel 32 or a Gack 150?

Danny

MuellerNick
08-14-2010, 06:43 PM
It will be a Thiel. I have never seen a K150 for sale.
Btw, I sold my Gack HE20.


Nick

DannyW
08-14-2010, 06:56 PM
It will be a Thiel. I have never seen a K150 for sale.
Btw, I sold my Gack HE20.


Nick


Woo-Hoo! Nice score.

There was a Gack K150 for sale around a year ago on German eBay.

I have a Gastl 200 (200 mm stroke) and a Vernier mini shape 28 (280 mm stroke).

Small beer compared to your colossus. ;-)

Danny

Elninio
08-14-2010, 07:01 PM
Sold my shaper (one of three) the first time October '09. After four months of excuses, bad weather and whatever, I was pi$$ed and sold it a second time (got no money yet). That took until before a week that I once more decided that he had enough time to come by give me the money and take the shaper.
PMed a friend, he answered that he wants to sleep over it, rang the next day and showed the following day to hand me over the money and drive home with a nice shaper.
That guy wanted to buy my shaper two times, but was either out of money (army) or out of money (new car). Two times too late, two times a dollar to short but finally got what he wanted.

I get a new-to-me shaper next Saturday. :D
A very special kind of shaper for making punches. I bet you have never seen something like this before. I'll make a video ...


Nick

Your nickname should appear in 8pts bigger font than everyone else's because they are always relevant and interesting.

gvasale
08-14-2010, 09:19 PM
While not machine tool or related, today I had a good day, sort of. I've been looking for a roto tiller and and have seen many advertised locally. Today I got a nice Troy-Built Horse in very good condition for $250. Less than 1/2 of local CL adds. Later, I found a pair of JBL L100s with cosmetically challenged grills for $20. Far better than ebay where they have torn, mashed and otherwise f-d-up drivers for 5x the price.

Rustybolt
08-14-2010, 09:50 PM
This was the case here in my community. I saw a Bridgeport mill on craigs list for 300.00 with digital readout. I answered the add anyway, but it was already sold. I'll bet some of you have similar stories. stan



Where you at, Chief?
A friend of mine has a bunch of shop stuff for sale.
mills, lathes.............etc.

MuellerNick
08-15-2010, 05:24 AM
Small beer compared to your colossus. ;-)


I'm looking for a planer in the 2 to 3 m range to convert it into a bedway grinder ...


Nick

Weston Bye
08-15-2010, 07:57 AM
Let me veer way out to the outer limits of OT for this thread:

When driving, I regularly suffer from the one second factor. When approaching the main highway from a side street, I can see up ahead that the highway is clear of traffic, but when I get to the stop sign I discover that I have arrived one second too late to safely enter the highway ahead of a huge line of cars. I then have to wait 2-3 minutes (seems like a half hour) for the next gap in traffic.

oldtiffie
08-15-2010, 09:03 AM
I'm looking for a planer in the 2 to 3 m range to convert it into a bedway grinder ...


Nick

Good thinking Nick.

If restoring machines or beds or slides etc. you can use it as a planer to get the bulk off them and then as a bed-way grinder to finish-off - and all in one set-up.

If the table speed/feed can be slowed down, they make a pretty handy plano-mill as well.

A big rotary table set up on the planer table and you are on the way to a pretty good vertical lathe or boring mill as well.

It will be interesting if you have to scrape in the planer table and base ways.

MuellerNick
08-15-2010, 01:44 PM
If restoring machines or beds or slides etc. you can use it as a planer to get the bulk off them and then as a bed-way grinder to finish-off - and all in one set-up.


That's my plan. There are a lot of people who buy used lathes, only to discover that the bed is worn. Then they quote for regrinding and get a sticker shock. If I only ask half the price, I could live very well when grinding 10 beds a month. I also want to offer scraping in at least the saddle and the tailstock. I like to do that work and I think I can make a good living from that.


It will be interesting if you have to scrape in the planer table and base ways.


I'll scrape the ways anyhow. I also have the absurd idea to add a hydrostatic lubrication with geometric feedback and compensation. **tocktocktock**
The planer could plan his own table.

Nick

DannyW
08-16-2010, 08:50 PM
That's my plan. There are a lot of people who buy used lathes, only to discover that the bed is worn. Then they quote for regrinding and get a sticker shock. If I only ask half the price, I could live very well when grinding 10 beds a month. I also want to offer scraping in at least the saddle and the tailstock. I like to do that work and I think I can make a good living from that.

Nick


Sounds like a good plan. You're definitely going to need some heavy lifting equipment then!


... And to answer the Original Poster's question ...


Machines can be bought every day of the week, figuratively speaking.
Well, uhm, not if you're a Dollar short that is. And who isn't?
But to collect a "war chest" on tooling and whatnots takes considerable longer! So I buy that stuff up as it comes along as long as I can afford it. ;-)
But yea, the list of "wants" is always longer then the "means". :rolleyes: