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feets
10-08-2014, 04:10 PM
I just picked up a Starrett 3"-4" mic for $10 and a Lufkin 7"-8" mic for $15.
They also had a sturdy little disc & belt sander for $40. It seemed like a solid little machine with a smooth running motor. It was calling my name so I brought it home too.

duckman
10-08-2014, 04:15 PM
No pictures it didn't happen.

doctordoctor
10-08-2014, 04:17 PM
No pictures it didn't happen.

agreed. if you want us to feel jealous we need to see it.

Don't your eyes move over the things you covet?

http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2011/039/7/2/dr__lecter_by_stoobytoons-d392opa.jpg

Paul Alciatore
10-08-2014, 04:36 PM
Better yet, What Pawn Shop? Where?


No pictures it didn't happen.

Toolguy
10-08-2014, 06:19 PM
The ones around here sell used tools at a little under retail for new ones. You have to know what you're looking at and what it should cost. Apparently a lot of people in this area don't know or do their homework or the pawn shops wouldn't be selling much.

doctordoctor
10-08-2014, 08:16 PM
The ones around here sell used tools at a little under retail for new ones. You have to know what you're looking at and what it should cost. Apparently a lot of people in this area don't know or do their homework or the pawn shops wouldn't be selling much.

I havent been into a pawn shop in years..the few times I did go everything was priced pretty much as you describe..why bother? I can probably get a better deal on ebay or at a garage sale.

KiddZimaHater
10-08-2014, 08:57 PM
My lucky day was when I found a 0-1" STARRETT Dial Indicator in a Pawn Shop for $5.00
HA!!
Great indicator, smooth as silk.

feets
10-08-2014, 09:09 PM
Better yet, What Pawn Shop? Where?


Forget it! Ain't gonna happen! :)

feets
10-08-2014, 09:38 PM
agreed. if you want us to feel jealous we need to see it.

Don't your eyes move over the things you covet?


They shop told me there was a 24 hour guarantee on the sander so I fired it up and let it run for 45 minutes. That's not the same load as making it work but it was smooth and quiet with no burning smell.
The mics have been well used but they still seem to check out fine. True, they won't go to the tenths but they will make a nice addition to my 0-3" set of cheap Chinese mics.

http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/upload2/8294999-micrometersandsanderresized.jpg


I will agree that since AlGore invented the internet the pawn shops have been researching prices and charging near retail on used and used up stuff. Today seems to have been my lucky day. One big thing happened in my favor this evening and something much larger shows to be leaning my way as well. The good buy today was icing on my cake.

Pros will likely scoff at the old tools but for a poor boy trying desperately to build a hobby shop at home it's an awesome deal.

doctordoctor
10-08-2014, 09:39 PM
They shop told me there was a 24 hour guarantee on the sander so I fired it up and let it run for 45 minutes. That's not the same load as making it work but it was smooth and quiet with no burning smell.
The mics have been well used but they still seem to check out fine. True, they won't go to the tenths but they will make a nice addition to my 0-3" set of cheap Chinese mics.

http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/upload2/8294999-micrometersandsanderresized.jpg

thats a deal and a half man..well done

Paul Alciatore
10-08-2014, 09:54 PM
Forget it! Ain't gonna happen! :)

Can't blame a guy for trying. Probably too far anyway.

I found a good deal on a used laptop at a local pawn shop, just before two Christmases ago. My wife loves it and now my computer is mine again. I'm eying another one for my son, but I have to upgrade my WiFi first. As for tools, their selection sucks and their prices are high. Big time.

SGW
10-08-2014, 10:24 PM
No bargains in the local pawnshop here, either. He seems to place more value on his stuff than I do, so I let him keep it. :D

justanengineer
10-08-2014, 11:24 PM
Pros will likely scoff at the old tools but for a poor boy trying desperately to build a hobby shop at home it's an awesome deal.

JME, but nobody should scoff at used tools. I've bought my fair share of them that are just as precise as when new. Mics and calipers are interesting in that certain sizes are common as dirt, cheap, but were babied by the previous owners. I cant count the number of <6" Starrett/Lufkin/B&S mics Ive passed at yard sales for $10 bc every toolbox in years past had at least 1 or 2 of the smaller sizes, its sad really. Luckily for you, the 6"+ sizes go for a bit more. ;)

Here's a Slocomb 0-3"(?) set I bought for $7 earlier this summer to "buy" into an auctioneer's good graces before he got to the items I really wanted. Its kinda neat in that it has the old-style "rolling mechanical DRO" (3 holes somewhat visible in the black C-base where it meets the mic.
http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u21/cdubdrummin/DSCN5183_zpsa18ca0c9.jpg (http://s164.photobucket.com/user/cdubdrummin/media/DSCN5183_zpsa18ca0c9.jpg.html)

Paul Alciatore
10-09-2014, 01:57 AM
I would love to learn more about that "rolling mechanical DRO" feature. Could you post some close-up photos? And perhaps explain how it worked?



JME, but nobody should scoff at used tools. I've bought my fair share of them that are just as precise as when new. Mics and calipers are interesting in that certain sizes are common as dirt, cheap, but were babied by the previous owners. I cant count the number of <6" Starrett/Lufkin/B&S mics Ive passed at yard sales for $10 bc every toolbox in years past had at least 1 or 2 of the smaller sizes, its sad really. Luckily for you, the 6"+ sizes go for a bit more. ;)

Here's a Slocomb 0-3"(?) set I bought for $7 earlier this summer to "buy" into an auctioneer's good graces before he got to the items I really wanted. Its kinda neat in that it has the old-style "rolling mechanical DRO" (3 holes somewhat visible in the black C-base where it meets the mic.
http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u21/cdubdrummin/DSCN5183_zpsa18ca0c9.jpg (http://s164.photobucket.com/user/cdubdrummin/media/DSCN5183_zpsa18ca0c9.jpg.html)

George Seal
10-09-2014, 07:11 AM
I would guess its a travel dial

BigMike782
10-09-2014, 08:07 AM
I guess I am lucky to have a great pawn shop near me. They price their stuff a little high but are smart enough to know green paper currency when they see it.
There are lots of pawn shops near me but most have 10 or 15 circular saws and 25 drill motors and that is the extent of their tools.

AD5MB
10-09-2014, 08:47 AM
when I go to Vegas, I don't go to the casinos. I hit the pawn shops. Super Pawns first.
offer 2/3s asking price, they always take it.

Guido
10-09-2014, 11:30 AM
AD5MB X 2 or 3,--4----Pretty good diggings too, in the Laughlin area, on the Arizona side of the river.

--G

boslab
10-09-2014, 12:26 PM
when I go to Vegas, I don't go to the casinos. I hit the pawn shops. Super Pawns first.
offer 2/3s asking price, they always take it.
I bought a few starret bits n bobs there, but I had to balance it out with a platinum ring for the missus, mind that was dirt cheap as she has small fingers!
Mark