I think that the economic future of this country is so uncertain right now that a lot of small companies (and maybe larger one's as well) will either be going out of business or re-structuring to the point that the surplus market will be hot! I've already seen signs in the central Illinois area that there is going to be more stuff available. The problem is that for every machine that comes up for sale, there are two Mexicans standing in line to buy it, and they are buying the items that the HSM'ers are looking for. The older machines that modern industry is turning their nose up to is what those guys are looking for. They send it over the border, and put some unskilled 16 year old kid on it and pay him a small wage to learn how to run it. The old lathes, grinders, mills, and single point machines that helped build this country are now helping Mexico build their country. A lot of machinery can be purchased with the big bucks from drugs, and after awhile, they are running a legitimate business without risk.
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