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  • Don't get rid of any tools!

    You just never know when one will save your bacon.

    The spindle bearings on my old Taiwanese Emco Compact 8 clone have been getting steadily worse over the past year. I bought the replacement bearings a while back and decided to replace them yesterday. Boy, did I feel weak & powerless the entire time the lathe was apart. Lathe withdrawal is a a sickening feeling!

    The process seemed simple going in; just a couple tapered bearings & races to change out. The inner races were much tighter on the spindle than I anticipated and tapping or prying off the one at the chuck end was a no-go.

    I dredged around and found some old tools I haven't used in years and finally got them changed out without buggering up the new bearings. The screw press is an old British Leyland tool I saved from going into the dumpster many years ago and the slide hammer had been used to extract many, many trans. pilot shaft bushings & starter/generator bushings in the seventies. The driver tool was a trans. bearing installer for Triumph TR4's or TR6's I think.

    Milton

    "Accuracy is the sum total of your compensating mistakes."

    "The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion." G. K. Chesterton

  • #2
    There's a lot of stuff I will part with but tools is one thing I keep far a life time or until they break and can't be repaired.
    It's only ink and paper

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    • #3
      Yup. If a tool is functional or can easily be made functional, it stays in the garage.

      After doing some work, I even have a nearly complete but nearly worn out set of bearings for my mill and brake pads for my car.

      Even wear parts like that, I hang onto if they're at all serviceable. I learned that after an uncle's boat blew out a brand-new bearing after a total rebuild, or a brand-new brake pad on the great-uncle's (other side) car somehow sheared right off the rivets.

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      • #4
        My dad wore this to all auctions, garage sales and salvage yards *LOL*

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DATo
          My dad wore this to all auctions, garage sales and salvage yards *LOL*

          Now that's way cool. Gotta make one of those!
          Milton

          "Accuracy is the sum total of your compensating mistakes."

          "The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion." G. K. Chesterton

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          • #6
            I have been downsizing both tools and material stock supplies since retirement. I find that things that I have not used or needed in years become needed again two weeks after they are disposed of. After recently giving several thousand feet of 1” black pipe away, I just paid $15 for four feet for a burner project. Tools are especially that way. Having the right tool for the job is very gratifying.
            Byron Boucher
            Burnet, TX

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            • #7
              There's a old place on Lake Michigan that has a sign that says "we buy junk & sell antiques". I always laugh when I go by.

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              • #8
                So do I keep my new vernier guage..

                measuring things by the inch seems very difficult.



                Rob

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Boucher
                  After recently giving several thousand feet of 1” black pipe away, I just paid $15 for four feet for a burner project.
                  Now there ya go!
                  Over the eons I've ended up with more tools than I need and seems like I'm always saying "Yea I have two of those". Thus I've been trying to offload the unneeded and downsize. Harder than it should be.

                  Anyway, MATERIAL is the hardest thing to justify getting rid of for me. It was "junk" when I got it and it just goes into the pile so I can pull it out later and use it for something. Since there's no word for "worse than junk" I tend to just let the pile get bigger. I don't keep everything, only the stuff that seems like I may use someday.

                  Besides, the metal pile can just be thrown in a bin and hauled off for scrap or whatever if something happens to me. Dealing with my tools will be a lot of work after I go no matter what, and whomever gets to deal with it probably wouldn't notice if I had twice or half as much so I just try to keep what makes me happy.

                  Ramble off.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MrSleepy
                    So do I keep my new vernier guage..

                    measuring things by the inch seems very difficult.
                    Rob
                    ABSOLUTELY!!!! no gear rack to get chips in it and no batteries to go
                    dead etc. etc. :-)
                    ...lew...

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                    • #11
                      Don't get rid of any tools

                      sorry?


                      I am afraid I dont understand the concept....

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MrSleepy
                        So do I keep my new vernier guage..

                        measuring things by the inch seems very difficult.



                        Rob
                        Only if you don't mind starting at 6"

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                        • #13
                          Started getting rid of a few things lately. My Granddaughter was recently married and her new hubby seems anxious to do things. No interest in metal yet,but he is only 23. Gave him a router,sabre saw, and sander. All Craftsman by brand.At some point in my life I began buying more professional tools. I especially like Porter Cable and Milwaukee. He really envied my table saw, so I found a really nice 10 in Ridgid on Craigslist for $50 and gave it to him. Way nicer than my first saw, Let him build from there if his interest continues. Bob.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by macona
                            Only if you don't mind starting at 6"

                            It must be a Chinese "Friday night special".

                            The major inch markers read as follows...
                            0-7-8-9-1-2-3-4-5-nothing-10-11-12..

                            The guy who sold it to me via ebay is sending me another one and I was told to keep this one.. so all is not lost..I get two for the price of one.

                            Rob

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MrSleepy
                              ... so all is not lost..I get two for the price of one.
                              I will be surprised if you do not receive offers for a tidy profit from folks
                              looking to have fun at the expense of some unwitting soul.

                              .

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