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  • #16
    I see that is a Twin Cities dumpster on site there.
    They bid for a lot of machines at local auctions, and then scrap them of corse.
    It is so sad to see them win a bid.
    --Doozer
    DZER

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    • #17
      Reminds me of my P & W shaper. Guy was lashing down for the trip to the scrap yard. Really isn't as bad as it looks. Inside was still greasy and a tooling plate had protected the top of the table. VW Bug engine not included.

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      • #18
        "[Machine Porn]"

        More like a snuff film.
        "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Doozer
          I see that is a Twin Cities dumpster on site there.
          They bid for a lot of machines at local auctions, and then scrap them of corse.
          It is so sad to see them win a bid.
          --Doozer

          Why? I'm pretty sure that if you offer then more than scrap value they'll happily let you have them.

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          • #20
            Sometimes machines are just plain obsolete.

            The big Cincinnati mill reminds of a situation I saw about 10 years ago. While I was "kicking tires" at a local machinery dealer I took notice of a mill like that they were completely rebuilding, scraping, new parts, etc, etc.

            Over a period of months I would still see the rebuild in progress. This finally got me curious enough to ask, who on earth is spending that kind of money on an old manual machine? The guy replied, "you". Huh, taxpayers.

            The machine belonged to some part of the the US gov, some somebody had gotten the idea to have it rebuilt. Okay, fine, except the rebuilder told me when they were about 75% complete the current total was a bit over $50K!!!!

            That should give some indication of why old machines many times get scrapped. Just replacing a gear in a mill like that is extremely expensive, not to mention a complete rebuild.

            Granted it's a good machine,but for around three times the rebuild cost you can buy a new 50 taper CNC that'll be 10 times as productive.

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