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Old 02-11-2004, 10:50 AM
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When I worked at a Naval shipyard years ago, I ended up down in a bilges of various ships a lot of times. I learned that my best tool for bilge salvaging was an alnico maget on a string. I found a bunch of tools down there with it. Everything from Starret mics to aluminum pipe wrenches (with steel jaws), lots of well preserved wrenches, sockets, spud wrenches, hammers etc. Even found a .38 revolver one time. I turned that in to the Shore Patrol though. Didn't want to get caught going through the quarter deck with it. Sometimes the SP's would search us as we left the ship, but as far as tools, there was no way to determine whether they were mine or the Navy's. I figure what I found in the bilges wasn't being missed very much anyway so...

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Old 02-11-2004, 03:11 PM
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has anyone here (especially the OH guys) been to one of those tent tool sales that they have usually in mall parking lots or fairgrounds? i've found some pretty nice tools there really cheap, but you've gotta watch what you buy. i bought a dozen rolls of black tape once for 99 cents, and it wouldn't stick to itself, but i also bought a 3 piece welding clamp set for 10 bucks and i use those things every day.
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Old 02-13-2004, 05:22 PM
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none of my scores are good i have about 350 dollars worth of tools from that rip off of a company called snap on
i paid around 2,500$
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Old 02-14-2004, 09:51 AM
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Why you think Snap On is crap?
If I had the $ I would buy those, most of my stuff is Craftsman.
I only weeks ago found out actually how expensive Snap On is!
My jaw dropped for real.
Only score is a used craftsman toolbox with 3 drawers for 15$.
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Old 02-14-2004, 10:17 PM
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I went to the green box site to throw away some garbage......there was a plastic Craftsman tool chest. The kind with rollers....like a suitcase. I put in in the truck......you are not supposed to TAKE things out of the containers.......

Got it home, it was somewhat heavy, and it had 40 plus wrenches and 10 screwdrivers. The wrenches varied from Snap-on (6 of those) to Taiwan (about a 1/3 of them). Some Mac, some Craftsmen and a couple of Husky. The screwdrivers were all Taiwan junk.

1 ratchet..........Proto. 3/8 drive but no sockets


I saw the same plastic chest in a flyer from Sears ...on sale ...49 dollars.


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Old 02-14-2004, 10:45 PM
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Snap on makes Kobalt tools, I have a deep socket set from them.
good tools.
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I picked up a 4 post electric/hydraulic drive on lift, free. I had a buddy that worked at Koni N/A, he said they were getting a bigger lift and the old one was free to the first taker. So I was waiting with a flatbed trailer as they came out the door with it on forklifts. Now I just need a garage tall enough for the damn thing.
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Old 02-15-2004, 08:46 AM
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Probably for me is my 2 stage 80 gal commercial grade air compressor,a guy was moving didn't want to mess with it advertise for $900. asked him what his bottom dollar he said $ 600. I didn't argue MY miller 250 amp mig a guy was upgrading his small shop $850.
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Old 02-23-2004, 04:12 PM
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A sandblaster my old neighbor gave to me for free. Could'nt sell it at a yard sell so he just gave it to me. Don't know what it is but it works great.
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I have a 12' tall garage that you could "store" it in. I'll let you keep it there for 20 years, if you want !
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Old 02-24-2004, 05:07 PM
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I picked up a 10"/1 HP grinder form Harbor Freight for $20! It had a cracked base on it ...cheap Chinese casting. I went home and fabricated one from 1/4" steel plate. Works GREAT! ALSO I picked up an old reciprocating hack saw at the swap meet. It needed cleaned up and a motor. Had a 3/4 HP out of a washing machine laying around ...did some more fabricating and VIOLA ...a working power hack saw. Actually I love doing stuff like this ...the idea of getting a "tool" that normally cost some $'s for less always did "light my fire"! *G* ...I don't care if it's "pretty" ...just mechanical clean (not jury rigged). Anybody the same? ...Mark
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Old 02-28-2004, 10:25 PM
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I got a metal floor type band saw for $25. That is my best deal yet.

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Century flux-core mig welder $100
Husky 60 gallon 6.5 HP 1 week old air compressor $100
Dewalt variable speed buffer(just needed brushes) $10
English wheel(I love it when people buy stuff and never learn how to use it) $25
Miller synchrowave 250 tig welder $400
Oxy-acetelyne torch set with big tanks $50
Coates tire changing machine $150
Mac 1/2 impact gun $10
Sata jet 90 spray gun(brand new) $100
Magna spot stud welder $50
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Old 03-13-2004, 09:47 PM
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6 1/2 horse 60 gallon Coleman Powermate air compressor for $125. Listed for $375. My dad spent $.75 cents for a box of junk at an auction....3/4 inch Snap-On breaker bar in the bottom. Some guys have the luck!
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Old 03-27-2004, 02:15 PM
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Stanley 1/2 in electric impact wrench used only 7 times over 7 yeras ro remove rear winter tires Paid $30.00 and it works great.
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