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Old 02-05-2004, 05:49 AM
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What garage tools have you scored cheap?

I thought this would be a different and interesting post. For me I scored a transmission jack, a manual tire changer and a Hunter on the car high speed wheel balancer, all for $125!

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Old 02-05-2004, 06:16 AM
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My Airco Dipstick 160 welder. MIG, TIG, Stick, Spot and Stitch attachments, High Freq box and a bunch of consumables and a 30lb spool of wire for $1200 bucks... This was a $4000 dollar machine back in it's day.
ALL of my other tools are cheap...
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WOW! Good deal!
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Thermal dynamics plasma cutter 300.00 220 lincoln mig 400.00 110 lincon mig 175.00. I keep my eyes open in the local classified
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Used center post hydraulic hoist - $150 (plus $150 for the hydraulic oil to charge it!).

All from Harbor freight - MIG welder, 12 ton press, air tools (1/2" ratchet, three grinders, DA sander, in-line sander, impact wrench, 5hp air compressor, 3/8" hammer drill, floor jack, 14" band saw, power hack saw, three electric 5" angle grinders, 5 spray guns, dozens of hand tools, vibrating sander, circular saw, 10" miter saw, 12" disk sander, 3hp plunge router, 1hp trim router, biscuit cutter, duplicating wood lathe, lathe tools, 20 piece drill bit set, 115 piece titanium drill bit set, chain hoist, engine stand, 1/2" & 3/8"clicker torque wrenches, jig saw, 15" scroll saw, 0"-4" micrometer set, inside micrometer set, 15 speed, 1/2" floor drill press, just to name a few.

$100 for a used 7" angel grinder and gas welding set from a retiring welder.

$400 for a brand new 3/8" plasma cutter off ebaY.

$350 for a brand new TIG welder off ebaY.

Free 220amp Lincoln buzz box from my dad!

$375 for 10", 1 1/2hp cast iron table saw from Grizzly Imports.
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Old 02-05-2004, 12:28 PM
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I bought a sledge hammer at a garage sale for ten cents. Looked like Noah used it to build the big boat. First time I used it the handle broke. I could barely see "Craft" so I took it to Sears and they gave me a brand new hammer worth $20.00 Do you think I should declare $ 19.90 on my income taxes ...DAVE
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Manual tire machine for FREE....The local high school was throwing it out.
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Pncho reminded me of a high school discard I got cheap. My wood carving table is a great old solid maple craft table with two vices that I got at a high school auction for $5. A comparable (mine is much better quality) table costs in the $1000 range today.
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i got a lincoln 220volt stick welder, a 100 foot set of leads, a fifty foot 220v. cord, mask,boxes of sticks,chip hammer etc. for $100. cdn about 70.$ am.
I can run the plug in the house, leave the welder in the garage, and weld out in the back yard. mike
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pretty much all of them....I'm sitting here thinking about what I might have paid full price for???????

Years ago I bought a 5 drawer Craftsman bottom box...I paid full price for that.....Everything else.....c h e a p !!!!!!
I get pretty lucky by scouring car shows, swap meets, auctions and people give away a TON of stuff to me too!
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I ran across a guy selling "customer return" stuff from Sears. He had just scored a bunch of scratch+dent toolboxes. Some looked as if they were slam dunked off the truck, but most were just dented or had drawer problems. I bought 10 of the fixable looking ones for about$200.
I still have 3 top boxes, one on the bench, a middle box and one bottom box. The rest I repaired (more or less) and sold to my friends. I actually made a profit.
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i bought about 20 sockets, most of them deep, for 2 bucks, all Craftsman. As I was leaving and the guys wife was handing him the money, he was saying "they were 2 bucks apiece!" he was a bit p.o.ed. Dan
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The only thing I get "cheap or free " is grief and aggravation. Come to think of it, I end up paying for it (with a headache!)

Thumbs up to the guys that score though! I"m envious.
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I got a top and bottom craftman box for $50, I priced them in the store and they go for $399.
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my best score? about every craftsman tool i own. my buddy is a manager in the tool dept. at sears. oh, and a 10 dollar bench grinder from big lots. that thing rocks.
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