I can’t seem to stop myself.
I dunno, I get these wild hairs up my ass, start looking around and wait until something affordable pops up.
They inevitably do.
I started to say I don’t remember where this particular hankering came from but it just hit me and now I do.
Last Summer the Wife and I went to this huge “Garage Sale” up at the Fair Grounds and I wound up bringing a couple of small old hand powered grinding wheels back home. That’s what started this.
All of a sudden I started wanting a real, old fashioned grinding wheel. Well, they are out there but they are expensive as all get out now too. On top of that, I don’t have room to get out in that garage as it is. So one day while I am looking for one I stumble across a little wet sharpener.
Hmm, that might do the trick. It was a nice one on Craigslist and the guy only wanted $40 for it. The timing was bad though. It was forty miles away and there was no way I could get there during the week. I sent the guy a message and told him it was a guaranteed sale if he still had it four days later when I could get there on my day off but if he could sell it before then just go ahead. Which he did, dang it.
Here about a week ago another one showed up on EBay but it was REALLY old and pretty clapped out looking. They only wanted $20 for it though. I waited a few days until the auction was almost up and threw a bid on it.
Sure as shootin’ I won it. The shipping was just as much as the grinder but for $40 here it comes and it showed up last Thursday while I was at work.
I didn’t even open it up until an hour ago.
Yeah, saying it is clapped out is being kind.
I have no idea just how old this thing is, I can’t find any info on the it but I see several more for sale that are absolutely identical except they have different company names on the castings.
There is at least 3/32’s wear inside the ring the shaft goes through on the handle side and the shaft just flops around inside them when you spin it, the end of the shaft where the missing handle attaches is all buggered up and right at the moment I have the wheel and shaft in the vise out in the garage with a couple of drops of WD-40 on the nut trying to loosen up the rust so I can get the shaft out of the wheel.
The board it was mounted to is cracked all to hell and will be a nice bit of kindling for my buddy.
All this for only forty dollars!
Um, yeah, before you start choking on the laughter?
Take a peek at this,
It’s in a little bit better shape and the handle is there, other than that, they are identical.
$179.99 plus $71.62 shipping.
Hold on while I take my shoes and socks off here…
Looks to me to be something like TWO HUNDRED, FIFTY ONE DOLLARS AND SIXTY ONE CENTS.
I thought $250 was a bit steep.
Then I found this one that sold for $300 on EBay last December!
The exact same one by the same company.
Nice to see what kind of handle it needs anyway.
Ya think maybe the one I got for forty may just be worth fixing?