Not A Bad Deal I’d Say

35 Chucking Reamers for $30 delivered.

The batch at the top left is 17 Lavallee and Ide reamers, the top right bunch are various brands and the bottom bunch are No Names.

I was on Fleabay looking for something else and saw this going for one $6 bid with two hours left so I bid it and then put in a high bid of $27.50.

I figured if I win that’s fine and if I don’t then somebody wanted them worse than I did.

They came out of an estate sale.

I wound up getting them for $17.50, $2.31 tax and $9.99 shipping.

Just for giggles, I googled up to see what one L&I 1/2 inch reamer was going for and figure I got the whole lot for the price of 2 new ones, without tax and shipping.

Or, less than a dollar apiece if you want to look at it that way.

These are the kinds of deals that the way I see it, if I actually use just one of these, one time, it has paid for the whole lot.

Because when you need one and don’t have it, you are going to spend that $30 and then some just getting one coming.

When they get here I will look for duplicates, pick out the best looking ones if there are any and give the extras to my buddy.

Win Win.

4 thoughts on “Not A Bad Deal I’d Say

  1. hey phil, you might want to keep a few of them, as they are made of good tool steel.
    years ago, when machine shops where folding like anything,late 80-90’s my buddy got jobs
    cleaning them out, he had tooling by the 55 gallon barrel to scrap ! i spent the better part of
    a day going thru it. keep the big and long sizes- to make other tools/stuff.
    made a cherry for a bullet mold a few years ago, it turned out fine. but really, if they good ones
    the steel is great for other things as well, i made firing pins, pin in general, whatever
    don’t waste it. i throw them in the wood stove over night to soften, them machine them.
    heat treat with a mapp torch , works so far. need any square lathe bits ?
    i have a few pounds of them, 3/16 to 1/2 inch they handy for stuff
    also have a few extra 6 inch chucks-3 jaw, monsters i had planned on selling, never got around to
    it. i think they cushman’s. need back plates though.

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  2. Ok, I’m just going to lay it out there……I have no idea what all this machining stuff is about. My forte is woodworking. But I have always had an interest in metal working. Took a metalworking class a l o n g time ago; but never pursued it.
    Any way possible to get some pics on the way you use all of these tools? I realize that may be too much to ask; but a pic is worth a thousand words, they say.
    Thanks ahead of time and glad that you scored with these tools.

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    • I set limits after I got started on this trip. If I paid more than 30% of new, it better be a smoking deal! I’ve only done that a few times. It is amazing what is out there to be had. Great score, man. Good eye.

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