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Eric Cox27/11/2012 10:50:04
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Of all the equipment in your workshop, what do you consider was your best buy.

For me it was a lever test indicator and a set of 4" second cut files.

mick27/11/2012 11:27:39
419 forum posts
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A heater!!!!!

Ady127/11/2012 11:36:33
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Best buy was on day one

2 lathes for 115 quid... (have spent about 2 grand on other bits tho)

Most surprisingly useful thing for the money was a digital cross slide DRO for a tenner

The dial indicator was another unknown which turned out to be a seriously useful bit of kit

Les Jones 127/11/2012 11:43:33
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I would say the digital scales and parts to make DRO's to go with them for the mill and lathe,


Brian Wood27/11/2012 11:53:47
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A tool auction box with a decent internally threaded Myford 5 inch 4 jaw chuck, a new vertical swivelling slide, still in it's grease, a small Coventry die head with some dies, a nice through hardened 4 inch Vee block and a very tired 4MT Brown and Sharp running centre [since remodelled into a Myford nosed tailstock chuck mounting] and a few other bits and pieces. Hammer price £21

Didn't I do well?!


_Paul_27/11/2012 12:34:01
543 forum posts
31 photos

Denbigh No2 Flypress for £8.30


John Stevenson27/11/2012 12:34:14
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Terryd27/11/2012 13:04:21
1936 forum posts
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John beat me to it, So i'll add - my coffee machine.



Ian S C27/11/2012 13:06:49
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18" x 12" cast iron surface plate, $NZ 15 ex NZ Post Office Workshops Christchurch. There were two of them, the other one had handles on the ends, and sold for about $NZ 90, according to inside info gained later my one was the better of the two. Thats auctions for you!! Ian S C

Nobby27/11/2012 13:17:54
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Hi Guys
A Myford S 7 some parts missing rusting in a coal bunker £ 5.00 needed some parts so I made them still useing it now . Also a Allcocks arial match for 10 shillings (50p) sold for £550

joegib27/11/2012 15:34:41
154 forum posts
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My little hacksaw machine:


Didn't have room for a bandsaw. Pretty sure I'd have given this hobby the heave-ho if I'd not had this machine to take the strain.


michael cole27/11/2012 15:44:10
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I rate my shaper top with the bandsaw second.

Nigel Bennett27/11/2012 16:46:38
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One of those little 12x eye loupes from Chronos - about a quid. With that and a nice sharp needle held in a pin-chuck, it makes locating edges and such on the milling machine dead easy.

(The needle needs to be chosen with care - a lot of 'em are bent!)

Siddley27/11/2012 17:48:00
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Toolmakers chest and tools I got from an engineer who was retiring, contained maybe 10 different micrometers, 2 dial gauges, 4 dial indicators, parallels, squares, v-blocks, 12" vernier and a load of other useful bits and bobs - all top quality brands, British, German, Japanese

Asking price was £150 and I did NOT haggle

fizzy27/11/2012 18:02:40
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my ML7 @ £200

Sandy Morton27/11/2012 18:06:32
104 forum posts

A few beer tokens to my great nephews who cut me a pile of logs for the woodburning stove!

Sandy Morton27/11/2012 18:09:04
104 forum posts

The best one however was free - the toolbox of a retired RollsRoyce toolroom inspector - it included plug gauges which were used on Spitfire engines. Bliss.

Michael Gilligan27/11/2012 18:43:43
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Posted by joegib on 27/11/2012 15:34:41:

My little hacksaw machine:


Didn't have room for a bandsaw. Pretty sure I'd have given this hobby the heave-ho if I'd not had this machine to take the strain.



That's a very neat little Hacksaw, Joe

Can't quite make out the name on the top ... could you please advise.




I think my best buy was the little BCA Mk III

Small but perfectly formed.

Edited By Michael Gilligan on 27/11/2012 18:47:59

Stub Mandrel27/11/2012 21:37:21
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That Starret micrometer for £1?

Three step drills from Aldi for £5 that cost £35 at Machine Mart (and as far as how they work, they are worth £35!)

Various cheap digital clipers

Aldi cook's blowtorch

Slightly foxed Record No. 3 vice F.O.C. from the tip?

Or things I just use over and again?

Machine Mart carbide tipped scriber.

Set of three 1",2" and 3" squares from Chronos

Ball-ended allen keys

Really cheap 4" files from B&Q - rough as a badger's bum but the chew away anythingand you can finish with a smoother file.

Or the cheap surprise that keeps going?

Woolworths "Dremel type" rotary tool bought 12 years ago and still going strong.

Machine Mart pillar drill?


Andyf27/11/2012 22:31:43
392 forum posts

This year's bargain was a bunch of UK made "new old stock" Stubs 12" files which were being offered on Ebay by a (real) tool store.They had obviously got left with a huge pile on their hands, or had bought them as bankrupt stock. £18 for six, inc P&P, and they don't half shift metal.

Oh, and an M&W scribing block for £5 from the local rag, still in its protective grease.


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