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Suzuki4evr

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Hi guys.

Today I could not believe my luck. I only read about the great tool finds on this site for next to peanuts. Well today lady luck looked in my direction. Pics will follow please keep reading.

One of my new customers came by today to discuss a job I have to do for him. During the conversation he mentioned that he just came from the scrap yard and saw something he thought I could use and put it aside and asked the owner if they would keep it for him.

So asked what it was and if he could described it for me. So he pointed to the dividing head on my mill and said it looked like that. I have a Vertex BS-0. I got excited about it and he said but lets go and look now.

When we got there,I could not believe what I was seeing and could not believe that any self respecting engineer could just throw this away. It was a double whammy. A complete BS-2 Universal dividing head with a bit of surface rist and one or two knocks and a broken off locking lever and it short a dividing plate, AAAND a basically brand new rotary table. I could not believe my luck.
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If I were to buy this now, it would cost me R28 000, that is about $1 900 US dollars. I picked it up for R400, that is a steel for about $27 US dollars. And to think just over a year ago I was looking and contemplating on what to buy,a rotar table or dividing head and now I have 3 different types divices.

I am going to strip and clean the dividing head,but I am not going to touch the rotary table,cause that thing is spotless. The owner actually informed another engineers friend to come and look at it,but he never came so he told me if I want it I can take it.

Thanks for reading guys.
 

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It would be missing two dividing plates, the come in sets of three.
 

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It would be missing two dividing plates, the come in sets of three.
Yes you are right. I realized that it missed 2 plates,but no problem making it and it is still a great find.
 

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Great score! Congrats.
 

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That is the find of the year. You are entitled to the bragging rights there of.
You really suck!
Randy
 

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awesome! I still think my free WT drill press and 10t hydraulic press rank pretty highly though :) Last years 6x26 mill and HF horizontal bandsaw for $1000 was also a lucky deal.
 

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Lady Luck, daddy luck, uncle joe luck, just plain luck.
Who the hell would get rid of that stuff?
Congrats you dog.
 

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You better go to church and repent after stealing that tooling... ;)
 

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Lady Luck, daddy luck, uncle joe luck, just plain luck.
Who the hell would get rid of that stuff?
Congrats you dog.
I think a mad man. But I like him and have no complaints
 

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Sorry bouys and girls,but I am not done. I went back yesterday and picked up these two 10' 3jaw Fuerda chinese chucks, QCTP, and these odds and ends also for $27. They are still in very good shape, sadly missing the outer claming jaws,basically no slop in them. One is a a camlock and the other work with the studs and sliding ring wich is in a better condition than my 3jaw. The other one I will clean up and sell and get back all my money and more.
So the end of it is I paid $54 for $2 740 worth of tooling if I would buy it now here in my area. How blessed am I.
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Sorry for all the auto correct spelling mistakes.
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What scrap yard is this? I'm also from Cape Town.

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What scrap yard is this? I'm also from Cape Town.

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As if he is going to tell you!! LOL. That would be like revealing where your favorite fishing hole is that you caught the worlds largest bass in.

I actually scrolled back up after reading his first post to see if he was close to me. Only a half a world away... Drats.
 

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Cool score!
I really gotta get to the scrap yards more often.
 

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What scrap yard is this? I'm also from Cape Town.

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No I don't mind kissing and telling. I am actually in Wellington in the Boland. I am going to sell one of the chucks,wich is in near perfect condition. I have open it,cleaned and greased it. I really don't know why it was chucked, parden the pun:laughing: I just want to make it shiny again.Kobus if you are interested in buying the chuck. You can PM me and we can talk. But I must add I just don't do business on Sundays. The other stuff I won't be letting go of though. Let me know and we can talk.

Michael
 

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I am a
Cool score!
I really gotta get to the scrap yards more often.
I am also surprised at what you can pick up for next to nothing at the scrapyard. I just don't get too much time to do so. Luckily my father in law lives walking distance from it and He spendsa lot of time there looking for something.
 

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@Suzuki4evr in post #13, are there any manufacturers mark or part number on the QCTP? I'm curious.
 

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Hi Middle.road.
This is the only number on there. Hope it helps
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