Vintage Tool Gloat.. By far my best find/deal yet!

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Forum topic by Dan posted 03-09-2011 07:12 PM 1906 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-09-2011 07:12 PM

I am always looking for old vintage tools to add to my shop. Most of the time I restore them to user shape and use them in my shop. Not only are these tools much cheaper then new but often a lot better quality. This new find of mine is a perfect example of that.

There are a few local auction places where I live. These places are where I find the best deals. They are usually estate auctions, bank repos and consignments. They are local online auctions so I am not competing with the millions on ebay and its even less traffic then craigslist.

Last week I won an auction for this Wilton vise for a grand total of…..... 10.00!

I have wanted a good quality vise for my bench ever since I built my bench a year ago. Right now I have a really cheap and small front vise that just does not cut it. I almost bought a new vise a few different times but just never did it. Its a good thing I didn’t because a new vise of this quality would be a good chunk of money.

This Wilton vise is also in great shape with no rust. A little cleaning and maybe a new paint job and then I will put it right back to work.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#1 posted 03-09-2011 07:33 PM

congrat´s Dan :-)
lucky you that have so many options near you :-)

take care

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#2 posted 03-09-2011 07:38 PM

Very nice score. I’m quite jealous!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 03-09-2011 08:18 PM

Did someone mention Jealous??

-- Anchul - Warrensburg, MO: As a Pastor, I am just trying to get closer to Jesus. He was a woodworker too.

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#4 posted 03-09-2011 08:42 PM

Envy… local antique shop wanted $60 for a similar vice, I was tempted, but after this, I’ll hold out.

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#5 posted 03-09-2011 08:59 PM

Hand planes, old tools and AUCTION SALES, MY kind of guy. Good buy

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#6 posted 03-09-2011 09:16 PM

Sweet! I’ll give you $12 for it! ;-)

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#7 posted 03-09-2011 10:15 PM

Scott- add a zero after the 2 and I will think about it!

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#8 posted 03-09-2011 10:36 PM

GREAT find! I’d love to get some advice on finding such things in my area, via PM or whatever you’d care to do. Considering how poor I am, it would be very helpful! But congrats on such an amazing score!

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#9 posted 03-10-2011 02:20 AM

Just have to love it when the bidding starts low and never climbs high. Nice score!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#10 posted 03-10-2011 05:49 PM

Where do you live and where are these auctions? JK;) Great find. I have found 2 places near me that have good finds and fair prices.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#11 posted 03-10-2011 05:52 PM

sweet deal

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#12 posted 03-10-2011 05:53 PM

Nice gloat.

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#13 posted 03-10-2011 06:40 PM

Very good find. And yes I am jealous. ;)

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