Cast Iron is Fragile

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Forum topic by Stephenw posted 06-06-2012 11:06 PM 2247 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-06-2012 11:06 PM

If you drop it, it will break.

This arrived in the mail today. It was a Stanley 7 plane bottom. This rocket scientist of an eBay seller put it in the bottom of a large flat rate box. He stuffed a couple of empty small boxes on top. This seller specializes in plane parts.

I’m tired of vintage tools just being thrown in a box. Wadded up newspaper collapses in transit too.

A large percentage of cast iron items I buy arrive broken.

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#1 posted 06-06-2012 11:14 PM

I’m also pretty sure it is illegal to use new small flat rate boxes as packaging material.

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#2 posted 06-06-2012 11:15 PM

ouch…. that sucks!

I feel for you… I was just marveling how a different eBay seller packaged a #7 in a post just a few minutes ago – filled with styrofoam so that nothing moved inside, and the plane was centered in the box…. I had a HARD time unwrapping it…

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#3 posted 06-07-2012 12:33 AM

We used to wrap stuff in plastic and then squirt some expanding foam in a box, push the piece into it and then fill in around it with more foam if necessary. Nothing EVER got broke :)

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#4 posted 06-07-2012 12:56 AM

I would rather have had the plane bottom, but the seller issued a refund.

At least I didn’t have to file a PayPal claim. That is too often the course of action that must be taken.

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#5 posted 06-07-2012 01:08 AM

It is against the rules to use USPS shipping supplies for other than their intended purpose, but I have yet to see anyone arrested and charged with such an offense.

Sorry your part arrived broken, hope you get it worked out with the seller.

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#6 posted 06-07-2012 01:13 AM

That is exactly why I disassemble planes when I ship them. I’ve never received one like that, but it seems like the lateral adjuster and (sometimes) the tote would take a beating. If you’re still looking for a #7, send me a PM. I have several.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#7 posted 06-07-2012 01:31 AM

sikrap, I’m just looking for a bottom for a #7. I have all the other parts. The #7 I originally purchased had a cracked mouth that the seller failed to mention. I successfully brazed the crack. My wife came out in the garage and was bothering me while I was finishing up. I dropped it on the floor and broke a large chunk out of the nose. I picked up an equivalent Sargent since then. I seem to have contracted some strange disease that is causing an obsession with finding a good #7 bottom.

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#8 posted 06-09-2012 02:44 AM

I know cast iron is fragile because last summer I dropped one of my dad’s ancient planes and it snapped in half. :-(

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