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Forum topic by hairy posted 07-03-2014 11:13 PM 1887 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-03-2014 11:13 PM

I’m getting ready to have a yard sale. I’ve amassed a lot of stuff over the years. It’s time to thin the herd.
I know almost zilch about bits and braces. Are they worth anything?
Here’s what I’m wanting to get rid of. The only name I can read is Yankee No. 4 on the screwdriver. The eggbeater says Made in USA.

With these bits, all in a nice sturdy oak box.

I put a $ 50 pricetag on the lot. Are those fighting words? Way out of line? Hellifiknow. Tell me what you think.

This old DeVilbiss air compressor works. I put the checkvalve and female coupler on it when I brought it home several years ago. It does not have a tank. It will fill a portable tank that I have . I haven’t run it enough lately, but it does run and doesn’t sound too bad.The data plate is painted. I’m worried that stripper will take off the factory info, so I haven’t tried anything. It has a cool Art Deco look. I saw a somewhat similar Devilbiss called a Suitcase compressor.

I’ve looked through ebay, owwm,vintage machinery and google and have found nothing. I’m putting $50 on that , too. I gotta start somewhere. It weighs 55 lbs. and isn’t real big.


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#1 posted 07-03-2014 11:39 PM

Sounds like fair prices to me.

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#2 posted 07-04-2014 12:04 AM

Your prices are fair enough, although it might take a stroke of luck to encounter a customer who recognizes the value.

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#3 posted 07-04-2014 12:29 AM

I’ve talked to a lot of tool dealers about selling braces. They don’t sell well. Around here, were I rust hunt you probably would not resell them for that price. If I bought every $2 brace I could find I’d be over loaded. I bought a Yankee 2101 with a set of bits for $15 not long ago.

Good luck.

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#4 posted 07-08-2014 09:14 PM

Sounds like a decent price to me

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#5 posted 07-08-2014 09:44 PM

That air compressor requires a ‘bleeder’ type of gun, so that the compressor will run when there’s no air being used. The safety valve starts discharging otherwise. I had a Craftsman, very similar to that but a bit newer, say 1958. Dad painted the house with it, when I was just a kid.
I aired up plenty of tires in the neighborhood with it. Somebody will want it for $50!

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