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Forum topic by splatman posted 01-09-2015 04:31 AM 1187 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-09-2015 04:31 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tool parts repair fix replacement sell website question

Is there a site for selling used tool parts?
Say, you have a tool that you cannot get parts for anymore, or the parts it needs are prohibitively expensive, so instead of scrapping it or trashing it, you could part it out, and make a few bucks in the process.
A web search did not yield splat. I know, there’s Craigslist, eBay, and the like, but those sites are not the best for selling individual parts, because buyers usually look for whole tools.
Where I got the idea:
If you also have a LEGO hobby, then you probably know about Bricklink, a marketplace for all things LEGO; sets, bricks, minifigs, building instructions, custom pieces, etc.
The idea is a site that is to tools and tool parts as Bricklink is to LEGO toys. If I had the know-how, I would build and launch just such a site.
Anyone wanna step up to the plate and make it happen?

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#1 posted 01-09-2015 03:20 PM

I think with most people time is a factor. It would take a lot of dedication. Just my thoughts.

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#2 posted 01-09-2015 05:35 PM

I doubt that there are enough who could repair their broken tools, but it is a good idea anyway. In some of the metalworking forums I visit, members are always looking for parts for old machinery. They use CL or E-bay as their source for repair parts. I have found that large flea markets are good places to find tools similar to the ones you need fixed. There you can buy it, take it apart and salvage the needed part.

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#3 posted 01-09-2015 06:27 PM

If there isn’t one, it wouldn’t be difficult for me or someone else to start a website, employing any of a number of different types of format.

That is if there was a large enough need for it.
I have done this before with parts for antique diesel engines, (another of my passions), it has done quite well in the last 10 years, and there is no reason this couldn’t be the same way.

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#4 posted 01-11-2015 05:23 PM

I would try this…
They refer to it as “BOYD”- Bring Out Your Dead

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#5 posted 01-12-2015 02:21 AM

You could always use eBay or CL to look for broken tools that are being sold as-is. It should be cheaper than looking for the individual part, alone, unless you think it’s supposed to be a cheap part.

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