Called on a local add for machinist tools, and learning the seller had a
bunch of end mills, I went out to look. Retired, he's in the process of
letting of of things he just can't use anymore. Got a killer deal on a
lot of nice quality end mills, all new or very lightly used. Didn't
bring enough cash, and offered to either come back or write a company
check for the balance, he said he'd accept the check.
As I started writing it, on impulse, I decided to buy a set of parallels
in a nice fitted wood rack. I could see 2 smaller sizes missing the
matching parallel, but all the bigger ones were there, and I don't have
any thick parallels. Got them home, and then spotted the metal tag on
one end, 'Anton Machine Works, Brooklyn New York'.
Dang! a nice made in USA set! All are within .0001 or better by my
Starrett digital mic, and end stamped with the sizes.
Looked them up, and sure enough, still in business. Christmas Eve,
emailed asking about prices for replacements on the two missing
parallels. Got a reply Monday, I can buy individual parallels. Going to
cost a little over $100 for the missing pieces, but the set retails
for... $1095! Oh yeah, I paid $25!
- posted 11 years ago