Went down to the shop today, to help with a problem, and while there
one of the fellows we used to deal with came in, having decided to
hang it up completely. He opened his tool box and started to hand out
tools, things like end mills, reamers, etc, then pulled out a couple
of Brown and Sharpe boxes. B&S 599-745 V blocks, look like they might
have been used twice. Handed him a twenty and put the blocks in my
truck. $268 each from KBC, not bad. Also got a boring head, can't
find a name on it, but older, probably not import, in good condition,
freebie. Good days sometimes sneak up on me.
We won't go into where the blocks originally came from, or the boring
head, but I think that the guy I paid for them made out almost as well
as I did. For a long time, Case was very good about buying tools if
anyone needed them in either the tool room or experimental, and not
keeping track of where they went. More than one well stocked tool
chest walked out of there, and the person carrying it hadn't spent
very much of his own money to stock it. Not that they were stupid
about it, if you ordered a tool for one job, and two weeks later
needed that same thing, you didn't order another one. When someone
retired, their tool box was almost never checked by the foreman.
(Which sometimes could be funny, there were times that a retiring
person went to pick up his box, and found that the top had been filled
completely with die plate, or that every tool in it was covered
liberally with bluing.}
I guess then never tapped the toolbox for a zerk fitting, and
pumped it full of grease?
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I ended up with some very expensive Sunnen gages (700 & 800 series gages,
with setting gages) in exactly that way, thanks to a friend that had retired
from his job. I had no use for them, but managed to trade them off for
4 new Sunnen dial bore gages. A few hundred dollars turned into a few
thousand dollars worth of merchandise for me.
Nope. Had to remember that someday that toolbox was going to be for
sale, and we might have to take out the grease we put in it. For the
few that used the cheap Lyon benches, drilling from the bottom and pop
rivetting the box to the bench was fair game with the metal boxes. Of
course, all of the whistle grinders would disappear for a day or two
to make it more interesting. Most we did with grease was to
disconnect the impact tools, fill them with grease and put them back.
Most of them were overhead counterbalanced, made it interesting if
their hand hit the trigger before they had them pulled down.