Old Stuff You Still Use ?

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Murphy Slaw, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. hathers thumper

    hathers thumper Adventurer

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    Sorry for the snarkyness I came from North Dakota and they would be beat up pretty hard once we were done with them Rust and dented up augers
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  2. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    It had not been used at the time of that pic. My brother has used it regularly since and while the old Ariens don't have the safet features of the new ones, They throw snow great, especially when you add a modern engine with 50% more power.
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  3. CrashBar

    CrashBar Just Wanna Ride

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    I have one just like that, case and all, and would like to get it put back to working order.
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  4. anotherguy

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    Milton at Quality Light Metric will fix ya right up. Cost me 'bout $80 2 years or so ago. You'll need to call him as he's not web savvy and has no website. Well worth it as the meter will likely outlive you after he's done with it.


    Do you have the invercone too? Took me 3 years to find one in good shape. Cost me $7 USD when I did find it. :D
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  5. RustyStuff

    RustyStuff Been here awhile

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    My dodge truck is an 85, My Wolverine camper is a 76, My Bike is in 80. My welder is a '58. My tablesaw is a '55, my scroll saw is a 55 and my Jointer is a 55, my bandsaw is a 88.My Saber saw, Belt sander, finish sander, and power planer are from the 60's. I have hand tools from the 20's and 30's. My telescope is a early 50's( old scopes rock!). I personaly plan to have a whole shop of 50's and 60's tools, they are my favorties, and they are dirt cheap compaired to new stuff( because nobody wants them). My parents rototiller( that I fixed) is from '58. I learned to ride on a old mini bike, and my first " big" bike was from the mid 60's. I shoot guns from the early 1900's, I use my great grandpa's wood working tools from the early 1900's.

    I like old stuff. I C-lle-t old tools.:D

    It seems to give me a weird sense of time though, when I see someone talk about their "old" car, I think Pre 80's, but they are really talking about a late 90's/mid 2000 one. I guess the fact that I regularly use things that are 2-4 times as old as I am, warps it a bit.

    Now tell me, is this not a cool looking Saber saw, in new dollars, it would have been over $350. It's a beast, rated at 1/2hp,variable speed,All needle and roller bearings can turn the blade Via the top handle.
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    You can't buy new tools like this anymore. the Original owner loved it so much he engraved his name and SS number on it( Doh!).

    Most everything I own Is old. I buy it cheap, fix it and then use it.
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  6. HamboneSlim

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  7. jestragon

    jestragon Been here awhile

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    Mainly old camping stoves and axes, until recently also a number of 35mm SLRs, I've reluctantly gone fully digital now.

    I use the stoves when I'm in Europe on leave, I often go on 2 day hike/bivvies:


    Borde Bomb, beautifully, elegantly simple bit of kit. Also potentially very dangerous:
    Winter bivvying in Holland:
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    P1040197small by jestragon, on Flickr


    Making a brew in Rogen naturreservat, Sweden
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    The deservedly well-known Optimus hunter 8r (I also own one, 20 years old or so, never used, just scuffing on the paint)
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    tefal+hunter by jestragon, on Flickr


    Meta-71, nifty little Swiss-made Esbit stove, great for heating up precooked couscous, or making a brew:
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    couscousnwors by jestragon, on Flickr


    I also have a Primus grasshopper (internet pic: http://www.spiritburner.com/fusion/gallery/2151/1316209310-1__2_.JPG) and a few Svea No. 1s which don't see much use:
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    imm004_6 by jestragon, on Flickr


    My axes include:

    -a Collins legitimus car camp axe, which I cleaned up a bit and gave to my best friend (who owns a beautiful P-14 rifle) as a kindling splitter when he bought a house
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    -A Norlund Voyageur
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    P1040535small by jestragon, on Flickr


    -a brandless, beautiful little hatchet, which I use as regularly as I can. No idea on the age, but I'm guessing pre-WW2
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    P1040550small by jestragon, on Flickr


    -a Kelly true temper flint edge 2.2 lbs cruiser double bit, which doesn't see as much use as I'd like. Holland's very limited when it comes to opportunities, and the axe is too heavy to haul to Africa where I live most of the time. The axe in the middle was the poor, cracked shelter axe I found in Rogen naturreservat in Sweden.
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    I've got another few heads that are patiently awaiting handles, something for when I'm old or unemployed... One spent 50 years waiting underground post-WW2, so I imagine they have the patience.


    Currently boxed because I live in extremely rural West Africa: my technics mini component stereo system, ca. 30 years old.

    Those of you fixing up and using old tools and things get my respect.
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  8. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    ^^^ Someone who may know about them fine old Swedish axes.:clap I have a little Hudson Bay "trade axe" Made in Sweden. Indoor kindling splitter...:wink:

    12" handle and seemingly hard to find around here them small handles. I'd take sources from over there.:wink:

    Or even the type of wood used over there for handles if just so that I can carve a piece to repair the "pommel" part, handle is fine but for the missing chunk.I should have saved that piece from way back then.:cry
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  9. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Just used one like this friday. Made in Japan and we've had it for at least 30 years. Still sharp and does a nice job.

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  10. anotherguy

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    I've found that many new products are crap. Junk that I'm tired of being force fed because profit has become the end all and be all of business in the USA. So I seek out old stuff that I can repair or have repaired.

    Like right now if anyone has a genyouine Made in Sweden Svea 123 they'd like to part with (resonable $$) PM me.
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  11. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    My brothers and I bought a few of these. About $10-15 each.

    http://www.surplusandadventure.com/...ing-eating/trangia-stove-mess-kit-330662.html

    I've yet to try it, but looks like it will last a long time. Very durable.
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  12. jestragon

    jestragon Been here awhile

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    I don't have a 123, but I have a No.1 in pretty good condition, refurbished by a pro, and an unused Primus Hunter... Not selling them though! :D

    Seriously though, I've bought most of my old stuff online: American Ebay for the axes, which are all from the US, save a metal-detector-found WW2 Collins, and a Dutch version of Ebay called Marktplaats for most of my stoves, save a couple of flea market finds.

    I bought 2 Svea No 1's, a similar Primus model and the unused Hunter in a bulk buy, and the owner threw in a bonus stove (which turned out to be the rare, legendary and truly awesome Borde Bomb) for about $100. Got an acquaintance who refurbishes stoves and lanterns for a living to check and replace all washers and pumps and so on, for the price of one of the Sveas.

    Quite a lot of people are ditching their old school camping stuff for new ultralight gear, and while some of them have seriously inflated ideas about the value of old, used gear, some great deals are to be had. I think I paid $15+20 shipping for that beautiful little hatchet in my post up there. It's all a matter of patience and luck (and occasional sniping Ebay auctions...)

    This is what is currently to be found if I search for Primus on Marktplaats: http://www.marktplaats.nl/z/caravan...horen/primus.html?query=primus&categoryId=315 (including a Juwel, which is close to the 123)
    Ebay search for Svea 123: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313&_nkw=svea+123&_sacat=0&_from=R40

    Bear in mind the 123 is a fairly popular model, and is actually still made, by Optimus (just like the Hunter).
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  13. HamboneSlim

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    My Svea 123 has been a faithful companion for 40 years.

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  14. NDEBT

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  15. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    Pretty much everyfuckingthing I own :lol3. What can I say, I'm cheap, like to take care of things, and times has been tough the last few years.

    Best ever vehicle I've ever owned is my 1994 K2500 Chevy truck, factory-ordered my dream truck 19 years ago, still in pristine condition, 350 V8 with a 5-speed manual, 3/4-ton 4X4 that rides like a Caddy on the highway, will climb anything you point it at, haul anything you like, pull stumps if you want, and has been literally flawless all those years with the exception of wear items. It's only got 150K on it and I hope to drive it forever.

    Headin' south a couple years ago looking for dry roads:

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  16. HamboneSlim

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  17. CrashBar

    CrashBar Just Wanna Ride

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    Thanks for that. The invercone is an incident attachment? I do not have one, something to look for.

    I've got a Luna-pro and a Lunasix, I need another handheld meter like I need another leicaflex sl (for some weird reason I now have 4...) but it seems like a cool thing to fix up.
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  18. Big Bird 928

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    Those dang things just get shaper with use! I have one that my mom got from her parents when she moved out of their house, I don't think I will find one that works better.
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  19. 4power

    4power Been here awhile

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    1978 Wheelhorse C141 automatic, just like the one my grandfather had when I was a kid.

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    96 year old 1911.
    78 year old model 12.
    52 year old record player/radio. Something just seems right about listening to a ball game on an old radio.