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  1. Pvt-Public Mar 9, 2023

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    I found these old tools in my grandfather’s tool box . Are they worth anything?
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  2. JimInOz Melbourne Australia Mar 9, 2023

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    Lovely set of old engineers/fitters tools.
    I used all of them in my younger days during engineering basic training.

    They aren't particularly valuable as most of them have been superseded by digital models, but they're all quality items.
    Have a look on eBay to see what's been sold, it may give you an idea of value in your location.
     
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  3. timoss Mar 9, 2023

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    I still love using old tools like this—the weight in the hand can be beat. Plus the batteries never run out :)
     
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  4. hen Mar 10, 2023

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    Beautiful old tools! Some people (me) collect old tools, but I only buy from flee markets. Some collect specific brands or tools with a car company connection and those guys may spend a lot of money.

    I buy them as they are usually very good quality, and look much better than new tools.

    If you dont want to have them your selves sell or give them away to someone who does.
     
  5. Fallout Boy Mar 10, 2023

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    IMHO no great value. Keep one (1st photo) as souvenir and - as hen said- give them to someone with passion for these tools.
     
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  6. p4ul “WATERRROOP” to 50m Mar 10, 2023

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    What the hell is wrong with you people?

    You put up pictures like this showing things I have no use for, made by “L.S.Starrett - The Worlds Best Tool Maker” and I immediately jump on eBay and start bidding just to put an unnecessary, but beautiful, micrometer on my den wall.

    Shame on you @Pvt-Public!

    Edit : there’s no tool like an old tool, apparently.;)
     
  7. Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Mar 10, 2023

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    Photos 1, 6, and 7 are outside micrometers

    2 is a base that is set up as a scriber, but can also be used for a dial indicator

    3 is a set of vernier calipers

    4 and 5 are dial indicators

    8 is a depth micrometer

    9 is a machinist square

    Some of these appear to be in rough shape - rust on the depth micrometer for example.

    Value will depend on the condition really, but in good shape these are very useful tools.
     
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  8. BlackTalon This Space for Rent Mar 10, 2023

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    We have a couple of those micrometers somewhere in our office. They were old when I started working here 35 years ago.
     
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  9. Dan S Mar 10, 2023

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    Good quality and functional machinist tools once cleaned up a bit. I think that calipers and outside micrometers are pretty handy even if you're not a machinist, if you like to make accurate measurements. The dial indicators, square, and base are mainly useful for setting up projects on a piece of machinery, so their uses are more specialized. I can't imagine they have a ton of value as they are common and have mostly been superseded by digital versions.
     
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  10. MRC Mar 10, 2023

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    I still use the dial indicator I bought 40 years ago when building or truing bicycle wheels. And my mics for other tasks

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    Doh!, my arithmetic skills are decaying -- 1973 was 50 years ago not 40 :whipped:
     
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  11. Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Mar 10, 2023

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    I still use mics and verniers that were bought in 1978...

    Just because they are old, and there are digital versions now. doesn't mean these are not still useful tools. In fact many of the older tools are better quality.
     
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  12. Waltesefalcon Mar 10, 2023

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    I've never bought digital mics, or calipers. I continue to use my dad's old Starretts when building an engine. They are very well made and still get the job done over half a century after they were bought.
     
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  13. SC1 Mar 10, 2023

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    Fucking know-it-all.
    First watches & water resistance, then shower/sauna installations, then bread & desserts... stay in your lane dood.
     
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  14. Duracuir1 Never Used A Kodak Mar 10, 2023

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    He can hit a running cat in the eye with an arrow too. While also running backwards. He is our Canadian Chuck Norris. Late entry… of course, this is merely legend… he would not harm animals.
     
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  15. sheepdoll Mar 10, 2023

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    I tend to use my old stuff especially the metal squares and dial indicators. For a lot of things I got some cheap dial calipers with plastic jaws they work well for the sort of work I do. I have a mic as well, but I have to use the textbook to read it.

    I did pick up a Harbor Freight digital caliper last week as I misplaced the dial one I often use. Sometimes it is quicker just to get another than search for the missing one.

    Harbor Freight still sells knockoffs of all these tools. So there must remain a market for such things.

    More of a specialized watchmaking tool I did pick up a balance screw vice less than an hout ago. A rare case where no one else bid.
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    I took a pass on a wheel cutting engine yesterday as I already have a pinion cutter.
     
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  16. Twocats Married... with children Mar 10, 2023

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    I used every one of these tools in the first year of my apprenticeship in the 1980's. Never needed anything other than a Vernier in practical aircraft maintenance after that year but it gave me a good understanding of fits and clearances.
     
  17. MRC Mar 10, 2023

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    I started my apprenticeship in 1967, after signing 4 pages of foolscap-sized dense text document that I never tried to read -- I think it dated back to the 1880s. But crucially the company (Stewarts and Lloyds) ran a very well thought out scheme that took you through every technical/numerical/practical department in the company and offered to let you choose where you would like to work at the conclusion but didn't guarantee you'd get your choice, funny thing was that everybody did. However friends in my college class said that they were just treated as cheap labour in their six months of the year at their company (looking at you John Thompson Ltd. of Wolverhampton). This yearly layout was 6 months of college work into which they crammed a full academic year (no vacations for you boys :() and 6 months back at the company doing whatever they had planned for you.
     
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  18. Twocats Married... with children Mar 10, 2023

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    This yearly layout was 6 months of college work into which they crammed a full academic year (no vacations for you boys :() and 6 months back at the company doing whatever they had planned for you.[/QUOTE]

    This was the same modus operandi that was applied in my day and a five year apprenticeship into the bargain.

    It's interesting that John Thompson Ltd manufactured aerospace parts during both world wars. Did Stewarts and Lloyds get involved in aviation ?
     
  19. BlackTalon This Space for Rent Mar 10, 2023

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    Nothing screams "precision instrument" like something purchased at Horrible Freight ::psy::
     
  20. Pvt-Public Mar 10, 2023

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    I was just asking a question for heavens sake. And I’m looking at a bit of financial hardship. The latest pay check stub found in the box was from 1961.
     
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