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    a Facebook group where people post deals that teachers might like. Most deals are “the deal of the day”. You might have to ask an administrator to join

  2. Auction #2850866 – Custom Built Micro-Milling Machine

    This custom-built micro-milling machine was used in a research laboratory for making very small parts and is capable of sub-micron accuracy. The original cost to build this machine was nearly $200k. Though it should be updated with newer controllers and data collection devices, the base machine is fully functional and was recently updated with new X-Y-Z stages. It comes with a new-in-the-box air dryer and lots of tooling.

    Payment for an awarded item must be received within five (5) business days after notice of award of the winning bid.

    The successful bidder will be responsible for removal or pick-up of item(s). Removal must occur within ten (10) business days after notification of award of the winning bid.

    I’m guessing about 22 sq.ft. ~96×28 inches, perhaps as much as 1000 pounds.

    I don’t know what anyone would do with a 3-D CNC mill with 0.000002″ accuracy, but if it cost MTU $200,000 to build then, it’s probably a half-million to million dollar machine now, and it may well sell for their $2000 open (unless there’s a last-minute bidding war), simply because Houghton is a thousand miles from anywhere (and 1360 miles from George…)

    Michigan Tech is like Trine and Rose-Hulman — a top-shelf scientific and polytechnical college that nobody’s heard of. It is located in Houghton, Michigan, ‘WAY up nort’ in the Upper Peninsula. It is in the Keewenaw Peninsula (that’s the “finger” which juts into Lake Superior) about 170-180 miles straight north of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

    This is probably a “pick it up yourself” auction. I’ve been to Michigan Tech, but never foraging for salvage, so I don’t know their policies. Houghton (and Hancock, right across the canal) are two really pretty, quaint little cities. The Keewenaw Peninsula is where the majority of our copper and uranium came from, until after WW-II (Copper Mountain may be a National Historical Site now) so it’s kinda hilly. It is also such incredibly beautiful country this time of year that a body can forget the 380 inches of snow that fall on the Peninsula every winter…


    I don’t know if these are actual “hot deals” or not. They are being sold by Allen County, Indiana and the good folks in FWA wrapped them in pallet tape so I can’t see what they are. They look like H-Ps, but mostly Dell, and probably Core i3/i5/i7 Win7 boxes. The fact they’re “wiped” means they are hard drivus intactus. They may be blank drives, may have a hidden partition with an automated OS reload, or may have a virgin OS install, but the important thing is they do have the drives, and drives should be somewhere between 240GB and 1TB in size.

    I’ve been to Allen County several times, but never to Wells Street, so I know nothing about either the facility nor the personnel.

    Each pallet has about 100 desktop computers taped to it… The pallets will probably go for between $500-$600, or ~$5-6 apiece.

    Got Beowulf…?

  4. Short notice, sells today:

    Plasma Table – Shop Sabre Sidekick 10, WinCNC Controller Ready

    Foot print: 93″ x 145″ x 66″
    Weight: 2500 lbs
    Control system: WinCNC w/ Mitsubishi controllers and glass encoders
    Voltage: 220vac
    Machine serial number: 5158

    This table was used by an artist and has never had a plasma head attached, so it cannot currently be operated. The machine was used for painting and has had very light use compared to one being used in manufacturing.

    Manufacturer’s link:

    The unit is in current production and all parts/pieces are available. Base price is $16,995. Options list is ridiculous:

    Traverse City is beautiful this time of year, but if you can’t get a room at one of the local Indian casinos, it gets spendy fast. More than two dozen wineries and two dozen more micro breweries attract a lot of visitors. They ARE also selling a couple 2011 Crown Victoria Police Interceptors (bulletproof armor and that luscious 4.6 quad-cam engine which is their detuned racing mill) so if somebody needs a really fast doomsday vehicle…

    • thanks Ray..Dam nice find… I would love to have one.. but..unfortunately the wife wants to park in the garage.. and a bargain to boot..

  5. Auction #2913810 – Lathe
    Clausing Metosa
    480 Volt
    36 inch Max Length
    Current Price $1.00 (Reserve not met yet)
    Time Left 6 days 16 hours

    Auction #2910100 – Solar Wire Welder
    Lot of 2
    Model 2175
    208/230 Volt
    No Tanks
    Current Price $1.00 (Reserve not met yet)
    Time Left 6 days 16 hours

    Auction #2910105 – MAC Tool Mig Welder
    Qty of 2
    ULT 200
    200v- 240 volt 30 Amp
    No Tanks
    Current Price $1.00 (Reserve not met yet)
    Time Left 6 days 16 hours

    Auction #2913720 – Belt Sanders
    Porter Cable Model 361
    Qty of 3
    120 Volt 10.5 Amp
    Made in USA
    3″ x 24″ Belt
    Current Price $1.00 (Reserve not met yet)
    Time Left 6 days 16 hours

    Auction #2913982 – Clausing / Kondia Mill
    Type : FV-1
    Serial# AB44
    Servo Type 140 Auto Feed
    480 Volt
    Current Price $1.00 (Reserve not met yet)
    Time Left 6 days 16 hours

    Auction #2913984 – Clausing / Kondia Mill
    Type : FV-1
    Serial# AB594
    Manual Bed
    480 Volt
    Current Price $1.00 (Reserve not met yet)
    Time Left 6 days 16 hours

    Auction #2910064 – Snap On Welder
    Model YA205
    208/230 Volt
    No Tanks
    Current Price $1.00 (Reserve not met yet)
    Time Left 6 days 16 hours

    Auction #2910057 – Chicago Box & Pan Break
    Model 8Y-812-6
    8′ Adjustable Fingers
    Rated for 12 Gauge Metal
    Weight is 3,750
    Current Price $1.00 (Reserve not met yet)
    Time Left 6 days 16 hours

    Auction #2836749 – Booklet Maker
    Duplo DEM-120
    Collator 2 tower W stitching Unit
    3 Modules
    Working condition when put in storage 2 years ago
    Low Hours
    Current Price $10.00 (Reserve not met yet)
    Time Left 6 days 16 hours

    One of my favorite locations. 4-County is where I bought the tube caddy and got the two file cabinets filled with new-in-box vacuum tubes thrown in. The school doesn’t sell stuff often, but it’s always top-shelf when they do. Picked up a lot of ~1990s-vintage TEK toys, generator, sillyscope, several power supplies, etc., for $20.50. Their “reserve” is meaningless. Last year they sold a working antique (ca. 1955) firetruck for $400

    It is 2 miles south of Archbold, Ohio. Archbold is half-way between Napoleon and Toledo. Napoleon is where the world’s largest Corvette graveyard is located. Archbold is the home town for Sauder Furniture, and the location of Sauder Village. ‘Twould be a pleasant afternoon drive for either OOW-Steve or George’s consigliore. The rest of us would have to hire a freight service.

    The Pan Brake weighs 3750 pounds. The lathe and milling machines are probably a lot heavier and the booklet maker is likely close to a ton. I bought my brake 10 years ago in Newbury, Michigan (UP) in a huge scavange where I rolled Ohio, Michigan (LP), Michigan (UP), Wisconsin, Illinois, and Kentucky with a 23’ trailer — 2600 miles in 3 days, doing most of my own loading. I paid several hundred dollars for that brake and fortunately, the Newbury HS football team loaded it for me. The one in Archbold will probably sell for less…

  6. After many places ran out of seeds this past year we decided to buy the 2022 seeds as soon as they hit the web this week. Seeds are tools, right? Here’s the deal we found for a reputable website: 20% off promo code: PSBDAY20 at .
    George, they have some fruit trees that will do well in a year round greenhouse; seems potting and pruning them keeps them the right size for that situation. has a video showing mature fruit that stays on the tree for up to 2 years before it starts to shrivel and not taste good. That’s a great shelf life!

  7. Auction #2940888 – Monarch Lathe

    Current Price $200.00 (Reserve not met yet)
    Time Left 17 hours 20 min
    Auction Ends Dec 8, 2021 3:00:00 PM MST

    Monarch Lathe- Worked upon removal.
    Needs Power Cord.
    Buyer must schedule pick up M-F 8am-3pm EST
    Condition: FAIR


    Auction #2943800 – Bridgeport Mill

    Current Price $101.00 (Reserve not met yet) Help window
    Time Left 6 days 15 hours
    Auction Ends Dec 14, 2021 1:00:00 PM MST

    Bridgeport Milling Machine- Needs mill vise and draw bar.
    Worked upon removal.
    Being sold “AS IS”

    These are at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI .

    I’ve never dealt with Washtenaw so I don’t know anything about their system. They’ve been selling machinery the past few weeks though, and these two are legendary postwar tools.

  8. As some of you know, among other things I did to work my way through college, I repaired (and in a couple cases restored) OBSCs (Old British SportsCars.) I had a really good reputation for doing work of the highest order, but a really bad reputation for taking the time required to do so.

    One of my “secrets” for building a bulletproof MG or Standard engine was sourcing some of the parts from Paeco. This is a big deal. Austin/Morris and Standard/Triumph were known for engines whose heads would “lift” and which had “hot spots” because of sucky oil and coolant flow. Paeco had this parts category they called “SRE” (for super reliability engine.) The Paeco SRE was essentially a stage 2 racing engine built with stage 4 parts. Hence you’d get a small horespower boost, but an engine that’d never be stressed and would therefore last nearly forever.

    Paeco Industries, in Birmingham Alabama, was THE source for engine bits that would make an OBSC outrun its braking and suspension systems, and last nearly forever. Bits like forged aluminum and titanium pushrods, rockers, valve retainers, titanium valves, aluminum flywheels, etc. They offered an MG engine that’d turn 7900 rpm and make 146BHP (stock MG engines redlined at exactly 6000 @94-BHP, MY-1972, other years were less) and an Alfa Spyder engine that’d run 9600 all day long. They also had a rebuilding service where they offered to manufacture any piece necessary and restore any ICE. They did a booming business, building pistons, sleeves, valves, &c for 19th Century – to “post-depression” antique vehicles.

    As a reminder of how old I am, I dropped in on Paeco tonight, and was greeted by this:

    “After serving the sports car world with performance parts and engines for 57 years, we have finally closed our doors. However, there are a lot of items still here that need to be moved, and we are selling them at ridiculously low prices.”

    They have already sold off some of their equipment and most of their “interesting” car parts, but there’s a lot remaining (including a turret lathe I would own Monday, if I had a place to put it…)

    Paeco is just off I-65 and I-20. Birmingham is ~580 miles from George, and there are 5 casinos in Greater B’Ham… Just sayin’

    Paeco may be found here:

    • As a farmer I can tell you for a lot of soils there is no economic substitute for some of this stuff.

      The specific tactical problem involved in protecting the country is not fertilizer, guns, or the more dangerous drugs, alcohol, and gasoline. It is the political system which has shorn a constitutional republic of its adherence to laws. Replacing them with made-up edicts and official pronouncements in an extra-legal manner/. An “educational system” selling sex change, teaching situational ethics alone, ignoring the Pledge of Allegiance, and selling favors to corporations for curriculum inclusion is hardly ethical.

      Reading, writing, and arithmetic has been replaced with anger, revenge, and reparations by those with the loudest voices and most erudite degrees.

      • AMEN

        the loss of morals , Ethics and the process of just doing right and wrong..
        a year and a half ago I would never have believed that our country could go down this low..

  9. Dunno if youse guys would consider this a buy or not:

    Auction #3087253 – Two UCSC-C220-M3BE servers

    Current Price $1.00
    Time Left 20 days 9 hours
    Auction Started Jul 20, 2022 12:27:35 PM EDT
    Auction Ends Aug 10, 2022 10:00:00 AM EDT

    Seller Rossville Consolidated School District

    Processor: 2 x Intel Xeon Quad Core E5-2609 @ 2.40GHz CPU – SR0LA

    Memory: 32GB (4 x 8GB DDR3 PC3L-12800R Ram)

    Storage: 2TB (4 x 500GB 2.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 7.2K HDD – A03-D500GC3)

    Motherboard: 74-10442-02

    RAID: 1 x LSI MegaRAID 9271-8i SAS 6GB/s PCI-e 3.0 RAID Controller Card – UCS-RAID9271CU-8I / L3-25413-13D

    Power Supply: 2 x 650W PSU – UCSC-PSU-650W / 341-0490-02

    Rossville Schools is auctioning two UCSC-C220-M3BE servers. Both were operational at the time of decommissioning. The items are being sold as is, where is.

    These are kickass 1-U dual Xeon rack servers. Used/refurbed price on these ranges from ~$400 stripped, to north of $2000 decked-out. If I read this writeup correctly, these are decked and include the RAID array.

    Rossville is a quaint little town, 16 miles east of Purdue University on Indiana SR-26. The surrounding area was settled by Swiss Baptists and like their Amish theological cousins, the Baptist women have mad quilting skillz and the menfolks – they DO build themselves some furniture. A few years back I picked up a half-dozen mid-price Janome sewing machines, mounted in oak, pecan, and walnut cabinets. Jim Hanna, the auction contact for these servers, is also the head honcho of the school system. I was there often enough that we built a rapport. He gave me the history of those sewing cabinets — said the cabinet shop south of town, which apprentices kids from the high school every other year, made them by hand and donated them to the school about 10 years previous.

    I kept one and gave one to each kid for Christmas.

    Rossville is also dumping three school buses in excellent shape, and they’re also listed with a $1 starting bid.

    • My bad. It’s Beavercreek, Ohio which has the buses. Beavercreek is an upscale suburb just east of Dayton. The south edge of Wright-Patterson would touch the north edge of Beavercreek if Wright State University weren’t there…

      • One of my best friends is the treasurer at Beavercreek schools where the busses are. Hope they sell for more than the cost of a few gallons of gas…they’re trying to build a new school building at the worst time ever thanks to the way the state of Ohio works the school tax dollars.

      • Cashbox, are the streets still torn up? Those buses are (comparatively) low-mileage 2003 Bluebirds and appear to be in turnkey condition. They should (and probably will) sell for between $1500 and $2500 each. They’re currently bid to a stone’s throw away from $500…

  10. Beavercreek tends to have some of the best kept streets in Ohio…rich area for military higher ups and contractors…while Fairborn, the school district for Wright Patt where lower ranked military lives, has some of the worst. Bcreek is a bedroom community with commercial space and large retail on the edges so they have a lot of kids in a ‘relatively’ smallish area…guessing the busses get filled quickly reflecting the lower miles. Schools in Ohio have to have their busses pass Ohio State Police inspections each year so they tend to be kept in good shape.

    • Had a major security job in Fairborn, back in another lifetime — My first experience with living on an expense account. I’ve been to Beavercreek several times. Oakwood (over south of UD) and Trotwood have left more of an impression. Oakwood’s Ad Building is a Victorian Mansion they’ve been slowly swapping out the architecture of. Trotwood is where Hara Arena, for many years the site of the Dayton Hamvention, used to be…

  11. Take this one or leave it. It’s probably going to sell for just the $25 initial bid. ‘Took me a while to find out exactly what it is

    {NEVER buy salvage without knowing EXACTLY what you’re buying…}

    Auction #3106299 – welding supplies 106 boxes of MAP 409-Ti

    Current Price $25.00
    Time Left 6 days 7 hours

    # of Bids 0

    Auction Started Aug 19, 2022 10:17:58 AM EDT
    Auction Ends Aug 26, 2022 9:00:00 AM EDT

    Seller Washtenaw Community College

    Washtenaw Community College
    4800 East Huron River Drive
    Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    THIS is what this auction is:

    ESAB Select HT 409Ti

    Select HT 409Ti is a premium composite
    metal cored electrode for the gas-shielded
    arc welding of ferritic stainless steels. This
    wire is designed to produce enhanced
    bead wetting and faster travel speeds
    than standard 409Ti consumables.

    APPLICATIONS: Select HT 409Ti is
    specifically designed for welding
    automotive exhaust systems, particularly
    manifolds, mufflers, converters and
    component tubing.

    DIAMETERS: .045″, 1/16″
    SHIELDING GASES: 97% Ar/3% CO2, 95% Ar/5% CO2, 40-55 cfh
    WELDING POSITIONS: Flat and Horizontal


    • Superior smooth spray arc over a wide range of parameters.
    • Enhanced bead wetting.
    • Virtually no spatter.
    • Faster travel speeds for greater productivity.

    C Mn P S Si Cr Ti
    .02 .70 .010 .010 .60 11.00 1.10

    ‘Best I can tell, this is 106 spools of MIG wire designed to weld stainless steel. ESAB’s manufacturing “hook” is they make MIG wire and SAW electrodes which are hollow, and join deeper, with less power, than other manufacturers’ wares.

    Made in Troy, Michigan.

    Anybody want 3180 pounds of 18ga stainless steel wire…?

  12. Anybody want to get serious about an A/V studio?

    George: Give E your wallet before you read this. The auction closes Monday night and it is in Houston…

    Current Price $66.85
    Time Left 21 hours 8 min
    # of Bids 10
    First Offer $10.00
    Auction Started Oct 14, 2022 9:31:52 AM EDT
    Auction Ends Oct 24, 2022 9:00:00 PM EDT
    Seller City of Houston
    Pick-up Location
    City of Houston – Asset Disposition Warehouse
    2511 Broad Street
    Houston, TX 77087

    This Auction is for the following:

    Cable Systems
    Tascam CM-401
    Audio Distribution Amplifier
    Distribution Amplifier
    Panasonic A/C Adaptor
    Stereo System Monitor
    Sony Disc Player
    Shure SCM810
    Telex Series 800
    JVC Blu Ray Disc
    Linksys SR2024
    Auto Patch
    Vided Amplifiers FR-684
    Video APM-2RS
    Marantz PMD580
    Video Server E-HD2
    Marantz PMD510
    Clear one XAP800
    Multi standard Decoder FC-4044

  13. I’m a newbie to Ham radio. One of my engineer Uncles loved his Ham radio so I’ve always wanted to make it a hobby. is offering a free “first step to obtain your new Ham Radio license for a Technician Class Operator” class. I was not able to find the link on the website, but below is the link emailed to me.
    Class is November 12, but video will be available after that if you miss it. Here’s the sign up:

    Study PDF for taking the exam:

    Note, it took a few hours for me to receive a confirmation to signing up so I’m guessing they do it by hand and have a max of 500 for the class.

  14. I realize Walmart isn’t always the place we want to shop now a days with their wokeness, but we’ve always had good results from their name brand tires.
    A few years ago we realized they have a really great deal leading up to and through black friday where their tires are nicely discounted AND they don’t charge the $17 per tire for mounting and balancing. (We don’t buy road hazard, but it’s available at an additional cost.
    We saved $136 on a set of four fifteen inch tires today including the discounted tire price and the free mounting/balancing. Your savings will likely be more if you need larger tires.
    If memory serves, you do NOT have to use put the tires on this week and if they don’t have them in stock, in years past we have been able to get a rain check which included the free mounting/balancing.
    So, save some $ on the tires you need and spend that money to pay for the Bidenspensive Thanksgiving meal.
    Hope this helps someone save some $.

  15. Found this accidently today: If you buy 2 pair of Brooks shoes you get an additional 40% off. The discounted total shows up at the bottom of the check out page below where you enter payment info. You don’t have to enter your payment info to see the total, can see the total first before proceeding to double check it. $100 for two pair of Brooks shoes is a really good price!!!
    If you want, you can go to one of their stores and they will give you your shoe measurements for free…then go online to buy.

  16. Well, central Kentucky is several miles closer to most of y’all than central Michigan. Fort Wright is essentially a Cincinnati suburb. It’s located about half way between Florence and Covington and about 30 miles north of “Bourbon Alley,” a road across northern Kentucky where Evan Williams, Makers Mark, Wild Turkey, and about 30 other bourbon distilleries lie within hollerin’ distance.

    Auction #3274094
    Crystal Alloy 66M Manual Injection Machine

    Current Price $250.00 (Reserve not met yet)
    Time Left 5 days 8 hours
    # of Bids 0

    Auction Ends May 22, 2023 1:00:00 PM EDT

    Seller Kenton County School District
    1055 Eaton Drive
    Ft. Wright, KY 41017

    Doesn’t EVERYBODY need a plastic injection machine…?

    Okay, how ’bout a CNC milling machine:

    Auction #3274093
    Minitech Mini-Mill/2 CNC Machine

    Current Price $25.00

    Time Left 5 days 8 hours

    # of Bids 0

    Auction Ends May 22, 2023 1:00:00 PM EDT

    Seller Kenton County School District
    1055 Eaton Drive
    Ft. Wright, KY 41017

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    • Thanks for asking.

      This is a one-man newspaper, of sorts. Even so, we do not mix news and paid advertorial content. We also don’t sell reader lists or do email marketing – none of that stuff.

      The news is, well, news. And everything else is pretty obvious.

      However, there is one charge. is always for sale. Today’s price is USD$500,000. You get the whole website, 25-years of effort (and back content) and I’ll even toss in a year of hosting.

      This may sound a bit steep. But I’m turning 75 early next year. I don’t REALLY need to keep getting up 7-days a week to write and post. Call it compulsive disorder, if you will. I figure half a million and that will give me enough dough to finish out our lives in style.

      But there are conditions – including adhering to the same kind of content. So, if you’re still interested, drop a personal email to Instead of posting as a public comment.

      Have a nice day.

      • I doubt that anyone else could write this column George so you have a dilemma. Not sure of how many paying customers you have but I suspect you don’t write it just for cash flow. You obviously love it.

        You seem to take good care of your health and probably have a few good years left (not taking into account the rapidly decaying world economy, US civil war, and potential for WWIII). If you get half a million for the business, take it and although we would miss you, we would wish you well and have good memories.

        I cancelled several financial subscriptions 2 years ago. One was $300 a year and another was $200 a year. I found I got more good advice and entertainment from your column at $40 a year.

        This might get me in trouble with some of your non-subscribing readers but here goes. Why don’t you change your column to Monday, Wednesday, Friday for subscribers only and throw in a freebie Shop Talk Sunday? I know how much you love that column and even klutzes like me learn something.

        This gives you Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday to sleep in and hang out with beautiful lady Elaine before both yours and her health starts to deteriorate and it will (Take it from an 81 year old).

        I appreciate what you do George and feel like a passenger on a plane at 30,000 feet within one engine out and the other smoking badly but a seasoned pilot in the control seat. We may not land safely but we will get a good description of the trip on the way down.


  18. Auction #3339654 – SawStop Cabinet Saw

    Current Price $50.00
    Time Left 5 days 23 hours
    High Bidder h******e
    # of Bids 1
    First Offer $50.00
    Auction Started Aug 21, 2023 9:49:51 AM EDT
    Auction Ends Aug 28, 2023 2:00:00 PM EDT

    Auction is for a SawStop 10″ Professional Cabinet Saw.

    Used but still in good working order. Will need a new plug.

    Looks pretty…

    I’m not going to be within 500 miles of Lexington in the next two weeks, so even if it sells for $51 it’s going to sell to someone else. It is palletized, but the pallet does not extend to the extension legs, so they’d have to be shimmed, or the saw would self-destruct in transport.

    List on it is over $6000 shipped, list on current, comparable model is $4715 (not counting shipping or set-up.)

    I don’t recall ever seeing a SawStop come up in a salvage auction before. They are not “just table saws” and can do a lot of things my DeWalt portable can’t. Places that have them tend to keep them forever. When the shop class closes, the Saw migrates to the custodian’s repair shop…

    • 2½ days to go, and it’s over $600 — Probably going to go for about $850-$1000.

      Get your bid in now, LOOB…!

      {I’m “picking on” you because you’re likely the only one here who knows exactly what this saw is, and what it’s capable of…}


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