Re: What Tool have you salvaged In Your Shop Today??
I have several old Black & Decker electric drills ranging from 1/4" ,3/8",and 1/2" .
I knocked the 1/2" one off a ladder one day and its plastic case busted where the handle joined the motor part when it hit the slab floor--only the gear case on these are die cast,the rest is plastic..
I found out pretty much all the parts on all 3 chuck sizes are interchangeable..
I often put a 3/8" or 1/2" chuck on the smaller drills so I can use bits up to 1/2" on them..
I bought a 1/4" B&D drill at the flea market for $2,just for the handle & case..but it worked so nice when I got it home,I didn't want to part it out ,felt it was a shame,since it ran good and had higher RPMS better suited for a wire wheel or sanding disc..so I left it intact..
Not that long afterwards,I was at a swap meet and a guy who was packing up early had a table with a "FREE" sign on it--everything free that was on the table..
I lugged a milk crate full of B&D drills,a Stanley one much like one I have that had a stripped gear in it,and several other neat goodies home ..the guy said they all worked,and even plugged them into his generator to show me..
Some needed the cords replaced,but other than that they all do work OK--the Stanley drill was a 1/4" version though,mine was a 3/8",and the gear I needed was just different enough not to work,so I put the 1/4" one back together,and put the 3/8" chuck on it..
Now if someone wants to borrow an electric drill from me,I can let them use one of those--no reverse,or variable speed,but too bad!..They aren't getting my "good" drills!.
I was able to put the case with the handle off one of the 1/4" B&D drills on my 1/2" one,and I was also able to make the variable speed & reverse switch work off the 1/4" drill ,on the 1/2" one,despite it being slightly different..
Another item I dragged home from a scrap heap was a swimming pool pump..
I only wanted the motor off it--it was seized up,but only the pump was "stuck"--once I took off the motor it spun freely,so I plugged it in and it works perfect..has a capacitor start,3/4 HP,and two speeds,and its fully enclosed,so it'll be a good match for the small table saw I use to cut up pallets and wood in the garage..much better than the 1/3 HP motor it used to have..I have at least 3 or 4 electric motors off various things I saved that still work fine..
I have a friend who runs an auto repair shop and I scrounge thru his scrap pile about once a week,before the scrapper guy comes to haul it away..
I have gotten many good things like electric motors from power seats,windows,old FWD bearing hubs that work great for spare tire mounts or yard trailer hubs..if I need a hunk of exhaust pipe or other metal,often I can find something suitable in the pile too..
He often ends up with cars customers decided were not worth fixing ,they give him the title so he can junk them and get the money for them instead of them paying him for diagnosis--often those cars have many decent items in them the customers leave behind,one had a nice Pioneer stereo ,new speakers,and a 6 CD disc changer mounted in the trunk..
One conversion van he scrapped had a TV/VHS player that ran off 12V,but someone else got first dibs on it--then found out it needed a digital adapter to pick up TV stations,so he put it back--I brought it home,used it in my garage for awhile ,ran it off a battery & a charger,I had a digital tuner adapter..one of my other friends saw it and wanted it for his kids ,he has an Astro van..he gave me $35 bucks for it!..