While it is one of the most risky things in the business to make a wise selection in second-hand machinery, valuable points may nevertheless be gained from the study of the stock of a large number of second-hand dealers. It is possible that all firms who use good machines are not prosperous, but it is a noteworthy fact that most all prosperous firms use good machines. The second-hand dealer's stock is mostly derived from unfortunates in business. and this class is noted for poor judgment of tools; poor tools are too often the cause of their downfall. One good recommendation of a machine is the fact that you can seldom or never find it in a second-hand dealer's stock. If he should get hold of it he can sell it immediately, but, as a rule, it is bought up before he can get it. Ask a well-posted second-hand dealer to tell you the names of the makers whose machines are rarely in his possession, and you will find that these are famed for the excellence of their productions.
The above article, found in a mechanical journal, is both sensible and suggestive.
We do not handle SECOND-HAND MACHINERY.
The terms used by second hand tool dealers in Ambiguous. classifying Machinery and
Tools are something like this: "Good AS NEW, A-1 CONDITION, IN PERFECT ORDER, IN FAIR CONDITION.'' We never saw an announcement of Second hand tools in which any tool was named as being worse than the last term, In Fair Condition, and yet we have seen in second-hand stocks, many tools that this term would flatter highly.
Very much depends on what the quality of the tool was when new, and what sort of usage it may have had. We would rather have a machine made by a concern of high reputation, that had been used carefully for five years, than a new tool of many of the second and third-class makes.
During the past eight or ten years there has been greater progress made in the perfecting and development of Machine Tools than ever before. Wide-awake manufacturers have seen the great advantages of putting in improved machines, and this has resulted in placing upon the market hundreds of hack-number tools and machines. There is one piece of advice we would give to prospective buyers of Second-Hand Machinery, and that is, NEVER BUY SECOND-BAND MACHINERY OR TOOLS UNLESS YOU CAN SEE OR INSPECT THEM.
If the Machines or Tools are of too small importance, as regards amount invested, to pay for the expense of an investigation, it is better to pay a little more, and buy new machines of a reputable dealer who will fully guarantee them.
If the Machines or Tools are larger, therefore of greater importance, it is unwise to take chances, and the time and money spent in investigation will be well repaid.
SQUARE HOLE BIT.
For many years attempts have been made to produce a bit or tool that would bore a square hole. Very few of these tools have been successful. We re-member seeing, a few years ago, a bit that appeared to do this work very nicely. It was made in New Hampshire, but it has never been completed and placed on the market. Besides, the price was so high as to take it out of the reach of the aver-age mechanic.
The Bit shown here is modeled after the
Hollow Chisel and Bit
shown on page 915; this type of Bit having been used successfuIly as a machine bit for ten or fifteen years. This Bit bores square holes in the same motion as the brace in boring ordinary round ones, and will be found useful for
mortising for Locks, Sash Pulleys
, and other hard-ware trimmings. It is not in-tended for use in hickory, oak, or any of the hard woods.
At the time of writing, the I and 1 inch sizes are not ready for the market; we expect to have them soon.in.; width of blade, 1$ in.; width of side blade, * in.
Price complete, $0.65; postage, 12 ets. Handle and Screws, 15 cents. Extra Blades, 50 cts.
We don't know who in-vented this, but it must have been the same man that invented the folding fishing-rod, that c o u l d be taken to church, and save the trouble of a trip home.
The long arm is grooved to receive the short arm, which folds back compactly like the blade of a pocket-knife. This is convenient, and easily carried. Is made in one size, and graduated in l6ths, 12ths and 4ths of inches.
Plain Finish, $1.65; Plain Nickel Finish, $2,00; Rustless Finish, $2.65.
WOOD RIM TOOL
Used for drilling and counterboring Bicycle Rims. Price, $0.75.
Cheaper than Fig. 3534, and in some ways better, as the blade can be turned. Blades 6 in.; 4 in. under back. Price, with 12 Blades, $0.40; Extra Blades, per doz., 15 cents.
SQUARE HOLE SAW.
For many purposes this Saw will be found very convenient. The length of blade over all is IQ in.; length of cut, 12 in.; length of side or corner cut, 5
Pointers about Second Hand Machinery, Good Tools Go Quick. Original Quality Counts.