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Although I was using a Denver Instruments ($700) top loading balance (actually measured in grains) for quite some time, I got tired of switching off the celing fan to get accurate bullet weights.

Now I'm using a Mettler AE-50 ($2000) that's totally enclosed, with sliding glass doors on the sides and top. This thing weighs to 0.0000 grams and is dead steady with the ceiling fan on.

Both were free, so this is one of the few times I've gotten a bit of luck thrown my way.

I still weigh powder with a beam balance.
 

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Walking Point,

You said "Both were free, so this is one of the few times I've gotten a bit of luck thrown my way."

Mind if I touch your arm to see if some of that good luck will rub off on me?
Had no idea that a scale could even cost that much. Nice find!

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Lab balances can cost several thousand dollars for even middle-of-the-road variety units.

My plant is shutting down, so I'm cleaning out my lab. Nobody else has sense enough to even think of trying to get this kind of stuff, thinking they're doing good to walk out with a leaf blower.

Although I have no idea where they came from, I took home a box of what I thought were stainless 1 quart bowls today. Turns out they are platinum. I once saw these in a Fisher Scientific catalog and miniature bowls like this cost several hundred dollars.

Although I'm losing my job, I still think of this as good luck since I've been thinking of leaving for several years now. This way I get to bring home a ton of stuff, plus get 24 weeks severance pay.

And no, I'm not stealing this stuff. All I have to do is fill out a slip of paper so they can account for what went where. The computers and other cheap stuff have already been sent out to different plants, so everything that's left is considered "junk". I would estimate these 12 platinum bowls are worth at least $3000 each (I'll find out tomorrow), so one company's junk is another man's treasure. Lucky for me these people have no idea what's in the plant. I figure these bowls were purchased at least 20 years ago.
 

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My industrial size ultrasonic cleaner came into my possssion the same way. They bought some newer and better cleaners
and was about to throw this one out
 

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You two (Walking Point and ArmySon) are making a grown man weep!
Unfortunately I work for a company that believes it is better to either throw it out or crush it, rather than let an employee make use of it.


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Don't feel bad Fred. If my company had any idea what they actually owned that could be used at other locations, there's no way I'd get anything. Their main concern is production lines and the large expensive stuff that they know the names of (milling machine, lathe, etc..)

This stuff has been signed for as "misc lab equip", with no details given.
 

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I'm just getting into a progressive reloader (I think). I have loaded limited amounts of rifle ammunition on a Rock Chucker for some time but since I moved I have lost my source of inexpensive .45ACP. I am considering a 650XL but I can't seem to get a grip on the scale or case trimmer to buy.

I have heard a Paact is good and somewhat reasonable....Others defend the Dillon. I don't want anything that's more trouble than it's worth....If you know what I mean.

Maybe I'll look around for a plant closing! I could also use one of those Ultrasonic Cleaners.

Anything that I have seen on Ebay (including reloaders) are so close to the new street price that they make it impractical to buy "Used".

Any comments on something that I am over looking welcome.

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I'm checking hospitals for their "busted" orthoscopic units. The fibre optic stuff they use for mircro knee surgery and such. The units are often tossed because part of the lens area is scratched. There's still plenty of view in them and they make fine bore scopes for having a real close look at your throat and lede. (however you spell it)

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Originally posted by Walking Point:
I would estimate these 12 platinum bowls are worth at least $3000 each


I have no words to express my envy.


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I couldn't agree more! While I'm sure there are some real deals to be found if one persists, they seem to be few and far between. The final selling price on some of that stuff is absolutely amazing.-TR

Originally posted by PigPen:
Anything that I have seen on Ebay (including reloaders) are so close to the new street price that they make it impractical to buy "Used".
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Quite honestly, for weighing power I prefer a beam balance. Anything but the Lee safety scale would be perfectly good.

The digital scales and scientific balances are used for weighing components, especially cast bullets as I gather data for statistical analysis.
 

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Originally posted by Walking Point:
This stuff has been signed for as "misc lab equip", with no details given.
If there's any more of that "misc Lab equipment" floating about, I'd be interested...


Heck, even if it's BIG, i have kids in Goose Creek, and the Navy will be paying to spend them back this way soon...


[This message has been edited by jaydee (edited 08-22-2001).]
 
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