Monday, October 19, 2015

A Bucket List Item





I got very little done today because there was another auction I went to. This one was a bit out of my usual radius and appeared to be another rural auction until I got there and found out the once more rural setting had become an outlying suburb of Central Missouri's isolated Liberal bastion known as Columbia.

I try to stay away from there as much as possible because you never know what type of new weird law they have made. If you ever want a small city taste of a big liberal cess-pit go to Columbia, Missouri. Sure it's a college town with great night life if your into that sort of thing and money everywhere but don't bring your guns, your smokes and remember to smile for the cameras.

Gas is usually cheaper there for some reason though.

Anyway there were several items on my bucket list that were advertised and even a nice little Kubota diesel I might have been interested in if the price was right.

Well apparently no one was there looking for deals today except me and a couple of others because things were going for very close to new retail prices. At least I got to bid on one of my holy grail items in the form of a one bottom plow.

I was about to just give up when they started auctioning off a six foot cross cut saw that appeared to be in great shape. I stole the picture of one above, the one I bought looks much better actually. First time I have seen one for sale where both handles were still in good shape too.

Anyway the guy stops getting bids at $12.00? I am like WTF is that suppose to be $112.00? Last one I saw like that went for over $175.00 to a collector.

I bought it for fifteen bucks.

So the end result was actually a worthwhile trip. I got to scratch an item off my bucket list of must have hand tools for post collapse living that I honestly wondered if I would ever get for under a hundred bucks. The saw actually works pretty well too even though it is dull. Going to be fun figuring out how to sharpen it. I have a smaller one but I been looking for one of the six footers for a long time but the collectors and corporate buyers keep bidding them up too high.

Tomorrow us honey bottling day then back to work on the fence project. Still investigating options for the Ford engine rebuild too.

Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!






14 comments:

  1. buddy - i haven't even read this post...i promise to come back and read it. i just wanted to say a deep-hearted thank you for the comment you left us about katiyja...you really got it. and we really appreciate it. thanks PP! thank you so much for understanding.

    we are both sending so much love. thank you...to a dear and understanding friend of ours! your friends,
    kymber and jambaloney

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    1. kymber - Anytime hon and thanks for stopping by :)

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  2. My dad has one of those. He's a retired forester. In fact he's had it at least 45 years. My dad thought it would be fun to cut down a maple tree he had a permit for, with one of those. and then buck it up. My brother and I were 10 and 12 years old. We didn't think it was fun at all. We both got turns on the misery whip. Guess who got to split it anyway.... Oh well, I wasn't shy about throwing another log on the fireplace.

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    1. Sarthurk - We had my grandfather's old one until my dad got rid of it when he sold his farm. I never used it but my dad certainly had to and I think that's why he got rid of the thing :)

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  3. I used to have one of those! Well, I didn't, but our commune had several. I'd say that no work done in exchange for good bargains was worth it.

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    1. Leigh - Well I hope I never have to use it honestly. I like my chain saws. But having it there when I need it if the gas dries up completely is my goal :)

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  4. I have several of them and it is amazing how well they cut. They make a vice that holds them for sharpening and also a small device that sets the teeth as they have to be off set slightly to clear a wide enough groove so that the saw doesn't bind in the wood. There are lots of info videos that show how to sharpen them but the important thing is that those double pointed teeth are to keep the saw dust out of the groove and should be slightly shorter than the cutting teeth. I lay a file across the cutting teeth and the others should show a gap under the file. An old guy told me that they had a bottle of kerosene to lubricate the saw especially for cutting pine. You also need a saw buck to hold the wood unless the tree is nice to you and stays off the ground somehow. You got a good deal for sure.

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    1. Sf - I knew you would know how to sharpen them!!!

      My dad mentioned something about the spacing being good on the one I bought. He has some experience using them while I have nly used the small one man model I have.

      That kerosene trick is a good tip to know!!!!

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  5. PP,

    I'm not sure why people think selling used items at retail prices will get items sold.
    We've been to several estate and garage sales here, and when we see retail prices, we just walk away. If were going to pay retail prices, I would rather buy and item new with a warranty.

    It's nice to hear you found an item, and was able to check it off your bucket list.
    The best part, it didn't cost you an arm and leg.....LOL

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    1. Sandy - I am just not sure why some of these auctions turn out like that where people just go mad bidding. I guess maybe it's a self restraint thing and they just know they want X regardless.

      I only look for deals myself and will stop bidding quick when it goes too far. Of course half the fun sometimes is the quest not actually getting the item.

      Someday I WILL get my plow!!!

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  6. Looks like you are all set to be come an old timey surgeon!

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    1. Russ - That thought made my femur bone hurt.

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  7. Some time ago I suggested to my husband that such a saw might prove useful instead of using the chainsaw. He just looked at me in that long suffering way that men have when the woman in their life is talking silly talk, and still went ahead and bought himself a brand new Stihl chainsaw. Not sure what would happen now if things went down...use his axe and handsaw I suppose!

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    1. Vera - A few years ago I decided to cut an 8'x5' wagon load of wood using no fossil fuel input whatsoever. It took me forever and I ended up breaking the rule and pulling the wagon with the tractor just to find smaller trees to cut.

      Still ya never know a saw like that might be the last option too so best to have one if/when needed I think.

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