Clock Help How do I find used equipment: setting up my new clock space

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  1. Daniel West

    Daniel West Registered User
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    Greetings, fellow clock/watch people. I am in the process of creating a work space for working on and repairing my antique clocks. I'm reading Steve Conover's book on Clock repair basics which has been very informative. When I total up the costs of the recommended equipment and supplies, however, it come to a couple thousand dollars. In your experiences, is here a way to locate used equipment or equipment for sale from a retiring clock person?
    Thanks for your input.
    Dan
     
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    Opportunities happen. Not very often, but do happen.
     
  3. Kevin W.

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    You dont need any where that amount to get started in clock repair. Buying hand tools i think is the best move first. Learn how to use them. Then work up to other things you need, main spring winder. Drill press, lathe, bushing machine,ultrasonic cleaner . clock timer and so on.
     
  4. Daniel West

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    What type of mainspring winder do you like? Conover's book suggest that I try out several before picking one. Where do you go to get that type experience?
    Dan
     
  5. Thomas Sanguigni

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    Olie Baker or Joe Collins. They take your let down keys in a socket. This way you can use any size winding arbor. I have a Collins and a Webster (out of business). My Webster will not go over a size six key.
     
  6. Randy Vaughn

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    I tried to buy a Ollie Baker, but they are on back order for over two months. I looked at a few videos on YouTube and built one for less than $60.00 and it works great. I have had no problems. Saved a ton of money.

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    That looks great. Show us how it works?
     
  8. Hudson

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    Some time back, I created and saved some searches on Craigslist. I am notified by email if the search criteria is met. It took some time, but I have purchased two watchmaker lathes, a nice watchmaker bench, and a Sherline lathe over the last few years. I bought things off eBay, but I haven't seen any good deals there for some time. I have made some good purchases at the NAWCC regionals and have bought tools, clocks, and parts from local NAWCC chapter members.
     
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