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Hugh Conway

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Metal working files
« on: December 26, 2018, 11:58:47 PM »
Somebody must know!
It is time to replace/re-purpose  some of my much used metal files. I've found lots of cheap imitations of real tools, but can't seem to find a source for good ones.
 I have seen some brand recommendations on the web but the next problem is......
Finding a dealer! Seems there are a few good brands ones out there, but nobody appears to sell them in Canada or USA.
Any recommendations of brand or dealer would be appreciated.
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Re: Metal working files
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2018, 08:55:52 AM »
Last time I bought a few files it was at an autojumble I think you call them swap meets? They were used but very useable and very cheap. Modern Chinese files are useless I couldn't find any made in the UK anywhere
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Re: Metal working files
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2018, 12:18:18 PM »
Current Nicholson  production  is not USA made but if you go to Ebay and search  Nicholson file USA there is always lots of new old stock for sale.
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Re: Metal working files
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2018, 12:47:01 PM »

I Bought a box of little Whiltshire files in september to sharpen some saws I have. 
Not cheap but they pretty much last forever.  I never buy hardware store files unless I need to do my Toe nails.

I have found Chinese machinery to be quite good but a lot of tools, particularly Cutting ones like Drill bits, Files and Chisels are no better than hardened and Tempered soft spread Butter.

I think some of their Tool steel is actually Medium quality Pot metal or if you get real lucky, might be Chilled cast iron.
If they aren't soft they are Brittle.   >:(

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Re: Metal working files
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2018, 03:20:09 AM »
A carding brush and muriatic acid helps a lot on old files.
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Re: Metal working files
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2018, 07:38:12 PM »
Hi Hugh

Adding some help.

There is a old brand, that was known worldwide, and was recognized by British engineering as of excellent quality. Tale a look at: http://www.tome-feteira.pt/produtos.html.

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Re: Metal working files
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2019, 11:43:28 PM »
Thanks for all the suggestions.......

Looks like I will have to obtain files from Europe of the US. If any of these good brands are sold in Canada, it''s a secret to the manufacturers.

Unfortunately postage  from US (not as much from Europe) to Canada is insane these days.........For instance ship to Seattle or thereabouts......free. If it goes to my location (maybe 250 miles further and across the border)  It takes another mortgage for postage plus brokerage fees, duties and taxes. My wife was dinged $17.00 in brokerage fees for $0.03 in tax on a yard of fabric.......It was duty free though!

Nothing like free trade!

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Re: Metal working files
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2019, 02:06:14 AM »

I don't know what it is with US fleabay sellers, it's like they are trying to piss people off and shoot themselves in the foot.
I have experienced the same thing with US postage rates, they are ridicilous.  It cannont be plamed on the cost of postage either.  I get stuff sent to my mate in Chattanooga who forwards it on to my through US post for a fraction of what the idiot US sellers want.  He does not touch the box, slaps another label on it and his wife posts it off with all their other business mail no problems.

Few weeks ago I was after a starter motor for my mower.  What a joke that was in idiocy!
Get one from US fleabay, about $56 for the motor and around 135-140 Postage.  The 2 volt light flickerd in my head and I thought I have been down this road before so I went onto the canadian Ebay.  Price of the motor was a bit higher, about $75 (My money for both) and about $35 for postage.
Now the last time I looked Canada was further from Oz than the US but anyway.

Then the real Kicker came in.... I thought I'd get a few extra parts while I was at it and there was one seller who had everything.  I noticed they were in the US. Went back to US site, found them and yes,  $56 and 140 for the motor there but $72 and 31 for postage on the Canadian site.  Same for international postage. Sent email and checked, yes that was the price for the part and postage to Oz.  So they are sending the same goods from the same place to the same place but the price varies hugely depending on what ebay site you order from. Ridiculous!

then otoh, you can order stuff from any asian country and although a bit closer, their delivery times are never what they state, I regularly get stuff in 7-10 days and it is cheap as Chips even for bigger stuff.  Does not matter what country, always cheap. Some stuff I have seen the US offerings are similar in price but the postage is an insult to ones intelligence.

No wonder the Asians are  doing better than the US in this  level of international sales alone.

Thanks to one particular whining old sook of a billionaire Business man, we now have our 10% GST put on everything internationally purchased.
This whining arsehole who's retail outlets are infamous for being by far the most expensive and having the worst service of any retail organisation of the country cried and sooked it wasn't fair that local retailers had to collect GST but international sellers did not.  Completely overlooked the fact that what he sold for $100 you could by in the competitors brick and mortar stores from 60% of his price and 40% if you were prepared to dig a bit and haggle.
Old bugger is almost 80 and worth about $3Bn, Must think they are going to print Million dollar notes so he can take it with him.

I think all he really achieved was a public boycott campaign that seemed to have some real effects and lasting ones.

Nothing like shooting oneself in the foot.

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Re: Metal working files
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2019, 06:42:51 AM »
+1 Glort regarding postage fees from the USA. I regularly buy spare parts from China or Singapore, for 1/4 of the prices elsewhere in the world The postage is usually free. I also buy stuff from Europe and pay what I believe are reasonable postage fees. I never ever buy anything from the USA because of the postal charges. I guess they must have the best paid postal workers on earth.

I too don`t like the new GST charges on all online purchases from overseas. If I were running any sort of business I would be able to claim the GST back as a legitimate expense. Sadly as a private citizen I have to pay ten percent to the government so they can squander it on BS and their own gold plated pension scheme.

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Re: Metal working files
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2019, 07:35:26 AM »
Wow, that is really scary, Within half an hour of my last post complaining about the price of postage from the USA, I got an email advertisement from a business offering to deliver stuff from America for less. Big brother is watching us!

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Re: Metal working files
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2019, 01:11:09 PM »
If you believe 25% of the stuff on who's watching who then we've all been under the microscope for years.....

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Re: Metal working files
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2019, 02:29:33 PM »
https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.abundiente/videos/2385592254808952/

Check out this one then, Stef.  One for the conspiracy nuts . . . .  the Heathen Chinese are watching!

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Re: Metal working files
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2019, 04:57:34 PM »
I'm a believer, I'm sure there's shed loads we don't know and it's getting bigger every day. 'They' can watch me all 'they' like, it's not that I'm a paragon of virtue, far from it, but when one considers the entertainment value of some of the whack jobs out there, I'm just below zero on the scale!

The only people who care about me are the ones who sent Bob details of cheap postal rates from the US. I don't even get Viagra ads anymore.

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(see how I threw 'them' off the trail there?)
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Re: Metal working files
« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2019, 05:12:51 PM »
It's a lonely world Tefs

Natasha & Nadia have stopped sending me nude photos of their six-foot, blonde, curvaceous selves and asking me about help with their immigration processes.  Ngamutu from Nigeria no longer asks for my assistance with his currency-moving issues.  Even the little-blue-pill peddlers seem to have given me up as a bad job

THey warned me old age was going to be cold & lonely . . .

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Re: Metal working files
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2019, 06:51:34 PM »
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