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What is this tool used for?

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 6:00 pm    Post subject: What is this tool used for? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

This was found at a yard sale, has a wooden case with it. It is a level of some kind as it has two bubbles on it and the base has a groove as to sit on a pipe or something. The label was with it and assume it belongs but have no guarantee of that. What is the specific job that it was made for?




 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 6:06 pm    Post subject: Re: What is this tool used for? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

precision machinists level, you want to sell it ?
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 6:16 pm    Post subject: Re: What is this tool used for? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a similar one from Starret, the vial isn't adjustable, and it's a millwrights level...
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 6:28 pm    Post subject: Re: What is this tool used for? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Like others have said, it"s a precision level. One of the uses is to level up actual machine tools. For instance you can set it on the ways/bed of a lathe, milling machine, etc lengthwise and get it level that way with the bubble in line long ways, and at the same time get it level side to side with the bubble in line with it side to side. Price wise your looking somewhere around $200 to $250 if you were to buy it new.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 6:31 pm    Post subject: Re: What is this tool used for? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

OH oh ,oh oh . GOOD find !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't drop that .
search that on eBay you will be shocked!!!!
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 6:41 pm    Post subject: Re: What is this tool used for? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

So I guess it was a good buy for $5.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:01 pm    Post subject: Re: What is this tool used for? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

farmerjohn wrote:
(quoted from post at 19:41:43 06/09/14) So I guess it was a good buy for $5.
Well yeah,..only if you have a use for it!
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:20 pm    Post subject: Re: What is this tool used for? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

For five $ I would hang it on the wall just to look at.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:38 pm    Post subject: Re: What is this tool used for? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

For $5 you could have the trickest, most accurate RV level on the planet!
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 3:43 am    Post subject: Re: What is this tool used for? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It could be a drunk-o-meter to see if you are in any condition to walk home without falling into the ditch. (It is also ambidexterous for both the left and right ditches.)
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 4:12 am    Post subject: Re: What is this tool used for? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Looks like a machinist level to me, and made by starrett which is very good quailty tool.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 4:55 am    Post subject: Re: What is this tool used for? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It is the best of the best. We have them here in my gunsmithing machine shop. Mostly used in Milling.

David Pidgeon
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 5:00 am    Post subject: Re: What is this tool used for? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Starrett 98-12 retail price on Starrett site $211.Yours is a good as new .
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:23 am    Post subject: Re: What is this tool used for? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Not something you will probably use on the farm! I have one that I probably should sell now when the economy is good, but it's hard to admit that I will probably never use it again. I paid about $45 in Grandy's Ace Hardware in Virginia MN in 76.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 3:39 pm    Post subject: Re: What is this tool used for? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We used "98's" doing turbine work. It's a precision level used for leveling machine tools and setting up equipment. Good for leveling turbine rotors for lifts, too. You really want 180+ tons to be level when you lift it.
 
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