Since the darn LBS here wants like 80 bucks for facing a headset and like 60 more for facing a bb that makes like 160 probably is cheaper for me just go and get the tools and do it myself, I didnt even want to ask how much for chasing a BB theads because for sure will going to be like 100 bucks, and after seeing how nutz LBSs are around here i'm just seeing how much it could be if i get the tools myself. (im talking a 1inch steel frame) And maybe offer the service at CL to get some of the money back?
Anybody knows where to get tools to a descent price besides bike tools etc?? Ebay prices are way over the hills.
The tools for that kind of work cost several hundred dollars. $60 for facing a BB is ridiculous. I had a LBS quote me that recently and I promptly went to one of their competitors who did the job for $30 including chasing the threads. Their are two types of facing tools for BB. One just faces the shells and the other chases the threads with a tap then faces the shell.
Trust me, you're not going to find those tools for cheap. Call some other bike shops even if you have to drive a ways to get the job done.
As the Sutherland's Manual puts it: "cheap tools are a luxury no bike shop can afford." With respect to cutting tools such as you refer to, the cost the shop charges you not only reflects the price of the tool -- which is not cheap -- but also the ongoing cost of keeping the cutters sharp, replacing them when they can't be sharpened anymore (which represents a substantial fraction of the original cost of the tool), and labor.
You can shop around for a lower price but don't expect to be able to buy the tools and do it yourself for less than the $160 the shop quoted you. I'd expect you'd pay at least double that for used tools of that nature.