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Old 09-16-10, 06:53 PM   #1
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ANybody knows where to get cheap tools?

Cheap tools= tools for cheap.

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.

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Old 09-16-10, 11:27 PM   #2
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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.
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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.
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