The Pioneer Power Swap Meeet Report

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Martin Pansch
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The Pioneer Power Swap Meeet Report

Unread post by Martin Pansch » Sun Apr 24, 2016 3:08 pm

We went to the Pioneer Power swap meet on Friday morning and had a good time. The weather, while not the sunny respite Accuweather promised was still fine and much better than the last few years and made for a fine day of walking, shopping, dodging golf carts, and people watch.

The most amusing interaction we witnessed was a negotiation we saw shortly after getting there. A lady tried to take an aggressive negotiation position and was shut down:

Pushy Lady: Hey! Who's stuff is this? <Yelled loud enough for everyone within 40' to hear.>
Booth Lady: I'm here <rushes over>.
PL: How am I supposed to help you get rid of your stuff if you aren't here? How much for this?
BL: I don't know. <Turns to husband who must be the purveyor of the junk>. How much for this?
Booth Man: $12
PL: $12? It isn't worth that! It doesn't even have a handle! <Still loud enough for everyone to hear.>
BM: Well, go to Walmart.
<End Scene>

As far as the stuff at the show there was a lot of it. There were a number of anvils, including some pretty ones, all at eBay prices as expected. A nice looking swage block at $500. A cone mandrel for $1550 (?!?!). A surprise was the prices marked on leg vises. The first one I saw upon getting there was a nice looking 6-incher when I got up to it I saw a price tag marked $340! Craziness! Even worse, when I wandered back around later it was gone so someone either paid that or talked them way down to reach a decent price. A bunch of others were way overpriced too. I think I only saw one that was in good shape and a decent price (about a 4 1/2" for $45). I heard of a Champion 400 with a small crack on the case for $100 but it was gone by the time I was around.

There were some okay tongs around, some hardy tools, some rough looking rivet forges, bunch of little stuff. I ended up coming away with a little 1lb cross peen, a broken crowbar (struck tool material), a 10lb sledge hammer head, 4 ball peens destined to be adzes, a new brass brush, and some jam and jelly. My big find for the show was some more squirrel cage fans for Poor Man's forges. How many?
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Enough to run the class a few more times I hope. I got the guy's contact info too and he has a bunch more.

I also found what I thought was destined to be my next ride. However, my better 7/8th vetoed the idea.
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As far as Guild folks go we saw Jim Ericksen while there and I almost (literally) ran in Dan Osadchuk and Nick Heinen as they were hauling the wood parts of a large, double chambered bellows out to their vehicle.

Overall the show was fun but it might have lost a little bit on what it was a few years ago as far as being able to find useful tools for a decent price. Or maybe I am just becoming cheaper in my old age. I'll probably go again next year though it is loosing a little of its legendary status to my mind.

Take care


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