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« Reply #826 on: August 09, 2016, 10:55:47 am »
My TEA (test equipment addiction) is so bad I am scrounging around dumpsters looking for a hit.
Came up with the goods tonight, a used but nothing wrong, Hewlett Packard Trolley, best price = free. HiHi.

Seriously I do find ir sad that such potentially good gear gets trashed all the time.
Whoah! Watch where that landed we might need it later.
 

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« Reply #827 on: August 09, 2016, 12:03:11 pm »
HP and Tektronix made some really great carts in those days, when equipment was heavy.
But even today, they are very helpful and good for smaller instruments.
Great dumpster find.

 
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« Reply #828 on: August 09, 2016, 12:56:10 pm »
I felt really silly picking this cart out of a shoulder high dumpster then trying to fit it into my car! Physically quite a challenge. Who needs to go to the gym!!
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« Reply #829 on: August 09, 2016, 02:25:10 pm »
Beats my repurposed shopping trolley test stand though. Bought originally as a garbage bag tote, but I repurposed it after I got it. They make good mobile worktops when you add a scrap pallet to the top and use it.
 

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« Reply #830 on: August 09, 2016, 02:49:08 pm »
I felt really silly picking this cart out of a shoulder high dumpster then trying to fit it into my car! Physically quite a challenge. Who needs to go to the gym!!

You can laugh now, but one of the reasons I go to the gym two to three times a week is to have the necessary arm strength for this kind of shite. Being able to turn over a DPO 40 times when fixing an error, or being able to balance a lecroy while a helper connects it to a short GPIB cable in the rack can be worth it.

Oh, and forgot to add: nice catch!!!!
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« Reply #831 on: August 09, 2016, 03:04:10 pm »
You can help me when moving to new flat. When you are done with the furniture, I will charge you a fee.
There is an elevator, but not big enough for bed or some of wardrobes.
 

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« Reply #832 on: August 09, 2016, 04:41:31 pm »
My TEA (test equipment addiction) is so bad I am scrounging around dumpsters looking for a hit.
Came up with the goods tonight, a used but nothing wrong, Hewlett Packard Trolley, best price = free. HiHi.

Seriously I do find ir sad that such potentially good gear gets trashed all the time.

Great find - it must have cost a fortune when it was new.  And in my experience here, HP carts are a rarity (I've never seen one firsthand) compared to the Tektronix ones that, relatively speaking, grow on trees (I wish!).  Based on the wheels, that one looks more like a medical type cart than test lab.  Regardless of its originally intended use, it looks nice and solid.

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« Reply #833 on: August 09, 2016, 05:04:41 pm »
That's indeed a very nice catch. Well done.  :)
 
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« Reply #834 on: August 09, 2016, 06:24:48 pm »
That's indeed a very nice catch. Well done.  :)

Just an FYI: It helps to quote a bit of what you're replying to, otherwise nobody knows what you're talking about.  ;)

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List your test equipment "scores" here!
« Reply #835 on: August 09, 2016, 11:13:32 pm »
My TEA (test equipment addiction) is so bad I am scrounging around dumpsters looking for a hit.
Came up with the goods tonight, a used but nothing wrong, Hewlett Packard Trolley, best price = free. HiHi.

Seriously I do find ir sad that such potentially good gear gets trashed all the time.

Great find - it must have cost a fortune when it was new.  And in my experience here, HP carts are a rarity (I've never seen one firsthand) compared to the Tektronix ones that, relatively speaking, grow on trees (I wish!).  Based on the wheels, that one looks more like a medical type cart than test lab.  Regardless of its originally intended use, it looks nice and solid.

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Speaking of medical carts...

About 6 or 7 years ago, I was managing my parent's business after they retired. It was a pallet recycling operation. We got a lot of our pallets from these guys who would basically drive around in pickup trucks with a little trailer or small flat beds and collect the pallets from local businesses, maybe 20 or 30 a week. Anyway, these guys would come in sometimes with *amazing* dumpster finds.

So, one of the guys brought us pallets he collected from the local hospital. One day he had one of those big medical carts on the back of his truck. The kind with all the drawers and the big flat top, the huge rubber castor wheels; constructed out of rugged plastic, rubber, fiberglass and metal... Sort of like the one below, only with more (but not quite as tall) drawers on the right hand side.

Apparently, they were upgrading to newer carts on that floor and were just trashing the old ones! He ended up giving me two of them. They make *amazing* tool carts for a shop or garage! I left one at the pallet plant (for fixing stuff around the shop) and took the other one home. Used it until I moved for fixing my car and bike (it was fantastic, because I kept it loaded up with pretty much any tool you'd need to work on a vehicle, and it had that flat top so you could work on parts and stuff).



When I moved, I put it in storage. I should dig it out, as it'd make an awesome lab cart.
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« Reply #836 on: August 10, 2016, 02:39:45 am »
One of the really funny things is,  my daytime job is a doctor,  so there I am pulling this beast out of the skip in the hospital carpark,  wearing a neck tie white shirt etc it was 8pm at night and lightly raining,  one of my colleagues walks by and says hello like nothing unusual is happening.
Lots of medical gear gets thrown out inappropriately. 
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« Reply #837 on: August 10, 2016, 04:53:17 am »
After your colleague walked by you probably didn't see the eye roll.  ;D
I hope you used hand sanitizer after your dumpster dive, doc...  :scared:

I'm only kidding, of course.

 
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« Reply #838 on: August 10, 2016, 05:11:38 am »
That medical cart looks rather useful, if i could roll it under my tall workbench it would be perfect for my lab. Il have to have a look around locally as there is no way such a huge thing would get shipped.

It could finally let me get my tools,probes, cables etc properly organized Right now i use clear plastic bins and empty paint cans.
 
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« Reply #839 on: August 10, 2016, 07:04:19 am »
My brother is working in a hospital and every time he finds something interesting in the dumpster, I get a call.
In my lab I have one of these OP lights from an operating room.
It makes perfect lighting !
It is amazing, what hospitals are throwing away these days

Great cart btw.
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« Reply #840 on: August 10, 2016, 02:53:02 pm »
@HighVoltage:

OP room lighting will give a Frankenstein type ambience to the workshop.  Throw in a Jacob's Ladder
and your neighbours carrying torches and pitchforks will surround your house every time you turn on those
power hungry OP room lights causing brownouts in the area... ;D 
 

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« Reply #841 on: August 10, 2016, 03:57:42 pm »
You can help me when moving to new flat. When you are done with the furniture, I will charge you a fee.
There is an elevator, but not big enough for bed or some of wardrobes.

Can one take them apart? I recently bought one of these new-fashioned power screwers and would be willing to help if you live closeby.
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« Reply #842 on: August 10, 2016, 10:06:11 pm »
I found a hospital crash cart at a local university surplus outlet for $35.  I'm sure it was like $1500 new; it's really nice.  I use it for my LA.

Recently I pulled a wire restaurant kitchen cart out of a dumpster.  Has very nice casters and 3 levels; I use that as a work cart out in my shop.  I just line the shelves with cardboard to keep small items from falling through.
 

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« Reply #843 on: August 11, 2016, 01:05:26 am »
I feel like I should take an annual trip to silicon valley for dumpster diving. Ahead of time I would get the list of the failing tech companies being kicked out of their offices that week. I imagine that area is regularly throwing away gold and diamonds.
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« Reply #844 on: August 11, 2016, 02:40:42 am »
OK, Carlos. Let me know when you're planning on going. We can divvy up the diving work, the spoils, and the beer. :-+
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« Reply #845 on: August 11, 2016, 12:28:16 pm »
One of the really funny things is,  my daytime job is a doctor,  so there I am pulling this beast out of the skip in the hospital carpark,  wearing a neck tie white shirt etc it was 8pm at night and lightly raining,  one of my colleagues walks by and says hello like nothing unusual is happening.
Lots of medical gear gets thrown out inappropriately.
I just got a vivid mental image reading that   :D totally unexpected your a doc. Where I work I am known as one of the "seagulls" , waiting to dive on any 'tasty dumpster morsel'. I feel its my civic duty to minimise landfill and reuse gear thats still got plenty of life in it.
 So I fully approve of your rummaging, suit tie and all,  :-+.
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« Reply #846 on: August 11, 2016, 08:18:35 pm »
Got this one on eBay this week.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/112080431631?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

No big deal. BUT, the seller/owner is Bernard Goetz.  :box:
He was one of my heroes back in the mid 80s.
He now owns a company (mostly used T&M equipment, I think) called
Vigilante Electronics in NYC. Cool!  :-+

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« Reply #847 on: August 11, 2016, 08:37:58 pm »
Got this one on eBay this week.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/112080431631?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

No big deal. BUT, the seller/owner is Bernard Goetz.  :box:
He was one of my heroes back in the mid 80s.
He now owns a company (mostly used T&M equipment, I think) called
Vigilante Electronics in NYC. Cool!  :-+

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I met Bernard Goetz a few years ago. He had taken some stuff to the Dayton Hamvention. You are right about Vigilante Electronics in NYC.

Read, if you don't know the story: http://www.biography.com/people/bernhard-goetz-578520

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« Reply #848 on: August 11, 2016, 09:20:50 pm »
Nice scope, but how come it is so expensive? The specs seem moderate.
Is it more like a collector's item?
 

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« Reply #849 on: August 11, 2016, 09:29:32 pm »
Nice scope, but how come it is so expensive? The specs seem moderate.
Is it more like a collector's item?

I haven't looked into it but I'm going to guess an easy upgrade to a TDS3054C perhaps?
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