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Enco is offering the best price on a depth gauge base for a dial travel indicator, $19.  The base accepts any standard 3/8″-shank dial indicator and turns it into a handy depth gauge.  As with many tool attachments, a clever Toolmonger could easily make one if you’re looking for a quick and useful project.

Depth Gauge Base [Enco]


In their latest flyer Enco is advertising the Phase-a-Matic 1/3-3/4 HP Static Phase Converter for $88. If you’re wiring up industrial machines in a small shop, this’ll convert 220 single-phase power to three-phase power. It’s not as robust as a rotary phase converter, but it’s not as expensive either, and the free shipping makes this a pretty good deal overall. The item number is SK891-5691 in case the link doesn’t work.

Phase-a-Matic Phase Converter [Enco]
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Enco is selling a case of 24 Akro-Mils 4-1/8″x5-3/8″x3″ hanging bins for $17.95 — that’s 74.8 cents apiece!  Tough as nails and much better than cheaper imports, these bins’ll help you organize hardware on shelves or with one of Akro’s louvered panels.  It’s part #SJ505-1589, in case the link doesn’t work, and the offer’s good through February 27, 2009.

24 Akro-Mils Hanging Bins [Enco]
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Enco has the Phase II quick-change tool post set (10″-15″ swing) on sale for $119.  If you own a lathe, you need a quick-change tool post set.  While you can get by with older systems, these new sets allow you to set tools exactly on center and rapidly change between tools.

Phase II Quick-Change Tool Post Set [Enco]
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A compound slide vise adds a lot of functionality to your drill press table — you can easily position the work for precise holes, and for projects where you have multiple pieces to drill you can set it up as a jig for repeatability.  Enco is offering two different sizes of compound vise for right around $20.

Oddly, the larger one is a dollar less than the smaller one — maybe it’s an inventory issue.  Either way, $20 marked down from $40 or $48 is a heck of a deal.  The closest street pricing on a similar vise is $35, with most examples selling upwards of $50.

And for October, if your Enco order is over $50, use promo code WB9TP for free UPS shipping.

3-1/16″ Super Compound Vise [Enco]
4″ Super Compound Vise [Enco]
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Industrial Pipe and Steel is selling this 4″ X/Y slide vise for $19.  You can get a similar vise from Enco for $19.85, and they often run free shipping deals, so their price might be lower after you factor that in.

Each vise features slides that allow you to precisely position the vise in the X and Y axis, and their jaws open 4″.  They may not turn your drill press into a milling machine, but they work wonderfully for coordinate drilling of holes.

4″ X/Y Slide Vise [Industrial Pipe and Steel]
4″ X/Y Slide Vise


Enco is discounting the Dico buff rake to $13, according to their latest overstock flyer.  Its importance in buffing isn’t widely understood, but it helps to clean and recondition your buff, removing excess compound and resurfacing the wheel.

Dico Buff Rake [Enco]
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Enco is selling 12″ x 18″ granite surface plates for $25, a good deal.  At that price they’ll work great as a base for sharpening and lapping against sandpaper.  The plates are flat to +/- .0002, which is good enough for most general shop work.  The only hitch, of course, is the cost of shipping — but you can usually find free shipping codes if you look around.

12″ x 18″ Grade B Granite Surface Plate [Enco]
Street Pricing [Google Products]


Enco is selling the Kennedy eight-drawer machinists toolbox for $230, and if you’re signed up for their marketing spam you’ve probably got a free shipping code you can use for that purchase as well. Kennedy toolboxes (although not as nice as a Gerstner) have earned their reputation as the workhorses of the machinist trade, with drawers that’ll hold all your precision tools.

Kennedy #526 Machinists Toolbox [Enco]
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Ace Hardware is selling these Crews Stratos safety glasses for 71 cents a pair. They feature adjustable temples and a scratch-resistant coating. I buy these by the dozen so I’m never without a clear, clean, and scratch-free pair at hand — they’re just basic, good safety glasses at a disposable price.

Crews Stratos Safety Glasses [Ace Hardware]
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