Resources for Getting Free (or Cheap) Parts, Tools, Materials, and Services

In this Jeremy Fielding video, he runs through 8 of his favorite resources for acquiring free equipment, parts, supplies, and services.

I love his idea of cultivating “agents,” family, friends, and colleagues, who know you’re on the lookout for cast-off equipment and parts. As he points out, after you have a couple of these agents on the look-out, you’ll soon have more free stuff than you can deal with.

If you watch Jeremy’s channel, you know that he’s built many of the machines in his shop from scratch. Lots of the parts for those tools came from old treadmills, washing machines, printers, and the like.


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