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Surveyors Transit $40 - Craigslist ;^)

Discussion in 'Surveying & Geomatics' started by Jered McGrath PLS, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. Jered McGrath PLS

    Jered McGrath PLS 7-Year Member

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    Would you buy it? I saw this add on craigslist yesterday and I dialed the number as fast as possible. (Now it's sitting in my garage waiting for a little TLC.) I have always wanted an old instrument like this so condition or brand didn't really matter to me and in fact I didn't even ask. Less is more I figured. Gentlemen said it worked when he put it back in the case and he used it a few times. When I got it it home I took a quick look since I didn't have much time, and saw it was an old A. Lietz Co.:)
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    I will post actual photos and more info later tonight.
    Cheers.
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    .PS. Thanks to Grant for planting a bug in my head about looking for some old equipment.
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  2. Ryan Versteeg

    Ryan Versteeg 6-Year Member

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    Nice find Jered.
     
  3. Mapmaker151

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    Great deal on some nice history, hope it's not stolen..lol
     
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    Janurism 4-Year Member

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    I love all the old equipment! I usually snap them up myself whenever I run across one in a garage sale or thrift store... Now with GPS, it will soon be lost technology... What a great find!
     
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    Hey, someone took that off my truck a few days ago, Thanks for finding it for me. I'll send you my address to return it to me! ;)

    Nice find
     
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    Just curious, what category do you search?
     
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    Rob O'Malley 7-Year Member

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    > Would you buy it?

    You can't go and ask us if we would buy it if you already have it in your possession:p .
     
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    Stephen Johnson 7-Year Member

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    You did good!!!:good:
     
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    good one Jered...

    looks like an old Lietz you find in vintage surveyor ads...40's or 50's
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    This would make a real nice display piece in someone's office.
     
  11. Jered McGrath PLS

    Jered McGrath PLS 7-Year Member

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    Picasaweb Photos

    A. Lietz Co., Model 5 ~ 1920's

    I have found a little bit of research online about Lietz but nothing that really helps me date the serial number. I just estimated from some of the online listings of Lietz Transits in cyber-world.

    These sites have some great information.

    http://www.surveyantiques.com

    http://www.surveyhistory.org/


    With the transit itself, the motion is smooth and flawless and besides a few paint chips it seems to be in pretty good shape. I'm quite happy with my find.:)
     
  12. Jered McGrath PLS

    Jered McGrath PLS 7-Year Member

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    > Just curious, what category do you search?


    Bob, I searched "Surveyor" in for sale category and it came up.

    I tend to do searches with craigslist by using the site:_______ Search feature though if I want to compare cities. IE

    surveyor site:craigslist.org

    Would return pages with "surveyor" from all craigslist cities.
    Cheers
     
  13. Jered McGrath PLS

    Jered McGrath PLS 7-Year Member

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    Sorry Rob, That was dirty pool, I know.;)
     
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    It's a nice project to take an old textbook (Davis, Foote, and Kelly was good) with the full instructions for calibrating a transit and work through (and understand) all the steps. If someone has never done it before, they might learn some things that apply to understanding the use of newer equipment.
     
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    Wow!!!
     
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    could not view photos
     
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    Its a k&e transit, with legs, for $150.
    It might be a level.
    It has a rod too.
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