Now thats just a shame. I tossed out several good screw type car jacks and a bunch of seat motors last fall just to fill in a scrap iron run! Now I wish I would have kept them!I needed an actuator like that. I went to a car junk yard, walked out with a scissor screw jack for $1. A small 12DC gear motor (window winder from the junk car yard), a couple of micro switches as limit switches, and I had my actuator. Holds last position with no power input, too.
It's fear of that happening (and remembering how often it's happened to me) that makes my shop such a crazy pile of weird stuff. (Or, as my wife might put it, a "mess".)Happens to me a lot to (albeit with smaller stuff) I generally find two weeks after I throw something out I find something it would have been useful for.