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Old 08-24-2011, 02:40 PM   #1
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When my Papa (Grandfather) died years back, I inherited some of his Craftsman power tools. Recently I've been using those tools to rebuild my deck. I had to replace the power cords since they were dry rotted and clean them up some, but the tools still run like champs. I took a look at the nameplate on them last night...they were built in 1957!!

And they're still running! It got me to thinking...what are the odds my tools will still be running 50 years from now?

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News flash! Just because something has survived from the 1950's, or before, does not necessarily make it an antique! Okay?

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News flash! Just because something has survived from the 1950's, or before, does not necessarily make it an antique! Okay?
As far as ergonomics and safety is concerned they are! And yes they probably are made better! Even at 43 yes old I notice tools bought in my 20s are built better than most the stuff now! Notice I said most their still is some well made stiff at there!
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Tools become "antiques"....DIY'ers become "seasoned veterans".
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even cheap tools will last forever if they aren't used and abused very often
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even cheap tools will last forever if they aren't used and abused very often

And even fine tools can die under hard work.
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even cheap tools will last forever if they aren't used and abused very often
This is precisely why the market if flooded with junk.

They bank on the fact that the average Joe will only use the tool for only a few minutes every once and a while or for just that one project and then it will be shelved for years.
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This is precisely why the market if flooded with junk.

They bank on the fact that the average Joe will only use the tool for only a few minutes every once and a while or for just that one project and then it will be shelved for years.
And in most cases they are right!

I once attended a vendors meeting at one of the big box stores or hardware co-ops ( i forget exactly) , and one of the power tool manufacturers presented a stat that said their research indicated that by the time the average homeowner puts 10 hours of use on a power tool, it is already well out of it's 1 year warranty period
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I picked up an antique saber saw not too long ago. I value my fingers too much to make a habit of using it.
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News flash! Just because something has survived from the 1950's, or before, does not necessarily make it an antique! Okay?
How 'bout "Historic"?
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I still reach for my fathers old 1970's Black and Decker drill (original cord still) whenever I get the chance.

Wish I bought a few back then, wish today's tools had more metal instead of nylon gearing...
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How 'bout "Historic"?
Nice sentiment, but I'm not sure that the concept of defining grumpy old men as historic is ever going to catch on.

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