I was doing some cleaning up and general maintenance around the shop when I realized that most of my big power tools are a lot older than I realized. For example my 5 HP Delta table saw is 10 years old. My jointer is about 15 years old, so is the spindle sander, drill press, and band saw. Then I started looking at hand held power tools. Again, most, if not all of them are at least 10 years old. So are many of the router bits, saw blades, and other metal necessities. All of them still work well, hold an edge, or otherwise perform their function as well as when I first bought them.
When I look at many of the woodworking tools for sale today, they are made from plastic, or other less durable materials. Heavy gauge steel has been replaced with light weight sheet metal. Motors are smaller HP with reduced amps. I wonder how well these new tools will hold up and I’m glad to have the old, heavy duty tools and equipment.
-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"