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Before you buy any tool read this: A lesson; purchasing tools

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Blog entry by Jim13 posted 05-25-2008 10:57 PM 1042 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DISCLAIMER: This article is based on personal experience and preference. I am not responsible for absolutely any personal damage, monetary loss or any “bad happenings” that came/come about through the outcome of this article. By reading this article you 100% agree to the terms of the previous statements. Again I am 100% NOT responsible for any bad mishaps that come about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you

Almost all woodworkers talk about those old tools that sit in the shop that just collect dust, and were never even used. I learned my lesson the hard way; DO NOT BUY TOOLS UNLESS YOU NEED THEM, AND EVEN IF THEY ARE “ON SALE” AND YOU WOULD HATE TO LET THE OPPORTUNITY ROT! this rule will save you a lot of not only space, but money. I admit, I to used too be a sucker to “good-deals” and “limited time offers”(ya right ‘limited’, more like we need this product off our shelves), however, I still am not always successful from refraining from such offers. What can I say it’s just too tempting some times. Only buy tools that you know you are going to make use of in the near future. Map out every project before you start; decide exactly which tools are necessary, and which are on your wish-list.

No matter how many woodworkers worn you about not buying cheap tools, it seems that the message never gets into your mind. Do not buy tools that are just too cheap to be true (meaning, really that cheap tool should technically cost a lot more, that is, if it does what they claim). I will repeat: do not buy tools that are just too cheap to be true . Buying insufficient tools will only make everything more aggravating. A simple equation should be made between the quality and price of a tool, and of course top quality is a must. That doesn’t mean that you have to buy the most expensive version, it simply means that you should not buy the cheapest one (unless the more expensive ones are a clear rip-off, and the cheaper version is the better of them). If its up to a metal square that costs fifteen dollars, or a plastic one that cost three, I think “buy”(by) now you should know which one to chose (it not only goes for that example, but also when investing in a big and relatively expensive tools as well). That does not mean that you shouldn’t look for sales, it means, only buy tools that have realistic prices. As they say “Ya get what ya pay for”.

Brand, brands, brands, only buy brands that you know that are reliable. Buying a tool that doesn’t work right could really aggravate you.

Other tips are to: always “Google” the exact tool you want,this will help you get a better picture of what you are getting yourself into, before you purchase it for real (I prefer to buy my tools where I can touch them whenever possible, it gives me one last chance to say that that tool is not for me). When purchasing tools in a real store (not Internet, phone fax etc.)
Don’t take the first box on the shelf; take a box that was not tampered with, take one in the middle of the stack. Try to get a undamaged box or container.

The thing to have in mind when reading this, is that you expect to get a good lifetime out of your tools, by following these simple instructions you are off to great start at that task.
Just think, use the money you saved from not buying unnecessary tools, to buy higher quality tools.

Oh! one last thing, once you get the tool into your shop check the parts list and match all, yes every single piece (yes, including those tiny washers) to the list, realizing it before you start can save you trouble once you start assembling it.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DISCLAIMER: This article is based on personal experience and preference. I am not responsible for absolutely any personal damage, monetary loss or any “bad happenings” that came/come about through the outcome of this article. By reading this article you 100% agree to the terms of the previous statements. Again I am 100% NOT responsible for any bad mishaps that come about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you

-- Yanky, pateince is everthing.



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tenontim

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#1 posted 05-25-2008 11:11 PM

Soo, tell us how you really feel. I’ve never done any of that.

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Jim13

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#2 posted 05-25-2008 11:14 PM

any of what?

-- Yanky, pateince is everthing.

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GaryK

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#3 posted 05-25-2008 11:32 PM

You trying to take the fun out of buying tools?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Jim13

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#4 posted 05-26-2008 12:19 AM

no, I’m trying to inform people, so that they should be happy with their purchases. I di no, both comments make me feel like I’m a pessimist, tell me what I said wrong

-- Yanky, pateince is everthing.

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GaryK

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#5 posted 05-26-2008 12:28 AM

It was a joke. Don’t take things so seriously.

Most people don’t really know how useful a tool will be until they start using it. That will apply to most gidgets, gizmos and new products. Inexpensive things that for the most part they are willing to take a chance on.

Major tools they will already know what they need and why.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Jim13

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#6 posted 05-26-2008 12:36 AM

how about the plastic vs. metal comment, come on, thats true, aint it?
I mean some of my statements were ligit

-- Yanky, pateince is everthing.

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GaryK

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#7 posted 05-26-2008 12:59 AM

Try this blog:

http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/JiminPA/blog/3813

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Jeff_T

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#8 posted 05-27-2008 07:27 PM

Please do not take any disrespect with this comment, but I for one have NO idea what you are talking about or implying? It seems your logic is pretty off base. If I may be so bold as to suggest you gather your thoughts before you post, you may achieve reasonable feedback. Just an opinion to aid in your online experience.

-- Jeff T in Westport CT.

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