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Top Ten Best Times to Buy a Power Tool

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Blog entry by Tim posted 01-03-2007 03:50 AM 1156 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought it would be tasteless to post this under Mr. Tool Crib’s new thread, seeing as the conversation there is a bit tense. So here it is, the top ten best times to buy a power tool…

Number 10. When it’s on sale
Number 9. Days that end in “y”
Number 8. When the blade gets dull
Number 7. Right after the neghbor gets a new power tool
Number 6. Right after I figure out how to use the last one I bought
Number 5. When the lumber pile starts taking up car space
Number 4. When the old one breaks
Number 3. When my brother in law comes to get his tool back
Number 2. When the last one I bought is paid off

And the Number 1 best time to buy a power tool:
When my wife’s not looking



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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 01-03-2007 04:38 AM

Number 11. When its not on sale but its the last one in stock!
Post it where ever you want Tim. I think its funny!

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Obi

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#2 posted 01-03-2007 04:55 AM

No. 12 When it’s the purdiest tool on the shelf

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#3 posted 01-03-2007 04:58 AM

No. 13. When your Lumberjock buddy tells you it’s a good tool to own
No. 14. When it’s in the Top 10 Best Tools of the Year Magazine
No. 15. When you wife tells you to buy one. (Mine made me buy a variable speed router, and a lathe.)( I might be married to a Lumberjock)

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Don

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#4 posted 01-03-2007 05:23 AM

No. 16. Whenever you need it.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#5 posted 01-03-2007 06:13 AM

Haha… What about when to buy wood? My wife has recently stopped even pretending to try and sneak a peak into the garage… Fortunately for me, I tend to get home from work about a half hour before her, so I usually have some time to take any of my recently acquired treasures to the garage before she notices. We’ve come to a bit of an agreement – she doesn’t look in the garage and I don’t look at her jewerly-making supplies.

When it comes to power tools, I tend to stick with names I trust and tried and true quality items. When something is whirling about at 35,000 RPM, I don’t like to think it’s the cheapest thing I could find (though I have had excellent results with the Woodcraft Router bits and don’t hesitate to take them up on their $5 bit deals). I’ll avoid places like Cummings and Harbor Freight when it comes to such things… In fact, I’d probably only buy from them for very disposable items, like foam brushes or glue brushes or the like; although, my mentor did pick up a 1-ton arbor press from them that he modified to use as a pen press – it works fabulously and cost a bit less than the purposfully-made pen vises…

When it comes to reviews, there are certain magazines that I’ll absolutely take their word on it and almost always buy what they recommend. I’ve yet to be disappointed. That magazine is Woodworking Magazine (www.woodworking-magazine.com). Incidently, their next issue should hit the news stands in about a week or so – you should definitely consider trying it if you haven’t. For example, a late Christmas idea I gave my wife (two weeks before Christmas) was a marking knife from Blue Spruce Toolworks. She contacted Dave, the owner, with little expectations of getting one in time for P-Day (present day!), but in fact he came through and got one to her post haste! After spending five minutes flattening the back and putting a beautiful edge on it with my ceramic stones, I don’t think I could force myself to pick up any of my other marking knives!

Life experience has taught me to spend my money on quality, even if it means sometimes spending several times more than what I might be able to get it for. On the other hand, I don’t necessarily go out and buy the most expensive thing just because it is the most expensive. I’m a big fan of Veritas tools, for example. I don’t know if I’ll ever own anything from Lie-Nielson – his stuff is often cost-prohibitive.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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scottb

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#6 posted 01-03-2007 06:54 AM

When the Bagged collection of assorted tools (drills, saws, flashlight and blender) is the same price as just one of them off the shelf (without the extra batteries and charger!)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#7 posted 01-03-2007 07:22 AM

Reason to buy a 4th router for me was that the other three didn’t adapt to my pre-drilled router table.

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#8 posted 01-03-2007 12:55 PM

No. 20 You want to impress you LumberJock buddy who is visiting you at your shop tomorrow, so you run out and by that expensive Japanese hand chisel even though you have no idea how to us it. You even rub some dirt on the handle to make it look used.l

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#9 posted 01-03-2007 01:01 PM

ha.. so you want to have another shirt series ?

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 01-03-2007 01:49 PM

No. 17, ”I gotta have that tool”

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#11 posted 01-03-2007 01:49 PM

No. 17, ”I gotta have that tool”

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#12 posted 01-03-2007 01:52 PM

Hey Martin, I see you’ve been busy. Thanks for the 60 minute edit. I just tried it out, I hope it’s enough time for my “Huntin, & Peckin !”

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#13 posted 01-03-2007 10:47 PM

No. 21 It has more safety features.
No. 22 It has a built in flashlight so I can use it at night
No. 23 It’s quieter
No. 24 It’s faster
No. 25 It’ll make my work faster so I can make more money
No. 26. I just cut my thumb on my table saw, so now I need to buy that one that will shut down automatically when you stick the hotdog in it. (Sawstop)

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#14 posted 01-03-2007 10:50 PM

I actually did just cut my thumb on my table saw, but God likes me, I still got the digit. Some people will do anything to quit working and see what’s the latest news here at Lumberjocks.Com

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#15 posted 04-14-2007 06:38 PM

#27 When your wife asks you for a project. Sure honey, I could make it if I had a new <insert>.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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