I need a ___ because... #1: it's just way too much work to drive 2-1/2" screws by hand

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Blog entry by Rob posted 12-01-2012 09:20 AM 1280 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My first power tool was a used Skil corded drill. Back then, I was a poor college student, and cordless drills were extremely expensive and the batteries were awful, so this drill just made sense. When I was living in my first apartment, I used it to attach a 2×6 to the frame of my window so I could mount an air conditioner in the window. I still remember cutting that 2×6 to the right width with a rusty old hand saw.

What was your first power tool? How did you get it? Why did you get it, and what was the first thing you used it for?

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#1 posted 12-01-2012 12:31 PM

I borrowed my dad’s Black and Decker drill, sander and jigsaw. I used that to build my tool chest which I still use and is still an eyesore. A few years later my wife gave me a Rockwell bench top table saw and a Craftsman router. AH the big leagues.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 12-01-2012 03:55 PM

I bought a 4” belt sander with a 6” side table at Home Depot(I think) when I was 19 years old for about a $100 bucks(that was alot of money back then). I still have it and use it to this day and Im 51 now so the math says its 32 years old. They dont make things like they used to.

-- Gary Vondermuehll

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#3 posted 12-03-2012 09:46 AM

A perfectly functional old wooden tool chest you built yourself with borrowed tools. Do you think your wife bought you the big-league tools because she thought the tool chest was an eyesore and she felt bad for you, or because she was so impressed with your work? :)

And a 32-year-old belt sander that just keeps on going…wow! I can only hope for even one of my power tools to last that long.

Great stories; thanks for sharing!

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