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#1 posted 09-11-2010 02:33 AM

I love to work on the scroll saw. My first one was a Ryobi saw my wife bought me. I got good at scrolling on that thing. You have to get good when you’re trying to cut while chasing the saw all over the shop and trying to keep your teeth from chattering against one another. I finally got tired of that saw, but since I loved scrolling, I figured I’d find me a better saw. So I drove over thirty miles one way to buy a Craftsman. I was so excited to get it back home and unpack it, untill I realized the table supports were broken in two places. So, off back on the sixty mile round trip only to come back with no scroll saw. That broken one was the last one they had. I finally found a good Delta a week later.
I’ve gotten some good things from Harbour Freight. So, I figured I’d save money when I decided I wanted to get into wood turning. I bought one of their lathes on sale for $79.99. I saved so much I even bought some chisels there. They must have been good chisels because they outlasted the lathe that died in less than two weeks.
I bought a real good Craftsman table saw at a yard sale. It cut good straight board, maybe if you paid no attention to the fence. I tried everything on that saw. The only way you were going to get anything square on that thing was by accident. So, my next saw was a Ryobi. Are you seeing a pattern here with me and Ryobi tools? The Ryobi saw had a powerful motor, and a sturdy stand, and plastic housing that was real fun to try and flip the off switch on as it literally hopped up and down about a quarter inch off the floor. I returned it and got another one. It had to be just a bad saw, right? Well, I got my money back after the third one done the same thing. I stuck with the luck of the draw Craftsman until I was able to get a good saw.
No sir, you are definately NOT the only one who has had bad luck with tools. I’ll bet we all have at one time or another. I just think we would much rather gloat about the good deals we’ve had than to tell on ourselves when we really got taken for a sucker.
Maybe later I’ll think of some more bad experiences I’ve had with newly aquired tools. When those gloats turn to non-gloats, it does usually wind up being a funny story.


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