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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 08-21-2011 01:28 AM

It depends. From the perspective of a home hobbyist, It is overkill and way too expensive. From the perspective of someone who works with tools for on a daily basis and depends on them for their livelihood, the price is immaterial. Different rules and economics apply when you are doing it for a living.

Take ergonomics as an example. If I drive twenty nails on some project, the ergonomics of a handle doesn’t mean that much to me. If I am driving them 8-10 hours a day, it means the difference of being able to go to work or going to a physical therapist.

I am pretty cavalier about dust in my garage workshop. The few minutes of sanding I do adds up to a big fat zero for the most part. Good dust collection over the entire workday over years, means the difference between going to work or walking around with an oxygen bottle while waiting on an organ donor.

I have one of the trimmer routers from HF. If It goes out, I will go over to HF and pick up another one. If I were doing a job under a time contract, I can’t figure that into my hours of billable time. It can end up costing me a lot more in work loss or losing an entire contract than the price of some dinky tool.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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