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#1 posted 12-19-2011 07:41 AM

I filled my shop with old, used tools. Most from the sixties and fifties. My handtools are just about all older than me. I have planes and chisels 100 years old and more, they have proven they can last. Besides the money I saved, I think the quality of the tools is much better. I haven’t had near as much trouble from my old tools as my new ones. Most of the old tools can be fixed, not so with some of the new ones. I am willing to give up all the frills and electronics that now control everything we own in order to own tools that I understand, can fix and use without a degree in engineering. I prefer things to be simple and uncomplicated. It is possible to buy tools cheaply without ending up with a bunch of cheap tools. It takes time and some work but it can be done. It can be pretty rewarding, especially when you’re on a limited budget, to put together complete shop that is capable of producing the same quality work as shops costing much more. Regardless of cost, the best tools in the world are worthless in the hands of someone that doesn’t know how to use them. I know it works for me. I think I enjoy the hunt for tools as much as using them!

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