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Posted on What Old Power Tools Should I Buy?

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#1 posted 01-10-2012 07:09 AM

I know what you mean. Some of the old power tools were massive and indestructible. I have a varied assortment in my shop based on how often I use them and how much frustration I am willing to put up with. I have a 50’s craftsman half sheet sander that I could use for demo work if I like. The nice thing about many of these machines is that a tap and die set and some solder will keep it working for another 10-15 years. I have a craftsman 70’s radial arm saw that is wonderful, and most of them were recalled. After I bought it for 25 dollars I went on their website and they sent me a free table, blade guard etc just for putting the serial number and the address in. I spent about an hour tuning it up with some wd and a green pad, then finished the moving parts with paste wax. It is a versatile dream. On the other hand many tools have turned out to be a disappointment, I have mowed through many models of random orbit sanders, finally the Dewalt seems to do the best job.

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