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#1 posted 08-01-2012 01:04 AM

I think a lot of older tools were built to last indefinitely. And from what I understand, tools in the 40s/50s/60s were comparably A LOT more expensive than they are now. Now I’m sure there were plenty of sub-par tools made in the past, but few of those still survive today. Most were scraped or trashed long ago, leaving only the quality gems for us to marvel over today.
However, the vast majority of modern tool buyers don’t need an incredible level of quality and durability. It would be a waste of money for most of us to spend a week’s pay on a state-of-the-art, $1000 drill press when the $199 Craftsman will get the job done and will likely last a very long time. And people often call modern tools “plastic junk”. Of course, on many levels, it makes sense to use plastic. Its lighter, less expensive, and in many cases offers few disadvantages over metal. I mean, could you imagine using an all metal power drill for several hours at a time?
IMO, there are plenty of great tools still available to thosoe who want the best money can buy. But I think the tool market has learned that most people are looking for value, so they flood the market with mediocre-pretty decent tools with attractive price points.

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