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Posted on They Don't Make Them Like They Used To? Weigh In.

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#1 posted 08-01-2012 03:28 AM

I think that the tools today are in a class above those back in 50’s or 60’s not in the fact that they are better in functionality and or life span but in design quality.

The tools of the bygone era we’re designed with pencils/paper/drafting boards and the testing involved stressing a part till it broke, and if it did, back to the drawing board. Don’t get me wrong, they used what they had to the best of their ability. Additionally the choice of materials in those days was not what it is today.

The tool today are most likely designed on a CAD system and tested on the CAD station before a part is even manufactured. Changes can be made on the fly.

The is TV show that was called Mega Factories which showed VW, Philips, and John Deere, and how manufacturing technology has changed the products.

At John Deere, instead of punch presses which required too and die makers, they now use laser and plasma cutters and turn around a new design in less than 24 hours.

At the Philips Norelco razor factory the only people there are the machine technicians and the QC people and they turn out more razors than ever before …. and higher quality.

The VW factory in integrated into the city to such an extent it has to be pointed out to visitors. It get it parts on the same rail line that commuter user, new car storage looks like a high rise apartment.

I have a Craftsman TS that is from the 70s’ and I have really no reason to upgrade to a 2010 or better.

So what I am trying to say is that the tools we used before are in fact the tools that make it possible to make the tools we use today!

Does that make sense?

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