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Forum topic by PutnamEco posted 07-27-2011 05:32 PM 2066 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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PutnamEco

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07-27-2011 05:32 PM

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What portable power tools produced today do you think will become future classics?
I’m thinking of tools like the Black & Decker Sawcat, the Porter-Cable “locomotive” A-3 belt sander and 315 and 314 circular saws and the 126 porta plane, the original Skil 77 circular saw and the Skil 100 “surfboard” planer . The tools that will sell for twice their original price in 25 years, or do you think that they don’t make this quality of tool any more?

-- “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt


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#1 posted 07-27-2011 05:37 PM

Maybe the PC690 router?

For the most part,though, there is a different mindset today. Power tools are designed to be more or less disposable. Planned obsolescence. The companies know they can make more money that way.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 07-27-2011 05:51 PM

Unusual, specialized tools probably – timber framing stuff like wide format
hand held planers and bandsaws. Check out some of the freaky stuff made
by Mafell.

Dado cutting saws are a bit collectible – they are modified worm drive saws.

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#3 posted 07-27-2011 05:53 PM

I can’t think of a single modern powertool that will stand the test of time. Handtools? probably. Bridge City, probably some SnapOn, Gramercy, Bad Axe, etc. Perhaps if Fein goes out of business somehow, their multitool might be novel in the future. I’ll be using my plasma cutter watch for most of my work in the future;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 07-30-2011 04:37 PM

I would certainly say that the Porter-Cable 690 is a classic, at least the early made in USA ones. I would also think the P-C 330 sander as well. I wonder if tools like the Lamello top 21 or any of Festools line will be revered by future generations
I don’t really think many of Mafells line up will become “classic” as not many people really know about them and they are more a specialists tool. I don’t doubt they will hold their value though.
As for dado saws the Mafell is the only one still produced and it is rather pricey. The old Skil 117 Groover was/is a collectable classic. I don’t know of any other dado saws. Pairis Products made an accessory bolt on for the Skilsaw that was popular on the west coast. These tools are now no longer OSHA compliant, so you won’t see them on any job site legally.

Do you think power tool accessory could be classics?

Tools like the Bigfoot tools saw adapter or Eurekazones EZ Smart. There used to be a bunch of accessories that you could attach to electric hand drills, to turn them into circular saws, jigsaws,and grinders and the like, but it is my opinion, that these are not held in high regard.

Do you think that the golden age of portable power tools has past?

-- “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

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#5 posted 07-30-2011 05:46 PM

After the patents expire the original Festool Domino will probably
be a collectible. Even though I don’t have one, I do think it
is a watershed design innovation.

There may be too many in circulation already to create the
kind of strong collector market in the future where they are worth
a lot. That’s why I think only the so-called “specialist” hand-held
power tools are likely to have any collector value. The worldwide
marketing machines and heavy investment in innovation and
retail distribution, plus the exploding population of hobbiest
“collectors” who buy a lot of tools but don’t use them will
probably lead to a glutted market for used Festool stuff, eventually –
and the older iterations of the tools will likely sag in secondhand value.
Festool knows that a big part of their ability to make profits is
selling tools to people who aren’t pros and don’t need them, but
do have a need to collect “the best” tools.

Bosch must have some sort of gentlemen’s agreement with the
other German makers not to enter the tracksaw market.

I sold a Pairis dado saw to a collector.

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#6 posted 07-30-2011 07:40 PM

Re:
Loren said: There may be too many in circulation already to create the
kind of strong collector market in the future

The tools I consider classics, Like the B&D Sawcat and the P-C A3 were produced in large numbers. Perhaps there is hope for the Domino.

Re:Bosch must have some sort of gentlemen’s agreement with the
other German makers not to enter the tracksaw market.

Bosch has had track saws for a while, they even have a couple of new ones GKS 85 G and GKS 55 GCE to go with their FSN rail system. Just can’t get them in the US.

A lot of people don’t realize that Hilti saws can be used on tracks and they are compatible with Festools tracks. Metabo has track saws as well.

We miss out on a lot of cool tools here in the U.S. Check out the German Bosch, Protool, and Hilti sites or the Japanese Makita site

-- “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

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