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Forum topic by LeeinEdmonton posted 2100 days ago 794 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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LeeinEdmonton

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2100 days ago

The problem with aging is that your tools age with you & before you know it….your looking at a shop full of ancient stuff. In my case…all of my stuff I bought new. My Beaver lathe is now 63 years old. My RAS is now 50 years old. Drill press 30 yrs old ….ditto for the 6” jointer. The 14” BS is 12 yrs old. Holy smokes the thickness planer is still a wee child at 3 yrs old. The good aspect about it is all of the old stuff was built when the China’s main activity was growing rice. Oh well….....

Lee

-- Lee


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RichardB

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#1 posted 2100 days ago

The problem with aging is that you lose two things: your memory , and … uh…hang on a sec,,,, it’ll come to me… uh…..

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Steelmum

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#2 posted 2100 days ago

I heard that there is an herb you can buy to help with the memory stuff. Went to buy some, but couldn’t remember the name of the stuff…the saddest part is that this is a true story!

-- Berta in NC

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rikkor

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#3 posted 2100 days ago

It’s something like Ginko Biloba, I believe.

An old friend told me: “Be glad when you wake up aching and hurting. Consider it vital signs!”

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pashley

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#4 posted 2100 days ago

Lee, your tools have lasted you a lifetime – what a testament to the makers! I’m sure you’ve made some very wonderful and useful stuff with all those tools.

-- Have a blessed day! http://newmissionworkshop.com

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Dan Lyke

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#5 posted 2100 days ago

I’m gonna keep this post around next time someone asks if it’s worth it to spend the extra $500 on tool X versus Y. If you’re Lee, that’s about the cost of lunch, once a year.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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Derek Lyons

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#6 posted 2100 days ago

Dan, that assumes that the tools Lee has were all the more expensive variant back in the day. Expense is not always a clear sign of functionality and longevity.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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Dan Lyke

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#7 posted 2100 days ago

Derek, true, but it does say that price should have less to do with the purchase decision than we usually allow.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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Derek Lyons

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#8 posted 2100 days ago

Being on a budget sure influences the price I’ll pay! :) :)

Seriously, Cook’s Illustrated reviews culinary equipment and rarely is the most expensive item the best performing… (They accept no ads and subsist solely on magazine subscriptions, so they pull no punches.)

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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Zuki

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#9 posted 2100 days ago

LOL Lee. Thanks for the smile.

-- BLOG - http://www.colorfulcanary.com/search/label/Zuki

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LeeinEdmonton

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#10 posted 2099 days ago

I forgot my first router…bought in 1959, a 1hp Craftsman. Still have it but the rack & pinion depth adjustment is shot. Not to worry I made a bracket which allows me to mount it on my RAS. Still use that router to machine things that I cannot do on my old lathe such as the 24” rim for the spoked wheel on the spinning wheel that I made for my wife about 8 years ago or so. So don’t be too quick about discarding something .

Lee

-- Lee

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bhack

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#11 posted 2099 days ago

Sounds like Lee needs to be congratulated on the way he maintained his tools. Proper use and mainteance are a big reason tools last. My 3/8” all metal Craftsman corded drill purchased in 1970 is still my workhorse.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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