|Forum topic by Tedstor||posted 113 days ago||1105 views||0 times favorited||25 replies|
113 days ago
I first began woodworking and craft building about 6 years ago. At that time, I made considerably less money than I do now, and was starting my tool collection with only a drill, circular saw, and a dremel to my name. Given my tight budget and thirst for greater skill/capability, I tended to buy low end tools. I didn’t want to pass over an interesting project solely because I didn’t have the right tool to complete it. Some of those tools are still adequate and I use them frequently, but in most cases, I’d love to upgrade at this point.
One example would be a Craftsman Evolv Jigsaw. Its was $24.99 new. It works OK, but ‘just’ OK. The base plate tends to shift over time, giving my cuts a slight bevel. I have to check it for square before each use. Most of the time, its square; but the fact that I ‘have’ to check it each time is annoying. But since the tool is workable, I can’t really justify replacing it with a better model. That said, I feel stuck….actually looking forward to the day that the tool fails me (LOL), justifying a shiney, new, high(er) end jigsaw. Don’t get me wrong, for $24.99 the Evolv owes me nothing. And for a homeowner that needs a jigsaw every five years, it would fit the bill. But my wants/needs have outgrown it.
I have several other tools that would fit this category. But the story would be the same.
These days my situation is slightly different. I make a better income. Definitely not “rich” by any definition, but firmly middle class. And I’m not in situation where I lack much in the way of tools. I have pretty much one of every mainstream tool. So I’m not in situation where I need to buy a new tool every month (or more often if I’m being honest)- like I seemingly used to. So the conventional wisdom of “saving up for the better tool” is typically an option at this point.
But for whatever reason, I’m stuck in my old mindset. I decide I need a new tool. I start eyeballing the mid-upper end offerings of said tool, and convince myself that it’s smarter to spend an extra 50-100% for the better quality. But I always seem to gravitate toward lower end models. Some of these models get good reviews, and are often regarded as ‘good nuff’. But I’ve reached a point where ‘good nuff’ might not make the most sense. Especially if I’ll buy it and use it……but yearn for the day that it dies so I can buy a nicer model…..that I’ll ‘enjoy’ more.
And I guess that’s the essence of this rambling, and the mindset I need to adopt. I don’t build and/or repair things because I have to. I do it because I ‘enjoy’ the process and sense of accomplishment. I shouldn’t pollute that sense of enjoyment, with a C-minus tool…… if I don’t have to. I should just buy the best I can comfortably afford, and get-on with my life.
All that said, I will not buy the $139 Scheppach Track saw (that gets decent reviews). I will buy the $380 Makita (that gets glowing reviews). I’ll use the hell out of it, for many years to come, on countless projects. And with any luck, it will still be in use after I’m a vegetable or worm food.
There, I said it. I feel better now.