Don't know what it is about the old tools. All cast iron, bases that match the tool, I think they are so cool.
I have a 1938 Walker Turner 14" band saw. I found it for my Dad at a garage sale when I was just barely in my 20's. I think it had been a military unit as it had been painted many times. Dad spent days getting all of the old paint off. When he passed it was one of the tools I wanted to keep. The base is cast, as well as the belt cover. This one has the gearbox to cut metal, or you can disengage it and run the pulleys only for more speed for wood.
I saw this on the local CL this morning, so cool for a scroll saw, I'm tempted even though I don't use a scroll saw much...
What do you have that is old and cool?