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That is like asking my wife why she keeps her "old shoes".

If it is a power tool I replace with a better version, I sell the older one - otherwise I keep my tools, and I never get rid of hand tools. As someone else mentioned, if I get rid of a tool, I will need it the very next day.
The other day CPO had Bosch reman 1617 routers with plunge and regular bases for $129, so I bought one, I told my wife and she asked how many routers do you have I counted, and told her 8, she asked how many routers do you need, I told her I got by with one for many years, and she said why do you keep buying more

I then said how many pairs of shoes do you have, I left her speechless LOL

The remans I have gotten from CPO all look like they had never even ran, even have the new tool smell, and that router is usually about $100 bucks more

Now then on the old tools, I won't pitch anything that still runs and is serviceable, I generally fins somebody who wants one and give them to them, with the understanding they will take good care of the tool of machine

I just gave my BIL a very good Delta 6 inch jointer, I had replaced with a 8 inch long bed
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That reminds me ...

Igave a perfectly good Craftsman 6" jointer to a fellow woodworker who didn't have one. I made a special all wood stand for it with storage and motor mount and even provided a new HF 1 HP motor. I haven't heard a complaint from him thus far. I had used it for some 30 years and had replaced the cutterhead bearings at least once. Other than some issues resetting the knives even all the way across, I liked that old beast. I acquired a new one with adjustable outfeed which makes that process a bit easier.

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I have sold things in that past that, even after many years, gives me twinges of regret. I find if I get rid of something, I'll need it two weeks later. I have tools that I have had for over 40 years. Example- Radio Shack multi meter that I bought in about 1975. Handy as a pocket on a tee shirt.
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I still have the Bailey #4 with rosewood handles my dad gave me when I was 16 and many others I found over the years. I am 76 and not letting any of them go.
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I had a set of slate roofing tools since I was in college. I actually did some roofing work and helped an uncle replace slate on his roof. Thirty years later, I replaced a slate roof on a small shed. My wife and in laws were in awe, not just that I knew how to work with slate, but that I had the tools to cut the slate, put in the nail holes and even the slate nail cutter for removing the old slate. A nearly lost trade these days. I was given a cheap 3/8 inch Black and Decker drill when I was about 25. I still use it, although the cord is such a hassle compared to the new cordless models. I also have a huge half inch old aluminum case Millers' Falls portable drill, the cord is going bad on it, but it works great. That drill never bogs down. I don't use the big boy frequently, but I use it probably once a year. And usually, it is just the right tool for the job. Some times, a 3/8 inch drill or cordless drill just doesn't have the capacity or the oomph.
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the cord is going bad on it,
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I got that big Millers Falls drill at a yard sale around 1980 and I have had the cord replaced twice since. All the shops that did those kinds of repairs have closed down. I last had the cord replaced 18 years ago. I guess I may have to do it myself this time. I just recently replaced cords on my radial arm saw and scroll saw, but those were not as heavy duty as what is on the drill. Electricity and I have had a few painful confrontations over the years. I try not to aggravate it because I am the one that feels the pain.
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Talk about keeping tools you don't use, I've got a 16" radial arm saw I bought three years ago this month I've never been able to set it up and use it because I don't have a place for it. I'm hoping before the end of the year to be able to get it set up. I started remodeling the shop and got busy and never had time to finish it. The saw needs to go against one wall that isn't there yet.
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I recently bought a house that needed a faucet replaced. For flexibility I decided to use PEX pipe, which I've never done before. Bought some tubing, fittings, crimp clamps, and the crimper tool. Then decided to go with braided hose instead of PEX. The tool is in my "plumbing" box still in its package. Home Depot would have let me return it, but.... nah, ya never know when it'll come in handy.

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Iíve promised myself Iím going to go through my old router bits and toss those that are high speed steel that I know are no longer up to standard. I still havenít done it. But I will.
Woodnthings recently put me onto a router bit sale by Peachtree where I went in whole hog on 166 bits.
So I have plenty of router bits. My older bits are all 1/4Ēshank bits and I still use 1/4Ē shank bits with the compact router.

I can relate to Kerryís dilemma of buying a tool I think I have to have and after about two rounds with it set it aside. I did this with a new Delta Tenon Jig. Itís a heavy jig to keep on a shelf.
Did just that - made a couple sets of the old HHS bits, gave them away to new woodworkers to get them started. Went all carbide.

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I had a set of slate roofing tools since I was in college. I actually did some roofing work and helped an uncle replace slate on his roof. Thirty years later, I replaced a slate roof on a small shed. My wife and in laws were in awe, not just that I knew how to work with slate, but that I had the tools to cut the slate, put in the nail holes and even the slate nail cutter for removing the old slate. A nearly lost trade these days. I was given a cheap 3/8 inch Black and Decker drill when I was about 25. I still use it, although the cord is such a hassle compared to the new cordless models. I also have a huge half inch old aluminum case Millers' Falls portable drill, the cord is going bad on it, but it works great. That drill never bogs down. I don't use the big boy frequently, but I use it probably once a year. And usually, it is just the right tool for the job. Some times, a 3/8 inch drill or cordless drill just doesn't have the capacity or the oomph.
Have my dad's tools used in working stone. Still use them once in a while. Not many around this area that can cut flagstone or work with it. Spend several summers in the Pennsylvania stone quarries with him as a teen. He would lease a spot, bring in a bulldozer, uncover the stone, and start cutting. This was many years ago, now the EPA and others have their nose in things, real pain anymore to do so.
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You have to save broken tools to. Never know when you need parts.
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I saved everything even my dads old tools and now I need to let it all go. I just wish I could find a safe way to do it. I haven't figured out eBay yet, but I'm still working on it. My other option is to haul it off to a flea-market which is another story. I saved a lot of tools hoping my son would go into the construction business with me, but he was never interested and I can't do it myself anymore. Now I find out that a lot of my tools are obsolete because there are better ones available and I would have to give them away.

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Iím a die hard DIY guy. Donít tell me to hire someone for what I can do myself.
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Being a mechanic makes the problem worse. Can not use the 1 year rule. That what I doing now going true my shed and cleaning and re organizing.

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