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#1 posted 11-27-2018 09:59 PM

I agree with the vast majority of your words. However, and perhaps I m biased as R&D is my living, if we didn t try to continually “evolve” we would have missed out on some pretty cool stuff. Take Saw Stop s flesh sensing technology as one major example. This might be a stretch but also the riving knives of today might be another example. Heck now that I think of it, the vast majority of “Growth” we ve seen is based in safety and likely not truly a pondered-up feature. Anyways… I love tools both old and new!!!
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I can agree that evolution must go on, but my complaints between old and new machinery is not the safety devices being put on today’s tools (insurance concern driven), but the overall quality. The quality just doesn’t seem to be there anymore. Metals used are not as good as in the older machines. That is why these old machines are still with us; the quality of the materials were better. An example is the “aging” of castings that doesn’t seem to be done anymore. It takes time to build a good machine. Machines like CNC machining centers cost a great deal of money because they are carefully made using quality materials. How much care can be put into a $1000 machine. I believe today’s goods are designed to only last a limited amount of time. It has to do with repeat sales. Like Henry Ford’s model T, he learned that he would soon go out of business if his cars lasted too long. This is a throw-away society by design.

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