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Forum topic by Sawdust35 posted 04-16-2019 06:24 PM 774 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-16-2019 06:24 PM

I have been cleaning up my shop area and found the empty boxes my Lie-Nielsen, Veritas and Wood River hand tools came in. I’ve kept them in case I or my wife needed to sell the hand tools in the future. Does it make sense to hold on these boxes solely for that reason…assuming a buyer would care about factory packaging being included with the sale?

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#1 posted 04-16-2019 07:02 PM

well in my shop the boxes get tossed as soon as ive checked out the tool and then get put into a cabinet or tool dad was a big collector of bridge city tools and always told me to save the box and certifications for higher value,so when he passed and i got the tools the first thing i did was toss all that sure he rolled in his grave.they just take up too much space and i use them not collect them.same with the plastic cases power tools come in,into the recycle bin,except the systainers from festool or mirka,those i keep.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 04-16-2019 07:19 PM

From what I have seen its more of a prestige thing with collectors. Once a vintage tool has some value the box is only worth perhaps a slight bit more(search ebay for a Stanley 70 or 45 and see with or without box prices). So if you keep them 100 years or so you might get a few more rupees on HologramBay.

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#3 posted 04-16-2019 08:08 PM

Keep the Lie Neilson boxes just in case you have to send the tool back for repairs. I did drop my block plane once and bend the adjuster. I sent back in the original box I only paid shipping.
The rest of the boxes made in China should be burnt. :)

-- Aj

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#4 posted 04-16-2019 09:24 PM

If u are on the fence about getting rid of them try to break them down or fold them flat so they are easier to store and take up less space

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#5 posted 04-16-2019 10:22 PM

Thanks for the advice. I will be keeping a few in the event I need to send back to manufacturer for repair.

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#6 posted 04-16-2019 10:30 PM

If u are on the fence about getting rid of them try to break them down or fold them flat so they are easier to store and take up less space

- JCamp

Some I just throw in the unusable space in the attic. Hard to get to but its there if i ever really need them. Though my LN saws are still in the boxes stacked on a shelf since i haven’t made my wall cabinet yet.

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#7 posted 04-16-2019 11:32 PM

My Wife has it right, I’m a hoarder, but I have a system. I’ve always had a detached shop building, guys with a garage could also do this I suppose Basement folks are SOL. I put them all up there in the attic space.

I have swapped/flipped tools all my life, and I will state emphatically you get a better price when you have the box, no question, it’s a matter of how much. I haven’t written them all down. but I would say 10 to 15% more with, than without, as a general rule.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 04-16-2019 11:50 PM

Unpack, test, put tool in tool cabinet and box back in shipping box, let shipping box sit for duration of return window, then toss. I have to go to the landfill every few weeks due to shop related debris so off it goes.
Exceptions are oddball specialty tools that I don’t want in the cabinet. A specialized impact drill and large bits…an old sawsall from when they came in a metal box with blade assortment. I keep those as I don’t use those tools in the shop but often on the road. Sensitive equipment is also kept in the original box, transits, lasers etc.

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#9 posted 04-18-2019 05:00 AM

I used to save them but once I threw the first one away the second was easier and now they go straight to the recycle bin.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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#10 posted 04-18-2019 09:12 AM

For value, a tool is always worth more if you have the box. It also makes shipping them safer and easier.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#11 posted 04-18-2019 12:04 PM

I tossed em all last fall in a shop cleanup. I figure im not selling them and if I go my wife doesnt know how much they are so shell try selling my planes $10 a piece and chisels $15 for the set. So at those prices no one will need the boxes

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#12 posted 04-18-2019 12:11 PM

I’m with those who advised to keep your boxes until your return window has expired. Once that day arrives, RUN do not walk to the NEAREST trash can or recycle bin. We’re assuming you’ve bought your tools to USE. Only hard core collectors with serious OCD get their panties in a bunch about boxes. They seem to get their jollies looking at a pile of shrink wrapped boxes with contents that haven’t seen daylight since the factory and never will.
I have another hobby in which there are individuals who get aroused by stuff in boxes. For most of us, they are a major PITA to have all those damned boxes underfoot, and we just don’t happen to have a warehouse sized area to store that shit. Unless your tools came in a nice wooden box and should be kept, like the Stanley #55 or some such, in the case of cardboard boxes, “From trees thou art, to mulch thou shalt return”

-- OleGrump

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#13 posted 04-18-2019 12:14 PM

This kind of like the argument of keep /toss with those plastic tool cases. Well I kept mine but I’m planning a move and when I get there, out they go to the recycle bin. Took one down the other day and it had a couple of inches of dust on it. Proof that they are of little use after you use the tool for the first time.

-- Bob, FL Keys

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#14 posted 04-18-2019 12:15 PM

So far I’ve kept mine, but even though the ones I have don’t take much room they may be destined for the recycled center.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#15 posted 04-18-2019 12:45 PM

I tend to keep them as we move about the country every 5-10 years. I typically use the empty boxes for shelf storage of other things until it comes time to move.

-- Sawdust Maker

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