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Forum topic by b2rtch posted 01-04-2014 05:09 PM 3228 views 0 times favorited 108 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-04-2014 05:09 PM

( my sander is exactly the same but with the Ryoby name on it)

When I came to this country just a little over 30 years ago, I came with about five dollars in my pocket.
My first wife was even poorer as she came from China as an illegal immigrant.
Yet after only a few years we were able to put a down payment on a house in Long Beach California.
The house has been a school and had it been moved at least three times in its 100+ years life.
It was in a terrible shape and I had a lot of work to do.
One of the first tool I bought was a Ryobi 3×21 belt sander.
I bought this sander before my daughter was born and she now is 27 years old.
I still regularly use this sander, I never had to do anything to it and it still works great.
An interesting thing about this sander is that I bought the exact same one in France twice.
The first one under the HOLZ-HER name and the second under the Black & Decker name.

I have tools that I bought before this sander but until recently I did not use them

-- Bert

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#1 posted 01-04-2014 05:31 PM

When my wife and I got married way back in 1971 we talked about it and we both decided that I could buy a basic set of woodworking hand tools for $1000. I carefully selected what I considered to be a good basic set of tools and bought the best that I could. I still have and use everyone of them. I used to help with my mother’s antique shop by repairing some antiques and already had acquired a few tools from that and still have those as well. $1000 bought a lot more than it does now so it made a nice basic set. So a number of my hand tools have been with me for 40 or 45 years. I have also bought a number of good older tools from Ebay over the years.

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#2 posted 01-04-2014 05:36 PM

Two things come to mind…I don’t remember what was first.

Skilsaw 574 – Used to breakdown sheet goods, rough cut stock and general construction projects. This saw has some serious miles on it.

Jorgensen f style clamps. Bought 8 24” clamps. These get used on almost every projects.

These were purchased early 80’s.

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#3 posted 01-04-2014 05:46 PM

I believe my 1st would be a Porter Cable door hanging kit. Came with the hinge jig, 126 planer, and 1002 router, all in a steel box. Think I must have bought it in the early ‘70s. Had the kit on a job site one day and some SOB stole the planer while I broke for lunch, and man was I ever pizzed!! Still have the jig and router, and still use the router.

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#4 posted 01-04-2014 05:48 PM

Mid 20’s Crescent 8” jointer. Powered with a 2hp RI motor. Runs awesome..

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#5 posted 01-04-2014 05:54 PM

MedicKen, How old is it?
Did you buy it new?

-- Bert

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#6 posted 01-04-2014 06:12 PM

My skil circular saw. 35 yrs and still working. Now, I buy almost everything via CL.

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#7 posted 01-04-2014 06:21 PM

A sioux electric drill that was handed down to me from my older brother. Dad bought it for him when he was 16.. that’s 1940’ish. I don’t use it but it still works.

I still have my Craftsman jointer, bandsaw, belt sander, and drill press from the early 70’s purchased in my college years, I’m 59 now. All big heavy hunks of cast iron and all going strong today

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#8 posted 01-04-2014 06:22 PM

A top of the line (if possible) Craftsman 3/8” variable speed drill that I still have but can’t remember the last time I used it. Bought this drill back in 1969 or 1970. The next oldest would be a 1-1/2 hp. Stanley 1/4” and 3/8” router I bought in 1971 or 1972, and has not been used in years. This was the old Stanley router before Stanley sold out to Bosch.

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#9 posted 01-04-2014 06:32 PM

B&D #7301 Circular Saw bought for my first house in 1971. Still works like new. B&D used to make some
very sturdy stuff.

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#10 posted 01-04-2014 07:01 PM

My Craftsman jig saw I bought new in 1975 and still using. It was my first power tool.

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#11 posted 01-04-2014 07:06 PM

My Stanley 60 1/2 block plane that I bought back in the seventies when I did the woodwork on fiberglass sailing yachts for Islander Yachts.

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#12 posted 01-04-2014 07:12 PM

Thank you all for your posts

-- Bert

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#13 posted 01-04-2014 07:15 PM

My first tools is a new complete set of 24 Stanley wood chisels, in the early 80`s (I was 12). Some blades are shorter than when they were new but still performing very well. My grand father and my dad bought it for me. With the little money I had I bought a set of 8 auger gimlets, I found them cool without knowing how useful they were/are (or even what they were really used for) . I still use those tools today. My latest received “tool” is a DMT for christmas (gift from my partner). Now my chisels are sharper than ever. The other older “tool” I own and still use is my workmate 2000.

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#14 posted 01-04-2014 07:21 PM

My Stanley Proto tool box was the student issue in tech school back in 91. Woodworking specific would be my 1995 Skil Saw…

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#15 posted 01-04-2014 07:52 PM

Bottom-of the-line B&D variable speed reversible 3/8” drill. It actually works pretty well, because the perfectly straight sides and top of the body allow me to put a square up against it while drilling. Bought it in 1990.

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