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    An old boy at our local engineers club sat with us one lunchtime and explained quietly to all at the table he was seriously addicted.We were all taken aback because apart from cigarettes he never drank etc well he said I am addicted, as he said I suspect we all are with tools I have been since I was aboy he added.I just love them I never tire of hearing about them or touching using them or buying them.I suspect most of us that love tools are a little bit that way aint we ??? Alistair
    Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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    How true it is.I know I am, anyone who has been to my shop knows this is true for me also.

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    • #3
      I never met a tool I didn't like, except for the ones that I couldn't figure out how to use. Now I'm known on my street for being able to diagnose, have the tool for, and fix almost anything. The beauty of a shop is that if you don't have some special tool, chances are good that you can make one.

      I hate to use the PC term, but it makes me feel, well, empowered.
      The curse of having precise measuring tools is being able to actually see how imperfect everything is.

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      • #4
        With me it just started out with wanting to build live steam locomotives. Once you have a lathe and mill, a whole new world opens up.

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        • #5
          Once you have a lathe and mill,...
          yeah .....know all about that..you end up wanting more lathes and mills...lol :0

          all the best..mark

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          • #6
            and a shaper, hobber, welder, surface grinder, ironworker, VMC, HMC, CNC lathe, cylindrical grinder, centerless grinder....

            when the list ends, you start over and get two of everything

            -Jacob

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            • #7
              My justification for anything from vehicles to tools is: Because I want it.

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              • #8
                You guy have it all wrong. My dad told me that it was just a phase that I was going through and that I would outgrow it. Now 61, guess some phases last longer than others.

                Joe

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                • #9
                  I thought this WAS a tool addiction support group?
                  I just need one more tool,just one!

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                  • #10
                    There is no cure so a support group is the only answer.

                    Joe

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                    • #11
                      I dunno.... I thought about it a while back, and realized that I had MADE quite a bit of non-shop stuff for repairs on things.

                      I think I am on a fair way to paying for the tools in repairs, actually. That's not counting shop-related stuff. Counting that (sort of regressive) it is clearly money ahead. But If I didn't have the shop I wouldn't have needed the repairs, so......

                      That is what I like to do. I fix stuff, I make stuff, its fun.

                      And its one in the eye for the consumer society..... another plus.

                      1601

                      Keep eye on ball.
                      Hashim Khan

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                      • #12
                        I don’t think that I have owned a tool that has not paid for it’s self. Now having said that, boys, go out and buy all the tools you have always wanted, “they’re FREEâ€‌ !!!!
                        Mel
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                        I would rather have tools that I never use, than not have a tool I need.

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                        • #13
                          This explains why we are at the top of the food chain.
                          Michael

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                          • #14
                            ........I made my first trip to Reliable Tool in Irwindale to pickup a 6" Kurt I'd been high bidder on ($200), and I don't yet own a suitable milling machine.

                            I went into their 'storefront' place where you can buy endmills, drill bits, reamers, and other tools by the pound. These were $4 a pound and most are used. Some re-sharps dip-sealed. Some brand new drill bits in 10ea packaging.

                            Before I knew it I had about 15 lbs of stuff, and had to go back through what I had, to cut it in half. I had no immediate use for anything that I bought. I most likely bought a lot of what I already owned.

                            However, they were shiney. They were sharp. They were cheap and I had to have some. I don't have a horizontal mill either, but must admit to having been entranced by some of these cutters, slabbers, and slitters. It's like jewelery to a woman and shiney is to a monkey :-)

                            Rick
                            Son of the silver stream ..... Bullet caster.

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                            • #15
                              Second wave means you get the bench drill you really should have got in the first place. Still the motor on the first one might come in handy one day.
                              Scrap bins never have the bit of stuff you need at the time. Another trip to the supplier. Or the tip.
                              You know you have a problem when you demolish an expensive tool to win a bit of stuff to make a cruddy tool you can get at the store for pennies.
                              When the pile of blunt drills reaches a drawer full you learn to hand grind. Why do that when you can flush next weeks housekeeping on a motorised sharpener that produces a worse job than hand grinding. And you liked doing it.
                              What problem.
                              bobby.
                              boef

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