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Don't you just hate it when you have to buy a new tool?


....  At times, it can be an expensive pain in the arse.  A couple nights ago, I was drilling a quite a few Forstener bit holes for tea light candle holders.  I knew it was getting a bit "cloudy" in the shop, but when I noticed a faint burning aroma, I stopped drilling just in time to watch the little motor on my benchtop drillpress start producing flames.  I quickly unplugged it, waited for it to cool down, blew the dust out of it, and promptly went about online shopping for a new one.  I now have a 13" HF benchtop (at 42" tall, I need a shorter bench...) drill press to replace my little 4" drill press.  Talk about an upgrade!  The store manager cut me a smoking deal (pun intended!) on the new one because I told him I was leaning heavy on a 12" Craftsman.  The one I got was the $260 unit, but I got the 2 year warranty and the drill press for $199 plus tax.  He even threw in a 1000 lb movers dolly that had a defect, so I have wheels now to start making a mobile base for it.  Overall, I'm happy, except for needing to spend more $$$ for my hobby...



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Yep  a man can never have enough tools,, I have quite a few HF tools, and always had good luck with them,, and I could be wrong    BUT that HF tool most likely came out of the same factory door that the craftsman did,, confuse

 



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Yep  a man can never have enough tools,, I have quite a few HF tools, and always had good luck with them,, and I could be wrong    BUT that HF tool most likely came out of the same factory door that the craftsman did,, confuse

 


 Doubt it.  This thing seems way heavier-built.  3/4 horse motor vs 1/2, the mounting plate is at least 2" bigger in both directions, and the factory table is bigger and beefier than the Sears offering.  I probably should have bought this years ago....



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Chet, was replacing the motor only just out of the question or did you have one of those "tool man moments" that we've all had.   No matter just enjoy your new one 'cause that's what it's all about anyhow.



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I figured with a replacement motor being $175 (it's so small, i could have probably stole a hair dryer motor, so I don't know why it's so expensive...), it was better to just upgrade.  That old one served me well for about 12 years, and I bought it used for $40.  I think I got my money's worth out of it.  All cleaned out, it seems to still run, just really weakly.  



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I spent most of today cleaning and organizing in the shop.  I figure, another 6 months, it'll be almost tidy.  biggrin  It's actually not that bad right now.  I have a few works in progress that are cluttering it up, and my "idea bench" is overflowing with extra stuff, but it's livable now.  I wish it looked this good when I left for deployment!

 



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I figured with a replacement motor being $175 (it's so small, i could have probably stole a hair dryer motor, so I don't know why it's so expensive...), it was better to just upgrade.  That old one served me well for about 12 years, and I bought it used for $40.  I think I got my money's worth out of it.  All cleaned out, it seems to still run, just really weakly.  "


 if its that old ,, maybe a new set of brushes and a good cleaning would help,,  but once we get the "gotta" have a new tool fever, that's all that works,,, do that ALL the time,,,,



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I have a car shop as well as a general shop full of all kinds of tools - many of which were bought for no other reason then it might be used someday. Luckily, most have been well broken in though I still have yet to use the Porter-Cable multi tool for more then a quick try out. That tool has been mostly forgotten simply because it wasn't used when new - outa sight, outa mind. Then a couple weeks ago I bought a set of Craftsman 'shorty' wrenches. Did I need them? Naww. I have a drawer full of shorty $nap-on wrenches. It does upset me when one of my tools dies and I have to buy a new one.

My 17 year old very heavy 16 speed HF DP is still running just fine (that one IS identical to a low end Delta except mine has a square table instead of round) and the motor is a common garden variety that bolts on the back



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