Ban Dinh wrote:Like Dan Boone, I frequent sales, with estate auctions being preferred. I usually buy "vintage" yard equipment that was manufactured years ago to different standards and is still good for many years. Maybe the previous owners also bought junk, but got rid of it when it failed so it doesn't show up at the estate auction.
Dan Boone wrote:A lot of times I see, but refuse to purchase, rakes and shovels and hoes and such originally having wooden handles, that have been modified by welding the tool to a piece of steel water pipe after the handle broke. This makes them indestructible but punishingly heavy and inflexible -- basically the sort of tool you might issue to a prisoner on a chain gang, but nothing you'd ever choose to use yourself. Maybe it just reflects the kind of screwed-up family I grew up in, but I always imagine there was some teenager grumpy about chores who broke one too many wooden handles and started getting issued steel punishment tools instead.
Travis Johnson wrote:
Come on Dan...you cannot tell me with a straight face that when your Dad gave you lopping shears and told you to cut back the hedges you did not break them on purpose so you could get a few days reprieve while dad got a new one. Or am I the only one that did that and got coal in my Christmas Stocking? (LOL)
Eric Hanson wrote:What I don’t know is if it is possible to repack lithium ion batteries. As of yet, none of my lithium ion batteries have failed or even show any signs of decay. I am in the Ridgid platform and I have a whopping 5 4-ah lithium ion battery packs. This is enough for me to use 3 tools without switching batteries and still have 2 charging. But some day these battery packs will go bad, and if possible I would love to repack them.