At my age, any tool I buy now only has to outlive me!
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It may outlive the usefulness (ie you're not using it) but unless you're terminally ill, none of us know how long we're going to be here - you could go on like Captain Sir Tom!
Don’t worry Ian I have no plans to depart this mortal coil yet, but I am realistic that should I make Captain Sir Tom’s age I do not think I will be doing much that requires tools.
Buying cheap does not always mean poor quality either if your canny. I bought a whetstone sharpener from Aldi some months back, it was a rebadged Sheppach. In my book they produce some good quality machine tools if the circular saw with a sliding table we had at work was anything to go by.
Today I took delivery of a clone of a Roper Whitney hand punch, the originals you are looking at paying £100 - £150, this one £22. The only thing that can wear out are the punches and dies but it will take the Roper Whitney spares if it comes to that.
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