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Thread: Who is always thinking of buying a tool they don't really need?

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    Who is always thinking of buying a tool they don't really need?

    I saw this really nice laguna lath for sale in south florida. its kinda far from me and I would probably only be willing to pay $500 and he wants $650 but it looks great and has a 16" swing. I just want it so bad. I don't have a real need for it but I have not stopped thinking about it.

    I don't actually need any of my shop tools but I sure love them. I use almost all of them from time to time but they are a hobby and have earned me very little money compared to the cost. One of my first posts when I decided to join this site was about a giant dewalt RAS that I bet most of you would have passed on at any price. I have not completed (or actually started) my plans for it but the way I talk about the thing you would think it was my giant cast iron son. I love having it. I just don't have time to set it up properly. Did I ever mention it does over a 36" cross cut? . I've already started its college fund (please don't tell my wife. she thinks I'm crazy enough already)

    I know I'm not the only guy or gal with this problem. Not the college fund thing. I was just kidding about that.

    Do any of you have any good examples of tools you just had to have so you bought them and love them despite their uselessness?

    Any excellent excuses to buy a lath you KNOW you have no need for?

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    Only thing I can think of offhand is a LV plane hammer. The wooden mallet I use is perfectly adequate, but the plane hammer looks so classy.
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    I think I've lost the urge to buy any more tools as the ones I have right now are doing everything I need them to do.

    I still love to look at craigs list though just to see whats out there and what crazy dollar amount they are asking for it!

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    I have a number of tools that I thought would be very useful, but never ended up using much, if at all. Among them, I can't think of any that I'm particularly attached to, but I can see where you're coming from.

    As a side note, what model is the Laguna lathe? I know several people who had major problems with the Laguna 18-47 when they first came out. Worse than the problems themselves was the poor customer service (and outright dishonesty) they got from Laguna after the sale. Personally, I don't think I'd risk $500 to $600 on their 16-43, especially if you're not sure you'd be using it much.

    As another side note, I think Giant Cast Iron Son would be an excellent name for a rock band.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
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    i am not in the market for any tools if i was to be smart but i do have one or two that keeps me looking edge sander for one and a byrd head for another
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    keith, since it is your hobby, theres no reason to expect the tools to "earn" money.
    if it brings you pleasure, you cant put a price on that.

    I purchased a few smaller tools when I first got started, some extras, but try to control any spending now on exactly what I feel I need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    I have a number of tools that I thought would be very useful, but never ended up using much, if at all. Among them, I can't think of any that I'm particularly attached to, but I can see where you're coming from.

    As a side note, what model is the Laguna lathe? I know several people who had major problems with the Laguna 18-47 when they first came out. Worse than the problems themselves was the poor customer service (and outright dishonesty) they got from Laguna after the sale. Personally, I don't think I'd risk $500 to $600 on their 16-43, especially if you're not sure you'd be using it much.

    As another side note, I think Giant Cast Iron Son would be an excellent name for a rock band.
    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    keith, since it is your hobby, theres no reason to expect the tools to "earn" money.
    if it brings you pleasure, you cant put a price on that.

    I purchased a few smaller tools when I first got started, some extras, but try to control any spending now on exactly what I feel I need.
    I looked at the ad again and it is a 16-43. When I was in high school I got to use a lath and just loved making bowls and little bats. So I'm not certain wether I would find that much joy in it or not. Its really hard to say if I would even find the time.

    Allen;
    That is so true. I would like to tools to earn me money but who wouldn't want their hobby to earn profit. I guess I love tools for no reason at all and wish I could just collect multiple shops of them. If my wood working tools actually earned money then i wouldn't feel so guilty about thinking of buying another. I'm really only supposed to have one major tool purchase a year and that clocked out with my delta RAS. But its not a rule written in stone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keith Boutselis View Post
    I looked at the ad again and it is a 16-43. When I was in high school I got to use a lath and just loved making bowls and little bats. So I'm not certain wether I would find that much joy in it or not. Its really hard to say if I would even find the time.
    The lathe is just the beginning... deep dark spiral... Getting a lathe is a serious problem, you can make almost anything round.. and feel compelled to do so.. then you start figuring out new ways to make things differently round so you try that.. it quickly gets out of control.

    As for "need" and tools, well .. umm .. yeah .. I take the 5th.

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