Dad's lightly used Porter-Cable variable speed 8" bench grinder; the one that was a Delta, then a Porter-Cable and then a Delta again. Stopped working. Service for many products in this "family" of brands is a well known black hole so let's skip that discussion. Parts are either a bit pricey or just plain unavailable. So after some careful investigation, I find a small circuit board in a location that tells you it is not designed to be 'user serviceable' that has a blown fuse.
Now, there was a time when you could run down to the electronics supply and pick up anything from a 1k resistor to a 20 pound transformer but, Radio Shack is as close as it comes around here anymore. No deal. The 5 x 20mm form factor comes in limited offerings. Found them difficult to find online but, finally did find them and ordered. One of my very rare forays into the dark world of e-bay . . . wrong product arrived, return would cost more than the product was worth. Found product on Amazon (learned some nomenclature from the paperwork that arrived with the wrong product previously mentioned which led to a successful search so, it wasn't a total loss) and ordered. Product arrived but, have yet to install.
When I look at items prior to making a purchase decision I can't tell if it is easier now-a-days or harder to decide. On the one hand if the product isn't exactly what you want, it doesn't really matter. It won't be around long. On the other hand I don't need to anguish over the decision since I know the item is only temporary no matter what the actual design is. I find I now use the "is this thing worth $80 for a years worth of use?" formula for making purchase decisions on many items. The only truly frustrating part of the whole thing is that we have sold off our manufacturing crown and those who now hold it don't make good products to be exported to the USA. I sometimes feel that I can't buy a quality reverse-giggle-bearing, wigit or whatever no matter how much I am willing to pay .
Last edited by glenn bradley; 11-17-2014 at 03:48 PM.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
- Arthur C. Clarke