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post #61 of 63 (permalink) Old 06-20-2016, 10:53 AM
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If I was putting together a 'gift basket' for say, a new son-in-law, or looking for stocking stuffers, I'd throw in a decent brass plumb bob, a chalk line with bottle of chalk (I like blue), a good quality sliding T bevel, and if I really liked the person maybe a 12/2/1 100' extension cord...one that doesn't act like rebar when it gets cold out.
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if I really liked the person maybe a 12/2/1 100' extension cord...one that doesn't act like rebar when it gets cold out.
Wow... you are a nice guy! At about a buck a foot, that's a pretty awesome present!

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For me, I wouldn't repeat the same mistake of buying middle-of-the-road one-size-fits-all tools.

For example, drills. I sold my two underpowered corded drills which I thought would be good for everything but ended up being crap at everything. Replaced them with a high-torque corded, three cordless drills (impact, driver with torque setting and little screwdriver) and a rotary hammer drill. All still inexpensive but each the right tool for the right job.

Same with routers ... I got a big 2400W router thinking it'd be powerful enough for everything but ended up having to get a trimmer router because the big Triton was too bulky for fine hand-held work. Luckily I started with the TRA001 rather than the smaller 1400W router or I'd probably have the same problem of a middle-of-the-road tool that's too underpowered for the big hardwood jobs, too bulky for the fine hand-held work.

Things like squares, mortise gauges, tenon saws etc: Go with quality or you're throwing money away and will just be disappointed and quickly have to buy better stuff.
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