Hmm. I can tell you what I paid for most every tool I own, even the Crafstman RAS I bought in 1976! Maybe another 20 years, I'll forget, may even forget I have them. But, that is a whole 'nuther issue... will have nothing to do with how much or how little I paid for them!!!
Art, your bias against Grizzly has been well documented, so I just say most of my Griz stuff is nearly 20 years old and works as well today as it did then. No regrets on any of it!
Won't talk about Craigs List. Well, yes I will... BUYER BEWARE. I see stuff that cost more than original retail, stuff the "owner"(at least possessor) has no idea what it is or does, and stuff that isn't worth taking home at any cost. Occasional bargains do exist, but...
One time use? HF maybe a good buy! Some of their stuff is quite ok. Seen a lot of junk form Dewalt also! Pays to know what you are looking at.
Experience comes from doing. We all makes mistakes, thing is to learn from them. Second go round, you will have a better idea what features/quality are important to you. Oh and I can't tell you what is important to you. and most folks don't listen any way! Been there done that and hesitate to give too much of such advise.
Still the issue of "craftsmanship". You know, being able to get the job done well with what you have. Too many people blame tools for lack of ability!
Enough rant.. Buy what you need/want. Don't sweat the detail too much. Expect you are going to be wrong once in a while, we all are.
Oh, and there rarely is any "best" anything for everyone!
I have found that hand tools are the best choice when I want to make mistakes at a slower rate of speed.
I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.
Last edited by Dmeadows; 04-01-2015 at 01:17 PM.