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Re: sharp ax

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07-17-2013 11:41:48

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Agreed and understood--that's why I mentioned it. I, on the other hand, tend to use hand tools, including most of the ones you mention, quite frequently, as in many cases I prefer them to the modern equivalent. It's often quicker to grab a hand tool for a short job than round up a power tool, find gas/oil/extension cords/etc., set everything up and then take it apart and put it away afterward. Examples include a hatchet with a homemade handle and sheath that stays behind the seat of the truck and gets used frequently to brush out the rural roads and trails I travel and a bit brace with a countersinking tip that stays permanently in it and hangs on my shop wall for quick one-or-two-hole jobs. To each their own, but I find considerable enjoyment in using and maintaining older tools, and in keeping the knowledge of their use and care alive.

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Stan in Oly, WA

07-18-2013 11:31:09

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 Re: sharp ax in reply to TimV, 07-17-2013 11:41:48  

I thought I was old school for still using power tools with an extension cord.

I still use non-power hand tools, too, just maybe not to the extent you do. I commonly use handsaws, coping saws, keyhole saws, miter saws, etc. rather than the equivalent power tool---particularly for a small job. I've probably used a small, sharp bow saw for hundreds of jobs where another person would probably use (misguidedly, in my estimation) a chain saw. It's easy to take up a tree or ladder with me, can almost always be used with one hand, starts every time, doesn't kick back, and it's wonderfully quiet. I still nail things together when that's faster than using a nailer, and sometimes when it isn't. However, I feel that the knowledge of how to use those kinds of tools is going to die with us.


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