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Do you retire tools?

us Offline Aloha

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Do you retire tools?
on: November 30, 2022, 06:00:00 PM
I've heard this said about our tools.  I had to think if I've ever said it  :think:.  Do you retire tools? 
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Re: Do you retire tools?
Reply #1 on: November 30, 2022, 06:07:03 PM
Oh yeah! Sometimes it’s time to just retire them, clean them up, and just put them on display!
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Re: Do you retire tools?
Reply #2 on: November 30, 2022, 06:40:43 PM
Not really.
I tend to get decent tools, which means they'll last until either they break and need disposing of... or until I do.
Most of my woodworking hand tools were made before WW2. A few are modern ones, but I only resorted to them after Paul Sellers videos pushed the second-hand prices up to remortgage levels!!


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Re: Do you retire tools?
Reply #3 on: November 30, 2022, 06:54:56 PM
Some tools I have retired. I have my very first level from when I was an apprentice that hasn't been used in many years :tu: I would use if needed though :salute:

I have my first brick hammer from the same time that still resides in my tool bag though :cheers:

Those are just a couple of examples but I have tools that have made me money that I let rest but if I needed them then I would unretire them :D

Sentimental tools are similarly treated but there is less of a chance that they will be put back into service  :cheers:


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Re: Do you retire tools?
Reply #4 on: December 01, 2022, 02:47:20 AM
Not entirely. Some of them may go into semi-retirement if I upgrade or no longer need them. I'm more likely to find new homes for such tools than keep them around.
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us Offline OldBoy2016

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Re: Do you retire tools?
Reply #5 on: December 01, 2022, 07:05:37 AM
Not entirely as well. I’ll retire a tool when a better model comes along or it’s discontinued. But it goes to different stashes to save me time from getting my toolbox in the garage.


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Re: Do you retire tools?
Reply #6 on: December 01, 2022, 03:21:34 PM
No, I sent them to a sweat shop :P

I have some turn-over with tools (though more so with knives and multitools than hand-/power-tools). I usually give them to someone else or put them on the curb with a free sign (I live across a 2nd hand shop, if all else fails I bring it to them).
So, it is less of a retirement but more a new and challenging work environment for them.
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Re: Do you retire tools?
Reply #7 on: December 01, 2022, 04:25:02 PM
I have quite a few tools that I am unlikely to use again, mostly because I have a better/easier to use/more convenient version, but I keep them just in case I might need them one day. 

If I am quite sure I won't ever need them I donate to somewhere else.  The last lot went to a local Mens shed, who were very happy to take a Radial arm saw and a home made Bench saw.

As far as MTs go, well I have rather a lot that I have never used (and probably never will), so I guess you could sort of call them "retired", but I regard them more as "collected" (well, until I sell them, anyway).
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Re: Do you retire tools?
Reply #8 on: December 02, 2022, 12:37:46 AM
I’ve had my PST since 1995 or 1996, and until the beginning of this year it was my only decent full size multitool (I’ve got a Squirt and I’ve had a few cheap crappy tools).

I decided to get a Bond to carry so my PST could stay safely at home, no risk of it getting lost or confiscated.

Then I got a Skeletool. And a Crunch. And a Supertool 300. And a Minitool. And a Raptor.  And three more Crunches. And a Mr Crunch. And a Free P4. And a Juice. And a Rebar that should arrive tomorrow.

And now I’ve carried the PST every day for a month for a challenge, and it’s done everything I’ve needed, so I didn’t even need to buy any of the others!

It’ll still get used occasionally, but I think it’s going to enjoy retirement around the house from now on, purely due to the sentimental attachment.


us Offline nate j

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Re: Do you retire tools?
Reply #9 on: December 02, 2022, 02:21:41 AM
I have a few that I don’t use or carry for sentimental reasons, but mostly it’s not so much a deliberate decision to retire a tool as simply that I get something better (or at least newer and shinier) that performs the same function or fills the same niche, and then I don’t use or carry the older tool much.


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Re: Do you retire tools?
Reply #10 on: December 02, 2022, 03:28:25 AM
I have a few that I don’t use or carry for sentimental reasons...
Same with me.
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Re: Do you retire tools?
Reply #11 on: December 03, 2022, 10:25:35 PM
I was going to say no, and that I use all tools available until they are useless. But, actually thinking about it, that is not true. I do retire tools. Tools that are really old or of rare designs do get retired. Especially so if I have newer alternatives around, and there is no way of replacing the old one. For me there is a point where the practical usefulness is less than the value as interesting objects as such.

That said they can be brought out of retirement if needed.
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Re: Do you retire tools?
Reply #12 on: December 04, 2022, 03:55:37 PM
 :salute:  No tool formally gets retired but can enjoy some time off.  All tools should be ready to do work.   
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Re: Do you retire tools?
Reply #13 on: December 07, 2022, 12:45:34 PM
Retire?! Dude, most of them never see the light of day!

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Re: Do you retire tools?
Reply #14 on: December 07, 2022, 01:52:49 PM
:salute:  No tool formally gets retired but can enjoy some time off.  All tools should be ready to do work.   


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Re: Do you retire tools?
Reply #15 on: December 07, 2022, 02:53:27 PM
Ive only retired one and it was my main point of buying it. LM Mini Tool. Centerpiece of my collection.  Got plenty others to do the dirty work, even multiples.

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Re: Do you retire tools?
Reply #16 on: December 07, 2022, 03:09:12 PM
No, I just keep plenty of spares in drawers should I need them  :D


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Re: Do you retire tools?
Reply #17 on: December 07, 2022, 03:29:35 PM
Retire?! Dude, most of them never see the light of day!

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