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With proper usage (and sometimes not even that), certain tools seem virtually indestructible. What is a tool or tools that has served you reliably for a long time?

I’d be remiss in not mentioning a 50 year old chrome craftsman drill that belonged to my grandfather. It served three generations before the motor finally threw a commutator in a flurry of blue sparks. I even tried to fix it, was unsuccessful, but learned a lot about motors in the process.

That being said, I currently use a 25 year old Makita circular saw that’s still going strong. You can see a picture of me wielding it mightily in this post.

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