MAKE Asks: Tools that won’t Quit

MAKE Asks: is a weekly column where we ask you, our readers, for responses to maker-related questions. We hope the column sparks interesting conversation and is a way for us to get to know more about each other.

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.

Post your responses in the comments section.


In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens' educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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