If we could only get parts!

Case in point. Our Fellowes DM8C shredder died so I took it apart and was delighted to find that it was easily serviceable. Two stripped gears. So, I jumped on the Internet only to find that parts are not available. My delight was short-lived.
So here goes 25 more pounds into a stinking, bulging and leeching landfill, when it could have been repaired for a few bucks and 20 minutes of my time.
I usually take stuff apart before I throw it out and about half the time find that repair would be easy if the parts were available.
I hate the baggage of more legislation but think that something might need to be done in this arena.
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All too often even when the parts are available they are so expensive that there's little difference between their cost and the price of a new unit, in relative terms at the very least.
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Thanks. I forgot to mention that. I am so adamant about this issue that I often buy the parts anyway just to keep the stuff out of the landfill and to feed my ego. I feel good when I restore something to service.
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On Wed, 30 May 2007 21:24:40 -0400, "Charles"

Back in college, I bought all the guts for an electric percolator, spending I think almost as much as the whole thing cost.
I had found the perc in the trash, and I didn't even drink coffee. So I gave it to Goodwill after it was fixed.
I have other stories like that, but also have stories where I controlled myself.
Right now, people here slowly but easily convinced me that when the motor in my roof fan fails it would be cheaper to buy a whole new fan than to buy the motor at the local motor store. I have the receipt and paid more than 80 dollars last time. But what will I do with all the other parts? In theory I could use a spare thermostat (the current one is 24 years old), but in practice I think it could last until I die (OK, not really, I probably do need a spare thermostat, so I guess that is what I will do, but let's pretend that wasn't there. What would I do with the spare housing and fan blade? )
One thing I could do is call the motor store and negotiate with them. I'm sure I paid retail last time, but they'd probably sell it to me for wholesale or close if they believed that I planned to go buy a whole fan complete at the bigbox.
The motors last between 4 and 12 years and the OEM motors were at 12 and 4, and the others were in the middle. So I can't work off of that.
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Those motors are not very challenging to rebuild. A few thrust washers and some oil is usually all they need.
CWM
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Really. I should start on one now so it's ready when the current one slows to a stop.
Thanks.
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WW Graingers mark up on much non competive stuff like motors must be twice cost.
search around now on line for best price motor then put in stock for when needed
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