Tool Purchase Advice Needed

Well, I just got robbed again. Some nearby amateur socialist has relieved me of my chop saw, 12" power planer, palm sander, and some hand tools.
As I contemplate replacing these tools, I'd like to ask your advice.
Has anyone bought a chopsaw, power planer, or pad sander in the past year had a very bad experience? What should I NOT buy?
Bill
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Have also been to that movie, more than once.
Don't like the ending.
When it comes to finish sanding I've had my 3727 Bosch. 6" ROS stolen at least 3 times.
Add to that a Fein detail sander for the corners and you are good to go.
As far as the other stuff, I'm out of date.
Good luck,
Lew
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The first choice of any discerning tool thief.
FoggyTown
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You might want to get a big dog too.
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You phrased that wrongly, mapdude. He should not get a small dog. (unless of course it yaps a lot at strangers). Honestly though, my condolences on the loss of the tools. There's few things more aggravating than someone thieving your tools.
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Upscale said:

And a twelve gauge. And a sign. On the razor wire.

Same here - been there as well.

Especially when it's crooked lawyers rather than your neighborhood teen crack-head.
Greg G.
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote in

I'd recommend buying the heaviest tools you can get. Sand bag them down. Bolt them to the concrete. Paint them yellow!
Ask yourself how the thief got in and cut off those access points. It's basic security.
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On Dec 25, 11:41pm, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Rather then investing in power tools, I think you should pack up and move to a safer community.
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On Dec 25, 11:41 pm, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

You might try what a former co-worker of mine did to his computer. Painted it some gawd-awful colors, like fluorescent pink and yellow. He would also take a soldering iron and engrave his name in the plastic casing.
Cuts way down on the thief's resale prospects (lowered value, plus easier to identify the items.)
Mark
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On Thu, 27 Dec 2007 11:25:32 -0800 (PST), redbelly

Again...
If you gotta' do this, isn't it time to think about moving?
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"Bonehenge (B A R R Y)" wrote:

Just curious.
Where would you suggest moving?
Lew
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Masada?
Max
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On Thu, 27 Dec 2007 13:18:00 -0800, "Lew Hodgett"
To an area where robberies aren't as likely?
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On Fri, 28 Dec 2007 08:16:21 -0500, "Bonehenge (B A R R Y)"

Yeah, like where I live. We leave doors unlocked and windows opened most of the time and this is the first place we've ever lived where we could do that. Having grown up in a place where you had to make sure your car was locked in front of your house or it might be stolen, it's nice that I don't have to do it. The only security I have on my shop is a padlock on the front door and I only lock it once a year when we go away on vacation.
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On Fri, 28 Dec 2007 19:49:07 GMT, Brian Henderson

One of my former homes got hit twice, with two more hits on my truck for good measure. The same town hosts the only airport where I've had fuel stolen out of the plane.
One time, they broke into my truck using a "Pleasant Street" sign as a Slim Jim, leaving it in the back of the truck as a gift!
Besides losing the stuff, there's that "invaded" feeling. It really sucks!
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"Bonehenge (B A R R Y)" wrote:

That place doesn't exist, perhaps living on an island might give you a leg up.
At least it works on Kelleys Island in Lake Erie.
The only way on/off the island is by air, a ferry or a private boat.
They leave the key in the ignition of the few resident cars, that way they don't have to look for it.
The island still has a police force. There was a homicide on the island a few years ago, and yes, an arrest and conviction.
Lew
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Might want to think security system. My insurance company requires me to have it since the shop is included on our homeowners (for structure and content). I've had someone try to break in, but the tools were and still are safe.
Allen

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On Tue, 25 Dec 2007 20:41:29 -0800 (PST), snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

What ever you do purchase to replace your tools be sure to mark them. I personaly use Name (1st inital and last name), A phone number and a pin number,(in this case my badge number). On your more expensive tools keep a record of the serial numbers. I have had tools stolen out of my vehicle before, but was fortunate enough to have been able to recover some of them. Actualy had a pawn broker call the number on the tool, and ask about it. When I informed him it was stolen he asked me how he could verify that and thats when I told him about the 4 digit mystery number next to the name. I was also able to tell him the case report number from the police report and the serial numbers of the tools. He stalled the guy and the locals were able to make an arrest. I realize this was mostly luck. but the markings sure came in handy. Turns out the mut they arrested also had "numerous" other stolen items in his possession and enough of a history to add a chronic offender rider on his case, can you say +8 years manditory to what ever the judge gave him for swiping my planer and the other peoples stuff. He must have had quite a history.
As for moving to a "safe" community there is no such animal. Crooks don't discriminate.
JDH
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On Fri, 28 Dec 2007 12:01:49 -0700, JDH wrote:

Agreed!
But you sure can stack the odds.
I've got a retired couple next door who's main hobby is outdoor gardening, on the other side is a stay at home mom who runs a 4 kid day care, across the street is a massive German Shepard, and I have an extremely irregular schedule and don't take the same vehicle to work every day. All the neighbors know each other's names, and I've taught 1/2 the kids in the neighborhood how to do wheelie drops and stoppies on mountain bikes. I live on a cul-de-sac with no through traffic.
The retired couple called the cops on a friend who was feeding our cats while we were on vacation. <G>
If someone wants something specific that I have, I have no doubt they can get it, but all of the above sure limits the opportunists and random taskers.
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