I had one Toyota. There was only one item of maintenance it required--every
12,000 miles you replaced the engine to the tune of 5 thousand bucks. The
third time I finally trashed the piece of crap.
Honda's another one. I had a CB400T that died on me one day--dead starter,
and the genii at Honda had decided to remove the kick starter that year, so
it ended up permanently dead. Seat must have been designed by the same
clan that provided the imperial torturers in earlier days though--I figure
the designer lost somebody he cared about at Hiroshima and was getting
revenge through that seat design.
Old Nikons are decent equipment. Don't know about the newer ones.
I've never had any significant trouble with a Ford or Chevy.
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I've got a Chevy Astrovan with about 150,000 miles on it, and
the biggest problem I've had was having to replace the
alternator at about 120,000.
And I'll show my age by saying that the old Chevy 6's from the
50's and 60's ran forever if you kept the oil changed :-). If
they did give any problems, there was enough working room in the
engine compatment that I could stand in it next to the motor.
That old 2 speed automatic was something else :-).
IMHO, FWIW, etc.
Toyota Tacoma 4x2 (Timex on wheels. I gave up a BMW for my Tacoma, never
Old Stanleys (all of mine are much older then me, still going strong).
Lee Valley Bevel-edge Chisels (incredible bargain at 39 bucks for set of
Whiteside Router Bits (the best bits on the planet).
Freud Thin Kerf Blades (another bargain, especially when compared to pricey
Taunton Press (dedicated to excellence in woodworking publishing).
V-8 Juice (off topic, but still nectar of the gods).
New Record Planes (it's easier to raise a child then tune a new record
Scary Sharp (over-stated and over-rated).
Makita (essentially, low end tools with high prices).
Home Depot (low end products, low end advice).
Again, my opinions.
I buy only the best tools available because they hold up and cost less in
the long run. My shop is almost 100% Craftsman. If Bob Vila uses them, you
know they are professional quality.
R. E Quick Transit
Now I need to know what the best tool is to get a goopy mixture of
chips and salsa out of a keyboard ;)
That being said I do have my grandfathers old craftman bandsaw and it
seems to doing fine.
Works like a charm with the Craftsman direct drive motor. No sloppy belts
to deal with and it runs on 110 volts with plenty of power. The old Delta
motor was heavier than the Craftsman, but I figure it is heavier because it
has more volts in it. I don't need all them volts with the Craftsman
because they have a lot more power than other brands. That is what makes
them Professional Grade.
I did have to do some adjusting to get the blade and motor assembly lined up
just right. I must have been off a little when I drilled the holes through
the top. The first few boards I tried to cut kept flying up and hitting
the garage ceiling, but then I figured it out. A few hits with the hammer
helped, but I had to run a bigger drill through the bolt holes so I could
move the motor far enough. Cuts straight now. If it gets out of line and
starts throwing wood, I just smack the side of the motor with a hammer and
it gets back in line again.
The kitchen cabinets are almost done. I needed more particle board and had
a delay because Home Depot ran out, but they got some more in. It gets hard
to cut sometimes. My neighbor said I should get a Car Bide blade, but I
could not find that brand at either Sears or Home Depot. I even looked for
Car Bide Company but found no information on them.
R. E. Quick Transit
To get it to the temperature you want. It's a continuum thing.
Replaced mine two days ago, and the liability folks seem to have mandated a
setting somewhat lower than the one to which I was accustomed. Guess I'll
heat it another 10 degrees.
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