<snip> Us home hobbyshoppers don't always have to pay for professional
grade stuff, we seldom use it hard enough to wear it out.
Yep, that's about my feelings too.
However. There's always a however. However, I only buy cheap
small hand tools, pliers, wrenches, etc.. Because, being as I have two
sons, I often only get one time usage out of them, then the tool(s)
mysteriously vanish, and neither son knows anyting. So I only buy cheap
hand tools. Example, they replaced my well pump for me, and needed a
flashlight. I provided them a $1 flashlight (came with 2 batteries
even). Yesterday found it in the drive, where it'd been run over by the
younger son's truck. Sigh. The joys of parenthood.
I have a wife like that. I never need to look for secateurs in the garden, since
every flower bed has
one lying amongst the plants, where she has been pruning then her butterfly
brain has decided to go do
something else halfway through, or else the phone has rung and after she has
answered it she has
forgotten what she was doing.
Makes birthday presents easy though. I just buy her a new pair of secateurs.
"Darling, how did you
know I had lost my secateurs?"