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Old 02-23-2018, 11:18 PM   #1
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Any opinions on time/money getting tools repaired vs. 'throw them in the gutter, etc... etc....? Yes, I'm the guy who kind of sucks at throwing out 'useful' stuff, and in many cases I end up just buying new when something breaks because I need it NOW! Primarily I'm talking about $100-$300 new value power tools like dropped circular saws, rotary hammers/drills with broken switches, etc... In a former life I would nerd out on the internet, buy cheap replacement parts somewhere and give it a shot with varying results. Now my time is worth much more money, but I still hate throwing stuff out that could be easily repaired,(by someone who knows how).

Know anyone who could help in the North Denver Metro- let me know.
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Old 02-24-2018, 04:27 AM   #2
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I hate throwing stuff away, and used to fix that kinda stuff. But like you say, my time is worth alot more now, and it doesn't make sense to spend a couple hours trying to save 50 bucks


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There's no one answer, it depends. My Bosch multi-tool would no longer hold blades so I nearly tossed it to get something else. But I opened it up only to find a screw that holds the mechanism down had loosened with the vibrations. Tightened it and it's good as new. I'll replace a switch on a tool if available. Worn mechanisms won't be worth repairing on a small tool. I like using a tool I fixed more than using a new tool.
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There's an awesome repair shop in Greeley, but at $75 an hour plus parts, it may not always make sense financially. But, when it only takes ten minutes to replace a switch in a worm drive saw.

In Denver, you have the luxury of the major tool brands having a service center in town. I know bosch, Milwaukee, and dewalt all have a service center there.

For air tools, there is Carlson Systems and Empire Staple. I just had my big coil framer rebuilt for $150 by Carlson. That was worth it to me.
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Thanks for the input everyone- just wish I had a heated shop to tinker with stuff.(pretty easy to wimp out when I have a snow day and the highs are in the teens) I'll probably mess with them a bit and see what I can do, then maybe try to finagle a deal with a repair shop if it comes to it. Thanks for the heads-up on the options in Greeley and Denver.

Lettusbee- is real estate and construction booming in FC like it is down here in the Boulder area?
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Thanks for the input everyone- just wish I had a heated shop to tinker with stuff.(pretty easy to wimp out when I have a snow day and the highs are in the teens) I'll probably mess with them a bit and see what I can do, then maybe try to finagle a deal with a repair shop if it comes to it. Thanks for the heads-up on the options in Greeley and Denver.

Lettusbee- is real estate and construction booming in FC like it is down here in the Boulder area?
FC is copying Boulder. Prices are so high that people are driving till they qualify. Communities like Wellington, Severance, and Ault are exploding with tract housing.

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Lettusbee- Wow, not surprised- but when the bubble bursts around here,(knock on wood) there are going to be a lot of people underwater in really badly built homes. Boulders 'no growth' policy has blown up everything else in Boulder county and beyond. I just talked to a high-end residential GC I work with,(both bitching about finding good help) said that one of his subs doesn't even try to hire within the area. Instead he heads south and recruits- he's one of the GCs best subs with really nice work. He also said he's done a few remodels lately on builds that are only 1-2 yrs old and haven't changed hands- quality of work is for **** to the point of being funny.... On the upside, the amount of sub-par work makes more work for quality contractors.
MrCat- I hear that- I love looking at jobs and figuring problems/solutions but beyond Bids, estimates, and invoicing paperwork is my nemesis.
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Or fix alone or give to service fix for you. Power tools are fairly simple compared to cars.

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