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Old 12-05-2014, 12:32 PM   #1
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How do you get rid of old tools? Do you get rid of old tools? I went through my tool room recently and got rid of some stuff:
  • Hand tools - hammers rounded over (I have plenty more), screwdrivers with busted tips, cat's paws with busted or rounded tips, dull metal snips, adjustable wrench that won't stay where it's adjusted.
  • Cordless tools - old makita drills, a bunch of old Dewalt flashlights that I really like, but the batteries are dead and new batteries cost too much
  • Corded tools - stupid Dewalt and Bosch reciprocating saws that I've always hated, gave them away. Several old corded drills/drivers, including a hilti drywall driver with a busted tip holder, that hilti doesn't support anymore so I can't fix it, couple cheapy angle grinders that had too much concrete dust,
  • Miscellaneous - some extension cords that had gotten run over too many times, some flourescent work lights that take bulbs that no one sells.

I was hoping to free up some room, but it didn't really have any effect. The only tool I ever got rid of that freed up room was my panel saw, when I got my track saw.
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Old 12-05-2014, 02:32 PM   #2
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Smallish tools go in the trash at the time, unless I think its a simple fix.

Anything that works goes on Craigslist. It's more than an hour to take items for donation at any of the non-profits that resell construction tools.

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The little hand tools I've had for decades I just can't bring myself to get rid of (unless they're just cheap junk, then into the trashcan they go). It's a bad habit, I know. The broken/semi working power tools I don't use anymore, I try to give to other, younger guys just starting out. You can also give them to Goodwill for the write-off or sell them on Craigslist.
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Old 12-05-2014, 05:02 PM   #4
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Who get ride of tools? I have piles of them, trip over, move, adjust, move, then put in a different location! just me!!!
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How do you get rid of old tools? Do you get rid of old tools? I went through my tool room recently and got rid of some stuff:
  • Hand tools - hammers rounded over (I have plenty more), screwdrivers with busted tips, cat's paws with busted or rounded tips, dull metal snips, adjustable wrench that won't stay where it's adjusted.

    If they have a warranty I trade them in. If they don't, I still try to trade them in. If that fails, they go in a scrap pile.
  • Cordless tools - old makita drills, a bunch of old Dewalt flashlights that I really like, but the batteries are dead and new batteries cost too much

    I donated a bunch to my daughters high school band. They have a garage sale every year that raises pretty good money.
  • Corded tools - stupid Dewalt and Bosch reciprocating saws that I've always hated, gave them away. Several old corded drills/drivers, including a hilti drywall driver with a busted tip holder, that hilti doesn't support anymore so I can't fix it, couple cheapy angle grinders that had too much concrete dust,

    Any broken tools either go in the dumpster or to my scrapper.
  • Miscellaneous - some extension cords that had gotten run over too many times, some flourescent work lights that take bulbs that no one sells.

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I was hoping to free up some room, but it didn't really have any effect. The only tool I ever got rid of that freed up room was my panel saw, when I got my track saw.
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I'm waiting for one of my brothers in law to get married. Then I'm going to unload a bunch of tools I don't need any longer. They will come in handy around the house for someone starting out.
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Tools that are worn, broken, or just don't make the grade get trashed. One thing that I cannot stand is inadequate tools... for myself or anyone else.

The only time that I've ever donated tools is when I am working with an up-and-coming technician who shows up empty handed. I like replacing my wire strippers and screwdrivers every so-often whether or not I really need to so it gives me a good excuse to buy new tools. And then whoever gets the old tools will have a decent set to build on.

But I learned that I can't donate tools to someone just because they don't have them. I gave my cousin and his wife a 100 pc. tool set last Christmas. By the time Easter rolled around, they didn't know where half of the stuff was. I came over to help them assemble a piece of furniture and when I asked them for a 9/16" wrench, All they had was the 1/2, the 5/8, and a pair of pliers in the kitchen drawer.
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What I cant sell I give to my helpers now and then. Some of them appreciate it some dont. If I didnt have any tools I would be all over some free gear. Kids these days...
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I throw them away. Unless it has some value. Like a 8' stabila level with holes made by a disgruntled carpenter with a nail gun.
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Mine get thrown away.

Except for the aluminum parts, save for scrap.

I once had a tag sale, sold a circular saw for $15 .

Person came back and talked my wife into a free blade a cord .

made $3 cold hard cash.
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It kills me to throw away a perfectly good cordless drill, but for the price of the replacement batteries, you can get a new drill with 'em.
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If its fixable, I fix it(I'm exceedingly frugal) . Power tools, corded and cordless make there way into a couple crates in a hard to get to corner of the shop as parts for other tools. I send unfixable(broken into 2 or more pieces) hand tools to my father who scraps them.
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If I have multiples of tools such as radios or saws I give a few to my son
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I give all my stuff to the habitat for humanity store. Great place to save money also.
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I throw them away. Unless it has some value. Like a 8' stabila level with holes made by a disgruntled carpenter with a nail gun.

How are his knees healing up?
And is the swelling going down in his eyes?
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give them to your local tool repair guy he will do you right
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I usually replace tools well before what I'm using becomes unusable. My 'old stuff' becomes my back-up and 'older stuff' either gets tossed (they're usually unusable by then) or donated to someone new to the trade.

I realize it's hard for a cubby to go out and drop the $500-1000 on the tools that his new employer is requiring, so $200-300 worth of used stuff will definitely get him/her started out.

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