Well let’s say you bought a tool and it works just fine for 6 months… then stops working.
Now let’s say you paid $200 for this tool… a very conservative calculate for strength-tools… but let’s make the price between hand-tool prices and strength-tool prices. So $200 sounds about right.
Replacing this tool would cost you at the minimum $200. With shipping and tax… the total might come more to $240.
Now let’s add to that the “time cost” of researching.
If you make $15 per hour at your job, and you use three hours (another conservative calculate) reading reviews… that adds $45 to the substitute cost.
That brings the total to $285 to replace the tool
Now here’s where it really adds up:
What happens if two… three… or four tools need to be replaced in the first year?
You’ll lose money, lose time and your frustration will multiply over and over. Now you see just how expensive this hobby can get… and why so many people quit within the first year!
Now in my years of experience I’ve own or owned almost all major brands…
…..tested dozens of models of EVERY tool kind…
and have spoken to hundreds of woodworkers confront-to-confront.
If I were to give you my exact list of tools which I personally recommend
… tools that I know will last you at the minimum ten years of average use…
What Would That Be Worth?
Using the math above… if this list saved you from replacing just one tool (which I am certain it will)… using conservative estimates… you would save around $285.
So technically… I could charge $285 for this list and you would break already.
But of course I’m NOT going to charge anywhere near that.
truly, already $100 is more than I think would be ok.
And I feel the same about…