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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Some Things I like.

Today I took some snapshots of some of the things I like. Mostly it's things that work well and get the job done. None of them are particularly valuable, but they are priceless to me because they work well.

One is my old radial arm saw. It's an old DeWalt made in 1958. I got it for free, as it was destined for the landfill if no one wanted it. I took it, cleaned it up and have been using it ever since. Sure, I have more modern tools that are more powerful, but the little DeWalt is so darn handy to use that it calls to me often for a variety of task.

Another favorite is my old Gravely Model LI two wheel tractor. Made in 1971, this is a design that dates back to the 1930's. Heavy castings with a pressure lubricated gear drive, this little tractor is built to last. Gravely built this same basic model until about 2006. I haven't found any grass or brush this machine can't handle. It can even handle saplings up to 2". Every time I use it it pleases me and I am always a little sad when I think that these great machines are no longer made.

My little white GE radio is another one of the simple little things that I enjoy every time I turn it on. A cheap little AA5 tube set, it was a cheap little radio when new, and still is not worth much, but I like it a lot. I replaced all the old electrolytic caps and the wax paper caps, about 18 years ago, and she never lets me down.

Briggs & Stratton engines are another favorite of mine. Cheap, simple little aluminum motors that always seem to respond well to a little maintenance and care. My oldest mower is over 25 years old and still works like new. My latest is a trash picked mower built in 2008. Cleaning out the carburetor and gas tank fixed her up and I even gave her an oil change. I've never liked the foam air cleaners the cheap ones use. They are a wet filter and tend to clog easily, requiring lots of cleaning. I decided to add a dry pre-filter to mine. It's just a scrub pad from the dollar store cut to fit. I like the cheap ones because they are thin. So far it is working well.

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Husband, Father, Quality Engineer, Electronics Professional, and tinkerer. Facinated by old technology and well made old tools. Old iron is good.