There Are Still Some Of Us Out There

It appears to me that more and more people are waking up to the fact that the things they pay good money for and expect to be able to use for years and years are getting tired of finding out the hard way that most everything made these days is plastic junk with a very limited life span by design.

Coleman Campstove Model 5427. Been through 3 generations of camping & hunting in my family & has seen over 50 years of use. BIFL!

My 1964 Art Deco Craftsman Circular saw, wooden box and original steel blades (blades can be re-sharpened)

My Dad still uses my Grandpa’s Dewalt MBF Radial Saw from 1957 (I think). It’s installed on a workbench my Grandpa made as well

With the current and grim looking economic forecast looming in everyone’s thoughts lately, I expect vintage durable items like these to start becoming more and more valuable and have actually seen the prices for such items jump up appreciably in just the last six months on places like Craigslist and EBay.

I watch these things.

12 thoughts on “There Are Still Some Of Us Out There

  1. My mom and dad have a toaster that was a wedding present. They were married in 1955. The toaster works great, You put the bread in and it drops automatically. No pushing down of a cheap lever. It toasts evenly. It is stainless steel and cleans up nicely. It is awesome!

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  2. I bought one of those Coleman stoves, the propane version back in ’72 when my wife and I decided to go camping. Used it for a year. I had the lantern, the heater and the stove all connected to a 20 lb propane tank. All still as new in the original boxes. We popped for a travel trailer and didn’t use them any more.

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    • I have two Coleman stoves.
      One is still brand new in the box, a Dual Fuel unit that you can either burn White gas in or use Regular Unleaded gas in. For Emergency use only at this point. I also have a huge one that was once owned by the Bureau of Land Management that I bought for $5 at Goodwill a few years ago. A few bucks for new seals for the pump and it still works like it did fifty years ago. It is actually bigger and older than the one in the picture so it is at least fifty years old.
      I also have 2 Coleman gas lanterns in the same configuration. One Dual fuel, one Old School.
      I keep a couple of gallons of Coleman fuel on hand and ten gallons of treated Unleaded at all times.


  3. I also like the good stuff, and will take extra pains to make sure that I have exactly what I want. Last year I did a total rebuild of a vintage Coleman 2 burner stove (and converted to propane) because I wasn’t happy with anything that I could buy.


  4. That can’t be your garage, I can see the floor. The radial arm saw? Can’t be yours, you don’t work in wood…I agree on keeping my older tools, they last. I have found older circular saw thrown away. When looked at all they needed were a new set of brushes, replaced those and the saw worked great. The same goes for a lot of old tools, Gramps dies, that old metal drill motor is unsafe or ugly. Bingo it works and well too.


  5. I have a rinky-dink stove my Dad got over in Germany when he went to an AF tech school back in ’59, it burns just about anything. Only large enough to boil water in a teakettle, and if I were at home in Spokane I’d send you a picture of it. Fits in a backpack, it was a camping stove. I have NO idea what he paid for it!

    Still works.


  6. Abso-fucking-lutely.

    The 70-80 year old stuff will soon, if it doesn’t already, command a premium; I’ve got a bunch of tools and equipment from the 1960s and ’70s and it’s light years ahead of what’s on the shelves today. And the tools I inherited from my father are just as good as when he was using them. (Notice that the used-to-be-common “push drill” is extinct? Damn handy when doing small woodworking projects. Stanley and Craftsman used to sell lots of them, bits self-contained in the handle, etc., now the only source is some boutique manufacturer in New England and good luck finding the bits if you still own one)

    Back in the ’80s my (now) late father went to the local Skil tools store to get a pair of replacement commutator brushes for a 1/4 inch Skill drill he bought in the ’30s. Still had the steel carrying box it came in, with the instruction manual, sales receipt, etc. in it. The manager took one look at it and offered him an even trade for any drill in the store he wanted and a set of drill bits to go with it. AFAIK, the old one is still on display there (assuming the store still exists).

    My big worry is parts availability – no matter how solid it’s made, stuff still wears over time if you use it. Although, the older stuff used standard parts made from real metal, so not only did/does it last a lot longer, bearings, bushings, etc. are “standard sizes” so they’re available.


  7. Absolutely. I have Craftsman Saws from the 70’s I got as presents when I was a teenager, still better than anything you can buy at Lowes or Home Depot. My dad has saws and drills from the 50’s still in the garage, 2 yrs after he passed away. My mom says the tools will be there whenever me and my brothers want them. Not sure what my brothers think, but I know those are golden items right there. I bought a Coleman stove in the 80’s, still in excellent condition today. Propane, not liquid fuel, since I hated having to pump up the tank on my parents’ old one. I look at the new stuff today and not only is it expensive, but it doesn’t last. So for now, what I have is what I have.

    I’ve heard that Lowes is bringing Craftsman back to “made in USA” and trying to improve the brand after Sears shat all over it. We shall see. I recently bought some new box end wrenches, very nice looking. Hope this is the beginning of a trend.


  8. I’ve got some older tools that are still viable, made right here in merka, the newer ones made, uh, elsewhere, not so good and worn out already, some of them crapsman and other brands. Looked at new table saw the other day, Skilsaw – made in fukin china – cutoff wheels with the Forney name $1.79 ea. – china freight price $.67 ea. but you use 3 times as many so what’s the point. What the fuk is wrong with this country – everything from tech to Pharma products to industrial supplies made in fukin china. When nothing is produced here and even stuff that is, is made by labor by illegals, where is the money gonna come from to buy all this cheap useless china shit…. Thanks to our illustrious leaders we continually put in/keep in office…… time to vote each and every one of the cocksuckers out and keep em out…… But I understand, ya gotta live too……. Chin up merman’s, Happee “Independence Day”…


  9. My Dad had the same dewalt radial arm saw in his basement with a similar home made bench. I used to make cavelttis a few years back and the thing scarec the shit out of me. Incredible torque, load as all getout and absolutely no saftey guards.


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