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Looking for suggestions for tools that can be repaired. We got an electric planner cheap on ebay. The belt broke. A new belt costs almost as much as a new planner.


We need to replace a reciprocating saw. We have a craftsman but it seems like the motor burned out. It also doesn't seem too easy to repair. I finally figured out how to open it and got the rotor out, but I couldn't get the rotor back in. The brush on the right side kept jamming and finally broke off the wire.


We're also looking for an electric brad nailer.


Help appreciated in finding good tools that can be most easily repaired.



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jeffmcmillan has a bit of a point, even cheap tools are repairable, unless you have to break something to get it apart. The main difference seems to be the cost difference between parts and the complete unit. If a small component costs 50% of the tool price it's probably a piece of junk.


The problem with the rotor catching on the brush, you should have secured the brushes before trying to slide it in, usually there are two holes in the brass brush retainer. If you gently pull the brush back, you should be able to slide a paperclip though to hold it there.

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