It’s yours for the taking: a big tool with a history. It could be your father’s Little Giant power hammer, a Smithy 3-in-1, a ShopSmith, or a friend’s forge that he can’t move with him. If you haven’t a lot of space in your shop — or if you’ll have to pay a shipping cost that nearly equals the cost of a new tool — a large, expensive tool can pose a real question in terms of what to do with it. If the tool has a real history the decision gets even more complicated.
Sorry for the “word problem” feel of the question, but say you’re in Buffalo, NY, and there’s a Smithy 3-in-1 or a ShopSmith (either of which retails at about $3,000 for the basic model) waiting for you somewhere like Salt Lake City or New Orleans. And the tool’s history includes a dozen stories that you can tell without even stopping to think hard. Shipping on either would run between $500 and $1,000 most likely.
What would you do if you didn’t really have room in your shop for it? Let us know in comments.