Giving old power tools new life
I have an old ass (at least 20 years old) circular saw that is just too old. It makes a crazy noise when I stop sawing, which I'm pretty sure is the electric brake or something taking a crap, but it works well. I was cutting concrete with it this summer, and somehow it still runs regardless of me basically trying to burn it up.
Also, I have a old cordless drill, 12V that the batteries have crapped out on. It was maybe 20 dollars new and I'm not interested in the work-from-an-outlet mod being as I have a new 18V Toshiba drill.
What I'm interested in is finding a new use altogether for these tools. The first idea that came to mind was turning the saw into a lightweight winch, and using it to lift a shelf on a pulley in my garage.
But like I said, this was just the first idea. I don't have a clue what to do with this drill and I'll use them as paperweights before I throw them away.
So what do you think? I'm open to anything that might last more than five minutes once put together and is almost halfway safe.