Powered hand tools are butt ugly. So, too, are most large powered tools, but let’s just ponder hand tools.
Not only are they butt ugly, but they are disposable. They get mistreated — shoved into fir-plywood cubbies under a side bench when unpowered handtools costing much less get pride of place on an oiled, cherry and ebony shelf.
Now why is that?
It’s time that somebody did for hand power tools what T. L-N. has done for planes. Here’s what needs doing:
1. Cords on power tools need to be detachable. The attachment should be done with a twist. That way, it will no longer be necessary to wrap the cord around the tool. Every shop will have a rack of 4′, 6′, 8′, 12′ cords ready to plug in.
2. Motors should be changeable, repairable, and replaceable, as should bearings, bushings, and other wear items.
3. Fences and beds should be cast, flat, and workable — iron or bronze
4. Handles and switch triggers should be rosewood, cocobola, etc.
5. Casings and guards should be opportunities for creativity; cooling and venting would be optimized for long life
The way this might work is that you’d buy the body of (say) a saw from a craftsman, then order a motor, install it, get a blade for it, plug it in, and go to work.