Inspired by Lastango, here’s a list of things I have that simply refuse to die:
- Ace Clipper 702: Ace describes this as “the stapling plier that all others are modeled after. It’s perfect for laundries, dry cleaners, checkout counters and factories. Built to Ace’s traditional high quality standards for commercial use, the Clipper features all steel construction, chrome finish and 2½” throat depth. It loads a full strip of Clipper undulated staples which have twice the holding power of normal staples.” I bought mine in 1969; I’m convinced it will outlive me.
- Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 720C: This came out in the late 1990s, before HP had perfected the art of the disposable printer. The drive belt on this model can shred, I am told, but so far mine’s going strong after nearly a decade.
- Onkyo CP-1036A semiautomatic turntable: This 1980s relic is as smooth and quiet today as it was when it was new, despite constant cartridge changes (and head swaps to make those changes simpler), and short of actually screwing around with the leads, it’s seemingly impossible to get it to produce any of the dreaded 60-Hz hum that indicates improper grounding.
- Realistic 12-181B “Weatheradio”: The infamous Radio Shack VHF receiver in the shape of a cube, tuned to the National Weather Service. (Photo here.) I’ve had this for about twenty-five years; it asks only for a fresh 9-volt battery twice a year.
- Hoover 1248 upright vacuum: I bought this new in 1976. It’s on its third drive belt ($3), and God knows how many bags (type C, not too hard to find) it’s been through. It’s getting less use now that I have hardwood floors underfoot, but it still knows how to deal with a rug.
- Casio SA-53 digital watch: Purchased circa 1984. A succession of crummy bands, though the current one has now lasted ten years. (Photo here.) It keeps fairly indifferent time, and 362 batteries are no longer ubiquitous, but I refuse to start buying watches on Woot.
Addendum: While rooting around in the bedroom, I found the original Casio clasp-type watchband. I have no freaking idea how this thing ever worked.