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The Death of Planned Obsolescence

by Rick Mathis on January 29th, 2013

With the shift in our society to a “throw away” mentality, it makes me wonder why. Why have we become such a wasteful society who thinks that a 2 year lifespan on a product is perfectly acceptable?

Much of this is based on the manufacturers of goods and the practice of planned obsolescence. Planned obsolescence has allowed for higher corporate profit on the sales side of things, but has caused consumers and end users to spend considerably more, faster.

At Kenrie, we feel that the old way is the right way. We believe in building machines that last, and in supporting machines that still serve a useful purpose.

We receive many calls about spare/replacement parts for Buss Wood Planers, B&T Die Cast Equipment, and Micromatic and Ex-Cell-O Honing equipment. We pride ourselves on being able to support a wood planer from the 1800’s because the machines were built to last. Nowadays you can pick up an old wood planer for pennies and while it may cost you a bit to get it back to working order, it will last you almost a lifetime with proper maintenance and produce years and years quality work.

On a similar note, while many American Die Casting machines (and companies) have either been sent overseas or scrapped, many still exist and we pride ourselves on being able to support the B&T Die Cast line. If you need a tie bar, linkage or even just a washer, we can provide it. Not many companies these days can say that about a machine that was built 20, 30, 40 or even 50 years ago.

With 2,000 square feet of old engineering and the know-how to find what a customer needs, we are proud to be able to build machines that last and support machines that were built to last. Planned obsolescence may have worked on things like cell phones and computers, but we still believe in customer service and standing behind what you build instead of forcing the consumer to buy more and more failing junk.

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