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Posted on What is the value of re-branded tools?

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#1 posted 10-09-2015 09:23 PM

After being in woodwork a while and opting for higher quality power tools, I still bought Craftsman, but only if I could find the tool in my Porter Cable, Dewalt, Black and Decker (their commercial versions) other big name tool catalogs.

If I needed a set of brushes and ordered it through Sears, I had to go to the store, pay for the part, then wait two weeks for it to arrive – at the store. On the other hand, I could call Porter Cable, tell them what I wanted and it would arrive, C.O.D. in a couple days. Those businesses better understood businesses couldn’t afford to play the wait game and operated accordingly.

On the other hand, you couldn’t buy Milwaukee, Porter Cable and other quality tools locally back then, but you were only mail order away from the Sears version.

In the end, I was happy with every rebranded tools I had. In fact, I wish I hadn’t let some of them go with my first shop. I liked things like my drop foot circular saw from B&D’s commercial line, for example.

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