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Posted on No middle ground for power tools

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#1 posted 05-12-2012 02:34 AM

With all due respect to everyone, the issue boils down to economics. While it used to be “you get what you pay for,” that is not always true any longer. You can be sure that you will seldom, if ever, get professional quality and precision for a “hobbist” price. However, Pacific rim tools are not the quality of 15-year and older “made in U.S.A.”. If I were starting out in today’s market, I would be looking at used tools which had been (1) made in U.S.A. (Canada for General), (2) by Delta, Powermatic or General, (3) professional grade, and (4) buy only one of the best rather than a lot of inexpensive machines which will need to be replaced with a better grade in the future. You won’t get every tool you want in short order, but you won’t be frustrated all the time and always looking to upgrade what you have. Also, General still makes some models in Canada which I would seriously check out. Festool makes top quality tools, as does Lamello, but you will pay for them.

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