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Posted on Tool brands: How do you decide?

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#1 posted 08-23-2012 06:04 PM

One tool at a time, for me. Brand is almost meaningless.

I lean towards tools I’ve selected hands-on @ Coastal, Tools-Plus, or Woodcraft, those I’ve had good results with in various classes, and those with a great rep with my local woodworking school’s staff. I’ll also consider magazine reviews as I narrow the field on a tool. If Rigid, Harbor Freight, or Grizzly has an example that has done well in reviews and comparisons, I’ll also include them in my touch research.

I normally do not put much weight on individual online reviews, except for patterns, or if I am very familiar with the individual reviewer’s experience.

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