What if I wanted all my tools to be built in the USA?

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Blog entry by richgreer posted 02-05-2010 11:02 PM 3650 reads 0 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pretend that you wanted to build a new shop with all new tools and you insisted that all those tools be built in the USA. What kind of a shop would you end up with? I honestly don’t know.

I don’t know where everything is made, but my intuition tells me that Shopsmith, Oneway, Kreg, and Incra are made in the US. I could be wrong. There may be more.

Are there any table saws, band saws, miter saws, routers, jointers, planers, of drill presses made in the US?

It is sad that someone who really embraced the “buy USA” concept would have great difficulty equipping a shop. On the other hand, it was us consumers that insisted on low prices and the building overseas was the way to accomplish that.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 02-05-2010 11:05 PM

Well overseas don’t mean bad tools made in England for example are very good tools.

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#2 posted 02-05-2010 11:13 PM

As a native of Detroit, I’d hate to tell you what “Buy American” has meant in the auto industry, in the last few decades.

It’s tough to vote your conscience. Most things fall apart under even a little bit of scrutiny.

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 02-05-2010 11:18 PM

Buy American? If you really check Most Electrical Componets are all made elsewhere. You should be stating Assembled in the USA. As for prices we want more Pay on our Paychecks which in turn Raises Prices, which in turn Makes you want more Money. Bam Inflation right out of sight. Its hard to beat paying someone to work all day(10-12 hours) for $1.00.

Not that all tools made Overseas are Lousy, Some are very Fine tools

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#4 posted 02-05-2010 11:20 PM

In response to GMman, I agree that there are some excellent tools made in Europe (Festool, Laguna, Robert Sorby. etc.) There are also some very good tools made in China. But what if, on principle, I insisted on Buy American? What would I end up with?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 02-05-2010 11:22 PM

What would I end up with?

A headache?

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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#6 posted 02-05-2010 11:23 PM

Can you find a tool completly made in USA.

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#7 posted 02-05-2010 11:27 PM

I agree All the above! even if it states its made in the Great USA most electrical parts or other parts like plastics Etc. are made in other countrys one example is SawStop I”m pretty sure some of the parts are out sourced.
It is still a great saw.. IMO

I think Lie-Nielsen Planes are made completly in the USA

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#8 posted 02-05-2010 11:36 PM

You would need to shop at antique stores, garage sales and Craigs List for good Made in USA tools. They were made so good way back when and have an indefinate life span with regular servicing.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#9 posted 02-05-2010 11:48 PM

you proppely wooden have a shop
unless you make the tools by yourself LOL!


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#10 posted 02-05-2010 11:49 PM

You would end up with old iron, and perhaps a new Unisaw, but even that has a good amount of foreign components from what I understand…

Seriously though, you would end up with 30+ year old American made tools like the old Rockwell / Delta, Craftsman, and the like… I don’t believe the current ShopSmith is US made, but I could be wrong there…

FWIW Oneway is a Canadian made. Still north America, but not U.S. made…

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#11 posted 02-05-2010 11:53 PM

Kreg is made in China..not the USA
I just bought some screws…yep..MADE in China….60 cents an hour….

Count to ten…just count to ten…

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#12 posted 02-05-2010 11:57 PM

I believe Grizzly tools are made in America. They have probably every tool your wood shop would need or want. Dust filters etc.

-- Danny NC

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#13 posted 02-05-2010 11:59 PM

The Shopsmith is still made in Dayton, Ohio. Just a couple of decades ago, many of their suppliers were also in that area. Now with so much tool & die work, die casting, and plastic injection molding moving overseas, they, like many other small manufacturers, are finding it hard to find new suppliers. Even if you can find machine tools made in the USA, you can be sure that bearings and other basic components are imported from Asia.

I have a lot of admiration for any manufacturer that is still “hanging on” here in the USA. They deserve our support.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#14 posted 02-06-2010 12:03 AM

well here are a few. the Delta unisaw is supposed to be made in the US…. supposed to… Oneida makes thier dust collectors in the US. top quality stuff i have a V-3000 and its a beast. I believe Sawstop is made in the US. it’s so heavy it wouldn’t be economical to make it overseas. Also woodmaster makes planers and drum sanders in the US. i believe they’re made in Tennessee or somewhere around there. Lie Nielsen hand tools are US made as well as quite a few custom saw makers. not sure for the other stuff though. I’m sure there are drill presses made in the US for the metal working industry and those drill presses are often better (variable speed more HP). uhhh I’m not sure about any bandsaws or jointers made in the US. I’m sure thier are router’s as well but i am not aware of them. For bandsaws and jointers as well as even planers i would consider buying used because you can get a nice old beast of a machine for a pretty decent price.

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#15 posted 02-06-2010 12:04 AM

the US does have a great resurgence of very nice hand tools. many small makers, making chisels and saws and handplanes. all with steel from the US. Lie-Nielsen, Blue spruce , etc. but when it comes to machines, you may have better luck up here in Canada, with General(NOT general International) and oneway. although the tools general actually makes in Canada are getting fewer.
The only American manufacturer of woodworking machinery I can think of is northfield, they are expensive, but worth it. Of course you can always get used and refurbished old american iron like Davis and wells. Good quality should never go out of style.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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