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Forum topic by misterbig posted 07-02-2015 05:36 PM 1152 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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misterbig

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07-02-2015 05:36 PM

Looking to get feedback from you guys on what you guys think are the best North American designed and manufactured wood working suppliers are. I am well aware of brands like Incra, Jessem, Woodpeckers, Wynn filters, Etc. but are there others. In today’s world a lot of manufactures look at cost cutting measures and most outsource to low cost regions like China, Korea, Thailand, Philippines, etc. to drive cost out. I am looking for suppliers that have not succumbed to the cost pressures by willing to reduce quality of products.

M


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Scottlj

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#1 posted 07-02-2015 05:56 PM

Whiteside for router bits, etc.

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AHuxley

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#2 posted 07-02-2015 08:32 PM

The machine manufacturer that hasn’t gone the price point route is Northfield…

Vega makes lathes and an OES in the US

Woodmaster makes moulder/gang rip/planer sander combos and great drum sanders

Clausing makes at least 1 DP in the US again

While I haven’t done the math in a couple of years one can buy the 5 basic woodworking machines (TS, BS, DP, jointer and planer) built right here in the US for about $50,000, a few years back you could do it for under $20K for North American made machines but then General shut down their Canadian factory.

Oneida and Clearvue are US as well.

Forest City is a high quality tooling manufacturer that most hobbyists forget.

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bigblockyeti

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#3 posted 07-03-2015 12:41 AM

Porter Cable used to make the big routers and some of the belt sanders in Jackson, TN as well as some others that were moved off shore earlier. Not sure whether or not any other models still are as B&D has been a leader in job exportation and quality reduction over the last 20 years.

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#4 posted 07-03-2015 12:56 AM

Made in U.S. from global materials! http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7253254-dewalt-expands-made-in-usa-initiative/

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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lateralus819

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#5 posted 07-03-2015 02:39 AM

I will usually spend a good chunk extra for made in the USA. Depending on the tool.

I picked up a basketball net for my boy for his BDAY that was made in USA. $50 more. Not too shabby.

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marc7101

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#6 posted 07-03-2015 12:09 PM

Shopsmith still made in the US, not sure what the quality is like nowadays.

-- Marc- http://www.thediyhubby.com/drill-press-reviews/

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SirIrb

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#7 posted 07-03-2015 01:05 PM

Boys, Im in love. I cant afford them but still have some lust going on. Thanks, AHuxley, now I know what I cant get.
http://www.northfieldwoodworking.com/

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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misterbig

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#8 posted 07-17-2015 02:43 AM

I find this lack of proudly manufactured USA and CAN disappointing. I have searched over the last week and to no avail. We have limited suppliers. I did find a survey in my pursuit which was on a pro american manufacture web site so I filled it out.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Zp3PVnmbcyrxK98NL7alJywKrrMPdlMv8nFk-tVGFEU/viewform

I really think as consumers we need to demand quality and locally manufactured products.

I found this one company which was selling cedar patio furniture and I asked the sales person where the product was manufactured….thinking beautiful British Columbia, Canada as that was where the head office was…...nope China. They ship wood to China so they can make it into furniture…..WOW.

Anyway thanks to those that replied and gave me info…. Just need to save up for that amazing Northfield tools.

M

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#9 posted 07-17-2015 03:40 AM



Boys, Im in love. I cant afford them but still have some lust going on. Thanks, AHuxley, now I know what I cant get.
http://www.northfieldwoodworking.com/

- SirIrb

If you can afford the average Chiwanese machine you can afford a solid used Northfield. I think my 12” jointer cost me under $1700 with shipping, a VFD and the paint to pretty her up and I didn’t get that great of a deal. After 45 years the beds were so flat it was a tossup whether my straight edge or the beds should be the reference. The planers usually run well over a comparably sized “cheap” machine but the big bandsaws and table saws are a screaming bargain.

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#10 posted 07-17-2015 10:04 AM

No-one has mentioned hand tools yet. The situation for hand tools is much better than it is for power tools,. My guess is that it’s because high quality hand tools, (especially chisels and planes) require such a high level of quality control that there’s less money to be saved by manufacturing elsewhere.

Veritas tools are made in Canada, Lie-Nielsen in the USA and both made top-quality hand tools at prices that initially seem to be on the high side but are actually not too bad. Then there are smaller shops in increasingly large numbers that are selling planes (a few of them listed here http://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/chris-schwarz-blog/another-great-maker-of-wooden-handplanes).

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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lateralus819

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#11 posted 07-17-2015 10:13 AM

You can buy made in USA pencils at walmart. USA GOLD brand.

I bought a pack of 48 for just over $5. They are considerably better than Ticonderoga brand…

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#12 posted 07-17-2015 06:50 PM

When the price of a U.S. made tool remains the same when the competition ’s prices go down, that means they have cut costs by substituting cheaper components (usually from China). The name may still be American, but the parts usually are not. Quality always means higher cost.

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#13 posted 07-17-2015 07:19 PM

I saw an article on domestic cars. There are only 7 cars sold in the U.S. that have over 75% domestic content. The most domestic car is a Toyota, and in the top 4 are 2 Toyotas and a Honda. The other 4 cars are GM cars—not a Ford or Chrysler sold in the U.S. that is 75% domestic.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#14 posted 07-17-2015 07:28 PM



I saw an article on domestic cars. There are only 7 cars sold in the U.S. that have over 75% domestic content. The most domestic car is a Toyota, and in the top 4 are 2 Toyotas and a Honda. The other 4 cars are GM cars—not a Ford or Chrysler sold in the U.S. that is 75% domestic.

- CharlesA

That’s why my next truck will be a Toyota.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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#15 posted 07-17-2015 10:46 PM

I didn’t see a mention here but DeWalt is moving a good chunk of their operations and manufacturing back to the U.S. to promote U.S. Made products. I’m not sure when those will start showing up though, but that is a good sign from a large brand name.

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