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Forum topic by MrRon posted 07-05-2015 06:30 PM 959 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-05-2015 06:30 PM

I watch several TV programs such as “How it’s Made” and “Modern Marvels” and keep a mental note of the tools they use. I found that most use either Dewalt, Makita or Bosch. Others I was not able to identify. When I brought this up before, I was told the companies were provided the tools by the tool company as free advertising. I don’t believe this is true. I’ve seen the tools used in foreign factories as well as American ones. My thought is; the companies use tools that work the best in their assembly plants. I’ve yet to see B&D, Skil, Ryobi or Harbor Freight tools used. Does anyone know for sure?

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#1 posted 07-05-2015 07:29 PM

My guess is that purchasing managers put out bid requests….
I would also imagine that they also do research into the quality of said tools.
The bottom line, the bottom line comes into play….
initial cost….
repair & replacement costs….
incidental costs, such as downtime for repairs….
Performance specifications….
yada, yada, yada….

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#2 posted 07-05-2015 07:30 PM

I believe the shows send out bid options to the manufacturers.
1. Most of the shows I watch use more than one brand, except for “The Old Yankee Workshop” which stayed with Delta and PC for all the big shop and portable tools.
2. If the show is on multiple yrs notice the big shop tools change every couple yrs. Right now the trend on many shows is leaning toward Festool for many of the portable tools. I believe Festool is currently pushing for the American market big time.

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#3 posted 07-05-2015 07:38 PM

I think Randy/DIYaholic has it right. On those shows like “How it’s Made” and “Modern Marvels” I see mostly Bosch and Dewalt.

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#4 posted 07-06-2015 05:11 PM

The point I was trying to make was; the tools industry uses need to be strong and reliable in a production environment. Therefore I see the use of certain brands of tools as an endorsement by industry. I look at these TV programs as being different from “This Old House” and other home improvement programs. The industrial setting programs are large corporate entities, while the “home shows” depend on sponsorship. It’s a different audience; one where 2 or3 tools are provided by the sponsor and where several hundred tools are involved. I’m guessing industrial users evaluate tools , then go out for a bid. I’m sure reliability would be at the top of their list.
BTW, I remember seeing a program where Skil looking tools were used. That program didn’t last long. I have never seen Craftsman tools used on a show.

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#5 posted 07-07-2015 03:24 AM

I’ve worked in industrial places, a couple of hundred people at each location. There’s no sending out for bids. Purchasing just shops around for the best price, usually from a list of preferred suppliers. They here back from the floor and production management when something is crap. Purchasing also doesn’t like to keep replacing (and paying for) crap tools. They buy what works and lasts at a reasonable cost. Bosch not festool

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#6 posted 07-07-2015 11:49 AM

I remember watching Norm with black tape over the name plates of all his obviously PC tools…...

Keep in mind guys like WoodWhisper and Tommy Mac and others are sponsored so there’s yellow everywhere…..Even if HF or Ryobi offered to sponsor them, do you think they would use them?

I think overall you’re going to see the better quality tools on most shows like this whether they are sponsored or not.

The reason you don’t see cheap tools is they are… and don’t last as long in constant use.

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#7 posted 07-07-2015 07:22 PM

Production facilities can’t stand down time. They will buy the tools that are proven to work the best over the long haul, and consistently perform the task for which they are purchased day in and day out.. That being said, they do replace their tools more often that the normal hobby woodworker would. The best rule of thumb that I use is to buy the best tools that you can afford for the job that you need them for.

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