|Forum topic by BillyJ||posted 11-28-2009 07:22 PM||1460 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
11-28-2009 07:22 PM
I can honestly say I like tools. I mean, I never met a tool that I would not want to have. Not only to use for a job, but to admire the craftsmanship, the utility of the tool, and trying to discover a way it could be improved.
I learned a long time ago that if you want a tool to last a long time, you had to take several things into consideration. First, and I believe to be the most important part, you must purchase a good quality tool. If you want a cheap tool, go to those cheap discount stores that sell Taiwanese tools. However, if you want a good tool, one that should last a long time with some common sense care, then a person should purchase a name-brand quality tool. The second part is to take care of the tool. Not that you have to baby everything, but clean up, wipe off, and not drop the tool from the top of a 3rd story job usually allows a tool to last a long time.
So much for the first part. Now I set the stage.
I was one of those guys standing in line on Black Friday. Yes, there I stood, along with about 20 guys (and two women) waiting for the Rockler doors to open at 7 AM. I was a man on a mission – only one tool to get, then pay and get out. I gave myself 5 minutes to complete everything (I missed by 2 minutes). The quest – a Bosch Barrel Grip Jig Saw w/case. It was a great deal – $99.99 for a $164 tool. And – it’s a Bosch!!!!
Reality set in when I got home. It was built in China. Not Switzerland. China. True, it LOOKS like a Bosch and feels like a Bosch, but I have to wonder about the quality. This is not the first time that I came across a situation like this. My 4 1/2” Porter Cable Trim Saw was made in Mexico.
I am the first to admit that companies need to find ways to make profits. I don’t have a problem with that. Nonetheless, when quality tools are manufactured in countries known for less-than-stellar manufacturing abilities, I cry foul. Perhaps they still have QC in their plants, perhaps. However, based on the sloppy play I found with both tools, I have to wonder.
If they are going to manufacture these tools in 3rd world countries, with 3rd world standards; then charge 3rd world prices. Drop the prices down to Harbor Freight prices. No problem. But quit charging top dollar for tools that will last only a little bit longer than the cheap ones.
I know there are still a few quality tool manufactures left on this planet. And if I were a professional contractor who depended on my tools for a living, I would spend the money on those REAL top-of-the-line tools. But as a woodworker that does side jobs for fun and not as an income, I cannot justify purchasing a Festool saw. However, if these Bosch, Delta, and Porter Cable tools don’t stand up to my working conditions, then maybe I will bite the bullet and buy a Festool next time.
End of rant.
-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.