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Forum topic by XACX posted 12-11-2009 03:39 AM 1100 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-11-2009 03:39 AM

So, I am still new here but, as I read some posts and reviews I am finding out that there are many brands but for certains brands and/or models they actually have one actual manufacturer. I would like to see a credible list started displaying what models are the same, despite the brand on the box. I am currently looking at table saws but would like to see all types of tools listed. Please try to limit it to known re-branding and not conjecture from “Joe Bob”. Thanks, I am really interested in seeing who makes what.

PS: If there is already a thread out there with this info please redirect me and ignore this post.

-- When life gives you lemons....Throw them at other people!

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#1 posted 12-11-2009 03:53 AM

I think that such list would be:
1. too long to be useful
2. based on too many assumptions, and create too many debates
and last but not least:
3. will serve no purpose.

if you’re looking for tools, make a list of what features are important to you, then search the tool that has (most of) them. if by any chance you’ll end up with a list of 3 machines that all have the same features, and you also notice that they look suspiciously similar – chances are – they are made in the one and same factory, and rebranded by other companies – next question you should ask yourself – which of the 3 (of same actual machine) gives you better warranty and customer service – and you have your winner.

trying to come up with a full list of machines will just overload the system, and serve no purpose except for starting flame wars between people in my opinion. but I could be wrong (never yet – but there’s always a first ;) )

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#2 posted 12-11-2009 04:20 AM

Yeah I could see the potential for discrepencies.

I am just kind of curious as my company is actually in a very similar situation. We manufacture a product that is sold under 5 different brand names, but we are the only manufacturer. So this is kind of an interesting topic.

Like I said it is mostly just curiosity, but also if there is one saw with different brand names, all things being equal I would prefer to go with the cheapest regardless of the logo.

-- When life gives you lemons....Throw them at other people!

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#3 posted 12-11-2009 05:14 AM

I just bought an Excelsior mini lathe when Rockler had them on sale for $99 (after $100 gift card) and I know of at least 4 other brands it’s sold under including Jet. I basically agree with what PerpLev said. But I caution you about going cheap once you have narrowed it down. One of the places where they skimp to get cheap is the motor and that can turn around and bite you in the future. So once you have it narrowed down check around and get feedback from people that have those models and see what if any issues/problems were encountered. Use Google and search on the models and looked for forums/posts that might spell out problems. Get feedback on Customer Service in these cases and what it took and if it was resolved.

Cheap is not always cheap in the long run.

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#4 posted 12-13-2009 12:48 AM

Best bet—go to reviews and click on table saws on the right of the page. Also reread what what purplev said

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