|Forum topic by JayT||posted 10-12-2016 04:58 PM||421 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
10-12-2016 04:58 PM
I wonder what this is going to mean for us as woodworkers. With SB&D being the parent company of DeWalt, I can’t imagine that they are going to want to keep multiple brands of similar items in production. Are the relatively recently introduced Irwin Marples saw blades going to continue? They have earned a good reputation, but compete directly with DeWalt’s Precision Trim series.
What about other categories such as twist drill bits, clamps, pliers, recip and jigsaw blades and numerous others?
I’d like to think that there will be some positives about combining the best ideas of the brands but don’t have that confidence after what happened when Stanley purchased Black & Decker/Dewalt several years ago. The competing brands of DeWalt, Bostitch & Porter Cable is what started the slide of PC to lower quality tools. Stanley decided to position PC as a step up brand that was better than B&D, but below DeWalt and Bostitch and ruined what used to be one of the premium woodworking tool brands. I’m afraid the same thing is going to happen here.
It’ll be interesting to see how it all shakes out over the next couple of years. What are your thoughts?
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