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Forum topic by b2rtch posted 08-19-2010 08:38 PM 2020 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-19-2010 08:38 PM

Is there a brand of tool who have been constantly happy with or is it a brand of tool you mostly had issues with?

Which brand would you recommend to buy and which brand would you recommend to stay away from?

For one during the last 20 years or so I have been satisfied with Harbor Freight and Rigid brands.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 08-19-2010 08:48 PM

Have three Festool sanders that I would not part with. Expensive but worth the cost. I also have the dust extractor.

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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#2 posted 08-19-2010 08:49 PM

I really like Porter Cable but I use what ever I can afford at the time I have tools from all walks of life and seem to like them all as long as they do the job they are designed to do…......................................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#3 posted 08-19-2010 08:53 PM

Delta And Freud they stand behind their product no matter what and they have excellent customer service and this goes for Dewalt as well, you pay good money for good quality and my drill a Dewalt product and Delta bandsaw has outlived 90% of my craftsman and harbor freight tools :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#4 posted 08-19-2010 09:11 PM

Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

-- Bert

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Jim K

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#5 posted 08-19-2010 09:56 PM

I have Many different brands around. I don’t like cordless power tools i only have 2 cordless dewalt drills in 14 and 18 volt models. I really like my rigid spindle sander and my rigid router the best.

Jim K.

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#6 posted 08-19-2010 10:07 PM

I would have to agree with Bert, Ridgid and Harbor Freight

-- Ray

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#7 posted 08-19-2010 10:22 PM

Honestly, it depends on the specific tools. I have plenty of Harbor Freight tools and they are fine, I have some stuff from Snap On that I wouldn’t waste my money on again… I have had some stunningly bad experiences with Delta which is why I don’t fall into the Delta fan camp… But then again, I have seen enough out of the Unisaw, and the 50-760 dust collector to know they make good stuff…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#8 posted 08-19-2010 11:04 PM

Power hand tools : Makita and Bosch

Stationary equipment : Powermatic : 2000 saw and mortiser machine, Jet : band saw, drill press, 12” planer/jointer, 16-32 drum sander, 1 1/2 hp shaper, Makita : 12” sliding mitersaw and Rigid : spindle/belt sander

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 08-19-2010 11:06 PM

ive had 4 delta tools that i have used the snot out of…and they have not given me one day of trouble…im knocking on wood as i speak these unisaw..15 inch planer…dust collector….jointer…...along with the delta mortiser..the delta tenon jig…...bought all of it in 1996…still running…....but ive got porter cable…makita..skill…....Milwaukee…...and others i have as well…i think i would not get any more frued.. tools..i bought a detail sander from them…it had little use and it didnt hold up at all…....thats my only complaint with my tools….i even have craftsman tools…there not my favorite when it comes to electric tools….and i havnt tried harbor freight yet…so more to try… there are a few others i like…what about dolly madisen….nabisco…orioes…and those chocolate pin wheels…lol…..hey these are important in the shop…dont you think…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 08-19-2010 11:37 PM

I have had good luck with Grizzly tools,Powermatic table saws and jointers and some jet tools have been ok. and Porter cable routers.
I would never buy a Laguna tool again.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 08-19-2010 11:40 PM

In my shop I have a least 2 (and usually more) of each of the following power tools: Jet, Delta, Grizzly, Makita, DeWalt, Hitachi, Festool, Bostitch, Porter-Cable and Bosch. I also have a Shopsmith with most of the accessories. I cannot say which is my favorite brand and I can’t think of a brand that I own that I would avoid.

I will comment that Festool sanders with the dust extractor and plunge saws stand out in my mind as being exceptional tools. I also have a festool router that is very good but it is not “stand out exceptional”.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#12 posted 08-20-2010 12:14 AM

I have been very happy with and would definitely purchase again:
Machinery: Martin, Felder, MiniMax, Laguna ACM made BS, Oneway, and higher end Delta
Hand held: Festool, Lamello, Bosch, Porter Cable (older models only which seem to no longer be available)

I have been quite disappointed with and will not purchase the following again:
Machinery: Grizzly, Craftsman, Delta (lower end)
Hand held: Ryobi, Craftsman, Hitachi, Porter Cable (newer models only)

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Jim Finn

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#13 posted 08-20-2010 01:44 AM

I like Makita cordless drills I have had and abused for 11+ years now.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#14 posted 08-20-2010 02:52 AM

All my big tools are Delta, except a Jet 6” jointer. Had them all 10-15 years, and have been very happy with them.
Cordless Drills – Only buy Makita. I’ve had a PC, Dewalt, and (gasp) Craftsman, and they all die sonner or later. Except the Makita. I did have the old Frued that was really, really good, though. Until it fell off a roof. :-(
Belt sander and Jigsaw. Bosch only.
Routers. All Porter Cable (5), but haven’t bought any recently.

-- Gerry,

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#15 posted 08-20-2010 03:06 AM

Big machines: Delta Unisaw,General or General International (bandsaw, planer, jointer, spindle sander, drill press, sanding combo, lathe, Laguna Bandsaw + Mortiser, Performax

Smaller: PC routers, ROS, Milwaukee drills

Hand Tools: Lee Valley, Veritas, Leigh jigs, Omnijig

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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