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Forum topic by Delta356 posted 11-03-2010 03:40 AM 3246 views 0 times favorited 37 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-03-2010 03:40 AM

Hi there, I was just wondering what all your guys favorite tool brand is??
I would say mine would be DELTA/Porter Cable , but for old tools I would go with CRAFTSMAN .

Thank you, for your guy’s input’s…..

Thank you, Michael Frey
Portland, OR


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#1 posted 11-03-2010 03:50 AM

No such thing for me…I try hard to not play the name game, and buy the tool based on it’s own merits.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#2 posted 11-03-2010 03:52 AM

Great point…. : )

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#3 posted 11-03-2010 03:55 AM

For me it is Craftsman. Not the new stuff but rather the older King-Seeley line of tools.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#4 posted 11-03-2010 03:58 AM

I don’t really have a favorite brand for everything. I think each company kind of has there special fields that they are best in and I kind of try to buy off of that. I have a delta table saw which I think its fair to say that they are one of the best in table saws. I’m not sure how they are now but Porter-Cable used to be know for routers and sanders so all of my sanders are Porter-Cable. I have a Dewalt planer until I can afford a real one haha. I have a dewalt router and love it. I have a Porter-Cable circular saw that I have had for a few years now and I love it even though I don’t use it much but some of the new ones look lower end to me. I have a craftsman sliding miter saw and no its deffinitely not the best I just got a deal on it and everytime I use it I wish I had a different one. I have a Milwawkee reciprocating saw and 3/8” drill and both are top notch. I have always thought Milwawkee was one of the best but most of there stuff takes two men to lift and they don’t do a whole lot of woodworking tools. Thats most of my power tool list and I am stiil searching for hand tools so you tell me.

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#5 posted 11-03-2010 04:02 AM

hmm that’s a tough one I’ll have to say porter cable for power hand tools and pneumatics and for machines i have nothing to tell you the honest truth is i don’t own more then one machine from any one maker. i tend to buy the best tool going at the time of buying the tool.

-- I buy tools so i can make more money,so ican buy more tools so I can work more, to make more money, so I can buy more tool, so I can work more

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#6 posted 11-03-2010 04:04 AM

I was a die hard PortaCable man, but having 4 of the last 5 tools crap out in the first year of use has soured me. Portofcrap…too bad.

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#7 posted 11-03-2010 04:10 AM

Hand tools – Lie Nielsen

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#8 posted 11-03-2010 04:13 AM

I am not usually brand loyal. I research most of tool purchases to death. Check out every review I can find for the products in my price range. Reviews and pricing dictate my buying decisions. BUT….. I do have alot of PorterCable routers and like my Powermatic purchases. My most unhappy purchase for the price was my MiniMax E-16 bandsaw. Every problem I had they just told me how I could fix it rather than sending me replacement parts.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#9 posted 11-03-2010 04:25 AM

For me its def Grizzly.
IMO you can never go wrong with a grizzly machine. I would love to say Powermatic but for the price of the Grizzly machines you cant beat them

-- slowing down with bring you greater speed then going fast

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#10 posted 11-03-2010 04:29 AM

When I find a brand that serves me well and the quality is consistent, I tend to stick with them. Air tools is IR and electrical tend to be Makita and Hitachi. I also have Dewalt, Milwuakee, and some old B&D.

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#11 posted 11-03-2010 04:42 AM

Brianinpa – I learned rcently that King-Seeley was made during the overproduction years of General Motors, mostly for Sears. GM had so much production capacity after the war that they got into the tool business, mainly for others. I have a 12 inch K-S bandsaw.

Back to this thread, I have so many different brands that my shop looks like a christmas tree, or at least Bob Ross’ paint palette.

The new porter cable looks to be competing for the low end consumer market.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#12 posted 11-03-2010 04:52 AM

Bosch please.

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#13 posted 11-03-2010 05:06 AM

I seem to be drawn to older machines regardless of brand, but I like Rockwell. If it was made in the 50’s or 60’s I’m attracted like a magnet. I have my old Rockwell Table saw that was made in the mid 50’s and that started it I think. I’ve bought several older delta/Rockwell machines. I recently bought a used Jet 20” drill press. I haven’t put it back together yet so I don’t know if I got a good deal. The only new tool I’ve purchased is my Rigid Table saw. I wanted a new saw and the price was right. The answer to your question, in my opinion, is the best tool brand is the one with most features that you want, with the best reviews at the price you can afford to pay.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#14 posted 11-03-2010 05:33 AM


hands down






and number one on my top ten list

my right hand that is connected to my brain, albeit loosely

its never let me down

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#15 posted 11-03-2010 05:58 AM

I research each tool, and usually go with the best tool for the buck, based on what my budget at that time is… honestly me getting any tool is a big purchase since my budget doesn’t afford me enough to get the big powermatic dream machines I really want.

I would say the equipment I have been most pleasantly surprised by has been my Ridgid tablesaw and bandsaw. These tools were very affordable in comparison to other brands, and IMHO have served their purpose very well, and were a great value for a great tool.

-- San Diego, CA

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