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Forum topic by riverb posted 02-25-2011 05:33 PM 1982 views 1 time favorited 67 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-25-2011 05:33 PM

I was looking around for stuff made in the good ole USA and am having a lot of trouble. Any one know of some quality tool manufactures based in the USA.


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#1 posted 02-25-2011 05:39 PM

Might be easier to list the kinds of tools you are looking for. It is hard to specify just a company name any more because some of the products may be made here, and some in far off places.

Here is a list that has quite a few on it
http://www.stillmadeinusa.com/tools.html

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#2 posted 02-25-2011 05:44 PM

good point.

I am looking for a Table Saw (might buy used if I find a deal), band saw, jointer, planer,.... Mainly the larger stationary tools. I have found hand tools.

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#3 posted 02-25-2011 05:47 PM

Barr chisels are made in the USA. Anything you make for yourself will be. There are a few hand plane companies in the USA also – mostly wooden planes.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#4 posted 02-25-2011 06:03 PM

Presently the only U.S. assembled table saw I am aware of is the Delta Unisaw, which gets its final assembly here in the states, I believe of imported components…

You will likely have to go to the used market, and go old to get U.S. produced primary machines these days, and depending on what you get, but particularly with things like table saws, you will be lacking modern safety features like riving knives…

I remember a time when Asian imports were nothing more than a laughable novelty, something different but no real competition to American manufacturing. That statement in itself means I am getting old…

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#5 posted 02-25-2011 06:15 PM

Almost all my machines were made in the USA. Here’s the rub though: they are old.
I’m a vintage machine enthusiast though and enjoy fussing with them.

Here’s a tip for buying used machinery: the big, industrial stuff is more likely to
have been used and abused in professional settings for years. The smaller
stuff, much less likely. Cabinet saws are all over the map as far as condition –
even if the paint is rough and the table is rusted the insides may be in fine
fettle. You can still get parts for Unisaw and Powermatic, but my advice is
don’t buy a broken saw unless you get it for a scrap-metal price. You’ll spend
a lot on parts to fix a busted machine.

Some nice machines have come out of school shops. I’ve heard about the deals
guys have got at auctions but I’ve never heard of such an auction ever
occurring near where I was living. It seems like at this point almost all the
school shops have been liquidated already.

Woodmaster still makes planers and sanders in Missouri. Woodmaster split off
from Belsaw.

RBI makes their stuff in the USA too. They used to sell planers similar to the
Belsaw but I think now all they make are scroll saws and some specialized
things like 3-station shapers.

And then of course, there’s still Northfield which makes some really, really heavy
duty table saws in the USA. Tannewitz may still be around – but I don’t think
they make table saws anymore.

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#6 posted 02-25-2011 06:23 PM

I am a fan of vintage USA machines myself.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#7 posted 02-25-2011 06:36 PM

Work Sharp

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#8 posted 02-25-2011 06:51 PM

Clearvue and Oneida cyclones are both made in the USA.

Jorgensen clamps are made in the USA.

Lots of small shop items are still made here. GRR-Ripper, link belts, Empire combination squares (at least the professional versions are made here).

-- Steve

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#9 posted 02-25-2011 07:26 PM

I’m quite sure that Bridge City Tools and Lie-Nielsen tools are made in the US. Both are higher priced makers of hand tools.

I’m sure there are quite a few small very, specialized makers of tools in the US, but they are not the name brands you hear about.

FWIW – Veritas and Leigh are made in Canada.

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

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#10 posted 02-25-2011 08:31 PM

Lee Valley and Lie-Nielsen are Canada

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#11 posted 02-25-2011 09:09 PM

There are some hand tools made here; in fact I see more and more coming back to the USA; in the Home Depot anyway.
But no, when it comes to power tools, you are just about out of luck. Union labor and pension cost, liability and other legal costs, and stupid environmental laws and oppresive business taxes have all combined to pretty much KILL any possibility of anything ever being manufactured in the USA. Enjoy your “hope-n-change” future.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#12 posted 02-25-2011 09:19 PM

Not power tools, but INCRA gear is USA made, as is Whiteside (router bits) and Woodpeckers.

-- "Being a perfectionist does not make one perfect..."

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#13 posted 02-25-2011 09:30 PM

Actually the Unisaw is manufactured in several different states here in the USA and assembelled in Tenn. currently,but soon to be moved to a plant in S.C.. There are a few parts manufactured overseas but for the main part the Top,Base,Fence and motor currently are manufacturd here in the USA. One of only 2 I know of. I think General is also manufactured here as well. http://blogs.popularwoodworking.com/editorsblog/CommentView,guid,3d054a32-326d-46cc-9ca3-4c0447b39b0e.aspx , http://blogs.popularwoodworking.com/editorsblog/An+Inside+Look+At+Deltas+Tennessee+Unisaw+Plant.aspx

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#14 posted 02-25-2011 10:00 PM

The unisaw is made here in America
I just bought one it is sceduled for delivery tuesday march 1st
made in america was a big influence on my decision to buy the unisaw.
I don’t know of any other stationary tools made here.

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#15 posted 02-25-2011 10:06 PM

Not to argue, but Lie-Nielsen is located in Warren, Maine.

Lee Valley is a retailer (not a manufacturer). They are the primary (perhaps exclusive) distributor for Veritas products. Both Lee Valley and Veritas are in Canada.

FYI – JessEm Router lifts are made in Canada also.

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

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