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Forum topic by MrRon posted 07-11-2011 04:58 PM 1607 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-11-2011 04:58 PM

Go here to see a list of American made tools.

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#1 posted 07-11-2011 08:19 PM

Thanks, very difficult to find these days with all the imports from China and else where.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#2 posted 07-11-2011 08:45 PM

Barr tools are made on the USA. They make chisels and the like.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#3 posted 07-16-2011 11:08 AM

Here’s another link:

This is a topic that’s near and dear to my heart. I try when possible to buy American, but sometimes it’s just not possible because the price difference is so great. I don’t mind paying the premium, up to a point. And when I do, I expect superior customer support and product quality. One thing I hate is the outsourcing that goes on with American companies, because you have to really look at the box to find that “Made in China” tag on it.

There’s a hierarchy that I follow when looking for tools. I’ll buy USA first, then Canadian, English, or German second. I’ll buy French before I buy Taiwan, and when all else fails, sigh . . . . China.


-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#4 posted 07-17-2011 06:20 AM

Thanks for the list. Its sadly short.

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#5 posted 07-18-2011 01:47 PM

You may want to take a gander at some of Div’s and Mafe’s posts, and look into making some of your own hand tools. At that point, no one can argue where it was made. I have made some planes and a few chisels this way.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#6 posted 07-18-2011 02:29 PM

Good to see Forrest on there. I have a WW-2 on my saw right now :-)

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#7 posted 07-18-2011 03:06 PM

I am always puzzled by posts like this. I want to know who makes THE BEST QUALITY tool, not who makes them in the USA. It is always important to remember that this site is an internaltional site and that not everyone wants tools that are made in the USA. You mentioned Mafe… he is in Denmark, Martin is in Slovenia… just as an example.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#8 posted 07-18-2011 04:00 PM

Ellen, it’s not so much about made in the USA, or Denmark, or Slovenia, it is more about “Made at Home”.

When I have dollars to spend, or kroners, or euros, or whatever my home currency is, I have a choice, not just a choice of what to buy, but also a choice of where my money goes. I can choose to spend my money “At Home” by buying a product “Made in the My Home Country” or I can choose to send my money off to some other country. The goal of spending more of my money at home is to support my home economy, to keep my neighbors, my sons, my daughters, working.

I understand that it is becoming nearly impossible to purchase any product, particularly a complex product like a power tool, that is manufactured completely in any one country. I also understand that some products, like Toyota cars, might be part of a foreign company, but manufactured in my home country, keeping jobs local, but the profits going back to a foreign country.

I have a choice, and when I can choose a product that not only fills my need but also serves a greater good in my home country I want to make that choice. It’s not just about me anymore, it’s not just about greedily grasping for the most product for the least cost. I live in a country that provides me benefits, when I can I want my choices to benefit my country.

Sometimes it is not possible to make a purchase that benefits my home country, but when my choices can have a beneficial side effect, that is the choice I want to make.

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#9 posted 07-18-2011 04:14 PM

Quality, by definition, is what is acceptable.

My attidute is probably a little different in that I have tools from just about everywhere. My requirement is that they do what “I” need them to do and that is pretty much what they are designed to do. If they do not do this and I can fix them, all is good otherwise out it goes.

People that have an attidute that equates to, “I can do this!” – Mafe, Div, Martin, Shipwright, and many others (too numerous to list) on the site have this attidute. Many people today have lost this and it is terrible. When you look at this craft and reset to 100 years ago, people did not have money and they still made do. Many did not go through 10 years of apprentiship, they just did it. If they didn’t have the tools, they made them at the site. When you consider that the trees in this country (USA), in the 1600 through early 1900s, were vigin timber and these trees could be 15’ or 5 meters across and many were cut down by 1 or 2 men with axes. They made do.

If a person has this attidute, it is notable. The idea to try new things, so what if it didn’t work – this time, the next time, if I do this, the results will be better – is the kind of attidute that makes people unique and great.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#10 posted 07-18-2011 04:17 PM

Coloradoclimber: You make a great point about keeping your money at home to benefit those around you. Ellen 35 also makes a good point, one that I subscribe to completely. The first thing I consider is “who makes the best one” and then second, “where is it made”? I won’t buy “made in the USA” just because it’s made here unless it is actually a better product.

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#11 posted 07-19-2011 04:38 AM


I agree, I wont buy something just because it is “Made In The USA”. But what I find myself doing is a couple of things, first if I can’t find something made domestically, I ask myself, do I really need it, do I really need to ship dollars overseas? Often when I ask myself honestly it turns out I really don’t need it, I just want it. If that turns out to be the case I don’t buy it and I walk out of the store just as happy as if I had purchased something I only wanted, but didn’t really need. This has the secondary benefit of curbing some of my runaway consumerism.

Second I find myself willing to pay more for something made domestically. I figure the dollars go right around in circle and by employing my neighbor I’m enabling him or her to turn around and buy my product. The money I spend comes right back to me.

I’m growing more of the opinion every day that as Americans we are being penny wise and pound foolish, save a nickel here, save a penny there, and watch our country collapse around us. But hey, we just made another billion for Walmart and all of their foreign manufacturers in the process, so someone is doing ok.

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