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emiliof

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440 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: power tool comparison humor

Hi fellows,

I have been into woodworking for a couple of years so I still see myself as an amateur woodworker. I have taught myself the few skills I have (thanks youtube!)

One of the main concerns of a beginner is which brands are really good, mainly because you need to overcome marketing distortions.

Considering a (probably bad) translation of a phrase in spanish (“In between jokes and truths”) I did a comparison between power tool brands and car makers. It may help a beginner.

Would you be urged to change anything in this list? :-)

Cheap
  • Chicago Electric…........Lada
  • Chinese brands…........Chinese brands
Popular home improvement choices
  • Black & Decker…..........Ford
  • Skil…...............................Chrysler
  • Craftsman…...................Jeep
Nice bells and whistles
  • Triton…...........................Fiat
  • Ryobi…..........................Renault
  • Ridgid….........................Peugeot
Well-made trucks
  • Hitachi…........................Mitsubishi
  • Delta…...........................Volvo
  • Jet…................................Isuzu
(Not so) affordable reliability
  • Bosch…..........................Volkswagen
  • Dewalt….........................Honda
  • Makita…..........................Toyota
  • Metabo…........................Subaru
  • Milwaukee…..................Chevrolet
  • Porter-Cable…...............Nissan
Luxury
  • Festool…........................BMW

-- Emilio


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Dallas

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#1 posted 440 days ago

Black and Decker, Skil, Craftsman, Ridgid, Delta, Dewalt, Milwaukee, Porter-Cable…......... Chinese Brands.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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emiliof

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#2 posted 440 days ago

You are right… but I would rephrase

Black and Decker, Skil, Craftsman, Ridgid, Delta, Dewalt, Milwaukee, Porter-Cable……...... Chinese “made” Brands

There are authentic chinese brands, most of them unknown, as well as OEM brands, also made in China. Most countries have their (unknown) brand… Some of these brands are Truper, Miura, Atouan, and others… You can go to China, choose a generic model for the tool you want to sell and tell them to put your own label… That is what many people call a “chinese brand”...

-- Emilio

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PurpLev

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#3 posted 440 days ago

From my experience with Festool and BMW, I would say BMW is inferior to Festool (based on OP brand to brand linkage) ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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yellabret

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#4 posted 440 days ago

i upgraded to the 15 amp porter cable belt sander and 12 amp makita skill saw, and got the Festool RO 150 FEQ orbital sander. also have a milwaukee pex expander – the coolest tool i own – that i used to re-pipe my house last year. hands down these are all top performers as i cannot afford to be fully tricked out with Festool, but maybe someday…... ;-)

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shipwright

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#5 posted 440 days ago

You are over-generalizing.
Many of these names, Chicago Electric as an example, make some real gems, maybe not Mercedes Benz, but then they don’t cost $200,000 either.
Example: I have CE’s 1/2” drill driver (~$35), excellent fit and finish, power and a nice chuck.
Exactly what is it that the $200 plus drills do that mine doesn’t ?
Go faster?
Burn more gas?

I’m a little tired of hearing people trash tools that they have no experience with …. sorry

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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emiliof

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#6 posted 440 days ago

> You are over-generalizing.

Of course I am, these are very coarse guidelines.

> Many of these names, Chicago Electric as an example, make some real gems

I´ve got a Chicago Electric sliding cross cut mitre saw and I am pretty satisfied with it. A bit clumsy but it makes what it is intended for.

By the way, some good car manufacturers make awful models from time to time and the opposite is also true, modest car manufacturers sometimes make nice reliable models.

Let´s change the comparison of Chicago Electric, say it is like Vauxhall instead of Lada :-)

-- Emilio

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MrFid

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#7 posted 440 days ago

I’d upgrade Jet to Acura level, downgrade Ryobi to Isuzu, and add Grizzly as military grade humvee (not those gaudy Hummers that people use to overcompensate for lack of board feet down below).

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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shipwright

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#8 posted 440 days ago

Sorry, I’m not usually a ranter.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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