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07-02-2013 06:48 PM

Apart from Hammer, Felder and Festool, the only European tool names I recognize, who else manufactures quality tools and who distributes them in the U.S.

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#1 posted 07-02-2013 07:59 PM

Maggi, Paolini, SCMI, MiniMax, Robland, Meber, Agazzani,
Rojek… all are distributed in the USA.

There are lighter gauge brands from Europe too, but the
machines haven’t been consistently imported to the
states: KITY for example.

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#2 posted 07-02-2013 11:06 PM

I have heard of the brands you quote, except for Maggi, Meber, Paolini and Scmi. I was wondering about small items like hand tools and cordless tools.

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#3 posted 07-02-2013 11:12 PM

For cabinet tools, planes and such.

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#4 posted 07-02-2013 11:32 PM

Fein tools

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#5 posted 07-03-2013 01:03 AM

Actually, I have heard of all the names. I knew them by other names. Primus, Laguna, Elu, Fein. It appears that Europe doesn’t have such a large variety of tools like we have and their tools are made for the craftsman, not the DIY’er. Japan has an even smaller variety of tools. About the only tools we see are their Japanese style handsaws and chisels. Their traditional tools are not used often by Westeners. With their rep for high quality, I wonder why they haven’t entered our tool market like the Chinese have. Makita and Hitachi are good tools, but even those are being made in China. It may take 20 or more years before we see consistent quality come out of China. Right now, it’s spotty at best.

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#6 posted 07-03-2013 06:32 AM

Mafell, Protool, Bessey, Bosch (Some still made in Germany), Stabila, CNC-Step, ACM, DICK, Amana, Timberline, ULMIA, Colt (Drilling bits and tools),Bahco, Hilti, Kress.

I’m sure there are others I have missed, but these are the one’s that I know of.

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#7 posted 07-03-2013 11:38 AM

I thought Festool was made in heaven.

Everyone worships them and they’re prices sure are sky high!....... Ba dump bump.

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#8 posted 07-03-2013 11:53 AM

Nice Mark…I was wondering where that first line was headed, and it ended with a good chuckle, thank you lol

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#9 posted 07-03-2013 03:29 PM

Don’t say Festool around here today. I stealthily spent the equivalent of $3800 on Festool products today while I’m here in Germany for a few weeks before going back to work. Haven’t exactly told the LOML….yet! The biggest expense was purchasing the Vacu-Clamp system with accessories that is NOT available in North America. All I need in the States is a Step-up transformer to run it perfectly.

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#10 posted 07-03-2013 03:56 PM

Pfiel, Sorby, Henry Taylor, Kunz, Hirsch, and others. I’m pretty sure these are all companies. I own some tools made by each one and they are all good tools – at least the ones that I own are. These are the ones that I thought of off the top of my head.

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#11 posted 07-03-2013 07:41 PM

I guess there are quite a few tools made in Europe available here. I am familiar with some of them. They are not names found in your local big box store.

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#12 posted 07-03-2013 10:07 PM

Are Two Cherries chisels still made in Germany or is that Diefenbacher brand?

I know lot of steel manufacturing plants in Sheffield England have stopped producing carbon and high speed steel and buy that tool steel from China. They produce more cryogenic and powder metal tool steel these days. Ashley Isles and Sorby still claim they still make all their tools there but do you count cutting to length and putting a bevel and tool handle on a tool manufacturing?

Assume true for the rest of Europe too regardless of brand name! A few China web sites list woodworking equipment and hand tool products for both North American and European markets.

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#13 posted 07-04-2013 02:44 AM

I have some Hegner scroll saws from Germany

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#14 posted 07-04-2013 05:40 AM

Virutex…..makes a compass planer and a compass sander that ain’t commonly known her in NA

or just try “dewalt flip over saw”

Been sold in the EU for over 15 years…..but not available as far as I know in NA.
Why not, we’‘ll buy two saws when we could make do wiith one! Gotta luv it.

Eric in Calgary

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