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Forum topic by woodworkingdrew posted 05-05-2014 01:32 AM 1331 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-05-2014 01:32 AM

Just like the title says. Milwaukee, DeWalt, Makita, Porter Cable, Ridgid, Craftsman, Delta??

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#1 posted 05-05-2014 01:34 AM

My personal preference out of those is Milwaukee, most used tool name I see everywhere would probably be between Bosch and DeWalt at least where I am anyway.

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#2 posted 05-05-2014 01:36 AM

I too love Milwaukee and own several Milwaukee tools.

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#3 posted 05-05-2014 01:41 AM

For me, it’s Bosch. Something else when cheaper will do.

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#4 posted 05-05-2014 01:42 AM

I think it depends on the time period. In the past Delta, Craftsman, Milwaukee and then Porter Cable. Presently, Makita, DeWalt and Ridgid are more common. Just my opinion.

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#5 posted 05-05-2014 01:46 AM

I’d say Craftsman is probably the most known or at least use to be with dewalt being the leader now

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#6 posted 05-05-2014 05:41 AM

Craftsman is the most common name, if the tools posted on CL are any indication. But I don’t think any tool maker has a claim on best tool in any one category (Festool guys will object, I know). I like PC routers, but I’m not so impressed with their recent line of tools, even though I own a couple. Milwaukee’s Sawzall is king of the recips, and their old hole hawg is a beast, but I have never like the design of their routers. Skil’s model 77 worm drive saw is still the best out there, but almost nothing else from Skil makes it into my tool box. Black and Decker is a sad case now, but I have a 30 year old 4 1/2 inch angle grinder that only recently needed brushes—and I use it all the time; also their old Timberwolf heavy duty right angle drill. I own only a couple of Dewalt tools, both used: a 12 (or 9?) volt right angle drill, and a die grinder which I like quite well.

As for stationary tools, I have a Delta Unisaw, two Grizzly band saws, a Jet shaper, and a Jet combo jointer/planer with helical head, a Performax drum sander and Grizzly combo belt/disc sander, as well as a Grizzly DC.

As you can see, I have never felt the need to have uniform colors in my shop.

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#7 posted 05-05-2014 11:09 AM

I would have to vote Pre 90’s milwaukee. Pre 2000 PC. Pre 80’s C-man. Pre 80’s powermatic. As for modern tools I think its what you grew up around. They are all pretty much surviving on their names. There really isn’t anything now a days that is made to last, or even repair. There are a lot of nice tools out there that are lighter and more powerful, but they are never worth what the parts cost to repair them when they go down. I had a 13.4v c-man cordless drill that the trigger went down in, I priced a new trigger it was 65$ for a trigger for a 89$ drill. That is what I have experienced.

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#8 posted 05-05-2014 11:53 AM

Popular? As in the brand most would say if asked for a popular brand of tools?

Survey says…. Craftsman

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#9 posted 05-05-2014 12:07 PM

Kinda depends on the market. Rigid is popular among plumbers for a long time. My personal favorite at this point for the lifetime warranty on handheld tools. Dewalt, Milwaukee, Makita, and Porter Cable are all roughly in the same boat. Again, what are you buying and why will lead you to one of these.

Delta has been an age old favorite, but IMHO has lost some credibility. Craftsman is in the same boat, but the lifetime warranty on hand tools has always keep people coming back.

Powermatic is the big name in WW machinery. Bit overpriced in my opinion, but serious woodworkers always drool over them.

Grizzly is my new favorite, and among many contractors around me because of their quality to price ratio. No, they aren’t PM, but you aren’t paying that price either. Everything from their brad nailers up the the planers have served me well, and I will keep coming back.

-- Mark, Western New York, East Lake Woodcraft

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#10 posted 05-05-2014 01:25 PM

Piece of #$%&! or Bob if kids are around and things are going well.

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#11 posted 05-05-2014 02:12 PM

For portable tools around here, homeowners and hobbyists like me seem to have lots of Craftsman, contractor guys I see who presumably buy their own tools seem to favor Dewalt. The facility guys at work where work buys the tools favor Milwaukee.

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#12 posted 05-05-2014 02:33 PM

DeWalt currently, they have the largest marketing budget of any single name manufacturer. Unfortunately that doesn’t always equate to quality.

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#13 posted 05-06-2014 01:12 AM

Most popular tool name?


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#14 posted 05-06-2014 10:53 AM

I see tons of topics online about Harbor Freight

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#15 posted 05-06-2014 11:31 AM

I have had a woodworking shop for over 50 years now. Originally Craftsman and Black & Decker were mostly what was out there and they served the purpose pretty well. Then Sears quality went to China or someplace and B & D went after the low end market with the cheapest tools they could have made. For a while Rockwell made pretty good stuff. I’m still using their 12” BS that is over 30 years old and a Unisaw that was bought about the same time. Then Delta seems to have bought them out and there was a period when Delta was the moist reliable.

Today, my shop is mostly a bright yellow with lots of dependable DeWalt tools from cordless drills to planers and router. Still there is a smattering of blue as well if I could afford anything that Bosch makes. They seem to be the Cadillac of tools now and their prices reflex that. The DeWalt customer service certainly backs up their tools well. I don’t seem to need any tools built like tanks so the only Milwaukee tool I have is a Sawzall. I have had limited success with tools from Ridgid, Makita, Ryobi and Skill but they are not my “go to” tools.

Bear in mind my shop is a hobby woodshop and not a high production shop so my tool experience is based more along that line. One thing about it, if it runs on electricity or battery it is eminently better than any hand tool. I’d have given up woodworking a long time ago if I had to saw and plane things by hand like my younger days.

This is just my opinion but feel free to use it. It might not be right but it is all mine.

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