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Forum topic by ccpenco posted 03-13-2009 03:00 AM 2394 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-13-2009 03:00 AM

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Just thought i’d start up a forum topic.

I’m curious, what is your favourite tool brand?

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#1 posted 03-13-2009 03:19 AM

Powermatic for power tools, DeWalt for power hand tools and Lie-Nielsen for hand tools in general.

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#2 posted 03-13-2009 03:35 AM

I’ll place a vote for my Shopsmith 520, and their special purpose tools and accessories. I also love my Sojberg workbench, and Clifton hand planes. Just about anything made by Starrett or Veritas also catches my eye.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#3 posted 03-13-2009 03:41 AM

Depends on the individual tool and the time frame it was made.

I would take an early 50’s unisaw (cast iron plinth) over a late 90’s Powermatic

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#4 posted 03-13-2009 03:46 AM

My favorites on an industrial scale, the Italians build the best CNC and Moulders ( SCM), the Americans build the best clamps by far (Taylor) and the Germans build the best saws (Altendorf). Power tools, Bosch , but I can,t get decent hand tools here and it,s limited to Stanley and some chinese brands which are identical to the stanleys anyway.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#5 posted 03-13-2009 04:15 AM

I really don’t have a favorite brand I have several brands that I prefer (Bosh, Makita, Milwaukee, etc). To me tools are too specialized to a specific task to prefer one brand for every tool. The main thing I look for in a tool is how comfortable I am using it.

-- Warning: Sharp chisels are dangerous and should be handled with care. Dull chisels are even more dangerous and should be sharpened.

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#6 posted 03-13-2009 04:24 AM

This sort of topic is a no win deal. When I was a kid, it was ford vs chevy, or, where I came from, John Deere vs Farmall. By the way, what brand beer do you drink? Is it because you think it is the best, or simply because you like it?

-- "non illegitimis carborundum"

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#7 posted 03-13-2009 05:04 AM

LOL, I think we all need to learn to lighten up a little! No one is asking you to swear by one brand over another, he’s just what tools do you like and/or are you favorites?

Right now I like Crown turning tools, along with Thompson. I just got an Easyrougher and love it. I like my Powermatic lathe, my SawStop table saw, my Grizzly band saw, my Grizzly 8” jointer/planer, my Dewalt Planer, my Dewalt routers, my Clearvue cyclone.

Will I like something different later on? Probably. :)

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#8 posted 03-13-2009 06:20 AM

I’d have to say Makita for handtools

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#9 posted 03-13-2009 06:50 AM

Festool (Power Tools)
Veritas (Hand Tools)
Ulmia – E.C.E. – Primus (hand Tools)
Record (Hand Planes)
Sauer & Steiner (Infill PLanes)
Holtey (Infill PLanes)

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#10 posted 03-13-2009 12:34 PM

For simple hand tools, I prefer Memakeit.
Especially using recycle parts.

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#11 posted 03-13-2009 12:45 PM

Bosh, Makita, Milwaukee, Dewalt, PC…some Ridgid corded, no Ridgid Battery tools…I’m a carpenter by day so they need to pass the ladder test…...

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#12 posted 03-13-2009 01:38 PM

I like the ones that when I say to my wife… “ah, hon”... and she says, “go ahead get it…” Even if she does roll her eyes.

seriously, in my limited experience. I’m really liking at this point Bosch for their good design and accuracy and porter cable for just being well made and durable.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#13 posted 03-13-2009 01:49 PM

My favorites seem to be that ones that I do not own yet…Whats with that!!

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#14 posted 03-13-2009 03:06 PM

My machines are Delta and steel city
Power tools porter cable and makita

If and when I upgrade certain items or purchase new machinery (still need a bandsaw, dust collector, miter saw, drill press), steel city will probably be my first place to look. Awesome stuff at reasonable prices and some new innovations too (granite tops, helical cutterhead lunchbox planers, granite wheel bandsaw, etc.)

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#15 posted 03-17-2009 01:26 AM

I clicked through to this topic when it first came up, then didn’t say anything, but today on another forum Steve Adams said “Never complain about a messy shop when it’s making money”.

II think the same thing is true of tools: I like any tool that makes money.

Now woodworking is just a hobby for me, so “makes money” involves slightly different criteria, but I like any tool that lets me implement my vision with as little frustration as possible, in order to keep me sane for the activities which actually do make money for me. But I’d imagine the overall criteria are roughly the same in a commercial shop: Does this tool cause the least amount of down-time and frustration for a skilled worker?

I love the Porter Cable 7518 router in the Jessem lift in my router table. It just works, no futzing about with it.

I’m a little less happy with my Porter Cable detail sander, it’s noisy and doesn’t hold the paper on very well, I think that (and the Black & Decker Mouse and the Ryobi detail sander) will be replaced with the Festool LS before too long. The Porter Cable sander was cheap, but after a few sessions trying to get the sandpaper holder to seat right we’re back to “does this tool make me money, or cost it?”

I love my Craftsman random orbital sander for what it is, a cheap noisy sander that works, and is great for when I’m doing finishing or gap filling and need to both sand and generate sawdust. The Festool sanders are quiet and balanced and don’t leave much dust, which something I’ve had trouble with when I was trying to fill gaps with cyanoacrylate.

I love my Craftsman circular saw, for all of those situations where I don’t want to risk dinging up my Festool saw, like putting the griding blade on it and cutting tile.

So far I love my DeWalt 735 lunchbox planer, but if I had the room in my shop for a real fixed planer with a nicer blade system, I’d get one.

Festool is where I start looking for tools, but it’s not like those tools are without flaw. I use them as my “would I be happier with the Festool version”, and often when I try both tools out the answer is “yes”.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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