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Ltlabner
08-28-2006, 05:14 PM
What is your favorite brand of power tools?

Or do you mix-and-match depending on task, quality of tool and price?

Or do you even own any power tools?

bucksfan
08-28-2006, 05:21 PM
Not a completely informed, expert reply, but I kinda like Ridgid. My mitre saw is Ridgid and I'd love to be able to justify a table saw.

My cordless drill (most used device) is Porter Cable. My air nailer is also Porter Cable. My electric hammer drill is DeWalt. Rest of the stuff is Black & Decker (sander) or Craftsman (circular saw, reciprocating saw, & jig saw).

TeamCasey
08-28-2006, 05:39 PM
I'm tempted, but I'll refrain.

http://www.cleanfunny.com/pics/tweety-angel-dear-lord-prayer.jpg

Reds4Life
08-28-2006, 05:43 PM
I mix and match. I like DeWalt for drills, I've got some Porter Cable and Makita stuff too.

Ltlabner
08-28-2006, 06:36 PM
I'm tempted, but I'll refrain.

http://www.cleanfunny.com/pics/tweety-angel-dear-lord-prayer.jpg

:evil:

Ltlabner
08-28-2006, 06:38 PM
I'm a mix-and-match guy.

Ryobi miter saw, Craftsman drill press, Delta table saw (crappy but it does the job), Ridgid orbital sander, Milwaukee sawz-all, BD cordless drill, BD jig saw, Skill router & table.

LoganBuck
08-29-2006, 01:31 PM
For quality you must go with Metabo. Pros know that they are the longest lasting, highest quality. Very Pricey.

I like Milwaukee next.

Porter Cable and Bosch are next.

Dewalt stuff is pretty crappy unless you buy the industrial quality stuff, which is very expensive.

Craftsman, Black and Decker, Ryobi, Cummins, and the like are really only for weekend warriors who use the products for light projects around the typical home.

flyer85
08-29-2006, 01:33 PM
I'm tempted, but I'll refrain.

http://www.cleanfunny.com/pics/tweety-angel-dear-lord-prayer.jpgmust have one of those "electric ear cleaners"

bucksfan
08-29-2006, 01:42 PM
For quality you must go with Metabo. Pros know that they are the longest lasting, highest quality. Very Pricey.

I like Milwaukee next.

Porter Cable and Bosch are next.

Dewalt stuff is pretty crappy unless you buy the industrial quality stuff, which is very expensive.

Craftsman, Black and Decker, Ryobi, Cummins, and the like are really only for weekend warriors who use the products for light projects around the typical home.


I had those general impressions from very limited experience and a lot of heresay. I am definitely on teh weekend warrior side of things now that we are not extensively remodeling anymore, but in general still like to get quality stuff when I do get things, especially items I know I will use hard.

Where do you see Ridgid in this picture, LoganBuck?

LoganBuck
08-29-2006, 01:56 PM
Truthfully, I have never used Ridgid. So I don't know other then what I have heard. They stock Ridgid at Lowes, so in general I would guess it would be compareable to similarly priced products, but I don't know. With power tools you typically get what you pay for.

I forgot Makita, for I would put it on par with with Porter Cable and Bosch especially for the cordless tools. I have a Makita drill that is approx 10 years old, and on my farm it is used alot, and sometimes pretty hard. I am very pleased. Don't know much about the rest of their line, but their cordless stuff is good.

My brother in law, is a contractor that builds homes, he swears buy Milwaukee.

OldRightHander
08-29-2006, 07:05 PM
I'm not a big power tool user. I have a Skil circular saw and another saw and drill that are both Black and Decker. As little as I use them, I'm mostly interested in something that will be reliable for a good price. I don't know much about the different brands and will seek the advice of the folks at the hardware stores when I need to make a purchase.

REDREAD
08-31-2006, 06:55 AM
I have some Delta stuff from back when they were made in America (10-15 years ago). Good stuff.

Jet and Porter Cable are good as well.

Although I've heard that Delta + Porter Cable have been bought by Black + Decker, so I expect their quality to go downhill in an attempt to improve margins. :( I hate it when a good brand gets bought out by a company which cheapens the quality, eventually killing the brand.