Brand Name Power Tools


In general, which of the following brands of power tools do you think are best and which ones are worst? I realize some brands may make some things better than others and worse than others and that no one brand necessarily makes everything the best.
BLACK & DECKER BOSCH CRAFTSMAN DELTA DeWALT MAKITA MILWAUKEE RIDGID RYOBI SKIL
Thanks for your opinions.
David
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If I had time to give my opinion on all the tools I believe my reply would turn in to something more like a book.
But in short it is true it is not the maker it's the tool.
As example Dewalt makes the best job site table saw out there but their 1/2'" hammer drill is lacking.
Milwaukee makes a much better 1/2" hammer drill.
Ryobi makes tools for Craftsman so except the name on the side of them they are pretty much the same.
And they have one of the best in line belt sanders out there.
I decide what I going to buy and how much I'm willing to pay by how much I'm likely to use it.
Recently I bought A little 110 volt jack hammer at Harbor Freight for $400 (The Bosch was $1400.) because I know I will use it only a few times a year.
And to my surprise it works pretty well.
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On Mar 7, 7:30?am, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Black and decker cheap junk:(
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I'll put my Black & Decker commercial grade tools, many of them well over 20 years old, up against anything you own. All of the original DeWalt was the B&D commercial model done up in black and yellow.
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If they still made B&D stuff like they used to that would be good. I've been stung by some of their recent stuff and wil not buy anymore of it.
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Yeah, but the new B & D stuff is crap by comparison. They dropped the pro market for hte high volume consumer market.
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

In general, I like all of these pretty much the same except for Ridgid. I tend to pick and choose carefully with them. All of the others you listed (but I deleted) I wouldn't want.

To my surprise as well. I bought a heat gun from them and it only lasted halfway through the second use. Total crap.
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I have both the HF jack and rotary hammers and its a work horse for the past couple of years for the active DIYer. It's not as pretty (fit and finish that is) as the name brand tools but works really well and cheaper than renting.
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Yea, that is about it.
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Milwaukee, Delta, Skill, Bosh they are about the best on your list. The rest are pretty much low end.But you should be more specific in what your looking for each CO. has it good and bad points. If you getting into table saws, drill presses. band saws and other stationary tools look at Powermatic, Luguna.
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Depends on your use. While I won't have a B & D, Skil, or Ryobi tool, they make sense for the homeowner that uses the tool once a year. For that person, they may qualify as best on a cost per use basis. For a pro using them every day, they won't hold up. Craftsman has both cheap and good tools depending on who makes them.
Add Porter Cable to the list of good tools, Panasonic for cordless drills. Buy from dealers that handle good tools at good prices, like www.coastaltool.com
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I don't think you could go wrong with Milwaukee and many time doesn't cost any more than the other name brand tools. If you want something better you need to look at Hilti.
Worse wound be B&D and Skil although the old B&D worm drive circular saw and the Skil 77 are two of the best saws ever.
For the home owner, Ryobi tools has one of the best price to performance ratio.
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Junk, there should be a law.

Good stuff, some of their power cords are kinda wimpy, though. Their 1/2" hammer drill in particular. The drill itself is excellent, but the power cord sucks.

They make good wrenches and hand tools. Easily replaced on a Sunday afternoon.

Their old woodworking tools always seemed to be highly regarded.

See Black and Decker, except add overpriced.

No comment.

Hands down, the best and most dependable. You get what you pay for, and you will pay.

Not bad, second choice.

Inexpensive, borderline junk, but worth considering since it doesn't cost much to replace if (more like when) broken or (not so likely) stolen.

For the money, not bad stuff.

Well, you know what they say about opinions.
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I'd make an exception for the miter saws
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Just like the computer wars, Mac versus PC, you are going to get conflicting answers to such a question. People get religious about their power tools. The best thing that you can do is to buy some things and get burned a few times. Only the worst crap will make you regret buying it and only the very best equipment will be memorable enough to convince you to buy more.
The vast majority of the major brands will do the job well enough to keep the average home user happy.
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I've owned/used many of the brands on your list.
Some of the best power tools I've used lately are the Harbor Freight ( made in China ) $20 power tools.
Smooth, accurate, ball-bearing for the mosty part. Helluva value for the $$$
If I were recommending power tools for the average homeowner use, I'd say you get the most bang-for-the-buck with Harbor Freight.
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I'd probably go with Bosch for a 14.4 volt drill. The main reason is battery price. I have a Dewalt but the price of replacement batteries is ridiculous. Someone sells Bosch batteries on Ebay for about half the price of the Dewalt batteries. The Bosch drill is a good unit.
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