Looking for input on your experience with power tools.
In people I have talked I get conflicting opinions about
what power tools
hold up the best.
Some have said it depends on how you take care of your
That's true to a point, but brands like B & D and Skil
the top of the list.
In terms of warranty period, Milwaukee wins at 5 years.
I am a builder with 30 years experience. No one company makes all the best
tools. It depends on the tool. for instance. IMO Skill makes the finest
circular saw (the 77 worm drive). However, I wouldn't own a skill drill.
Milwaukee makes a good sawszall, but there sanders are cheap homeowner
quality. I have a bosch roto hammer which is indestructible but after 2
bosch planers I have switch to AEG.
The cordless tools do not last (and are more expensive). It depends
on what you are buying for brand names. Power tools made in Taiwan or
China are generally of lower quality and will not last as long as
power tools made in Germany, Japan, or USA.
I have a Makita circular saw. 20 years old., but it only sees limited use. I
only use it for mitered stair stringers. (on the right stringer you need to
saw to tilt to the right and on a left stringer you need a saw to tilt to
the left). The direct drive Makita tilts the opposite of a wormdrive.
I have many ridged plumbing tools (pipe vise, pipe threader,etc) but no
ridged power tools. The hand tools are excellent quality.
I have been using the same Makita circular saw for over 25 years with
continuous daily use (framing).
I would NEVER buy any other brand of circular saw.
it IS the most versatile saw you will ever own.
Milwaukee sawzall has lasted just as long!
I tried the porta-cable (tiger saw) sawzall (it lasted about 1 year)
My Bosch jigsaw has lasted through the years and is still going.
The Dewalt lasted about 2 years.
Rigid..........is just H.D. crap!
There are really 2 Rigid's.
Rigid plumbing tools are recognized as "top shelf" hand tools and have
a great reputation.
Rigid power tools only share the brand name with the plumbing tools.
Home Crapo wanted a store brand for their power tools and
bought/negotiated the brand name from Rigid. They are all
subcontracted. (used to be Emerson Electric but it's probably some no
name Chinese manufacturer these days).
On Sun, 11 Apr 2004 11:21:12 GMT, "calhoun"
Comment on Rigid Tools. I don't know about the tools, but they used to
publish a calendar that was very popular with maintenance shops. Pretty
models posing with Rigid Tool products. Probably can't do that anymore.
Comment on branding and old vs new tools. A lot of good tools of earlier
times are no longer made by the original manufacturer. In many cases the
name was sold to companies with no relationship to the original. When
you hear a tool that is 30 years old is still going strong, that does
not mean a new model of the same name will be as good. Example is the
original DeWalt Radial Arm saw compared to the Black & Decker DeWalt
Radial Arm. Porter Cable is another name that was sold. I have My Dad's
55 year old original Porter Cable circular saw that will probably
outperform most you can buy today. You can plug it in, rev it up, unplug
it, and saw a 2 x 4 in half while it coasts down. That's all the
salesmen had to do to sell them on the house construction jobsites after
WW II. Try that with a Craftsman!
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