How many of you guys tend to only buy one particular brand? I was working in
my shop today and was looking at all of the different tools brands I have.
Milwaukee, Delta, Makita, Porter-Cable, Dewalt, Hitachi, Mastercraft(a brand
from a chain called Canadian Tire for our american neibours), Black and
Decker and one or two no-name chinese made tools like my metal cutting
bandsaw I bought for 200 bucks.
I try to spread my tool buying dollar around. Does brand loyalty mean
anything to you?
I have Powermatic, Delta, Dewalt, Hobart, Honda, Porter-Cable, Jet
Rockwell, Makita, Black and Decker, Craftsman, SK, Mac, Paslode, Senco
and some other stuff if I think harder. I do like Bosch, older
Delta/Rockwell and Powermatic.
I do have a bit of a positive emotional response using my Bosch 1581VS
jigsaw. I think I have liked every Bosch tool I have used. Routers,
sanders and saws.
I have more tools than I need. My wants are a different issue. My
tools are sometimes thoughtful purchase but also bottom feeding. I
have a bunch of stuff from a going out of business sale. I have some
Delta/Rockwell tools from the 80's that were in a storage shed. My
friend worked for an industrial design firm and they were doing some
stuff after Rockwell became Delta. I think that was a trip and a half
in the back of the Toyota. I like sales so that sometimes influences
purchases as long as the tool meets some need.
My loyalty is to myself. While good brands tend to be good brands on all
tools, there is always an exception or feature that will make another seem
better for my use.
My favorite suppliers are:
I try to buy from them because of the good service and prices, but others
may have what I need when I need it.
I probably have a tool from most every major maker. I have a Bosch router on
my bench, but I'm sure I'd be happy with a PC, Milwaukee, or a few others.
At the time the Bosch was on sale. I have a PC brand nailer and compressor
because it was a good value, but when I wanted a staple gun, I went with
Bostitch. I have at least three Delta and DeWalt tools, one Jet, my planes
are Stanley (should have spent more for a Veritas), Veritas, Knight. one
Ridged, one Panasonic, two Ryobi (there will never be a third).
Router bits I have Lee Valley, Whiteside, Jesada, Freud, Woodcraft (the $5
Saw Blades: Delta (came with the saw) , Ridge Carbide (a 40T combo and a
dado) Freud Diablo, DW that came with the miter saw.
And the list goes on.
Nope. My shop is a mix of Jet, Grizzly, Craftsman, Delta, Dewalt,
Black&Decker, and Bosch. I read the reviews on each piece of equipment I'm
considering, I read the boards and forums, epinions.com, check the magazine
reviews, then consider cost vs features to get the best return on
investment. No buyers remorse, and I think I have a pretty well equipped
I think I try to buy the best tool for the buck on whatever tool I'm
looking at, but I happened to notice the other day that I'm getting a
lot of black plastic Porter Cable boxes laying about the shop. I also
have Dewalt, Grizzly, Craftsman and Delta tools, but there's definitely
a proliferation of PC tools.
I think it's just coincidence.
I own stuff from lots of manufactures, but I'm partial to Delta, Bosch and
Milwaukee and Freud. What this means to me is that these are the brand I'll
look at first. But many things factor into a final decision, features,
I've needed to replace/install 15 door thresholds in my home. I made them
from wood, and needed to drill through concrete for anchors to install the
thresholds. I have two cordless drills, that just won't do it (not the right
tool for the job). I went shopping for a hammer drill, looked at a Bosch and
a Milwaukee, brought home a Hitachi for about 1/3 the price. Did exactly
what I wanted, don't know if I'll ever need it again. If this is something
that I would use often, that may have changed my decision (although the
Hitachi was impressive, and on sale for $59.99 at the borg)
The pros I go to for advise (shipwrights) believe that certain
companies do a better job than others for a particular type of tool -
Milwaukee for drills, PC for routers, etc. I want the best tool so I
take their advise. Brand loyalty doesn't make much sense to me.
No, I've got a hodgepodge of different tools. Dewalt, Jet, Grizzly,
Sunhill, Delta. I'll never buy anything by Ryobi again.
I do have loyalty to certain suppliers. If the item's obtainable locally
and isn't at too high a premium, I'll buy locally. Otherwise if it's mail
order I try to buy from Lee Valley or Highland Hardware.
It's been my experience that almost any company can make a good tool
once, but just because they did doesn't mean you should trust them a
few years later. They seem to go in cycles. Black & Decker is one
example. My old SawCat circular saw is great. It was the 'Pro' or
'Contractor' grade at one point. Then anything under a B&D label
became consumer quality & Dewalt became the contractor quality. I
still have a deck screw gun (1/2 the rpms, twice the torque of the
drywall screwgun.) that is just wonderful. I've heard Dewalt isn't so
hot anymore, but haven't looked into it.
I try to research every tool & buy from the company that meets my
needs. Sometimes I don't have the budget, other times I want top
quality no matter what the cost.
Other times it's design that drives me - or should. I have a Porter
Cable jig saw that is perfect except for one defect - it tends to blow
the sawdust right at my face. A friend's jigsaw, similar in design
blows it to the right of the saw - away from my face. Live & learn.
Yep there's something special about old arn - I've been on a search for
quite some time for something very special though apparently very, very
elusive. I've been having a hell of a time finding any vintage dust
collectors - I pitchur something with a cast iron stand and old
watermelon-size motor. None seem to be available - guess they must be
hoarded by those lucky enough to own one. I'll keep lookin' tho.
Nope. The recommendations of other woodworkers and magazines such as Fine
Woodworking mean a lot more. I've got Delta, Ridgid, Rikon, Milwaukee, Penn
State, JDS, and Porter Cable all well represented. With the exception of the
air handling stuff, I've got multiple tools from the different manufacturers
I've listed. I don't just buy what they have on the shelf as a matter of
expediency. I tend to go after specific models that I've read about.
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