Just wondering, what brands have you bought that you've been very happy with
and what brands are you sorry you bought???
Hall of Fame: Bosch, Porter-Cable, Delta, Milwaukee
Hall of Shame: Ryobi, Powermatic, Craftsman
D'Addario Black Diamond
Krupps Mr. Coffee
Glenfiddich Cutty Sark
Polk Audio JBL
Land's End pre Sears Land's End post Sears
"Michael Baglio @nc.rr.com>" <mbaglio<NOSPAM> wrote in message
Amazing...that was EXACTLY what I was thinking when I read the posting you
replied to. A&F used to be THE premier sporting goods store in the US.
They have gone so far downhill since they once sold Holland & Holland
shotguns and Payne and Leonard flyrods. Now they just peddle third world
made and Asian made clothing... (like most crap-stores in the country
Right alongside Eddie Bauer.
LL Bean is one of the few outdoor-specialty shops that seems to have
added a major clothing line while still maintaining the quality of its
outdoor gear. REI is another. Nobody else comes to mind.
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I'm not sure you can break it down by brand-name. For example, I really
like my Porter Cable biscuit joiner, but am somewhat disappointed with my
14.4 v PC drill -- I was shaking plastic parts out of it only 2 years after
I think each manufacturer has its strong products and weaker ones --
which brand is best probably is also a function of what you are buying
(i.e. tool type -- drill, joiner, saw, etc.) as well as brand.
There is certainly a lot of truth in what you said. Even my "Fame" category
includes brands that I have had an isolated problem with but felt they
deserved their listing because I have so many great tools from them. Even
Delta has a new "junk" line out. The brands I listed under "Shame" wound up
there either due to lack of adequate support from the
manufacturer/distributor or they were just very poorly made. I almost
listed model numbers but decided against it as I was hoping to find reliable
brands vs. being a specific buying guide (models change so quickly anyway).
In my experience's I have found that
A) Chevy ----BAD
B) FORD ----NOT BAD but NOT GREAT
D) Craftsman great but you must buy the high end stuff
E) Delta ----GREAT
F) B & D (scrollsaw) Pretty good
G)Buck Bros ehhh, SO SO
H)RIGID Home depot brand of CRAFTSMAN must buy high end
These are only my opinions, and Yes I have owned both Chevy and Ford, 3 of
each and I had more problems with the Chevy's , I have also purchase many
Craftsman items and have only had problems with the lower end models. All my
high end Craftsman has been very good to work with, I know that time is an
issue and I have only had my wood shop since Jan. I bought all my tools new
and will know better about Craftsman as time goes by.I do know that
Craftsman had a bad period in the 80's and I can only hope that my tools
will lasts as long as Craftsman of yesteryear!
Rich AKA Searcher1
I wasn't looking for brands of stuff other than tools, but if I included
other stuff the top of my list would include:
Toyota -- far and away the least troublesome and least expensive to maintain
brand of vehicle I've EVER bought. For appearance sake, I SHOULD replace my
Toyota pickup (pre-Tacoma) but it is very hard to part with the best vehicle
I've ever bought.
Honda -- the only possible competitor for my next vehicle. Never owned a
Honda car or motorcycle but it is listed here because I have two Honda
mowers, a Honda tiller, and a Honda snowblower and for 12 years they've all
started on the first attempt. Unbelievable!
Nikon -- I have more Nikon lenses than I can count, 5 film bodies going back
to 1973, a film scanner, and a digital body. None of them has EVER given me
any trouble. As good as Toyota is, Nikon would get my vote for top brand
that I've ever purchased.
At the other end of the spectrum, a brand that I'd never buy again is Mazda.
Bought one new and spent more than the purchase price in repairs. Totally
lost my business for good...quite a bit worse than the Chevys and Fords I've
Couple of years back I was at a fishing camp at Selwyn Lake, on the
border of Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. All the outboard
motors were Honda, and the owner said he'd never found anything as
They were also very quiet (as outboard motors go).
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