I was considering a Mag77 for the longest time but finally bought a
Craftsman 12A w/Laser Track. The 77 is one hell of a good saw but it was
5x as much as a standard saw. The selling point was the Laser Track. When
doing plywood for a roofing job I found that cutting the plywood required
being up on top of the plywood sheet at all times to keep the saw cutting
along the chalk line. The laser made the job much easier. I might still
get a Mag77 if I can justify the price. I still think is top of the line.
Teamcasa ( firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
: Nope - I tend to just the best tool for the job. Before buying any
: particular tool, ask or look to see what to the professionals use in that
: For example, I would not normally consider Skil a brand name worth using.
: However, the Skilsaw Mag77 is the best framing saw made. It's the saw of
: choice for framers (West Coast USA).
: The sting of price is brief, the pain from a cheap tool lasts considerable
: An unmitigated tool junkie.
I buy whatever seems to best fit my needs (short vs med vs long term)
at the time at the best cost to benefit ratio. That usually means
posting here, reading your feedback, checking 2 or 3 magazine reviews,
kicking the tires. I like to take the mag reviews, and your 2 cents,
and with the tool in-hand (at a WW show, store, etc) apply my tests.
Can I substantiate the pros/cons another has noted? Are they
applicable to my needs? Do I care about functionality X? Will I care
in 6-12 months? At what cost?
I'm stilling trying to find a Ryobi OSS500 to test ;-) Looks like I
missed that one. Ah well, they'll be another.
Ah, yes, and then in a few years it all changes..
I dumped my 8.5" Hitachi SCMS for a 12" dual bevel Dewalt CMS because
of bench space!!!! Go figure, benchtop space!!! But I got the CMS for
$200 at a WW show for a refurb.
But I'm still happy with my "Made in the USA" Delta contractor saw.
Yeah, it's 1.5hp. But I don't cut 3" hard maple, and the blade has
never even come close to getting bogged down. And I can waste all
kinds of time "tuning it" ;-)
I do consider the brand. If price and functionality is close, I'd
chose a "better" brand. I have a Craftsman 14.4V cordless drill, the
EX model, that I got for $69. No complaints. I could have paid 2x or
3x more for a "better" brand, but I'm pretty sure I'd not have gotten
the same value.
It has to me in the past- I've got all DeWalt for my framing and
general carpentry tools (and I'm still very happy with those) and
Delta for my stationary power tools. Unfortunately, the last few
Delta purchases I've made have been a little less than impressive, and
the customer service seems to have slid a little since they merged
with Porter-Cable, so I'm considering looking around a bit more, and
finding a new brand for my shop.
So the short answer is yes, brand loyalty means something to me- as
long as the quality is there. When the brand goes downhill, it's time
for me to bail out.
Aut inveniam viam aut faciam
Just to "clarify" :
Delta "did not" merge with Porter Cable.
They are two seperate companies.
They are both owned by a single parent company
known as Pentair, which just sold both companies
to Black & Decker, who owns many other companies
Interesting though that the last time I called Delta support 800-number
the operator answered w/ "Porter Cable/Delta" which had never happened
to me before--it had been within the year I think to last previous
time...don't know what precipitated the change or whether it was an
The regional support centers were rolled together to
handle customer issues. These offices handle broken
parts,repairs,etc,etc. It actually made sense to "merge"
that function but it proved painful in some cases.
You ended up with folks who were 100% on PC products
attempting to answer Delta related questions. The same
was true of Delta folks trying the reverse of that.
This resulted in a lot of pain and suffering on the
part of the customer. It's better but not 100% fixed.
Duane Bozarth wrote:
I phoned into the same old central Delta technical support service -- no
problem getting to Delta engineering support, just the initial phone
response before the transfer was answered w/ the lead-in of "P C" as
opposed to the former Delta
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