Very good suggestion. No, I don;t need to get an assortment, unles the
price (for the collection) is so much better and I was going to replace a
number of tools, anyway. I'l also look into the pneumatic tools, since many
seem to think they are a better choice.
"Brikp" < snipped-for-privacy@NoSpampeppel.com> wrote in message
I own and like the air tools too. I got a deal on a good compressor and
added air tools as my situation dictated. I now have a brad nailer, 15g
angle finish nailer, stapler and framing nailer and paint sprayer. Bought
one at a time as I had a need for them. Porter cable has some nice starter
outfits for a good price that may get you started.
Different lines have different strengths and weaknesses. If you have a
fetish to have all of your tools look the same, then you'll probably
still do all right, but you'll have a situation where you could have
made slightly better choices here and there.
Spend some time at Google Groups on this. There's enough information
already out there to last you the rest of the year in reading time.
Bo Williams - firstname.lastname@example.org
Corded drill - Milwaukie
Cordless drill - Panasonic
Skill saw - PC Sawboss or Skill 77 if you want a monster
Reciprocating Saw - Bosch
Jig Saw - Delta
As you can see there is no one perfect brand. You need to choose each
tool individually. These are my favorites but do your own research.
My powered hand held tools. All are corded except the Ryobi. Most of the
Craftsman tools are 15 -20 years old.
Craftsman: Scroll saw, 1/2" drill, 3/8" vsr drill/driver, 3" belt
sander, Pad sander, Router.
Makita: Palm sander, Reciprocating saw, Drywall screwdriver
Ryobi: 18v cordless vsr drill/driver
B&D: 7-1/4" circular saw.
Skil: Worm drive circular saw.
Rotozip: Original, bought from TV when first advertised.
This is not an easy question. Tradesmen are probably the only people
with experience with more than one brand of any given tool, and they use
the high end tools that most DIYs would not want to sink all their money
in, especially for tools that we use, frankly, rarely. A lot of
opinions are based on outdated information. Companies that once made
quality tools may now be making an inferior grade, so a DIY who swears
by his 25 year old B&D is telling the truth, but that opinion may not be
relevant to today's B&D. Few of us have had the opportunity to use
competing current versions of tools; where can you get that type of
information? I really don't know. I don't think you can tell by going
into HD and looking. Maybe try renting, but they seem to have only one
brand of any tool that they will rent.
I don't have many pneumatic tools; using them is just more hassle than
picking up a batteried tool; maybe if I were in more of a production
environment, pneumatic would be worth the cost and inconvenience, but I
don't think most DIYs are in that situation. I find myself spending
often on new hoses, and I don't think I get my money's worth out of that
type of tool.
Having said that, I have a Bosch belt sander that is a superb tool, and
a Makita palm sander that has worked well for many many years, but I
also have a Ryobi corded reciprocating saw (very light use) and
batteried drill (relatively heavy use), and both of these have lasted
well and do good work, yet Ryobi is often considered one of the low end
One suggestion I would make is that, if you are going to get some
batteried tools, get the highest voltage you can afford (18 is far far
better than 14), and try to find a brand that is good across the board,
so you can interchange batteries.
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