I got fed up with batteries over five years ago. These
battery-operated tools don't have the lasting power and the batteries
don't seem to hold up after numerous recharges. I now use only corded
tools, mostly Milwaukee, Makita, PC, and DeWalt. With lots of
electrical outlets in my shop, a cord is no problem. Plus, I bought a
heavy duty 100 foot cord for backyard use of power tools.
"_All_else_ being equal", I'll make the buying decision based on brand-name.
(Previous good experience with the brand (or manufacturer support) gets an
up-check. Previous bad experience gets a down-check.)
Note: It is *rare* that "all else" =is= equal; thus rarely is "brand" the
_determining_ factor in my purchases.
Sometimes. I have 5 Grizzly tools. Two I bought new (bandsaw and DC)
because they were the best price/performance. I received their little
trim router as a gift for that purchase. After seeing them and finding
quality, the next purchases were a used Griz planer and the new Shop
Fox mortiser. I haven't been let down at all.
I also have Makita, Skil, B&D, Crapsman, Chiwanese Generic, Porter
Cable, and Harbor Freight corded and cordless tools.
Other than a very high respect and penchant for Grizzly, I don't have
any brand loyalties. The many complaints from Jet and Delta owners
here weaned me from considering or getting attached to those
companies. The merger news (for several sets of companies in the past
decade) was horrid and customer service suffered for everyone.
Happily, none of my tools (purchasing or owned) was affected.
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The only time I had "brand loyalty" was when I was buying mostly Craftsman
tools... and that was because my neighbor got a 25% employee discount..
I doubt that any company has the "best" tool for all uses.. case in point would
be the HF dust collector, which is highly recommended on the wRECk, but who
recommends their table saw or their planers?
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I see a lot of PC in my place. It's not on purpose though. My first couple
of pieces were PC. When I would go to buy a new tool, having had a good
experience with PC, if the reviews of the PC were about as good I would tend
to buy it.
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.
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