Having a couple of Old craftsman tools and having worn out a few newer
craftsman tools, I would vote for Grizzly to take over the Old craftsman
spot for larger tools. Delta seems to be in trouble with their customer
service and has some quality issues. Jet is defiantly a contender, but I
think Grizzly is the forerunner at the moment. As for Rigid I don't know
since I have been in a Home Depot once in the past year, and don't know
anyone who has any of their tools. For hand power tools it's anyone's
guess. I used to like PC but don't like their new designs, Bosch and Hitachi
seem to be fairly good for the money at the moment with DeWalt doing fairly
well in cordless. I used to like skill better then craftsman but don't buy
either anymore. For hand tools who knows? I've started getting everything
from Lee Valley and Wood crafters or at flea markets.
Don't focus on one manufacturer. I have tools from Delta,
Dewalt, Jet, Bosch, Porter Cable, and others. I choose what
I like based on feel, quality, and features. For example,
I liked the vernier adjustment of the fence on the Dewalt
Biscuit Joiner more than the option of tiny biscuits with the
Porter Cable. My Milwaukee sawzall felt a lot better than
the Porter Cable Tiger saw. But the Porter Cable circular
saw was the most powerful (and heaviest!) in its class.
You may be limited somewhat by availability, but if you
always buy just on the basis of brand name you will sometimes
Problem is, we just don't know anymore, everything could be from one
big manufactuer in china and they just have different plastic moulds
that come by... yellow, orange, blue, green, etc, etc.
The business of manufacture should make the interchangability of parts
between (say) ryobi and ridgid (and/or bosh, and/or emerson)
Although I doubt we have enough collective cohesiveness within this
group to do it, but it would be cool if there were an enclopedic
record of what's *inside* some of these things to help us make more
informed decisions. Like a visual record of the "ingredients" because
it's what's inside that counts.
I've got a Ridgid TS2400 that is clearly emerson (according to the
castings) but the motor is obsured by some plastic so I can't read the
specs on it (e.g. horsepower, or mfg name)
I still don't know what kind of cells are in the ryobi plus system, it
would be cool if someone that had taken it apart could have snapped
some pics while they had it open.
And then there was that ass-kicker that reviewed the PC 890, and
decided that it should have varnished windings. Pics illustrating
that would have been cool, he obviously took it apart. Not too long
after that, many of them were recalled.
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