I'm a newbie to this NG and Woodworking. I am wondering if you could rank
the following tool makers from best to worst. Please feel free to add your
Black and Decker
Mastercraft (Canadian Participants)
Black and decker
I am a full time carpenter/woodworker and these are the brands that i use on
a daily basis and in the order of my favorite to least favorite. For large
stationary machines, Jet has my vote as #1. For powered hand tools, I
prefer Bosch. DeWalt second for hand power tools. For nail guns, I prefer
Senco after "retiring" all the PC guns, except the brad gun. All other PC
tools would rate third. On down the line to Makita tools, which i feel are
the lowest grade "professional" tools. (after many problems, I really
dislike Makita tools and won't buy them anymore) . After that, IMO your
getting into "homeowner" grade tools, which really have no professional use
Once again, i use woodworking tools everyday and buy the ones i feel are
of the best quality, and these are my favorites. If you are just an
occasional wood worker on a limited budget, you can get away with buying
some homeowner oriented tools. Hope this helps, --dave.
So if you are making a brand list you have to include a few other
Makita Porter Cable Bosch Dewalt - Probably in this order. These 3
depend on the particular item as all make good tools
Black and Decker, Ryobi definitely low end. But I know folks who have
had a good experience.
Craftsman is a rogue - Sometimes good often not so much it depends on
who their manufacturer is, for instance I believe Bosch is making their
high end routers right now.
That's hard do do. Some manufactures do better at certain tools. For
example, the Bosch jigsaws are better than Porter-Cable's (IMO) but the
Porter-Cable routers are better than Bosch's.
Milwalkee makes some fine tools, too.
Festool makes really nice stuff but whatever it is, you could buy two
of the next best brand for the same costs.
Poster IBM5081 has a pretty good list (below). He left out Festool. I'd
rank Porter-Cable and Milwaukee a little higher.
However, I think the ranking should be on a tool by tool basis.
So your shop has all the colors. I remember how difficult it was for
me to add an ugly gray PC to my bright yellow Dewalt collection because
they had been so good to me. After that the brand loyalty was broken.
It's like asking: Who makes the best set of wheels?
Is it Ferrari or Peterbuilt?
Best vacation spot?
Do you swim or ski?
You cannot make a list like that.
When my Milwaukee 4x24 belt sander finally became unrepairable (the
thing had been dropped so many times, trying to run away from unskilled
hands) the bearings were finally toast and the commutator was worn to
the shaft... I decided to buy a PC belt sander, after all, I was so
happy with the PC routers.......WRONGGGGGG.
I can go on for hours.
So... ask yourself:
Do you want to go home to your wife as quickly as possible?
Do you want to go home to your wife as quickly as possible and bring her
40 metric tons of topsoil at the same time?
First you categorize the job at hand.
Then ask yourself how often and for how long you are going to do this
Then make a list for that category of the best tools.. and I will
guarantee you that 50% of the replies will disagree with that list.
Do you want to pay too much and still get your money's worth?
Festool, Fein, Milwaukee, Lamello and Metabo.
Bits & blades?
What brand is better depends considerably on what tool it is
you want to buy...some makers are particularly noted for certain
tools (e.g. Porter Cable for routers) but not so well regarded
for the rest of their line.
However, of the list you give, the only two brands I would ever
buy are Makita and Dewalt, and of those two Makita in my
estimation is markedly superior.
In the past, I've bought Black and Decker, Makita and I think there's a
Craftsman hiding somewhere. The only one in that list I'd buy now is Makita.
Dewalt while it may have some quality products, sells a lot on their name
and their trademark colour ~ makes me avoid them. Canadian Tire (alias
Crappy Tire) is not a manufacturer, they sell other manufacturer's products.
Consider them equivalent to Walmart when buying tools.
Some very well put advice in this thread. It's is truly a
I can say a bit about Mastercaft( Canadjun eh!). Back in the mid
"90's I bought some Mastercraft tools, DP, CMS, bench grinder, oh
and a 4" bench belt sander. They are all still in use to varying
extent, mostly the DP (dailyuse) and the CMS. They aren't pretty or
refined but they are all still very useful. The caveat being they
get hobby use, I'm less poor now, and choose from brands higher
up on the list.
Makita (Never had a speck of trouble with anything I own)
Milwaukee (Only own a Sawzall so I can't really say much other than this one
Never owned anything by general but everyone else who owns it says their
tools are great.
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