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Old 03-20-2009, 10:08 PM  
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i really like my dewalt drill. i just got a porter-cable recip saw from menards that is very nice, almost as good as a milwaukee. for mechanics tools i have mostly craftsman. a few snap-on's here and there and a few things from mac. back in the day black&decker was worth having, now there about as reliable as harbor freight stuff.

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Depends on what type of tool. Harbor Freight is mostly made in China. I don't buy stuff made in China. OK, maybe occasionally, because I have no choice. But given a choice:

Like a lot (all are not made in China, all are ones I own): Saws: Skill Mag 77 (made in USA) and their older saws that are made in USA; Bosch. Roto Hammer: Bosch. Drills: Bosch; Makita , USA made Skill commercial grade. Routers: Porter Cable. Vacuum: Bosch; Fein. Nail/staple guns: Hitachi (best framing nailer); Porter Cable. Air tools: Ingersol Rand. Drill presses: some Craftsman (the big ones). Grinders and sanders: Milwaulkee; Makita; Porter Cable; some Craftsman. Compressors: Ingersol Rand; Quincy. Delta is going to start manufacturing one of its table saws again in the US. But it is very spendy. At least they are making one of their saws here.

Do NOT like: Black and Decker; Ryobi; any other product made in China or not made in USA, Japan or Europe. Do not buy stuff made in China, at least try to give the manufacturing jobs to Americans or some of our real allies like Japan or Europe. We need to start demanding that stores offer stuff made in USA. I tell sellers I expect to see something made in USA or I will shop somewhere else. So you know one store I NEVER shop in is Walmart.

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I just read all of these posts, because I'm looking for some tool recommendations, and wanted to add my two cents worth. In 1980, I bought a B&D drill, circular saw, jigsaw, and table saw. The jigsaw just recently quit. No warning, I was cutting a board and it just stopped. Not too bad, though for a 30+ year old tool. The rest still work great. Over the years, I've gone through maybe 6 or 8 blades on the circular saw and 3 or 4 on the table saw. They USED TO build good tools. By contrast, my wife bought me a cordless B&D 18 volt drill two Christmases ago. It worked well, BUT it quit on me after 9 months of use. I called the local "B&D authorized repair center" in Omaha. The guy there told me that B&D was such crap that they NEVER repaired any. Since mine was still under warranty, he threw mine in the trash and ordered a replacement from B&D. So far, it's still working well, but if it craps out, I will NOT buy another B&D replacement. Craftsman used to be good, American made tools as well, but anymore most, if not all are made in China. Can anyone tell me which power tools are made in America?
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Thanks, Neal. That's cool!
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I really do dig Oxtools, sturdy and tough. Just like everything that I have bought from them so far. I think that Black & Decker is decent, but I think that most people would agree that it is overrated and definitely not necessarily made to last. Which is frustrating because they do have premium pricing for some items.
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It's all made in China, i'll go for the walmart $68 special
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It's all made in China, i'll go for the walmart $68 special
I bought a Ryobi Impact at the HD a couple years back, open box for 20 bucks, normally 79. It has served me well and still works great to this day. I also bought a Porter cable a month or so ago for the work truck since it already had the PC kit, got that one for 39 bucks new. Granted those both im sure are made in china but I would rather a name brand chinese tool over a walmart brand.
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Milwaukee 18v drill/driver and Makita recip saw both get thumbs up from me.
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I think if I were to be using them EVERY single day as my work tools, 8+ hours a day 5+ days a week then I would buy a Full Set from Ridgid because of their lifetime warranty and lifetime battery exchange.

Since I am just a DIY use them when I need them which is usually a few times per month I bought the Ryobi set and have been totally happy with them.
They work great, plenty of power, battery life is good if you get the extra capacity batteries.
I have:
1 regular variable drill
1 Impact Driver drill
1 SDS Rotary Hammer Drill
18ga Brad Nailer
Jobsplus Multi-tool
5 1/2" Circular Saw
4 1/2" Angle Grinder
Reciprocating Saw
Power Caulking gun
Speed Saw Rotary Cutter
Power Paint Sprayer
4 of the 4.0AH extra capacity batteries
4 of the regular capacity batteries
2 Chargers

Never had a single problem with any of it, all works great.
The biggest battery hog however is the angle grinder I will say that if you get one of these then you MUST have the large 4.0AH batteries 2 of them in order to really use it.
On everything else the batteries last a long time.

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