My opinion....basic power tools for contractors are Makita, Porter cable, Bosch, Milwakee, Dewalt and Delta. Powermatic for a tablesaw is not bad, .... there are alot of tools we use for different tasks also. I think we did a pole survey about this a while back. Tools of the trade is a great magazine put out buy Hanley wood. They also produce The journal of light construction which caters to most of the reputable trade guys out there. I used to go to their yearly technical conventions years ago and you could test all the tools from the companies and have competitions with them. They do a good job of letting you know who is on top this year.
for a good company I live near.