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Old 03-09-2007, 08:12 PM   #41
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I agree, I think alot of peoeple expect to much from low-cost tools...

If one tool is $30 and one is $5, the steel in the higher priced tool is probably a higher grade, it's not just the brand name logo you pay for.
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Old 03-10-2007, 09:30 PM   #42
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DeWalt:
Clipped head framing nailers
12" Compound sliding miter saw
7 1/4 circ saws
All cordless tools, too many to list
Corded recip. saw

Porter-Cable
Siding nailer
Roofing nailers LOVE THESE LITTLE BAD BOYS
Electric Air Compressors

Bostitich
Cap Stapler
Finish Nailers

AND FINALLY
I bought a $60 SDS hammerdrill from Harbor Freight, maybe a Central Pnuematic or one of their generic China brands. I usually go through one of them a year, regardless of manufacturer so I figured go cheap. That friggin thing works better than the "name brands" and shows no signs of slowing down. If it dies tomorrow it still as lasted longer than any other previous ones I have owned! Oh, and 35' tapes were on sale there for $1.99 the other day, I bought 10, and they are actually good quality, not great, but good- they measure up. (HA HA HA)
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Old 03-11-2007, 12:46 AM   #43
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For roofing nailers, Bostitch is king

Most of the time you get what you pay for, but it's good to know about the exceptions- good or bad.

I've done pretty well buying good quality tools from the cheapo bin- sure, I've been burned more than once, but overall, I'd say I'm ahead.
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Old 03-12-2007, 07:08 PM   #44
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I used a paslode before and I still prefer bostitch air nailers over anything. I'll take the extra time to get out air hoses and compressors.
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What i use and have good luck with...

Hitachi twin tank compressor.
Hitachi frame nailer.
Hitachi siding nailer
Hitachi stapler.
Hitachi finish nailer.
Hitachi 14.4 volt cordless drill as a pre-driller.

Milwaukee radio. (Dewalts are a joke)

Bosch jigsaw.
Bosch palm sander.

Porter Cable tiger sawzall
Porter Cable random orbital.
Porter Cable beltsander.
Porter Cable brad nailer.
Porter Cable router.

Craftsman 19.2 cordless drills. (made by porter cable)

Mag 44 Skillsaws.

Makita 4" grinder.

Plumb-it extenda levels. (worth their weight in gold for basements and patio covers)

Hand tools are hit and miss and you lose em anyway.

Swanson square.
Kleins.
Bear claw nail puller.


And the most important of them all is the Bush 30 pack. They dont last long but have great value.

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Festool
Fein
Hilti
Klein
Bosch
*most* Rigid
Snap-On
Sinclair (flooring tools)
Crain
Gundlach
Bullet Tools
About all I can think of right this second....Every manufacturer I listed above has served me very well and would get my dough again.
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Old 03-23-2007, 09:49 PM   #47
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You bet !
I'd be glad to make a list of tools that have lived
and died
for DIY folks to have a look at to make a decision when purchasing.
Whew! It'll take a bit . . .

A lot of fine memories to sort through.
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Old 03-24-2007, 02:09 PM   #48
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I've found that Ridgid tube cutters for 1/2" dia. stainless tubing just don't last...

Any other brands to try?
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Old 03-24-2007, 09:25 PM   #49
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This is one of my favorite tools. This little Makita with a nice Matsusheeta (had to respell it for the swear filter LOL) blade will give you a really super nice cut. I have had mine for years. Turns at like 10,000 rpm or something. IF it kicks, wow, does it ever.

Overall I find Makita has some really nice tools. The new Lithium Ion battery tools look to be winners.

Oh, one thing you should definitely watch out for is the quality of the Skil 77 wormdrives. I swear ever since Bosch bought it, I have had serious trouble with the inside gears bending. Kickbacks are not unusual in framing. Just one will knock it wobbly. I've returned a half dozen in the past year and a half.

The Bosch wormdrive, you can either avoid or replace the blade guard with a real guard handle. It's plastic, and cheap plastic at that.
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I love the new Milwuakee V28 stuff They are BY FAR the Best cordless tools I have used
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You just can't beat the durability and overall efectiveness of Hilti tools. Not every tool in my truck is hilti (mostly because there expensive) but I always research the Hilti version of every power tool I buy before I make a decission. I say there the best. I have Te5 drills that were used literly 12 hours a day for two months drilling 3/8" holes one after another in cmu for anchoring EIFS that are still good as new. The Te5 drill is also one of my favorite tools because of the interchangable chucks, Keyless to sds to keyed in seconds!
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tools i won't buy anymore
RIDGID or shall i say ryobi...not the ridgid plumbing tool company the home depot ridgid crap. might work well but they DO break and They SUCK to repair.
ryobi....junk
dewalt cordless sawsall. or circular saw
I do use the dewalt compact table saw, laser, bisket joiner, 18v cordless h drill,
Senco is dependable for air tools and fasteners fit subs guns. where bostich usually requires there crappy fasteners.
Bosch tools rock
porter cable tools are good for the price and easy to fix
stanley tapes are the BEST. wish their was something better. but at least they don't fold in the wind when i'm on a roof. all you have to do is send it in when it breaks.
BUT my best tool is my dependable leather tools pouch. no problems and i use them daily, saves me time trying to find tools. had them since 1993 and they fit like it
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tools i won't buy anymore
RIDGID or shall i say ryobi...not the ridgid plumbing tool company the home depot ridgid crap. might work well but they DO break and They SUCK to repair.
ryobi....junk
dewalt cordless sawsall. or circular saw
I do use the dewalt compact table saw, laser, bisket joiner, 18v cordless h drill,
Senco is dependable for air tools and fasteners fit subs guns. where bostich usually requires there crappy fasteners.
Bosch tools rock
porter cable tools are good for the price and easy to fix
stanley tapes are the BEST. wish their was something better. but at least they don't fold in the wind when i'm on a roof. all you have to do is send it in when it breaks.
BUT my best tool is my dependable leather tools pouch. no problems and i use them daily, saves me time trying to find tools. had them since 1993 and they fit like it
I think that your post is the first negative one about Ridgid. My subs all use Ridgid tools and when I was in the field I used Ridgid tools. The chargers suck but other than that we only have one hammer drill that needs repair. All the Ridgid tools that we have are from when they first came out about 3 years ago, maybe the new stuff sucks?
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I think that your post is the first negative one about Ridgid. My subs all use Ridgid tools and when I was in the field I used Ridgid tools. The chargers suck but other than that we only have one hammer drill that needs repair. All the Ridgid tools that we have are from when they first came out about 3 years ago, maybe the new stuff sucks?
well they are the same tool as ryobi. every tool repair place in my town says they will not fix ryobi or ridgid power tools by homedepot. i loved my ridgid table saw until it broke. i'm not rich enough to just go out and buy a new table saw just cause the plastic differential piece that moves the blade up and down wore out and is almost impossible to replace. Now i have a great table saw with a $10 plastic piece that i have to send my table saw to them to fix. prime example of dougchips remark about all tools are crap. Well i disagree with all. but i am now done with ryobi and ridgid hd tools.
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for me you can't beat makita for cordlless and cabled power tools , estwing for hammers ,paslode for nailguns (although they are pretty expensive to repair) as for stanley, never really rated them for anything ,
Stabila for levels
Marples for chisels,
Sandvik/Bahco for handsaws,
and my makit nailbag,
Oh and my trusty Ford Transit to carry it all in.
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I've found that Ridgid tube cutters for 1/2" dia. stainless tubing just don't last...

Any other brands to try?
Get a Reed and order the optional SS wheel for it.
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Lennox sawzall blades. they can cut with a 90 degree bend in the blade and spring back straight when done with the cut. Love my estwings. Also, my stabila levels are top notch, always just right.
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Hammer - Stilletto - (you will never go back)

Saws - Dewalt (best view of blade) (DIABLO blade)

Tape - Fat Max 35 footer (best reach/ 30 footer if you like smaller)

Chalkline - Irwin (fast return)

Boots - Wolverine (Water-resistant not too hot)

Sawzall - Milwaukee (Breaks the least)

Cordless Crap - We use Dewalt, (have the crew use all the same brand)

Truck - Ford, Chevy - Easy replacement (I have many of both)

Dump Truck - 1 ton Chevy (easy on gas, portable dumpster, cat hauler, crew hauler, toolbox, billboard)

Bobcat - 873 not too big, can still lift pallet of brick

Women - busty curly haired blondes, (good cooks and look great)

Generators - Coleman 7200 has been good to me (no less than 5000)

Compressors - 5.5 honda double tank Rol-aire (standard)

Friends - Idea-Action guys, no crooks.

Trailer - 6 by 12 (possibly 2 for however many big jobsites one tends to have. plenty of room for gennys, compressors, handtools, ladders up top.

Drills - Makita-light duty Bosch-Heavy Duty

Impact guns - No clue every one I have had was crap from Dewalt to cheap-os. please advise.

House - Close to the highway to get around.

Forums - Contractortalk (Good ideas there)

Grinders - Makita Definately
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I've found that Ridgid tube cutters for 1/2" dia. stainless tubing just don't last...

Any other brands to try?
Are you using the wheel that comes in the cutter or are you using the wheel for stainless? I have Ridgid tubing and pipe cutters that I inherited that are like forty years old and still going. Yeah I have replaced wheels and rollers.

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