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Old 10-15-2010, 10:06 PM   #1
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Hello,

what are your preferences if it comes to the best power tools on the American market. Here are brands that are known for making high quality power tools (I can't recall more brands), which ones are your favourites? And maybe you are able to arrange them by their reputation/quality.



GERMAN:

- AEG (currently part of Techtronic Industries, Hongkong)

- Bosch

- Fein

- Festool (makes all tools in Germany)

- Flex

- Hilti (actually it is headquartered in Liechtenstein)

- Metabo



JAPANESE:

- Hitachi

- Makita

- Ryobi (currently part of Techtronic Industries, Hongkong)



AMERICAN:

- Emerson (Ridgid)

- Stanley Black & Decker (Porter Cable, DeWalt)

- Milwaukee (currently part of Techtronic Industries, Hongkong)

There are also three American companies that make high-end tools but they specialize mostly in hand tools however they make power tools as well, these are: MAC Tools, Matco and Snap-on.


I doubt if all of these brands can be called HIGH-END TOOLS at all. I would include here probably only most of German tools.
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Working in the landscape industry, I use mostly Milwaukee and Bosch...but I would like to start buying Metabo and Hilti tools as either mine need to be replaced or new tools need to be added.

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MAC tools is owned by Stanley....
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LOL....Werner is gonna be pissed, You forgot Festool.


FYI....I don't think MATCO really makes thier tools. They just brand them....maybe they make some of them, but I know their screwdrivers are made by WITTE (Germany) and are FREAKING the best ones I have ever used...period...
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LOL....Werner is gonna be pissed, You forgot Festool.


FYI....I don't think MATCO really makes thier tools. They just brand them....maybe they make some of them,
MATCO is a division of Danaher, which is the parent company of Matco, Armstrong, K-D, and Allen brand tools, among other things, and they do make the majority of their tools.
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works for me.
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My brother used to buy a lot of snap on tools until he had tool after tool fail. Turns out many of their tools are not made in the US even though they push that they are. They used to put the blue point name on the stuff from over seas but a lot of snap-on branded tools are also from the same factory. He now buys Mac tools that are just as good and much cheaper.
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My brother used to buy a lot of snap on tools until he had tool after tool fail. Turns out many of their tools are not made in the US even though they push that they are. They used to put the blue point name on the stuff from over seas but a lot of snap-on branded tools are also from the same factory. He now buys Mac tools that are just as good and much cheaper.
Snap-on is known for high-end mechanic tools, especially hand tools.
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Snap-on is known for high-end mechanic tools, especially hand tools.
That's the problem. They "was" known for. Quality of their hand tools is nothing like they used to be. Even our local snap on guy says that much of the stuff on his truck is made over seas. They are chargeing made in USA prices for made in Taiwan quality. No thanks.
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I prefer Bosch tools myself. They often cost and weigh more than their competition, but they make up for it with power/accuracy/durability. Money well spent.
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Two you missed of the list of German tools Protool and JMHO the finest of them all Mafell.
Use a Mafell just once and you know what quality is.
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Mafell is sweet, protool is a division of Tool Technics which also is Festool.
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Actually the main purpose of this topic was to determine which companies make HIGH-END power tools. Of course we can not call (for example) Craftsman power tools 'high-end'. I listed brands that are known for making very good and not cheap tools, however for instance Makita tools, even though they are rated highly, are twice as cheap as Festool or Fein tools. The term "high-end" stands for expensive and of very high quality. I missed Protool and Mafell in the first post. IMHO only most of German tools can be called "high-end" because both Japanese and American power tools are much cheaper. I wouldn't even include Bosch to this exclusive group. Would you call Metabo or Hilti a "high-end" company?

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I listed brands that are known for making very good and not cheap tools
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- Ryobi (currently part of Techtronic Industries, Hongkong)
I have never once in my life considered Ryobi anything but a cheap, homeowners Christmas present.

I think your question is relative. I can go digging for companies who make ultimate tools, then someone can one up me on that. I doesn't end.
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I have never once in my life considered Ryobi anything but a cheap, homeowners Christmas present.

I think your question is relative. I can go digging for companies who make ultimate tools, then someone can one up me on that. I doesn't end.

Actually Kent, I think about 10 years ago or so, maybe longer, ryobi was making all their tools in Japan and were trying to beat up on Makita's quality.

There are a few select tools that they used to make that are still sought after.
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Actually the main purpose of this topic was to determine which companies make HIGH-END power tools. Of course we can not call (for example) Craftsman power tools 'high-end'. I listed brands that are known for making very good and not cheap tools, however for instance Makita tools, even though they are rated highly, are twice as cheap as Festool or Fein tools. The term "high-end" stands for expensive and of very high quality. I missed Protool and Mafell in the first post. IMHO only most of German tools can be called "high-end" because both Japanese and American power tools are much cheaper. I wouldn't even include Bosch to this exclusive group. Would you call Metabo or Hilti a "high-end" company?
My definition of "high end" includes quality (not just cost).



Now, if the thread had been called;

"the most expensive power tools without regard to their quality"...




Personally, I'd call any great quality tool (regardless of cost) high end.
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I have never once in my life considered Ryobi anything but a cheap, homeowners Christmas present.
Definitely.

Ryobi definitely "not" high end...whether one is judging them by cost or quality.
Good enough to assemble backyard furniture, but that's about it.
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Actually Kent, I think about 10 years ago or so, maybe longer, ryobi was making all their tools in Japan and were trying to beat up on Makita's quality.

There are a few select tools that they used to make that are still sought after.
Could they have gone the way of Black & Decker?

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I have never once in my life considered Ryobi anything but a cheap, homeowners Christmas present.
Ryobi is cheap and should not be on the list - it's true. But it is being sold in Home Depot so it can't be a very low-end brand. I myself have used some of Ryobi tools and they did excellent job, I would say Ryobi tools are of average quality.

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I think your question is relative. I can go digging for companies who make ultimate tools, then someone can one up me on that. I doesn't end.
Go ahead and dig for more companies that make high-end power tools (drills, woodworking tools, portable saws etc.), maybe I just don't know about their existance.

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My definition of "high end" includes quality (not just cost).



Now, if the thread had been called;

"the most expensive power tools without regard to their quality"...



Personally, I'd call any great quality tool (regardless of cost) high end.
High quality always goes together with price. Why Festool or Fein is that expensive? Because they use quality components and they assembly their stuff in Germany, not in China, so they have better control over assembling process, Germans work 8 hours per day, Chinese work 14 hrs - errors are less possible. The Festool circular saw for example can be used on daily basis for 15 years and more, try do the same with Ryobi.

I checked in the Oxford Diccionary what "high-end" exactly means: "expensive and of good quality". I would correct it into: "very expensive and of very good quality". I would say also that high-end stuff should be made in the country of origin, for example there are only two Japanese high-end LCD monitors manufacturers - EIZO and NEC, both assembly monitors only in Japan. Snap-on some time ago made their stuff only in USA, when they started making some of their stuff in Asia and who-knows-where countries, some people stopped buying it. I think also that a high-end company should make ALL their products of the best quality, not some of high quality and others of low quality for people who can't afford the high quality ones.


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