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Old 11-08-2011, 05:39 PM   #1
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I am a young tradesman (working for a GC) who also does alot of sidework. I am slowly building up my arsenal of power tools and next I need a compound miter and sawzall. Do I really need to goto a tool supply at this point or can't I get something decent from Home Depot?

Im aware that depot carries a "home owner" different line of OEMs for all brands than a tool store, and I know obviously never to buy the cheapest and to steer clear of RYOBI, but I don't see what's wrong with getting a $250.00-400.00 miter from maybe Makita, Milwaukee or even HILTI and buying it at depot? And the same goes with the sawzall, I was thinking maybe Milwaukee or Bosch for that.

Do I really need to spend the extra $200.00 at the tool store at this point in time?? I just need something solid to get me by. Let me know guys!!
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Old 11-08-2011, 05:48 PM   #2
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home depot and blowes is where we all get most of ourtools. if you get a makita or ridgid, something name brand you should be fine

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Really again?

A drill of the same product number will be the same ANYWHERE you buy it.
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Check the model numbers carefully and do your research. Everyone has there personal favorites of each too. A lot depends on your budget, and how much you will use each particular tool. Many used tools can be found on ebay and craigslist as well. My personal favorite sawzall is the Makita JR3070CT. just bought a used Hitachi slide on craigslist for $100 last week. My research tells me that I will be happy.
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I don't know what kind of local tool shops you have but around here they are comparable to the bigbox in price or at most 10-15% over (not including bigbox sale prices).
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Do I really need to spend the extra $200.00 at the tool store at this point in time?? I just need something solid to get me by. Let me know guys!!
Absolutely not. The best carpenter I know buys his tools at HD, Lowes and Harbor Freight.

High-end tools do not increase your skills one bit. At best, they contribute to efficiency. Mastering the skills should be your first priority.
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Absolutely not. The best carpenter I know buys his tools at HD, Lowes and Harbor Freight.

High-end tools do not increase your skills one bit. At best, they contribute to efficiency. Mastering the skills should be your first priority.
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High-end tools do not increase your skills one bit. At best, they contribute to efficiency. Mastering the skills should be your first priority.
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home depot and blowes is where we all get most of ourtools. if you get a makita or ridgid, something name brand you should be fine
I must be a hack, I have never bought a tool from a home center.
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I need to get one of those Hilti miter saws you mentioned...
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i need to buy me about 5 more of those HF sawzalls so i have them in stock so i have another one to break out after the one before broke in the first 5 minutes of using it.. !
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Tools don't make the craftsman. Watch this video. Amazing what you can do with very little. Not a power tool in sight

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another great share! thanks rustbucket. i'd like to see the whole movie.
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Tools don't make the craftsman. Watch this video. Amazing what you can do with very little. Not a power tool in sight

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYJKd0rkKss">YouTube Link</a>
I bought the three disc set when I saw this on PBS. That's a craftsman. Reminds me a lot of myself.
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You can find the rest of it on Youtube, i believe. I have the DVD. You can buy it here: http://www.dickproenneke.com/ He built that cabin when he was 51, and lived there for over 30 years. Alone!
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I bought the three disc set when I saw this on PBS. That's a craftsman. Reminds me a lot of myself.
I would be out there with a generator, stocked fridge, huge propane tanks, torpedo heaters and power tools, and still be found dead at first thaw.
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The work can be done without the best tools.....having the appropriate tools, good or bad and being able to use them sets folks apart.

I'll bet my life that an experienced carpenter can do more with Ryobi than an apprentice with Festool.

Until you know exactly what you need, stick to your budget to get the work done, then upgrade.
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The work can be done without the best tools.....having the appropriate tools, good or bad and being able to use them sets folks apart.

I'll bet my life that an experienced carpenter can do more with Ryobi than an apprentice with Festool.

Until you know exactly what you need, stick to your budget to get the work done, then upgrade.
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Tools don't make the craftsman. Watch this video. Amazing what you can do with very little. Not a power tool in sight

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There are at least 3 hours of this guy you can watch on PBS. (He did his own videos.) Just found out tonight that there was a Part 2. I think 38 years up there by himself, starting in his 50s. Pretty humbling.

Sorry, I'm repeating what has already been said. Was so excited because, like I wrote, just found out tonight about part 2. Should have read all the posts first.

Anyway - it is the man or woman that makes the value of the tool, not the other way around.

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