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    I am currently studying carpentry in college. My interest in carpentry has really taken off and I want to buy several power tools, but with so many brands out there, I don't know which ones to choose. I want to buy a miter saw, cordless drill, jigsaw, reciprocating saw, and perhaps a circular saw.

    Which brands would you recommend I buy in each of these tools? Any advice or info would be greatly appreciated.

    Matt

  • #2
    Re: Recommended Power Tool Brands

    Milwaukee is king of the reciprocating saw and makes great drills too!!!!!!Best jigsaws are Bosch(their rotaries are great for the buck too).Makita owns cordless.Bosch and Makita both make great sliding miter saws as does dewalt.I like porter cable's circs. They are availble in left or right hand blade and have dust ports. Skil rules when it comes to worm drive circs.
    You can never have enough drills-too many is just enough!!!!!

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    • #3
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      ridgid of coruse lol ok now this is the way i would go if you have the money to do so....
      1.mitersaw, makita slider, very very nice saw.

      2. when it come to a circuler saw i would start out with either porter cable or bocsh, both are very nice but the bocsh is just alittle nicer in my opinion.

      3. reciprocating saw, one word here milwalkee, nuf said

      4. jig saw, i have the ridgid and like it but i don't use one very often.

      5. a drill, is a drill they are very basic, i belive once you get above $60. they just start adding stuff, some you want some you don't(this is for 1/2" pistol grip).

      i hope this is of some help to you and again this is the route i would go and others might tell you some thing eslse, tools are like trucks everyone likes the ones they have.

      also welcome to the group and make sure you have good hand tools befor you start getting alot of power tools.
      9/11/01, never forget.

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      • #4
        Re: Recommended Power Tool Brands

        Thanks for the info. I noticed a well-priced Ryobi miter saw at Home Depot. Any opinions on Ryobi?

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        • #5
          Re: Recommended Power Tool Brands

          Originally posted by oldslowchevy View Post
          .... make sure you have good hand tools before you start getting alot of power tools.
          Excellent advice.

          Ryobi is home owner grade not carpenter grade that is they will last a home owner a good may years and a carpenter a good many months

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          • #6
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            yeah i would shy away from ryobi, they just are not built to take the use of every day use
            9/11/01, never forget.

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            • #7
              Re: Recommended Power Tool Brands

              One way to get a fairly good handle on what is good and what isn't would be to stop by a few job sites and make some notes as to what make and models those folks are using. Another thing to remember is that no tool company has a product line with all winners in it. Every company has a few lemons in their lineup. One other thing you'll find out real quick is that the tools that the pro's use won't come cheap but then again quality is never the cheapest buy.
              Teach your kids about taxes..........eat 30 percent of their ice cream.

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              • #8
                Re: Recommended Power Tool Brands

                Milwaukee is the best. Ryobi and craftsman, not too good

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                • #9
                  Re: Recommended Power Tool Brands

                  This is from a post I made earlier:

                  There are several tiers of tool "quality"....with diminishing returns as you go up.

                  First tier (low quality knockoffs): Cheap chinese ripoffs sold by Harbor Freight and similar places. These are drills you can buy for $30 bucks and usually aren't going to last even the casual user very long. Brushes and wiring fail. Batteries often don't last a year.

                  Second tier (trademark tools): Branded chinese tools that passed some level of quality control. They have brand names like Coleman and Kawasacki and are sold in Kmart and Costco. These are usually a little better in quality, but woefully underpowered and come with weak batteries.

                  Third tier (homeowner/weekend warrior): Homeowner brands like Black and Decker and Ryobi. These are mix of decent tools and ones and some that border on flimsy. They have smaller batteries...sometimes non-replaceable, and often come with trickle chargers. Black and Decker is a little more fly-by-night, making some real cr_p and some stuff that competes well with Ryobi. Black and Decker also takes some risks and comes out with some real innovative designs. These tools are generally a little lighter weight than the next tier. These tools can be fine for a homeowner or occasional user but they aren't going to last long for a tradesman who uses them daily. Lately, I've seen DeWalt and a couple other companies selling these tools as low end entry models.

                  Fourth tier (work/business tools): The tradesmans tools. DeWalts, Ridgid, Milwaukee, Makita, Hitachi, Panasonic...etc. These are the tools designed to be used on the job sites, day after day. They have better and more bushings and bearings. They are often serviceable. They have higher power batteries and metal transmissions and 1 hour chargers. They weigh a little more (because of the metal transmissions, heavier housings...etc.) but are more durable.

                  Fifth tier (specialty/high end): This is the high end stuff. The brands that command very high prices because of their unique niche and name. Freud comes to mind. Snap-on is another one. These are the tools for people who demand a tool that will perform exactly how it claims and will back up the claims with a solid warranty.

                  My philosophy is to buy the best value for what you do. If you are only going to be using a tool occasionally, a homeowner model will probably suffice. If you are going to really work a tool at times, and I don't want to have to replace it every few years...or I want the little extra performance, buy the tradesman's model.

                  Also, while it is convenient to have common cordless tools, so you can use common batteries, you aren't going to get the best of every tool from one particular manufacturer. One might make the best reciprocating saw, while another the best circular saw. Therefore, it is a good idea to compare tool for tool, more than brand against brand.

                  For example, Milwaukee is the king of reciprocating saws. They invented the Sawzall. IMHO, Makita makes the best compound miter saw. Also, some features of a tool might be more important to one person than they are another. Whatever tool you are shopping for, check out the reviews for the various brands and decide which one might work best for you (Amazon has lots of reviews.) If you can borrow or use them, even better.

                  Good luck.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Recommended Power Tool Brands

                    Originally posted by tkasch1234 View Post
                    Milwaukee is the best. Ryobi and craftsman, not too good
                    Milwaukee is a tradesmans brand and their tools are that level of quality.

                    Ryobi is a homeowner's brand, but, IMHO, one of the best, most consistent homeowner's brands. I have Ryobi One+ tools that have served me well for years because they are tools that don't get the duty cycles...like a right angle drill, for example.

                    Craftsman is all over the map. Sears doesn't make any tools...they have tools designed for them or just rebrand tools. Sometimes they rebrand cr_p. Sometimes they rebrand tradesman's tools. Their C3 brand is basically the Ryobi One+ setup with one extra battery cell. Last time I checked they sold a miter saw that was really a Bosch....a very nice saw.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Recommended Power Tool Brands

                      PS. Here is a link that shows the actual manufacturer of a Craftsman. I have seen recent tools with different prefixes so I don't think it is complete or at least not up to date.

                      http://www.professional-power-tool-g...ource-Code.htm

                      001 Stevens
                      002 Lemont Industries
                      071 Agri-Fab Corp
                      093 Ametek
                      002 Lemont Industries
                      101 Atlas Press Co.
                      102 Walker Turner
                      103 Sarlo Power Mower Inc.
                      106 Whirlpool
                      108 Covel Mfg. Co.
                      109 AA Engineering
                      110 Whirlpool
                      111 Watson Mfg Co.
                      112 Parks Tool Co. (Woodworking equipment)
                      113 Emerson Electric Co.
                      114 Pioneer Gen-E-Motor
                      115 Rixon
                      116 Matsushita
                      119 Frigidaire
                      121 Dille & McGuire
                      122 Blair Mfg.
                      123 Yard-Man
                      128 E.T. Rugg
                      129 Mono Mfg. Co
                      131 Rally/Roper Lawn (American Yard Prod.)
                      133 American Yard Products
                      135 Skil/Bosch
                      136 Toro Mfg. Co
                      137 Rexon
                      139 Chamberlain
                      143 Tecumseh (Lauson Power Prod. Co.)
                      144 Trane
                      145 Country Manufacturing
                      147 Village Blacksmith (Div. of McGraw Edison)
                      149 Amt
                      150 White Consolidated
                      153 State Industries
                      155 Preway
                      160 Wisconsin Magneto
                      161 Nakajima
                      171 Vermont American
                      174 Caloric
                      175 Bissell
                      176 Murata
                      180 Lambert Corp.
                      187 White Consolidated
                      190 Pioneer
                      198 Whirlpool
                      202 Gannon Mfg. Co.
                      204 Iona
                      214 Bissell
                      216 Phonemate
                      217 Eska Outboards
                      219 MTD
                      222 Panasonic Video/Audio
                      225 Outboard by Chrysler/Force
                      233 Broan
                      234 Beard-Poulon & Lazy Boy
                      235 Ingersoll Rand
                      241 Fimco
                      247 MTD-Modern Tool and Die (not MID)
                      250 J.I. Case
                      253 Gibson (now Frigidare)
                      256 Emerson Electric
                      257 Allegretti & Co. & Paramount
                      264 Emerson Electric
                      268 Brother International
                      271 Kioritz Corp. - Echo
                      274 RCA
                      278 GE
                      281 Electro-Aire
                      283 Thomas Industries
                      289 Sharp
                      291 American Lawn Mower
                      292 Lennox
                      294 Tunturi
                      302 IBM
                      304 Funai
                      306 Belsaw
                      312 GTE
                      315 Ryan
                      316 Ryobi
                      317 Makita
                      319 Hand Tools International
                      329 Inventa
                      330 Apple
                      328 McLane
                      329 Ametek
                      334 Commodore
                      335 Amana
                      336 Electrolux
                      340 Necchi
                      342 York
                      351 Colovos Co.
                      253 White Consolidated
                      355 Roper Outdoor
                      358 Beaird - Poulan, Inc.
                      359 Bolens Products Div.
                      362 General Electric
                      363 General Electric
                      365 US Lawn
                      366 Koss Eletronics
                      367 AT&T
                      372 Zeus Generator Co.
                      374 Diversified Products
                      378 Omark (Oregon)
                      380 Moto-Mower, Inc./Subsidiary of Dura Corp.
                      385 Jamac
                      387 White Rodgers
                      390 King-O-Lawn
                      401 Bissell
                      410 John Bean Food Mach. & Chem.
                      415 Char Broil
                      417 Stover Engine Works
                      426 Parker Sweeper
                      445 Melmer
                      452 AT&T
                      457 Code-A-Phone
                      459 Technics
                      464 GE
                      471 Bionaire
                      472 Dremel
                      473 Quincy Compressor
                      474 Sony
                      476 Coleman
                      480 Bose
                      484 Airtemp
                      486 Agri-Fab
                      490 Indiana Steel
                      498 Didier Mfg. Co.
                      500 Briggs & Stratton Corp.
                      502 Murray Ohio
                      509 Payne
                      517 Homelite/Jacobsen
                      521 E Z Rake Co.
                      523 MGM Technology
                      534 Clausing Lathe (Former Atlas Press Co.)
                      536 Western Tool & Stamping (Before AMF Lawn & Garden Div.)
                      538 AMF and or Murray
                      549 Midwest Ind
                      552 Cobra
                      562 Toshiba
                      564 Sanyo
                      565 Sanyo
                      566 Packard Bell
                      568 Panasonic
                      572 Dremel
                      575 Sharp
                      576 D & M (now Frigidaire)
                      580 Generac Corporation
                      582 Clinton Engine Co.
                      583 Remington/Desa
                      586 Panasonic Office Equip.
                      587 White Consolidated
                      596 Amana
                      604 Digital Equipment Co.
                      610 Ohio Steel Fabrication
                      613 Consolidated Technologies
                      619 Arps Corp.
                      620 Enviro-Research
                      621 Bryant
                      622 Kelvinator
                      625 Ecodyne
                      626 Magnavox (Philips)
                      628 White Consolidated
                      629 Jenn-Air
                      636 Echo
                      639 King-O-Lawn
                      640 Cerwin Vega
                      647 Roper
                      651 O.M.C. Dist. (also Standard Eng.)
                      654 Mott
                      663 Air Cap Industries
                      665 Whirlpool
                      666 Kitchenaid
                      668 Echowater
                      678 Vac Appliances, LTD
                      680 Generac
                      683 Philco (Italy)
                      704 Royal
                      705 Canon
                      716 H.H.Scott/Emerson
                      719 Tappan
                      721 LG Electronics
                      723 Yamaha
                      733 Fairbanks Morse
                      739 Onan
                      745 0 & R Engines
                      747 Litton
                      757 Brinly-Hardy Co., Inc.
                      758 Emerson Electric
                      761 Whirlpool
                      767 Marvel
                      768 Technics (Matsushita)
                      769 Mercury Clutch Division
                      773 Marantz
                      775 Johnson
                      778 Comet Industries
                      785 General Power (Magna America Corp.)
                      789 DefiAnce
                      790 Frigid Ire
                      791 Tappan
                      793 Ford
                      798 Speed King
                      802 Baker Mfg Co.
                      809 AMF
                      815 Daewoo
                      831 Welso Inc/U.T.S.
                      832 Xerox
                      835 Roper
                      840 Friedrich
                      842 Haban Mfg.
                      846 Epson
                      850 Whirlpool (Chambers?)
                      854 White Farm Equipment Corp. (formerly Oliver
                      855 ILG
                      860 Eureka Company
                      864 Zenith
                      867 Climette
                      871 Smith Corona
                      879 Rheem/Rudd
                      900 Black and Decker
                      911 General Electric
                      917 Roper Corp. (American Yard Prod.
                      919 DeVilbiss
                      922 Original Tractor Cab Co.
                      923 Hewlett Packard
                      934 Century Mfg Co.
                      937 Sunbeam (now Air Cap Ind.)
                      950 Laser (V-TECH)
                      960 Caloric
                      973 Ryobi
                      987 Troy Bilt/Garden Way
                      988 Kubota
                      989 McCullogh
                      990 Ford
                      991 Lawnboy
                      2018 Furnas Electric (Reversing Switch)
                      7075 Prestolite Battery
                      7287 Emerson Electric
                      7296 Emerson Electric

                      Hand Tools - Danaher (before 1994 it was Stanley)

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                      • #12
                        Re: Recommended Power Tool Brands

                        Thank y'all for all the advice.

                        I think I'll stear away from Ryobi. I'll probably buy either a DeWalt or Ridgid miter saw; Milwaukee Sawzall; a Bosch jigsaw; and either a DeWalt or Ridgid cordless drill. Perhaps a Porter-Cable circular saw if I decide to get one.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Recommended Power Tool Brands

                          Originally posted by BigOrangeCountry View Post
                          Thank y'all for all the advice.

                          I think I'll stear away from Ryobi. I'll probably buy either a DeWalt or Ridgid miter saw; Milwaukee Sawzall; a Bosch jigsaw; and either a DeWalt or Ridgid cordless drill. Perhaps a Porter-Cable circular saw if I decide to get one.

                          if you can .... get the makia miter saw if not then the de worthless.

                          and if you are going towards carpentry then yes you will NEED a circular saw no if's and's or but's about that, the porter cable is a fine choice, though i still think you might want to atleast look at the bosch, or maybe even the milwalkee tilt lock. good luck you you and feel free to ask for help any time




                          p.s. check out the ridgid cordless if for no other reason then for the life time servce agrment batterys are covered in this as well though ridgid does not have as many cordless tools as other companys.
                          Last edited by oldslowchevy; 11-08-2007, 02:55 PM.
                          9/11/01, never forget.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Recommended Power Tool Brands

                            Originally posted by BigOrangeCountry View Post
                            Thanks for the info. I noticed a well-priced Ryobi miter saw at Home Depot. Any opinions on Ryobi?
                            Unless you specifically want a saw that will NOT cut straight, steer clear. They have poorly machined pivots which means then will not cut true at all angles. The Ridgid miter saws, which are probably made in the same factory as Ryobi, have been plagued by the same problems and it does not seem like it has been corrected. I would strongly recommend a Bosch or Makita slider if it's within your budget. They will cut perfectly when properly adjusted. The Dewalt is also really good but not quite to the same level as the other two.
                            Last edited by Velosapien; 11-08-2007, 09:27 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Recommended Power Tool Brands

                              if you can .... get the makia miter saw if not then the de worthless.

                              and if you are going towards carpentry then yes you will NEED a circular saw no if's and's or but's about that, the porter cable is a fine choice, though i still think you might want to atleast look at the bosch, or maybe even the milwalkee tilt lock. good luck you you and feel free to ask for help any time
                              I know I'm going to need a circular saw. My dad has two in the attic, but I don't know what kind of shape they're in. That's why I don't know whether or not I'm going to get one.

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