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John
Wish to start building a power tool inventory
John

Hello,

I'm looking for advice from people that use power tools a lot.  I find myself doing more and more DIY around the house.  My years old cordless drill has finally died on me.  Can you fine folks tell me, in your experience, what would be the best brand of tool to start buying?  I've done the standard internet research.  Dewalt always seems to do well on top tool lists, of course.  I've seen Craftsman seems to be a good medium duty/home use brand.

Thank you in advance!

HandyAndyInMtAiry
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HandyAndyInMtAiry

John,

It all depends on what you will be doing. Every tool has a distinct purpose. I will say, always purchase the highest quality that you can find. A tool will never break while sitting in the toolbox.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

John
Re: Wish to start building a power tool inventory
John

I'm just an amateur house handyman.  I just replaced a downspout, so I had to screw different pieces together.  I am looking to build a platform to raise my washer/dryer off the ground.  Next summer, we're replacing our medium sized deck.  

I guess I was wondering what brands folks swear by?

HandyAndyInMtAiry
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HandyAndyInMtAiry

John,

I use all different manufactures tools. I grew up in an electrical trade house. So I have been using tools all my life. I do not like battery powered "hard working" tools, like saws, hammer drills, large drills, etc...  I like Rigid drills and impact drivers. I have two sets of them, drills and impact drivers. I have had them buried in dust and dirt and even dropped them in water, and they still keep going. These are a couple of the only tools I have that are battery powered. Some Milwaukee hammer drills, I like Milwaukee and Skil worm drive circular saws, but Freud blades. I like Milwaukee direct drive circular saws. They are all metal. I am beginning to build a nice inventory of Festool equipment. They are very precise and seem to last and are very well built. I like the Milwaukee sawzall and hackzall. The hackzall is battery. Also have a Milwaukee battery pipe cutter. That one is also one tough and rugid tool. It has been thru exactly what the impact drivers have. I use Bostitch nail guns. I have a couple for each type of project. Staples, brads, pin nails, finish nails and framing nails are all readily available at any hardware store. Things like hand tool, a hammer is almost personal preference, but keep a good collection of different types and sizes. I use mostly Klein electrical tools. I like many different types of wood working tools. All depends on how precise you want your cuts and joints to be.

I never purchase a tool from a box store, they are just plain cheap quality. I always puchase the highest quality tool I find. I have many tools from many time frames. I have wood planes from as far back as the early 1800's. I like finding the nice, heavy duty old electric tools from the 40', 50' and 60's. They are heavy and tough.

I do not make my living with these tools, I only work for myself. But after folks see the quality of my work, they always ask, "Would you be able to work on this for me?" etc.... I always say "no". They never want to pay for top quality work. But they are more than willing to pay for poor quality over and over. I will consult for them, advising them on what to do, and how to do things. Also advise them on what to ask a contractor, how to describe what they want, etc... But that is an entire other topic.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

John
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John

Thank you for the long post HandyAndyInMtAiry, I really appreciate it. 

I'll keep all of that in mind while I shop.  I'm kind of glad you mentioned that Rigid drills and impact drivers are good.  I kind of dig the way they look.  

You said you never buy tools from big box stores.  That's lowes and Home Depot, right?  Where do you buy?  Direct from the manufacturer, or somewhere else?

HandyAndyInMtAiry
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HandyAndyInMtAiry

John,

Yes, box stores carry cheap junk, all across the board actually. We ordered a 120 gallon A.O. Smith gas water heater from A.O. Smith. I read all the features and found the one that we liked for the recovery we wanted. We never run out of hot water using all 4 showers, the dishwasher and the cloths washer at the same time. I spoke with a rep at A.O. Smith, and she gave me some great advice. She said visit the box store and read and look at the A.O. Smith water heater there. I did. She asked me on a different call, what the outlets were made of. I told her, "plastic". She told me the one that you are purchasing is brass. She said the models they carry are from out lower line. I really hate plastic anything.

Yes, Rigid drills and impact drivers also have a led that comes on without the bit turning. That I really like. Just squeeze the hand grip, there is a switch there. I use that feature for many things while getting to where I need to work. And with 2 complete sets, I have one set for the person I hire to help me work on things around the house. That comes in really handy.

We have a City Electric and a State Electric store here, they both carry Milwaukee and Klein. For Festool, I order directly from them or an approved seller. For woodworking tools, I order direct from the manufacture. I have a nice mix of tools from Jet, Delta, Grizzly and PowerMatic. I have one 36 inch Laguna tablesaw and one big 52 inch Powermatic. Like I said before, I am getting to where I have been using a lot of the Festool products. I like that they all have dust extraction ports. I like the hand tools for woodworking that I use, the steel stays sharp for a long time. Not the cheap junk from the box stores.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

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