So many tools. So little time.
Craftsman, Makita, Skil, Bosch, DeWalt, Hitachi, Porter Cable, Dremel, Delta, Metabo, Black & Decker, General, Ryobi, Milwaukee, Kobalt.......
With all of the options out there, what's your preference? Why do you like the particular brand? And, which brands would you stay away from and why?
Personally, I have my own favorites in a variety of areas. For hand tools, I lean toward Craftsman. Power tools, DeWalt corded, and 36volt. For the bigger stuff, Delta, Powermatic, and Jet.
I have two large table saws. The Powermatic handles the bulk of the load, while the delta handles all of my Dado cuts.
Jet takes care of my dust collecting and air filtering needs.
Planer and jointer are Powermatic models (though I first got started with a Grizzly planer and jointer many years ago).
I have an old Delta drill press, scroll and band saw.
DeWalt 36volt is the power of a corded tool made cordless. A little heavy, but never a problem.
Before I buy any tool, I research. Knowing in advance that I take good care of my tools (as I hope you all do), I determine where to spend the extra money to have "the best", and where I don't need to spend as much for what it is going to be used for.
Over the years, tools wear out, or even break. Some times we feel "that just shouldn't have happened". I have never had a problem with any of the companies listed above replacing of fixing a tool... And that includes Kreg.
When it has been my fault for a break or time to replace a part, I've been quite pleased with the cost involved (though not happy I have to do it at all).
Most of my blades and bits are Freud & CMT. No complaints.
But enough about my stuff. Time to see where we all differ. What do you like? Why?