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Old 04-13-2008, 09:33 AM   #1
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So far, my adventures in plumbing have educated me that not all brands of fixtures are the created equally(I mean, come on, a toilet is a toilet, right?) Some things are easier to assemble than others, some have replacement parts that are easier to service some are junk to begin with.. etc... etc...

Is it the same for electricians? What are your favorites?

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Klein hand tools.
Dewalt battery & AC powered tools.

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Most tools and products sold in electrical supply houses are usualy prefered by most.

Hand tools:
Klein
Ideal
Some Greenlee?

Power Tools:
Milwaukee !!
Dewalt
Makita

Take a walk around a electrical supply house and see whats on display.
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I'm not a pro, so I dont use my tools every day. But, I have alot of the brands that Joba and JV mentioned... as well as a few brands that are always associated with a DIY'er...

I have a pair of GB circuit alert romex strippers, and I have to say even though GB's quality isnt the best, they have saved me from cutting into something live that I thought was dead (no, I dont mean about to cut litteraly, I mean that I checked for voltage BEFORE cutting with them).

Also, I used to have a Dewalt cordless drill. It was a hand me down, so was pretty used when I got it.. I used it alot. When it finally was laid to rest after getting dropped off a second story roof, I replaced it with a Ryobi Lithuim. Alot of people are going to say that they are crap. But, with the amount of use mine gets, it wasn't worth it to spend almost twice as much for a dewalt, panasonic, etc.


It's totally relevalt to how much use they are going to get.

If Joe Blow is only going to use a set of romex strippers for 1 new circuit, then buying a set of kliens probably isnt worth it for him.


All my electrical hand tools are Klien or Ideal (with the exception of the GB romex strippers) and all of my sockets, wrenches, screwdrivers, etc are craftsman... buying a set from matco or snap on is not practical for me.
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There is only one brand of hammerdrill. HILTI

Any other brand I've used belongs in the trash.
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Cowboy....I agree about how much use the tool will see. Why spend $300 for a battery drill you are going to use a couple times a year.
Now for all of the contractors the investment is worth every cent.

Silk.....Sorry I forgot Hilti. Cut my teeth on one when I was an apprentice. If I had a penny for every hole I hammered out on one, I could probably buy a house CASH. I own a Milwaukee rotary hammer and it is excellent. It's only a 1/2" chuck not the collet type you probably are referring too.
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Silk.....Sorry I forgot Hilti. Cut my teeth on one when I was an apprentice. If I had a penny for every hole I hammered out on one, I could probably buy a house CASH. I own a Milwaukee rotary hammer and it is excellent. It's only a 1/2" chuck not the collet type you probably are referring too.

I got to the point years ago when I was working in-plant that if the tool crib didn't have any hilti's and only had Milwaukee, I would do something else until the hilti's were back.

The Hilti's were always the first ones to be checked out, that must say something.
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Name brand materials. Professional grade. Square D, Pass & Seymour, Hubbell, Ideal, 3M, Kraloy, Lutron. Different companies for different items. If the supply house carries it, it is usually pretty good quality material. No big box parts. No Chinese parts. Call backs on junk parts is expensive and reflects badly on my business. If a customer insists on buying his own materials, I walk away from the job.
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Is this the place for political rants??
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Same here, architectural spec only!

Especially with lighting fixtures, you get what you pay for and I have yet seen a product from China that I would want in my house. (I love the Chinese , it's some of their products that suck!).

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Is this the place for political rants??
There was nothing political, nor any ranting, in my post if that is what you are referring too. I am in the USA, please understand, we have freedom of speech here. You can use whatever parts you want in your business.
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I like Chinese women, does that count?
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Seems like the first few people missed on the point that this was about fixtures, but I appreciate the input nonetheless.

Only options here are home depot and ace anyway, which ace carries mostly junk i'm sure of it, and home depot won't get another cent from me unless i can't find something anywhere else, and I can't wait long enough to order online....

So thats what I was planning to do is look around online for some decent light fixtures.
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Fixtures seem to be mostly disposable crap that are cheaply made and difficult to install.

Hope that helps
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Sorry jrclen, I was not refering to your post. I was asking the question regarding the political stuff in regards to joba th lib punisher.

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