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Old 07-26-2007, 08:39 PM   #31
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Milwaulkee and Porter Cable make great ones. Dewalt, not so much. My buddy burnt his out within 48 hours of owning it. A old coworker's only lasted him the summer (and he was anal about his gear) .However, the new Makita 15amp looks like the top dog right now. Im going to get one soon.

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Old 07-26-2007, 10:53 PM   #32
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Travis is soooo right: Milwaukee is now owned by UGH UGH RYOBI!!!!!!!!
At one time there was nothing that came close to Milwaukee tools.
As far as blades IMHO NOTHING compares to Lennox, Starret are also most excellent :}:}:}:}

At this point in time I do not believe there is an American Tool Mfg left.
Delta,Porter Cable,Powermatic all gone now foreign owned.
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Travis is soooo right: Milwaukee is now owned by UGH UGH RYOBI!!!!!!!!
Ryobi doesnt exactly own milwaukee. The conglomerate that owns ryobi picke up milwaukee. I dont really think its that big of a deal since most of your big name tools come from conglomerates. As long as the company cares about quality control, then I dont really care where the tool is made.

What I do care about is how bad my MN Twins are getting killed right now
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Old 07-28-2007, 10:30 PM   #34
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Sawzalls (reciprocating saws):

For cutting wood the best is the Porter-cable tiger saw hands down.

For metal cutting Milwaukee supersawzall

For homeowners Makita or Bosch

Battery powered Milwaukee hatchet

Cheaper battery powered DeWalt18volt

Just my opinion from the last twenty plus years
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Old 07-29-2007, 07:48 AM   #35
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In cordless the 18v Dewalt is a workhorse but in corded I like Milwaukee the Portercable is good for wood with the orbital action but it's big so it doesn't fit in places the Milwaukee will.

Mech, how many do you carry at once?
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Makita JR3070 i did research from http://www.toolsofthetrade.net/indus...01469&artnum=1 good power
tooless change blade,soft start variable speed. very nice feature... i`m have own one about 3 years for heavy use...
Milwaukee just second choice...

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Makita JR3070 i did research from www.toolsofthetrade.net good power
tooless change blade,soft start variable speed. very nice feature... i`m have own one about 3 years for heavy use...
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Just got the new Makita AVT. Blows mil ( which I had) and porter (used more than once) away. Only downside is that its heavy. However, this thing blasts through wood like no other. Really beefy at 15 amps. In my opinion, nothing comes close.
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I think Porter Cable tiger saw is the best reciprocating saw for cutting wood hands down. Any hand powertool that has a 15 amp motor has issues on a jobsite. You will have to have a heavy extension cord or you will underpower the tool, it will blow breakers more often than other tools. I have problems like that with power vises and an 18 amp air compressor I use often.
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If you want powerful tools then you need to use the right equipment to go with them. Buying the correct power cord for your purpose should be expected, just like buying the right saw blade for what suites your cut is necessary.
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I think Porter Cable tiger saw is the best reciprocating saw for cutting wood hands down. Any hand powertool that has a 15 amp motor has issues on a jobsite. You will have to have a heavy extension cord or you will underpower the tool, it will blow breakers more often than other tools. I have problems like that with power vises and an 18 amp air compressor I use often.
50 feet of 12/3 cord is fine with me. We all know that you can go more if you want- only if its your own tools though.
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Ryobi doesnt exactly own milwaukee. The conglomerate that owns ryobi picke up milwaukee. I dont really think its that big of a deal since most of your big name tools come from conglomerates. As long as the company cares about quality control, then I dont really care where the tool is made.

What I do care about is how bad my MN Twins are getting killed right now
Joining Heads is right. A conglomerate; Techtronics Industries of China ownes Milwaukee; Ryobi; some Ridgid and manufactures private label (like OSH & Workforce to name a couple) power tools. They use fairly cheap components and the quality control isn't very strict. The absolute best quality control is Makita. I have toured their factory in Buford, Georgia and given a rare glimpse of how they operate and I must say, for someone who isn't easily impressed; I was blown away. They manufacture their own motors in their factories here in the US; Japan and England. If they don't pass a certain tolerance, the metal and windings are tossed into a recyclying bin that gets made into other things like motor/gear housings, etc. The gears are the same. They manufacture their own and are also subject to the same strict qc as their motors. About the only thing they don't manufacture themselves is the wiring; cords, plastic components and the switches. For their cordless line, Sanyo manufactures their batteries and they have the best cordless line out there. They were the first to manufacture the 9.6 volt cordless drill that is still in use today. Mainly in Eruope but you can still find them here in the US. The battery technology has come a long way in 30 years with Lithium and Nickel Medal Batteries and I still have some of the Nickel Cadmium batteries that came with my cordless tools that still hold a charge.
I have tried other brands but came back to Makita because of their quality and durability. We have belt sanders, orbital sanders, finish sanders, a hypoid saw and a couple of routers that are at least 20 years old that we still use out in the shop to make cabinets with. We have only replaced the cords and brushes on them and they still work like new. We have recently replaced a DeWalt compound miter saw with a Makita LS1214L.
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Milwaulkee and Porter Cable make great ones. Dewalt, not so much. My buddy burnt his out within 48 hours of owning it. A old coworker's only lasted him the summer (and he was anal about his gear) .However, the new Makita 15amp looks like the top dog right now. Im going to get one soon.
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Reviving the 7-year-old thread.

I have bought two DeWalt reciprocating saws in the past year or so, and both had the quick blade release/change lever stop working. I took the first one back to the store and got an exchange. Then recently the new one does it too.
Since I've had it longer, now I use screwdriver to pry the inside lever to release or clamp down on the blade but it doesn't always work. Sometimes it won't let a blade go, sometimes it won't let a blade in, sometimes it won't hold on to its blade. The rest of the time it works okay. Clearly a design flaw.

On blades, I find that the Lennox do last longer than the DeWalt, but on cutting metal, those smooth blades that are supposed to be way better for cutting metal don't seem to work as well as the toothed blades for metal, and they bend easily.
Also, for most situations, I find a grinder cuts metal faster than a saw. It took my reciprocating saw 15 minutes to cut into an ibeam about 4 inches, then the grinder whent the rest of the distance in about 30 seconds.
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Milwaukee anything simply sucks. Home Depot sells a blade called The Demon. Its five dollars for one blade and worth every cent. I tossed my new Milwaukee Torch blades. Complete garbage.

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