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Old 12-08-2008, 04:33 PM   #16
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My radial arm saw has deWalt and B&D markings on it too, but i think it's a bit older than that....lol more like the 50s or 60s!
i got it from my father.

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Old 12-08-2008, 04:41 PM   #17
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Yeah, that's what my kid is saying about my corded DeWalt circlular saw, "I got it frommy Father". As in, "Nope, I ain't giving it back".

Kid needs a 2x4 waxing.
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Old 12-08-2008, 04:43 PM   #18
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well, mine was given, not 'borrowed'...lol

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Old 12-09-2008, 10:04 AM   #19
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I think B&D bought deWalt in 1960 from AMF. They stopped making radial arm saws in the late 80s. I used to drive by the deWalt plant in Lancaster PA pretty regular. The building still had AMF on it in the 1980s. Funny how that works. My kid tends to "absorb" my tools if I ain't watchin'm. Then I get the "Well, you weren't using it"................... well no.....not at this very minute.
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I think your kid and mine are distantly related....mine gives me the same guff when I try to get a tool back.

Gonna disinherit his ass.
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Old 12-10-2008, 06:24 AM   #21
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Won't need to. He'll already have his inheritance in his tool box.
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:34 PM   #22
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Dewalt has been a B&D brand since the early '90s and is a really popular brand with contractors. I've never seen the appeal in my research and limited use, but I would guess most of their stuff is okay, certainly better than B&D but they rarely stand above the middle of the pack in review roundups and it's a rare Dewalt tool that is ever considered best in class by anybody other than a Dewalt fan.

I also think Dewalt's cordless strategy is to put variety ahead of best-in-class quality when it comes to their design process which can make them economical and convenient on the job site but less appealing in the woodshop or serious DIYer's home. They don't have a problem competing in terms of raw power but their tools rarely seem as refined as the competition. I also suspect they're banking a bit too much on brand loyalists with some of their tools and putting out stuff that's closer to B&D's target audience specs than any of their serious competitors' would ever dream of doing.

I'm not saying they suck. I just think there's better options that frequently cost about the same or even less. Dewalt is like Apple computers. Its fans are too loyal for their own good.
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If you depend on Consumers Report and surveys to buy a tool I think you are not a smart tool buyer.

A tool's reputation lives and dies by the guys who use it. Not some slanted consumer magazine that makes it's money off ad space.

You must be a home owner or on very misinformed contractor.
Dewalt is one of the few North American made tools left. And as far as quality they stand up to punishment quite well.

Lowes and HD sell them as one of their main lines and industrial tool suppliers
sometimes carry them and Milwaukee as their only lines.
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No offense but I've seen a lot of BAD advice from contractors. I didn't say Dewalt made crap, just that you can do better for what you pay for a lot of it.

Also, you're the one who's misinformed if you think Dewalt is made in the USA. There are very few actual power tools still made here. Check the plate on any tool you've purchased recently. It will list the location of the corporate HQ, but it won't say where it's made. You can't even get Jacobs chucks on the more recent-model Milwaukee drills.

And no, I don't read consumers reports or even Popular Mechanics for that matter. I don't take a publication seriously when they regularly mix consumer grade stuff with higher end tools. Yes, thank you CM, but I think I already knew Milwaukee makes a better sawzall than Ryobi.

Also, when I see somebody who talks about only buying from one or two brands because you "can't go wrong" or "it's what my daddy used" I don't generally take their advice very seriously either. Just because a Dewalt lasts on a job site and it's what all the other F150 drivin' girls at work like, doesn't mean it's the best buy. Contractors are consumers too. And like most consumers, they're not really big on research. Once something does the job well enough it's all about how they feel about the brand, not who offers the best tool in a given category for the best price.
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Better reread my post. Never said USA I said North American.
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Better reread my post. Never said USA I said North American. And when you use terms like "best in class" you are actually referring to a a rating system that is used by organizations who evaluate products.
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I own a dewalt 720 cordless 18 v drill and a ryobi 18 v lithium p203. The ryobi is a nice drill. It has a built in magnet, level, and of course a lithium battery. But it doesn't compare to the dewalt which is smaller, weighs less, and has raw power!!!

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