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Old 03-01-2007, 01:21 PM   #1
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I spent $2xx on a 18V Milwaukee Drill... It is New. Though, Just found out it was made in China... the battery is made in Japan.... I didn't know a brand like "Milwaukee" could be made in China....

expensive lesson for me.... well let's hope this tool will not fail fast.... I bought it from Ebay... so too bad cannot refund...

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Old 03-01-2007, 04:38 PM   #2
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Milwaukee, China is just south of Bejing, China and just east of the Mercedes plant. The plant next to it makes parts for the Caterpillar plant in Peoria, Illinois.

The drill was probably shipped on Northwest Airlines to Detroit. - LOL

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I noticed my Craftsman precision needle nose pliers are "MADE IN CHINA"... it wont be long now...
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I was at Sears today, and noticed most of the Dewalt was made in China, too.
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Well, may be to the bright side, after I used the drill for a few mud mixing... it's performance is excellant... so may be Made in China is not always mean a bad thing...
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Most stuff today is either made in China, Taiwan, or Mexico. If you're shopping at Home Depot, Ryobi is made in china while Ridgid is made in Taiwan. Taiwan is much better with regard to the quality of the products produced. I think even my Bosch drills are made in Mexico.
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Although if you buy in HD... you got to check the country before paying... I found out there same drill cost $150 bucks more but was stamped with USA made.... whereas if you buy from internet... most of the time, such information is not specified... unless you remember to ask... and they bother to answer....
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from the standpoint of product quality, if a factory is set up right from the originating company, with tolerances, good supplies, training of employees, and high degree of automation and quality control, then it matters not where in the world a factory produces products, except that in the end, the cost of production is lower due to labor cost.

from the standpoint of product image, brand, reliability, etc, i like you held the belief that made in usa was better, for tools like milwaukee, porter-cable, craftsman (for hand tools) and (some) DeWalt.

Unfortunately, we americans want the best products, at the best prices. on one hand, I want to be able to buy an american made product, high quality, support my american brethren in th emanufacturing sector, and all of that. On the other hand, we also want good wages and benefits to accomplish our work. how can we pay $15-20 per hour per employee, plus provide him/her with good benefits like medical, dental, 401k, etc, so that they are satisfied and can raise a family, or at least supplement a spouse's income, and, still produce a product that when it hits the retail level, is still affordable? and be able to compete, against other manufacturers that have already made the move to manufacturing in china, taiwan, mexico, etc, to lower their production costs in order to bring a reasonable product to market. Its difficult. I think it all begins with us consumers too. we have to be willing to seek out and desire more costly american made goods to support our own countrymen and economy.

only if all american consumers ceased buying cheaper products imported by the likes of wal-mart and target, would manufacturers and retailers alter the supply chains back the other way. until then, each purchase we all make, whether we like it or not (sometimes you have no choice, the item is made where its made and thats it) is another step closer to the "Chin-ification of the United States"
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it's like that all over...i work for the #2 cabinet maker of kitchen/bathroom cabinet in the u.s.a. and alot at least 1/4 or maybe more of there doors and frame come from china. and they are building a plant in mexico to supply the western plant in the u.s. cause it be cheaper then to have are plant (in indiana) ship the parts to them out west.
my company tells us we gotta do better cause china is coming.....but they turn around and have them make are stuff LOL
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China can make whatever the the U.S. customer wants. - Poor or excellent quality.

They do know quality judging from the 6 and 8 lane streets in Shanghai jammed with Mercedes, BMWs, Lexus and Toyotas. The amout of gas they are starting to buy is/will push our gas prices up, but still not as high as what the rest of world pays. - They buy oil just like us, just like they buy and ship wood.

Remember when Japan was killing us with cheap labor? Now their labor cost is higher and they are still doing O.K.
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China can make whatever the the U.S. customer wants. - Poor or excellent quality.

They do know quality judging from the 6 and 8 lane streets in Shanghai jammed with Mercedes, BMWs, Lexus and Toyotas. The amout of gas they are starting to buy is/will push our gas prices up, but still not as high as what the rest of world pays. - They buy oil just like us, just like they buy and ship wood.

Remember when Japan was killing us with cheap labor? Now their labor cost is higher and they are still doing O.K.
China does not know quality WRT autos....they know name brands, and assume that comes with quality.
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I retired from a major automotive manufacturer in the U.S., commonly known by two letters. You may or may not have been surprised back in the late '70's and early '80's how many component parts of autos were made overseas. Looking at a window sticker today will only tell you IF the auto has been assembled within the U.S., Canada, or even Mexico to be called "Made in U.S.A." There is a percentage (I believe 15% now) of foreign made components in a U.S. assembled auto which must be noted on the window sticker. Manufacturers shop around for someone to produce parts for products to be assembled, then someone to assemble all those parts, and someone to ship them into the good ole' U.S. to sell to us. The only product which I really know for sure that is American made is the Miller Beer(s) I drink, which are made in my hometown, and I know how to look for the I.D. code for this plant . David
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Although if you buy in HD... you got to check the country before paying... I found out there same drill cost $150 bucks more but was stamped with USA made.... whereas if you buy from internet... most of the time, such information is not specified... unless you remember to ask... and they bother to answer....
I always ask and if they don't answer, I move on
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China does not know quality WRT autos....they know name brands, and assume that comes with quality.
Most of the problems I have seen with China junk is due to the poor quality of materials
China has the poorest quality Aluminum and Steel IN THE WORLD! And a lot of child slave labor is involved in many products
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There is not an easy answer to the predicament we find ourselves in but I think we have ourselves to blame for the fact that so many of our products and services come from offshore sources. Some of it is based simply on the fact that these products can be made of equal or better quality overseas for substantially less money.

Look at the market share that China has captured just in guitars and violins. Musicians would not buy from China much less recommend from China if the quality did not meet their expectations. There was a time when "Made in China" meant that it was poorly manufactured and would soon break. That is no longer the case. I doubt that Milwaukee would put their name on a drill made in China if it was poorly made. This is not true of everything made in China. Look up Chinese car crash test on Youtube for example. But give them time and they will have automotive exports here.

What they seem to have in China is something we used to have here and that is pride.

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