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Old 12-23-2012, 03:45 PM   #16
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dewalt isnt american made, its made in mexico and china.. been that way for 5 years now..

rigid and milwaukee are through one world technolgies.. alot of the same tech and parts go into several of their tools.. and both are made overseas.. milwaukee stopped being made in north america about 8 years ago and thats when most of their tools turned to crap..

one thing ive noticed about any company no matter what it is tools, cars etc.. the ones with the best warrenties have tended to have the weakest product. having that warrenty is their way of admitting to putting out crap. look at hyundai and kia

any issues ive had with my bosch gear, they stepped up and repaired it for free or replaced the tool.. then again im on a first name basis with the reps.. and working on getting their with makita...
I have the v18 0883 impact wrench and the 9072-22 corded impact wrench. Both look, feel and perform like well made tools despite being made in china. The 9072 in particular looks like it's old USA made counterpart. I think they shipped the tooling to make it overseas. These are my only 2 Chinese Milwaukees. The rest is USA. All of my self feed bits are the old USA ones. I heard the china ones do not stay sharp as long.

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Old 12-23-2012, 04:12 PM   #17
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I guess this is not a good time to mention Habor Freight?


Just kidding......

Personally....I've been happy with the Ryobi stuff for all my home tasks...
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Old 12-23-2012, 06:13 PM   #18
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tool, i have the firt generation model of the milwaukee tilt lok saw its now 9 years old and still going strong other than a slightly bent base plate.. the newest edition of the saw has a much less durable plate and the motor is lucky if it lasts a year.. the gears and bearings in the current model are a joke compared to my american made one.. in comparison we have several makita 500nk saws at work and the bearings are going on 2 of them which are only 2 years old and get used about the same as my saw. that model makita is my first pick if i were to go buy a new sidewinder tommorrow.. mind you i also own a wormdrive which gets used when im full tilt on framing
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tool, i have the firt generation model of the milwaukee tilt lok saw its now 9 years old and still going strong other than a slightly bent base plate.. the newest edition of the saw has a much less durable plate and the motor is lucky if it lasts a year.. the gears and bearings in the current model are a joke compared to my american made one.. in comparison we have several makita 500nk saws at work and the bearings are going on 2 of them which are only 2 years old and get used about the same as my saw. that model makita is my first pick if i were to go buy a new sidewinder tommorrow.. mind you i also own a wormdrive which gets used when im full tilt on framing
Wow! Guess I was real lucky when I got a brand new 6310 6.5 v18 circ that was older and made in USA off EBay.
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Wood, The 0883 gets used alot removing lug nuts on my cars. The 9072 was bought as a corded back up/ heavy duty impact for suspension work. The 9072 did get real hot driving a 2 inch self feed bit into a tree stump. Always wanted to try s impact for heavy drilling. No wrist twist. I have the 7/16 hex adapter and a 1/2 drive chuck. My USA made 1663-20 spade handle drill has done this only getting real warm. However maybe the heavy impacts heat up the gearbox.

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I have a Rigid shop vac a Rigid 16 gauge finish nailer, and a 4 gallon twin stack air compressor..no problems yet with any of these, most of my other air tools and cordless tools are Craftsman and Hitachi.

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Old 12-24-2012, 09:27 AM   #22
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I personally have had very good luck with Ridgid and I use them almost every day My original cordless sets (2) I had for 7 years and replaced 1 battery the tools are still running and they made them so the new lithe batteries will work in my old tools. My opinion of Porter Cable is they were some of the best tools you could get. Now lately they are in the cheap dept and I think there is a reason there new tools are comparable to B&d or craftsman under powered and cheap made. In fact some of their new tools is hardly above Harbor Freight.

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