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iMisspell 12-14-2008 02:51 AM

Tool conglomerations, who owns who ?
Been doing a little research and found the following (im sure this is not new news for most of you).

Im sure the list is much bigger then the names i tossed below, but there the main names which popped into my head right now (gonna edit as more info comes).

By the looks of things, if you want to buy a tool from a self owned company not part of a conglomeration, its Makita or Hitachi ?

If you have more (and updated) information please post.

TTI Techtronic Industries Co.
  • Milwaukee
  • AEG
  • Ryobi
  • Stiletto
  • Homelite
  • Vacuums - Hoover, Dirt Devil and VAX

Black & Decker
  • Dewalt
  • Porter-Cable
  • Delta
  • And is in cahoots with Hitachi

Pentair, Inc as of 2004
  • Joinery Industrial

Emerson Electric as of 2006
  • Ridgid

Robert Bosch GmbH / LLC
Robert Bosch Tool Corporation
  • Bosch
  • Skil
  • Dremel
  • RotoZip
  • Vermont American
  • Gilmour

(Thanks for this, skymaster)
Walter Meier Holding owns/created
WMH Tool Group which in turn owns
  • JET

(Thanks for this, ratherbefishin')
TTS Tooltechnic Systems
  • Festool
  • Protool
  • Schneider
  • Tanos

(Thanks for this, SNC)
Illinois Tool Works
  • Paslode
  • Ramset
  • Red Head
  • Buildex
    - E-Z Ancor
    - Tapcon
    - Trugrip
    - Teks
    - Dec-King & Rock-On

Self Owned with out any subsidiaries


Speedball 12-14-2008 05:23 AM

Now that's interesting.....

skymaster 12-14-2008 11:05 AM

WMH holdings owns Jet,Powermatic,and several others

ratherbefishin' 12-14-2008 12:33 PM

That's one huge can of worms you opened:eek:

Just a couple things I can add from my own research a while back:

Emerson is actually divided into about eight divisions now, one of which, Emerson Professional Tools, bought Ridge Tool Company. The Ridgid woodworking tools are made under contract with EPT by One World Technologies, which is a subsidiary of Techtronics Industries (TTI). Contrary to popular belief, Home Depot does not own Ridgid, Ryobi, or any other brand. They just have a marketing contract. As far as I know, all the Ridgid plumbing tools are still made in USA.
TTI also has Dirt Devil, Hoover, and some other vacuum brands. They just acquired the Milwaukee brand last spring, as I recall.

Hitachi is a huge conglomerate in itself. The power tool division is actually one of the smaller operations, though it's one of the oldest tool makers. Did you know they invented the SCMS? They're into everything from semiconductors,electronics, and appliances to heavy equipment, elevators and power plants. I believe everything they do carries the Hitachi brand. I haven't heard about a B&D link, but that wouldn't surprise me if B&D contracted with Hitachi to build some things.

I think you're right about Makita. They seem to follow the old philosophy of "do one thing and do it well" least until they get an offer they can't refuse....:huh:

iMisspell 12-14-2008 12:54 PM


Originally Posted by ratherbefishin' (Post 197834)
That's one huge can of worms you opened:eek:

Not me, "The New World Order" :laughing:


Originally Posted by ratherbefishin' (Post 197834)
I haven't heard about a B&D link, but that wouldn't surprise me if B&D contracted with Hitachi to build some things.


Originally Posted by 2002 Black & Decker
Black & Decker and Hitachi Koki enter into cooperative arrangement in the power tools business


Originally Posted by ratherbefishin' (Post 197834)
.... I think you're right about Makita. They seem to follow the old philosophy of "do one thing and do it well" least until they get an offer they can't refuse....:huh:

Hope that will be a long way away.


ratherbefishin' 12-14-2008 01:28 PM

Thanks for the link. That explains why the Firestorm line has been getting pretty good reviews for homeowner grade tools. My only B&D is a bench grinder I inherited that's probably 60-70 yrs old and still going strong. Back then, they built industrial grade. Guess that changed when they bought DeWalt.

skymaster 12-14-2008 04:18 PM

OK just for giggles folks, a tool question: Who built the first cordless/battery tool that was really outta dis world and where was it first used?:whistling2:

ratherbefishin' 12-14-2008 05:28 PM

Believe NASA had the first cordless, probably on the Apollo missions. Who made it? Not sure, but since there's no way they would've outsourced to a foreign company back then, my first guess would have to be......Black & Decker. They were still well made US products then and that would be shortly after they acquired DeWalt, so I'm sure they had a great engineering dept.

skymaster 12-14-2008 07:55 PM

Yes B&D built it for Apollo 11. Also yes B&D way back then built some butt kickin commercial duty tools, corded of course. I still have 2 a pistol grip 1/2" drill that will just twist you and the ladder you are standing on if the bit hangs up. A drywall gun that just makes every other out look like the wanna be's they are :}
My whole point is that todays B&D only have the name in common with the older ones :yes:
Congrats again Mr. Fishin. hmmmmmmmmmmmm where that 7 lb bucket mouf????

DUDE! 12-14-2008 08:25 PM

Seems like they make so many versions of the power tools for different markets that it gets hard to know if you are getting a good deal or are buying junk, guess its that way with most products though. This was a very interesting subject, thanks for passing it along.

skymaster 12-14-2008 08:42 PM

Dude; My opinion only here, once upon a time :}:} most tools were made for Professional use and were quite expensive, time went by and Home owners saw em and thought hmmmmmmmmmm, companies saw this and went $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ So everybody now makes crap that looks like professional tools to fool the DIY market. If there is a brand out there that seems to stand above this it is Panasonic, with Makita right behind them. The other secret is that virtually every battery for every tool is made by PANASONIC the differences are the company specs they make them to. Their own brand get the best batteries.
NOW ya done it LOL LOL I wonder if Panasonic and Makita are connected secretly?

iMisspell 12-14-2008 10:28 PM

Forgot about these guys....
Found this wiki link pretty intresting.

Robert Bosch GmbH / LLC
Robert Bosch Tool Corporation
  • Bosch
  • Skil
  • Dremel
  • RotoZip

skymaster 12-15-2008 10:51 AM

Add Vermont American to that Bosch group :}

ratherbefishin' 12-15-2008 01:02 PM

YAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY!!!!! So what's my prize??? A free year of DIY forums?'s already free, isn't it:( Oh, well, I guess I can settle for recognition of my incomparable knowledge and unsurpassed analytical skills:thumbup: OK.....OK......don't say it! I already know what I can go do with myself........

skymaster, dem bucket moufs is too far inland for me. I'm not sure if carpetbaggin' snowbirds like me are welcome up that way....:huh: Lots of nice redfish, specks, and flounder here on the coast.

Back on topic, and speaking of European, Hilti and Festool are both family owned businesses. Hard to believe in this day and age.

skymaster 12-15-2008 05:12 PM

Rather B: You get 2 hrs of my superb fantabulous cabinetmakin schoolin LOL LOL . I take dem red fishes, flounders OH YEAH BABY since u iz dat way how close are you to Ocean Springs? Good friend of mine owns the Ocean Springs airport :}:}:}
The way things are goin around here i may just deliver those lessons in person pretty soon ROFLMAO. Damn I may have to make that 8 hrs :}:}

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