Favourite Power Tool Brand?


#1

What’s your favourite power tool brand and why?

Mine is Bosch Professional. Whilst I love Festool the prices are often just too much to justify… My Bosch Professional 18V tools do the job and I’ve had no problems with them!


#2

No favourite brand at all, I find they’re all as good as each other. My kit contains Bosch, Hilti, Makita, Hitachi, DeWalt and ELU and Festool
I also have a sprinkling of cheap tools as well, I find if you use a tool only for what it’s designed it’ll last.
I.e. I have a cheap makita knock off of a laminate trimmer that I paid less than £40 for, genuine was over £140, will it last as long as the genuine? Well with the amount I use it it’ll last years.
Other stuff I buy topend cos I know it’ll take tbe “abuse”


#3

Makita and Bosch stand out well as good performers in my workshop…I have one dewalt tool, which is fine, and lot of older cheaper tools that have also done well for DIY tasks over the years… I certainly feel however that some tool brands are rediculously expensive…Festool for example…made in Eastern Europe from what i can ascertain, but priced for London’s Bond Street…whilst i’m pretty sure there are no tool suppliers in Bond Street, I think you get my drift…there are many examples of ‘same as’ out there…with the only real difference being price - based on product brand name…


#4

My DeWalt 18volt battery drills have served me for over twenty years and have built some impressive things, but my favourite hand tool must be the Fein Multimaster the only near dust free multi tool I have used, impressed enough to buy two one in the workshop (France) and one at home (UK)


#5

I’m pretty sure that without your input your tools would still be sat in their boxes having built nothing…:slight_smile:


#6

I like Makita. My mate loves De Walt. But I’ve focussed on 18V Bosch Pro. They’re good (not better than either of the others) but by sticking with one brand I can use the 4x5Ah + 2x4Ah +1x1.3Ah batteries I’ve amassed with everything. The Makita now does duty at my (200 miles away) mum’s thatched cottage - so I’ll always have the appropriate kit there for the jobs she needs me to do. It’s now on its 2nd set of batteries - the now defunct Site ‘brand’. I bought the batteries for about 30% the normal price - which is why the Makita kit is still in action.

For a multitool I’ve stuck with a mains powered Fein … though I’m getting very tempted to get an 18V Bosch body for convenience for lighter work.

Festool is good but I’m not convinced it’s worth the premium … at least for my needs.


#7

I’m with the strategy “get the best tool for the work its required to do”. Brand loyalty is for hypnotised consumers!

I have many chisels, small saws, clamps and other everyday toolen that were inexpensive but highly serviceable nevertheless. (Some were not so inexpensive). I have some Marcou planes that cost a fortune but make all kinds of planing on every kind of timber a pleasure (and produce the desired good results, with ease).

Festool are worth having in some configurations: their domino M&T machines make M&T work rapid and accurate, although the external M&Ts still need the handtools. Their sanders last forever. Their routers are easy to use. I also have Bosch (belt sander, hand planer) Makita (drills and small circular saw) Mafel (jigsaw) and … many other brands.

Generally I like German machines (Scheppach CS, PT, BS as well as the above handheld machine tools). The Scheppach dust sucker is OK but not as functionally good as their other items (not enough suck for CS and BS). They cost but are very good value because of their resilience & accuracy.

DeWalt routers are resilient & powerful if unwieldy. I have a Triton router in a Veritas router table that is ideal (easily configured and bit-changed). A woodrat with a DeWalt router is very useful for all sorts of queer tasks. A Delta/Fox/SIP lathe on a cast iron stand gets used once in a blue moon; a “bigboy” belt sander from the far east; a drum sander of similar type (all from Axminster).

Who knows what else. Various Veritas marking and measuring things, bench bits et al. Stuff from many small British makers, such as Ashley Isles chisels. Two Cherries carving chisels. Saws from Mike Wenzloff in the USA.

Do people do brand loyalty? I have come across the odd fanboy for Veritas, Lie-Neilsen, Festool and others. I never get this as how can they say “they’re the best” if their fanboyism prevents them from buying, using and comparing other brands?

On the other hand, I will never again buy Black & Decker!

Lataxe


#8

Agreed, I think that most people ‘cherry pick’ their tools and don’t really stick to one favourite brand, be that for power or hand tools. What I tend to do is to look at the customer reviews on the Ax site, which I know for a fact are published ‘warts n’all’, so if a majority of users find the tool pretty good, that’s a good enough pointer for me.
Case in point was my recent purchase of the DeWalt router https://www.axminster.co.uk/dewalt-d26204k-2-in-1-router-1-4-952707 which isn’t the cheapest by any degree, but I thought it worth a punt. I have yet to use it by the way, so can’t really say at the moment whether or not it cuts the mustard!


#9

Generally one gets what one pays for. Sadly, the modern way involves sometimes paying for a label - the value of thing determined by a fashion for it rather than its utility.

In woodworking land (and perhaps other more traditional domains) tools are still bought out of a desire for utility rather than how they look or whether some celebrity woodworker has one. Even the Festools can be justified in terms of value-for-money when their long-term resilience, accuracy, ease of use and resale values are taken into account. Well, some of them can. :slight_smile:

Contrast this with, say, the world of modern cycling wherein most bikes and bike bits are sold as though they were some kind of frock or handbag. Not all - but an enormous proportion. And hordes of cyclists pretend they’re “racers” by posing on these frocks whilst waving their bike-bit handbag.

Its rare to come across a woodworker who only buys shiny tools to show off in a dust and shaving-free shed. At least, it seems rare in Britain & Europe. There is such a tribe in North America, I know.

In general, Axminster seems still well-bedded within the proper traditional mode of tool. They do purvey the odd new fangle now and then; but a good proportion of these actually are useful rather than just fangly. There Is the other portion, though…

Lataxe


#10

Some interesting points here L, in that you appear to be straying into the dubious world of the tool ‘collector’, a person who accumulates shiny lumps of metal with the pretence of using them but who, in actual fact, produces nothing.
In itself, folk are free to spend their hard earned folding on whatever trinkets they like, but the brigade of ‘armchair woodworkers’ who profess to know what to do with their gear but do nothing with it is sometimes a smidge irksome.
Ax do indulge in the occasional gizmo; there’s a thread about one which was started recently, but for the most part they don’t delve into the realms of the ‘must have accessory/bit of kit’ which for the most part are completely unnecessary. As Schwarz points out in the ATC, good furniture can be made with around 50 tools and all the rest is fancy waistcoats. Some of us though (says he with 33 hand planes under the bench :joy:), do happen to like them…


#11

Yes, it’s no easy thing to avoid consumeritis in today’s world! Still, we must try, as a wallet only has a certain capacity and the landfills are already full.

I do have some tools that are used less commonly. Some of them are indeed rather of the “collected” kind - planes being the greatest offenders as they are so nice and also so specialised, allowing one to justify their purchase for one job (which is perhaps never repeated). Moulding planes. Need I say more?

On the other hand, I’ve learnt that if you buy a very upmarket tool for these one or two special jobs, you can later sell them for what you bought them for or, in the best case, a lot more. Some planes are like this. Even some machine tools! Other tools are inexpensive yet so good they retain their value. Mujinfang wooden planes are like this. I’ve bought and sold half a dozen of the more specialised kind at no loss.

Of course, you must actually sell your redundant items. I do so on a regular basis via ebay and so far I’ve managed to use about 80% of these now-sold items for near-nothing, usually for several years. For example, a Mafel biscuit joiner bought for £200 was sold when the Festool Domino arrived 8 years later, for £185. Such tools are still worth that because they’re build to work very well and last a long time, especially in the hands of amateurs such as me.

Lataxe


#12

Agree on all points. The planes under the bench have not been so much ‘collected’ as accumulated over many years and most are old friends that I’m loth to part with, especially my Norris A1 panel plane which was my ‘go to’ user for many years, now replaced by the low angle offerings from Veritas.
I think I use most of the planes in the 'shop quite often, but there are a couple that I thought might be a ‘good idea’ at the time but which subsequently have never been used (an early Record compass plane and shoulder block from Workshop Heaven)


#13

As others have said, I cherry pick my tools from various brands depending on what I will be using it for, it’s features, and certainly customer reviews. For example, for heavy drilling such as large forstners (where the drill press isn’t feasible) and hammer drilling around the house, I use a DeWalt 18v XRP as they are extremely durable, but for the majority of my furniture work I use the Bosch pro 10.8v drill & impact as they are small and lightweight but have plenty of power for most tasks. I also use a Bosch pro 10.8v jigsaw and power planer, DeWalt ¼ palm router and track saw, Makita sanders (although I’d like to try out the Bosch pro & Festool ranges) and a Festool domino 500, to name just a few. The domino is an excellent machine and I’d love to try out more Festool gear but currently I can’t seem to justify the price tag.

Machinery wise, I use Axminsters own brand almost exclusively, with the exception of my Coronet lathe. The build quality of Axminster stuff is great and very reasonably priced for what you get too.


#14

What a brown nose!, but true I have both a Axminster lathe and band saw and would not hesitate getter anything else from them, power tool wise I’m a makita fan, I don’t really cherry pick because it would hurt my brain to lookin my tool box and see so many brand, I few exemption two Bosch routers and an old black anddecker pro finishing sander.


#15

Over the years i have had many different brand of Power Tools. But the build quality changes dramatically. Dewalt was good ,but sold all my cordless and replaced by Makita. My Draper tools have all been replaced ,as the quality is very very bad,and do not keep any tool spares longer than 6 months, and also they have the worst customer support i have ever had. I have replaced them with Axminster workshop tools,and a lot of Bahco. I find Festool very good. I have found that there is not ONE manufacturer who has everything. Horses for courses.