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#1 posted 02-24-2017 06:57 PM

My tool collection is all over the board. That is because THERE IS NOT a best tool company. That includes Festool.

On the latter, the local hardwood supplier got rid of his Kapex and replaced it with a Hitachi because the Kapex couldn’t handle the load put on it for handling customer cutting requests.

Myself, I have a Bosch miter and like it. Dust collection could be better, but that’s what hoods are made for.

At least three of my drills are Milwaukees. One of the big ones is a Porter Cable. The one dedicated to my pocket hole jig is a Dewalt. I have a couple Bosch hammer drills. For cordless, I have a Makita, a Dewalt and a Panasonic. Each of these shines at what they do, though the Panasonic cordless drill and impact are my favored ones.

For circular saw work, I have a Porter Cable Saw Boss that really shines for jobs that require me working over my head. The nuisance of the cord is made tolerable that it never runs out of power. For general work, I like my Dewalt hybrid. For serious work, my Skill worm drive is a go to machine.

For Multitools, I’m probably prejudice and will stay with my Fein Multitool.

For routers, I have five Porter Cables, a Trend, a big Hiltachi, a couple Bosch Colts, and a Dewalt. All of them are great, but other versions (sizes) of given brand may not be as impressive.

For sanders, I “had” 1/4 sheet Bosch that was garbage the day I bought it. Today, I have a relatively new Porter Cable, which came with a crap switch. On the other hand, I have three other Porter Cables, one is a 3×21 belt, that are great. A Porter Cable 1/4 was great, but died of old age and was replaced with the one with a defective switch. I gave a friend my 3×21 Dewalt sander, which I didn’t care for. I just added a Festool [because of the recent promotion], but it will not replace my PC random orbit for hogging material, though its bigger brother might.

It’s the same thing with big equipment- I’m all over the board there too.

In the end, your best be is to research each item. Use resources like Amazon reviews, which can help a lot.

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