I noticed Skil tools packed in Bosch boxes?

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06-21-2011 05:11 AM

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I was in Wally World the other day to get some dog food and paper towels and naturally had to walk through the tool aisle. They were setting up new displays with Skil brand tools prominetly featured beside the Mac B & D stuff. I had been looking for a battery powered circular saw so I looked at the Skil saw offering. I pulled the box off the shelf and was turning it around trying to find the damn specifications in English and happened to notice the bottom of the box. It said, ” Product of Robert Bosch Corp.” Did Bosch buy Skil? Do you recon the saw in that box was actually built by Bosch?

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#1 posted 06-21-2011 05:17 AM

Skil has been owned by Bosch for a long time. Skil is generally
a lower-end line from Bosch, but there’s nothing low-end about
the Skil worm drive saws in my experience. Other Skil tools
seem about on the same quality level as the DIY-grade Black
and Decker stuff.

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#2 posted 06-21-2011 02:35 PM

Thanks Loren, I must have missed that.

I agree on the worm drive saws. I actually own a great quality, non-worm drive, Skil Saw with a sticker on the blade guard that says, “Proudly Made in the USA”. I bought it in 1978. Of course, back then, if you paid more than $75 for a circular saw from Skil, B&D or Porter Cable it was a quality tool and was made in the USA. That was when Wal-Mart only had 238 stores in the entire world and didn’t have the clout to dictate to manufacturers what it would pay for products.

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#3 posted 06-21-2011 04:32 PM

FWIW, Bosch / Skil / Dremel do have some US manufacturing. They’ve got a pretty good-sized facility in Mt. Prospect, IL, just a few miles from where I used to live. Never stopped in to find out what they made…

-- Ben - resident cheese whiz.

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