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Often I see people within woodworking communities disagreeing on which brands of woodworking equipment , tools and machinery to use.

It made me wonder how people new to woodworking ever decide.

How do YOU choose which brands or models to purchase?

Do you trust online reviews? Ask your friends?

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Often I see people within woodworking communities disagreeing on which brands of woodworking equipment , tools and machinery to use.

It made me wonder how people new to woodworking ever decide.
How do YOU choose which brands or models to purchase?
Do you trust online reviews? Ask your friends?
1st and most important, look to the company...
evaluate their CS and will they step up to the plate should there be issues...
see if they have a planned obsolesce program in force...
what will the company and their product do for me...
try to figure out if they will respect me in the morning...

no sense in buying something that can't be fixed a few years later...

next the product...
quality..
will it have a long productive life...
will it do more than I need it to....
is it a good value...
will it protect my bottom line...
will it go the extra mile...
will it go obsolete or become disposable in short order...

tools that don't cut the mustard, suffer down time, hurt production and the bottom line need to left on the store shelf...

Online reviews...
not too much...
read a few too many that my VOE said other wise...
I prefer to use and abuse different brands and evaluate them myself and I pay attention at large job sites as to who has what and what, if any, issues they are having......

the testers should eval a tool and then put it in production mode for a few years and then do another eval..

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Often I see people within woodworking communities disagreeing on which brands of woodworking equipment , tools and machinery to use.

It made me wonder how people new to woodworking ever decide.

How do YOU choose which brands or models to purchase?

Do you trust online reviews? Ask your friends?
Being a Newbie these days I would be totally confused. There is so much good stuff out there it would be hard to decide. And a newbie hasn't had the experience doing woodworking so that compounds things by not fully realizing the correct steps required to build things.

Being a veteran woodworker , I have no problem by knowing what I want a tool to do,and reading the specs and reviews and comparing prices and then making the decision.

It would like me buying a computer and software to do things cool.
I would not have any idea where to start.

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Not much to add to what @Stick486 said

Agree with the statement that their is some disagreement on forums as to what might be best, or at least what people like, but I've always taken that with a grain of salt; personal likes and dislikes don't mean much.

I watch a few do it shows and realizing that there are sponsors to the shows, I pay attention to what the professionals use.

Lastly, I have had a membership with Consumer Reports (hope I can say that) for quite a few years, and use the service to check their tests and reports when I'm about to make a substantial purchase.
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I get press releases from many of the tool companies and I talk on a regular basis to others. This is a great way to get information on new products which I usually share on the forums. IE.. routerforums was the first to announce the plunge base for the Bosch Colt routers... 9 months before they were released. I was able to get one of the prototype bases and present a review a couple weeks before the release.

A couple of the local forum members come by and test tools with me to provide differing views. With the input of other forum members we give an accurate view of a tools quality and value. This makes the forums one of the best places to get good advice. The best advice is still to get a tool in your hands and check it out yourself before dropping your hard earned money.

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I like to read professional tool reviews, not so much the ones from average Joes. The reviews will tell you about things like is it powerful enough, how it handles, how easy and accurate to adjust, does it do it's intended job well, etc.

What any review won't tell you is how long it's going to last and that is a biggie. I'm not a big fan of buying new models of tools. I would rather wait a year or two and see what kind of reviews it's getting then. You can often see how a tool is rating by googling it and adding "reviews". Repair shops are another place to find out. Ask which tools they see a lot of and which ones they don't see. Of you can always ask here on the forum too.

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Herb pointed out..."There is so much good stuff out there it would be hard to decide."

And there's the winning ticket. There (likely) isn't one best choice for everyone.
For most folks $500+/- is the tipping point where making the really wrong choice will hurt like Hell.
Less than that and I can suck it up and get on with things, over that and I'd be really depressed...
For a router purchase, going in for cheap is a really bad idea; unhappiness to follow. Something that is subject to the stresses that a router encounters needs stringent Engineering not cost accounting overseeing the design process.
(I don't care what anyone says, sintered metal bearings were invented by the Devil ... They're a deal breaker for me!)
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@DaninVan ...

''sintered metal bearings''...
been a while since I heard bushings called that...

and don't fret Dan...
I won't let spell check change DaninVan to Darwinian..

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I agree with all of the above, especially Charles about not buying the newest thing out there. A lot of my tools have been following me around for 30,40 even 50 years and I want what I buy today to be high quality durable productive tools. I'm not one to buy what I can make so lots of things get put together here at home. Buy quality once buy for life. Buy junk buy again and again.
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