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Do you guys think some power tool aficionados can be too fanatical about some of their brands?

You see this happen on a lot forums where people canít openly discuss service issues, product upgrade and design issues without ruffling some feathers of people who have fallen head over heals over a brand logo.

Every brand has a strengths and weaknesses. No tool is perfect. Forget having those conversations with folks who are fanatical about their favorite tool brands.
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Some seem to be.
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I am not totally sold on any brand, manufacturer, etc. I always do some research. I try to find out what is strong, weak in their performance, longevity, service, etc. I have many different tools ranging from high end to not so high end. Ranging from, my usage, to the quality of the tool, or if it is a one time buy/usage. It all has a factor in my decision to purchase. I realize that some folks are passionate about their favorites. Thats OK, I respect their opinion, and their passion. It's all a personal preference that we can all appreciate!

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Tool makers are like car brands and sports teams.


They buy and sell the same thing under different label, they buy out the competition when they can't compete, and they sell off lines when they need cash.
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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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This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Forget the primal scream, just ROAR!!!
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In a word: Yes.
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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..
Itís part of the curb appeal of Marc Spangnulo (Wood Whisperer), Dan Pattison Mark Sommerfiield. Theyíre all practical wood workers. They donít obsess about brand logos. They focus on the project and find the best possible tools that help them make a great project.

A lot brand fanatics fume over some of the Wood Whispererís tool reviews. He does get drunk on Koolaid. He shows you several ways you can do the same thing. A lot Festool, Mafell and Saw Stop fanatics get furious over his reviews. He doesnít gush over their favorite brands.

Some people buy tools to serve a purpose; others buy tools to brag about what tools they own.
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Some people buy tools to serve a purpose;
earn me money and protect/enhance my bottom line...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

Stick....
Forget the primal scream, just ROAR!!!
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