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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-23-2011, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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O.K. I have purchased 2 new tools this week and am wondering what is going on with QUALITY ? Tuesday purchased a new Dewalt sander same basic model as my old one did not come with the dust protector washer as my old one did and the carrying case is much smaller meaning Ya better have the thing in there so You can store the cord wrapped tightly right if wanting to close it... Today I purchased the Ridgid spindle sander model EB4424 nice unit large table but why make the insert plastic ????, I am sure aluminum, or some other type of material would not have made the price that much higher ....The insert has about 6-8 set screws to level it with the table but the plastic is slightly bent out of the box and as we know cannot really bend plastic , took me 20 minutes or so to get it close as possible where it will work nicely the unit seems to run fairly quite and smooth , will hopefully put it through some paces this coming week, I feel I will be happy with it despite the plastic if I can finish sanding,painting my carport area .......Looked at alot of tools today at both Harbor Freight and Home Depot,noticing alot of brands look alike and are being made cheaper and looks like alot less quality control especially the MADE IN CHINA tools more than MADE IN MEXICO is there any left making something in AMERICA ??????

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Warren, don't confuse where a product is made with the quality of the item, quality is just that. Virtually all power tool parts are made in China and Taiwan these days regardless of where they are assembled. Some companies offer American made tools but that is a misnomer; the tools are assembled in the US from parts made elsewhere. An example of this is the Delta Xtreme tools. While they appear similar to the off shore built tools they are assembled in the US with a higher quality standard which results in a higher priced end product. As is the case most times you get what you pay for.

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I understand what You are saying Mike, just seems like all are being made anywhere but U.S. .. I was looking at all brands and styles of tools and for the most part they look cheaply made , even some of the name brands , in fact some of them I looked at seemed like disposable tools ... I did see some really nice ones also ,I am just wondering if anyone else has noticed how most tools just are looking cheaper take Porter Cable there Bandsaw, and Scroll Saw just look cheaply made for especially for what they are asking for them the Bandsaw is really cheap looking and this from a company that used to be pretty decent quality ,I own a few of there toolsand am very pleased with there performance but what happens when I will eventually have to replace them may have to go with another brand ????

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They are still a (very) few real producers in "the first world". And actually, that is good enough : because one does not need a lot of tools if he has good ones.
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Delta has been bought by a company from China. The Unisaw is now being built entirely in the US with some parts from Asia. People are excited by this? Isn't it a shame nobody in the US could of bought it?

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I used to live downstate now northern Mi. Anyway milwaukee tools now owned by same company as ryobi which is Chinese.If my recollection is right black and decker bought delta,porter cable and now as you indicate Mike now Chinese.Even the Japanese have been sending work to china.As you drive down the road and you see the bumper sticker that says out of a job keep buying foreign investigate how much true foreign content is in that vehicle.Carhartt clothing is now made entirely in mexico,the list goes on and on.I remember the days when it did not have to say made in U.S.A.,it just was.The name on the product and it's so called american heritage has nothing to do with reality,poor quality is the new norm.Sorry I get carried away on this subject.
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Nice post Ken, I could'nt agree more!
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Nice post Ken, I could'nt agree more!
This is my last rant I promise.I called powermatic in Tennessee,if I remember right asked if indeed my powermatic 66 was made there the reply was yes.I felt good about that except when I got to the rail and fence the box said made in Taiwan.Now the 66 is no longer made and the model 2000 now made in china.When Bill Clinton signed the Nafta bill is was a death blow to our country.
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I believe that the U.S.is becoming the next third world country.
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I'm sure there is the odd tool still made in the USA, but you often pay dearly for it. You could try to buy high end tools like Fein and Festool. You'd really pay for it, but the quality is great.
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