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I heard a discussion in another Forum last night with several references to "....everybody knows the tools you buy in Big Box stores are lesser quality than those sold to contractors and professionals." I asked for some credible evidence that this is true and received none. Yet. Most folks here have been around a while so I thought I'd ask you. Personally, it makes no sense to me that Dewalt or Makita would go to the expense and hassle of selling TWO levels of tools. Frankly, in today's world I would not be surprised to see a major company selling crap they know is not all that good, but in that case I would assume they would be an Equal Opportunity Crap Seller and we'd alll get the same crummy stuff.
Any of you hear this. Any of you KNOW this takes place. What do you think would be the rationale for such a policy?
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i think the construction grade tools they sell like dewalt are excelant tools.

i also think their entry level (homeowner) tools such as task force and ryobi are obviously cheaper in price and quality.

ive had a ryobi tablesaw, 9 inch bandsaw and a drill. they all worked but i was dissappointed in all 3.

i know there are a lot of ryobi owners here and love their ryobi's.

this is just my experience and opinion and not meant to upset anyone.

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I will need to agree with you on the Ryobi tools, I got a belt sand for Xmax and use it a time or two and Sat. I got it out to work on a door frame,ran it for about 2 mins. and heard a snap and I said what the heck, took the cover off and the timing belt ( drive belt) snapped into ..I don't take my tools down most of the time but I said lets take a hard look at the tool, very poor/cheap design inside ,I order a new belt ( 2.66 ea.plus a 5.oo min.order charge, plus shipping, a 15.oo dollar repair cost) and fix the sander but it's one tool that will be on the shelf most of the time. don't tell my BOSS or she will not buy anymore tools for me for Xmax..

So to say the Ryobi , is the bottom of the tool barrel lines.. and why it's sold at the big box stores..

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i think the construction grade tools they sell like dewalt are excelant tools.

i also think their entry level (homeowner) tools such as task force and ryobi are obviously cheaper in price and quality.

ive had a ryobi tablesaw, 9 inch bandsaw and a drill. they all worked but i was dissappointed in all 3.

i know there are a lot of ryobi owners here and love their ryobi's.

this is just my experience and opinion and not meant to upset anyone.



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Hmm, the way I read Warrens original post was that the discussion was; identical brand and models sold by Big Box stores were different from ones sold by "contractor" outlets. Somehow, I would need some pretty persuasive evidence to believe that were true.
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Don't know about differences in quality but, I have seen different letters following the models numbers on some De Walt tools sold by HD. Different from numbers found on web sites selling DeWalt, I mean.
It may just be a code to tell the warehouse that it goes to HD. Or, it may mean more....I don't know.

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hi Gene

im not sure if you mean letters that were placed on there by dewalt or hd so pardon my blunder if im wrong.

i cant remember there being a letter on my oldest dewalt drill, but dewalt has so many drills and combo kits available, i think some of the different letters denotes how a tool or combo comes.

here's an example about 1 1/2 years ago, my wife got me a combo kit with 6 or so different tools in it. i noticed similar sets with different letters. my kits came with a charger for li-ion and the older batteries. but it came with the older batteries. it will run on either.i also got a dewalt cordless jigsaw that will run on either and the yellow charger works for both.

the last drill i got recently had the yellow charger that will charge both, but came with the new li-ion batteries.

sorry for the long rambling, but what im trying to say is these letters denote these differences. or thats my opinion,, right or wrong.

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Levon,
It was a planer and a miter saw I was looking at.
I just bought a Makita 18v drill/driver at HD and noted the same thing.
Like I said, it is just an observation, Don't know if it signifies a quality difference, or not.

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Warren, I am sure the point the people on the other forum were trying to make is that the big box stores sell items designed for light home owner use more than professional tools. A tool with an identical model number is the same no matter where you buy it. Some places offer refurbished tools which can be a real value if they were quality tools to begin with. By way of example I have a Bosch 1617 router motor I bought refurbished so I would not have to switch bases. It has performed flawlessly like the original.

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hmmm, im not sure.

but i will say it doesnt make sense for top companies to go to the expense to make 2 different quality machines, just as Warren said.

im also trying to picture what a nightmare they would have keeping the poor quality parts and the high quality parts separated and know which machine it fits??????

none of it makes sense to me that they would sells 2 different quality machines exactly alike. but people will believe what they want.

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