i should amend that last reply. all those companys still make good stuff, but none of them i feel are a go to company for almost everything, that is where i feel as well as the top end construction and wood working mags, Makita is. Makita doesnt offer a inferior product that i have found in the last few years. I still bought Bosch when i needed a demo hammer but in the 1000 dollar range. porter cable still makes a nice router ive heard as well as Bosch. DeWalt i feel is very over rated, we bought 4 chop boxes and there table saw a few years ago and they worked fine, but not any nicer then the Ryobi for half the price. i bought the ryobi table saw for the truck (250 dollars) it gets it done just as good as the DeWalt (over 400 dollars) i think it is even better. I like the input from everyone, and i know people have their favorites, in this time with work being a little thinner in some areas its great we can discuss quality and price so we all can save money and still provide the highest quality work.