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post #25 of Old 09-09-2012
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Re: Best power tools?

Ryobi is Home Depot's private brand for consumer grade products out of China. If something simple goes wrong or needs repair, there is no way to do it, you need to buy a whole new tool or tool set. Consumer grade, better than Harbor Freight, but expect that "service" means throw it all out and buy a whole new one.

DeWalt is Black & Decker's commercial/pro line now, and a cut above their consumer products. Last time I looked, much cheaper than Bosch and the top-end names, and still plenty good enough for heavy personal use. Some of those high-end prices just seem ridiculous, even if you're going to use the tools all day every day. (A consumer-grade drill, i.e. Ryobi, is supposedly used for only three hours of actual runtime by the average owner, big difference from commercial products.)

And sometimes cheap is good, when it burns out, you buy a new one. Assuming you are near someplace that sells tools.
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