The thread on the Milwaukee sale prompted me to do a little research on the power tool industry and who makes what. Soon, there will be just five major tool manufacturers:
Techtronic Industries – This is the company that owns Ryobi (+Ridgid) and is in the process of purchasing Milwaukee et al. from Atlas Copco of Sweden
Black & Decker – B&D will soon close on the purchase of Porter Cable, Delta and DeVilbiss from Pentair, a company in Minnesota, and obviously owns the B&D and DeWalt marques.
Robert Bosch Co. – A german company that purchased Skil a while back and also owns Dreml and Vermont American
Makita – A large Japanese corporation
Hitachi – A very large Japanese corporation
What do you all see in the future for power tools?
Will everything turn into disposable crap that lasts about two years like electronics?
Will tools one day be considered materials billed to a job rather than trated like assets?
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