Just an FYI and discussion starter
Just returned from this weekends wood expo at a local lumber yard/mill.
Old time type place you can take logs strait from the forest and have them mill and dry or get any species of wood known, high end chisels and tools. They often have expos bringing in for instance Scott Phillips from PBS, and display everything wood from hand carvers and cnc machines to boat builders and fly rod pole makers. They bring in all the major factory reps from Jet, Kreg, Powermatic, Delta, Frued, Festool, etc… Great time.
Anyhow got talking to a bunch of reps and check out these brake downs of what your really buying.
1st off most of the brands do have vastly different lines of tools sold at the box stores over from actual tool dealers. so in effect dazzling prices at the depot are hiding underlying difference only exposed with careful research.
Some details I could have wrong from memory but I think are mostly correct.
Bosch “owns” Frued and just signed a 2yr. deal, Frued will still make the bits and blades and will continue the real Frued line but cheaper Frued blades/bits may start showing up at the box stores made by Bosch.
Bosh also is in with Hilti and makes their grinders but Hillti still makes their own hammers (demo/chipping/drill). They also own Roto zip and Dremel.
Believe it or not but every tradesmen’s favorite brand, Black and Decker owns, Dewallt, Porter cable, Delta, and somebody else too.
Ryobi has recently bought Milwaukee and is a conglomerate under some Chinese company that also makes Dirt Devil.
Don’t remember who owns Rigid but they of course sold their name usage to the Home Depot and it maybe Ryobi making those items, shopvacs, etc… But Rigid still makes the real tools like the industrial pipe threaders.
If anybody can add to this it’d be nice to have a complete run down chart developed of who’s who in the tool business anymore. Think you’ve got a Dewallt and it’s a Black and Decker.
My main thing is I don’t stick with brand loyalty, it’s not like their being loyal to us. Which is why they maintain separate “brands” thinking it’s like Ford and Chevy guys. I just want a strait forward representation of what you are, and don’t mind paying for what works, if it works.