hutcho wrote:even though you didnt ask milwaukee power tools all the way!!
Haha! When I worked in a boatyard on Puget Sound I learned to regard powertools as consumables, but I'll give you this much, I've paid for or had employers supply every brand of reciprocating saw under the sun, from makita to dewalt to bosch. Nothing compares to the original Milwaukee Sawzall! The old fashioned set screw types have all stripped to the point they can't hold a blade. The fancy new lever-lock types all break so they won't LET GO of the blade. That twisty doo-hickey on a Milwaukee has never let me down.
Thanks for the feedback so far guys. I know that Craftsman (non-professional series) combo wrenches and screwdrivers are still forged in the US but don't know about Kobalt or Husky. I'm hoping they are because they're both real close by, while the nearest Sears is lots of city traffic away.
I owned a fab shop and the only power tool I didn't have to replace was my Milwalkee hammer drill. The dang thing had 7 years or more use on it when I picked it up. I still have it and use it from time to time. I bought just about every brand of grinder under the sun. From Harbor Freight to Bosch. I still have one Harbor Freight and a Bosch. I should have bought Milwalkee grinders too. I would still have them all.
I've spend most of my life in heavy equipment and truck shops before my little fab shop detour. Yes, guys can go on for weeks about Snap On, Mac, Matco and etc. and I don't slight them. But in almost every garage there has been one or two rengades. They bought Craftsman. You know what, they have lasted just as long and some of those guys are still using the very same tools. My father supplied the tools at the family business that was started in the fifties, his choice was Craftsman and he still has them... Well, some manged to follow me home after he sold the place. He sure has a firm a firm grip on his Sawzall.
It's a shame to see Sears go to Chinese tools, I'm sure the quality will decline and another aspect of our life cheapened.