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Thread: Stanley buying Black & Decker (and delta, pc, dewalt, etc)

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    Stanley buying Black & Decker (and delta, pc, dewalt, etc)

    Holy cow ...

    http://money.cnn.com/2009/11/02/news...ion=2009110216

    That's a big one, eh?
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    Yup, Its pretty big.
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    I had heard that DeFault was going belly up, but didn't hear it from an credible source. I say good. I hate their yellow garbage anyway. They took a perfectly good company like Porter-Cable and dissolved all of the quality tools, and watered down what was left.

    Maybe Stanley will bring back the Porter-Cable 504 belt sander, and the little commercial grade laminate router.

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    Beat me to it Jason. I posted it right after you I guess. Maybe one of the mods can delete the other post. Thanks

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    One can only hope (far beyond reason, of course) that the result will be tools like Black & Decker, Stanley, and Porter-Cable all USED to make. Anybody held the old B&D reciprocating saw? The one sheathed entirely with metal? Or one of the old Stanley routers, the R2D2 ones? Those were all good solid tools back in the day.

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    "The deal will save over 350 million over the next 3 years"

    I read that as layoffs.
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    Wouldn't expect the quality of the tools to go up if I were you.

    For whatever reason, a bunch of the yellow has invaded my shop, and I find them to be perfectly decent tools. Haven't had an issue with my router, drills, miter saw, or circular saw. The Planer is too new to tell yet, but so far it seems to be well engineered and pretty solid.

    And I find my bosch jig saw, with a plastic casing to run pretty darn smooth and with the right blades able to make some nice cuts.

    Truth be told I've got some Grizz's, porter cables, deltas, and jets in the shop too. I'm not too brand loyal when it comes to tools. I usually buy what's on sale and represents a good value.
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    I'm with Brent. Buy the tool not the brand. The days of products wearing a certain badge, being of a known quality, are sadly gone.
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    i too agree with brent,,the color doesnt make the tool, the tool maker makes the quality of it right or wrong.
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    I'm afraid I've got to agree with you, too, Brent - in fact I DO own one yellow circ saw and one yellow DCMS (the 12" one). They're both exceptionally well made by comparison to an awful lot of other tools out there.

    I sure like those old metal-bodied tailtools, though.

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