The folks over at FamilyWoodworking have an interesting thread going on tool pride… Member Allen Grimes asked: “Over past 2 or 4 years, I’ve noticed that a lot of people take far too much pride in the tools they own. Festool and Mini Max owners especially, seem to jump on anybody who says anything bad about those brands and I also noticed that a lot of people are quick to say something bad about those brands whenever they get the chance.
So my question is: Why? Why do people have such strong feelings for these tools and brands?”
Have you noticed that yourself? I know when I was visiting my uncle and he showed me his Harbor Freight tools I had to fight the urge to preach about quality. But then… they work for him, so what’s the big deal?
Here are some insights from a great thread over at FamilyWoodworking:
“Early on in this hobby, I was far more brand loyal that I am now. I guess you start out liking what you know, and wanting it to the best….regardless of whether it really is or not…ignorance is bliss, right?”
“SOME owners of Grizzly tools must bleed green when cut, or the owners of the Sawstop tools are just as solid in their support of their own tool choices.
If we take it a step further, ask some guys about pickups, Chevy vs Ford has been going on a lot longer than most of us have been alive. I think it is just human nature to defend one’s choices and purchases, especially if that choice is attacked, or they feel it is attacked.”
“The comparison to truck loyalty is entirely fitting. These topics seem to excite the passions. So perhaps, the advertising is working. After all, I never argue about brands of potato chips!!!!”
“The one thing I do have a problem with is someone that badmouths a piece of equipment but has never even used one, or someone that brags on a certain tool of a given brand and says it is the best, when in actuality, they may own another tool of that brand but not the tool in question.”
“Yeppers, a Griz. And you are right. It would meet my needs perfectly. Might not meet the needs of others. But, they do have some whoppers going up to $16,000.00 that might be more ‘Tod worthy’.”
(In response to Tod Evans, a founding member of Family Woodworking and known “Grizzly Hater…” who actually recommended a Grizzly because it would meet Frank’s needs).
My suspicion is that it’s mostly woodworkers who are fairly new and have gotten their first taste of a really solid, well made tool. Because it’s the best tool for their needs they extrapolate and think it’s going to be the best tool for everyone else… But hey, that’s just my opinion ;)
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Does a female new hopeful woodworker’s opinion count? I have relied on several craftsmen’s recommendation for tool selection. Having a mixture of tool brands, I do have favorites based on performance and precision, ease of use, and longevity. As a wannabe wordworker, I probably abuse tools for lack of know how, however my DeWalt, Jet, Reliant, and Delta power tools have yet to fail me. Now I am collecting the smaller precision hobby hand and power tools such as the mini Proxxon power tools. Any feedback on the smaller precision power tool brands would be welcome.
Tool pride comes from the opinions formed in the minds of people that have never tried other toold or have looked at a tool that has been beaten to death by the former owner. I have bought a lot of used tools since I was kicked out of my home 3 years ago (gotta luv X’s), So I have been digging around at flea markets and such. After 27 yrs of woodworking experiance,(from rough frame to millwrite) I have found it is not the Name on the tool but the guy standing behind it. Now don’t get me wrong, All tools fresh out of the box are almost mystical, and any good woodworker just has to try it (even if there’s nothing to make but samples). But seasoned woodworkers know that once they have had a bad experience with a tool, The name is forever cursed. I have had dewalt’s, makita’s, bosh’s, Hitachi’s, and portercable’s all fall apart due to lack of mantenance by the companies I have worked for, Heck I have even had a $300, 3 hp router new from the box, burn up in a day. And had a $99 3 hp router that you sware was blowing a bearing work harder for 12 years. I think those of us in the trade know what fits the job and fits our hand, and that is Real Pride, to look back at the finished product and see that it was flawless.