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Although the “best” toolmakers will always come down to a slight amount of subjectivity, we scoured the web and did our research to find the top brand producing some of the most reliable and widest range of tools in the business. If you want the easiest way to measure out your product before you use it, you will probably also like our Black and Decker sure grip laser level. Additionally, if you want more products to add to your collection, a great place to start is our list of the best tools on the market.
With all these factors in mind, it’s no wonder that the black-and-yellow tool giant DeWalt earned the #1 spot as the best tool brand for 2019. We highly recommend it for professionals and DIYers. Any DIYer would also benefit from having the Black and Decker sure grip laser level in their tool arsenal too.
With a solid warranty program and the majority of its tool production facilities located in the United States, DeWalt is just about as close to the obvious choice as you can get in this highly competitive industry.
During our research into the best tool brands we found it was always a close contest in preferences of tool users between our #1 pick DeWalt and the occupant of the #2 slot, Makita. That said, DeWalt earned the edge just ever so slightly thanks to its better warranty programs and more extensive network of approved repair shops, making it easier for owners of DeWalt tools to easily get their equipment repaired and back in action quicker no matter where their worksite is in the world. What more can you ask of the best tools?
Makita power tool brand earned some #1 spots in certain lists, trouncing DeWalt, while taking #2 or #3 in other tool comparisons which led us to giving it a (still respectable) #2 finish here. As mentioned above, the one factor that dipped it down below a first place slot was its wonky warranty program, under which most tools are only covered for one year from defects, while specific tools like their pneumatic nailer and battery-powered tools get the privilege of being covered for three times as long. The Makita XT505 18V combo kit comes with a hammer driver drill, variable speed impact driver, Recipro saw drivers, and a 6 1/2 inches circular saw.
And as a Japanese-based company we won’t fault Makita for not having all its tools made in the good ol’ USA, however a significant portion of its manufactured power tools do still come straight out of its production facility located in Buford, Georgia. That is why it’s our 2nd best power tool brand. While buying a good brand is important, it’s also good to store your tools safely. A good storage box and the best tool box liner you can find will keep your tools in good working order for a long time.
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Despite being one of the few companies on this list which essentially manufacturers the majority overseas in China, Milwaukee still earned a number of accolades from tool buyers who consider the company to produce some of the best tools (for the price) in the business.
This may be due to the company’s recent efforts to bring jobs back stateside, with a $47 million investment in local production facilities over the last five years. This has led to new and more technologically advanced plants being opened in states like Mississippi and Wisconsin.
When it comes to the fine balance of price to quality, Bosch seems to have managed to walk that line expertly by offering tools which generally skew toward the cheaper side of the spectrum (thereby opening themselves up to a much wider spectrum of the home buyer market), without sacrificing the quality that most professionals have come to associate the brand with.
Although many of their tools do come from production facilities located either in China or Mexico, the company also maintains strict guidelines on quality, which seems to have paid off in spades to make them one of the most widely purchased tool brands operating in the market today.
Finally, we come to Ridgid. Ridgid is one of the oldest brands on this list, and actually has the distinct claim to the patent for inventing what everyone knows as the modern-day pipe wrench.
The company has topped several lists among professional construction workers for their power tools, though their primary focus (and expertise) is in manufacturing just about everything a plumber would need to do their job effectively.
Ridgid has taken some flak in recent years for leasing the brand out to another Hong Kong-based company called TTI, which also manufactures products for the likes of previously American-made brands like Hoover, Dirt Devil, and Homelight.
That said, with so many accolades under their belt it doesn’t seem as though Ridgid has let the quality of their tools suffer as a result of this rebranding, which is why although not the best brand out there, has still earned a respectable #5 slot on our list of the best tool brands for 2019.
Note: Other tool brands worth mentioning that did not make our list are such as the Ryobi tool brand, one of the youngest tool brands, that offers affordable cordless power tools. Another more well-known brand is Hitachi with a range of power tools divided into two categories; lithium-ion battery tools, and regular cordless tools like the Hitachi cordless drills. The Hitachi KC10DFL2 12V combo kit includes the Peak lithium ion driver-drill and impact driver, flashlight, and a carrying bag. There’s also the Kobalt Tools brand that manufactures a number of power and hand tools in their combo kits including a hammer drill, impact driver, circular saw, and reciprocating saw with blade. Next, there’s the Porter-cable, another high quality brand that offers a 3-year warranty on all their power tools, and with one of the best drill and impact driver kit.
In general, we relied on the votes of home tool buyers as well as professional craftsman to reach our rankings of the top five-tool brands in the United States today. That said, there are a few other factors that were considered which helped us reach our final list.
As an Electrician in the trade, Milwaukee is undeniably the best on the market. Their tools are ideal for commercial individuals like myself and they have the most versatile tool system available. What they have accomplished can’t go unnoticed and I would highly recommend their tools without hesitation!
I personally love Milwaukee, it may be pricy but I’ve had my set for 10 years and it still works amazing