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TonyTib
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Re: drills
TonyTib   7/10/2014 12:51:50 PM
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It looks like not everything is made in China; for example, on Amazon I found a German made Bosch drill (for >$400) and a German made Fein drill (>$800).  I believe that Proxxon rotary tools are still made in Germany, but they're not drills.


BTW, just about everything is "globally sourced", including a lot of stuff that's "Made In China".  For example, most memory (DRAM, flash) isn't made in China.

Also off topic: my vacuum is a German-made Bosch canister vac.  The price was reasonable (unlike Miele and some others).  It's 8 years old and still going strong; the Dyson canister vac was more expensive, made in Malasia, and had a lot of quality complaints.

David Ashton
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Re: drills
David Ashton   7/9/2014 6:10:40 PM
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Hi Wayne.  Sorry we can't satisfy your patriotism!  But go into a store and have a look at DeWalt - I am really impressed by the quality of the one I have.  It has an aluminium body, not plastic, and gives the appearance of being built "like a brick outhouse".   Of course I have only had it for a couple of years now and I don't know if it will last 35 years.   But then you gain features as well when you get a new one.  

BTW I did a story recently about fixing a Black and Decker here if you didn't see it...

PS I never wanted kids...so your offer of your first born has me gasping thankfully that I didn't find a "Made in USA" drill for you :-)

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anon3887601   7/9/2014 3:16:45 PM
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Hello everyone

Many thanks for the responses but I have no luck as yet.  ALL of the manufacturers mentioned including DeWalt, Milwaukee, Ryobi etc told me by e-mail they manufacture their products in China.  Milwaukee only manufactures their large drills (1/2" and bigger) in the USA.  DeWalt assembles "some models" of cordless drills in the USA "using global components" which means Chinese parts.

What precipitated this adventure is my 35-year old Black and Decker, which is still working perfectly but the trigger switch fell apart.  And of course spare parts for those are now extinct.

I'd pay happily for a nice German or Swiss made electric drill but if such exists it probably wouldn't work on the voltage here in the US.  Even the Bosch products I see in the store are made in the far east.

Sigh.  So few manufacturers care about quality any more, it is all about high volumes for the cheapest price.  Show me any current product that will last 35+ years like my old B&D and you can have my first born child.

Cheers, Wayne

 

David Ashton
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Re: electric drills
David Ashton   7/9/2014 12:25:05 AM
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@Wayne....I'm now at work and checked my DeWalt drill (which is a couple of years old now).  The Drill itself is made in Mexico.  The battery pack is assembled in Taiwan with cells made in Japan.   The charger says it's assembled in Thailand.  So there you have it....  The case does not say where it is made, but maybe they put all the parts into the case in the USA :-)   I will say though that it is a very powerful and sturdy drill with most of the features I want. 

A friend I talked to said he thinks Milwaukee tools are still made in the States but cannot confirm it, I will keep trying there.

David Ashton
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Re: electric drills
David Ashton   7/8/2014 4:37:04 PM
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@Wayne..."to find a new electric drill which is NOT made in China."

Good luck with that.  I'll be interested to see if anyone does come up with anything.

PS...Just read Antedeluvian's reply.  I have a couple of fairly recent De Walt tools at work, I'll check them.

And I think someone else might have some Milwaukee ones, if I find any I'll check them too.

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Re: electric drills
antedeluvian   7/8/2014 2:35:18 PM
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Wayne

My immediate problem is to find a new electric drill which is NOT made in China. 

I don't know, but if any company does make in the US (based on its name) it would be Milwaukee Tools.

I would also suggest looking at Ridgid Tools

I just found this site for de Walt that claims that they are US build

Which I found on a google search "us made cordless power tools". Seems there may be a few more.

 Elsewhere someone suggested Snap-On

But I think you are going to have to ask them all directly.

 

anon3887601
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anon3887601   7/8/2014 2:04:55 PM
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Interesting collection David.  I also have many of the gadgets you've shown.

My immediate problem is to find a new electric drill which is NOT made in China.  I have queried many suppliers and manufacturers looking for such and have come up empty.  All of the quality and well-known Japanese brands are made in China, and even Bosch is made in Malaysia.

Help from readers?  Does anyone know of a brand guaranteed to be US or European/Scandanavian made?

Cheers, Wayne

David Ashton
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Re: Conecut
David Ashton   7/7/2014 6:25:47 PM
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@antedeluvian....I was once looking at my stepped drills and wondering if you had to have the steps, or whther they would work as a cone.  Obviously they do!

Since writing the article and writing this I have used a good few of the tools I mentioned in a videoconference installation at work.  

David Ashton
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Re: One more kind of drill bit
David Ashton   7/7/2014 6:22:10 PM
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@MHRackin...nice tools, and nice techniques.  You sound like a man who has run a few cables in his time.....

mhrackin
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One more kind of drill bit
mhrackin   7/7/2014 1:34:17 PM
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I have several REALLY LONG drill bits specifically designed for running cables through walls etc. Diameter ranges from 3/8 to 1 inch, with length about 60 inches.  Shanks are designed to have some flexibility and also have holes for pulling a string through after completing the hole.  I use this with (and store with) a set of fiberglass flex rods that screw together to make one 30 feet long.  Great for pulling cables through wiring chases, over suspended ceilings, etc.  I've used these to run both Cat5/6 and coax in several houses (and my office, until management insisted that we had to use licensed electricians for this).  PS: I run a LOOP of string the entire length of the vertical or horizontal run, and use {like pulleys over nails at each end) so I can access the same locations repeatedly to run wires.

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