Most of the time, it's just a nail and a hammer . It's the breakable medium (e.g. glass) when you have to get creative. Microtorch (and anything combustible) gets me excited easily but I couldn't use it as much as I'd like to. Old soldering iron could be used to make holes in PVCs - of course, you wouldn't use the tip directly, you would wrap metal wire of needed diameter on it . And then there are chemicals - lovely sulfuric acid made more holes in my clothes than in the objects of my experiments.
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.
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.
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.
@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.