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A while ago, I found a FB group on remodeling.   Under the covers it appears to be a Milwaukee tool fan club.  


Some of these guys have definitely been drinking the red Kool-Aid.  The back of their vans are a sea of Milwaukee tools, Pack-out boxes, Milwaukee extension cords, gloves, hats, radios, etc.  I'm wondering what happened to the tools they bought 10 years ago?  And I thought that phenomenon was only for Festool

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2 hours ago, kmealy said:

Not sure when it happened, but Milwaukee is part of TTI.  Same company owns Ridgid and Ryobi.



Wow, that was an eye opener. Very few original manufacturers still in business on their own.

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Wikipedia has quite a bit written about Milwaukee Tools.   The few samples that were passed to me by my father are of the pre-1986 vintage and are truly heavy-duty USA made monsters.   As an example the router is 2HP and weighs in around 20 pounds.  Better be holding on to it when powering it up, the torque will try to twist it out of your hands.  


Ownership history

1924: The Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation was established by A. F. Siebert in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1975: Sold to Amstar.[7]

1986: Sold to Merrill Lynch.

1995: Sold to Atlas Copco.[8][9]

2005: Techtronic Industries.[10]


The ones sold today are simply not comparative in quality.  Much like comparing a Detroit built Buick to a plastic Prius.




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Started accumulating tools with my first Shopsmith back in the pre internet, pre credit card era. Paid for it with a handwritten check (in cursive). A short stint in the oil patch introduced me to Rigid tools. Mostly pipe wrenches, though. I also learned a few new words. I own a couple of their pipe wrenches, now. The words remain in my vocabulary but, like the wrenches, are seldom used. Usually, in combination with the wrenches. 

Through an expensive T&E process, I ended up with a pile of Porter Cable routers and, a corded drill, another bunch of Makita drills, and one real piece of DeWalt crap. Tried to give it away several times. No takers. I did mange to rid myself of a Crapsman 6" jointer. I hope the recipient finds it useful. I've not missed it at all. I do have a Rigid branded oscillating belt/drum sander that has been a jewel. I'm guessing it's no relation to the wrench people's tools. I don't think I've ever bought a Milwaukee tool. Though, my deceased BIL gave me a 90° drill before he passed.  He was an electrician and used it for running wire in new construction. I've never used it but, it'll get some use after my shop walls are up. It's a mite bit heftier than my Makitas or the PC. I was warned to use auger bits. Spade bits in it could break a wrist! 

I'd guess that the majority of my corded tools and several of the hand tools are all well over 25 years old. Many, over 35. Bought before the brands became some conglomerate's acquisition and got cheapened up. 

Some of my tools have required fixing. One that comes to mind is the old axe. Had to replace the handle twice and the head once. But, it's still a good old axe. 

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