Originally Posted by Diesel Dan
Originally Posted by wmkbailey
...It is the DEWALT 5.5-Amp Jig Saw that made the difference...
Thanks for that tidbit. I am getting ready to replace my ancient Craftsman jig saw that finally died after about 20 years of use. I see that you can get a cheap jig saw for around $40, whereas the Dewalt is $100. A bit more than twice as much... hmmm... a hard pill to swallow, but I think you are right that it pays to invest in quality tools if you plan to use them in the long run. I think I will likely go with the Dewalt as well, or something comparable. I see Home Depot has a Bosch and a Makita and a Milwaukee for about $25-$50 more than the Dewalt. Anyone else have long term experience with any of these brands? Is the Dewalt pretty much comparable quality and just a better deal price-wise?
I used Makita for 5 years before the 20 volt Dewalt's came out. They started the lithium ion trend. However, there came a time that they fell behind. The 20 volt Dewalt's blew right passed them in performance.
I use both Milwaukee and Dewalt. It all depends on what tool in the line up your buying. For the jig saw I also use the Dewalt. Don't even consider the other brands you mentioned. They are not in the same class or tool. They are more intended for the guy that will only use them once a month. The tool brands all switched owners a few years ago, and a bunch merged. We use our tools everyday to make our living, so I only buy the best I can get.
I run the cordless 20 volt, and 12 volt Dewalt, cordless M12 and M18 Milwaukee. It all depends on what tool you need from their fleet. I have everything from the cordless die grinder, 3/4 impact, lasers, impact screw guns, saws all, skill saw, flashlight, flush cut saw, ect.
One more thing. If choosing cordless, Milwaukee and Dewalt both have a 4 ah battery. Biggest before was 3 ah. All I can say is wow. The better cells in the new 4 ah battery's realy help the high load tools perform. I never grab a corded skill saw anymore. Just don't need to. The tools run cooler, and longer.