Asked on Oct 24, 2020

Brand preference

Becky at Flipping the FlipJames V. JordanAgnes Chrzanowska


Just interested to know, in terms of purchasing a "saw" do you guys prefer brand name first or only quality? comparatively which one you personally look at

20 answers
  • I don't go with brands - quality counts. Harbor Freight has some great prices!

  • Vimarhonor
    on Oct 24, 2020

    We purchased a Kobalt instead of a Dewalt miter saw to save a few dollars a few years ago. We wanted a deeper cut. We gave our hand me down Craftsman to our son and it still works fine.

    All in all I think the purchase price might depend on how much use it will get and your budget.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    Kathy Gunter Law
    on Oct 24, 2020

    Chainsaw: husqvarna only. Skilsaw: not picky but with a laser light to cut by is great.

  • Cheryl A
    Cheryl A
    on Oct 24, 2020

    my husband does by brand but then he looks at the ones on display and checks out the features, safety rating, etc before deciding

  • Redcatcec
    on Oct 24, 2020

    When faced with this decision, we read the reviews and make a decision from there. We've had good luck with Black and Decker saws.

  • Dee
    on Oct 24, 2020

    My husband like Dewalt and Makita. He does look at the safety features, and if possible we get it on sale at Lowes or Home Depot. Not a fan of Harbor Freights.

  • Kelli L. Milligan
    Kelli L. Milligan
    on Oct 25, 2020

    I agree with staying away from Harbor freight. Sells cheap stuff all made in China.

  • My husband loves Ryobi at Home Depot. He bought it because of the price, not the name, and now has several of their saws.

  • Betsy
    on Oct 25, 2020

    Hi James: You don't say if you are looking for hand saws or power saws. However, I prefer brand names as they are usually the ones with quality. And, they stand behind their products better than off brands. And, I try to find saws that are made in the USA. Hope this helps.

  • Annie
    on Oct 25, 2020

    My husband really likes the quality of Makita. He has a couple Ryobi tools as well.

  • Mogie
    on Oct 25, 2020

    I like to do some research before buying any brand. Some off brands are as good as their pricey cousins. Read reviews. I have learned a lot doing that.

    If you go to amazon you can read customer reviews from people that have bought and used the item. If you rely on manufacturer's they always tell you their product is the best.

  • Seth
    on Oct 25, 2020

    Many of the big name brands are now made outside of the U.S. It is hard to compare models because the manufacturer does not always list what all the differences are. For example, are some of the critical parts plastic instead of metal. You will need to do some research to figure it all out. I have a Makita circular saw that I love. My mitre saw and table saw are DeWalt. Power is a huge difference maker. My first cordless drill was a Ryobi. My newest ones are Dewalt and are far better than the Ryobi. As someone else here said, it depends on how much use it will get. I look at tools as a long term investment. Buy the best you can afford now and build your tool collection over time. if you need a particular tool for a one time project, then a Harbor Freight tool might do the trick. Possibly no more money than renting, and if it does not last, no big deal.

  • Johnavallance82
    on Oct 25, 2020

    Hi, Brand first, then compare quality and price before purchase. Hope that helps.

  • Maura White
    Maura White
    on Oct 25, 2020

    I know my husband swears by Dewalt products.

  • Deb K
    Deb K
    on Oct 25, 2020

    I love my Makita!

  • I always check the reviews regardless of brand name and price

  • Cynthia H
    Cynthia H
    on Oct 28, 2020

    Hi! I like to pick one up to see how it feels. If it's too heavy or awkward, it'll never get used, no matter what else makes it appealing. Good luck!

  • Agnes Chrzanowska
    Agnes Chrzanowska
    on Oct 31, 2020

    I would look first at its warranty when making decision

  • James V. Jordan
    James V. Jordan
    on Nov 1, 2020

    thanks guys for your help

  • Quality first, absolutely. It depends on what type of saw. Different brands are better for different tools.

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