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Is it possible to buy quality tools for cheap price?

Beginner woodworkers often assume that affordable brands like Ryobi and Skil are crappy and break down easily, and even though sometimes that assumption sometimes turns out to be true, most of the time these brands work just fine. I could even argue, that for certain types of users, budget brands are much better than DeWalt or other big name brands, famous for their quality. For example, if you’re on tight budget and are planning to use power tools only once in a while, affordable products from these brands might be just what you need. They cost less than half of what top notch saws cost, and they’ll work just as well. Thing with DeWalt, is that it is made for everyday and tough use. So if you’re going to use DeWalt occasionally, you’re wasting money, because Ryobi will do just as well of a job. Personally, i first got my Ryobi worm drive saw 4 years ago, and it’s still fantastic. Works well, and doesn’t show any sign of slowing down. Perhaps i got lucky and ended up with exceptionally well made product, i don’t know for sure. I got it from this list of best worm drive saws though.

 On the other hand, if you intend to use tools heavily, don’t luuk further than DeWalt or Bosch products. These two brands are the best at making sturdy tools, and they take that prestige very seriously. So they have no quality control problems, and even if you do get defective item, their helpful customer service will replace it for you. Especially if you’re using Amazon.

 But if you don’t have enough money on hand to buy several brand new tools at once, consider looking up used tools on eBay or Craigslist. Very lightly used tools will cost you almost half of new ones, so it’s a pretty good deal. Older models and corded circular saws are even cheaper. But you have to be careful, because there’s little no protection on either of these services. eBay does have Paypal protection, but if you get faulty saw or any other tool from craigslist, you don’t have much power to do anything about it.

 And if neither of these suggestion fits your interests, maybe you don’t care about cordless saws and their batteries. Corded circular saws, even the brand new ones, cost much less than their cordless alternatives, because they are much more basic and don’t require expensive batteries. Plus, i’ve heard people say that corded saws and other tools are more reliable because of their basic structure.

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