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Also, are you ever going to get the 1/2 inch mortise chisel in stock? I've been waiting for months on that one. Seems that forever out of stock is a very common thing on your site.
I worked in the Industrial Construction division - no plastic, aluminum housings, real bearings, expensive tools. We made the best power tools made in the USA at that time with real innovation. Our competitors were other industrial tool makers like Milwaukee, Metabo, and Festo. During that time the B&D consumer division was making three grades of not so great tools which were what you would buy in Sears and normal stores. This was before Makita and Hitachi has any real impact in the market. 10 years later all of this was gone. None of the professional grade tool companies in the US are left - they are brands only.
I bought a 110v B&D to replace it - first outing on a 16mm (5/8") hole in a steel joist it stripped a tooth off the main pinion (my old Wolf would have done it with no problem).. I could have got a new gear, but it was over half the price of the drill...
Instead I invested in a JCB brand (a well known company in the UK, making tractors and back-hoe diggers etc) - I figured if JCB had backed the company it would be good quality. Mechanically very sound, and immensely powerful at 1010 watts, the Chinese made winding lasted 20 minutes before they burnt out. It's replacement lasted a little longer at a week, and that one's replacement about a month..
The Wolf name is still used, but the company is based in India - I guess of a similar quailty to the JCB... Finally I bought a DeWalt (same company as B&D) - that appears to be well built...
If I want to drill a really big hole, I still have a 1950's aluminium bodied two handed Wolf with a 5/8" chuck that will break your arm if the drill bit catches....
Here in the UK, we have stopped manufacturing almost all power tools, everything is made in China, Taiwan or India - profit now comes before quality. However some Chinese made tools are good, and often made in the same factory as the junk - it must just be a question of quality control....
Or we import it from the US or Germany.... Can anyone tell me why in the US Dewalt offer a three year warranty on batteries, in the UK it is only a year - and the price here in GBÂ£ is the same figure as in USD - i.e. about 1.7 times more expensive...