Anyone know who makes Rigid tools?
I am surprized...I have been told that "Black and Decker" bought out DeWalt.
The quality of Black and Decker has been going down hill for a number of years. Like a lot of other companies, they buy a "Premieum brand" which has a quality reputation, then over a few years, make it more effiecent to produce (insert, make it cheaper)...until it is worthless as a real tool. But it takes time for people to realize the change, so they keep buying it.
I will admit I do own a couple of DeWalt cordless drills (oldest one is a 14.4 volt, bought it in '96 or so, still using the same battery), but I have been real conflicted about buying anything else from the DeWalt brand name since the buy-out. Some guys have said their commercial line is still USA made, but where do thay draw the line.
Black and decker used to be a pretty good brand, now I think they come in cereal boxes, along with decoder rings and whistles.