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Old 05-27-2005, 02:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone know who makes Rigid tools?

I dunno who makes their stuff but I bought a Rigid 20 gallon combo Blower/shop vac and I couldnt be happier with it.It really sucks....in a good way.And when I need a leaf blower,I just click one latch and the motor comes off the top with its own handle and everything...instant leaf blower.I thought " well its a great vac but Im sure the blower has to be somewhat compromised"....boy was I wrong This thing blows...again in a good way.Lots of attachments too.For $119,you cant beat it.
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Old 05-27-2005, 02:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Anyone know who makes Rigid tools?

Well, could be Penthouse or Playboy?
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Old 05-27-2005, 03:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 05-27-2005, 03:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Anyone know who makes Rigid tools?

The cordless tools are made by Ryobi mostly offshore. Emerson owns the name so depending upon what you're buying in the Rigid line it could be from a number of sources.

Home Depot would like to hear your comments. The Rigid line is their "professional" line with Ryobi being the consumer line.
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Old 05-27-2005, 04:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well, could be Penthouse or Playboy?
HAH!!

Rigid Tools...wonder why the marketing folks never considered that.
You've apparently not seen one of the Rigid calendars. If they still produce them they way they once did.
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Old 05-27-2005, 05:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Get a dewalt 18 volt hamerdrill and dont look back. But hold on good when drilling 3/4" holes in concrete. Leaves nasty brusies sp" when it catches.
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Old 05-27-2005, 06:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have a bunch of old hand tools (pipe wrenches, etc) from my grandfather that say "RIGID" and "The Ridge Tool Company." Definitely pre-Home Depot - I've always wondered if it was the same company of just a coincidence. Anyone know?
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Old 05-27-2005, 06:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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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.
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Should be - they've been around for a while.

Dat's what I'm talkin' about:
http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/Calendar/index.htm
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The girl in that first picture bears a striking resemblance to my 3rd wife.(I am currently married to number 2 at the moment).
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Old 05-27-2005, 07:18 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Well, Milwaukee is now owned by Techtronic Industries of Hong Kong as is Ryobi and Homelite. That happened just this year. I interviewed for a job at TTI/Ryobi some time back and I know some folks there. TTI make the Rigid cordless tools and I believe some corded tools. They have manufacturing in China, Taiwan and the US. They produced the DuraSpin cordless drywayy systems for me when I was at Senco. Their quality is pretty good, but it still depends what the tool was designed to do. Home Depot has several lines of tools and they vary from mom's tools to contractor grade stuff.

I know this isn't car related, but I was in the industry for 20 years and still keep my eye on it. Black & Decker had bought Dewalt many years ago when they were making great quality bandsaws, radial saws and such. B&D created a line of "professional" tools and put the Dewalt name on it and a few hundred million dollars in promotion to send it on its way. It's very successful today although there's more competition, even from Home Depot and their Rigid brand. Black & Decker recently bought Porter Cable and "absorbed" them into their corporate culture (Layoffs).

The power tool industry is contracting as far as brands and The Home Depot wants to be THE place for power tools no matter who's buying. They changed the whole hardware landscape due to their size and buying clout.

Enough of the history lesson!!
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Old 05-27-2005, 07:23 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I am surprized...I have been told that "Black and Decker" bought out DeWalt.
Grandpa Dyer also gave me an old (1940s-ish) radial arm saw when he cleaned out the tools he no longer used. Great saw, and as far as I can tell doesn't have a single safety feature
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Old 05-28-2005, 11:34 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I've got a few black and decker tools that I really like, an old "heavy duty" bandsaw circa 1979, and a "professional" hand held grinder circa 1994. Both are great tools, real quality, but the new B&D stuff sucks. I got a milwalkee cordless drill for christmas, and to me it feels better made than my dewalt
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Old 05-29-2005, 02:04 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Anyone know who makes Rigid tools?

Something here doesn't add up..... I read a post a few months back that Home Cheapo no longer honored Rigid warrenties...
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Old 05-29-2005, 10:45 PM   #15 (permalink)
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To my knowledge Home Depot honors the warrenties of Rigid. Tomarrow is my last day at Depot.
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