Last summer, while my project list picked up, I quickly learned I was bringing a plastic spoon to a knife fight. I know I am not the only one who started a project ill-prepared with quality tools. The tools I had gotten when I moved into my first house in 2007 were no longer relevant, and barely useful. Over the course of last summer I spent more time waiting for batteries to charge then I did building.
Why am I sharing this with you? Because over this past year I have been blessed to add many tools to my shop, including many Ridgid tools. I personally love how tough the Ridgid tool brand is, the Lifetime Service Agreement, and of course…..the color. That said, one thing you wont find here at Ginger Woodworks is Tool Snobbery.
We all started somewhere and there is a place for every tool. When I talk tools, I will find the positive. It may be the value, it could be the sale, and it could just be the quality. In every product you have ever used, there are good encounters and bad encounters. There will be more posts on specific tools that I like, ones that I recommend even, but you wont find me knocking brands here. Many of us are married to brands, sometimes its because we love them and sometimes because the battery cost is as much as a car payment.
My advice – you do you. Buy the best tools that you can afford and always get the one you need for the latest project before the one you want because it looks cool. I’ve used a lot of brands in my shop, and I can say that they work for their intended purpose. Not all tools are made for the pro job site and not all tools need to be. Each of us is building, making, and creating something different. Keep that in mind and be excited about your new tool purchase.