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We Ranked 12 Power Tool Brands So You Don't Have To
12. Flex
Flex has won over both amateurs and specialists. Expert handlers are impressed with the speed and power of the Flex 24V product line, which has snagged several awards.
While it certainly has muscles to "flex," it doesn't yet bear the time-tested reliability of long-serving brands, although it's rapidly winning favor with DIY pros and novices.
11. Skil
Though specifically created for non-pro DIYers, woodworker and blogger Emilee Anderson says, "Their tools are simple yet effective, which is exactly what you want."
Dubbed "the saw that built America," the Model 77 Circular Saw was the very first of its kind. Skil now offers a wide range of other power tools, some of which have won awards.
10. Kobalt
This is the exclusive brand of retail giant Lowe's. Ross Patton and Matt Spencer from say, "The Kobalt XTR Max 24V is one of the best models we've tested."
Kobalt targets both pros and non-pros, but mainly the latter. Most users attest to its immense strength and its batteries' long running time, charging speed, and low price.
9. Craftsman
Some of Craftsman's products were tested against leading brands with impressive results. For their lightweight build, the tools' power and endurance are excellent.
Craftsman scores high marks for its price-performance ratio and its award-winning V20 ½-inch Drill/Driver Kit. While not yet in the big leagues, it's ideal for smaller projects.
8. Festool
While this reputable brand is on the high end of the pricing spectrum, it boasts remarkable engineering, and users appreciate its flawless operation.
The brand has a limited range but sometimes introduces unique hybrid products. It's a family-run business with a century-long history, and avid fans prize the collections.