@Brendon Thanks for the confirmation and the invite. I’m in metro Vancouver so I can’t stop by easily but I’ll be interested to hear updates from you and if there is anything you wish you had ordered with the kit.
What base did you go with, out of curiosity?
On the routers, confusing how they change numbers around. But I’m learning the global tool supply business is a bit of theatre anyway. The majority of powertools for professional and home use come from only three or four large manufacturers, one of the biggest being a large Hong Kong based consortium run by a German patriarch and his son. Not necessarily a bad thing, I think the product is good. But there is a lot of product management and marketing going on and not as much competition as you might think.
TTI (I think is the name) make Milwaukee, Ryobi and Ridgid as well as about 8-10 other brands. Like AEG in Europe. I also noticed yesterday at Canadian Tire that the Maximum drill and impact driver are almost definitely derivative of the Ridgid set I just bought, just in different colours with a slightly different battery. The more I’ve looked around and looked in to it the more I’ve realized how consolidated things are.
Bosch own Skil, Stanley Black & Decker own Dewalt and BD. Makita seems to be the major independent that isn’t (that I am aware of) running sub brands to compete with itself. Doesn’t make one better than the other, just interesting to understand. You see these too reviews of 12 different models and then you find out that there are only about 3-4 manufacturers of this stuff that operate globally (adding Festool to the list).
I discovered just how deep it went when I read up on TTI then accidentally got more info from a TTI Rep in a red Milwaukee shirt while I was pondering buying the Ridgid impact set. He asked if I had questions and the Homedepot sales person with me looked at him confused and said “Uh, well this is Ridgid. Why, do you represent them too?” and He confirmed (which is easily discovered on the web) that Ryobi, Milwaukee and Ridgid are all the same parent and made in the same factory. They do have different design teams apparently.
Also TTI own Empire (measuring and other tools) and lots of other brands like Dirt Devil that you may know, if my memory serves. So it’s a lot more consolidated in that tool department than you think…