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Old 12-01-2011, 01:35 PM   #1
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Default Looking for advice on Made in USA tools (miter saw, axe, etc)

Hey guys!

My knowledge is pretty limited to older tools, so I think I need some guidance on the newer stuff.

I'm going to be looking for a miter saw at some point soon. Do you guys happen to know of any compound miter saws made in USA? (used is fine).

Also, I put an axe on my wish list...is there a known brand that anyone would recommend? I'd like to think that there is still some down-home US company that makes axes, but my knowledge doesn't extend that far

Any help or insight is appreciated! Thanks guys!
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:38 PM   #2
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http://www.garrettwade.com/usa-made-...es/p/91P06.04/

Backordered though.
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Things change so rapidly, but I think Council Tool and Estwing axes are still USA made.

It seems that Snow and Nealley has shifted at least some part of production offshore.
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Old 12-01-2011, 02:24 PM   #4
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Home Depot sells Estwing axes

http://www.homedepot.com/Outdoors-Ga...&storeId=10051

$40 for that one, seems like a decent deal. I have their leather wrapped hatchet, it's excellent. I like that the entire piece is forged, not a separate head and handle. Overall just an excellent quality piece of equipment.
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Old 12-01-2011, 03:04 PM   #5
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According to Vaughan they make double bit axes and Michigan pattern single bit axes. However I have never ever been able to find a retailer who sells their USA made axes. Pretty much axes as they were originally intended to be used sort of lost their true purpose with the advent of the two man whip saws and later with the advent of the chainsaw. But a good one is still valuable to have. You just never know when civilization will break down and we have to revere to using hand tools as primary.

As far as the other tools go.....you are about 20 years too late. Your best will likely be finding something used but well cared for if you want USA made stuff like that.

As far as axes go too I found the Mexican made Collins axes sold at places like Ace tend to be pretty good. Someone making those for Collins seems to know what they are doing, at least they did as of a couple years ago.
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Old 12-01-2011, 03:21 PM   #6
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So, I'm a little biased here, but Barco is a US company that still makes axes, pry bars and hammers right here in this country. We sell their Kelly axes which seems to be the most popular:

http://store.harryepstein.com/cp/Axe...s/1001500.html

although their fire axe looks pretty awesome:

http://store.harryepstein.com/cp/Axe...s/1001000.html

Estwing makes a scout axe and a long handled axe but they have the metal handles, as opposed to the traditional wood.

I've never seen Vaughn's axe's but I'm sure they are real nice quality to.

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Old 12-01-2011, 03:29 PM   #7
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However I have never ever been able to find a retailer who sells their USA made axes.

Vaughan recently re-did their website so now you can order it directly from them. The days of trying to listen to a Sears sales guy mumble to me why they can't order a 16oz are OVER!! They can kiss my ass!

As far as miter saws go, I would reccomend Kalamazoo Industries, but I think they just make the standard type.
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However I have never ever been able to find a retailer who sells their USA made axes.

Vaughan recently re-did their website so now you can order it directly from them. The days of trying to listen to a Sears sales guy mumble to me why they can't order a 16oz are OVER!! They can kiss my ass!

As far as miter saws go, I would reccomend Kalamazoo Industries, but I think they just make the standard type.
That's good to hear. Thanks! Haven't been on their website in about a years or more. I'm just amazed at how of all the shops across the country I've been in I have never come across anyone who sells their axes.
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