Sorry Satch, I think this is a dialect of English issue. I didn’t say the young folks were literally against Porter Cable, I meant… I think both our dialects (Yours is UK, I’m Canadian) can understand the term “Not Ignorant Of Porter Cable” in this case?
I’ve seen Porter Cable tools before, the old ones, (Since I’m not THAT Young) and during my more ignorant time as a tool user always snubbed my nose at them. I was a DeWALT guy! What did I need THOSE for? And then DeWALT started getting into the stuff that Porter Cable did… and I saw near copies of the Porter Cable tools I snubbed before. As I’ve tempered my opinion, I really do see Porter Cable as an integral part of the ecosystem. They may not be made the way they were anymore, but I would LIKE to see them exalted above DIYer status. I would LIKE to see them right along side DeWALT, taking up the Pneumatic niche from DeWALT, and getting serious demand. I know that isn’t what you were referring to originally, but I have to be the uh… “Young Bloke?”… That looks ahead at what is possible, instead of looking backward. I want Porter Cable to live on, and I want all the different brands under SBD to have their devoted NICHE of the market, not a complete overlap of all the same tools.
I can see where Porter Cable can slide up beside DeWALT in the grand scheme of things. And I can see where Craftsman can be entirely separated from them both, and yet still a very high level tool brand. I just don’t want to see any of these brands die. SBD categorized them wrong, when they shifted everything around. I’d like to see brands keep to their corner of the market, and work BESIDE eachother, not overwhelm eachother.
And, yes. I would be quite angry if SBD (Because Craftsman isn’t that big YET.) killed off Porter Cable. Hell, today we got the story that MALCO just opened up a USA manufacturing plant for Vice Grips. There’s some hope that SOMEONE is getting the picture here! There’s potential for SBD, out of competitive desire to look good, does what MALCO did, and opens actual manufacturing plants here in North America!
So, I might not have USED Porter Cable, but I KNOW Porter Cable. And I see it useful in the future!