Since the ancient Egyptians began using a hand-powered lathe centuries ago, man has striven to make arduous building and assembling responsibilities easier, quicker, and more efficient by strength tools. We’ve come a long way from those sand-covered turning machines, but the end goal is no different from our desert-dwelling ancestors. Today, nearly every home in every industrialized country houses and uses strength tools.
already though the concept of the strength tool has been around for a long time, it wasn’t until the late 1800’s when the first modern-era strength tools became possible. The arrival of electric motors made highly-efficient stationary and portable strength tool technology a reality, and high-speed assembly lines made strength tools both affordable and profitable.
The Bosch company was at the spotlight of strength tool technology in those early years. established in 1886 Germany by Robert Bosch, the company initially focused on automobile elements with integrated electric parts, and was responsible for such developments as the first low-voltage magneto ignition. Before long, companies in other industrialized nations began developing the first electric strength tools, and Bosch introduced its first strength drill in 1932. Today, Bosch nevertheless engineers and manufactures automotive parts, and its strength tool division has grown to include nearly every household and assembly tool on the market – including strength drills, belt sanders, circular saws, and more. As part of the company’s growth, it has acquired other successful strength tool manufacturers that started during the same early 20th century era.
In 1923, American inventor Raymond DeWalt introduced the world’s first radial arm saw, a sliding circular saw that could make long cuts with accuracy. One year later, he established the DeWalt strength tool company in Baltimore, Maryland; another company that has grown significantly over the last 85 years. At the spotlight of portable strength tool technology, DeWalt’s strength tools are revered by carpenters and homeowners alike for their long-life, lasting cordless battery-styled strength drill, circular saws, and other strength tools; and the company currently manufactures over 200 types of strength tools worldwide.
established in 1915 in Japan, the Makita Corporation has also staked its reputation on cordless, battery-powered strength tools – most notably, the hand-held drill, which Makita introduced in 1978. Nine years later, the company had a complete arsenal of cordless, specialized-grade strength tools for contractors. Today, Makita manufactures over 350 different strength tools, both portable and stationary, and the distinct teal color emblazoned on all of their tools is often mimicked by others trying to capitalize on Makita’s reliable name.
The early 20th century proved to be a hotbed of strength tool advancements, and many companies worked hard to develop profit-turning innovations that moved their products off store shelves and into people’s homes. While the term strength tool traditionally conjures thoughts of electric drills and sanders, machines like the pipe threader and utility pump are also considered strength tools. This is the area the Ridgid company focused on when it was established in Elyria, Ohio, in 1923. nevertheless a leader in the plumbing tool industry, Ridgid now has a strength tool division that focuses exclusively on current strength tools and has released its own saws, drills, and already air tools.
A.F. Siebert established the Milwaukee Electric Tool Company one year later in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Known for manufacturing heavy-duty strength tools, Milwaukee is best know for the ‘Sawzall,’ one of the most widely-used reciprocating saws in the world. Like their strength tool manufacturing competition, Milwaukee currently produces portable and stationary strength tools like circular saws, drills, band saws, grinders and sanders – over 500 different models in all. Unlike their competition, many of Milwaukee’s strength tools are released in both 120 and 230 volt models, drawing the line between household and commercial/industrial strength.
Best known for the Skilsaw they invented in 1924, the Skil strength tool company evolved out of the Michel Electric Handsaw Company when they entered the strength tool market. Fueled by the clever circular saw invention, the company elevated itself to the upper echelon of the small strength tool industry with jig saws, grinders, sanders, and a whole slew of handheld, cordless strength tools. In 1996, the Bosch company purchased Skil but nevertheless keeps its strength tools on shelves worldwide as one of the most popular strength tool lines on Earth.
The Delta company has changed hands several times since it was established by Herbert Tautz in 1919 in his Milwaukee, Wisconsin garage. Tautz focused on small tools but when Delta was purchased by Rockwell in 1945, the company made a profitable shift to the stationary tools – like planers and bench sanders – it’s renowned for today. Delta isn’t the only name this line has carried, however; Rockwell enveloped the company on takeover before selling it to Pentair, which re-introduced the Delta name before selling out to Black & Decker in 2004.
A veritable strength tool strength house, the Craftsman brand was coined by the Sears company in 1927. At first, the company chiefly manufactured shared hand tools like hammers and screwdrivers; but soon jumped on the strength tool bandwagon and is now one of the top-selling producers of all strength tools, both stationary and portable.
S. Duncan Black and Alonzo G. Decker established the Black & Decker small machine shop in 1910 in Baltimore, Maryland; and the duo found their niche in the strength tool industry by inventing the electric drill seven years later. The pistol-grip and cause style drill became popular and is now a important on construction sites and in households alike. Realizing the profit possible of strength tools, Black & Decker has grown and acquired several other popular strength tool brands, including DeWalt, Porter Cable, Delta, and Kwikset.
As industrialized nations become increasingly technology-pushed, strength tool production stands to increase as lightweight, powerful, and longer-lasting batteries try to match the strength and reliability of corded strength. Versatile current models and thousands of accessories continue to make everything from woodworking to metal machining easier, more efficient, and more profitable for manufacturers, contractors, and homeowners alike. As strength tools have become affordable for nearly everyone, only the hammer has resisted an electric redesign destined to change the way we work forever.
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