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DIY in the USA: Tools That Are Still Made in America

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Most major tool companies learned long ago that it makes economic sense to set up factories in countries where labor is cheap and laws are lax — but some of the finest tools you can buy in America are actually still made right here in America. A handful of U.S.-based toolmakers are well-known brands, although they tend to manufacture their tools stateside with globally sourced materials. Many others are small custom or specialty toolmakers. Either way, if buying domestic is important to you, you can still get just about any tool for any job made by American workers right here in the USA. (From bicycles to pianos, here are 74 Brands That Are Still Made in America.)

CRAFTSMAN V20 20-volt Max 1/2-in Brushless Cordless Drill
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Craftsman

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One of the most famous brands in the tool industry, the Craftsman name has long been synonymous with Sears, but its tools are also elsewhere at stores like Ace Hardware and Lowe's. Not all of the company’s tools are made in the USA, but many are — and you can tell which ones are domestic from a special logo on the packaging, including certain power drills, lawnmowers, and tool chests. They come from plants in Tupelo, Mississippi; Sullivan, Illinois; Fort Mill and Cheraw, South Carolina; New Britain, Connecticut; and Sedalia, Missouri.

Stanley 15 in. FatMax Hand Saw with Wood Handle
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Stanley

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Another famous brand, Stanley started in New Britain, Connecticut, in 1843, but over the years the company eventually outsourced much of its production overseas. Recently, however, it brought some of its production back home when it introduced a select line of tools that are made in America, such as tape measures, saws, and utility knives. Like Craftsman, their made-in-the-USA line is packaged with a special logo.

DeWalt 20-Volt MAX XR Cordless Brushless Hammer Drill/Impact Combo Kit
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DeWalt

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One of the biggest names in tools, DeWalt manufactures hundreds of power tools, hand tools, and accessories — many of them made in America (with global materials). Among the U.S. assembled products are impact drivers/hammer drills, reciprocating saws, and air compressors. DeWalt launched a Made in the USA initiative in 2013, and today it boasts manufacturing facilities in seven American cities. Most recently, the company opened a plant in Greenfield, Indiana, in 2015.

Channellock GLS-3 Tongue and Groove Plier 3 Pc. Set
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Channellock

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Located in Meadville, Pennsylvania, Channellock was founded in 1886 by a Pennsylvania blacksmith. Today, more than 350 employees craft 75 different types and sizes of pliers, the tools that have long been the company’s bread and butter. Their high-quality pliers are designed for plumbing, automotive, agriculture, electrical, metal fabrication, HVAC, and metal fabrication.


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Purdy XL Brush 3 Pack New
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Estwing E3-12C 12 Oz Curve Claw Hammer
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Vaughan & Bushnell 99 16 Oz Professional Rip Hammer
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Vaughan

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Located in Hebron, Illinois, Vaughan has been making high-quality tools in the United States since the company was founded in 1869. The company was instrumental in developing many of the features that we now associate with common tools, like the curved claw hammer. The company's line includes straight and curved claw hammers, soft-face hammers, framing hammers, ball-peen hammers, blacksmith hammers, and bear saws.

Park Tool AK-5 Advanced Bicycle Mechanic Tool Kit
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Park Tool

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With its factory located in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Park Tool Co. makes tools specific to bicycle repair and maintenance. Family-owned since the 1960s, Park makes tools and toolsets of every shape and size and for every purpose imaginable for fixing and servicing bicycle wheels, spokes, chains, pedals, frames, hubs, axles, gears, forks, brakes, and cassettes.


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Klein Tools Kurve 8-20 AWG Wire Stripper/Cutter Set
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Klein Tools

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The vast majority of Klein Tools products have been made in America since the company was founded in 1857. The company, which is now in its sixth generation of family ownership, holds the distinction of being the only major tool manufacturer in the world that specializes in utility and electrical applications. Its cable cutters and electrician's pliers are standard equipment for countless tradesmen and women in the U.S. The company boasts facilities in several American cities such as Mansfield, Texas; Fort Smith, Arkansas; and Bolivar, New York.

Chapman MFG 9600 Starter Slotted Screwdriver Set
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Wright Tool 3/8" Drive, 6 Point Standard and Deep Socket Set (31-Piece)
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Johnson Level Heavy Duty 6 Piece Box Level Set
Amazon
Xuron Tweezer Nose 450 Pliers
Amazon
Barr Specialty Tools
Barr Specialty Tools
Viking 118-Degree Point Jobber Length High Speed Steel Standard Twist Drill Bit Set (115-Piece)
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Moody Tools 6-Piece Anodized Aluminum Precision Probe Set
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PROTO 20-Piece Black Chrome Reversible Combination Ratcheting Wrench
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Midwest Tool & Cutlery Aviation Snip
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Marshalltown Concrete Edger
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Starrett Saw Blade
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LoggerHead Tools 6" Bionic Wrench and Bionic Grip
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Grace USA Gun Care Tool Set
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Eklind Cushion Grip Hex T-Key Allen Wrench Set
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SK Tools USA Ratcheting Wrenches, Fractional Combination Wrench Set
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Crick Tool Level
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Derma-Safe Folding Utility Razor (10-pack)
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