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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 76 Brands That Are Still Made in America.)

Craftsman
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Purdy

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With a history dating back to 1925, Purdy makes handmade paint brushes and other custom painting tools. That includes frames, poles, prep and finish tools, trays, and storage gear. Founded in Portland, Oregon, and headquartered in Cleveland, Purdy brushes are trusted by painting professionals across America and the world.

Estwing
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Estwing

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Family-owned Estwing was founded in 1923 and is located in Rockford, Illinois. While they manufacture Bowie knives, axes, and pry bars, Estwing is known for its hammers. They craft high-quality roofing hammers, bricklayer hammers, drywall hammers, dead-blow hammers, soft-face hammers, and more.

Vaughan
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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
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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
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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 Tools
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Chapman Tools

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Screwdrivers are the name of the game at Chapman Tools, a company that does one thing and does it well. The founders started the business in 1936 in a garage in Durham, Connecticut, and today, Chapman is known for specialty screwdriver sets designed for things like gunsmithing, sewing machines, bicycles, automotive work, and antiques.

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Johnson Level

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Located in Mequon, Wisconsin, Johnson Level,  as the name implies, specializes in leveling tools. Their lineup includes spirit levels, laser levels, and even specialty levels with glow-in-the-dark bubbles. They also make squares, marking technology, and measuring tools.

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Xuron Corp.

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Headquartered in Saco, Maine, Xuron Corp. manufactures and sells electronics-grade hand tools. It sells both industrial and consumer products, the latter of which includes wire strippers, pliers, scissors, and specialty tools.

Barr Specialty Tools
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Barr Specialty Tools

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Craftsmen and women will be hard-pressed to find better implements than those made by Barr Specialty Tools, located in McCall, Idaho. The company produces hand-crafted woodworking tools like chair-building tools, cabinetmaker chisel sets, and more.

Viking Drill and Tool
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Viking Drill and Tool

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Viking Drill and Tool products come out of the company’s 74,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in St. Paul, Minnesota. In business since 1951, the company specializes in high-speed steel drill bits and steel taps.

Moody Tools
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Moody Tools

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With more than a century in the specialty tool business, Moody Tools is based in Cranston, Rhode Island. They manufacture and produce hand-held tools like scribes, picks, probes, and screwdrivers, as well as spring positioners and specialty tools like pin vices and open-end wrenches.

Proto Industrial
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Proto Industrial

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Although they’re known for wrenches that are considered among the best and most reliable in the industry, Proto Industrial also makes a full line of products that includes sockets, precision torque tools, screwdrivers, hex keys, cutting tools, and finishing tools. Part of Connecticut-based Stanley, Proto's tools were used on the Apollo 11 mission and work on the Golden Gate Bridge.

Midwest Tools & Cutlery
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Midwest Tools & Cutlery

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Midwest Tools & Cutlery produces several types of hand tools, but their lineage is based on their specialty metal-cutting snips. They're not cast or stamped, but instead are made through a much more rigorous hot drop-forging process. They're known as among the most durable and reliable in the industry. The company is based in Sturgis, Michigan.

Marshalltown
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Marshalltown

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Based in Marshalltown, Iowa, since 1890, the Marshalltown Company makes masonry, asphalt, and concrete tools. They're an industry leader and have been for generations — their products are all backed by a lifetime warranty.

Starrett
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Starrett

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Starrett is headquartered in Massachusetts, but it's a sprawling company with divisions in California, Ohio, Georgia, and North Carolina. Known for their saw blades and precision measuring tools, Starrett has been in business since 1880.

LoggerHead Tools
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LoggerHead Tools

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Founded by a Chicago inventor with 35 patents, LoggerHead Tools is known for its adjustable patented Bionic Wrench. It also came out with the Bionic Grip, a similarly functional hand-held serrated gripping device, as well as several unique utility tools. They’re located in Palos Park, Illinois.

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Eklind Tool Company

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Founded in 1921, the Eklind Tool Co. employs more than 100 people at its facility in Franklin Park, Illinois. They have several lines of products, both folding and stationary, including screwdrivers, T-keys, L-keys, Torx sets, ball and double-ball hex-key sets, double-ball tools, and specialty tools.

SK Professional Tools
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SK Professional Tools

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SK Professional Tools produces a full line of socket wrenches and sets, hammers, punches, chisels, automotive tools, and screwdrivers. All their products are made from start to finish in the United States. Their forging facilities are located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Sycamore, Illinois, is home to their manufacturing and distribution center.

Crick Tool
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Crick Tool

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Founded in 1980, Crick Tool is located in East Texas. The company specializes in premium-grade levels handcrafted from high-quality wood, metal, and glass. Their products include three-piece levels, five-piece levels, door bucks, and accessories.

Derma-Safe
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Derma-Safe

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Derma-Safe was founded in 1979 by the former quality control director for the Schick company, and razor blades were the company’s genesis. Today, the company specialties in hand-held utility razors and SERE utility saws crafted from Swiss-made 18 TPI saw blades. The company operates out of Wayne, New Jersey.