Crap — I missed your deadline…
My Favorite Things
Not sure if I missed the mark on the topic, but here are a few of my favorite “big boy toys”:
Weber Grills: Genesis (gas) and One-Touch (charcoal): after selling these for years, I finally got my own Genesis grill in 2005 and One-Touch in 2010. If/when these wear out, I’ll likely replace them with the same. It’s more likely that they’ll be handed down to my kid(s) someday
Char-Broil Big Easy Infrared Turkey Fryer: found this gem last year when looking for an alternative way to cook a turkey without the mess of the oil. LOVE IT!
All-Clad Cookware: I got my first piece of All-Clad as a gift several years ago, and have slowly been replacing my Calphalon with All-Clad ever since!
Starrett measuring and marking tools: Sometimes, kind of accurate isn’t good enough. When you need precision down to the 64th of an inch, you want a Starrett.
JET table saws and lathes: I love the balance of quality and value appreciated with two of the most used pieces of power equipment in my shop.
Porter-Cable Routers: these guys wrote the book on routers. I got my first one about 5 years ago and will never own another brand of router again!
Skil worm-drive circular saws: while I have never owned a worm drive, I’ve spent many a job piloting one. If you’re framing, you need a worm drive.
Swanson Speed Square: another vital framing tool. Don’t lose the blue book that accompanies the square – it will be your bible!
Echo power equipment: this Lake Zurich, IL-based company makes the best outdoor power equipment I have had the pleasure of using. I own an Echo trimmer and a leaf blower and understand why you see them on every landscaper’s truck
John Deere Riding mowers: do I really need to explain this one? I mean, if you’re committed to cutting a large parcel of grass, you want to be sitting on the yellow and driving green!
Thanks for the great list, Matt!