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Good American made tools?

 
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So I've scoured the net and found a couple makers of good hand tools but one is like 230$ for the set and the other was sold out. I see bully tools look good but I don't think they are sold near me. Anyone have suggestions for good American made hand tools. The fiskars set are made well and a great price but I'm pretty sure they're made in China. I'm m willing to spend a little for a long term quality tool. I have a lee valley trench digger(awesome) and a good broad fork, but 230$ is just too much.
 
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What kind of tools? You aren't going to find them all under one brand anymore, small American companies are focusing on a few things done well.

Rogue hoe for hoes, rakes, etc.

Collins axe for axes and sledge hammers.

You can't buy an American made file anymore, I don't think.

Wilde tools makes pliers and a few other hand tools.


But quality will cost you up front.
 
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I was looking for tools such as shovels, small hand trowel and such for potting, starting seed, weeding, etc.
I do like the rogue hoes. I'm in PA and the stores near me are tractor supply, true value, Lowes , Home Depot. True value may carry some American made stuff but I'm going to have to call around and ask. I was wondering about ordering online if there were any good suggestions.
 
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I think you have Lee Valley there.
They'll have good stuff, maybe not US made but quality stuff.
http://www.leevalley.com/us/
 
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http://www.natesamericanmadestore.com/hardware-tools/shovels-spades.html

I haven't dealt with this store, but they do have a good shopping list to find somewhere else if nothing else.

A M leanord has a lot of good tools, but they are usually pricey. Garrett Wade as well. Woodland fire fighter tool shops are a good source for American made shovels.

I can find a few Ames shovels local, but I order online either from the manufacturer or Amazon prime. Shipping is a killer on long handled tools, but Amazon has marked up the price to cover it and then some.
 
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Have you looked at Red Pig Tools ? I haven't used them personally but I have heard good things about them.
 
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I have purchased a few tools from Bully Tools. I have the superfork, warren hoe, and the edging/planting spade. All of them are well made, I'm especially impressed with the superfork that I use for working my heavy clay soil. Just pay attention to handle length, as I found the hoe to have a short handle, but the tool should last me a lifetime. I was able to buy them online at Amazon.
 
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I'm pretty sure True Temper makes their tools in the US. Some decent quality shovels and other yard tools.
 
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