I once worked for a man who said, “We can make it cheap, we can make it good, or we can make if fast–pick two.” When it comes to garden tools, I have my own saying: “You can buy a garden tool cheap with a limited lifespan or buy it dear for lifetime of use.”
The American-made (or, alternatively, a first world country) tools that I inherited from my father and grandfather have held up remarkably well. Tools I’ve acquired on the cheap–made in China and other low-wage countries–have generally broken easily and/or needed to be replaced in a relatively short time-span.
From my 25 years of experience as a gardener, the answer to whether a American-made tool is worth paying a premium price over the same tool from an off-shore, low-wage country is unequivocally, “Yes.”
The next question, of course, is how do you know whether the tool you are considering is made in the USA or not. For that answer, check out the Web site Still Made in the USA.
What’s your opinion? Please share your experience by leaving a comment,