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According to Zion Market Research, the global power tool market is expected to reach 36 Billion USD by 2025.
Global urbanization trend is just one of the factors that have brought about robust sales of power tools. Another contributing factor is the emergence of a do-it-yourself (DIY) culture.
The reason behind this transition can be traced to the popularity of home improvement TV programs. More than ever, people are no longer afraid to take on construction projects that they would have left for professional contractors some years back. As a result, the usage of power tools worldwide has spiked.
The power tool industry is unique and different from other industries. Many of the major players have been bought up by competitors leaving around super empires in the industry.
Despite this shake-up, German power tools still account for a significant portion of the power tool market.
This article introduces German power tool brands, highlighting what gives them a competitive edge over other brands.
Note: The general rules I have followed to list a brand here are; their headquarters must be in Germany, and the majority of their power tools should be produced in the greater European Union.
I might go into a little history to give you a solid understanding of each brand and how it relates to your woodworking needs.
Related: Take a look at this article on The Best Power Tool Brands For Woodworking
German Power Tool Brands List
It’s no surprise that Bosch tops my list for German power tool brands.
Founded in 1886, Germany under a different name, they adopted the name Bosch in 1937.
Bosch itself is a German electrical engineering company that has a power tool line that accounts for about 25% of its sales.
In 1932, the company developed its first cordless power drill and ever since then, they have grown into a leading force in the power tool industry.
As seen in today’s market, Bosch’s power tool portfolio includes a wide range of corded and cordless power tools for both contractors and DIY professionals.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that, even though they started in Germany, Bosch presently comprises of more than 400 subsidiaries in over 50 countries worldwide.
Metabo, founded in Germany in 1924, manufactures way more power tools than you can ever imagine.
Even though their tools cater majorly for professional contractors, some of them still fit into the hobbyist range at moderate prices.
Metabo’s power tool listing contains a full range of products including, impact drills, rotary hammers, demolition hammers, jigsaws, grinders, sanders, planers, and so on.
Today, they are most notable for producing cut-off saws, angle grinders and other heavy-duty cutting equipment.
Despite being founded in Germany, they are the leading pneumatic tool brand in North America.
Another highly-rated German power tool brand within the woodworking community is FESTOOL.
FESTOOL was founded in 1925 by Albert Fezer and Gottlieb Stoll – Fezer & Stoll leading to the name – FESTOOL.
FESTOOL’S Product breakthrough came in 1927 when they developed the world’s first portable chainsaw. They later became well known for manufacturing not just power tools but also power tool accessories like toolboxes and guide rails.
Although their headquarters is in Germany, they have branches in the Czech Republic and the United States.
Today, their track saws are well known and used by DIYers all over Europe and America.
Relatively unknown in the world of woodworking, FEIN is another German brand that deserves mention.
FEIN Power Tools started in Germany in 1895 when two brothers Wilhelm and Carl Fein came together to invent the world’s first portable handheld drill.
Apart from inventing the first handheld drill, they have had some other remarkable achievements over the years.
In 1968, with the help of their plaster cast saw, they introduced oscillating technology to the medical industry.
Some years later, they produced their first sanding machine and were the first to connect a sanding machine to dustless extraction vacuums.
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Today, FEIN’s Dustless Extraction Vacuums are rated top in the industry by leading reviewing journals.
Somewhere in between Austria and Switzerland lies the home of Hilti, another popular power tool manufacturer.
Hilti was formed in the German-speaking state Liechtenstein.
Yes, I know I said headquarters must be in Germany, but permit me to include them.
Although Hilti’s power tool portfolio includes a wide range of tools, they are well known for their electro-pneumatic rotary hammer drills. They were the first company to introduce the tool in 1967.
Today, their hammer drills are easy to spot in the market, as they come in signature red boxes.
In 1926, a German, Andreas Stihl built the very first chainsaw and Stihl power tool was launched that year.
Since then, up until 1970, Stihl was exclusively a chainsaw producing company, then they began to expand their portfolio to include power tools for homeowners.
Today, Stihl offers a wide range of power tools for hobbyist and homeowners including; drills, edgers, blowers, hedge trimmers, lawnmowers, concrete cutters and their ever-popular chainsaws.
I cannot guarantee that these are all the German Power tool brands out there. If you know a brand I didn’t mention please let me know using the comment section below this article.
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