I'm in a market for a new jointer. I was undecided between SCM FS30c or Hammer A31 30. I thought that both of them were manufactured in EU. Sale reps from both refer to the other as "polished, pricy" china and their products being proudly manufactured in EU. I suspect that both are made to a certain degree in China...I'm just not sure how much.

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    Does it really matter where they're made? They are good, bad or average regardless of the place of manufacture. Quality is completely separate to whether they're labelled as "made in the EU" or "made in China", there are very good and very poor products (and many in between) from China and from Europe. – Graphus Sep 19 '18 at 22:13
  • Further, with how global economies work, where a tool is made today may not be where it is made tomorrow. Jointers are moderately large tools, but not so large that a factory cannot be retooled to make a run in a modest amount of time. Not to mention that, again, given globalism, parts are probably manufactured almost anywhere, subsystems assembled in another place, and final assembly in yet another place. So even if a company said "Proudly Made in Megatopia" it's hard to know what "made" means in this era of capitalism. – jdv Sep 24 '18 at 15:55
  • @Graphus It does to some people, for a variety of reasons. – mmathis Sep 24 '18 at 16:29
  • I edited the question to remove the opinionated portion (are they worth the price) and focus on where the machines are made. You can ask about the value of each machine as a separate question, but make sure to keep it from being opinion-based - stick to performance, common failures, etc. – mmathis Sep 24 '18 at 16:39
  • @mmathis, yes but my point was should it? People have biases, sure we all know this. Now some of them are more preference than bias in the pejorative sense. But plenty are the latter and I don't mind being the whipping boy for pointing out that this isn't necessarily reflective of reality. – Graphus Sep 24 '18 at 16:45

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