Why Replacement Parts Are Not Interchangeable

By: James Marshell

The cross compatibility of replacement parts across different manufacturers would be a dream for any craftsman. Many of us must have though at some point of time that when our power tools such as drills, wrenches, nailers etc work almost exactly the same way, why their internal or external parts are not compatible. How good and convenient for craftsmen it would be if Wilton replacement parts could be replaced with Makita replacement parts.

Sometimes it becomes impossible for a handyman to hunt down a particular replacement part of a certain tool model manufactured by a certain manufacturer. Thatís why many craftsmen fantasize about a universal store where they can buy a single part that fits all the brands. However, thatís not plausible because of the following reasons:


While all power tools have armatures, motors and switches, they are very different from one another. The biggest reason behind this is a manufacturer carries out its own research and development process to produce a certain tool that differs from the process of other OEM. So, while both are manufacturing the same motor, their priorities, their designs and engineering and manufacturing prowess and processes have a lot of differences. The end product is a motor, the physics behind the product is the same and it does the same job but in a different way.

Some manufacturers aim is to produce the most powerful tools on the planet, while others have a target of producing economical and ergonomic products. These objectives also tend to change the design choices and manufacturing priorities.

These are the reasons why we have the same product in the hand but it is different from the inside because the manufacturerís vision and objective that goes into the making of the product is different. These slight differences make parts incompatible.


OEMs are companies that exist to make money. Anybody who is in the electronic products industry knows that you donít make as much money on the product itself as you do on accessories and replacement parts. So, if Superior Electric is manufacturing a tool, it would like to make money in the future by selling Superior Electric replacement parts. If the parts were compatible, then any handyman can buy the part from any OEM and Superior Electric would lose the business opportunity.

So, the tool industry, like any other industry firmly believes in the principle that the manufacturer that is selling the product should have the opportunity to upsell related accessories and repair parts. This is one of the reasons why multi-brand compatibility would never happen even if technology makes it possible.

Despite these reasons, there are manufacturers that produce aftermarket parts by copying the original parts but they have to advertise them as such. OEMs donít usually mind them as they are not their direct competitors because they manufacture a low end product that sells for a fraction of the original partís price.

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