Busy Bee Tools has been supplying woodworking tools to Canadians since 1976 and has become one of the largest importers of metalworking and woodworking equipment in Canada.
Since opening their first store in Burnaby, British Columbia in the mid seventies, they have now expanded to eleven stores nation wide, but still do a significant amount of their business by mail order. In fact, they have just recently started shipping into the U.S.
The bread and butter of Busy Bee has always been their house brand "Craftex", a line of tools imported from asia. Because of the nature of the import business, these same tools can often be found under different brand names from other importers such as King Canada, Grizzly, Ridgid and a host of others.
A new, improved line of craftex tools has recently been introduced by Busy Bee. Named the craftex cx series, they promise better quality, improved features and a new look. Something to keep an eye on.
Besides the craftex line, they carry many name brands like Kreg, Delta, Incra, Dewalt, Makita and Bosch, to name a few. I find their Blue Tornado line of saw blades and router bits to be very good quality at a bargain price.
The links below are to reviews of craftex woodworking tools I own or have had the opportunity to use.
This will be more of a personal review, since I own a craftex ct146 table saw and use it almost daily. I've had it for a year now, so I think I can give a fair and unbiased review based on my extensive use and experience with this table saw.
I ordered the ct146 contractor table saw from the Busy Bee Tools outlet in New Westminster, B.C. and received it by truck within two days. I live a good 800 miles away, so I thought this was extremely fast. As a benchmark, the last machine I had ordered from them took almost a week.
The Craftex CT086 6" wood jointer is a reliable machine that fits nicely in a small to medium sized home workshop. I've had mine for a couple of years now and to tell the truth, this is a nice little jointer for the money I paid.
The CT086 is based on a rugged, proven design that features inclined dovetail ways which support the infeed and outfeed tables. The jointer base, infeed/outfeed tables and fence are constructed from cast iron for strength and longevity.