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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:36 pm Reply with quote

Anyone know what "tool master" tools are like?I recently bought a toolmaster rip saw and it works ok but off course time will be the true test ie will it still be working in a years time?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:20 pm Reply with quote

I havenít seen Black and Decker for a long time. Maybe survival of the fittest meant they became extinct. If so, good ridden to bad rubbish I say.

I may get shot down in flames for this but if you check into Lidl they have themes like cycling, garden and DIY etc. If you catch the right week you will see some great tools at an incredible price and whatís more they are made in Germany.

For instance, I recently got a set of SDS drills and chisel bits for £4. Yes, £4! I think there was about ten in a nice box. I honestly donít know how they do it at the price but they had to be worth more than that in scrap metal alone. The largest chisel bit was just like one I bought from Homebase some months earlier which was £16 just for the one bit!

The way I see it is they are as good but even if they donít quite go the distance that other expensive ones do, at that price you cannot go wrong. I think they currently have cordless 18 volt drills but these things do sell fast.

Makes you realise just how much we get ripped off paying for a name.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:37 pm Reply with quote

Seems to be horses for courses for tools, I don't think any one manufacturer makes "the best" tool across the range. I've got a Makita 18v cordless drill and impact driver which is fine for all but the toughest jobs. I noticed some Dewalt drills in B&Q the other day, they looked very different to how they used to, cheap is the word!

Different story with my DW718 mitre though, can't fault it, although the laser broke icon_sad.gif Same with the Dewalt Jigsaw, not much used but for a Jigsaw, it's not bad.

Other stuff, Bosch (Blue of course) Planer, plus a Bosch DMF10 cable tracer which is laughably rubbish and it's a replacement for an equally laughable DMF10, or maybe I just can't use it icon_cry.gif .

Suppose I'd better say that I'm only a DIY'er so my opinion probably counts for nowt!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:58 pm Reply with quote

Pyromaniac wrote:
Will soon be looking to buy some new power tools - cordless drill/driver, etc

I expect around 18v battery and metal gearing etc.

Any makes to avoid using ? or recommendations to use?
Will be used on a daily basis, not DIY.

Must be able to get spare batteries or come with them.

Any best places to buy ?

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