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Silverline Tools?

Discussion in 'Tools and Materials' started by marlonhammer, 22 Nov 2009.

  1. opps

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    Made the mistake of buying the bench grinder from toolstation. It blew as soon as I hit the switch.

    I do wish toolstation would stop selling their crap...
     
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    So....how do silverline manage to stay afloat then?
    If the opinions in here represent a large demographic then surely most people would NOT be buying from them by now.
    I must say prior to this thread i'd heard nothing but bad news about silverline.

    That said, i recently bought an adjustable tile holesaw that cuts holes in ceramic tiles from 22mm to 63mm. It did the job absolutely perfectly (seriously), no rough edges, no shattering of tiles even though the hole was about 15mm from the edge. I didn't know it was silverline until i got it home. Cost me £9.99 from screwfix (or B&Q, can't remember now).
    I made 4 holes, that's all i needed it for, but i reckon it'll certainly drill more. Imagine how much i could have spent on a tile core bit?
     
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    They stay afloat because people rarely complain.
     
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    I ordered an air stapler nailer from tool station cheap as chip's £26.54 and has same body shape as Makita and Stanley so I thought this will just be one of those re branded job's,I opened the box and to my horror the nailer is in a Silverline box and the sight of that logo just makes all your confidence ebb away,anyway its working fine and look's as well made as any other I have used.so we'll see how it goes
     
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    Today, maybe. But tomorrow?............
     
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    It'll be built to the same design as most other lowish-end nailers. With cheaper, thinner materials.

    DIY use? Probably adequate. Professional use? You'll probably break it in a few weeks.
     
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    As a west londoner I am increasingly noticing a trend to sell crap tools in local suppliers. leyland SDM for example used to sell cheap, replaceable blade scrappers and "expensive" ones, now they sell really cheap plastic ones and crap die-cast ones at a price that is slightly lower than the cost of the decent ones that they used to sell. By contrast the Greenford Decor Centre sells the excellent japanese ones at a premium but are likely to drop them because no one else is buying them.

    I guess that part of the problem is the influx of foreign nationals that refuse to pay for quality tools. That does sound like a very red necked statement and I am in no way intending to malign tradesmen based on their nationality. I do appreciate and understand that as a new entrants to the market/labour force one is inclined to minimise their capital outlay and that shops pay a premium for shelf space but the upshot is that I am increasing turning to the web to find decent tools, thereby perpetuating the trend.
     
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    Same thing's happening everywhere. I tend to stick to the smaller places, most of their business is local professionals, and not new ones.
     
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    I'll have what ever your having
     
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    I only have one job to do I'll let you know how it goes I have bought Rapesco over the years aqnd they have been ace my 16g second fix gun has worked like hell for 15 years with no repairs but the last air tool I bought from Rapesco,was re branded TAK WISE a small stapler for fixing membrane, is just the same as draper ones exept mine cost about 3x as much which way do you go, time will tell
     
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    Opps, I'd forgotten that I had purchased the same one from them. The O ring on my Axminster gun had split after 6 years. I wanted to pay about £50-70 but toolstation was the only local store that sold guns. Have only used it once thus far.
     
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    screwfix has stoped selling biscuits so I ordered some from Toolstation guess what make they are, they look OK very clean looking,I'll let you know,No postage charge over a tenner "very handy"
     
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    I might have been complementary about silverline in the past but the above mixer suddenly seized and is now knackered. so you can disregard my previous post , and I can confirm that Silverline are total cr@p.
     
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    Sorry to hear that,but it does tend to confirm what people have been saying about the poor quality of the tools they sell.
    Not all stuff from the far east is junk though.I sell sockets from Koken and the quality of them is very good.the Japanese do turn out some very good tools these days.
    I also sell some spanners and sockets that are genuinely 'Made in England' not merely imported and stuck in new boxes as so much that pretends to be 'English' is. The problem is that although they are excellent and warranted for life,they are expensive and with so few customers prepared to pay for quality that means we sell relatively fe.
     
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    I used to be a reseller of silverline tools I spent five years building a reputation for reasonable quality at a reasonable price and in two months of selling this product I had more complaints about quality in a week than I had had in five years I spent more time returning the stuff than I did on anything else its is crap stay away from it and spend a bit more on something that will last
     
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