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Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 11 7:38 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Ty Gwyn wrote:
Are Elora still West German?
I bought a 120 piece socket set out of exchange and mart,40 yrs ago,still good,bar for the few bits i broke through my ignorance at the time
Bit far from you Nick,but there`s a shop in the Upper Swansea Valley,that sells second hand tools,spanners galore,from the likes of British steel and Landarcy oil works,all top brands,Britool,Kingdick

All prceeds to good cause,Tools for Self sufficiency for Tanzania
Believe there`s a branch in Crickhowel.


Very interesting, do you have a name, please?

Cathryn



Joined: 16 Jul 2005
Posts: 19830
Location: Ceredigion
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 11 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's up behind the mainstreet. Sort of next to the car park that's above the Library. They also go to quite a few shows. I bought a rake from them at the Smallholders Show a couple of years ago.

Cathryn



Joined: 16 Jul 2005
Posts: 19830
Location: Ceredigion
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 11 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

http://www.tfsrcymru.org.uk/

Ah, I missed the Llangynidr Show. I grew up there.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 34027
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 11 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

http://www.screwfix.com/p/hitachi-dv18dcl2-18v-1-5ah-li-ion-cordless-combi-drill/64945?cm_sp=Homepage-_-Side-_-64945

http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/nav.jsp?action=detail&fh_secondid=10798552&fh_location=//catalog01/en_GB/categories%3C%7B9372015%7D/categories%3C%7B9372047%7D/categories%3C%7B9372203%7D/categories%3C%7B9392094%7D/specificationsProductType=cordless

Anyone care to compare and contrast, please? I bought the makita, but would the Hitachi be as good, but have better batteries? This is for heavy DIY use, nothing more.

nora



Joined: 20 Mar 2005
Posts: 1539
Location: West Yorkshire
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 11 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I bought the twin pack of Makita 14v drills and batteries 18 months ago from B&Q.
The drills and batteries are very good, but the original battery charger was faulty as soon as I bought it so that was exchanged, but last week the replacement one has now stopped working after only light use so I am a bit hesitant to recommend Makita tools. When the charger was working it was great, only took 30 minutes to fully charge the battery so i'm not sure if i've just been unlucky, or the chargers are prone to faults.

onemanband



Joined: 26 Dec 2010
Posts: 1473
Location: NCA90
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 11 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'd say the hitachi was better cos of the Li-ion batteries.
I got the makita with Li-ion and its unbelievable how long batteries last between charges.
Its the batteries you are paying for, the drill body is (relatively) inexpensive.
The makita is still good tho and will still be ok for heavy diy use.

Ty Gwyn



Joined: 22 Sep 2010
Posts: 4260
Location: Lampeter
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 11 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
Ty Gwyn wrote:
Are Elora still West German?
I bought a 120 piece socket set out of exchange and mart,40 yrs ago,still good,bar for the few bits i broke through my ignorance at the time
Bit far from you Nick,but there`s a shop in the Upper Swansea Valley,that sells second hand tools,spanners galore,from the likes of British steel and Landarcy oil works,all top brands,Britool,Kingdick

All prceeds to good cause,Tools for Self sufficiency for Tanzania
Believe there`s a branch in Crickhowel.


Very interesting, do you have a name, please?


Click in TFSR,it will take you there.

Treacodactyl
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Jumping on the bandwagon of opportunism
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 11 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
Anyone care to compare and contrast, please? I bought the makita, but would the Hitachi be as good, but have better batteries? This is for heavy DIY use, nothing more.


Have a look at the reviews in the links and decide. I have a very similar Makita, but with 3 batteries. They will probably be the low capacity 1.3Ah batteries but I've not had a problem with them or the charger. Drill wise it's interesting to note the "out-of-true chuck" comment, I've found the same thing, I'm not sure if it's out of true but it does wobble more than I'd expect so it's not the best for fine accurate work, eg 2mm drills. Power wise it's been fine drilling and screwing through sleepers and in hard concrete.

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
Posts: 19023
Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 11 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've got the Makita, no probs, works well.

nora



Joined: 20 Mar 2005
Posts: 1539
Location: West Yorkshire
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 11 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm glad no-one else has had charger problems, I thought it may be a common fault and wasn't going to buy another but after reading everyone's posts think I will do now as I do really like the drills.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 34027
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 11 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I put my makita on to charge about two hours before my garage caught fire. The fire started within two feet of the charger. There was also a fridge, a freezer and a radio plugged in nearby. Just saying...

nora



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Location: West Yorkshire
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 11 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    


Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 11 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Did you overload the socket?

I don't like leaving anything on to charge overnight, just in case. Wasn't there a spate of phone chargers catching fire?

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 35506
Location: yes
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 11 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

milwarkee cordless better than most on a wire ,

a good drill is needed for many tasks,
for heavy diy a drill / driver and a chunky sds with a hammer only setting is ace ,
i know that milw' is pro spec but a good drill makes diy plausible ,a rubbish one wont

estwing for claw hammer forty quid ,does the job ,wont break but may be prone to leaping into strangers tool bags


a few good chisels are best found pre loved cos proper modern ones are daft expensive .the ones with a button ended tang are good for rough stuff but get a nice old metal one inch for shaving etc ,look for the hamon of good forge folded steel in boot sale tool boxes ,a new handle etc is easy

erbaur stuff is cheap but sort of works till it breaks ,a 50 quid double diamond disk wall chaser survived 20 m of chases into cement /hard brick ,bargain even if it never works again , it was rather noisy and bouncy but .....

auctions for distress ,gov surplus etc can be very useful

chainsaw husky ,a bit harder to field strip and sharpen than stilh but they dont cut out if nose down ,

the west germans and best spec chinese factories make good pliers etc


good spanners and such are best pre loved ,they depreciate faster than than a fish but for no good reason

one good tool is better than a set of assorted carp

if the kukri got burned ,try lohn nowill of sheffield for a good hedging and every other thingy tool ,

if you have a list we can look out for the odd ones

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