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Bebo



Joined: 21 May 2007
Posts: 12569
Location: East Sussex
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 11 9:52 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Jonnyboy wrote:
Bebo wrote:
Ebay. If you're after a replacement chainsaw you're better off waiting for a decent a second hand stihl than buying a new ryobi. So my OH says (who has a new ryobi and an second hand stihl).


Well, yes. Stihl is better than ryobi. but way dearer. That said for chainsaws I've had a mcculloch for 6 years and abused the **** out of it and still going.


Their chainsaws might be alright, but don't get one of their thicknessers. His mate had one and when the blade went couldn't get a replacement.

ETA. Just realised that this is Man Stuff so I'm off.

Last edited by Bebo on Fri Sep 02, 11 9:52 pm; edited 1 time in total

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 34031
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 11 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The Stihl chainsaw was the single thing I saved. Paint is blistered so I haven't yet found out if it's sick or not.

I have a cheque from the insurance so if it's not working, I shall replace it with a new one.

Jonnyboy



Joined: 29 Oct 2004
Posts: 23924
Location: under some rain.
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 11 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A 'cheque'? you are so daily mail.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 34031
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 11 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jonnyboy wrote:
A 'cheque'? you are so daily mail.


.?

How should they pay me then?

Jonnyboy



Joined: 29 Oct 2004
Posts: 23924
Location: under some rain.
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 11 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2004103/Cheques-saved-banks-fail-come-suitable-alternative.html

bank transfer, my god you hillbillies.

T.G



Joined: 13 Sep 2009
Posts: 7280
Location: Somewhere you're not
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 11 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bebo wrote:
Oh, and he loves Makita.


/seconded ... Stanley used to be a good make years ago when we were buying...Their stuff is still going strong here, but modern stuff is apparently p!ss poor

Treacodactyl
Downsizer Moderator


Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 25697
Location: Jumping on the bandwagon of opportunism
PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 11 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

In the good old days you could get discounts at Screwfix the more you bought, not any more. If you know roughly what you're going to be spending I would phone Axminster and see if they would give you a discount, I often get vouchers emailed to me so they might do a deal. Not really an option for you but some of the hand tools I've picked up from the weekly offers at Lidl/Aldi seem very good for the money.

Ren



Joined: 27 Jan 2009
Posts: 1782
Location: southwesterly
PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 11 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

at work, makita is the recommended brand for quality etc.

Mustang



Joined: 15 Jul 2005
Posts: 768
Location: Sunny Suffolk
PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 11 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Btw, B&Q own Screwfix. Screwfix tend to be slightly cheaper (no big stores to maintain, just a counter?).

I prefer seeking out my local independant ironmonger for tools and lots of advice.

onemanband



Joined: 26 Dec 2010
Posts: 1473
Location: NCA90
PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 11 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cordless stuff - get stuff with Li-ion batteries if you can afford.

Brands - all the major brands are fit for purpose (De-Walt, Bosch, Makita, AEG, Hitachi) Mid-range brands are ok for diy use but you'll regret if you're going to use a lot . B&Q/Homebase/car boot/chinese/own brand cheap stuff are just a waste of the planets resources and should be banned.

Cheapests place - its a bit like electrical goods/white goods - everyone is similar prices but if you shop around somebody will have on special offer sooner or later - and sods law 2 weeks after you buy somebody will be selling it cheaper. Generally tho Screwfix are cheapest. Tool counters at builders merchants generally won't budge on prices but some will do a deal. Tool counters also give good advice (wont get that in Screwfix) .Tool counter prices might seem a little more but you often get accessories (bits, jackets,spare battery, carry cases, etc) that aren't included in Screwfix price

Sockets/spanners - Halfords own brand proffesional range is actually good quality for the money or if you want to splash out go for Teng-tools

Petrol powered stuff - again the cheap stuff is just a waste of the planets resources. They wont start when left for a few months and you cant get spares or get them serviced.

vegplot



Joined: 19 Apr 2007
Posts: 21298
Location: Ynys Môn
PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 11 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What him above said.

Some of the better brands will also rate their top end stuff as 'industrial' but you probably don't need to go that far.

Axminster own brand tools used to be good but I fear they've let quality slip recently.

gardening-girl



Joined: 25 Feb 2009
Posts: 6024
Location: Somerset.
PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 11 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Son and BTL like Festools.
Otherwise Axminster Power Tools.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 34031
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 11 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mustang wrote:
Btw, B&Q own Screwfix. Screwfix tend to be slightly cheaper (no big stores to maintain, just a counter?).

I prefer seeking out my local independant ironmonger for tools and lots of advice.


Me too, but there isn't one locally I know of. I have someone for misers, strummers, cutters, but the DIY tools I only have downsizer to ask.

I've re bought the Makita drill driver, as I had no complaints, a cheap angle grinder because I need it now, and a handful of hand tools from BQ. Strangely, I should have been excited this morning, with a bit of plastic and a long list, but I just got depressed at the size of the task. So I bought what I absolutely needed, and went home.

So, screwfix catalogue and hunting the web is tomorrow's job.

Now, who's got a tractor with a topper and front loader man enough to pick up round bales for sale?

Blacksmith



Joined: 25 Jan 2005
Posts: 5025
Location: Berkshire
PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 11 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I use Britool, Ellora, Facom and Stahwille hand tools. Moore and Wright mics, Mittatoyo verniers and DTI's. Mostly bought through Buck and Hickman and Draper
Bosch 18v portable, mains drills and angle grinders.

Ty Gwyn



Joined: 22 Sep 2010
Posts: 4290
Location: Lampeter
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 11 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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.

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