Some patriots, these CEOs! Sell the nation down the
tubes just to raise EPS.
Lenin is supposed to have said something like this:
Don't worry about the capitalists; they'll
sell us the rope to hang them with.
Around here I would call it Gone Eccentric. They might have been right or
wrong in getting out of the Power Transformer business but that left six
thousand without jobs a few years back. Recently Plastics brought fifty or
sixty people from India and Mexico here to train as accounts
payable/receivable clerks and help desk assistants. Those people eventually
went back to their countries with the jobs that were done here. Of course,
the people doing the training here in the States are now unemployed. They
may "Bring good things to life" but they can ruthlessly destroy good lives
GE sold off its TV and other consumer products (including the RCA product
line) to Thompson (a French company) some years ago.
As you mention, the "white" goods was sold off to B&D (I didn't know who in
GE only manufactures BIG stuff today (e.g.: jet engines, locomotives, power
plant turbines, etc.) The other may BE makes money is by finance and, of
course, it's ownership of NBC acquired with the takeover of RCA. They
still are in the x-ray machine and medical scanning business.
Basically, they sell off divisions that face serious competition from Asia.
My neighbor had the same problem. Then his wife pointed out that he only
turned on for about two minutes, moved up and down at the wrong angle, and
could never seem to get the job done to her satisfaction.
| They sold their soul to WalMart, cycles of build it cheaper.
Have you seen that TV show about Wal-Mart where they get the sellers into
little rooms then screw them down until they move to China or go bankrupt?
Uh .. Isn't Dewalt actually the Professional brand of B&D? (Pretty Good
BTW, I just bought B@D's "Vortex" electric leaf blower/vac and in my
humble opinion, it out performs just about every gas model that I have
(I'm prepared for the "Flames" 8)
I feel the same way. I had some B&D tools that lasted forever. I
used swear by their tools. Now I swear at them. I bought one of
their drills 1 1/2 years ago. It had a keyless chuck. I have never
been fond of those things, but most hold if you burn the piss out of
your hand tightening them. Not this one. I dont hold anything. I
contacted the company. They told me to take it to a service center.
I checked, the nearest center is 130 miles away. I contacted them and
told them I am not going that far. They said that is all they can do
for me. I bought a saber saw a year ago. I used it about 8 times.
Last week I was cutting a piece of thin sheet metal with a metal
cuting blade. Suddenly the blade stopped moving, yet the motor kept
running. There went the cheap plastic gears. I;m sure they will tell
me to drive 130 miles again. I tossed the drill in the trash, because
there was no way to remove the chuck. I guess the saw will be next to
add to the garbage heap. I will never buy another B&D tool.
I'd forgotten about the drill, my mom has one of those pieces of crap, I'm
always cursing at it whenever I end up having to use it over there because I
can't drill through anything without the drill bit spinning in the chuck.
At about the time of 12/5/2004 5:04 AM, Edwin Pawlowski stated the
Just goes to show you, you get what you pay for...usually. I'll spend
the money to by a quality peice of equipment that will give me years of
trouble free service vs. spending <$20 for some chinese made peice of junk.
On Sun, 05 Dec 2004 17:13:07 GMT, Daniel Rudy
Depends what I need it for. Some stuff it's absolutely worth getting
quality. Snap-ring pliers for example. If I just need a cheap socket
set to keep in the car, the $30 set is fine. A brick chisel that I'll
never need again, a cheap chinese one is fine.
B&D makes a lot of Sears tools, btw. I agree that B&D quality has
gone down the toilet. I had a $30 Sears drill that endured 10 years
of abuse until I managed to snap the shaft driving lag bolts. An
equilvalent new replacement has plastic gears and would probably only
tolerant light use.
So far, I like Porter-Cable for medium quality tools. The circular
saw runs nice and quiet compared to many other I've tried.
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