Just thought you might want to know that a firm has set itself up
making look-alike Makitas. I bought a 24v drill with two batteries and
two salient points hit me once I got over the price (£75.)
There was no guaranttee or instruction bumph and the batteries looked
cheap (aka Blackspur.) Someone else pointed out that Makita's have the
name embossed on the case. I should have hit on another: it was
supplied with a set of driver bits that looked like they'd been made
in a back-yard in India.
You can tell just by looking, that a set like that will last all of
half a day if you never use them. Not the sort of thing Makita will
supply at all. I must try them on a real job.
Quite a good looking tool (and possibly even by the original
maunfacturer as a moonlighter.) The downside is there is no Makita
warranty and they will break down sooner rather than later. On the
other hand if they are quite close patterns then they aint toys.
No Makita warranty? I see that as a plus. I will not touch anything made by
Makita because of their lousy/non existent after sales service (I am
referring to Makita themselves, not their resellers who can be superb).
They are rebadged NuTools. I have been offered them in Doncaster, Sheffield,
Manchester and Blackpool. The sellers live in a caravan and will drive an
Audi or Merc (I think you know who I mean)
A lad at work brought about half a dozen in along with a radial arm
chop-saw that had a laser indicator for the blade. Loads of teeth in
the blade too. He wanted £170 or so for that.
I could have my money back I suppose but I cooked 2 batteries on the
cheapo 18v I already have. I find it is the charger that gives the
trouble with these cheap tools. (I walked into the house I was
charging the battery at and thought "Bloody hell what is that painter
using?") (Meanwhile the painter was thinking: "What has that joiner
If I didn't have a pretty good chopsaw I seldom use, I'd snatch up the
other at that price. Fiddling with the work-piece to get the pencil
line at the cut, doubles the time spent on an ordinary chop-saw.
On 14 Jul 2003 22:37:40 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael
We really must educate you in the ways of http://tinyurl.com ;)
A major problem with extended URLs is that you get line wrap in many
newsreaders, making the URL unclickable. The tinyurl.com web site is
brilliant at solving this problem.
Sorry, didn't mean to criticise but if you haven't heard of
tinyurl.com before then it's worth making a note of it.
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The only thing I don't like about Tiny URL is you have no idea what domain
you're going to. There have been cases of people creating tiny URLs to
things which would quite possibly start the warning bells on a corporate
firewall - I just like to know where I'm clicking. Too often I've seen
people say: Take a look at http://tinyurl.com/WHATEVER with no description
of what is meant to be there (let alone a domain name - though of course,
with tinyurl you can put whatever description you want in the post and still
point it elsewhere).
Personally, I would prefer to have to handle split line URLs than use
tinyurl - putting both in would satisfy me...I think it is Make A Shorter
Link which actually gives a bounce page which warns you where you're going -
that would be okay for me too.
Just my thoughts on tinyurl
Taht particular link worked for me, but I've got used to looking on the end
to see whats missing if the link doesn't work, and adding thalast digits by
hand or C & P.
Perhaps some folks don't realise that a long link may wrap; ISTR it took me
some time - now I prefer the manual approach
This is a test of that idea which if it works is a good un:
I read directly from Google. Normally they are good with such things
but they have suffered a few glitches lately. Now I'm off to the B&Q
site to examine their cheapos. Speaking of which there is a chop saw
in the Argos site for £15. It has a more powerful motor than the one
I'm using at work which is ace for anything up to 4x3 -I think. I
wonder what those will cut.
"Michael McNeil" wrote
| This is a test of that idea which if it works is a good un:
But much easier all round if you put www.argos.co.uk item number whatever.
Most people have the intelligence to put the item number in the Search box
on the Argos website. It also gets round all problems of session-IDs and
allows people to find it easily in the printed catalogue too.
Today I was talking a man who very recently was a manager in a B&Q
Warehouse. I asked him about the PP Pro range, which appears good value and
decently made. He said he said many of the drill are made by Roybi, a very
good make, and all PP Pro machines are made by good makers, that is why they
have the confidence to give a guarantee of 3 years. I asked about returns
because of failure of any description (not because Daddy didn't want one for
his birthday), and he said no less than Bosch and the likes. They will
honour the guarantee if a journeyman professional uses it, but not for
continuous site work, or any work on a site or industrial installation. He
said in most cases no one asks, unless the machine clearly has been abused.
BTW, Wickes are having a run on a 100 bar pressure washer for just under
£35, with a 3 metre hose, lance, and detergent bottle, and a 2 year
guarantee. A good deal. Appears to be a either a rebadged Karcher or Alti
(sp?), and says made in the EU. The cheapo B&Q is at just under £40 and no
extras, and I think a 2 metre hose, which is useless at that length.
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Since when has Ryobi been "a very good make"???
Unless you mean a good make for the price and origin (PRC)?
IMHO Ryobi are way down the scale, certainly near the bottom.
Very good makes are Makita, Panasonic, Festool, Metabo etc.
When the Ryobi factories are churning out millions of tools per year
for a cost of less than $10 US per unit, it's not hard to give a 3
noel dot hegan at virgin dot net
I suppose I am fairly happy with it. Not too happy with the vendor as
he never came back to me with an appology or anything. He probably got
hold of them with as much as he could afford, thinking like me, they
were genuine. I suppose he can't really afford to reimburse me. Which
bodes well for when it breaks!
Worse I just found out there is a trade supply shop not too far from
me. I might have got an excellent alternative from there. I'll have a
nose tomorrow. Nothing like having it bent over nowt is there?
I always thought Ryobi was in the top quality end of the scale.
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