Just got the new Screwfix catalogue in the post. It has a section on Site
power tools, which were sold in B&Q, alongside PP Pro tools. They are now
red in colour and it says, designed and manufactured by Makita. They appear
cheaper than the Makita brands.
Probably Maktec branded. They have been doing these for a number of
often use the same plastic mouldings, but the internals are rated
for trade or light industrial applications rather than full industrial
use. The component specs may not be as good (plastic gearboxes, lower
spec motors, less dust ingress protection), but having said that they
probably represent step up from Green Bosch tools.
Just saw the screwfix page.... these are not the same as the Maktec ones
- darker colour for starters.
From the little I can see they look more like the normal Makita tools
but "last years model"... the jigsaw for example looks very similar to
the 4340 range that has just been replaced by the 4350. Pricing is
slightly cheaper than the normal tools, but not significantly so like in
the case of the Maktec.
The B&Q ones (the cordless drills at least) were made by Ryobi, and
weren't bad kit: very solid, though a bit bulky. Presumably Kingfisher
group being the parent of both B&Q and Screwfix they've kept the name for
this completely different range.
This is the concept of design, manufacturing and brand.
DeWalt, in effect have a cost reduced brand, Black and Decker
Bosch have their two ranges in green and blue and it's completely clear
which is in which. They have Skil as a different label because that
has some brand value.
Even Techtronics does this with Milwaukee, Ryobi, AEG and Power Devil
in order of declining quality.
Makita has their flagship brand with high quality, latest technology
and full service. They introduced Maktec as a cost reduced version.
Site is a private label, and the clue to that is Screwfix claiming
exclusivity. Normally, private label products are not sold revealing
who the manufacturer actually is, so this one is unusual.
Clearly Makita are sufficiently confident of their brand position and
market share for the flagship line that they feel that they can afford
to reveal their hand for their private label product.
From the perspective of Screwfix, this gives them another range of
private label tools at a middle price point. They have the Titan and
Erbauer stuff at the bottom, then Ryobi, green Bosch etc., followed by
Site and the main brand products.
Look, they are Japanese.
Besides, when the Swedes have a choccy bar called Kex, the Poles have
one called Fart, there's a canned drink called Erektus in the Czech
Republic and a French product called Coq Fromage, this one is neither
here nor there.
In article , Andy Hall says...
Must admit I misread the subject line initially as "Shite power tools"
and immediately thought of Black and Decker. On the subject of dodgy
names for things:
You should see what the French call a rubber stamp! (A Tampon)
I can just picture the builders merchant stamping your bill as "paid"
with one of those.
Shops have signs outside advertising "Pain". However, rather than being
suppliers of whips and bondage items they refer of course to bread.
There is a telecoms advert on TV at the moment advertising Wi-Fi. Being
French of course there is a pronunciation difference. There are a bunch
of girls dancing around shouting "Whiffy!" - yes I'm sure they are :-)