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tahir

Worst DIY purchase ever

A few months ago I was early for a meeting that happened to be near a branch of Selco builders merchants, I popped in there and ended up buying a couple of Silverline clamps. Tried using them last week, what a total piece of junk, they are useless (I can't think of a use for them anyway).
earthyvirgo

Re: Worst DIY purchase ever

A few months ago I was early for a meeting that happened to be near a branch of Selco builders merchants, I popped in there and ended up buying a couple of Silverline clamps. Tried using them last week, what a total piece of junk, they are useless (I can't think of a use for them anyway).


Metal recycling.

Occasionally I can get away with Blackspur tools for my framing tasks but I've learnt not to buy Silverline Smile

EV
Ty Gwyn

The old saying,Buy cheap ,buy twice,

There is so much rubbish on the market.
frewen

Disappointing though. When you buy something you expect it to be fit for purpose. Sad
gregotyn

I bought a silverline roofing slate cutter-total junk!
Falstaff

Sometimes I wonder WHY - they bother to make the crap tools which sort of look ok but fold up the first time you try them - or the screwdrivers where the ends just round off the first time you try them ?

I suppose as long as most people just don't bother taking them back and having a rant at the shopkeeper - they'll still keep taking the money !

Are you going to take them back and demand a refund ? Laughing
tahir

Are you going to take them back and demand a refund ? Laughing


It was literally months ago, and I'm usually nowhere near a Selco. I've been in Screwfix almost every day recently....
Hairyloon

Disappointing though. When you buy something you expect it to be fit for purpose. Sad
The only reason that they sell things that are not fit for purpose is that people accept they are crap because they were cheap and do not take them back to the shop.

Perhaps we should have a concerted campaign of buying crap and taking it back...

But I have to speak up for Silverline: I have failed to break their garden fork, and their strimmer was not bad for the money.
Hairyloon

Are you going to take them back and demand a refund ? Laughing

It was literally months ago....
So?
Don't forget the bit in their returns policy that says "your statutory rights are not affected".
onemanband

Generally I would say Silverline is rubbish.
OTOH there is sometimes a need for cheap tools.
I've owned Silverline cold chisels and were OK and I have a set of Silverline 'glass suckers' that have worked well (as long as you remember they are cheap and loose suction after a minute)

Cheap paint brushes are handy. However I opened a new pack of cheap brushes the other day ....... 3 inch brush handle snapped on first stroke Rolling Eyes
onemanband

these sort are cheap and handy - can be used with one hand.
I've got half a dozen. Some have ally heads, some have molten plastic heads (they're not ideal for welding Laughing ) I have broken a few over the years but generally they're fit for purpose despite price.
kGarden

these sort are cheap and handy - can be used with one hand.

I've got some of them, and they have worked well for me. I also have some of these

[img]http://s7g3.scene7.com/is/image/ae235?$p$&layer=0&size=281,281&layer=1&size=281,281&src=ae235/1964C_P[/img]
http://www.screwfix.com/p/forge-steel-spring-clamps-6-pack-of-2/1964c

the jaws are narrow, but I find them handy for small jobs, they can be applied with one hand and the clamp pads swivel which keeps them in good contact. 3-quid a pair.

EDIT: Something doesn't like the link to Screwfix's image, their loss for clickthroughs ...
tahir

I bought these to replace the Silverline:

http://www.screwfix.com/p/forge-steel-spreader-clamp-920mm-36/6525d

Not bad for the price
onemanband

Forgesteel stuff does seem fit for purpose.

One good thing about screwfix is returning defective or not fit for purpose items is really easy.
Bungo

I avoid made in China. Nick

I avoid made in China.

If that's to support local industry, that's great. If it's for quality reasons, it's hugely flawed.
BarleyMow

I've recently jumped ship from Screwfix to Toolstation. Quicker and far more polite service in Cheltenham. Slightly cheaper too. tahir

My little bruv is trying to convert me to tool station BarleyMow

Go for it! JB

I avoid made in China.

If that's to support local industry, that's great. If it's for quality reasons, it's hugely flawed.

It's partially flawed. China is great at making stuff and some of what they make is excellent value for the price; some of the telecsope gear I use is chinese made and, while not top notch, is very good for the price. China is also very good at making ludicrously cheap and shoddy copies of stuff. Without quality control from whoever has contracted them to make something it could come at as unusable garbage (I speak from personal experience).

For what it's worth with tools I look for made in US, Germany or UK. It's not a guarantee but it improves the odds.
JB

I've recently jumped ship from Screwfix to Toolstation. Quicker and far more polite service in Cheltenham. Slightly cheaper too.

I use screwfix because I can order online, with the luxury of going through their catalogue and considering exactly what I want, and then pick up from the nearby branch of Screwfix the same day. Apart from the fact that screwfix is nearer there doesn't seem to be much to choose between them. I'd also praise screwfix because I have had better advice from them than from a specialist supplier (the plumber's merchant told me that what I wanted didn't exist, screwfix had the right part and also showed me that I could replace just a cheaper subcomponent)

The supplier I want to use is toolman. They are a lot more expensive but the sell some well made stuff. (they sell handsaws for 80, but they are hand made to order in sheffield)
dpack

i waited 2 days to get a few quid to buy a spanner ,bought a spanner ,end fell off on first turn .

we found a work around but it was annoying and funny
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