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Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 34028
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 11 5:08 pm    Post subject: Man stuff.  Reply with quote    

I have to buy tools. I lost them all, so where do I go? I'm studying Screwfix and B&Q currently. I need hammers, drills, saws, extension cables, ladders, power tools, mower, strimmer, bits, spanners, sockets, vices, the whole blood lot, and a shed for temporary storage. Anyone got special offers, brands they love, staff discount or anything they would recommend/avoid?

Not professional, but better than dirt cheap.

And remind me about battery tools, what must have a cord, what type of battery, what brands to choose or avoid?

Midland Spinner



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 2931
Location: Under a green roof
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 11 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The fitters at the railway mostly use Cromwell Tools (brand name Kennedy) I think they are based in Leicester, so are pretty local to the railway, but seem to do professional grade stuff, not monkey-metal cheap rubbish.
Don't pay list price though, ask the rep for a deal!

Ren



Joined: 27 Jan 2009
Posts: 1782
Location: southwesterly
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 11 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

fyi. New catalogue for screwfix is out next week.

boisdevie1



Joined: 11 Aug 2006
Posts: 3897
Location: Lancaster
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 11 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

In my job I use a wide variety of tools. You need to think about how much use you will give for each tool. If you're going to use a battery drill a lot then spend more. If you're going to use a jigsaw infrequently then spend less. I've found Axminster to be pretty good. A web search should find you their coordinates. And they do deliver for free above a certain cost.

Chickem



Joined: 27 Mar 2009
Posts: 3958
Location: Sunny Devon
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 11 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

http://www.axminster.co.uk/
This place is Rusticwood's Tool heaven

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
Posts: 24569
Location: mid-Wales
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 11 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chickem wrote:
http://www.axminster.co.uk/
This place is Rusticwood's Tool heaven


Might it be worth rephrasing that last line?

Chickem



Joined: 27 Mar 2009
Posts: 3958
Location: Sunny Devon
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 11 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mochyn wrote:
Chickem wrote:
http://www.axminster.co.uk/
This place is Rusticwood's Tool heaven


Might it be worth rephrasing that last line?


say's his spooning partner

baldybloke



Joined: 24 May 2008
Posts: 1385
Location: Wiltshire
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 11 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Axminster are fairly good. Most spanners and stuff I usually pick up at autojumbles, car boots, secondhand tool shops etc. I think the older stuff is of a better quality and you are doing your bit for recycling.
Check out for the next autojumble at Ross on Wye or the 3 Counties Showground.

Hairyloon



Joined: 20 Nov 2008
Posts: 15279
Location: Today I are mostly being in Yorkshire.
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 11 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Any good auction houses round your way?

Mustang



Joined: 15 Jul 2005
Posts: 768
Location: Sunny Suffolk
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 11 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Try freegle. On mine, tools come up frequently.

Jonnyboy



Joined: 29 Oct 2004
Posts: 23924
Location: under some rain.
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 11 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

for electric drills, and petrol hand tools I'm a ryobi fan. Decent kit but not overly expensive.

Spanners and sockets I would say draper for the same reasons.

Bebo



Joined: 21 May 2007
Posts: 12569
Location: East Sussex
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 11 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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).

Jonnyboy



Joined: 29 Oct 2004
Posts: 23924
Location: under some rain.
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 11 9:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Man stuff. Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:


And remind me about battery tools, what must have a cord, what type of battery, what brands to choose or avoid?


Don't quote me but 18v is about the minimum for decent cordless.

Bebo



Joined: 21 May 2007
Posts: 12569
Location: East Sussex
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 11 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oh, and he loves Makita.

Jonnyboy



Joined: 29 Oct 2004
Posts: 23924
Location: under some rain.
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 11 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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.

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