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Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 15 7:29 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Bungo wrote:
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



Joined: 09 Oct 2013
Posts: 18

PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 15 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44527
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 15 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My little bruv is trying to convert me to tool station

BarleyMow



Joined: 09 Oct 2013
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 15 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Go for it!

JB



Joined: 08 Jun 2005
Posts: 7752
Location: 91 N
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 15 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
Bungo wrote:
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



Joined: 08 Jun 2005
Posts: 7752
Location: 91 N
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 15 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

BarleyMow wrote:
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



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 37413
Location: yes
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 15 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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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