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Victor Hamshoo10/07/2010 19:28:05
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I bought a set of 'power-fix' chisels from my fave  (that will come in handy shop ) Lidl, they are made of, or at least stamped 'chrome vanadium' they dont seem to hold a good edge-are they crap?, is chr/vad a good material for cutting tools?, can anyone suggest a decent chisel maker (not too pricey)
 
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Oddjob11/07/2010 09:17:57
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Victor
 
Such chisels are, I find, ideal for opening paint cans and little more.
 
All tools bought from what are essentially grocery stores, and especially the cheap ones, are likely to be "crap."  Will they make clean cuts in hardwood?  I doubt it.  They are things that have been bought cheap to sell cheap.  They are not loss leaders.  The stores make the same margin on them as they do on most of their products - around 30%, so you can see how cheaply they leave the place of manufacture.  For example, something selling for £5 in Lidl will have been bought for around £2.50 (excluding VAT).
 
The old adage "you get what you pay for - if you're lucky!" is as true now asit ever was.  If your way with tools is to  use them, abuse them and replace them then perhaps Lidl et al is ok.  If you want your tools to last then buy branded ones from a reputable tool supplier.
 
These are just my opinions of course but they are based on bitter experience.
 
Richard
 
 
Victor Hamshoo11/07/2010 11:31:46
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I hear ya Richard-lesson learned , gonna have a browse thru Axminsters website for some, think I'll pick them up as I go along rather than buy a set, thanks for your reply
 
Jim
Ron Davis11/07/2010 17:29:58
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Chome Vanadium is mainly used for making spanners, and what an improvement on the old black ones. Not much use for hoding an edge though
 
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Doug11/07/2010 18:12:24
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Jim.
 
Ashley Iles make some very nice chisels that aren`t overly expensive, but are very good quality.
 
 
Cheers.
 
 
Baz  
Victor Hamshoo11/07/2010 21:23:10
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A wee update, I re-honed the edge with a micro-bevel to 30 degrees, this has improved the cut slightly, so all is not lost-they do open paint tins nicely too , thanks for the info guys, I'll have a look for Ashley Iles ones Baz, thank you
 
 
Jim
Ron Davis12/07/2010 17:39:51
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Just a point here, opening tins with a decent chisel will chip it, I did one when I was sixteen and though I had learnt a lesson, then a couple of weeks ago......
 
Ron
Mick Power18/07/2010 11:40:07
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I know this is an old subject but only recently joined you lot on this site, one observation on buying cheap tools at lidl aldi etc, a few years back I bought a  1/2 sheet sander from lidil,it is still going strong and with my standard of work gets a lot of use Ha Ha. Also a glue gun which is also working well, very basic tools but thay do the job,I dont think I would buy anything like a battery tool That might give trouble getting spare batterys etc, or hand tools that need to give a
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Matthew Platt18/07/2010 22:51:55
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There are inexpensive chisels on the market that will hold an edge beautifully (I wouldn't stock them if they didn't).
 
 

Ashley Iles may not be the cheapest but they are massively underpriced for proper handmade cabinetmaking chisels.



C.I Fall bevelled firmers are made from excellent steel and a bit more chunky - better for coarser work.
 
 

Narex are somewhere between the two - good machine grinding, isothermally hardened so there's no 'if's, but's or maybe's' about the hardening and extremely good value for money.
 
If you want to try any of our chisels out Jim, just drop me a pm and I'll send you a sample.
 

 Cheers,
 
 
Matthew
Oddjob19/07/2010 08:59:43
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Undoubtedley excellent stuff Mathew.  I can vouch for Ashley Iles quality and am happy to take your word for it regarding the other two.  The Narex seem to be exceptionally good value.  However, you are a way off competing with Lidl prices - and long may you continue to be!  We know that you will only sell "value for money" products.
 
Richard 
Sparky19/07/2010 16:50:28
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Even though I would love to own those chisels, I have that free set of Marples that came with the magazine subscription some time back, great chisels and hold a edge...............if your not going to be using them all the time, try out the cheaper brands like Stanley, Record Marples and Sandvik. All can be found in DIY stores like B&Q, Homebase, Wicks etc.
 
Stanley 5 Piece Dynagrip Chisel Set 5


B&Q on offer for £25 was £35
 
 Marc
Oddjob19/07/2010 18:06:14
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If I was choosing between the Stanley set of 5 for £25 or the Narex set of 6 for £45 I would certainly splash out on the Narex ones.
 
Richard
 
Victor Hamshoo29/07/2010 18:38:23
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Many thanks for all the replies guys and especialy to Mathew for the links and photos of those wonderfull chisels (Think Narex has won the toss), wellI must say I cant help myself when it comes to a bargain-decided to throw caution to the wind again and bought some spiral auger bits from Lidl-no money wasted this time thankfully-they're really good and cut well-I would recommend them actually
 
 
Jim
Sparky29/07/2010 19:12:28
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It is possible to get good tools from Lidls Jim, some are German made.....
 
Good luck with the chisels too.
 
Marc
Victor Hamshoo14/12/2010 19:19:54
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Posted by Oddjob on 19/07/2010 18:06:14:
If I was choosing between the Stanley set of 5 for £25 or the Narex set of 6 for £45 I would certainly splash out on the Narex ones.
 
Richard
 

 You've convinced me Richard, not been on here for a while due to ill health, lot of catching up to do, yep Mathew Platt Sir a set of Narex for £45 is what my daughter is going to treat me to for Christmas some quality pieces for a change (well for me anyway) lol , how do I order them ?

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