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stephen bowen 118/10/2011 12:32:33
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Hi Just wondering where most people get the power tools from do people buy online or in a high street shop there are lots of places to buy online that seem quite cheap for example anglia tool centre link
Simon Reeves18/10/2011 12:49:49
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Hi Stephen
For the most part I go online if I want something at a specific time, but you can get some real bargains at the various woodwork shows around the country, mainly because the exhibitors would rather sell the last few items at a knock down price than have to pack them up on the wagon again! I managed to get the last DeWalt cordless combo drill for less than half price a few years back, so it pays to keep your eyes open.
Axminster Power Tools are pretty good for most stuff, but you have to watch out as they're often cheaper on some items and dearer on others. On the other hand, people like Rutlands have lots of stuff that no-one else seems to, but they can be pretty pricey too. Just shop around.
BillW18/10/2011 13:29:07
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First and foremost I would like to buy local and I am even prepared to pay more, if something goes wrong you can go back to the shop (pick a time when there are plenty of people in the shop), if you buy on-line who pays the return postage, some do some don't.
Unfortunately they are few and far between theses days.
Screwfix are excellent with a no quibble returns policy but branded tools are generally dearer, B&Q, I get 10% off on Wednesdays because of my age, for me that is a consideration.
Don't forget the advertisers on this site and those that Simon has mentioned.
There are some on-line stores that claim to be the biggest and best, have a look for their address, quite often hidden, with some when you find it it is a private address, not even a store front, there is no way on this earth that I would buy from these types of traders.
To sum it up shop around but buyer beware.
dennis wake18/10/2011 15:57:20
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hi Steven
harragate show is on in november so if you are any ware neer get along and have a mooch. >>here<<
Derek Lane18/10/2011 18:20:16
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Don't forget the local family Plant hire companies they sometimes have tools for sale as builder often need new tools
Ron Davis18/10/2011 19:50:35
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Hi Steve, I can reccommend Anglia Tool Centre, but then I am biased as my daughter works there, she gets my Christmas wish list for her pains!
Sam18/10/2011 21:00:28
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I have to say its Yandles for me , only because I get a great service and any problems are very quickly dealt with and I like to support local companies first and foremost .
Kind regards Sam
Simon Reeves18/10/2011 21:24:32
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Should have said that I also try to support local suppliers and small businesses myself, having run one for nearly 30 years, even if it means paying over the odds. Having said this though, there are limits to the "odds" where you have to be sensible. I've found that some local(ish) companies can try to charge extortionate amounts, eg the SIP 10" table saw that I bought brand new for about £500 a few years back was on sale at the same time in a local shop for nearly £800, which I think is a tad OTT .
As Bill says, let the buyer beware!
Agree with Sam too ref Yandles - always a good choice. Unfortunately they're not particularly local to me, being about 50 miles away!

AlanP07/01/2012 22:06:04
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I've used, Rutlands, Axminster, Trend, Screwfix, Metabo & Ebay too for 2nd hand good brands (don't have decent tool supplier close by).. Only do diy stuff so machines not subjected to hard use.
It is worth saving for the industrial brands though.
Hope this helps
amzz darmish16/02/2013 10:20:29
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Hello stephen,
I am a junior myself and i get my tools from this store on amazon, high quality and free delivery.
if you would like to give it a go heres the link it called buy 247 on amazon .

i hope you find what your looking for

Derek Lane16/02/2013 10:48:07
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amzz I would avoid buying tools from there they are all cheap and nasty tools if you are going to buy tools at least go for a decent brand. Draper are alright as long as you don't want to produce good quality woodwork.

This shop can't even match pictures to discription which indicates they don't know what they are talking about

Edited By Derek Lane on 16/02/2013 10:50:57

Big Al16/02/2013 11:30:22
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Amzz, why oh why are you posting on a thread that is 16 months old.

Oddjob16/02/2013 12:08:01
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Amzz is clearly an advertiser - just ignore him and he'll go away. We are likely to get more of these now that we have no moderator.


Grimbil16/02/2013 12:44:59
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eBay is alwasy a great place to look, too. People buy a nice bit of kit, use it once, then sell it on eBay a year later when they realise they haven't used it in 11 months. I'm gotten some astonishing deals on eBay!

Michael Forster 216/05/2013 06:34:49
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I'd like, as some have said, to support local traders - and where I can I do - but where in Loughborough would I have bought a Knew Concepts Jeweller's Saw or a Veritas low-angle block plane with optional tote and front knob! For specialist kit I generally look to specialist companies including Brimarc, Classic Hand Tools and Workshop Heaven - all excellent sources - and I also buy a fair bit from Axminster. There's a very good shop in Leicester called Welford Ironmongers who are an outlet for Brimarc among others - very helpful staff and some good kit in stock.

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