Quantcast
  • We invite you to join UKWorkshop.
    Members can turn off viewing Ads!

Confession. I have a Parkside problem!

UKworkshop.co.uk

Help Support UKworkshop.co.uk:

Droogs

Is that chisel shar ... Ow
Joined
14 Mar 2013
Messages
4,002
Reaction score
1,084
Location
Edinburgh
Lidl aren't exactly known for gimmicks. Have you not noticed the state of the shops :p
 

robgul

Barry Bucknell is my hero
Joined
13 Feb 2020
Messages
357
Reaction score
188
Location
Stratford-upon-Avon
Thinking of buying the Parkside Bandsaw, on offer next week. Has anyone on this forum got one? are they any good?
The Parkside saw looks to be exactly the same item as the Axminster bandsaw and the Perform that Ax used to sell - 1400 blade. I've had a Perform model for about 15 months and I can't fault it - cutting softwood, hardwood, polyprop, perspex with no problem. The fence measurements are bit vague and you need a steel rule to measure to get it parallel etc. I have 2 or 3 blades in varying widths.

BUT I do regret no lashing out more money for a bigger machine - the 250mm or so throat is a bit of a limitation - but that's just me.

Buy one!
 

Droogs

Is that chisel shar ... Ow
Joined
14 Mar 2013
Messages
4,002
Reaction score
1,084
Location
Edinburgh
Isn't it just a Schepach in primark joggies rather than ron hills
 

Ian down london way

Established Member
Joined
27 Mar 2009
Messages
272
Reaction score
3
Location
SW London, UK
I have had the park side shop vac (I think it’s the same one) and it’s been great. Had it for four years. I’ve a slight concern that the filters I’m using are not the best (I routed some spalted wood and noticed breathing issues that evening). So I completely recommend the shop vac.
HOWEVER I had their nailer and it failed within 10 minutes of use. That was a couple of years ago. So that’s my input.
 

Essex Barn Workshop

Established Member
UKW Supporter
Joined
11 Jul 2020
Messages
73
Reaction score
57
Location
Loughton, Essex
Thinking of buying the Parkside Bandsaw, on offer next week. Has anyone on this forum got one? are they any good?
Yes. When my local Lidl opened a few months ago, they had it on offer at about £60, so couldn't resist. I'm pretty sure it is a scheppach, but can't find a 350W with the same table size etc elsewhere. I'm going to change the blade but am very impressed for the money.
It's not my first bandsaw, but i'm not an expert and have never used an expensive/professional model.
 

Jonm

Established Member
Joined
17 Jun 2020
Messages
127
Reaction score
66
Location
Warwickshire
Yes. When my local Lidl opened a few months ago, they had it on offer at about £60, so couldn't resist. I'm pretty sure it is a scheppach, but can't find a 350W with the same table size etc elsewhere. I'm going to change the blade but am very impressed for the money.
It's not my first bandsaw, but i'm not an expert and have never used an expensive/professional model.
I am no bandsaw expert but for blades the general recommendation on here is to use
Tuff Saws
Unit 17 Sycamore Close
Dyffryn Business Park
When I contacted them they were very helpful, I will soon be placing an order.
 

Pallet Fancier

Established Member
Joined
3 Jan 2021
Messages
57
Reaction score
32
Location
Cheshire
I have had the park side shop vac (I think it’s the same one) and it’s been great. Had it for four years. I’ve a slight concern that the filters I’m using are not the best (I routed some spalted wood and noticed breathing issues that evening). So I completely recommend the shop vac.
HOWEVER I had their nailer and it failed within 10 minutes of use. That was a couple of years ago. So that’s my input.
Can it be used for dust extraction on power tools?
 

Pallet Fancier

Established Member
Joined
3 Jan 2021
Messages
57
Reaction score
32
Location
Cheshire
I just found this, and I don't think this thread is complete without it! The PTA membership just voted it the PTA Meetings Anthem!

 

jcassidy

Learning.
UKW Supporter
Joined
5 Nov 2020
Messages
165
Reaction score
130
Location
Ireland
Confession - I went to Lidl to pick up some groceries and saw a single cordless mitre saw looking lonely, so I brought it home. :( Mind you, it's going back tomorrow I think 'cos it's pretty useless. I'll post a separate review...
 

Deadeye

Established Member
Joined
21 Aug 2017
Messages
660
Reaction score
152
Location
Buckinghamshire
The average salary in Guangdong province (where the major manufacturing hubs are) is £11k a year. It costs pennies to ship stuff here. Materials are cheap, factories churn stuff out at phenomenal rates meaning huge economies of scale.

I doubt Lidl and Aldi are using the middle aisle as a loss leader. Will people resell them? Of course, that's what businesses do too, Lidl and Aldi could charge more but they're more concerned with turning stock into cash so reduce profit margins to the point where they are probably assured they'll sell out.

They'll come from multiple factories, probably by tender so cheapest wins. You're saving on QC, quality of every component, time taken to make them, packaging. Remember that the value chain means that the slightest increase at the start gets multiplied over and over until it reaches the end consumer.

As other threads on here mention, you are supporting a country with a chronic human rights record, but also one that will likely be the global hegemon in our lifetime.

I have no problem buying Chinese made stuff, but also I'm using a forum that's run by Americans and they think that allowing civilians to walk round with semi-automatic weapons is just cool and are fine with seeing non-whites as second class citizens. Gun down a school full of kids when you're white or detonate an SUV in a city centre? Oh you're mentally ill, a complex individual. Kill someone when you're Muslim? Terrorist.

Pay your money, make your choice.
Well. This thread turned dark quickly.
 

Shane1978

Established Member
Joined
22 Nov 2020
Messages
67
Reaction score
25
Location
Ilford
Confession - I went to Lidl to pick up some groceries and saw a single cordless mitre saw looking lonely, so I brought it home. :( Mind you, it's going back tomorrow I think 'cos it's pretty useless. I'll post a separate review...
We need a support group!
 

Shane1978

Established Member
Joined
22 Nov 2020
Messages
67
Reaction score
25
Location
Ilford

I came across this video. It’s the Lidl France Parkside catalogue for February. I know the french DIY market is a lot more competitive than here in the UK, so Lidl seem to make an appropriate effort.
I’m Impressed by the air compressor/attachments - I can see them being very popular here.
Is that the welding gear everyone goes on about?
 

Pallet Fancier

Established Member
Joined
3 Jan 2021
Messages
57
Reaction score
32
Location
Cheshire
Confession - I went to Lidl to pick up some groceries and saw a single cordless mitre saw looking lonely, so I brought it home. :( Mind you, it's going back tomorrow I think 'cos it's pretty useless. I'll post a separate review...
I've got the mains powered sliding version and it's ok. I also looked at Aldi's cordless mitre saw at the time, but it was twice the price with a smaller motor.
 

AES

Established Member
Joined
18 Feb 2011
Messages
4,695
Reaction score
280
Location
Switzerland, near Basel
Just to add to everyone's "interests" here - and who knows, maybe score brownie points with the domestic authorities? You may also care to know that both Aldi and Lidl here (Switzerland) also sell some quite good kitchen implements. Instances:

1. My wife makes jam and often freezes fruit in season until she's ready to do the job. We used to use those re-sealable plastic bags but some years back bought a special vacuum bagging machine (with a good stock of various size bags included). While it's true these bags are only single-use (the re-sealable ones are reusable - theoretically, though it's often a bit of a hassle to clean them before re use) the vacuum pump itself seems very efficient and the bags are not too expensive (much cheaper than re-usables here). Can't remember how much, nor which store, but for someone who freezes a fair bit I'd say well worth it. As ever, not much money;

2. This one definitely Aldi, and the equivalent of about 15 quid if I remember - an electric "griddle" thingy especially for making pancakes. Heats up quickly, easy to clean (Teflon top), and again, not a daily user but much better results than with yer average frying pan (NO fat/butter req);

3. Just bought, definitely Lidl, cost here 22.99 Swiss Francs (about 19 quid) - "hot air-powered" chip pan (does all sorts of other spuds stuff too). Again no fat/oil, and again, very easy to clean, (but I should think bloody useless for drilling holes in the wall)! :)

HTH
 
Last edited:

Pallet Fancier

Established Member
Joined
3 Jan 2021
Messages
57
Reaction score
32
Location
Cheshire
One of next week's deals at my local Lidl is the 12v drill. I can't decide if the magnetic bit holder in the spindle is a gimmick or a useful feature (see picture). Anyone got one? Is it any good? What do you use your 12v drill for?
12v drill spindle (339 x 254).jpg
 

Latest posts

Top