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.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.Thinking of buying the Parkside Bandsaw, on offer next week. Has anyone on this forum got one? are they any good?
I am no bandsaw expert but for blades the general recommendation on here is to useYes. 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.
Can it be used for dust extraction on power tools?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.
Well. This thread turned dark quickly.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.
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.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...