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StevieB

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Hi,

Am in the market for a new bandsaw and various bits and pieces for the workshop - yay! :D

Question is, do I just order from Rutlands, or is it worth a trip to the Exeter Extravaganza? Have never been before and as I live in Kent it will be a long journey so wondered if discounts are to be had, hence justifying the trip to SWMBO :wink:

Am seriously tempted to go just for the fun factor and to oggle kit way above my price range, but if deals are available of 10-20% say then it would be daft not to go! Anyone been previously and reckon its worth it?

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Steve.
 

Noel

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Steve,

Just for an ogle it is well worth the trip. I'm coming over from N.Ireland...
I was well impressed last year. It was just the sheer range of tools, machinery etc. Nearly all the manufacturers/distributors have demos and hands on test drives. Lie Neilsen planes - play with them on real hardwood, cut wood on bandsaws, tablesaws, routers etc, etc. Even if you don't spend a penny still well worth it.
I've been to the Ally Pally show a few times - no comparison. I thought the Woodcut show at Wembley a year or two ago was as good as you could get. Of course haven't been to the NEC/Stoneleigh or D & M shows.

With regard to prices there is not much difference to the best mailorder firms and as far as I recall all Axminster stuff was near enough list price.
With the bigger stuff you could at least try and haggle 10%. I always do and usually succeed.
Yes, I'm a fan of the Axminster show.

Rgds

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Just thought it might be of interest; there's advert for Tools 2003 in the Western Morning News and it gives the show discount as a disappointing 5% (again). It also speaks of discount vouchers and "fantastic show offers". At a guess, the same ones as in their "Highlights" leaflet. Or am I just turning into a hopeless cynic? :? FWIW

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Thursday for me...

Rgds

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