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sihollies

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Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone could advise on Workzone or Parkside cordless power tools from Lidl/Aldi.
I do own quality Makita and De Walt drills etc, but have recently started a new job, and dont really want to take these items into work, as there is a past history of tools 'going missing' on the premises.
I don't need heavy duty tools, as my place of work is predominantly metal stud and plasterboard.
I am aware that Lidl are producing a battery powered tool range that encompasses a variety of tools that are powered by the same battery and am wondering if anyone could recommend or negate these products .
My other option is the erbauer range?
Bottom line is: I dont want to use my Makita and De Walt tools and any suggestions towards other appropriate products will be greatly appreciated.

As always,
any advice will be greatly appreciated
Simon
 

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I have the Lidl impact driver, 20v. It's brilliant. I've used it all year, no issues at all.

I also have a Makita cordless drill, so comparing the two, Makita is better, but the Lidl one does the job very well indeed. I'd buy it again any day.



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I have a couple and they do what they say. The drill (can't remember which brand) is every bit as powerful as my Fessy. OK, it probably won't last as long, but I've had it a couple of years and it hasn't let me down. Even the battery lasts longer than I expected.
The others are corded (angle grinder, a few air tools) rather than cordless, but even so, I'm happy. Decent DIY standard.
 

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Many thanks for the rapid replies.
I will probably go down the Lidl / Aldi route then.
I am aware that you get what you pay for, but for my needs, at this moment in time, this option seems to be the best one for me after your input.

Many thanks again
Simon
 

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I have been using their powertools for years and rarely have any problems with them.

Are they as nice to use as premium tools? No, do they do their advertised job? Yes and they are cheap to boot.
I'd happily buy all of my tools again.
 

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sihollies":3ll64svi said:
Many thanks for the rapid replies.
I will probably go down the Lidl / Aldi route then.
I am aware that you get what you pay for, but for my needs, at this moment in time, this option seems to be the best one for me after your input.

Many thanks again
Simon
Won't getting replacements be an issue? I know someone that does work on new build sites and they treat some power tools as almost consumables where every 6 months or so they go out to Screwfix to get a drill.

With the way they only stock items in 6 month cycles that might be a problem?

I have a few Parkside 20V drills and they seem ok compared to my Dewalt 10.8v drills. The new grey coloured brushless Parkside 20v tools are supposed to be excellent....

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Fair comment Bodgers, but I don't work on site anymore as I am now working in hotel maintenance for hopefully an easier life.
The building has VERY minimal masonry and in the main is studded with double skinned plaster board, so the tools shouldn't really have any rigorous work to do?

Hopefully! :D
 

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Three year guarantees - make sure you keep the receipts. My friend, a chippie, worked with a guy who used an Aldi £7.99 (at the time) drill for work every day - it eventually failed with about two months of the guarantee left so he returned it and they gave him his money back. His son also bought the stuff for work - he either dropped it from a great height or had decent stuff stolen - and said it always lasted way beyond expectations.
 

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I have the Lidl 20v cordless circular saw and its awful, the battery life is terrible and it stalls very easily. I've used the DeWalt cordless range (it was a few years old) and it had so much more power and it was very reliable.
 

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I've had/have several Aldi & Lidl tools, including an 18V drill (not hammer). Generally speaking I find that they're good value for money in that A) they do the job as advertised; B) they seem to last as well as anything else (domestic home shop environment); and have a 3 year no quibble guarantee (IME, it really is no quibble, based on one return).

Against that they aren't as nice to use as more upmarket brands, but there IS support (I bought an extra battery for the above 18V drill from the source listed in the tool's handbook at a sensible price and with no hassle and in a reasonable timescale).

Re shops stocking in 6 months cycles, I've also heard - but not tried it so far - that they now do an on-line ordering service, so presumably you can order anything you like, in stock locally or not?

About the only thing not to like IMO is the "problem" of turning up on site with conspicuously "budget" tools - but that's not a concern for me, and as already noted by others, that may even be an advantage in deterring thieves, dunno.

It definitely is nice to buy "the best you can afford", but getting near the end of my workshop life and with no one to pass the stuff on to, I've changed my habits. FWIW I think they are generally a good bet and certainly better IME than some of the low end budget tools sold by known tool specialists.
 

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AES":wlzrc66p said:
I've had/have several Aldi & Lidl tools, including an 18V drill (not hammer). Generally speaking I find that they're good value for money in that A) they do the job as advertised; B) they seem to last as well as anything else (domestic home shop environment); and have a 3 year no quibble guarantee (IME, it really is no quibble, based on one return).

Against that they aren't as nice to use as more upmarket brands, but there IS support (I bought an extra battery for the above 18V drill from the source listed in the tool's handbook at a sensible price and with no hassle and in a reasonable timescale).

Re shops stocking in 6 months cycles, I've also heard - but not tried it so far - that they now do an on-line ordering service, so presumably you can order anything you like, in stock locally or not?

About the only thing not to like IMO is the "problem" of turning up on site with conspicuously "budget" tools - but that's not a concern for me, and as already noted by others, that may even be an advantage in deterring thieves, dunno.

It definitely is nice to buy "the best you can afford", but getting near the end of my workshop life and with no one to pass the stuff on to, I've changed my habits. FWIW I think they are generally a good bet and certainly better IME than some of the low end budget tools sold by known tool specialists.
Aldi is different, but at least for Lidl Parkside, you can order certain stuff from the Kompernass site but it is more replacement components rather than full tools. Ordering and waiting is not the same as being able to drop by Screwfix etc. if you are on site and a power tool fails.

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Agreed that ordering and waiting is not the same for an on-site bloke as it is for the likes of me.

Not sure that the procedure for ordering spares, batteries, etc is any different between Aldi or Lidl - in Switzerland anyway - except that you're ordering from a different company - but "so far so good", the effect is the same with both.
 
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