Artie Scott wrote:These losers are maybe two years old, have not seen very heavy duty at all. Blade just sheared right off while cutting a small (1”) branch. Pretty pathetic. These were around $50, so not even super cheap. Big box store.
Looks like I can buy a replacement blade to fix it for about $12, but maybe that’s throwing good money after bad! I guess it keeps the rest of it out of the landfill.
Anyone else bought junk that doesn’t last?
Burra Maluca wrote:These lasted less than two hours. I took them back and bought some Fiskars.
thomas rubino wrote:
Check out Barnel / stihl / fiskers .
Travis Johnson wrote:......Like I bought a Square D Load Panel from Home Depot and it was just a little different, so that the only place I can buy circuit breakers for it is at Home Depot. That is a pain when you are adding a circuit and cannot just go down to the local hardware store and pick them up. But it is such a slight difference that it is almost impossible to tell the normal circuit breakers from the kind that work.
Along the same lines, I bought Levitron outlets in big bulk packages at the same time from Home Depot, and I have two outlets short out on me over the last 13 years...I mean smoking and almost caused a fire in my house, short circuit. I inspected them, and the short circuit was internal...it was not a loose connection with the wires. I contacted the company, but never heard from them. I think it was a cheap Home Depot back-door deal, but I have no proof.
Dan Boone wrote:I am guessing that if I had paid twice the price at an outlet where decent tools are sold, the titanium blade probably would have been in there from the get-go.
Travis Johnson wrote:Like I bought a Square D Load Panel from Home Depot and it was just a little different, so that the only place I can buy circuit breakers for it is at Home Depot. That is a pain when you are adding a circuit and cannot just go down to the local hardware store and pick them up. But it is such a slight difference that it is almost impossible to tell the normal circuit breakers from the kind that work.
Kenneth Elwell wrote:As for the electrical components, there are inexpensive and lower quality "contractor grade" ones, that are junk and exist only to save money in the short term. Then there are commercial grade components, made to last tens of thousands of uses. Then there are "Spec. Grade" components that are even better, like what you'd find in a hospital, where failure really isn't an option.
Eric Hanson wrote:First off, I love this thread! Few things frustrate me as much as a broken tool. I hate it when, in the process of fixing something, the tool itself needs fixing!
But on a slightly different direction, I really don’t like having rechargeable batteries quitting on me. I realize that all batteries have a limited lifetime but some seem to quit early and they are expensive to replace.
Incidentally, I have become a big fan of repacking batteries as opposed to replacing.
Artie Scott wrote:Update: new blade was $15; shipping was $16. I paid it, but not happy about it.
Ban Dinh wrote:Like Dan Boone, I frequent sales, with estate auctions being preferred. I usually buy "vintage" yard equipment that was manufactured years ago to different standards and is still good for many years. Maybe the previous owners also bought junk, but got rid of it when it failed so it doesn't show up at the estate auction.
Dale Hodgins wrote:Thousands of cuts and a few sharpenings. I had some loppers made in St Catharines Ontario, which is a fruit growing area, that were about 30 years old. I finally sharpened them down to the very end , but they would not break.