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Forum topic by m88k posted 05-03-2010 12:47 AM 7297 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-03-2010 12:47 AM

Has anyone tried any of the Kawasaki branded power tools? They’re actually manufactured/sold by AllTrade, the guys that make Snap-On. Local superstore has them on the first stage of clearance and I’m watching the prices. Online reviews are practically non-existent….

-- ~Mark


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#1 posted 05-03-2010 03:12 AM

Had another look without the girlfriend, the orbital jigsaw doesn’t seem worth it. Haven’t they heard of tool-less blade changes? Also, the whole unit feels cheap, even compared to an entry level skill without adjustments. Oh well.

-- ~Mark

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#2 posted 05-04-2010 02:41 AM

I looked at a cordless drill a long time ago and it looked very cheap – probably a good idea to keep on looking.

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#3 posted 05-04-2010 04:08 AM

The guys that make Snap-on, or the guys that Snap-on licensed their name to that produces random tools here and there to sell at discount stores?

I’ve seen these before, and they’re junk.

If you’re really pinching the pennies, both Ryobi and Craftsman offer semi-decent consumer-grade cordless kits for not too much more $$.

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#4 posted 05-04-2010 04:11 AM

I think I would go with a more common brand.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#5 posted 05-04-2010 04:17 AM

They sell them where I buy my groceries. That should be all you need to know. :-)

-- Gerry, http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/index.html http://www.jointcam.com

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#6 posted 05-04-2010 06:20 AM

That’s how I found them Ger! :-D I just asked after noticing they’d all been marked for clearance. My thoughts were more towards picking up a couple things once they hit the 75% clearance rack. I had already gone back and decided they weren’t worth the plastic they’re molded from when I wrote the second post.

The chuck on the cordless drill feels cheaper than the average McDonalds toy. In comparison my Skil, which was all of 20 bucks, with a remote control car, feels like a respectable tool. Not that it compares with the 18v lithium Makita I had the pleasure of using last week.

Stuey; my first step in penny pinching is to skip right over any cordless offerings.

Also, they place I buy my groceries has a pretty friendly 30 day return policy. Might still try the ROS if it hits 75% clearance…

-- ~Mark

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#7 posted 05-05-2010 12:51 AM

Two things that you should never buy at the grocery store – imported power tools and high definition televisions.

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#8 posted 05-05-2010 03:09 AM

One thing I did by, though, was Kawasaki brand Dremel type accessories, on clearance for about 10-20% of Dremel prices. Stocked up on cutoff wheels, which I use a lot of. Hard to go wrong for 99 cents.

-- Gerry, http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/index.html http://www.jointcam.com

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#9 posted 05-05-2010 03:16 AM

This is cool. where do you guys find so many options…In my town we are down to Dewalt and porter cable

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#10 posted 05-05-2010 03:36 AM

My father owned a Kawasaki drill a few years ago. The battery would screw in about 15-20 drywall screws before needing to be recharged, and wasn’t powerful to turn a decent-sized spade bit.

-- Tim, Plant City FL

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