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Lidl is our local discount supermarket. German owned, it has branches in, amongst other places, here, the UK and France where we have members.

They regularly offer electrical tools under their house brandname, Parkside. My impression of the ones I've had so far is good. They are obviously Chinese, at a good price and have 3 year guarantees. They seem to copy better stuff rather than doing the absolutely cheap rubbish. Their oscillating jigsaw seemed particularly good and came with Swiss blades.

Their latest flyer says they have these in next week. It struck me that it is fundamentally the Fein Multimaster or Rockwell Sonicrafter and for the equivalent of USD57 or Eur40.
I'm not likely to give it huge amounts of use and if I really did find myself using it a lot I'd know enough to decide whether to invest in the Fein one.

I assume similar ones are showing up under different brand names from the same source. Has anyone any feedback on these please? Are the blades interchangeable with Fein or Rockwell ones, as I'm sure Lidl isn't likely to stock them? (OTOH, the blades look like costing more than Lidl charge for the tool !)

They will only have a few per branch, although I doubt many people around here will recognise it for what it is, but if I want one, I'll have to be quick !

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I was just thinking of asking you if you had any of those Parkside tools. They look and feel better quality than most 'cheap' tools. I was considering the electric plane they had last week. In the end I didn't get it because the depth adjuster was also the front handle and it moved quite easily. I've noticed a lot of planes have that design but just figured it should lock .

I think that Bauhaus has an 'alpha tools' branded multi tool like that and they have accessories I believe. I'm not at all fond of the build quality of alpha tools though.
If I go down that way soon I'll check them out a bit more and compare them to the Lidl one if they have it in stock.
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Lidl is our local discount supermarket. German owned, it has branches in, amongst other places, here, the UK and France where we have members.

They regularly offer electrical tools under their house brandname, Parkside. My impression of the ones I've had so far is good. They are obviously Chinese, at a good price and have 3 year guarantees. They seem to copy better stuff rather than doing the absolutely cheap rubbish. Their oscillating jigsaw seemed particularly good and came with Swiss blades.

Their latest flyer says they have these in next week. It struck me that it is fundamentally the Fein Multimaster or Rockwell Sonicrafter and for the equivalent of USD57 or Eur40.
I'm not likely to give it huge amounts of use and if I really did find myself using it a lot I'd know enough to decide whether to invest in the Fein one.

I assume similar ones are showing up under different brand names from the same source. Has anyone any feedback on these please? Are the blades interchangeable with Fein or Rockwell ones, as I'm sure Lidl isn't likely to stock them? (OTOH, the blades look like costing more than Lidl charge for the tool !)

They will only have a few per branch, although I doubt many people around here will recognise it for what it is, but if I want one, I'll have to be quick !

Cheers

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Hi Gav

I hoped you'd see it. I've been quite pleased with Parkside stuff. Daniel's French site has a huge thread on Parkside stuff from French Lidl and users there seem to be quite pleased with them, too.
I'd already got an Elu planer and an Arcoy one, so I didn't look at the Lidl one. The Elu one works the same way, but hasn't given any trouble.
The Parkside Li-Ion stuff is very good and much cheaper than other brands.
Their sanders are all good, although one did go pop when I first switched it on, but I got a refund with no difficulty. The belt sander I use mostly fixed to the bench with the fitment that came with it. The price of the Parkside supplied clamps from other places is almost as much as I paid for the sander including them. It could do with a fence in that mode and I'm building one this weekend, as none comes with it.
Their oscillating jigsaw is excellent, up to all the latest standards, with a nice feel.
The 500W bench drill that I got as a stop gap, when I couldn't find a decent single phase floor model, is actually made for them by Femi in Italy.
Their hook backed abrasives are a fraction of the price of the Bosch ones and I can't detect any difference in wear quality.
They had a decent set of bi-metal hole saws recently for Kns110. I'd paid more than that for a single size a few months ago, when I needed one to install some lights and couldn't find my Starrett one.
I rate Parkside quite highly, particularly when there is a limited range of options locally and alternatives are four times the price.
I know the old mantra was buy the best you can afford and cheap stuff was rubbish, but some of today's cheap stuff does actually seem to be quite good. The only downside seems to be that if you ever need spares, if they aren't industry standard brushes or bearings, and most probably are, forget it.

Alphatools are, as you say, not the same quality. I've one of their circular saws that works OK, but the only time it gets used these days is if someone wants to borrow it ! They're not getting my Hitachi or Bosch ones !

I'd be interested to know more about their multitool, though, particularly what accessories are available for it and what sort of prices, just in case they could extend the use of the Parkside one. Whereabouts in Zagreb are you?

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Thanks Bob. The accessories on the right looked interesting. Pity HF isn't in Canada. I've someone coming out shortly.

Anyone bought one of these cheap ones and can give any feedback?

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Sounds like i don't need to hesitate the next time I'm considering a Parkside tool.
I noticed on the reciprocal saw that it was made by Ferm. They're a dutch company that has it's own manufacturing plant in China.
I'm 3 tram stops from the main square towards Crnomerec. Near Vinogradska hospital, if you know where that is. Jelenovac forest is at the end of my street.
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I know the Crnomeric bus terminal very well. I was always catching the wrong bus there ! It was the change point for Vrapce. I was living there for over a year. (No, not the asylum !)

I know the hospital too. I was selling an apartment over the road from it about 6yrs ago.

BTW, I just noticed these Amazon.com: Skil 2346-01 3.6-Volt IXO2 Screwdriver: Home Improvement Lidl were selling the same at half that price.

Did you get the reciprocal saw? I saw one in the Porec branch, but decided it was a tool too many ! I didn't realise it came from Ferm.

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Didn't get that saw, couldn't see that I really had a use for it.
Oddly enough i live in an apartment right across the road from the hospital.
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Harbor Freight carries two models a cheaper model with one speed & a variable speed model for around $20.00 more. They are on sale in store right now till 2/25 for $39.99 for one speed & $49.99 for variable speed.

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To make it Variable Speed you can use

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