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Old 19th March 2013, 21:32   #511
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I need a table / bench grinder , medium duty .

There should be a angled stay to sharpen drill bits .
Got it , its by Bosch

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And yes, I have the Victorinox - Swiss Champ too, which is... well, kept at home for the looks ! No serious work for that baby and is placed around the house like an arm candy while the Leatherman does all the tough jobs.
Heinz Saar , have been using the Swiss Champ for few yrs , good for tiny tricky jobs ( recently opened the Fire extinguisher box of the building , without breaking the 'glass' )

But Sir have you had a look at this ? Swiss Tool Plus , acquired with some discount ;

http://www.victorinox.com/ch/product...-Plus/3.0338.L

now its placed in the gap between the Champ & the regular in car kit

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Recently purchased a Black and Decker EPC12k2 12V cordless drill/driver. I am loving it actually. Comes with two batteries, 16 accessory bits and a handy case. The 11 Nm torque is quite adequate for the odd jobs around the house. The clutch has 24 settings allowing the slowest screwdriver operations and medium-heavy wall drilling.

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1.It is not the country, but the quality control that matters.
2.(Oh, and a wave to a fellow wave owner! I want to add a...
1. For me China has become synonymous with lousy quality. And I avoid any product made there - forget unbranded, even branded ones. And this comes with multiple experiences with branded products made in China and procured from overseas locations. Just to quote - had a brand new Draper foot pump, twin cylinders, which I picked up from UK which worked well for about a year and then one fine morning just came apart. The pedal, cylinder and dial gauge - all just disintegrated (Aww shoot, I must reduce my weight !). Before this happened there were multiple issues with the tube, inaccurate gauge etc. Made in China. I went back to foot pump made in Rajkot. Heavy, cumbersome and extremely inelegant designwise - but boy are they reliable and sturdy !
Next I had picked up a Draper tyre pressure gauge - kaput in less than a year. Proudly made in China...and got myself a gauge - again made in India from Rajkot and working well till date.
And so many other products which have fallen by the way side. All from brands which are/were revered but who sourced their products from our dear neighbour. And not just tools but electronic items too - from revered brands again.
But anyway, that is just my experience. I am sure there'll be plenty of happy stories from others. So it is something of a personal perspective through experience I suppose.
2. The Leatherman I am after/lusting for is
http://www.leatherman.com/product/MUT_EOD

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Heinz Saar , have been using the Swiss Champ for few yrs...
Hi Sudarshan or should I say LoI...Lord of Irene ?!!
True, that ST+ looks nice - but somehow I have this perception that SAKs are decorative pieces. Couple of times when I used the Swiss Champ it seemed to bend into some unusual angles - the pliers especially - so decided to retain it as a collector's item.
But the Leatherman - *muah muah muah* - real workhorse !

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I am looking for an Extraction cleaner for Upholstery (Fabric Car seat) cleaning.

I looked at the two models mentioned belowbut they cost close to 35,000/- . I looking for a cheaper machine for domestic use. I need it clean my car seats and also may use it for Sofa, Mattress & Pillows.

Any Suggestions on a cheaper / more affordable machine?

Copyright: Repective Websites: highpressurecleaners.co.in / Lavamatic / Gioswatt

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1. For me China has become synonymous with lousy quality. And I avoid any product made there - forget unbranded, even branded ones. And this comes with multiple experiences with branded products made in China and procured from overseas locations. Just to quote - had a brand new Draper foot pump, twin cylinders, which I picked up from UK which worked well for about a year and then one fine morning just came apart. The pedal, cylinder and dial gauge - all just disintegrated
Sorry to hear that. Draper used to make good, solid budget tools.
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Sorry to hear that. Draper used to make good, solid budget tools.
Yes, agree. They, Draper UK, used to make some fabulous tools which lasted more than couple of lifetimes.
These days I strongly recommend Craftsman tools and garage items. Solid, reasonably priced and made in the US. And tools guaranteed
for life (of the tool - not owner !). Since 2005 have been picking up all sorts of stuff for the vehicle and general bits and pieces of tools from Craftsman/Sears.
http://www.craftsman.com/

Have a complete mechanic's tool box (83 pieces) and other additional tools which has been serving me very well over the years.
On the weekend shall try and put up snaps of all that I have for the vehicle...

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Here are a few snaps of my 8 year old Leatherman - 'New' Wave.

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This truly is a gem of a multi-tool, to my mind.
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Mine is the original model. I guess I've had it well over ten years. It is an old friend and a good one
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Mine is the original model. I guess I've had it well over ten years. It is an old friend and a good one
T E G - The original Wave is now a collector's item. In 2005 the original Wave was just moving out of the shelves and the new Wave was on its way in.
The Wave truly is a solid companion.
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Bosch has opened DIY square at Kavyee associates on Bannerghatta road. Following is the detail on the store. It is situated near the Canara Bank in front of Bosch.
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T E G - The original Wave is now a collector's item. In 2005 the original Wave was just moving out of the shelves and the new Wave was on its way in.
The Wave truly is a solid companion.
Guderian sir, Leatherman have launched their own website in India-leathermanindia.com. Almost all of their tools are now available here
But they have priced them quite exorbitantly, wave is available for 8900 bucks
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Guderian sir, Leatherman have launched their own website in India-leathermanindia.com. Almost all of their tools are now available here
But they have priced them quite exorbitantly, wave is available for 8900 bucks
Hi midazolam, Yes, I did bump into the Leatherman India site - well it is indeed rather exhorbitant.
You are better off picking it from Olive Planet which seems to be hawking the Leatherman Black at INR 6.7K. Even though even that seems to be way ahead of the average US price equivalent of about INR 4.2K ($75).
Best bet would be to get it through someone coming to/back to India.

PS: And pity the Leatherman India site doesn't seem to be offering any of the heavy duty tools, except the Super 300. I would like to lay my hands on a MUT EOD - but then yes it is going to be expensive out of this site anyway. So even I wait for a poor unsuspecting friend or relative to come my way from stateside and/or await my next trip there !

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PS: And pity the Leatherman India site doesn't seem to be offering any of the heavy duty tools, except the Super 300. I would like to lay my hands on a MUT EOD - but then yes it is going to be expensive out of this site anyway. So even I wait for a poor unsuspecting friend or relative to come my way from stateside and/or await my next trip there !
To keep interested folks updated that I sent a communication via the website to Leatherman India checking as to whether they have the MUT EOD.
They responded promptly stating that they do have the MUT EOD in stock - http://www.leatherman.com/product/MUT_EOD

...and it would cost the buyer (hold your hats here) INR 14,325 !
And INR 150 for courier charges.
Whoa ! For that kind of money I think I can pick up an entire local garage with all the tools in it and the garage boys thrown in for free.

So my wait continues for someone to pick it up from good ol' US of A.

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...and it would cost the buyer (hold your hats here) INR 14,325 !
And INR 150 for courier charges.
Whoa ! For that kind of money I think I can pick up an entire local garage with all the tools in it and the garage boys thrown in for free.

So my wait continues for someone to pick it up from good ol' US of A.

Haha true sir, 14k is too much. Itís more than my first stipend as an intern!

Moreover there is some problem with their website. Though they have mentioned 'shop online' everywhere, but there is no link to actually buy the product.
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I actually prefer single use tools, may be as I do not use the tools outside the house. So I have collected 10 pliers, 20 screw drivers and over 40 sockets, 30+ ring spanners and a lot of open ended spanners, apart from specialist tools - pullers, compression checker, drill bits (1mm to 25mm dia, 50mm long to 500m long, steel, wood and masonry), reamers bolt extractors . . . .

In my opinion the "Indian" hand tools are today amongst the best, as they are OEM to a lot of western manufacturers. If you surf the net you will find Indian hand tools are usually chrome vanadium steel and most of them a forged. My set of Gedore hand tools and Bahco Taparia screw drivers are still going strong after more than 40 years.

Gedore has stopped selling in India but is active in SA and Europe. The sockets I bought for 10-20 rupees each, are now priced at equivalent of 300+ in SA, so quality comes at a price

I do have a few "multi tools" bought by my son, but find them limiting in use compared to dedicated tools.
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