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04-09-2006, 21:30   #16
 
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As the topics that will be discussed may sometimes require specialist tools , if you know of a good supplier, please let the rest of us know.

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Best place to get good quality power tools at the right price.
Ebay!! stick with the Power sellers online shops. I bought a compund chop saw, laser line, cribide blade, really heavy duty construction. Including shipping it was 35% cheaper than the cheapest DIY chop saws in any retail outlet in Ireland.
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Not sure how good this company is but I saw their christmas deal catoleague and they seemed to have pretty good prices for makita tools
The name is Parfix Based in Belfast
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Anyone used them?
Yes, I use them all the time. Good for after sale service as well.
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06-09-2006, 00:15   #18
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Willing to help out with any woodwork enquiry as much as I can for tools. Specilize in obtaining any tool, ie had to get an archimedes drill for fret work last week - not easy got nowadays !! cordless drill would have been handier but customer wanted a archimedes drill, so one was sourced from Italy for him !! e-mail me on whraitt@eircom.net for quicker replies
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Also try to match UK prices for 50% on stg as much as I can, Mainly sell Record Power, Startrite, Robert Sorby tools and Lathes, Freud router bits etc (over 120 types in stock) and many other brands
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Just came across this now and I have bought a good few Festool Tools from Tool-Equip (http://www.toolequip.ie/) in Naas, close to B&Q. Guys are very helpful and friendly.
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28-11-2006, 09:27   #21
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Also try to match UK prices for 50% on stg as much as I can, Mainly sell Record Power, Startrite, Robert Sorby tools and Lathes, Freud router bits etc (over 120 types in stock) and many other brands
Well stanley, you are 280 euro dearer for the Nova DVR XP lathe than Joe Mckenna in limerick, and thats an Irish price.
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Well stanley, you are 280 euro dearer for the Nova DVR XP lathe than Joe Mckenna in limerick, and thats an Irish price.
Have great respect for the big stores like mc Quillan, Goughs and Joe Mc Kenna who have been around for quite a while selling wood-turning equipment. Do not expect to be cheaper for everything either, but do try my best for each customer - have never given a price over this board to anyone, so cannot say if i'm cheaper or dearer that Joe for a DVR, but have sold about 3 so far, any each customer is happy with them, but anyway, all prices are in euro, as for some people thinking that donegal is in northen ireland, please remember that we are in the north of ireland but still in the 26 counties of the irish euro zone!! (politicians always remember us in a election year !!). Anyway,many thanks to all and wishing all customers a happy new year.
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Just put an order in with axminster, got an order confirmation at 9.11am and a distribution email at 9.17am saying it was despatched, that must be a record
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Ok... Try not to laugh... I buy a good few of my "sunday best" tools from www.dick.biz (snicker snicker!). Request a free catalogue and it will become your new bible, even if you don't order anything from it. It is really nice to read the catalogue/ browse the site as the tools are really interesting, and of a refreshingly high quality. As can be expected from a German company, they are super efficient, and neither myself (cabinetmaker) or my brother (violin maker) have ever had any problems with them.

I'm very interested in Japanese, and to a lesser extent Chinese tools, and my opinion is that once you get used to them (and get over the fact that you will definitely get some funny looks while out on site), the Japanese handtools way outperform the western equivalents. But this is only my opinion!!!

VAT is 19%. Delivery to Ireland is only €15 (by DHL) and is free if your order is over €300. Delivery is around 5 to 7 working days. You won't necessarily be saving yourself any money by ordering here but the tools are very good quality, great choice and quality service.

Ps I'd really recommend the Japanese Saws (I'll never touch a tenon saw again) and the Japanese HSS chisels (Koyama Nomi), they are so nice to use and stay very sharp.

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29-12-2007, 19:18   #25
 
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Hi Rory123, I used to buy from Dick Tools (try googling that!) in the past and as you say their catalogue is a nice read. In more recent times I've been buying from Dieter Schmidt, another german company who also stock quality tools. I find Dieter Schmidt to be more competetive than Dick Tools, although they wouldn't carry the same range. Dick Tools are definitely well worth a look for more specialist tools such as those used by instrument makers. I haven't plucked up the courage to buy a japanese chisel yet, suppose I should really!
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Cheers carpainter. I must check out that Dieter Schmidt company. A nice box of gear arrived from Dick today. I got the proper mallet (kaku genno) for my chisels and a few other bits and pieces. Yeah, all of my brother's instrument making tools came from there too... He even went for one of those lovely workbenches but traded it in when he was still serving his time in Italy.

Tell me this... Do you use the Jap saws (royoba, kataba and dozuki)? If so what do you think of them? I'm completely converted!

Going Lathe shopping on Monday so i might give Dieter Schmidt a go when I'm buying tools for it.
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Hi Rory123, the website for Dieter Schmidt is www.fine-tools.com, I haven't a huge amount of experience with Japanese saws, Iihave a couple of smaller jap saws, don't ask me what they're called! I am a quite recent convert to Japanese waterstones and find them very good with my european chisels and blades. Good luck with the lathe.
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Yeah had a look... see what you mean a bout price but Dick do have more of range. That "Two Cherries" brand of chisels and gouges looks very snazzy! Got a set of tools thrown in with the lathe so it'll be a while before I have to buy anything else! Happy new year everyone.
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Happy New Year!
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Tell me this... Do you use the Jap saws (royoba, kataba and dozuki)? If so what do you think of them? I'm completely converted!
I was converted to Japanese saws from the moment I started to use them. I find that I produce better cuts with them. Mind you, I have heard people swear by the better western saws - the better western saws are fairly pricey though and I have never stretched to buying one myself (I have only ever used entry-level western saws). Maybe eventually I'll get to compare a good western saw with a good Japanese saw, but until then I find good Japanese saws to be more than adequate for my needs and very affordable too by comparison.

As regards www.fine-tools.com, even if you don't buy anything from them their website is a mine of useful information. Not only do they provide good information on how to use various tools (e.g. sharpening of Japanese chisels, how to use a Japanese saw), but they also sometimes give honest opinions on the comparative merits of alternative tools, even when that opinion suggests not to buy one of the products that they sell. For example, they sell the Tormek range of grinders, and while they recommend the larger grinder they also state that if you can't afford the larger model then do your sharpening by hand (rather than recommending that you buy the smaller model grinder) - whether you agree with their opinions or not, it is refreshing to find a seller that is not just trying to sell you the most expensive thing you can afford regardless of its suitability. That same level of professionalism comes out when dealing with them too, at least that has been my experience of buying from them.
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