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300W Multifunction Tool £29.99 @ Aldi (Similar to Bosch PMF180) 3 Year Warranty + Accessories Included from 20th Oct

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An absolute bargain compared to the Bosch Multitool which is around £70

An incredibly versatile tool, allowing the user to saw, scrape, sand and cut with the same piece of equipment.

All accessories attach at different angles to increase the tool's versatility
Cable: 2m, BS Plug
25 piece accessory set includes sanding paper, saw blades, scraper and dust adaptor
No-load speed: 15,000-22,000min-1

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    klondykened
    Like all "too good to be true" advertised bargains,,,,, when you get there early in the morning to buy one, they tell you, "We've already sold out", or "They never came in". YEAH!!!!!
    pcplod
    I bought one of these yesterday am. I wasn't sure how popular a buy they were likely to be with Joe Soap. Fein are the company who invented it and held the patent(s) until they expired fairly recently. Therefore, Bosch et al are all now jumping on the bandwagon.

    Buying electrical goods of any sort these days from any source is a complete minefield whether it be TVs, fridges, computers or power tools because there is so much outsourcing and sub-contracting taking place, as well as OEM. For example, if you are concerned about computer hardware reliability and thus insist in buying, say, Apple, rather than Dell, I can tell you it would be waste of time because all the capacitors on the MBs typically come from the same Far East supplier and component MTBF is just a number on paper.

    If you buy a Bosch fridge, why pay more for a Siemens which is just a Bosch 're-badge'? Rumours abound that the Bosch fridges are assembled in Poland and the Siemens ones are made in Germany but if all the components come from the same Far East sources and it is component quality that is the crucial issue what the hell does it matter (much) where the parts are put together, like an Airfix kit? Yeah, tell me all about QA and all that, blah, blah, blah. As for your Braun electric toothbrush, well, that brand is exclusively owned and controlled by GIllette Inc, an American company, so none of your excellent 'German engineering' there. And don't get me started on the Skoda/Seat/VW/Audi (Porsche/Lamborghini/Bugatti) thing. You want to tell me the VW/Audi group is not exploiting the economies of scale from their component suppliers? VWs have a high resale value partly due to the unwarranted myth about their reliability that even the TUV organisation does not recognize. Fine if you just want to buy a VW because you want to get a better second-hand selling price than you would for an equivalent Ford but that might be negated right from the outset by the fact that you will get significantly less discount on your new buy from the VW dealer than you will from the Ford man.

    In the end, all you can do is look at your circumstances, look at your bank balance, look at the facts that you know are facts and act rationally in accordance. The rest you will have to put to chance. Personally, I wouldn't EVER buy a Bosch power tool simply because I do not regard them as VFM, that I would be paying seriously over the odds for the snob-appeal of the brand name and the cost of their expensive marketing campaigns and probably the outrageous leverage costs of whatever capital venture fund possibly now owns them. Just pop along to the Argos or Amazon web sites to get a flavour of what some Bosch power tool owners moan about them; at best nothing special.

    I happened on this pointless argument because I am right now trying to ascertain what other manufacturers' accessories or third party accessories may fit the tool. I think the Bosch ones may but I will probably not buy any because they are seriously over-priced. However, I may take the Aldi tool over to B&Q and try to assess whether the Bosch accessories they sell (all two of them!) fit. IF I think they do I will try to find what other third party accessories fit the Bosch. As a redundant aside the tool was supplied to Aldi by Batavia GmbH which I expect are just an importer of Far Eastern goods. The support website cited in the accompanying documentation consists of a home page and not much else. MAYBE that is what you are SUPPOSED to be paying the premium price for but there are no guarantees there either, based on my experiences.

    With a bit of intuitive 'googling' I was able to find out who the Far Eastern manufacturer is and I am sure if I could be *rsed, a bit more googling would lead me to who else distributes this tool in Europe/UK under THEIR brand-name (Draper? Silverline? Einhell)? which might also lead me to a source for suitable accessories.

    On the subject of the Aldi three-year warranties some people are getting confused by your legal rights under the Sale of Goods Act (SoGA), which Trading Standards (TS) et al have an interest in, and warranties. The latter are a private contractual arrangement between Aldi and the customer. Aldi can make the terms of that whatever they want and the customer agrees to that by paying for the goods; offer to chattel, offer to buy, agreement to sell, and all that. TS will only be interested in enforcing the terms of SoGA, not the warranty; you are on your own with that.

    Here endth the diatribe.
    bonzobanana
    I don't think thats true about Trading Standards. If a company offers a free extended guarantee its legally binding. Often shops take advantage of consumers who lack understanding of the law. The 3 year guarantees often exclude fair wear and tear so if a power tool is basically worn out within 3 years you get nothing. Guarantee's are abused by less honest members of society for example builders buying DIY grade tools and then making use of guarantees that often exclude professional use. I think powertools are one of the most difficult products to claim on for this reason because of abuse of guarantees.

    Bosch are some sort of charitable trust or something where most of the profit is ploughed back into the business but also the original family gets a small slice as does certain charities. Personally I think a lot of Bosch products is great quality and worth the price plus you get backup with accessories and spares.

    Lots of uk companies (Draper, Argos, Screwfix, Silverline, Sealey) as well as german companies like lidl and Aldi operate as importers of power tools etc from China into the uk selling much the same items just repackaged slightly for each company.
    888eyeball
    Geemac
    888eyeball
    Has anybody actually successfully used the Bosch universal adapter on this tool yet? If so please can you share your opinion on compatability of each tool or piece tried?



    Which adapter is this please?


    The Bosch universal adapter.

    When l got to Aldi at 8.15am there were loads left. Thats the problem with theses stores stock is always limited but hey Primark is a good example too.

    Edited By: 888eyeball on Oct 21, 2011 23:02
    phead
    888eyeball

    The Bosch universal adapter.


    That appears to be the exact opposite of what is needed for this tool, afaik it fits bosch(the same fitting as this aldi) blades to other tools. I've yet to see anything that fits other blades to this aldi, though I'm not sure you would want to as bosch blades are cheaper than other makes.

    888eyeball

    When l got to Aldi at 8.15am there were loads left. Thats the problem with theses stores stock is always limited but hey Primark is a good example too.


    I think it may have been a loss leader, there was only room for about 8 of these in my local store, by 8:30 half of them had sold.
    deanos
    They don't really do loss leaders in Aldi just good value, the good deals always go fast stock is always limited.
    888eyeball
    If the Bosch universal adapter is not right for the Aldi tool, then does anybody know which one is?
    deanos
    888eyeball
    If the Bosch universal adapter is not right for the Aldi tool, then does anybody know which one is?


    Someone mentioned the kit from Amazon fits as its universal, i have one for my Bosch and it fits

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Faithfull-MFTSET-Multi-Function-Blade-Pieces/dp/B002SHR3MQ/ref=sr_1_24?ie=UTF8&qid=1319354763&sr=8-24
    Geemac
    deanos
    888eyeball
    If the Bosch universal adapter is not right for the Aldi tool, then does anybody know which one is?


    Someone mentioned the kit from Amazon fits as its universal, i have one for my Bosch and it fits

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Faithfull-MFTSET-Multi-Function-Blade-Pieces/dp/B002SHR3MQ/ref=sr_1_24?ie=UTF8&qid=1319354763&sr=8-24



    Me, I got 2 sets from here http://www.ffx.co.uk for £40.95 including the P+P or you can buy 1 set for £22.95 including the P+P

    Edited By: Geemac on Oct 24, 2011 11:20
    shirleytaylor8
    Hi I bought one of these tools last week, and was amazed at how easy it is to use and cut butt joints, I have a very large range of tools and this is up there with my Bosch tools, I rate this tool 10/10, its 300 watts almost twice as powerful as a Bosch, even got my wife to cut out a joint in 2x2 perfect fit.
    My only small complaint is the two pegs to hold the cutter, they have been set to deep, only salutation is to get a small drill, tap it out and replace it, that's only if it ever slips off, Aldi has sold out of them, I would buy a second one, and also for Christmas presents. Super Tool worth every penny. a must for all DIY men and women. Best tool of the year.
    andyb92
    Stevenage ALDI had sold out but still had lots of the accessory sets at £9.99 - they kindly phoned around to save me a journey and there was one left at Hatfield ALDI yesterday. In the end I bought one at ALDI Biggleswade that had been discounted to £15 in the reduced section. The accessory sets had also been reduced from £9.99 to £5 so even bigger bargains to be had...

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