PowerFix Ratchet Set £12.99 @ LIDL
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PowerFix Ratchet Set £12.99 @ LIDL

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Found 18th Aug 2014
I noticed a few "Deals" for the LIDL DIY week but was surprised not to see this one listed. I know Ratchet Sets, especially cheap and nasty one's are all over the place but I saw this one open in LIDL and was impresssed. The quality looks very good to me and with sockets up to 14mm it will be idea for anyone wanting to work on a bicycle or even motorcycle (which is the main reason I bought one). Part of the beauty of this set for me is the fact that it is small and ideal for getting into tight places

The ratchet seems good to me, the socket bit's lock in place and have to be "ejected" using the release button on the rear of the ratchet.

Appears to be German made.
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Anyone know the chances of these being in stock tomorrow still? Tempted to pick one up for my bike, also is the price for one day only? Thanks

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Anyone know the chances of these being in stock tomorrow still? Tempted … Anyone know the chances of these being in stock tomorrow still? Tempted to pick one up for my bike, also is the price for one day only? Thanks


they stay at that price until sold out
Not sure about the quality of these but I've had a few powerfix brands (I assume from Lidl as I'm always there) and everything but Powerfix's padlocks have worked great.

Seems a good deal. Hot.
They had plenty at my local store... Most people see them and it's "oh another rubbish quality toolkit, 12.99 no way" and to be honest I might have thought the same if I hadn't seen one open.
I have this and its great, well worth the money. Sure its no Britool but its a very good set at this price.

EDIT: The multi size spanners have got me out of a spot before too, I keep them in a smaller kit at the OHs house for emergencies:

lidl.co.uk/en/…r=7
Edited by: "tek-monkey" 19th Aug 2014
I bought this set today and the ratchet and bits don't feel cheap they seem ok. Some pics below if anyone wants to see what they are like.

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Can the ratchet only work one way? Ie loosen nuts screws? Us there a way to make the ratchet tighten screws nuts etc
Yes, I bought my socket set at Lidl's was astonished at the high quality for the price, and was informed they were German made - that "Owim" were a German tool makers. Now I dunno, but many of their Powerfix tools have been found to have been German made, and using these, they are right up there with any of the German brands.
SERIOUSLY
In fact, a little search for "Powerfix Profi" shows some people selling them on eBay and making a point of saying they are German made

Edited by: "PhilK" 12th Jun 2016
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PhilK12th Jun 2016

Yes, I bought my socket set at Lidl's was astonished at the high quality …Yes, I bought my socket set at Lidl's was astonished at the high quality for the price, and was informed they were German made - that "Owim" were a German tool makers. Now I dunno, but many of their Powerfix tools have been found to have been German made, and using these, they are right up there with any of the German brands.SERIOUSLYIn fact, a little search for "Powerfix Profi" shows some people selling them on eBay and making a point of saying they are German made


Sorry to necro this, but just in case anyone comes across this (as I just have), OWIM are not a German tool maker, nor a manufacturer of anything. They're merely a distributor, and you'll find their name over all kinds of rubbish if you look hard enough, including Lidl's jeans.
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Sorry to necro this, but just in case anyone comes across this (as I just …Sorry to necro this, but just in case anyone comes across this (as I just have), OWIM are not a German tool maker, nor a manufacturer of anything. They're merely a distributor, and you'll find their name over all kinds of rubbish if you look hard enough, including Lidl's jeans.


Odd that others on the net have made a point of how many items through Lidl ARE "German made" though. If you prefer to believe otherwise, thats fine. Just go out and buy Bahco.....oh right. They're made in China now. Or Snap-On......er....China again these days.....
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PhilK1 h, 15 m ago

Odd that others on the net have made a point of how many items through …Odd that others on the net have made a point of how many items through Lidl ARE "German made" though. If you prefer to believe otherwise, thats fine. Just go out and buy Bahco.....oh right. They're made in China now. Or Snap-On......er....China again these days.....


I didn't say they weren't German-made did I? I don't know whether they are or not. Presumably one of your sources knows who actually manufactures them to be able to state this, and I'd be grateful to know by whom if so cos I'll be damned if I can find the answer. I hardly think an ebay seller claiming they are counts as a reliable source though.
I choose to believe facts, not speculation and hearsay. I was simply pointing out that OWIM are not a tool maker, German, Chinese or otherwise.
That being said, if they are German-made it seems strange that Lidl wouldn't be dealing directly with the manufacturer rather than via a distributor who's main model seems to be the importation of goods from cheap labour markets.

For the record, much of Bahco stuff is actually made in Spain.
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I didn't say they weren't German-made did I? I don't know whether they are …I didn't say they weren't German-made did I? I don't know whether they are or not. Presumably one of your sources knows who actually manufactures them to be able to state this, and I'd be grateful to know by whom if so cos I'll be damned if I can find the answer. I hardly think an ebay seller claiming they are counts as a reliable source though.I choose to believe facts, not speculation and hearsay. I was simply pointing out that OWIM are not a tool maker, German, Chinese or otherwise. That being said, if they are German-made it seems strange that Lidl wouldn't be dealing directly with the manufacturer rather than via a distributor who's main model seems to be the importation of goods from cheap labour markets. For the record, much of Bahco stuff is actually made in Spain.


WAS made in Spain
Before that, Sweden
Edited by: "PhilK" 6th Mar
I bought the Aldi version (ratchet looks identical) as a set for the boot of the car, it's very handy but the ratchet is rubbish quality, the ratchet mechanism sticks and sometimes locks completely. But as the set is a good set for the boot of the car I've ditched the ratchet and replaced it with one of the forge ones that screwfix sold off recently. The forge ratchet is pretty close in quality to the halfords professional ones - I have at least 3 halfords 1/4 drive sets but none have all the bits in the Aldi one - and the halfords ratchet wouldn't fit in the Aldi box - but the forge one does
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PhilK25 m ago

WAS made in SpainBefore that, Sweden


You need to do to your research. Not was- is- depending on the item in question. They have manufacturing all over the place. The holesaws are made in the UK. I think most if not all of the pliers and wrenches are made in Spain, as well as other things (including my hacksaw). Not sure about the sockets.

Here you go, about halfway down the page is a map of all the manufacturing plants. None in China:

bahco.com/en/…up/
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You need to do to your research. Not was- is- depending on the item in …You need to do to your research. Not was- is- depending on the item in question. They have manufacturing all over the place. The holesaws are made in the UK. I think most if not all of the pliers and wrenches are made in Spain, as well as other things (including my hacksaw). Not sure about the sockets.Here you go, about halfway down the page is a map of all the manufacturing plants. None in China:https://www.bahco.com/en/our-group/


Well Taiwan is essentially China, soooooo......
And theres this: Bahco In China
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PhilK2 m ago

Well Taiwan is essentially China, soooooo......And theres this: Bahco In …Well Taiwan is essentially China, soooooo......And theres this: Bahco In China


Well they haven't any manufacturing in Taiwan either have they, so what exactly is your point?
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Well they haven't any manufacturing in Taiwan either have they, so what …Well they haven't any manufacturing in Taiwan either have they, so what exactly is your point?


Well you ignored the "Bahco made in China" link, so clearly I'm wasting my time.
They HAVE got things made in Taiwan I remember reading about that. The adjustable spanners their name was made on, and the socket sets.
Just like you don't want to believe in the german made tools at Lidl, you are digging your heels in about Bahco in the same way - but it doesn't bother me one way or the other. Snap On bought them up, too - or would you prefer to not accept that either ? Snap-On's reputation has gone through the floorboards due to their determination to get their stuff made as cheap as possible in the 2000's - many of which is also made in China now whereas it was always U.S.
But hey - believe what you wish. Its not important.
Edited by: "PhilK" 6th Mar
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PhilK12 h, 10 m ago

Well you ignored the "Bahco made in China" link, so clearly I'm wasting my …Well you ignored the "Bahco made in China" link, so clearly I'm wasting my time. They HAVE got things made in Taiwan I remember reading about that. The adjustable spanners their name was made on, and the socket sets.Just like you don't want to believe in the german made tools at Lidl, you are digging your heels in about Bahco in the same way - but it doesn't bother me one way or the other. Snap On bought them up, too - or would you prefer to not accept that either ? Snap-On's reputation has gone through the floorboards due to their determination to get their stuff made as cheap as possible in the 2000's - many of which is also made in China now whereas it was always U.S.But hey - believe what you wish. Its not important.


You have no evidence that the Lidl stuff is made in Germany, and the "manufacturer" you cited isn't a manufacturer. Again (try reading) I never said they weren't made in Germany, I said I had no idea where they were made, and neither do you.

Then you decided you want an argument so pull Bahco out of the air. I'll give you that a few items there might be made in China. I'm in no position to disagree with that website. But what I actually said is much of it is made in Spain, which is absolutely true (again, the pliers and wrenches being two particular items). I'm not "digging my heals in", I'm correcting you when you say something that is blatantly false.

Please yourself, like you said, it's up to you what you believe.
Edited by: "deleted801301" 7th Mar
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You have no evidence that the Lidl stuff is made in Germany, and the …You have no evidence that the Lidl stuff is made in Germany, and the "manufacturer" you cited isn't a manufacturer. Again (try reading) I never said they weren't made in Germany, I said I had no idea where they were made, and neither do you. Then you decided you want an argument so pull Bahco out of the air. I'll give you that a few items there might be made in China. I'm in no position to disagree with that website. But what I actually said is much of it is made in Spain, which is absolutely true (again, the pliers and wrenches being two particular items). I'm not "digging my heals in", I'm correcting you when you say something that is blatantly false. Please yourself, like you said, it's up to you what you believe.


And you have only your own petty bias that it doesn't
I've noticed your obsession with "name" tools
If I gave you a testimony from the Chinese producer making these "name makes"
you're still too head up your own posterior to accept it
So dry up and blow away and bore someone else please
Edited by: "PhilK" 7th Mar
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I've corrected your mistake, that's all I intended to do, so bye.
All that over just saying Owim is not a tool maker
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