Monday, January 12, 2009

B&Q Performance Pro Power tools : Do Not Buy!

I have just wasted about 45 minutes in a fruitless search for replacement battery pack for my battery power drill. The drill works fine, the batteries are beginning to get weak. Turns out P Pro is a B&Q supplier, but they do not supply batteries.

In "Island" the aboriginal Pacific islanders buy some outboard engines for their canoes. They were happy to go fast with no paddling, but when they ran out of petrol, the ignorant savages chucked the engine out, leaving them to rust under a coconut tree. Until an engineer got in touch and explained about refills.

As a culture, we are the ignorant savages, led by the nose by idiot manufacturers who sell us tools that we are forced to throw away when the batteries fail. All the embodied energy and materials in the item wasted.

We are living in a stacked deck.

Buy Makita power tools. They seem to be the one the tradesmen use.

Not happy.

12 comments:

weggis said...

Power tools are for wimps!

DocRichard said...

Well OK weggis, I avoid chainsaws and those ridiculous leaf blower things, but surely a man can only truly be a man if he can put his hand on his electric drill...you've got me worried here...I don't mind shivering in a cave by a candle, but please do not take my manhood from me. We'll lose the DIY vote if we come out against electric drills. What if I only use it when the sun is shining, and I use the electrons off my PV roof?

Anonymous said...

Dear Doc, I had the same problem with a B&Q Performance Power Drill and searching for new batteries returned your blog posting. Being the stubborn sort, I decided to see whether I could locate any batteries myself as I had recently found new batteries for an old camera on the web. I rang the B&Q technical support number which I found on the drill itself, but only after I had looked it up on the web! The person I spoke to confirmed that they no longer supply batteries for my ancient drill which is 4-5 years old. However he did tell me of a company that does battery refurbishment - taking the old cells out and replacing / upgrading them and giving a 12 month guarantee. They're call REBATT and are based in Dewsbury, W. Yorkshire. There web address is www.rebatt.co.uk/

Steve

DocRichard said...

Thanks Anon. V helpful, and I will go there. "Ancient" = 5 years old. Not good enough is it?

Victoryperfect said...

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Jamie Tuttle said...

When i studied your blog it is very informatic about Performance Power Tools nice..........Thanks...

Brian Head said...

Don't buy Performance Pawer tools from B& Q. They don't last. I bought a 140 watt Rotary Tool (like a Dremmel). I used it about 6 times and the spring, acting like a universal joint between the motor and the drive shaft, snapped. No spares available! What a crap service. It's a nice little tool, now scrap for want of a tuppenny spare. I am trying to see if I can get one made up, but it might cost more than the origonal tool.6353
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Anonymous said...

Just open the battery and test the cells, shock the short circuit cell with 12 volts DC or replace with one ones. easy

Scott Mudie said...

Hello everyone, I found some of you are become bored with few power tools. But you can use our makita
a totally high quality power tool. Thanks.

gareth lewis said...

I had the same problem old batts no charging..I found a blog about 2 years ago which said::::: get a 12v battery charger and set it as if your going to charge your car battery::::: hold the clips to your drill battery for 2-3 seconds it will destroy the crustals and they will the recharge.. Gave it ago and the drill I bought in 2002 is still going strong. So is the one I bought to replace it as the battery's went on those..it might not work straight off but it worked for me.. Don't be tempted to hold them on to long::::a little bit often as they say.....

Hope this helps

Lew517

Penny j said...

likewise chinese cheap throw aways it is bad for the stress levels and i have one too!! the mitre saw they make and the circular saw dont have responding spare blades either though some spares companies try to fob you off with blades that you have washer things that never fit to put in the middle never again get own so called brands they are out for me now, why dont the shops think it through its in their interest to keep customers coming back whatever they buy?

Richard Lawson said...

Hello Penny
You're right. Useless cheap tools are a waste of the energy and materials that go into making them, a waste of our time in buying them and a waste of our money.