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. Happy to go fast with no paddling, but when they ran out of petrol, the ignorant savages chuck the engine out, until the 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.

6 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?

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