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Looks the same as on stores over here, too bad I always ended up with problems with every tool or other electronic stuff I bought on Lidl, and the after-sales service is a joke here.
Bought a few and the only real problem so far was the knobs on the pillar drill bit height control which broke straightaway and I replaced them for £5, and then was reimbursed by Lidl - although I tend to agree about the aftersales service, and the generally "rubbish" electronics stuff!
 
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Collected some cans from coffee and fixed them under the shelve. The hardest part of it was how to convince wife that we need certain type of coffee and that it is the best one. :cool:
But when cans are installed this way they help to organize stuff a lot.
 

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Some time ago I've got bunch (something about 20 or so) of 20L plastic cans from local carwash. Will use them as storage boxes for the garage. Plastic is strong enough to handle about 20kg of stuff inside. I think those cans will help me to organize the mess. Will need to think about hinges to hold lids on every can though.
 

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Just bought a fresh spraycan of eyewash, a good thing to have available on the shelf.
 
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Some time ago I've got bunch (something about 20 or so) of 20L plastic cans from local carwash. Will use them as storage boxes for the garage. Plastic is strong enough to handle about 20kg of stuff inside. I think those cans will help me to organize the mess. Will need to think about hinges to hold lids on every can though.
Excellent plastic recycling Rima. Better than ending up polluting the sea and bothering marine life, like so much plastic waste does these days :)
 
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Collected some cans from coffee and fixed them under the shelve. The hardest part of it was how to convince wife that we need certain type of coffee and that it is the best one. :cool:
But when cans are installed this way they help to organize stuff a lot.
That's some good use of Gold Blend jars, I thought I was doing well reusing a couple for sewing spools........
 
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Lidl UK are "active" again with some useful stuff this week.

Bought this "Powerfix Profi Digital Calliper or Digital Angle Finder" for £7.99 - a little "basic" in construction, but easier to use than a big manual one to measure angles, such as dish elevation in conjunction with a spirit level. However, it takes batteries but they didn't supply any and the instructions don't tell which sort it needs! Luckily had the right CR2025 in the cupboard and now it works.

Lot of other small boxes of stuff like "jubillee clips", "O" rings and so - could be worth a look if you need something like that.

They also have some "Work Shorts" for the same price - you wouldn't think they were actually much good, but I bought a pair earlier this year and they actually are pretty well-made, comfortable and quite "presentable" for days out and the like - would actually be rather wasted as "workwear"! So much so that SWMBO had said I should get some more if the opportunity came up - and when I said I was going to try to get a pair today, she said "you should get a couple of pairs", and so I did! :D

PS: I like a decent "craft beer" when I can get it, which is usually from TESCO as they are cheaper than Sainsburys - but Lidl have a few, and particularly St Austell Brewery "Tribute", and that's £1.25 a bottle as compared with £1.70/1.80 elsewhere - not that I think you should be drinking it "in the garage/workshop" (unlike, it seems, RimaNTSS!) :D
 
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Lidl UK are "active" again with some useful stuff this week.

Bought this "Powerfix Profi Digital Calliper or Digital Angle Finder" for £7.99 - a little "basic" in construction, but easier to use than a big manual one to measure angles, such as dish elevation in conjunction with a spirit level. However, it takes batteries but they didn't supply any and the instructions don't tell which sort it needs! Luckily had the right CR2025 in the cupboard and now it works.

Lot of other small boxes of stuff like "jubillee clips", "O" rings and so - could be worth a look if you need something like that.

They also have some "Work Shorts" for the same price - you wouldn't think they were actually much good, but I bought a pair earlier this year and they actually are pretty well-made, comfortable and quite "presentable" for days out and the like - would actually be rather wasted as "workwear"! So much so that SWMBO had said I should get some more if the opportunity came up - and when I said I was going to try to get a pair today, she said "you should get a couple of pairs", and so I did! :D

PS: I like a decent "craft beer" when I can get it, which is usually from TESCO as they are cheaper than Sainsburys - but Lidl have a few, and particularly St Austell Brewery "Tribute", and that's £1.25 a bottle as compared with £1.70/1.80 elsewhere - not that I think you should be drinking it "in the garage/workshop" (unlike, it seems, RimaNTSS!) :D
The Lidl and Aldi digital calipers are worth avoiding, they seem to be made out of the finest Chinesium, I opened several sets in each shop and all of them would not return to 0 when opened and closed a couple of times, so pretty useless for measurements. Some were even rusty lol.

The other stuff looks worth a punt, I have several pairs of Lidl work trousers, they have pockets that will take knee pads and found these better than more expensive branded work trousers, I have some other work trousers from there with a thermal/fleece lining and they are great for the winter.
 
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Just had another play with the calipers.

If I am careful with the initial zeroing (e.g. put it with both blades together on a dead flat surface, like my kitchen worktop) and then open it randomly at various angles, then this pair certainly gets back to "0" degrees (or, at worst, with a 0.1/0.2 deg error, which could be due to the blades not being at exactly 90 degs to the surface) when you close them again, and check them on the same surface.

OTOH, can see what you mean about the "Chinesium" material, and so will treat them with a thin smear of lubricant (stuff I have to stop the BBQ rusting a bit over the Winter)

PS: you going to "have a punt" with the Tribute?:D
 
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PS: you going to "have a punt" with the Tribute?:D
I do like Tribute! might have to pick some up and see what other Ale's they have :)
 
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Grabbed the SDS Drill from Lidl as I need to remove some concrete fence posts, sold out straight away in my local stores for
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I do like Tribute! might have to pick some up and see what other Ale's they have :)

In the past month or so I was able to find an Australian white wine by the name 'Artan' in a couple of Lidl stores. Not promoted for some reason, and never in the wine section for some reason, but at a shade under £4 per bottle, it knocks the spots off other supermarket plonk.

Edit , a Chardonnay - Artan Reserve Chardonnay 2016

For ale, I prefer a hoppy flavour and a friend brought round a couple of Lansdown West Coast IPAs, very nice indeedy.

 
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Afternoon all

Story is that I have a very good Bosch mains-powered big sabre saw, but it's a bit of a faff to get it out for small jobs, and a bit unweildy for some of those as well - so was looking at a cordless one, but Bosch ones are pricey, and even the Lidl equivalent can be around 70 quid, plus either of those probably means another battery and charger format (already got 4 different ones).

Then I saw this Lidl Parkside Cordless Branch Saw for 30 quid and which claimed to use the same 12V batteries as some of the other cheap Lidl 12V tools I've got and also use "standard blades". OTOH, the "steel cage" over the blade looked as if it might get in the way of normal cutting..

Anyway, I picked one up this morning, and
- it does use the same batteries as I already have (and now another charger) and so I already have some spares
- it takes exactly the same blades as the big Bosch sabre saw, and for which I already have plenty for cutting a variety of materials - putting in a normal fine-medium wood cutting blade was quick & easy (tooless change mechanism), and that cut some pieces of 2"x1" timber dead easily
- you don't need the cage, and in fact it's not even fitted and is just loose in the case!
- it has a 3yr warrantee (OK, I know that that will be another faff to take up if necessary!)!

Therefore, although it's advertised as a "Branch Saw" it's really just a very handy cordless mini sabre saw at a very low price!!
 
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Myself and friend of mine (neighbor) decided to build green houses. Of course they should be ready ASAP to start planting this spring. Of course it is much easier and also cheaper to buy, but why not build?! So, to bend metal tubes 20x20x1.5mm I am building the bender. After we do the greenhouses the bender will stay in the garage as I think it is good tool to have available. It could be used also for satellite business, for example to make a ring around the edge of PFA or to bend additional LNB-bar for T-90 etc.
 

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Good and bad news.

Bad news - Client with the Freesat has promised he will donate the V7 to me and ordered a V9S online.

Good News - He will cover the bill for time spent today fixing that which I've posted in the relevant thread.

I might go get a beer, or three seeing it is Gregorian New Year

Snovem Godem !
 
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This looks useful from Lidl in a week or so - a plasma cutter for cutting metal : Parkside Plasma Cutter - at Lidl UK

And here's a YouTube video on using that unit

Now I know it won't be the most "precise" tool for that sort of job, but it'll be all of £79.99, whereas the cheapest vaguely comparable thing I could find on Amazon is well over 200 quid, and the ones on Machine Mart start at around £360 (and then they go way upwards from those prices)- and at that price it would seem like a handy buy for basic metal cutting in the garage.

NB: you also need a small (4-5 cfm) compressor (which I already have)

Any thoughts anybody - especially anyone who already has and has used a plasma cutter?
 
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Any thoughts anybody - especially anyone who already has and has used a plasma cutter?
No replies so far, but I was hoping that someone (@RimaNTSS??) would have used something like this and can provide some "info" - so, "anyone"?
 
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I've not owned one, but used acetylene torches a while ago.

All I could think of was to chop things up into smaller pieces, or break into a bank vault. Apparently one can weld wrought / cast iron together with plasma, which might be useful in an arty environment.
 
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I've not owned one, but used acetylene torches a while ago.

All I could think of was to chop things up into smaller pieces, or break into a bank vault. Apparently one can weld wrought / cast iron together with plasma, which might be useful in an arty environment.
My "intended use" for something like a plasma cutter would (hopefully!) be to cut bar/sheet/angle-form steel, and possibly even rotten car bodywork panels - prior to, maybe, doing a bit of welding (with a MIG/TIG m/c which I have yet to acquire!) and then, maybe, a "resto" project! I kinda always wanted to be able to "weld", but, to do that, you need the "right" sizes and shapes of steel to weld - and the skills to do that and that will take time, the right "kit", and a lot of practice!
 
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