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    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 17th Oct 16, 6:27 PM
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    I despair sometimes.
    • #1
    • 17th Oct 16, 6:27 PM
    I despair sometimes. 17th Oct 16 at 6:27 PM
    Just been in B&Q and Wickes, looking for a band-saw.

    Not only do neither store stock them, but the people on the Customer Service desk, didn't even know what a band-saw is.

    Having been unable to find one, I decided I'd have to go old school, and do the job with a Fret Saw.

    They only come with the blade fitted the wrong way round.
    My job is Top Secret. Even I don't know what I'm doing.

    Amount I have so far denied the BBC - £1161
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    • shaun from Africa
    • By shaun from Africa 17th Oct 16, 6:32 PM
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    • #2
    • 17th Oct 16, 6:32 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 6:32 PM
    If there is a branch not too far from you, Screwfix is always worth a look.
    This is their budget model:
    http://www.screwfix.com/p/titan-ttb705bds-80mm-bandsaw-230-240v/5688p
    and they go all the way up to £3500
    • spadoosh
    • By spadoosh 17th Oct 16, 7:00 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 7:00 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 7:00 PM
    As an ex employee I can say they do sell them but only generally in the larger stores.

    Here's a budget brand one on their website.

    http://www.diy.com/departments/performance-power-band-saw/194730_BQ.prd

    As for the fret saws they sold that way for a couple of reasons. One is to prevent from dulling the blade and the other is to prevent the blade snagging. Every saw with an easily removable blade is sold this way.

    FYI, very little training is given on products. Im cool enough to have an interest in tools and diy, most people including my ex colleagues are not.

    Sorry just noticed the in stock bit. They don't really sell, never got asked for one in 10 years.
    Last edited by spadoosh; 17-10-2016 at 7:05 PM.
    Don't be angry!
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 17th Oct 16, 7:04 PM
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    • #4
    • 17th Oct 16, 7:04 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 7:04 PM
    B&Q are to builders/tradespersons as McDonalds are to gourmands, so similar limitations apply.

    B&Q don't necessarily accept this analogy, as they are trying to woo trade customers with dual pricing, but this turns off occasional purchasers with 'proper' trade accounts elsewhere.

    I dropped in to a local one to pick up a couple of bags of Mastercrete....and walked out shortly after when I saw what they wanted to charge me!
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 17th Oct 16, 8:17 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 8:17 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 8:17 PM
    As for the fret saws they sold that way for a couple of reasons. One is to prevent from dulling the blade and the other is to prevent the blade snagging.
    Originally posted by spadoosh
    Actually, I didn't mean the blade was fitted with the smooth side out.

    I meant the blade was fitted the wrong way, end to end.
    My job is Top Secret. Even I don't know what I'm doing.

    Amount I have so far denied the BBC - £1161
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 17th Oct 16, 8:54 PM
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    • #6
    • 17th Oct 16, 8:54 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 8:54 PM
    For woodworking tools go to Axminster.

    https://www.axminster.co.uk/
    A kind word lasts a minute, a skelped erse is sair for a day.
    • phil24_7
    • By phil24_7 18th Oct 16, 12:43 AM
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    • 18th Oct 16, 12:43 AM
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    • 18th Oct 16, 12:43 AM
    I second Axminster. Their trade stuff is phenomenal and the hobby stuff is excellent value.

    Thier customer service is also very good.
    • Head The Ball
    • By Head The Ball 18th Oct 16, 11:50 AM
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    • #8
    • 18th Oct 16, 11:50 AM
    I despair sometimes.
    • #8
    • 18th Oct 16, 11:50 AM
    Don't fret about minor problems.

    Who'll remember the ones
    who only rode in them to die
    All their lives are just a smudge
    of smoke against the sky
    • tonyh66
    • By tonyh66 18th Oct 16, 3:44 PM
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    • #9
    • 18th Oct 16, 3:44 PM
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    • 18th Oct 16, 3:44 PM
    Don't fret about minor problems.

    Originally posted by Head The Ball
    I never saw that coming.

    I would second Screwfix for a cheap bandsaw, but you probably have to get it delivered the stores don't generally stock them.
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 18th Oct 16, 9:28 PM
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    Don't fret about minor problems.
    Originally posted by Head The Ball
    Coping is better than fretting.
    A kind word lasts a minute, a skelped erse is sair for a day.
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