We've been bred into a disposable society and throw everything away. The problem is, there really is no 'away'
I'd have probably bought the parts and not thought much about the overall cost. but I get attached to my tools. one of our local distributors carries all the parts to ridgid wrenches. even jaws for the 5 foot models. "I want a 5 foot wrench, I just haven't Needed one yet."
I just experienced the exact same thing!!!!
I have an older Porter Cable 333VS sander
I needed to replace the pad..The foam under the Velcro has worn away. This is the base assembly not the Velcro on top.
I ordered new brushes, and I'll be replacing the dust assembly too.
With shipping it came to a bit over $54.00
Now I could have purchased a new Porter Cable or get the Ridgid 5" orbital sander...
But This old tool is like a good friend and it's reliable. I suspect the "newer design" has a much cheaper motor and would not last as long as my 10 year old unit!
I recently did a rant on auto parts too..
I had to replace some small nozzle units that clip on the windshield wiper arm for my van.
1996 $2.95 ea
2006 $4.95 ea
2009 $22.95 ea
Because I live & work in scandinavia, (I'm Danish, and I live in Norway) most of my power tools, and all my cordless are Bosch. Replacemnt, or extra batteries are absolutely realistic in price here, no question of buying a new tool instead!
I even bought an extra battery to run my work radio/CD/charger/power center, on, when I work as an śrobics trainer!
It seems to me that the Bosch importer is the problem, and not Bosch.
I'm sure they'd be horrified in Germany, if they heard about your experiences with Bosch, in the USA.
I think there is more to the battery deal, wondering if there is some added costs to selling the battery alone, IE some government environmental tax or BS, would not surprise me one bit. Plus, you toss in the packaging and all that, the battery ends up alot more expensive. What really chaps me is that we cant just order new pre-made cell packs and let us replace the old packs and keep the old plastic housing. I know I could have a local battery place rebuild them, but I can damn near buy a new one at HD for how much a rebuild one costs. Drives me nuts. i even looked into buying the cells them selves and building my own replacement packs and I would maybe save 20 bucks a battery.... insane.
As for replacement parts cost.... try replacing the nose assembly on a Hitachi NV65AH siding nailer, $280.00! (or any pneumatic nail gun) the cost of the nose is almost always 75% of the cost of the entire nail gun, sucks!
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How can you of betrayed me dan, leaving this great state of kentucky. This makes me sad.
Hey did you go meet the folks at the pumper show? Who all made it to your favorite fishin' hole? These church fish frys up here in town could take a good lesson from what you all have down there.