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PStechPaul
12-09-2014, 05:35 AM
I have bought some things from this company through eBay and the quality seems generally OK and prices are good, with free shipping. I'm going to order some 9W LED light bulbs and other small items, but I found a few interesting power tools.

http://www.banggood.com/8-In-3-Motorized-Mini-Machine-Jig-saw-Grinder-Driller-Wood-Metal-Lathe-p-947446.html

http://www.banggood.com/300mW-Mini-DIY-Laser-Engraving-Machine-Picture-Logo-CNC-Laser-Printer-p-958368.html

http://www.banggood.com/6-In-1-Multi-Metal-Mini-Wood-Lathe-Motorized-Jig-saw-Grinder-Driller-p-934309.html

http://www.banggood.com/Little-Torch-With-5-Tips-Jewelry-Welding-Tools-Mini-Soldering-Torch-p-957231.html

http://www.banggood.com/10mm-Shank-Titanium-Edge-Finder-High-Speed-Steel-Test-Tool-p-928986.html

http://www.banggood.com/DIY-Low-Temperature-Ringbom-Stirling-Engine-Educational-Puzzle-Toy-Kit-p-919082.html (I'm tempted to get this Ringbom Stirling engine kit for $36)

http://www.banggood.com/E27-LED-Bulb-9W-SMD-5730-AC-85-265V-Warm-WhiteWhite-Globe-Light-p-923266.html (good price for LED lamp 9W)

http://www.banggood.com/XB-866-LCD-Mini-Auto-Range-ACDC-Pocket-Digital-Multimeter-p-920043.html (I have one of these or very similar, not bad for the price)

http://www.banggood.com/VICTOR-VC921-LCD-Digital-Voltmeter-Ohmmeter-Ammeter-OHM-Multimeter-p-919371.html (This is the model I have, and a good deal for $13 with 4 digit autoranging with capacitance and frequency measurement)

These may not be high quality professional tools but they might make good stocking stuffers or small gifts. The meters are cheap enough to throw in your toolbox or to keep handy for non-critical measurements and a couple notches above the Harbor Freight $2 wonders.

Enjoy!

boslab
12-09-2014, 06:32 AM
The purists of the world shun Chinese kit, myself I see it as a good way to do jobs on a shoestring, I had a Chinese plasma cutter till it got nicked, it worked ok, have now replaced it with a thermal arc unit, it says made in USA on the thing but who knows, it is however very good, not as good as a hypatherm but I could not justify buying another one of those!
Give them a go, little to loose
Mark

J Tiers
12-09-2014, 08:19 AM
Some of the stuff is the cheapest plastic possible..... The multi machine is probably good for balsa wood. That isn't a condemnation, just a comment.

The meter is one item to be especially careful of. Meters like that are basically CATEGORY 0.0001 (not CAT II, CAT III or CAT IV), they are suitable for measuring low energy low voltage battery type voltages. Not advisable for higher voltages, since they generally have zip for safety features, and can become a fireball in your hand if they fail while measuring higher voltage/energy sources.

There are tests shown on the 'net about meters and safety. Meters like that fail dramatically, while Fluke, etc, have no visible activity whatever when they fail, which is how it should be.

Rosco-P
12-09-2014, 10:49 AM
These may not be high quality professional tools but they might make good stocking stuffers or small gifts.

Enjoy!

Insult friends, family and co-workers with incredibly cheap gifts. Sure to disappoint to even the least discriminating of your friends! Operators are standing by..... But wait, order now and we'll double your order for free! (Just pay separate shipping and processing fees.)

jep24601
12-09-2014, 12:30 PM
The meter is one item to be especially careful of. Meters like that are basically CATEGORY 0.0001 (not CAT II, CAT III or CAT IV), they are suitable for measuring low energy low voltage battery type voltages. Not advisable for higher voltages, since they generally have zip for safety features, and can become a fireball in your hand if they fail while measuring higher voltage/energy sources.

Are you saying the cheapo (and free) HF meters shouldn't be used for measuring 220v or 240v ??

Paul Alciatore
12-09-2014, 01:33 PM
If you do use them for that, don't hold it in your hand.



Are you saying the cheapo (and free) HF meters shouldn't be used for measuring 220v or 240v ??

Mike Amick
12-09-2014, 02:32 PM
I was on the site for hours, great prices for stuff I have bought from others.

Thanks for the link.

Mike A

PStechPaul
12-09-2014, 10:05 PM
I'm glad at least one person found this interesting and useful. I think some of these items are better quality than average. I rather like this sign:

http://img.banggood.com/thumb/gallery/2014/chenjincheng/09/SKU158956/SKU158956(2).jpg

It is among over 1000 items that are applicable to machining and tools in general:
http://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-Industrial-and-Scientific-c-2718.html

alanganes
12-09-2014, 10:34 PM
I'd not seen that one before but it looks somewhat similar to the Deal Extreme site. Tons of stuff, it's almost too much to sort through. Great place to kill some time, clicking through all of the assorted parts. Whenever I end up on a site like that it triggers ideas for so many projects that I probably won't have time to do...

Willy
12-09-2014, 11:02 PM
Here's another site some here will find interesting.
I'll link directly to the area that most here will find interesting. For those looking for baby care products or fashion jewelry you'll have to find your own way.

http://www.uxcell.com/industrial-equipment-tools-c-1920.html

PStechPaul
12-09-2014, 11:56 PM
I looked through my eBay history and watch list and did not find any items I purchased from banggood. But I am on their mailing list and I think they may be a wholesaler like aliexpress (http://www.aliexpress.com/). So I don't have any direct experience with them. I found some review sites which have mixed reviews. I plan to place an order and I'll report back with my results:

http://www.sitejabber.com/reviews/www.banggood.com?page=2
http://www.articletrader.com/business/marketing/banggood-review-do-not-use-banggood-before-read-this.html

asid61
12-10-2014, 12:10 AM
I've bought some stuff on Ebay with good results.
You can get a 0-1" mitutoyo digital micrometer for like $40 if you bid on items. Grab boxes of random junk can turn out well. I like the bidding experience.

PStechPaul
12-10-2014, 03:49 AM
I think a lot of stuff you buy on eBay from hundreds of different sellers actually come from wholesalers like BangGood and AliExpress. They offer a "drop-ship" service where they will ship to a third party without packaging that indicates the actual source. So you can run a business without even touching the things you sell, or fooling with shipping, but you may have to deal with customer service and returns if you sell under your own name.

Even Sears apparently sells things from BangGood, and even uses a third (fourth?) party for the sale, like this item:

http://www.sears.com/banggood-co-ltd-banggood-new-digital-7-x/p-SPM1779885014?sid=IDx20140425xECNMPFS10&srccode=cii_20121666&cpncode=42-17155835-2&redirectType=SRDT

It's $26 plus $8 shipping, while a similar unit from BangGood is $15 with free shipping:

http://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-New-Digital-7-x-Golf-Range-Finder-Golfscope-Scope-+-Bag-p-13335.html