Hi being a total newbie I like the price of this brand. I made my own mistake last week assuming my battery of my old ozito drill would fit my recip saw. It didn't.
That's a shame @countryshay19! Pretty sure Ryobi are the only brand to have never changed their battery terminal.
Makita, for example, made a slight change. New batteries are backward compatible but old batteries aren't forward compatible.
I find Ozito good enough for small jobs here and there. Their price range is suitable for many people but I find that it is probably better to go the Ryobi range as they do have a better quality to them and are a little more long lasting. Ryobi are a lower middle range brand but are more than capable of getting all jobs done. Currently most of my tools are Ryobi but I aim to upgrade them to dewalt or makita as they run towards the end of their lifespans.
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I use OZITO tools all the time and for the price you pay for them i think they are very good value.
Many thanks for joining in the conversation and sharing your experiences @David64. We look forward to reading more about your projects and plans. What kinds of projects have you been working on recently?
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I love and only buy cheap tools, Ozito included - and never had a problem. Seriously. 😁
Here's three I don't seem to be able to kill.
The small 5" angle grinder is an Aldi Taurus purchased 10 years ago. When it does die, there will be funeral and I will sob.
The big 9" angle grinder is from Repco and was purchased 20 years ago. I think it was called MVP? The logo rubbed off and the rat tail rubber cord cover perished so I replaced it with a small length of operating theatre suction tubing. The great thing about both grinders is they have variable speed control.
The drill is from 1998. From Go-Lo, a brand called Haydon. Still going strong......
We moved house and I retired about two months ago, and have started woodworking and woodturning, as well as looking after the garden on our heritage property.
I've accumulated quite a few Ozito tools since then , they are extremely good value, and built to a quality level well above some of the cheaper tools out there.
I almost always buy kits of some sort as this is the best value option
I have only three corded tools , being
*** the variable speed sander/polisher, which i used with a diamond cup wheel to level the concrete floors of the shed.
*** a "Dremel tool" copy , kit , note all the dremel attachments fit it as it has the same threaded end, and the speed control works better than the standard Dremel.
*** a garden blower/vac I use this to suck up the leaves in autumn, the bag is a bit small, so I made my own bigger bag with some shade-cloth and some garden tie wire. Having to drag the cord around is a real pain, so I usually use the cordless blower to blow them into a corner first. The blower/vac doesn't have the same grunt as a petrol powered unit, and it is more cumbersome with the cord, I've since been given a petrol powered blower/vac with a leaky fuel line that I have fixed. But for someone on a small block (we are 2000sqm) the Ozito blower/vac would be fine.
And a whole lot of cordless tools, almost always bought as kits
*** The blower and edge trimmer combo, includes battery and fast charger (I've not used the weed trimmer, but it is cheaper than buying blower + battery + charger seperately, especially as the combo was on special. I use the blower daily to blow sawdust from my clothes and woodworking machinery hint: don't fit the nozzle to the blower, it works better without it. The blower has seen a lot of use blowing leaves too, after two years of heavy use, the bearings are sounding a little noisy.
*** the drill + impact drill + grinder + saw + battery + fast charger kit. I use the drill and impact drill pretty much every day, so much faster using the impact drill as it has 6mm hex push-on bits, so I have hex drive screwdriver bits of all sizes and , drills 2,3,4,5mm , countersinks, sanding wheels, nylon bristle disks.
The grinder gets occasional use, it normally has a 1mm thick cut-off disk, when you need to cut off the odd screw etc. The saw is a bit underpowered, (hard to compete with 2400w on corded saws) but OK to lop off treated pine, or MDF. The drill gets heavy use, and is can operate a 75mm x 500mm auger to dig holes in the garden or stir up compost in the wheelbarrow, given the amount of abuse it gets, I'm surprised it is still going, I've treated it as a disposable tool.
*** the pole hedger with battery and slow charger and a seperate chainsaw attachment , The pole hedger is very awkward to handle as the on off button faces the wrong way to be able to hold the handle, nether-the-less, the cutting head is very good and performs as well as a $1500 Stihl petrol unit. The chainsaw has a miniscule bar, but when a massive oak tree branch fell down on the vacant block next door, I cut it all up on one fully charged 4AH battery, and some pieces were 8" diameter.
*** The hedger with battery and slow charger, our property has hundreds of meters of hedgees, and while a gardener does all the tall ones, I do all the smaller waist height ones with the ozito unit, it is much quieter and less smelly than a petrol powered unit, and can do all three sides of 50m of hedge with a 4AH battery, by which time your arms are sore and needing a break. It doesn't cut the woody growth so well, so the gardener does a once yearly shaping of the low hedges, and I do the other 30-40 times/year trimmings.
*** A multi-tool , I needed this to get into a tight corner and cut a stub off a piece of hardwood in the shed (I had previously been hacking them off with multiple drill holes and then chiselling). Also used it to cut the bottom 6" off a termite eaten hardwood post on the shed (so I could slip a replacement section in). Also used it recently to cut the corners of an access panel in the bottom of some built in kitchen units. It's the sort of the tool that gets infrequent usage, but when you need it, you really need it. Again not soemthiung you want to spend a lot of money. on.
So in summary, I'm really impressed with my Ozito tools, I could have spent 4 times as much money on "better" tools for no extra performance gain.