12 volt ratchet Gun....fabulous

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 21:36
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Just before Xmas I bought myself a 12 volt Ratchet Gun from Repco as they were on special for $50. I figure that if something so affordable can save lots of effort. then it's a winner in my book.

On Sunday, my 4WD club went for a run through the forest trails of the Conandales, located behind the Sunshine Coast in SEQ for a day of adventure. Before we departed I thought that I would throw in the Gun just in case. Well one of the guys unfortunately picked up a sharp stone that puntured his tyre and down it went in seconds. Well out cam the gun and WIZZ BANG, and we were back on the trails in 5 minutes.

They are brilliant and very easy to use. His wheel nuts were pretty tuff but the Gun just worked with ease. I would heartly recommend these to all and sundry especially at $50 compared to the well advertised one for nearly $100.

Love new gadgets.


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Reply By: petza - Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 21:41

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 21:41
hi patrick, thanks for that i was thinking of getting one but didn't know what they were like so looks like i might have to go get one as well. like anything that makes my life easier.
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 21:48

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 21:48
Members Pesty and Roachie both have one and are very impressed with theirs too. I am waiting for next sale.
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Follow Up By: rolande- Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 22:28

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 22:28
Look for the next camping show, car show, field day, whatever. See them there all the time for around $50
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Reply By: Member - Moggs - Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 22:34

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 22:34
I had one of the Repco 12 volt rattle guns...but paid $70 for it. It broke after about 3 months and Repco didn't want to know about it. It was the red on "DC" branded I think in a blue box.

I will be paying the extra and getting the Shentai next time, as I believe it comes with a decent warranty. Haven't been back to Rip-off-co since :(
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Follow Up By: geocacher (djcache) - Thursday, Jan 13, 2005 at 01:07

Thursday, Jan 13, 2005 at 01:07
Hi Moggs,

They do have responsibilities under the Trade Practices Act.

They rely on people saying - it was only $70 and maybe I shouldn't expect any different...

500 customers at $70 each for their problem is a lot of dough. Better in your pocket than theirs.

Consumer Affairs

I occasionally take pleasure in educating a store manager (politely - agro solves little) about my rights as a consumer.

Implied warranty is a great thing to know about when that expensive or even "not so expensive but should have been better quality" item fails just out of warranty.

If you ever get sick of being treated like a criminal for taking a bag into a department store go take a look at the info on rights to inspect bags too...

Had many wins and few if any losses.

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Follow Up By: Lucky Vic - Thursday, Jan 13, 2005 at 06:52

Thursday, Jan 13, 2005 at 06:52
yes it will break.
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Reply By: Member - Sparkie (QLD) - Thursday, Jan 13, 2005 at 10:38

Thursday, Jan 13, 2005 at 10:38
I bought one took it home tried it and .....BANG, smoke and no rattle. Took it backto repco and money back no questions asked.

Sparkie(ie not Y) ;-)
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Reply By: GeeTee - Thursday, Jan 13, 2005 at 12:32

Thursday, Jan 13, 2005 at 12:32
Hi All, I bought a Shentai from a 4WD supplier on the web. Check it out at http://www.4wdworld.com.au/newproducts/wrench.htm It was used by most of our group of 5 vehicles at some stage when we did the Gibb River Road and points to the East of the Kalumbaru road. We travelled at walking pace for quite a few hours through "tree stake country". Still managed 6 or 7 tyre changes. It performed flawlessly, certainly easier than swinging on the end of a wheel brace.

ps They may be available cheaper somewhere else.
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