Posted by vaughn on October 28, 2011, 12:58 pm
You get what you pay for; sometimes less.
Actually, Chinese generators aren't entirely bad. I have a friend who bought
one post-hurricane and was very happy with the service it gave him over a 30+
day power outage. It should surprise nobody that a $00 generator doesn't match
the quality of a similar-sized brand-name unit that costs $,500. The problem
is distinguishing the ones that are total crap from those that are good for
occasional standby service. There are so many Chinese-made brand names and so
much part cloning that they all look the same in the showroom.
Posted by (PeteCresswell) on October 28, 2011, 5:32 pm
After fooling around with electric bike motors for awhile, I see
another problem that seems tb peculiar to Chinese products: lack
of uniformity. Same brand, same model; one piece might be
pretty good, the next one junk.
Once those guys figure out how to enforce quality control and
prevent manufacturers from putting other people's brands on their
products... watch out Western world!
Posted by Spehro Pefhany on October 28, 2011, 3:09 pm
On Fri, 28 Oct 2011 00:23:22 -0700, "Bill"
Be careful. Longevity is one thing, but safety standards were not
nearly as high in the old days-- both insulation safety standards and
inclusion of things like approved thermal cutoffs. There used to be
hundreds of people dying every year from fires caused by televisions,
and I've been shocked a few times by the old metal power tools that
developed internal shorts. Some old TVs and radios were "hot" chassis.
Posted by news on October 28, 2011, 7:12 pm
Such as the Craftsman riding mower that I bought used several years
ago. Made in USA. Powered by Briggs & Stratton. Used weekly about
6-7 months out of the year. I have replaced the blades a couple of
times and the battery about a year ago. Otherwise, maintenance is
changing oil and filters, sharpening blades, new spark plug yearly. I
have a spare set of belts (drive and blades) but haven't yet needed to
replace either of them.
I also have a Craftsman self-propelled walk-behind that's probably 10+
years old. I replaced part of the drive mechanism several years ago.
Maintenance is changing oil, replacing air filter, replacing drive
belt, sharpening blade, new spark plug yearly.
It's all about who can make the widget cheapest and sell it for less.
WaMart wants suppliers to give them better prices each year to keep
their product(s) in the WalMart stores. For one-time-use things,
cheapest may be most economical, such as a drop cloth over an old
bookcase while painting a room - if some minimum level of protection
is adequate, the under $ drop cloth may be fine. For covering
funriture being moved in the back of a pickup, I'll opt for something
sturdier- the cheapest possible covering will NOT survive the trip.
There are also the "new" gadgets that people don't know are old ideas
resurrected. Example: the Subaru ad touting their "hill holder" -
take your foot off the brake and the car won't roll back while the
clutch is in. The hill holder was introduced on the 1936 Studebaker,
so it's most defintely NOT new.
Posted by Truth Teller on October 28, 2011, 3:00 am
Watch your local newspapers this winter and note the incredible
number of house fires that will be occurring courtesy of Chinese made
space heaters. There has been a record number of winter house fires
across the USA the past decade. A phenomenon undoubtedly linked to the
horrendous quality of the made in commie China junk being imported
into this nation.
It is truly criminal. It wasn't that long ago that the Chinese were
caught counterfeiting the Underwriters Laboratory stamp of approval
and putting on the junk they imported to the USA. Thanks to the
criminals in D.C. we can't buy Cuban cigars or sugar but Red China
destroying our economy and killing our citizens (and pets via poison
pet foods) isn't a problem.