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Old 10-22-2013, 02:50 PM   #91
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If I had to guess I'd say they were Vermont America bits, that red/black color scheme seems like what I remember...

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Is there anywhere I can get model numbers and parts for Chicago Electric tools. Trying to work with Chicago Electric is an absolute joke. You stay on the telephone and let it ring and finally it just hangs up. If you can get through to them they will tell you they don't carry that part. Five times I have gotten through just to be told they don't have a model number and they don't carry that item. Is there any help out there?
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Old 10-08-2016, 05:03 PM   #93
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If you do not buy Chicago Electric, you won't have parts problems with them.

While some on the board might defend them, I think the majority will agree that you should not buy them.

Toss it, put your money towards buying a better tool.
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Old 10-08-2016, 09:05 PM   #94
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I didn't realize Chicago Electric had any tools that were worth repairing.
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Old 10-08-2016, 10:44 PM   #95
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Hard to turn down a $10 angle grinder, which I have had for about 8 years. I use it once a year. 8 times. Still works. I have a $28 hammer drill I have used about 20 times, putting electrical conduit and boxes on concrete block walls. Last time I used it was for drilling about a dozen 1/4 inch holes in 6x6 landscape timbers so I had pilot holes to drive 8 inch spikes into the timber below them. The drill still works.

I have a super old reciprocating saw from HF that I bought 9 years ago. I cut a tire off the rim of a 15 inch wheel with it until it started smoking. Put it aside, figured it was burned up, then on a lark used it to cut some lumber, Still works.

Chicago Electric is cheap. Don't buy it if you make a living off your tools. For me, eh, they work fine.

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