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Old 12-07-2007, 04:41 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by slickshift View Post
Ayup...it's in there

Yes...that idea anyway
It's AllTrade Tools out of China
They licensed the right to call their line of power tools "Kawasaki" by paying Kawasaki licensing fee
The same way a Christmas ornament company would pay MLB and the Red Sox money to put the Red Sox logo on the ornament, or a costume company would pay Disney to put Shrek on a Halloween mask

You know guy's I wish I were able to start a national Law that decrees 1/2 of everything must be made in our USA. I don't blame the unions for our job losses. We the people who have bought this cheep stuff 1/4 what it would take to make it here. We have lost our manufacturing plane.
Don't you think the Dollar stores, Wal Mart's and Alde's grocery stores are
Planned ? $10.00 an hour jobs are here.
If the US was to go to war Who would make the War supplies ?

Sorry!! just blowing off steam.

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Old 12-07-2007, 04:53 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by handy man88 View Post
Kawasaki makes great engines, for lawn care and snow throwers. Given that, is this Kawasaki drill really a harbor freight special from china with the Kawasaki logo? I've never seen or heard of Kawasaki power tools until I saw them next to Dewalt in Costco.

Bottom line. When considering power tools, stick with Milwaukee, Bosch, Dewalt, Porter Cable, Hitachi, or Makita and generally speaking, you can't go wrong.
Yes, Alltrade just licensed the name from Kawasaki. Actually it was an excellent drill, and I had no problems with the drill, the charger or the batteries despite the dire warnings in the recall notice to stop using the charger immediatey.

It was definitely an order of magnitude better than what Harbor Freight sells. I have an old Makita cordless drill, and the Kawasaki was better in terms of features, battery longevity, and torque.

The current Kawaski tools at Costco still use the old style charger (1 hour charger). This whole recall was really related to faulty batteries that apparently could not tolerate the high charge rate. When you go to the recall page, they want the serial numbers of your batteries. When I was at Costco today I was talking to someone looking at the Kawasaki cordless tools, and he said he had a later production run that was not subject to the recall.

Costco gave me no trouble with the return, even though it's probably been at least 1.5 years since I bought the drill, and almost all the bits that came with it were gone.

All they have now is the four piece set of tools (drill, circular saw, reciprocating saw, flashlight, and two batteries for $130).

Actually the batteries are Ni-Cad, not NiMH, since Ni-Cad's have some advantages in power tools.


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