I enjoy finding the best tools for the price point, but sometimes things are just not worth the cost.
In Australia, people buy Ozito power tools for one major reason: the price. These budget power tools are ideal for the home handyman, newbie DIYer, or a hobbyist who would still like to build up an impressive collection of tools but doesn't want to shell out the equivalent of the national debt level of a small African nation to get them.
However, while you will save plenty of coin in the process, occasionally, the old adage 'you get what you pay for' will ring true depending on what you buy.
From the good to the bad to the ugly, here's how my Ozito power tool purchases have gone so far.
The Good: Ozito Rotary Tool 170W
I needed a Dremel but couldn't afford Dremel prices (saving for a wedding and having a mortgage means I can't really afford much at all) so I decided to brave my last 30 dollars and try the Ozito rotary tool instead.
It turns out that the rotary tool is actually quite a handy bit of kit and I'm struggling to find anything that it can't handle so far. High revving, wall powered, sounding like a manic dentist drill and surprisingly easy to handle (and change the bits on). So far I've used it for sanding, stripping paint off an old push mower, and grinding plastic, and it's been brilliant so far without a hitch. Even better, it can actually use Dremel bits and the occasional drill bit!
The only thing lacking on it is extra Ozito accessories (depending on your project you'll go through sanding heads like they're going out of fashion and they're not that easy to come by) but for a budget Dremel clone, it's fantastic. Best Ozito purchase hands down so far.
The Bad: Ozito Cordless Drill 12V
Not really bad per se, more like "the adequate" as drills go. It drives screws in, screws them out, and drills a nice hole. The only problem is that the kit doesn't actually come with any drill bits, so you have to buy more before you can go around drilling holes in your house.
You'll have to be quick about it though as the power supply on this unit lasts as long as a deordorised armpit in an Olympic sprint. And unless you have an additional battery pack on hand, you don't get much time to work on your project at all. Apart from that, it does what it says it does and for under $30, you can't ask too much of it.
Which, of course, leaves...
The Ugly: Ozito Cordless Line Trimmer 18V
Oh god, oh god, oh god, what the hell is this thing? It's not a whipper snipper, it's not a line trimmer, in fact, I'm not sure what it's supposed to be because it falls far short of any gardening work that it's supposed to perform.
It doesn't cut grass, it massages the grass blades into a sense of "well, I'm nice and relaxed, maybe I should fall over," and that's about 30% off the time. The other 70% of the line in the spool encounters an exceptionally tough bit of grass and shatters immediately in utter defeat. Which means you'll spend more time drawing out more cutting line than you will actually be cutting. That's when you have battery power of course. Like the drill, lastability isn't very long at all so it's pretty useless for most medium and upsized gardens. The guard never stays in place, it sounds like a demented hummingbird on crack and anyone with a petrol-powered line trimmer will just laugh at your cheap imitation.
Avoid like the plague. Or maybe use the rotary tool to cut your grass instead!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Questions & Answers
Question: Are the corded strimmers any good?
Answer: Not the Ozito one I tried, it was awful. They may have improved since then but don't expect staggering results.
I do use a Ryobi corded trimmer nowadays that does do a decent job, and that was $50 off Facebook classifieds. But I would take a petrol one over corded any day; my old Ryobi petrol one could cut through anything once you got the revs up.
© 2012 Al Shield
Geoff on March 30, 2018:
ALL Power tools are INDUSTRY PROTECTED,
twoc from Adelaide, South Australia on April 02, 2015:
I got some diamond rotary tool blades from ebay for $5. They work better than any of the accessories that come with the Ozito.