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Warning on Fake Power Tools
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« on: December 17, 2009, 19:09:23 »

Warning on Fake Power Tools

I understand that this article is from the UK, but it still applies to those of us here in the US and those of you in Canada and elsewhere in the world.  I recently attended a Power Equipment show and was astounded by the plethora of cheap Asian DUPLICATES of well known brands.  Always buy from a reputable dealer who only sells genuine products.

One brand that is getting a lot of duplicates is Honda Engines.

Here is the article:
Warning on fake power tools

Published Date: 16 December 2009
By Staff reporter

THE PSNI's Organised Crime Branch is warning the public about potentially lethal fake power tools being sold by crime gangs..
Recently, detectives discovered a number of fake chainsaws which were being circulated for sale by criminals operating in Northern Ireland..

Detective Constable Colin Cushley, from Organised Crime Branch, said these items are dangerous:

“Everyone knows that genuine chainsaws can be dangerous in the hands of the inexperienced, even though they pass rigorous international safety standard tests before being made available to the public. However fake chainsaws are even more dangerous, because they are not tested for customer safety.

“These items are very poor standard copies. We understand they have been made in Asia, not under license, and certainly not by the manufacturer whose name is on the chainsaw. The materials used to put them together are sub-standard and there is potential for one of these chainsaws to disintegrate while they are being used, causing serious injury,"

D/C Cushley urged the public to think twice before buying such an item:

“Some of these chainsaws have been bought by unsuspecting members of the public and we would strongly urge people not to use them. A genuine item can cost as much as £1,000. If anyone is offered something like this by a door to door salesman, or by someone offering a similar item for a vastly reduced price, please don’t take the risk. It's simply not worth it. If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

"Call police immediately on 0845 600 8000. You can also pass information anonymously to the Crimestoppers Charity on 0800 555 111," he said.

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