Model Engineering In Thailand and South East Asia

An Order For Tools From RDG Tools In The UK Shipped Directly To My House In Thailand

Model Engineers Tools RDG Tools Quotation 1

I have wanted a tool and cutter grinder for a long time to sharpen end mills and to make those small special turning tools we need for example to cut piston ring grooves. In Thailand this becomes more of a necessity because of the difficulty and expense of buying new cutters and drills every time one goes blunt. I found a tool and cutter grinder at a decent price on the RDG Tools website and decided to buy it. I thought if I’m shipping this to Thailand why not add a few other bits and pieces to the order and save shipping costs compared to say ordering separately maybe from another company.

This is a copy of the first quotation from RDG Tools:-

Ref Qty Description Price Total
2559 1 UNIVERSAL TOOL AND CUTTER GRINDER 612.50 612.50
6875902 1 DIAMOND DRESSER 10MM X45MM 8.29 8.29
12831 1 4 PC METRIC COUNTERSINKS 21.05 21.05
803 1 6″ JENNY CALIPERS 3.50 3.50
614 1 12″ WING DIVIDERS 12.95 12.95
92435821D1 1 4-3 MT HEADSTOCK REDUCER 9.13 9.13
1423 1 MICROMETER SET 0-150MM 53.75 53.75
6097345 1 HEAVY DUTY MAGNETIC BASE 20.42 20.42
435876 2 2-4-6 PRECISION BLOCKS 62.00 124.00
444789 1 METRIC MICROMETER BARREL 0-25MM 9.95 9.95
684581 1 STUARTS BLUE TUBE 4.88 4.88
12233A 2 3 MT BLANK END ARBOUR 1/2″ BSW 5.42 10.84
961 1 HSS DOVETAIL CUTTER 11T X 60 13.29 13.29
1907 1 0-100MM DEPTH MICROMETER 31.67 31.67
896908 1 UNIVERSAL BEVEL PROTRACTOR 32.91 32.91
Sub Total    969.13
Carriage    670
VAT    0.00
Total   1,639.13

So the carriage amounts to 69% of the value of the goods!

And there would be another cost to pay at the Thai Customs. In theory it should be 20% but in practice it’s often more.

Model Engineers Tools RDG Tools Quotation 2

Not wanting to pay such a huge carriage cost I remembered that my good friend and fellow model engineer in Pattayah had bought a similar tool and cutter grinder from All Arm Co in Bangkok. (Where I bought my lathe/milling machine from.)

A quick email and yes they had one in stock and the price was about the same as RDG price but obviously less the shipping costs.

So I struck that off the RDG Tools shopping list and added a few other bits and pieces. This is the revised quotation which I accepted and have paid for today. Delivery awaited with excitement.

Ref Qty Description Price Total
S96919 1 3 1/2″ LED VIDEO SCOPE 79.17 79.17
6875902 1 DIAMOND DRESSER 10MM X45MM 8.29 8.29
12831 1 4 PC METRIC COUNTERSINKS 21.05 21.05
803 1 6″ JENNY CALIPERS 3.50 3.50
614 1 12″ WING DIVIDERS 12.95 12.95
92435821D1 1 4-3 MT HEADSTOCK REDUCER 9.13 9.13
1423 1 MICROMETER SET 0-150MM 53.75 53.75
6097345 1 HEAVY DUTY MAGNETIC BASE 20.42 20.42
435876 2 2-4-6 PRECISION BLOCKS 62.00 124.00
444789 1 METRIC MICROMETER BARREL 0-25MM 9.95 9.95
684581 1 STUARTS BLUE TUBE 4.88 4.88
12233A 2 3 MT BLANK END ARBOUR 1/2″ BSW 5.42 10.84
961 1 HSS DOVETAIL CUTTER 1/2″ X 60 13.29 13.29
1907 1 0-100MM DEPTH MICROMETER 31.67 31.67
896908 1 UNIVERSAL BEVEL PROTRACTOR 32.91 32.91
551 2 SQUARE TOOL STEEL 5/16″ x 3″ LONG 2.50 5.00
553 2 SQUARE TOOL STEEL 1/4″ x 4″ LONG 2.92 5.84
Sub Total    446.64
Carriage    270.00 
VAT    0.00
Total   716.64

In this case the carriage cost of 270 is 60% of the value of the goods.

I did ask for a 5% reduction in the cost of the goods using the RDG Tools Loyalty Card but this wasn’t granted me.

All the above prices in GBP (£) by the way.

 

 

 

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2 Responses to RDG Tools Order

  • Hi Alan
    I have just read the tool order you have sent.
    One thing you did not mention was that when I bought my tool grinder it included a full set of metric collets and the entire set of tool holding jigs. When I priced the same grinder in the UK. I found I would have to pay for these separately. So a very big saving there.
    Best of luck with the Thai customs!!!!  George

    • Hi George,

      Yes you mentioned that all the accessories came with the tool and cutter grinder when you bought it from the All Arm shop in Bangkok.

      I think you also said it came with a cabinet?

      I am supposed to go to the All Arm shop on Saturday 21 December but Sam hasn’t confirmed that. He is in China until 20th so I’ll send him an email on the 20th to confirm he is there.

      Im also looking at a lathe and mill to buy but at this stage just want to check the prices with Sam.

      As to the lathe and the mill, I’m looking at these machines:-

      AA6241FX750, 1000 Lathe (I should actually get the 1500 or 2000 long-bed model.
      N-3M Milling Machine

      I don’t need a firm quote at this stage, just a guide. I’d like bigger machines if I can afford it.

      As to Thai customs I have had a package in there for well over a week now. (Contents not related to Model Engineering and sent from Singapore via DHL)

      On the same subject Alex (my son) is going to send me a package with small tools from my workshop in the UK. We will use Royal Mail for that one.

      Best Regards

      Alan Brown

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