I almost skipped over this topic thinking nothing but ill will towards the jolly green giant with red trimmings. Most of that comes about through loss of popping around the corner to the local hardware store now closed. Bunnings was always a longer drive, a car park wrestle and the jungle hike once inside. It remains to wonder how much time and mileage some of us will expend to save a few dollars while buying a trolley load of bargains that were not on the list.
I’ve still purchased some buys I’d consider successful. We had 20+ years out of a large Coolaroo shade shelter before a severe storm broke the frame. Today’s replacements are much lighter framing and shade cloth.
I’ve a Ryobi angle grinder and renovators tool (both 240V) that perform the infrequent job at the right price. I’d usually purchase for regular use power tools from brands with a professional trade reputation. It’s now an even longer drive and too inconvenient to stop a job mid stream to justify the lower cost path.
From the days pre lithium battery I also have an Ozito 13mm and 20mm dual purpose impact drills (240V). The latter when the low speed gear is selected is great for mixing paint or grout in 10/20l drums. At around 1/3 or less of the cost of the more reputed brands at the time, I’m ahead. Notably both were bulkier than the everyday trade quality options, likely why they have kept going.
I’ve not had need to splurge at Bunnings in more recent years. The block splitter might be the only recent buy to note. Second favourite tool after the chainsaw, which was not from Bunnings noting they are limited in their offerings and in store repair service.