Thought I'd share our experiences after purchasing a Sealey earth auger. Needed for a 2000 hole planting job . Wanted the convenience of our own machine rather than hiring and budget wouldn't justify a Stihl machine at a£1000.
Plenty of earth augers on the net starting at around £120 from the far east, but big problems if anything goes wrong getting warranty honoured and boxing up to return for refund/replacement.
So decided to buy a Sealey badged auger, yes Chinese made and subsequently found out it's identical to other unbranded one's on the net but thought as it comes with 12 month warranty and Sealey are a well established brand and we could buy from a local dealer we are covered for problems.
First machine lost all its gearbox mounting hex caps which we replaced then decided to blow fuel out of the tank under pressure, so returned to dealer and supplied with replacement.
The box the replacement came in was soaked in oil, this was because the gearbox oil filler had been left open, so refilled gearbox, choke lever had snapped off in transit but just about workable and indicator for on and off choke position indicated on when it was off and vice versa, all gearbox hex caps loose so tightened. Back to work after 3 hours gearbox losing oil from around seal's.
So back to dealer for replacement number 2, thank goodness we've got a good dealer.
Very disappointing that the quality control is not abysmal it's non existent. Thought maybe Sealey would have exercised some level of quality control on their suppliers, appears the machines come straight out of China , put in a Sealey box and sent out to dealers.