While working at a wholesalers maintaining their ground in a Leicester I had a load of tools stolen.
We all know what it's like when we need three or four power tools to be used one after another and obviously the best and safest way is to return each tool to our vans when not in use. Well I didn't and put them into a shopping trolley and trundled them behind me. In it was a Dewalt radio naturally tuned to Radio 2, Stihl strimmer with 145 degree hedge cutter attachment, Stihl blower , Stihl battery operated hedge cutter and a few hand tools I was about 20 yards from the trolley when a new Ford Edge (with heavily tinted windows) raced up parallel with the trolley and the passenger jumped out and emptied the trolley and sped off out of the car park All of this took place as I was running and shouting towards the car!
I am absolutely gutted The replacement cost is about £1600 ! The companies cctv manage to capture the vehicle leaving the car park but due to the speed couldn't read the registration plate
No I don't have them insured as because the tools were not brand new ( less than a year old) the insurance companies will only pay out a derisory amount after your excess because of depreciation The last time I claimed the policy was £97 and they paid out out only £90 for a stolen Stihl blower worth £280 ! So what's the point
My main question now is
Do any of you know of a Stihl dealership which gives favourable rates to trade ?
Do any of you know how to mark the tools so if they are recovered they can be identified
I now see that some of the hand power tools have a chip in them that talks to an App on your phone so the tools can be deactivated when not in use I wonder if this will ever be adopted by Stihl
Regards Kieron in The Peak District