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Budget or high-end? | The West Australian

Let me start by being very clear: I firmly believe in buying Australian first, I wholeheartedly recommend buying the best product you can afford and I accept the fact you usually get what you pay for when it comes to quality.

Of course, we all want the best available product. However, sometimes buying the best you can afford means compromising due to budget limitations.

The extent of the compromise depends on personal expectations and circumstances.

I decided to compare two drawer sets, both steel in construction and with roller bearings supporting the drawers.

One is a $500 budget brand and the other a high-end set of Aussie-made drawers I’d bought for some $3000 a few years back for our big lap.

I had low expectations for the $500 drawer set and I was unsurprised to find poor attention to quality control.

Check the drawers correct or adjust any items as you install them.Check the drawers correct or adjust any items as you install them.
Camera IconCheck the drawers correct or adjust any items as you install them.Picture: Get Behind The Wheel

But, construction was surprisingly solid and the overall design was well thought out with good features.

By comparison, the $3000 drawer set had rounded corners with no sharp edges, solid checker plate rather than light aluminium trim and the handles and locks had more of a solid feel.

Even the carpet cover was a bit heavier.

But was the difference so dramatic it could justify being six times the price?

The supplier of my $3000 drawers got the order wrong: the manufacturer supplied the wrong bolts and their instruction manual changed to a completely different vehicle halfway through.

But once past the installation frustration, the drawers were near bullet proof.

Everything operated smoothly, nothing came loose and everything fitted the way it should, including the side wing trims and brackets. And no rattles.

Best of all? No rattles.

Installation of the budget drawers made those frustrations trivial. The base unit was solid but assembly required rectification.

Several bolts holding bearings in place were loose and — out with the spanners and Loctite.

Contact cement from gluing on the carpet all over the bottom of the fridge slide made it rough over the bearings. Scrub with thinners and presto: smooth and quiet.

Every corner of the frame was like a razor blade, but nothing a die grinder couldn’t fix.

One drawer catch wouldn’t hold, requiring a little filing to open up the striker hole.

The fridge slide kept popping open, meaning a re-tension of the spring.

Clearly, the more expensive Aussie-built product offers better quality materials and better attention to detail in the manufacturing and assembly process — perfect for the fit and forget purchaser.

The budget drawers provide a solid base but what you’ll save in the purchase dollars you’ll have to invest in time to adjust and correct the rough edges on its construction.

If you’re handy with tools and happy to tinker, then it’s a viable alternative if you’re on a tight budget.

Keep in mind, there might not be neat side wing kits for your vehicle type, meaning your next weekend might require some carpentry and upholstering. But after some hands-on work, you’ll have plenty of money left over for the next accessory.

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