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Oh so quiet: Milwaukee Surge review

Milwaukee Surge review

Roger Bisby takes a closer look at Milwaukee’s Surge Power Impact driver which has been designed to reduce the noise at source rather than relying on PPE. The impact driver has become most tradesman’s go to tool for fixings. Not only is it small and light it punches well above its weight. Unlike a drill driver there is also no …

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The rise of the well connected builder

power tools smartphone

Roger Bisby charts the emergence of Bluetooth Connectivity in power tools and wonders how we find the line between work and play. There are now whole generations of tradespeople coming along behind me who have grown up with the mobile phone and will find the ability to control their power tools via Bluetooth as instinctive as breathing. For me it …

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Hilti will repair your tools in 3 days. How?

Hilti Service Centre

In the first in a series of videos about Hilti, Skill Builder finds out how the brand delivers the industry leading service offering that makes it such a popular choice on large construction sites. Hilti makes great claims for its service and repair; they say they can turn around a repair in three days or you don’t pay for it. …

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Bosch launches active integrated dust extractor

integrated dust extractor

‘Look after your health – it’s your greatest asset,’ is the message to trade professionals from Bosch as it launches the GDE 18V-76 Professional Dust Extractor. Designed as an active integrated attachment for all Bosch GBH 18V-26 (F) Professional Rotary Hammer Drills, its development ls part of a continuing drive by the manufacturer to minimise dust-related illness. While asbestos is …

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Powerful pencil drivers

Makita TD022DSE 7.2v

The latest versions of Makita’s 7.2v pencil drill driver and impact driver have a host of enhanced features including more rpm, more tightening torque and enhanced controls. The pencil screwdrivers weigh just over half a kilo and can be used in either pistol grip mode or as “in-line long handle” powered screwdrivers. The impact driver is said to be popular …

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Makita expands 10.8v range

Makita HR166D 10.8v BL

Makita is expanding its popular 10.8v range of power tools which couples machine power performance with compact physical size – useful for those working in confined spaces or for prolonged periods of use where a full size machine would prove cumbersome. Additions include the new Makita HR166D 10.8v BL rotary hammer drill, which features Makita Brushless motor technology, has the …

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Makita improves M-class dust extractor

Makita VC4210M

Makita has introduced a new version of its 447M M-Class extractor – the Makita VC4210M which is designed to improve dust extraction at an affordable price. The updated design has moved the motor, control module and main filter higher up into the upper body housing which increases the tank working capacity. This enables a 30 litre disposable bag to be …

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Festool launches Cycle Challenge to promote lung health to UK tradespeople

festool cycle challenge

Festool, the supplier of high-end power tools and accessories, has launched a new Cycle Challenge to raise money for the British Lung Foundation (BLF) and to promote lung health to UK tradespeople. The Cycle Challenge will feature two static Wattbikes that will join Festool’s impressive UK roadshow on its European leg in July. Members of the trade will have the …

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DeWalt extends XR FLEXVOLT range

XR Flexvolt range

DeWalt has extended its XR FLEXVOLT range to include a Mitre Saw as well as the SDS Max and Plus Hammers. Advantages of the XR FLEXVOLT system which was launched in 2016 include: ·        Sustained all day operation for onsite heavy duty construction application, without cable inconvenience ·        Wide range of 54V power tools to suit any job ·        Cross-compatible …

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On-site climate control workwear

climate control workwear

A change of season means a change of focus on what you wear on site and Snickers wants to help you keep your cool when the heat is on.  From staying warm and dry, Snickers advises thinking about staying cool and dry and looking for working clothes that excel at ventilation and moisture transport to keep you working comfortably wherever …

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