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Makita introduces sander with fine and coarse sanding modes

The new Makita BO6050J random orbit sander has two modes of operation. In the traditional random orbit mode for fine finish sanding and buffing the motion of the pad is orbital action plus random action or free-rotation. This stops when firm hand pressure is exerted on the tool. The alternative roto-orbit mode is ideal for stock removal, coarse sanding and …

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Makita slide battery for 10.8v range including Makita DF031D drill driver

Makita DF031D drill driver

Makita has launched a fresh ‘CXT’ range of 10.8V tools featuring a new slide battery as an addition to the current 10.8V tools featuring the cluster style batteries. The new 10.8V Lithium-Ion slide battery has multi-contact terminals to ensure stable contact even under extreme work vibration conditions. The slide battery is said to fit easily into the tools and new …

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Dewalt adds visibility and power to self-levelling laser line-up

Dewalt has combined its power tool battery and laser technology know-how and added a 10.8V red and green beam self-levelling cross-line and 360° line lasers to its portfolio. The DCE088D1G and DCE089D1G are the first models in the DEWALT range to feature a green diode. Industry trends have shown that green lasers are the future for applications in construction, specifically …

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Product review: Milwaukee staplers

Roger Bisby tries out two Milwaukee Staplers – The 48-22-1010 hand stapler and the  48-22-1020 Hammer Tacker. Earlier in the year Skill-Builder  was given a preview of the new range of Milwaukee hand tools. It makes sense for a company that has a loyal following among tradesemen/women across the world to build on that customer base and bring in a …

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Product review: Milwaukee 18v power tools

Roger Bisby looks at two 18 volt power tools from Milwaukee. Judging by the number of new power tools launched by Milwaukee this year they are on a mission to become the leading power tool manufacturer in the U.K and, as if that wasn’t enough, they are also introducing some high quality hand tools into their range. Inevitably, with so …

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Bosch gis 1000 c review

Bosch gis 1000 c review

Most people have some idea what an infra red thermometer does and also what a thermal imaging camera does but this tool sits somewhere between the two, explains Roger Bisby of the Bosch GIS 1000 C. I don’t mind admitting that it took me a while to work out exactly what the Bosch GIS 1000 does for a living. I …

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Product review: Hitachi DH25 DAL cordless SDS hammer drill

Roger Bisby tests the Hitachi DH25 DAL cordless SDS hammer drill. Hitachi is a power tool manufacturer that often gets overlooked for hammer drills.  I see their  saws out on site and they  do well with the cordless combis but from that evidence alone they don’t seem to have the same share of the hammer market.   When you compare the …

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Keep hands warm and protected

Snickers’ range of work gloves are designed to cope with the harshest of weather conditions. From tough, hard-wearing ‘Weather Essential’ gloves to ‘Weather Cut Protection’ gloves, the Snickers products are designed to keep users’ hands properly protected and warm. There are eight different styles in the range, including the ‘Weather Dry’ glove, which is made from advanced materials in a …

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Product review: Bosch GBH 36 VF-LI Plus Professional Cordless Hammer review

In this video I try out the Bosch GBH 36 VF-LI Plus Professional Cordless Hammer.

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Product review: Makita DCS5121 18″ 50cc petrol chainsaw

After 25 years of Stihl, Roger gets to grips with his first chainsaw from Makita, the Makita DCS5121 18″ 50cc. The chainsaw features Easy Start, Spring-Assisted Starter for Quick Starting with Less Force and  a number of other unique features. Watch the product test to see Roger’s verdict. Features of the Makita DCS5121 18″ 50cc include: – Compact design with less …

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