Milwaukee Heavy Duty Fest report: Part 3

Milwaukee M18

Continuing our series from Milwaukee Heavy Duty Fest held in Berlin, Roger chats with Milwaukee’s Kom Shepherd and looks at the latest technology that deals with the problem of vibration. The video features the Milwaukee M18 CHPX SDS PLUS Hammer Drill. It is said to be the hardest hitting cordless SDS hammer in its class. Powerful hammer mechanism delivers 4.0 …

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Bosch GCL 2-15 review

Bosch GCL 2-15 review

Roger Bisby looks at the latest Green Beam laser from Bosch. It seems that manufacturers spent years getting people to buy red beam laser levels and no sooner had everyone got one than they introduced green beam lasers, brighter clearer, four times the visibility and ten times the price. The price has started to drop  to the point where jobbing …

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Milwaukee Heavy Duty Fest report: Part 2

quiet impact driver

In the second part of our series of videos from Milwaukee’s Heavy Duty Fest 2107 in Berlin, Sendi Spoljaric shows us the M18 FUEL SURGE ¼˝ Hex hydraulic driver, said to be the quietest cordless fastening solution on the market. Features include: – On board fuel gauge and LED light – Flexible battery system: works with all Milwaukee® M18™ batteries …

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Hitachi DV18DBXL review

Hitachi DV18DBXL

Roger finally gets his hands on the Hitachi DV18DBXL, but was it worth the wait? Find out in this bench test. Hitachi DV18DBXL/JX 18v Brushless Combi Drill inc 2x 6.0Ah Batteries, Charger and Carry Case Features: Combi drill with brushless motor technology All new 6.0Ah Li-Ion batteries with multifunction protection circuit Class leading hard torque of 136Nm New fast charger …

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Milwaukee Heavy Duty Fest report: Part 1

Milwaukee Dual Bevel Mitre Saw

In this video the Skill Builder team travel to Berlin for Milwaukee’s Heavy Duty Fest 2017. In this first episode from the event, Rich Powell gives us a demo of the M18 FUEL Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Mitre Saw, the M18 FUEL Drywall Screw Gun and the M18 FUEL SAWZALL Reciprocating Saw with ONE-KEY tracking and management technology. More detail …

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Makita chainsaws used in Star Wars commission

Makita 79cc

Darth Vader is a core character in George Lucas’ Star Wars films franchise appearing in all the key films in recent years and has been portrayed by numerous actors.  In the most recent Rogue One film this villainous part starred Welsh sporting hero, turned-actor, Spencer Wilding.  In taking this role Spencer had to maintain a contractual silence, even being unable …

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DeWalt XR FLEXVOLT demonstration


Roger visits the Professional Builder Live show at Alexandra Palace and finds out more about the new DeWalt XR FLEXVOLT battery technology with Mark Bippus. XR FLEXVOLT is a range of 54V power tools that offer runtime and performance which has never been seen before – for the first time, professional tradesmen can reliably undertake heavy-duty construction applications without the …

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Makita refines Cosmos Diamond range and adds vacuum brazed wheels

Cosmos Diamond range

Makita’s diamond blade accessory range has been refined by reducing the number of options available in the Cosmos range but expanding the cutting performance of the diamond wheels to handle a greater range of materials. The Makita Cosmos series now features the Quasar, Comet and Nebula diamond wheels, in total providing 56 alternative cutting wheels. Top of the range Quasar …

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Festool Kapex KS 60 Sliding Compound Mitre Saw demonstration

Festool KS 60 Sliding Compound Mitre Saw

In February Skill Builder was invited to Festoool’s UK HQ for an exclusive demonstration of the new Festool Kapex KS 60 Sliding Compound Mitre Saw. In this video Philip Beckley, Festool’s training officer, provides a comprehensive demonstration of the new machine and talks through some of its key features and benefits.

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New version of Makita Dab Jobsite radio

Makita Dab Jobsite radio

The latest version of Makita’s jobsite radio features the DAB digital broadcast system and with twin large 76mm diameter speakers will generates 3.5watts from each speaker when powered by a Makita 18v Lithium-Ion battery. This radio can be mains powered with the AC adaptor jack built in, but most practically for site use, will operate on most of the Makita …

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