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Keyless van theft increases in 2017 with Ford Transit still most stolen

van theft

According to recovery figures from TRACKER, 82% of Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) were stolen without the owner’s keys in 2017 –  up by nearly 100% compared to 2016 (44%).  The Ford Transit was again the most popular van stolen last year and are said to have accounted for over half of the LCV recoveries made by TRACKER. “Keyless entry technology …

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Ford Transit security: The problems & some solutions

Ford Transit security

As tool thefts from vans soar across the nation and there is increasing unrest among tradespeople whose livelihoods depend on their tools, Skill Builder returns to Sussex Installations to find out more about the specific issues associated with Ford Transits and find out what can be done about them. The problems associated with Ford Transits are well known with the …

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WIN a Snickers workwear bundle worth over £300: Competition closed

Snickers workwear

This competition is now closed. Skill Builder has teamed up with Snickers Workwear to give away a set of premium workwear from the company’s brand new high vis range as modelled by Roger in this video. The prize package which is worth over £300 includes: Allroundwork Insulated high vis jacket RuffWork Heater Hat Flexi Work  Wool ½ zip top Litework …

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Prop Pal invention offers builders some support

Prop Pal

Bricklayer and general builder Stephen Cheshire is, like many builders, often faced with the prospect of trying to hide a steel beam in the ceiling. The problem, as you will no doubt know, is not hiding the beam but how to safely  prop the wall above the upstairs floor level so you leave the ceiling void clear to place the …

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Floorlayers work trousers

Floorlayers work trousers

Available this spring, Snickers’ new Floorlayers Work Trousers and the patented Knee Guard System are designed to combine to deliver the ultimate solution for working safely and in comfort on your knees. These new and innovative trousers are said to take the best features, fabrics and functionality from Snickers’ new FLEXIWork range and combine them with the best of the …

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New range of cutting and sawing tools

cutting and sawing tools

Hultafors’ HBX and HBS saws are well known for their top quality precision cuts and, to complement those models, there’s a brand new range of cutting and sawing tools. The range includes – Bow Saws, general purpose Short Hand Saws, Hack Saws, a Jab Saw, a Concrete Saw plus a superb Japanese Ryoba Saw which is perfect when you need …

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Dewalt vs Hitachi framing nailer Head-2-Head

Dewalt vs Hitachi framing nailer

Roger visits his friend Malcolm to put the new Hitachi NR1890DBCL up against the established Dewalt DCN692 to see how much of a difference Hitachi’s new air spring drive technology makes to performance. Features of the new Hitachi NR1890DBCL/JP The Hitachi NR1890DBCL/JP is powered by a lightweight, rechargeable 5.0 Ah Li-Ion battery, so there’s no need to replace fuel cells. …

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Impact Driver Showdown! UPDATED 8 top drivers reviewed

best impact driver

We had an amazing response to our impact driver test released last week but there was also a consistent question mark over whether the solid oak we used was a fair torque test for the drivers so we decided to update the test and add a comparison of the drivers on concrete. So here it is – our updated showdown …

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Makita adds new versions of 18v lithium-ion brushless LXT tools


Makita has introduced new versions of its 18v lithium-ion brushless LXT tools. Reciprocating Saw The new Makita DJR188Z 18v Brushless LXT Reciprocating Saw will run up to 3,000spm, and with a maximum stroke of 20mm, provides a cutting capacity of 255mm in wood and 130mm in pipe. This new compact and lightweight reciprocating saw (just 2.9 kg) has a tool-less …

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Adrenaline boost meets comprehensive safety

networked power tools

On a treasure hunt with the smallest submarine in the world – and networked power tools from Bosch. He wears his passion on his sleeve like a tattoo: Andi Peters, wreck diver and treasure-hunter, owns the smallest submarine in the world. It is 2.80 m long, 80 cm high and you squeeze into it as if it were a tailor-made …

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