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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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Quick drying plaster review

Quick drying plaster review

Roger Bisby tries out British Gypsum’s Thistle Bonding 60 that is designed to dry in one hour and accept any type of finish you care to use. You have to hand it to British Gypsum they keep going after new markets for their bagged plasters. The latest target in their sights is the making good and small repair market. This …

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A cut above: Knipex grips review

Knipex grips review

Roger Bisby tries out a few Knipex grips and laments a life of losing tools. Having spent a great deal of my working life as a plumber/builder Knipex is a brand I know very well and it seems I’m not alone. When I recently used a pair of inferior slip joint grips in a plumbing demonstration and struggled, the calls …

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Compatibility is key when selecting combined head and hearing protection

head and hearing protection

Often users of Personal Protective Equipment need a combination of items of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to make sure they are adequately protected in work environments. A very common combination is head and hearing protection. To work properly, however, the different types of PPE must be compatible. JSP has developed a new range of Sonis Helmet Mounted Ear Defenders which …

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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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Flooring solution for busy builders

chipboard flooring

For many years, the preferred material for decking suspended timber floors has been chipboard. Norbord’s CaberBoard flooring range is claimed to be the UK’s best-selling chipboard flooring product, its handy dimensions allowing ease of handling and its robust tongue-and-groove edging ensuring a secure and even surface. As the housing market continues to grow, tradesmen need methods of completing projects faster …

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U-Power to reveal footwear that springs back into shape

RedLion footwear

U-Power will be exhibiting its latest ranges of stylish, comfortable, sporty and functional Italian-designed protective products at this year’s Safety & Health Expo at ExCel, London, on 20-22 June. The sporty RedLion incorporates a new sole using Infinergy, which springs back into its original shape immediately after impact, so sustaining performance and maintaining energy for much longer periods. RedLion is …

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Web based tool allows builders to easily share portfolios of their work

builders portfolios

A new web based tool designed to transform the way that building professionals market and sell products and services, has  been launched worldwide – and is said to be so affordable that even the smallest company or contractor can benefit. BuildFolio offers builders the chance to promote business or practice for just £2.99 a month and promises no contracts, no …

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Social media success for Roughneck products

Social media success

Olympia Tools, the company behind the Roughneck brand of hand tools and workwear, says it has seen a surge in demand for its products thanks to social media. Two of the distributor’s products featured in posts that subsequently went viral, attracting interest from a global audience. The first product to prove a social media success was the Roughneck Tri Vice; …

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Five reasons for choosing Keylite roof windows

choosing Keylite windows

Roger takes a look at the Keylite Roof Window to see how it measures up and considers five reasons for choosing the brand, including: – Ease of Fitting with the Flick Fit bracket – Spring loaded finger hinge makes sash fitting easier and safer – Built in thermal collar for better performance – Lower profile as standar – Top quality …

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