New Products

Gledhill horizontal solar cylinder

Roger Bisby visits Gledhill in Blackpool and finds products that are British through and through. Earlier in the year when I fitted an unvented Gledhill horizontal solar cylinder into an eaves cupboard I really had no idea how much design and work went into making that item. In the building industry we fit a lot of products and like it …

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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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Product review: ICS Diamond Chainsaw

Roger Bisby revisits the ICS diamond chainsaw and discovers a new twist. The ICS diamond chainsaw cuts through both skins of a cavity wall which, as we all know,  is something  you can’t achieve with a cut-off saw or angle grinder. All too often you can get part way through but you then have that awkward bit where you have …

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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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Scruffs launches Classic Thermo Parka

New from Scruffs is the Scruffs Classic Thermo Parka which the company says is perfect for tradesmen who aren’t afraid of rain, snow or the cold when it comes to getting the job done. Not only will the Scruffs Classic Thermo Parka turn heads on and off the site, but with a waterproof rating of 4500mm, a fully padded bubble quilted …

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Colourful safety footwear

Arco, the safety specialist, has introduced three new items of safety footwear under its TROJAN brand. The Trojan Safety Hiker boot (£64.99) is a non-metallic and slip-resistant boot available in yellow, red or blue which features a composite toecap and midsole. Meanwhile Trojan’s Safety Trainer (£62.99) is available in an eye-catching green. Comfortable yet stylish, the trainer features a breathable …

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Waterproof outdoor quality MDF from Medite Tricoya

Waterproof outdoor quality MDF

Roger Bisby puts Medite Tricoya Extreme to the test, a waterproof outdoor quality MDF from Medite Tricoya. The potential applications for Medite Tricoya Extreme are far ranging  particularly in environments where humidity and weather are usually concerns. It is possible to imagine Medite Tricoya Extreme used virtually anywhere, including: Façade cladding/siding Fascia and soffit panels and other secondary exterior applications …

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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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How do impact drivers work?

how do impact drivers work

How do impact drivers work? Roger visits Triton and finds out how impact drivers manage to punch way above their weight. “Impact drivers seem to be the future – when you’re out on site you hear them everywhere. “Triton have got their 20V model out which as Steve Hewson, Triton’s product manager explains is particularly aimed at the trade buyer …

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Product test: Makita LXT Brushless review. Drill DHP481 & Impact Driver

Here Skill Builder tests two of Makita’s LXT brushless 18v tools; the Makita LXT Brushless Drill DHP481 and the Impact Driver BTD129 Roger takes the DHP481 and the BTD129 out of their neat stackable box to see what they’re capable of.  

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