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Metabo MFE 40 Diamond Chaser review

MFE 40 Diamond Chaser review

Roger Bisby tries out the MFE 40 diamond chaser from Metabo, a machine designed to take the hard work and dust out of cutting chases. But does it do that? Having owned a diamond chaser and dust extractor for the past 15 years I am still slightly taken aback by how many trades still seem to do things the hard …

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Triton Planer review

Triton TPL180 Triple Blade

Roger and Robin review and demonstrate the Triton TPL180 Triple Blade 1500w Power Planer which they find to be big but easy to handle. Product features: Patented, 3-blade design and 10-position depth control knob for precise material removal. Adjustable front handle with soft grip for added comfort. Power indicator with live mains connection, ultra-wide 7″ planing width. Includes wrench, dust …

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Step towards universal battery system for cordless power tools announced

Universal battery system

At long last it looks like we might be moving towards a universal battery system for cordless power tools following an announcement this week that nine manufacturers have joined forces to create the Cordless Alliance System (CAS). Metabo, Rothenberger, Mafell, Eisenblätter, Collomix, Haaga, Starmix, Eibenstock and Steinel power tool and machine manufacturers held a joint press conference in the German …

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Features added to Makita DMR202 bluetooth speaker

Makita DMR202

The new and versatile Makita DMR202 Job Site Speaker with Bluetooth is said to deliver the ultimate sound system on site offering an extensive range of playback options.  Powered by the Lithium-Ion range of Makita 18v LXT and 10.8v to 12v CXT slide type batteries, as well as AC power supply, this compact and lightweight speaker delivers 10.0 watts of …

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Auto-start dust extraction added to Makita plunge saw

Makita plunge saw

In 2017 Makita launched the in-demand DSP600 Twin 18v Brushless Plunge Saw.  Now, the same model, but featuring a 36v motor and the Makita Auto-Start Wireless System (AWS) has landed. AWS technology allows the new DSP601ZJU plunge saw to automatically connect to the compatible Makita dust extractor saving the effort of manually switching it on. A unique chip is supplied …

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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

DGA463

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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Milwaukee Impact Driver review: Milwaukee M18 FQID Fuel Surge

Milwaukee Impact Driver review

In Part 7 of our mega Impact Driver roundup, we put the Milwaukee M18 FQID Fuel Surge Impact Driver to the test. Features include: The M18 FUEL SURGE ¼” Hex hydraulic driver is said to be the quietest cordless fastening solution on the market. ¼” Hex chuck for quick and easy bit change. Onboard fuel gauge and LED light. Flexible …

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