Reviews

Makita DLS110Z Review – Cordless Slide Mitre Saw

Makita DLS110Z review

Following his video review Roger looks at the Makita DLS110Z Twin 18v Cordless LXT BL Slide Compound Mitre Saw in more detail.  I have always had my reservations about cordless mitre saws and that includes all makes and sizes. It isn’t that they don’t work, it is just that they don’t work as well as mains powered machines and, for …

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Testing cheap tools – Are Poundland tools a great big bargain of best for the bin??

Poundland tools

Ahead of the biggest DIY weekend of the year – the great Easter break – Skill Builder Editor, Georgina Bisby has been trying out some Poundland tools to see what you can get for your money. Georgina tries out a spirit level, hammer, screwdriver set, junior hacksaw and some tape measures to see which ones are a steal and which …

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Building an extension part 4 – Brickwork & Insulation featuring Rigid thermal PIR insulation

Ecotherm insulation

In Part 4 of our series following the building of an extension we cover the brickwork and insulation stage and some points to consider when insulating your home.  In this episode Roger Bisby explains the benefits of using Rigid thermal PIR insulation, an alternative to mineral wool fibre insulation. Installing insulation such as PIR board insulation can help make a home …

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Vauxhall Vivaro review: Do I regret buying a Vivaro?

Vauxhall Vivaro review

After an extensive 18-month bedding in period, Roger Bisby reviews his Vauxhall Vivaro 2900 1.6CDTI BiTurbo 125PS Sportive 2.9 H1 Double Cab. Capabilities Payload up to 1280kg. Cubic capacity up to 8.6 cubic metres. Low loading-height of 552mm. Width between wheel arches 1268mm. Can accommodate 8 x 4 ply and three Euro-pallets Fuel economy. When it comes to economy, Vivaro …

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Bosch Impact Driver review: GDR & GDX 18v Impact Drivers

Bosch Impact Driver review

In the eighth and final test of our big Impact Driver round up we put the Bosch GDR 18 V-LI & GDR 18-LI Impact Drivers and Bosch GDX 18 V-EC impact wrench through their paces. These tests complete this series of cordless impact driver tests which has covered models from Makita, Milwaukee, Bosch, Hilti, Metabo, Pansonic, DeWalt and Hitachi. Find …

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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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Hilti impact driver review: SID 4-A22

Hilti impact driver review

Hilti impact driver review: In Part 6 of our mega Impact Driver roundup, Roger puts the Hilti SID 4-A22 Impact Driver to the test. The new SID 4-A22 Cordless impact driver is designed for high torque applications because, Hilti says, sometimes a standard drill driver simply won’t cut it – you need more impact to get the job done. With …

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Did building a wall just get easier? Introducing Tiger Cavity Wall Ties – No wall plugs required

Cavity Wall Ties

Tiger says its unique, patented ‘one-shot’ Cavity Wall Ties mean faster fixing, easier application, stronger grip and less room for error. Roger Bisby tries them out. Tiger says its cavity wall ties will transform professional & DIY building fixings, forever. The secret is in Tiger’s patented wall fixing system. Insert, twist and the fixing becomes its own plug. An E.D.P.M. …

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Panasonic Impact Driver review

Panasonic Impact Driver review

In Part 5 of our mega-roundup, Roger puts the Panasonic EY75A7 Dual Volt 18v/14.4v Impact Driver through its paces; see how he gets on. The Panasonic EY75A7 impact driver is a dual voltage model, which means it’s compatible with 18v and 14.4v Panasonic batteries. This particular version is the body only packaged without batteries or charger. Improvements over the previous …

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Makita Impact Driver Review

Makita Impact Driver Review

Makita Impact Driver Review: In the fourth part of the Skill Builder super impact driver roundup, we look at the Makita DLX2211TJ 18v 2 Piece Combo Kit LXT containing the Makita DTD170 & DTS141 Impact Drivers. Makita DTD170 New impact mode (A-mode): helps to eliminate “screw cam-out” and “cross threading“ by driving at low speed until the start of tightening …

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