Reviews

Product review: DeWalt Tungsten Hole saw sets DT8276QZ

These days we tend to turn to diamonds whenever we need a large holes in concrete, brick or tiles. Personally I would not want to be without my diamond core bits but there are some jobs where I hesitate to get them out. If for example there is a possibility of hitting a wall tie I would rather get this …

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Review: Knauf Airless Readymix Spray Plaster

spray plaster

Skill Builder offers some thoughts and tips on using Knauf’s spray plaster system. The system provides a faster, more consistent and cleaner method of application while offering time savings of 20-30%. Traditional methods of plastering come with some drawbacks. Speed of application, product material waste and inconsistent finish quality are some of the problems. Knauf Airless Readymix spray plasters are …

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Product review: Gorilla shovel

A few weeks ago we featured the new Gorilla brooms from Faulk’s, the makers of Gorilla Tub Trugs. The brooms have screw on heads with nylon bristles so losing your head while you are sweeping could be a thing of the past. But what is a broom without a shovel? So often builders use steel shovels to sweep up with …

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Product review: Flex PD2G 18v drill and impact driver

I have looked at a few different tools from Flex over the years. This German company is not a major player in the UK drills market and I don’t expect they are intending to be but they have some attractive looking tools in their range and they seem to be well made. The Flex PD2G 18v drill and the ID …

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Product review: Gorilla brooms

Skill Builder’s Roger Bisby tries out the latest offering from Faulks; the Gorilla brooms range. Gorilla tubs, you’ve heard of them I’m sure, well these brushes and brooms come out of the same Faulks stable, except of course you don’t keep Gorillas in a stable. The approach with the brooms is exactly the same as the tubs, find a problem …

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Bohrfixx dust-catcher review

Bohrfixx

If you had been in the room when I opened the package containing the Starmix bohrfixx you may have heard a slight sigh because I have seen so many dust-catchers over the years, many along similar lines, and not one of them yet has gone on to become the must-have drilling aid for domesticated tradespeople everywhere. Is this one destined …

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Product review: Base boots

Skill builder takes one small step for man as we try out a new footwear product from Base. It seems to me that every time I try out a new pair of work boots or shoes they blow my socks off. I am talking metaphorically of course but the innovation that now goes into protective footwear means that we are …

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Product review: Snickers Core Range

Snickers promises a hard wearing garment that’s easy on the pocket with the new Snickers Core Range but does it live up to its billing? Skill Builder takes a closer look. If you are someone who has looked at Snickers trousers and decided that they are a bit beyond your budget you might just be stopped in your tracks by …

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Sparky paddle mixer review

Roger Bisby takes a first look at the 240 V Paddle Mixer from ¬†Sparky. Sparky is a ¬†power tool manufacturer from Bulgaria that also rebadges many of its products for other power tool companies. So if you see something very similar to this paddle mixer this could be because it is a Sparky tool in another colour and probably at …

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Metabo KGS 18 LTX 216 Cordless Mitre Saw Review

Metabo KGS 18 LTX 216

Roger Bisby has a look at Metabo’s new battery operated mitre table saw to see how it performs. “Personally I have never needed the level of portability from a mitre saw that is provided by cordless technology, given the choice, I would always rather find a power supply and plug in to the mains and given the fact that you …

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