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Hitachi DV18DBXL review

Hitachi DV18DBXL

Roger finally gets his hands on the Hitachi DV18DBXL, but was it worth the wait? Find out in this bench test. Hitachi DV18DBXL/JX 18v Brushless Combi Drill inc 2x 6.0Ah Batteries, Charger and Carry Case Features: Combi drill with brushless motor technology All new 6.0Ah Li-Ion batteries with multifunction protection circuit Class leading hard torque of 136Nm New fast charger …

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Milwaukee Heavy Duty Fest report: Part 1

Milwaukee Dual Bevel Mitre Saw

In this video the Skill Builder team travel to Berlin for Milwaukee’s Heavy Duty Fest 2017. In this first episode from the event, Rich Powell gives us a demo of the M18 FUEL Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Mitre Saw, the M18 FUEL Drywall Screw Gun and the M18 FUEL SAWZALL Reciprocating Saw with ONE-KEY tracking and management technology. More detail …

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DeWalt XR FLEXVOLT demonstration

DeWalt XR FLEXVOLT

Roger visits the Professional Builder Live show at Alexandra Palace and finds out more about the new DeWalt XR FLEXVOLT battery technology with Mark Bippus. XR FLEXVOLT is a range of 54V power tools that offer runtime and performance which has never been seen before – for the first time, professional tradesmen can reliably undertake heavy-duty construction applications without the …

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Festool Kapex KS 60 Sliding Compound Mitre Saw demonstration

Festool KS 60 Sliding Compound Mitre Saw

In February Skill Builder was invited to Festoool’s UK HQ for an exclusive demonstration of the new Festool Kapex KS 60 Sliding Compound Mitre Saw. In this video Philip Beckley, Festool’s training officer, provides a comprehensive demonstration of the new machine and talks through some of its key features and benefits. www.festool.co.uk

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The wearable technology revolution in working clothes

wearable technology revolution

Snickers Workwear has always been well-known for its modern designs, innovative functionality and market-leading fabric technology. Now its WorkTrousers are getting even ‘smarter’ with the integration of technology to improve performance and wellbeing at work. Wearable Technology is already woven into our daily lives through smartphones, fitness devices, sports clothing and accessories – to help monitor and improve performance. A …

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Fein releases latest review: FEIN Cordless MultiMaster

FEIN Cordless MultiMaster review

Powertool manufacturer Fein has released its latest “Feeling FEIN’ video tool review, the FEIN Cordless MultiMaster review. The ‘Feeling FEIN’ reviews focus on getting FEIN’s products into the hands of professional tradespeople. Each tradesperson has been using a specific FEIN power tool and has given their honest feedback on camera. In this review Nicola Butcher, a carpenter and owner of …

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Fein SuperCut 18v winner announced

FEIN SuperCut competition

Earlier this month Skill Builder teamed up with FEIN to give you the chance to win a SuperCut 18V with 2 x 5Ah batteries as tested by Roger Bisby. The winner has now been announced in the video above. Don’t forget to like us on facebook to keep up with all our competition news and winner announcements and follow us …

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Bosch launches two new 18v rotary hammers

18v rotary hammers

The GBH 18V-26 Professional and GBH 18V-26 F Professional are the latest additions to the Bosch range of 18v rotary hammers with EC motors. Both generate an impact energy of 2.6 joules – 50 percent more than the current strongest 18 volt rotary hammer. This makes them comparable with corded tools such as the GBH 2-26 Professional. This is where …

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All wrapped up: Snickers winter workwear

Snickers winter workwear

Roger Bisby takes a look at some ideas from Snickers to make your winter working happier. Hi Tech fabrics have undeniable advantages and I am very happy to wear them but there is something reassuring about a natural wool sweater. It is probably the only fabric that stays warm even when it is wet which is very handy for all …

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Milwaukee redsticks review

Milwaukee redsticks review

Roger Bisby tries out a few Milwaukee redsticks for size and accuracy. Milwaukee is continuing its journey into the wonderful world of hand tools with the introduction of a range of Redstick spirit levels. On paper they seem to tick all the boxes but it is early days so we will have to see how they stand up to life …

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FEIN MultiTalent, MultiMaster & SuperCut review

SuperCut review

Fein was the first to make an oscillating multi tool but since the patent ran out it’s been copied by a number of other manufacturers. However Fein is still innovating and staying ahead of the game. Roger Bisby takes a look at the Fein MultiTalent, MultiMaster & SuperCut. fein.com/en_uk

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Fein releases latest review: Cordless SuperCut AFSC 18 QSL

feeling FEIN video

Powertool manufacturer Fein has released its latest “Feeling FEIN’ video tool review. The ‘Feeling FEIN’ reviews focus on getting FEIN’s products into the hands of professional tradesmen. Each tradesman has been using a specific FEIN power tool and has given their honest feedback on camera. In this review Si Flory, a carpenter and owner of Flory Works, has been testing …

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Snickers Workwear: RuffWork, LiteWork, FlexiWork & AllRoundWork

Next Generation Trousers

In this latest video from Skill Builder, Roger Bisby takes a closer look at the Next Generation Trousers from Snickers. When you look at the huge range of styles and sizes that Snickers currently offers you might reasonably ask why they need to produce a whole new Next Generation Trouser range. Fashion undoubtedly plays a part, even for a builder …

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Solid Gear Safety Boots Review

Polar GTX Safety Boots

Roger Bisby takes a pair of  Solid Gear 80005 Polar GTX Safety Boots out on site. If you have ever suffered from cold wet feet out on site in the winter and doubted the wisdom of your career choice then this pair of winter boots will interest you. They say there is no such thing as bad weather just bad …

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Snickers Next Generation Workwear Review

Snickers Autumn Winter

We all know about breather membranes in buildings but Roger Bisby discovers something even more effective is now being used in Snickers Next Generation workwear. 37.5 centigrade is the ideal body temperature and the same part of your brain that (hopefully) keeps your heart ticking also regulates your body temperature. Too hot and you start perspiring to help you cool …

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What to wear on site this winter

Snickers Autumn Winter

In Snickers’ latest 48 page FREE magazine there’s lots of ideas for what to wear on site this winter. There’s advice on choosing the right Work Trousers and Jackets to suit your trade – RUFFWork, LITEWork, FLEXIWork and ALLROUND workwear. Whatever trade you’re in, Snickers says there’s something precisely for you in its range –Trousers, Jackets, Tool Vests, Shirts, Underwear, …

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Win a Bosch brushless combi drill

Win a Bosch GSB 18V-EC Kit

Skill Builder has teamed up with Bosch to give you the chance to win a Bosch 18V-EC Kit. To be in with a chance of winning just answer the following two questions (clue: the answers can be found in the video). ___________________________________________________________________   Terms and conditions By entering a competition on the Skill Builder web site you are agreeing to us …

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Wanted – Bosch tool testers

bosch tool testers

Would you like an opportunity to test the latest Bosch tools – and then keep them, free of charge? Bosch is looking for professional tradespeople to take part in its #builtwithBosch campaign. Each successful applicant will be given two new power tools to test over a 5 week period. In return, Bosch will ask them to post short film clips …

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