Draper 20V Storm Force - one battery system and three tools

SOME readers might already be familiar with the Draper 10.8v Storm Force Range reviewed in these pages a while back, writes PETER BRETT.

The launch of three 20v tools to add to these will be welcomed by those users who need a bit more power and capability – think enthusiastic amateurs and light trades.

There are lots of features to note in the range, but dealers and end users alike will appreciate the keen pricing and multiple battery options that are flexible enough to satisfy most users, and also allow options to upgrade and change as conditions change.

The Torque solution?

THE packaging of the Wiha speedE sends out a powerful message that the tool inside is valuable, high tech and modern. It is not just another electricians’ screwdriver, writes PETER BRETT.

In the world where electricians need efficiency and precision even on standard domestic electrical installations, the speedE aims to provide a solution.

The problem

Increasingly, manufacturers have been specifying that electrical installations need to be fixed at certain torques to ensure electrical contact is optimised and safe.

MHM Plant expand into Northern Ireland with Glendun Plant

IN LINE with their current ambitious expansion plans, the UK supplier of generators, lighting and welding machinery, MHM Plant, has confirmed Glendun Plant Sales Limited as their distributor for Northern Ireland.

Glendun Plant Sales is based in Dungannon, County Tyrone and is an established and well-respected dealer and distributor for a wide range of plant, tools and equipment.

WB Power Services are in the spotlight with the Trime X-ECO

The Derbyshire-based critical power supply specialists, WB Power Services Ltd (WBPS), have expanded and enhanced their rental fleet with the purchase of a twenty X-ECO LED site lighting towers from Trime UK Limited.

This is their first venture into the temporary site lighting hire market and these sets will complement their current range of power generation products and ancillary equipment.

WBPS evaluated several different lighting towers before opting for the Trime X-ECO LED.

Engelbert Strauss: power workwear for power teams

Engelbert Strauss is one of the leading brands for work wear globally. It is run independently by a family in their fourth generation, with a factory located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany with approximately 1,200 workforces.

In Autumn 2016, the company joined the Fair Wear Foundation, in order to ensure three things: there is no child labour; fair wages are paid; and working conditions are safe within a reasonable amount of working hours.

JCB's cotton based workwear perfect for hot and cold weather

Since the almost universal adoption of workwear by the trades, there have been a number of developments. Nowadays it is not all about practicality, writes PETER BRETT.

Some trades always had favourite kit styles, while there are now also favoured workwear styles - with oneupmanship on who has got the trendiest, coolest, most expensive workwear on site. 

Hitachi C7UR - Retro Power

Hitachi corded circular saws have had a reputation for robust construction, power, and reliability that stretches back for decades. I still see 20-year-old examples of these tucked into the back of builders’ vans now.

Perhaps they aren’t used as often due to the cordless revolution, but they will be called upon as a back up, when a seriously demanding job is in the offing, writes PETER BRETT.

What are the USPs of the C7UR?

Door handle manufacturer sees surge in 'Dual-Tone' hardware

This year's interior door furniture shows Dual-Tone finish tops the popularity ratings.

One of the UK’s leading door hardware distributors has seen a surge in demand for Dual-Tone door handles, with popularity soaring as Dual-Tone becomes one of the biggest interior design trends of 2018.

Birmingham-based Hiatt Hardware has a rich experience of 35 years supplying high-end interior door handles and accessories to the DIY & trade retailers.

Snickers’ comfort fabrics provide maximum mobility in new stretch clothing

Snickers Workwear is well known for its uncompromising approach to quality and functionality, comfort and durability.

Hi-tech fabrics and body-mapping designs ensure maximum working mobility wherever you are.

With a range of new Trousers, Jackets, Rainwear and Accessories on their way, there’s plenty of scope for every professional craftsman and craftswoman to stretch their performance on site comfortably.

Direct customer contact and product promotion: Mirka are becoming social media masters

Customer service was once about answering telephones and responding to written requests, but our fast-paced, social media-driven society has put this function firmly in the spotlight.

Consumers now post on a variety of social media platforms about anything from a positive experience with a product to an issue, or with an item being out of stock.

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