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Global Diamond Tools expands its classic range of Diamondlife® Blades

Global Diamond Tools has increased its Diamond Life® range with the addition of three new diamond blades to its Classic level collection.

The three new laser-welded blades have been introduced to the Multi-Purpose, Concrete/Hard Materials and Abrasive Materials ranges and are designed to cut various materials in a range of environments on a day-to-day basis, offering an entry level blade for the cost-conscious user.

Highly competitively priced, these blades offer reliable performance and excellent value for money and join the three existing Classic level blades in the General Masonry range (GM8, GM10 and GMt).

The Multi-Purpose Classic (MPC) is a laser-welded blade with a 10mm segment height and deep draft segments for undercutting protection.  It is designed to cut the widest range of materials with ease, from abrasives to medium hard concrete, and is available in four sizes.

The Hard Materials Classic blade (HMC) is ideal for all general concretes and hard materials, from paving stones to granite.  The latest laser-welding technology and a balanced steel core make the HMC the ideal value-for-money blade for a wide range of hard materials.  These blades are available in four sizes and have a 10mm segment height.

Designed for use with asphalt and abrasive materials, the Diamond Life® AAC Classic range blade offers a high level of performance in the harshest of environments and is suitable for cutting materials such as breeze blocks, asphalt over concrete and sandstone.  The AAC is laser-welded with a 10mm segment height and is available in three sizes.

Commenting on the new additions to the range, managing director, Richard Dunn, says:

“Our Diamond Life® brand has proven to be highly popular with both the DIY and commercial user alike and this is largely down to the fact that our products offer excellent, reliable performance over a wide range of applications.

“Without ever compromising on quality, the new Classic blades offer the occasional user a cost-effective alternative to some of the more premium products on the market which are aimed primarily at the specialist user.”

For further information about the range visit www.globaldiamond.co.uk, wher e you can buy online or download a pdf version of our new catalogue.

Draper Hard Graft Wipes -Effective Cleaners and Antibacterial Too!

Aimed at: pros and amateurs alike who need to clean up difficult things like grease and glues.

Pros: Easy to use, lots of them and big wipes too.

Wipes and cleaners have become very much part of the tool market as Health and Safety concerns have inevitably focused on healthy skin too. The days are gone when cleaning up was done with powerful solvents that left hands and skin stinging and dry. I confess that I always have a canister of wipes in my workshop and I use them regularly to clean away a variety of glues, paints, varnishes and oils.

The new Draper Hard Graft Wipes come in a large black and orange tub that holds 90 wipes. Opening the flip top lid seal the first time reveals a foil covering that seals the wipes for a good shelf life. Once this seal is broken you have to pull the first wipe from the centre of the roll. A simple system of grooves in the lid guides the wipe so that it can be pulled through and then separated from the next one, which is trapped in the groove ready to be pulled out for next time. The lid actually provides a decent enough seal to prevent the wipes from drying out.

Testing wipes is a good excuse for getting dirty hands, and it says on the container that Hard Graft Wipes are effective on glues, oils, sealants and paint – although this list is clearly not exhaustive.

Accordingly, my first job was to check and top up the oil in my car as this inevitably results in greasy, oily hands. I did all the other maintenance checks too, and when my hands were suitably dirty I pulled out a wipe and cleaned my hands. Results were pretty well immediate – the oil was quickly transferred from my hands to the wipe and I was left with sweet smelling, slightly slippery hands. If left for a while, the slippery feeling soon evaporates, but if you want to, a quick wash with ordinary soap returns the hands to “normal”.

Mostly I use woodglues, and even after I had allowed them to dry on my hands, the active ingredients in the wipes just lifted the residues off my fingers and left my hands clean. Superglues on the other hand, are very differently formulated. I had a little experimentation by putting a popular make of make of superglue on my fingers and letting it go off. Initially, the Hard Graft wipe didn’t appear to be shifting it, but after a while as I kept flexing my fingers the active ingredients crept under the glue and lifted it off. Result!

Both gloss and emulsion paints were shifted with the Hard Graft wipes, and as expected, the oil-based gloss took a bit more wiping and handwringing, but I was left with clean and sweet-smelling hands. 

With their capacity to shift oil and residues, the wipes are also great for cleaning tools and equipment and wiping down at the end of a working day. I used the wipes to clean dirty finger marks from a newly-painted door after I had fitted some new handles for a client, when a damp cloth had failed to do the job.

The Draper Hard Graft Wipes that remain have now been given a prominent place in my workshop ready for cleaning my hands as needed. Good Product!

Click on this link to see a video of the Draper Hard Graft Wipes: - https://youtu.be/F65OY3KMH1k

For more information on all Draper Products, please visit www.drapertools.com

 

Jason Industries, Inc. Widens its Finishing Portfolio with Acquisition of DRONCO GmbH

DRONCO joins Osborn as members of the Jason Finishing Group;

Deal broadens Jason Finishing Group’s position as the complete manufacturer of surface treatment solutions and finishing tools

Burgwald, Germany and Richmond, Indiana, June 1, 2015 – Jason Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: JASN, JASNW), parent company to a global family of manufacturing leaders in the finishing, seating, automotive acoustics and components markets, today announces that it has completed a transaction to acquire DRONCO GmbH, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of abrasives. DRONCO becomes an integral part of Jason Finishing Group, a Jason business unit and the leading global producer of technical and maintenance brushes, polishing tools and compounds. The Jason Finishing Group portfolio includes well-recognized brands, such as Osborn – the only truly global player in the industrial brush and polishing market, JacksonLea, Lippert-Unipol and Sealeze. The deal allows Jason Finishing Group to enter a targeted and faster growing $6 billion abrasives market segment and solidifies the company’s position as the complete surface treatment and finishing solutions provider.

DRONCO’s full range, which includes cutting, grinding and abrasive discs, diamond tools, ceramic abrasives, sandpapers and technical brushes, is the ideal complement to Jason Finishing Group’s product catalog. The acquisition opens Jason Finishing Group products to customers and distribution channels where it currently has a limited presence, while allowing the company to become a “one-stop shop” within the Finishing industry.

Under its new ownership, DRONCO will be positioned for continued growth. Immediately, DRONCO products will be embedded into Jason Finishing Group’s well-established, global sales and logistics network, thereby making the DRONCO line available to a much broader market. Geographically, DRONCO’s strong product portfolio will be distributed to global markets, with a focus on further expansion in Europe and North America. To support North American sales growth, logistics and distribution of DRONCO products will be added at Jason Finishing Group’s Richmond, Indiana facility by the end of 2015. In 2016, DRONCO will be expanded into emerging markets to meet increased demand for abrasives in developing and growing economies.

“DRONCO is an outstanding strategic fit for our organization and we are excited to welcome the company and its employees into the Jason family,” said David Westgate, chief executive officer at Jason. “With DRONCO in our portfolio, we reinforce Jason Finishing Group’s status as the leader in finishing. Our customers will benefit from access to DRONCO’s line of quality products, while those of DRONCO will benefit from the availability of Jason Finishing Group’s extensive line of brushes and polishing tools from brands they recognize and may already trust for their surface treatment and finishing needs.”

”By leveraging the numerous inherent synergies between DRONCO and Jason Finishing Group brands, like Osborn, we expect to achieve considerable long-term growth that will benefit each company in our portfolio,” said Dr. Florestan von Boxberg, President of Jason Finishing Group. “DRONCO has earned a privileged reputation as an innovative, well-run company that produces high-quality products. We are proud to add this organization to our portfolio and excited about the value this acquisition brings to our joint customers.”

Jason intends to maintain DRONCO’s Wunsiedel, Germany site as the primary manufacturing and R&D center for bonded products. In addition to its Wunsiedel site, DRONCO has three subsidiaries in UK, Sweden and France. Thus, Jason Finishing Group acquires a global abrasives company that is recognized for quality and product innovation. In fact, DRONCO recently introduced a next-generation line of cutting and grinding discs with a lifespan that is three times that of its counterparts. Through the acquisition of DRONCO, Jason Finishing Group expects there to be a sharing of technologies that will lead to the development of innovative new products for Osborn and other brands within the Jason Finishing Group portfolio.

About Dronco GmbH:

DRONCO is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of abrasives and sells its products in approximately 100 countries. The company’s range of products, including cutting, grinding and abrasive discs, diamond cutting tools and ceramic abrasives, is recognized for outstanding quality among professional tradespeople and discerning DIY users alike. DRONCO was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Wunsiedel, Germany, with subsidiaries in France, UK and Sweden.

About Jason Industries, Inc.:

Jason Industries, Inc. is the parent company to a global family of manufacturing leaders in the seating, finishing, components and automotive acoustics markets, including Assembled Products (Buffalo Grove, Illinois), Janesville Acoustics (Southfield, Michigan), Metalex (Libertyville, Illinois), Milsco (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), Osborn (Burgwald, Germany and Richmond, Indiana) and Sealeze (Richmond, Virginia). All Jason companies utilize the Jason Business System, a collaborative manufacturing strategy applicable to a diverse group of companies that includes business principles and processes to ensure best-in-class results and collective strength. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jason employs more than 4,400 individuals in 14 countries. Shares in the company’s stock are traded on NASDAQ, ticker symbol: JASN.

Abracs “Hybrid” Grinder Discs- Safe, Multi-use Solutions

Aimed at:- pro users who need the flexibility of application and high performance.

Pros: Versatile discs that can cut and grind many materials.

I often think about the phrase “jack of all trades master of none” in the context of tools because it is true that many so-called multi solutions tools are often less easy to use and less effective than having the right tool for the job. But for grinder discs? Could there be such a thing as a grinder disc that works well on both metals and brick?

Abracs have recently launched the Hybrid range of discs that is capable of being used on a number of different materials thus saving the time of constantly having to change discs for different materials and expense of buying different discs for different applications. When you think of how much time is taken changing discs the cost savings become significant.

I was sent three different Hybrid discs to try out and I tried the 5 in 1 MULTI Disc first. This is designed for cutting ferrous metals, alloys, stainless steel uPVC and brick – so a wide range of general cutting is possible. The disc is noticeably thinner than normal cutting discs but it feels quite strong and rigid. I found it really effective on steel – it sent a huge stream of sparks away and cut quite quickly. Predictably, on hard face bricks the cutting rate was a bit slower and a lot more dusty (always wear appropriate safety gear) but the results were good and the wear on the disc was noticeably less than on other cutting discs I have used.

The 3 in 1 Maxi Disc was up next. This is a combined cutting and grinding disc. Because grinding and cutting apply two separate forces to discs the two types are usually made differently. Ingeniously, the 3 in 1 seems to have a layer of grinding material around the periphery without the slight “dishing” that grinding discs normally have, and an extra layer of reinforcing to ensure that the edge does not break up while cutting. Without the “dishing” the edge of the disc is straight leaving an edge that is also safe to use for cutting. The disc is a little bit thinner than a standard grinding disc so has a bit of flex required for grinding. Intended for use on ferrous metals and stainless steel, I was able to cut very efficiently and soon had a stream of sparks flying away from my test sample. For grinding, Abracs recommends a 30 degree angle to the material and it is then very efficient at getting a clean surface

Finally, I used the Plus 20 Flap Disc. This was my favourite disc as it proved to work really well in polishing up a piece of steel from rust to a smooth gleaming shine in a very short time. What makes this disc special is the double row of abrasive cloth, 60g on the bottom and then 40g on the top. Abracs claim that this arrangement has increased the life of such discs by up to 20%. All I can say is that it worked well for me and I would definitely keep this disc on my angle grinder.

In a market where price, habit and availability are key factors it can sometimes be hard to get end users to change their habits, but I think that these new Abracs disc are unique, so they would be worth going out of your way for. The decision could save you a lot of time and money.

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