Trusted partnership is a perfect pairing for Red Fever hand tools launch

TOOLBANK is pleased to announce that it will be partnering Milwaukee Tools to become the preferred wholesaler and distributor for their upcoming professional Red Fever hand tool range in the UK and Ireland.

The leading specialist distributor will be stocking over 300 Milwaukee hand tool and storage lines.

The official launch of the range of high quality, new and innovative products is planned for mid January 2019 with stock available from 1 February.

Nigel Blow, Group Product Manager at Toolbank, said: "The introduction of a new range of high quality, trade specific Milwaukee hand tools is probably the most exciting thing to happen in this sector for some years.

"The partnership between Toolbank and Milwaukee offers customers a real opportunity to show and sell something new to the market."

As part of the launch, impactful display options including eye-catching, full size stands, metal counter top displays and cut cases have been pulled together in a full colour supporting brochure which highlights all the retailer support and offers available.

Additionally, there will be four dedicated Milwaukee-hand-tool-only salespeople on the road, each with a fully kitted out Milwaukee-hand-tool-only van to allow customers to see and try the products first hand and make informed purchase decisions.

The range will also be showcased at Toolbank’s spring tradeshows up and down the country in March and April so make sure you visit their stand to get some hands-on product time.

For more information on the new range of Milwaukee hand tools please contact your local Toolbank branch or sales representative.

Innovative system to aid environment generates award success

A PIONEERING storage system to help site generators work more efficiently to save on costs and reduce emissions has won a UK-wide innovation award, delighting distributor Morris Site Machinery.

The company commended the success of Tangent Energy as winner of the pollution category and overall winner in the Highways UK Intelligent Infrastructure Challenge.

Its microgrid renewable energy storage system triumphed at an event attended by the largest firms in the construction and highways industry.

John Mustarde (pictured above left), Managing Director of Tangent Energy, said: "Our solution is proven to have a huge impact in reducing pollution. We’re delighted to have received this award, as it shows the industry sees tackling emissions as being fundamentally important."

Morris Site Machinery is the UK distributor for Tangent’s intelligent hybrid battery pack which can be fitted to any generator with an auto start function to respond to changing power requirements to save on fuel, CO2 emissions, noise and running costs.

Technology sensing demands

Technology could shut down a generator at night when power requirements are low and use the power it has stored instead.

If the system runs low or the energy demand rises, it will automatically re-engage the generator to deliver the energy needed.

Switching to the storage systems means lower fuel consumption, saving on costs and emissions to help improve air quality. With the generator switched to battery operation, the silent power will mean less noise pollution too. 

UK Sales Director, Richard Denholm (right) said: "The accolade for Tangent Energy is well deserved and recognises the value of its innovative work. We are proud to be a partner.

"Demands and legislation to be more environmentally aware are increasing. We want to help operators at construction sites to reduce their carbon footprints and to use generators more efficiently."

Morris Site Machinery manufactures and supplies world leading site machinery brands and products to serve a range of sectors.

Immigration White Paper shows government is not listening, says FMB

THE Immigration White Paper shows the Government is not listening to the business community as it sets out a post-Brexit immigration system that would devastate the construction industry, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Commenting on the Immigration White Paper, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “The Government seems hell-bent on ignoring the business community when it comes to its immigration policy, as demonstrated by this disastrous White Paper.

"Despite more than two years of constructive engagement, what has been proposed by Ministers takes on none of our feedback.

"If the Government wants to jeopardise the UK economy for the sake of meeting an arbitrary immigration target, it’s going the right way about it.

“What’s particularly worrying is the government’s obsession with salary thresholds for migrant workers entering the UK.

"The figure of £30,000 was floated in the Migration Advisory Committee report and was met by fierce opposition from almost all sectors.

"It makes no sense to draw meaningless lines in the sand when we should base our immigration policy on what will make our economy strong and productive.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB

(ABOVE) Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB

"The White Paper also states categorically that it will make no allowances for so-called low skilled workers.

"This is wrong on two levels – firstly, the definition of 'low skilled' will cover most construction tradespeople and secondly, genuinely low skilled workers, such as labourers, are essential to the safe and smooth running of any construction site.

"12-month work visas for occupations in short supply during the transition period simply won’t cut it.

"Small and medium-sized construction firms, which make up 99 percent of the industry, do not advertise for roles internationally. Also, from a migrant worker’s perspective, why go to the UK for just 12 months when they can settle in other countries for much longer and put down roots if they wish. If the 12-month work visa idea was supposed to be an olive branch to the business community, it leaves much to be desired.

"The government describes the construction and house building sectors as strategic and central to delivering its own aims.

"However, the plans set out today would make it impossible to meet the Government’s house building targets and the world-class infrastructure projects we have in the pipeline will be nothing but a pipedream."

The technology helping to prevent construction industry accidents

THE CONSTRUCTION industry continues to thrive throughout the world, with the global market expected to grow in value by 85% to $15.5 trillion (currently valued at £12.2 trillion) by 2030.

Yet while the industry flourishes, one of the biggest issues is that of safety in the workplace, where the number of injuries and fatalities caused by accidents on worksites continues to cause alarm.

In the UK, just over 2.73 million people are employed in construction sector jobs.

According to the Health and Safety Executive, there were 196 fatalities in the construction industry in Great Britain in the five years to 2017. Of these, 10% were struck by workers being struck by a moving vehicle.

Statistics also showed that of the 5,055 non-fatal accidents during 2016/2017, 13% were struck by moving objects.

Research shows that workers in the construction industry are at risk in a number of areas. These include:

  • collisions due to rear, front and side blind spots;
  • collisions due to poor visibility, such as dust, fog, and working at night;
  • site workers being struck by vehicles and mobile machines;
  • ear defenders reducing site workers’ ability to hear clearly approaching vehicles;
  • tonal back-up alarms being ignored by site workers.

In the high-risk construction industry, organisations have a duty to safeguard their workers.

Although many countries are required to comply with their own health and safety standards, organisations are increasingly choosing to invest in enhanced safety systems to protect their workers and keep their reputations intact.

Technology innovations

On construction sites, the need for safety is paramount, particularly as the slightest mistake can have devastating consequences.

The latest innovations in technology mean many of these accidents can be prevented.

A range of safety systems are available to assist construction companies in keeping their staff safe.

On-board camera systems can help to alert drivers to possible dangers, while reversing and warning alarms alert workers when a vehicle is manoeuvring near them.

Brigade’s reversing alarms harness high-spec broadband sound frequency, emitting a wide range of white sound frequencies.

These enable workers to locate the direction of the sounds instantly. Rather than the old style ‘beep beep’, Brigade’s bbs-tek® White Sound® reversing alarms create a ‘ssh-ssh’ sound, which dissipates quickly.

This means the alarm can only be heard in the danger zone, so there is more chance of alarm-weary workers paying attention.

The broadband frequency also gives workers wearing ear protection devices a better chance of hearing the alarm.

Sensing risk

Blind spots on large worksite vehicles and machinery can be particularly deadly. The front, rear and nearside are problematic areas of vehicles, particularly those with elevated driver positions.

Harsh construction site terrains, where thick dust and mud often decrease visibility even more, further increase the risk of accidents. 

Radar systems, such as Brigade’s latest Backsense® Radar sensor system (BS-8000), alert the operator to potential risks.

Backsense® works by emitting a continuous-wave radar that is faster than pulsed-radar products.

Some detection systems can produce false alerts, which can lead to frustration for the driver, resulting in genuine alerts being disregarded.

Continuous-wave radar protects against false alerts, thanks to the controlled beam pattern, which can be programmed, allowing organisations to fix a bespoke detection area specifically suited to their needs. 

When a moving or stationary object is detected, the driver is given an in-cab visual display plus an audible warning.

Another advantage installing a radar system is that, unlike cameras, they will continue to function at optimum levels even in the harshest of conditions, such as rain, fog and snow.

As technology moves forward, systems are being developed to address the need for multiple sensors which have the ability to cover large, complex blind spot areas.

Backsense® Network Radar allows organisations to connect and link up to eight sensors.

This system provides object detection in Controller Area Network (CAN) gateway to display data on control panels on the vehicle and possible trigger outputs.

While it may not be possible to eliminate every element of risk when manoeuvring heavy plant and machinery, radar obstacle detection is a step forward in protecting the lives of vehicle operators and those who work around them.

Workwear: JCB branded from Progressive Safety Footwear

DESPITE the sunshine here in the south of England, the weather has turned very cold. So, it really is time to dig out the winter work gear, write PETER BRETT.

The prospect of muddy jobsites and cold feet and hands is not one I relish. From November to March I usually prefer the comfort and convenience of working indoors, but we cannot always choose where we work.

Boots made for walking

So it was handy to have a nice parcel of JCB branded winter clothing from Progressive Safety Footwear. In the parcel were two pairs of boots for different work sectors.

First up, JCB 5CX boots

The first pair are butch and tough-looking, entitled the 5CX, which provide the following specifications:

• The uppers are made of tough black leather, a feature I like because my feet prefer the comfort that leather promotes.

• The seams are double or quadruple stitched and the protective toecap is covered with a TPU ‘scuff cap’ to remind users these are indeed tough work boots.

• The boots are S1-rated, which is a level above Safety Basic; so safety protection includes anti-static safety, sole-piercing protection, and protection from flames and heat, outside grip, and resistance to some chemicals.

• The sole has a strong ‘blocked’ grip pattern that will help to grip in muddy and wet conditions outdoors – but the downside for indoors, is that they can drop off lumps of mud on interior floor coverings.

The 5cx’s message is clear: they are intended for tough outdoor use, but there’s a particular twist with these boots – although they lace up all the way past ankle level, on the inside ankles, there is a strong YKK zip that can be slid down. This means the boots simply slip straight off.

A leather hook and loop strap helps prevent the zip from sliding down by itself, and the choices offered by the various lacing loops means users can personalise the fit around the ankle for a combination of support and ease of taking on/off.

The boots stay dry, cool and warm through a padded and part-lined material.

My experience of wearing these boots for a few days was they were almost instantly comfortable, and with a chance to adjust the laces and zip over a couple of days, I was soon able to get them to feel like a very tough and protective second skin.

I found they came up a bit smaller than other pairs of JCB boots, so it will pay to try them on if you can, while remembering to take into account a pair of cosy JCB winter work socks.

Secondly, a pair of HYDRADIG/B boots for lighter duty

Next up was a pair of HYDRADIG/B black mesh mid cut boots. With a lightweight sole and mesh fabric construction they are aimed at trades whose work is largely indoors.

The sole reflects this too – it has a lightly-hatched pattern to provide good grip on ‘smooth-ish’ surfaces, which will help remove mud and dirt easily by simply wiping your feet on a doormat.

• These mid-cut boots have a full mesh lining designed for comfort;

• Much like the 5CX, the HYDRADIG/B provide S1-rated levels of protection for toes and sole penetration as well as anti-static insulation and grip, but unlike the leather boots above, they do not resist heat or fire.

Having worn a pair of JCB safety trainers this summer I found that moving up to the mid-cut pattern was seamless. They feel similarly comfortable and the lacing is easy to customise for a compromise between a secure fit and getting them off easily.

Again, on a cold winter’s day it is easy to slip on a pair of slightly thicker JCB work socks to ensure cosy feet.

Some more treats

A warm and rugged sweatshirt is good to have on a cold jobsite. To be part of a more exclusive crowd, the Limited Edition J C Bamford 1945 logo sweatshirt is distinctive – and practical.

Made from polyester and cotton, it is ‘roomy’ and fits comfortably – which is complemented through a thumb loop on the end of the sleeves, which keeps them from riding up and exposing arms to the cold.

The lightly fleecy inner certainly helped to keep me warm and the crew neck kept draughts to a minimum. Of course, it is the first item of clothing to get paint or plaster splattered, but it washes and dries quite easily because of its polyester content.

Underneath the sweatshirt, a subtly branded JCB polo shirt is a great choice.

Made of 100% polyester it is breathable, antibacterial, pill-resistant, colour fast and anti-stretch. In summer, it will also protect its wearer from UV light.

The sleeves and underarms of the shirt are made with a breathable mesh fabric (as seen on football strips) and these help to keep the wearer fragrant.

I have already mentioned the warm JCB socks – I have a couple of pairs now – but the additional pair will help solve the one pair on, one pair washed and last pair in the laundry basket dilemma.

Not-so baggy trousers

Finally, the JCB Trade Plus Rip Stop Work Trousers (in grey and black), are styled in a classic and comfortable way.

I find these trousers suit me very well for most jobs because they are not only tough and practical but comfortable too.

With seven substantial belt loops (an extra wide one at the back to avoid builder’s bottom) they stay up. I like the holster pockets on the front of each thigh, but of course they are very easy to overload with tape measure, knife, pencils etc etc. Not the trousers’ fault though!

With nine other pockets for everything from a screwdriver to the ever-present mobile phone, these trousers are a useful standard layout that has many applications in a variety of trades.

I almost always manage to test the rip-stop qualities of the material via a nail or bit of scaffolding – but it is what it says – Rip Stop.

In my experience, the JCB clothing above has scored well for practicality, comfort and washing. There is an advantage to a coordinated work wardrobe – it adds to comfort and even safety, and the JCB ranges come without a premium price tag.

‘Big, powerful and a three-year guarantee’: Triton TRA001 Router

THE distinctive shape, colour and operation of Triton routers has always made them look and feel different from the competition, write PETER BRETT.

There are many thousands of happy Triton router users who would be very happy to note the TRA001 heavy duty, 2400 W Dual Mode Router carries on the old Triton traditions.

Unpacking it from the carefully designed box, anyone vaguely familiar with routers would realize it is indeed a beast designed to do heavy-duty cutting. A tool that would easily find its way into a professional tool kit not only for its sheer grunt, but also because of its 68mm plunge depth and maximum cutter radius of 55mm.

The TRA001 is packed with features for accuracy and clean cutting. Some new versions are different from the conventional design of bygone routers.

However, once you do get used to them the Triton system looks and feels perfectly logical. In my opinion, the ‘designed-in’ safety features put it steps ahead of the competition. There is something inherently dangerous about a sharp cutter whirling around at 21,000rpm and the Triton keeps exposure to an absolute minimum as well as making ‘accidental starting’ almost impossible.

Safety is key

These systems make perfect sense when you examine some of the other features of the router. One of the main ways the Triton designers keep our fingers away from whirling cutters is to put strong, transparent plastic guards around the baseplate. There is a standard vacuum outlet included so dust and chippings can be safely removed, thereby protecting eyes and lungs.

However, this means changing cutters has to be done with the router collet moved all the way down to be in line with the baseplate where the supplied spanner can be fitted to the flats of the collet for cutter removal. The geared system plunge is best used for this as it works very positively and engages the automatic spindle lock for one-handed cutter changes.

Triton is designed to be stood on its head so it is easy to achieve safe and highly visible cutter changes. This arrangement is even more logical when the router is used in ‘router table’ mode, where cutter changes take place with the cutter above the level of the table for maximum ease.

Another major safety feature is the on/ off switch design. This has a sliding door on it that has to be pushed in and the router switched to the ‘on’ position for the motor to operate. Once the rocker switch is turned ‘off’ the sliding door snaps shut preventing the switch from being operated. You have to deliberately choose the ‘on’ option so there’s no chance of accidentally activating the motor with a careless movement.

When changing cutters, the switch has to be in ‘off ’position and the sliding door closed, for the spindle lock to engage.

Basically, it means no cutter changing without accidental starting being triggered. No other router I use can make that claim.

Turrets, depths and adjustments

One of the easiest adjustments to spot is the milled wheel on top of the motor housing that controls the motor speed.

It has five positions, but the speed increase is from 8,000 to 21,000rpm.

Bigger cutters need to go slower because of their higher peripheral speed, while smaller cutters can go faster. Just watch out for burning if the feed rate is too slow or the cutter is blunt.

There is a small rotatable three-stop turret on the base of the router. By using the spring-loaded depth stop (with locking screw) depths of cut are easy to set.

However, for users who wish to use this router with the optional router table – a great accessory in my view as it increases the versatility and accuracy of the tool many times over – then there is the option to use the winder handle. This is used to wind the cutter to the selected depth.

Although, it is important to follow the instructions when fitting the router to the router table, it is not difficult to do. Also, attaching the router to the table improves safety and increases speed. The rack and pinion cutter depth-set system makes it easy to change cutters without removing the router from the table. As a result, there is no need for the more common practice of dealing with a sharp cutter and a spanner underneath the table.

This way that way, another way

As well as being able to choose to use the TRA001 on the router table, users can also have the choice of collets as both a 12mm and a ½ inch collet are supplied. It is fairly easy to spot the difference because the ½ inch collet is bigger than the 12mm one.

In the UK, most router cutter stockists offer ½ inch cutter shanks as standard, and it is definitely not a good idea to fit a 12mm shank cutter to a ½ inch collet or vice versa.

Other features include a solid pressed steel baseplate and fence assembly for accurate edging cuts and circle routing.

Since the base plate is in one piece and the securing nuts and bolts are all captive it does save that awful moment when you realise you have lost the screws, as sometimes happens to me with other routers.

The motor has a soft start and has a constant under-load speed and is remarkably restrained in terms of noise and vibration, even with a big cutter on board.

Above all, my overriding impression is still of a big and powerful router with all the capability one needs for demanding jobs.

Snickers Stretch workwear mirrors high street fashion

WHEN I changed from a comfortable pair of well worn-in jeans and donned the new Snickers Workwear AllroundWork Stretch Trousers with holster pockets, they immediately felt like they had always been part of me, write PETER BRETT.

Despite appearing to be a tighter fit on legs and waist, which Snickers call a street-smart style, they had space enough to accommodate easy bending and stretching without constricting anything.

There’s lots to like and they will be my first on-site choice of wear for the foreseeable. They will be perfect for those pesky bend and stretch jobs, where the stretch really does make a difference in comfort levels.

Design is the answer

Comfort and durability are designed into Snickers trousers and it does mean the products are considered premium.

However, Snickers wearers I’ve spoken to justify the expense with the fact the trousers last a long time, wash very well, and do a good job of being practical work trousers.

It is also increasingly true high street trends are affecting the work wear ranges of many manufacturers.

It seems tradespeople want to keep up with fashion too, but I doubt whether the average pair of fashionable trousers from a high-street chain would be made using 64 pattern pieces, 592 metres of thread and come in 70 sizes.

Clearly there is more to the design of these trousers than meet the eye. Using a combination of two-way and four-way stretch fabrics is only one way the designers have ensured the comfort and durability of these trousers.

Other practicalities include the knee areas and seat being made of elasticated Cordura, which adds to the comfort. The hardwearing Cordura fabric is indeed tough and washes well.

Proof of the pudding

Initially, I wore the trousers around the house while doing my usual weekend jobs that require bending and stretching, and the feeling was confirmed they just feel comfortable, and there was a lot less pulling up at the waistband after bending down. They simply stayed in place better.

When I ventured to the workshop, I started using the array of pockets to collect my usual array of tape measure, screw bits, pencils and markers.

The two side and back pockets are large and secure for a wallet and car keys, but I am a convert to holster pockets on the front of my work trousers.

Each holster pocket from the Snickers workwear have three pouches so it is easy to separate a small screwdriver to a pencil for easy finding. On the left thigh there is a capacious pocket, which is useful for larger items.

On both side-thighs there are long pockets that will hold bigger screwdrivers. On site, these pockets along with the comfy stretch made for a really comfortable pair of trousers that felt almost like a second, extremely protective skin.

Kneeling pains?
Thing of the past!

Snickers Workwear is one of the few manufacturers that can boast the knee pockets and knee pads on its trousers match the position of the wearer’s knees when they kneel. This is such a valuable feature for me that it’s a deal breaker when buying new trousers. Add to it that wearers have the choice of four kneepad styles and a Knee-Guard System that allows the user to position the kneepads in their pockets at the correct level.

On reflection and lots of wearing, all I can say is if these Snickers Workwear AllroundWork trousers are fashionable then I am happy to be part of the ‘fashionista’ trend. Now that’s something I never thought I would say!

Innovative QUADSAW to save millions of pounds for UK’s electrician trade

QUADSAW, the tool that drills perfect square and rectangular holes, has officially launched.

The innovative drilling product is set to save the construction industry countless hours of labour and, most importantly, hundreds of millions of pounds.

Manufactured in the UK, QUADSAW is a seamless attachment to a power drill that uses patented technology to convert rotary motion into a linear motion – in four planes at once.

It means perfect square holes for electrical sockets and other boxes can be cut in seconds rather than minutes, saving the construction industry millions of hours of labour annually.

QUADSAW Co-Founder Ean Brown said: “Over the past two years we field-tested and improved the product as well as set up our UK manufacturing facility.

"We are proud to have shipped all QUADSAWs to UK pre-order customers and are ready to supply all new orders.”

The product is especially useful in new build projects, electricians and dryliners, where multiple square holes always need cutting.

Tradespeople currently create socket holes with rulers, pencils and handsaws, which is time consuming and inaccurate.

QUADSAW solves this problem thanks to its unique four-blade technology that enables users to cut square holes with minimal dust and absolute precision.

This means they can achieve higher consistency in the quality of their work, while saving time and money.

QUADSAW has a built-in spirit level and the blades can be changed in seconds at the push of a button enabling the user to switch between single and double socket sizes.

As of 2018, over 250,000 electricians in the UK cut approximately three holes each working day, and according to survey by TradeSkills4U, QUADSAW could save over 16 million hours of labour and over £320 million per annum in the UK alone (Based on £20 an hour minimum average for an electrician), and much more globally.

Seal of approval

Mike Perkins (below), an electrician from Maidenhead with over 40 years’ experience, was given a QUADSAW for the day on his latest new build project.

He had an ambitious aim to cut 60 holes by the end of the day, but ended up with 82 perfect single and double box holes by the afternoon.

Mike said: “Using the QUADSAW makes the job of cutting square and rectangular holes easier than ever before.

“It’s precise, limits dust, has fantastic build quality, and is going to save me and many other electricians a lot of money. The QUADSAW should be at the top of any workman’s tool list.”

Tried and tested

The first QUADSAW prototype was developed in 2016 and a pre-order campaign was launched, attracting customers from across the globe.

Following a successful period of development and testing those pre-orders have been shipped to all customers from the UK, with customers around the world to receive their orders in the next few months. Improvements to the prototype include:

• Greater longevity – drill up hundreds
of holes with each set of blades;

• More robust – successfully tested in
commercial environments;

• Compatibility with a wider variety
of drills.

Ean added: “In my career as a lawyer and commercial operator I’ve seen a lot of products go to market so when I saw the final QUADSAW in action I knew it would be a winner. The amount of time and effort that this tool will save is phenomenal.”

Inventor & QUADSAW Co-Founder Michael Sebhatu said: “Working as a kitchen fitter, while completing my Master’s degree in Product Design, I watched an electrician sawing the opening by hand to fit an electric box to a wall and wondered why he didn’t use a cutter.

“That’s how the idea for QUADSAW was born. The unique thing about this product is it makes life easier to the person using it.”

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Innovation from Spectre Screws

WHEN it comes to woodscrews – or even fastenings in general – we have a bewildering choice nowadays.

The cordless drill driver and modern woodscrews have made what was a chore into a simple job with, usually, much better results than we could have expected 20 years ago, writes PETER BRETT.

Who drills pilot holes these days? Or who greases screws before twisting them in with a big screwdriver like we used to?

The Spectre USPs

The new Spectre screws are labelled as Advanced Multi-Purpose Woodscrews, so are aimed at jobbing builders, joiners, carpenters and others. They need a good product at a good price, when a premium screw is not required.

FORGEFIX carefully chose the features most needed for general users and, based on my experience of using woodscrews in a variety of applications, the design is pretty well spot on.

Starting with the quick-start type 17 slash point, it is very sharp so getting a good start is almost as easy as just pushing it into the wood where you need the screw to be.

In addition to the cut out to clear the starting hole quickly, the first few mm of the thread has a small sawtooth that literally cuts its way through the wood and helps prevent splitting.

I tried the screws close to the edges of both hard and softwood, and it is not an idle claim.

Brian Trevaskiss, Marketing Manager at FORGEFIX, said: "Users don’t have to open the box, they just need to offer up their sample screw to the scale to compare.

" This is simple stuff – but no-one else has thought of this before. I am sure retailers will love it.

"There is also the option to purchase larger quantity boxes of the most popular sizes that represent a 10% saving on the equivalent normal size boxes.

"As for the screws – yes, they work well. They are anti-corrosion coated, and come in 48 sizes with, as mentioned above, options for bulk trade boxes.

"Dealers who decide to stock bigger numbers qualify for a free one-metre display stand."

Point of sale display

FORGEFIX is to be commended for coming up with a few excellent ideas to help end users (and even shop counter staff) to choose the right size screws.

This will also help with the annoying problem of finding clumsily opened boxes half full of screws on a display - usually the result of a customer trying to find exactly the length and gauge of the screw they want.

The new bright yellow and black boxes have the size and gauge of the screws written in big letters (even without my glasses I can read them) on one side of the box.

On the other side is an actual size representation of the head, so the user will know what size and type of driver to use. Below it is a centimetre scale with the screw imposed on it.

M450 Vacuum contains it all - dust and liquids

THERE are a range of dust extractors and vacuums on the market, but what about when dealing with dust and liquid spills, or slurry?
The Preparation Group, a leading expert in preparing, polishing and cleaning surfaces, has the M450 model in its fleet, a dual-purpose, heavy-duty dry/wet vac.

With the M450 there is no need for two separate vacuums as it is specifically designed to eradicate dust, with high levels of dust particle containment, yet is equally effective at dealing with liquids.

It can be switched between the two operations with no compromise to the performance and without the need to change the filter.

Kate Walshaw, Hire Group Manager, said: "Our range of Industrial vacuums for hire includes small single motor models of up to the three-motor M450 at 5.5kw and all are highly efficient.

"We also have longopac models for dealing with hazardous substances or dust sensitive projects.

"Our range is built to last with minimal operating costs, to maximise hire rental opportunities."

Other benefits of the M450

It is powered by three motors which can all be independently used to control suction levels, adding power for tough tasks or conserving energy for lighter duties.

Built from high-grade steel, it is virtually maintenance-free and has a large capacity 60-litre bin for less emptying.

The supplied ‘M’ Filter is removed with one quick and easy action, you simply untie from the frame and replace.

‘H’ filters are also available from stock for collecting very fine, asbestos containing particle dust.


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