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ECHO's new hedgetrimmer range

ECHO has introduced a new range of three domestic and semi-professional use double-sided hedgetrimmers: the HC-2020, the HC-2020R and the HC-2320. These hedgetrimmers, which replace existing models, are lighter in weight and feature a reduced emissions engine which has to be a major consideration in present and future times.

The HC-2020 replaces ECHO’s HC-1501. With its new engine design for lower emissions and 534mm length cutting blades, you get a hedge trimmer with improved ergonomics and better precision for tackling those small to medium jobs. The Japanese double-edged cutter blades offer sharpness and durability while overall the hedgetrimmer is balanced and lightweight at just 4.5kg dry weight. The HC-2020 makes an ideal choice for domestic use and medium-sized professional jobs.

The HC-2020R replaces the ECHO HCR-1501, offering a rotatable handle version of the HC-2020 double sided hedgetrimmer. It’s a lightweight, highly manoeuvrable double-edged trimmer specifically designed for medium-sized jobs and ideal for domestic users or professionals working on small to medium-sized hedges. The rotatable handle may be a small feature but it makes a huge difference. The 5 position handle allows you to find the most comfortable position for cutting at different angles. The HC-2020R weighs in at just 4.6kg dry weight with an even distribution for optimal comfort and performance. The renowned quality of Japanese blades offers super sharpness making precise and clean trimming a breeze.

Replacing the HC-156 the new ECHO HC-2320 is a lightweight, double-sided hedgetrimmer with an extra-long 639mm blade for tackling larger, taller hedges. The lighter weight and ergonomic construction combine with robust components to give you a rugged yet easy to use hedgetrimmer, again with sharp Japanese blades for precise cutting and higher productivity. All the new hedgetimmers come with the latest ECHO low-emission engine for cleaner operation and reduced impact on the environment. Each machine has an industry-leading 5-year domestic or 2-year professional warranty.

For more information, visit or call 01844 278800.

Snickers’ work gloves for healthy hands

THERE'S one thing that professional tradesmen and women can’t do without if they want to get their jobs done properly: healthy hands!

So take good care of your most important tools and choose a pair that’s right for your work to ensure the ultimate in dexterity, durability, comfort and protection.

With advanced designs, features and material combinations, there’s something to suit most trades, from bricklayers and roofers, electricians and plumbers, painters and mechanics, facilities and transportation.

Added to which the unique ‘curved’ designs ensure strong, secure grips while sophisticated patterns, vents and ribs combined with durable materials that provide cut protection, knuckle protection, ventilation, water and wind protection, even features so you can use your mobile phone. What’s more, for specialist use where health and safety standards are key requirements, all of our Work Gloves are EN certified for performance and protection.

Getting more information on the Snickers Work Gloves Range is easy. You can call the Helpline on 01484 854788; or check out where you can download a digital catalogue

KNIPEX's American style linesman’s pliers

LEADING pliers specialist KNIPEX has a range of American Style Linesman’s Pliers, designed to make gripping, pulling and cutting so much easier.

With a solid construction to take the heaviest strain, the KNIPEX Linesman’s Pliers require 50% less effort compared with conventional combination pliers, thanks to its optimised transmission ratio.

The KNIPEX Linesman’s Pliers feature an ergonomically optimised handle shape for firm contact with your hand and has a fatigue-reducing operation. A particularly effective cross-hatched gripping zone in the jaws has also been included to enable strong gripping and pulling.

The range includes versions with a fish tape puller in the joint gap and a universal mandrel crimping point below the joint. KNIPEX also has a version with a tether attachment point for mounting a fall protection – perfect for those tradespeople working at height.

The KNIPEX Electricians Pliers range

LEADING pliers specialist KNIPEX has a range of Electricians Pliers designed for gripping, cutting, stripping and crimping.

The range includes the ideal pliers for cable work, gripping and bending wire. With precision cutting edges, which have been additionally induction-hardened, the pliers’ cutting edge hardness is perfect for cutting medium hard and hard wire.

With precision stripping holes and the ability to crimp wire end sleeves this is the perfect tool for electrical contractors, replacing the need for several pairs of pliers with just one tool.

To complete the range, Model 13 05 160 T is the Tethered Tool version, which can be attached to those electricians who work at height.

WIN a hydraulic assisted Acrow from UNI-PROP®

TO celebrate its rebrand from ToolBUSNIESS+HIRE, ToolKit magazine is giving you the chance to win a tool set or piece of kit every publication month throughout 2020 in the ToolKit Great Tool Giveaway.

For the February draw, we are offering you the opportunity to keep your business well supported with a powerful Maxi model UNI-PROP® with hydraulic assembly kit.

This award-winning product is the most significant step in Acrow support props in 80 years, delivering a precise yet powerful hydraulic power option to the traditional support prop.

UNI-PROP® can quickly and safely be adapted to deliver millimetre precision controlled power of up to 2,000 kgs. In other words, UNI-PROP® is the next generation Acrow.

This innovative product is creating positive shock waves ni the construction industry because of its detachable hydraulic assembly, which is supplied as a sealed unit in a bespoke HDPE case and can be used again and again on multiple props.

UNI-PROP®  is available in three sizes: the Mini, Midi and Maxi models, which correlate with Acrows 0,1 and 2. UNI-PROP® is the noly temporary support on the market that's load-tested to BS EN 1065 - the current standard for adjustable props.


To coincide with the launch of UNI-PROP® at selected Jewson Tool Hire branches, ToolKit has one of these award-winning, innovative UNI-PROP® models (the Maxi model, measuring 2,105mm - 2,950mm) together with a hydraulic assembly unit worth a total of £272 + VAT, to give away to noe lucky digital subscriber.

All subscribers to the digital magazine will automatically be entered into the draw to win this, and every other piece of kit in the ToolKit Great Tool Giveaway for the rest of 2020.

To make sure you are in with a chance to win, follow the LINK HERE and enter your details to subscribe.

HB42 launches the Ultimate Bond kit

HILTON Banks has launched a new HB42 Ultimate Bond kit, developed to help produce the perfect mitre every time.

The kit includes a high viscosity super glue and an activator, designed to rapidly give users a fast and secure bond.

HB42 Ultimate Bond contains a ‘non-yellowing’ activator aerosol and when combined with the adhesive, accelerates the cure speed of the super glue, (also included in the kit) on wood mitre joints and difficult-to-bond surfaces.

The activator in the HB42 Ultimate Bond kit creates an instant bond on many substrates and cures rapidly. It will stick Polyurethane, granite, marble, wood to aluminium, acrylic to granite and rubber to ceramic. The kit can be used on wooden mitre joints, porous, acidic & difficult-to-bond to surfaces including MDF, Acrylic, PVC, Wood, Steel, Leather, Rubber, Ceramics and Aluminium.

The HB42 Ultimate Bond kit is part of the successful high performance HB42 sealants and adhesive range, designed specifically for the trade. Ultimate Bond Activator & Superglue are also available separately.

ECHO launches new low-emission chainsaw

ECHO has launched the CS-621SX heavy-duty rear handle chainsaw. The new saw is a reduced emissions version of their best-selling CS-620SX, yet it retains all the power and dependability of its predecessor.

This is a chainsaw built for arborists and landscaping professionals who use this type of saw daily for felling large trees.

The CS-621SX boasts a new 59.8cc low emission, professional-grade 2-stroke ECHO engine, designed and manufactured in Japan. It is the latest chainsaw in the ECHO X-series of ‘Best in Class’ products which aim to be industry-leading in terms of power and performance. The saw is packed with advanced features to help the commercial operator power through their work. For a heavy-duty saw, it is surprisingly lightweight at only 6.3kg (dry weight) but that doesn’t take anything away from its cutting performance, which exceeds that of many higher capacity machines.  Its balance and ergonomic design offer manoeuvrability and precision, with dual bumper spikes enabling better control when sawing through stumps and thicker branches.

The CS-621SX is a superior saw in every respect, say ECHO, with its range of additional features designed to make the working day easier and more productive. There’s a decompression button for easy starting, a side-access chain tensioner and drop prevention nuts which can’t be lost during maintenance. A rotating plastic chain catcher is designed to help protect the user from potential injury while also preventing chain damage.   The heavy-duty aluminum handle has a secure rubber grip and reduces vibration in the hand. Fuel and oil caps are made larger for easier filling and the fuel tank is translucent to show the fuel level. The ‘G-FORCE’ air cleaner system features a large air filter to keep out debris.

It all adds up to a powerful, durable and heavy-duty chainsaw built to ECHO’s usual exacting specifications, which is borne out by a two-year professional or five-year domestic warranty. You can find out more from your local authorised ECHO dealer.

Take control with the new KNIPEX Control Cabinet Key ‘Double Joint’

THE KNIPEX 00 11 06 Control Cabinet Key ‘Double Joint’ is designed to work across a range of utility and control cabinets, fitting locks made by different manufacturers.

This new product from KNIPEX is a universal swivel head wrench. It has four different rotatable closing heads and three closing heads with a double function. There are three profile types available: outside square (5-8mm capacity), triangle (7-9mm capacity) and double bit (circle with fins – 3-5mm capacity).

The tool contains strong magnets allowing it to open and close easily – and stay firmly in place. It can be opened fully to 180 degrees or held at 90 degrees giving it an easy-to-use handle. When folded back together, the key measures just 62mm. Weighing in at just over 100g it can be carried easily in a pocket.

With a varnished plastic body and zinc die-cast profiles, the KNIPEX 00 11 06 Control Cabinet Key ‘Double Joint’ makes it easy to access control panels, shut off valves and more.

ToolKit launches rolling prize draw with a JCB combi drill set

AS part of the relaunch from ToolBUSINESS+HIRE, ToolKit is proud to run a series of prize draws throughout 2020, giving every digital reader the chance to win the latest cutting-edge tools and kit completely FREE.

In each of the 10 publication months, we will offer a new prize and select a winner from all ToolKit digital subscibers.

The prize for the January draw is the 18V Brush;ess Combi Drill Set from JCB Tools.

This set includes:

  • A JCB 18V Brushless Combi Drill
  • 2 x 5.0 Ah batteries
  • L-Boxx

This innovative piece of kit comes comlpete with a brushless motor, a 2-speed gearbox and an LED light, giving you drilling, screwdriver and hammer action whenever you need them most.


All subscribers to the digital ToolKit magazine are automatically entered. Each month they get the digital version of ToolKit magazine sent straight to their inbox as well as free entre into the draw.

You can subscribe to receive the digital version of ToolKit HERE.

The closing date for the January draw is 19 January.

Snickers Workwear ProtecWork – increasing protection through layers

THIS fully accredited and independently tested protective wear for heat, flame, electrical arc and chemical risk environments delivers market-leading protection in a wide range of hazardous working conditions.

The key features and benefits of the clothing include the hi-tech, advanced fabric technology integral to the Base-, Mid- and Top-Layer garments for both men and women that combine well with the Snickers Workwear hallmarks of best-in-class durability, comfort, ergonomics and fit.

Increasing your protection

Research carried out by Snickers Workwear in the toughest of working environments has concluded that the best ways to improve your level of protection is to wear layers. The main benefit of this is that the air gap formed between different garments provides increased protection.

ProtecWork clothing is fully accredited to a variety of risk and bad weather working environments and all the garments are manufactured from tailor-made fabrics designed to respond to the demands of the conditions in which they’re worn.

So, with over 60 different garments and accessories to choose from, you can make sure you get the right protection, visibility, flexibility, comfort and durability. Check out the new Snickers Workwear ProtecWork range to fit your workday and wellbeing on site.  

For more information on Snickers Workwear’s ProtecWork Range, call the Hultafors Group UK Helpline on 01484 854788.

Checkout the website and download a digital catalogue at


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