PART of my job is to keep up with tool news from far and wide, and recently I have noticed a trend – particularly from the USA – where ‘own brands’ sold in places like Lowes and Home Depot, have featured ever more strongly in tests and reviews, writes PETER BRETT.
TRACK saws have seen a quiet revolution. Initially, users had to contend with high prices for saw and track, but clearly the advantages outweighed the cost and they were widely adopted, writes PETER BRETT.
I, for one, cannot do without both my corded and cordless tracksaws, and they are regularly used – both onsite and in the workshop.
I AM usually very suspicious of kits of tools made up by people other than me because there always seem to be some tools that are there to make up numbers or others that are glaring omissions, writes PETER BRETT.
However, having reviewed the Wera electricians’ kit a while back, I have to be more circumspect. Several sparks that I know wouldn’t be without theirs and, combined with the 2Go cases, reach for theirs before any other tool.
DRAPER’S blue and black Storm Force range of cordless tools is now well established on the market and provides end users with a comprehensive choice of 10.8v and 20v cordless tools at very competitive prices, writes PETER BRETT.
My experience of these tools is that they are competent and well made with most, if not all, of the bells and whistles required by end users these days.
FOUNDED almost 80 years ago in 1939 by Willi Hahn, grandfather of the current Wiha Managing Director, Wilhelm Hahn, Wiha remains an owner-operated family company with an international presence and reputation, writes PETER BRETT.
The company aims to make daily life much easier for users with a product assortment of innovative hand tool solutions geared towards user needs, which increase efficiency, reduce costs and preserve health.
Quite a mission statement and one that covers a lot of ground.
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.
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.
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.
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?
A FLICK through the latest Wera product catalogue will confirm the company is no stranger to the ‘torqueys’ – tools that control the level of torque for tightening various bolts and screws, writes PETER BRETT.
As machines and components have become more advanced, the need to control the levels of torque of various fixings has become very important.
'As tight as you can get it' is not an acceptable procedure when working on a carbon-fibre structure, or on an electronic device that needs a correct torque to maintain electrical contacts.