NO review of a Nilfisk vacuum should fail to point out that the company has been making vacuums (and other cleaning machines) for over a hundred years and therefore has a LOT of expertise and experience to draw on. Therefore, in my view, you can buy a Nilfisk machine with confidence, and my own experience of them has always been very positive, writes PETER BRETT.
THE difference between ‘consumer’ and pro-quality glue guns is vast. When I was teaching Design and Technology, I used to feel for the frustration of my students, forced to use low melt glue guns for good old ‘health and safety’ reasons, as they watched their carefully glued pieces of work literally coming apart in their hands. The glue guns simply didn’t reach a high enough temperature for the adhesive to make a good enough bond, writes PETER BRETT.
<p><strong>RETAILING at over £600, (though prices do vary) end users would be justified in expecting the Festool CTM MIDI 1 dust extractor to be packed full of class-leading features as well as efficient and safe dust extraction – and to cut a long story short it is exactly that, <em>writes PETER BRETT.</em></strong></p>
<p>In the few weeks I have used this machine, I have come to appreciate its many virtues, but I am finding it hard to make the all-important value for money judgement.</p>
WHAT constitutes harmful dust on site (and in general) can still be a matter of opinion for some. Although a careful read of the relevant documents from the HSE should make it clear that most dusts should be treated with due care, fine wood and silica dusts – the ones most common on building sites, are considered very dangerous, writes PETER BRETT.
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.