I HESITATE to say this again because it makes me sound positively ancient, but in the world of screws (as in tools generally) we have never had it so good, writes PETER BRETT.
WITH our dull, short winter days, work lights are a necessity on most work sites. Over the years I have used a variety of corded and cordless ones so I have come to appreciate their virtues as well as their downsides, writes PETER BRETT.
AS if summer doesn’t descend so quickly into autumn anyway, the recent spate of wet and windy weather has reminded us all that colder and darker days are inevitably on their way, writes PETER BRETT.
Time for all torch users - be they dog walkers, tradespeople or professionals - to make sure that they have a good torch on hand for when it will be needed! And just to make our choices that little bit more sophisticated, Coast has snuck a couple of interesting new torches into its comprehensive range.
WHEN it comes to doing your bit for the environment, the use of a battery-powered brush cutter may seem like a small contribution in the grand scheme of things, writes PETER BRETT.
But if all users of such tools did it then that would make a huge difference, especially if the new tools were as efficient and powerful as their petrol-powered counterparts. Parity of performance is a key feature in my book and any tools that don’t perform, literally don’t cut it.
WHEN I head out to the worksite or workshop, I usually have a pocketful of markers and pencils – just in case, I tell myself; absolutely nothing to do with having too much choice and being slightly disorganised(?), writes PETER BRETT.
The pile of markers also owes a lot to the fact that my work trousers all have holster pockets that accommodate all the markers quite easily and I like having a choice to deal with the variety of marking tasks that I encounter in a day’s work.
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.
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, writes PETER BRETT.
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.
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.