Reviews at a glance

CAMPINGAZ Garden Torches – Fiery Weed Control

I am the world’s worst gardener, and what I always look for is a quick and easy solution to weedkilling.Chemical weedkillers seem to offer what seems to me a thorough solution to regrowth, but they are sometimes not indicated when animals and children are around, so the CAMPINGAZ garden torch offered a different solution to my weeds. 

TIMco C2 Multi-Purpose Screws

TIMco (T I Midwood and Co Ltd) was established in 1970 and was in the business of importing and wholesaling screws, fastenings, fixings and power tool accessories. By 2016 it had a workforce of approximately 110 and a multimillion-pound turnover. The company also owns the Addax brand of specialist power tools and in 2010 acquired FirmaHold, a leading brand in collated nails and fuel cells. This shows that TIMco is a well-established supplier with deep connections in the fastenings and fixings business.

Sanding Innovations from National Abrasives

Anything that helps to minimise effort, time and mess when sanding big areas is worth a look as far as I am concerned, and the kits from National Abrasives looked useful.

The Multi-Purpose Sander Quick Change System consists of a pole, a large, 220mm diameter sanding disc, a handle and a pole adaptor. Each of the pieces can be used in a variety of combinations according to need. The glassfibre pole can be used with both round disc and corner sander discussed below.

HYPERTORCHES from Campingaz

The two gas torches from Campingaz’s HYPERTORCH range are both suitable for skilled DIY and trade use – using a mixture of butane and propane gas to deliver enough heat for soldering copper pipes and removing paint etc. Campingaz claims that the mixture gives an extra 35% of heat energy compared to a single gas.

Both of the torches come in a simple and PZ version. The PZ version is lit using the piezo switch that provides the spark to light the gas, while the simple version will require a lighter.

Draper 160L 230V Cement Mixer

There is a special logic to this mixer – the 160 litre capacity means that it can use one 25kg bag of cement per mix – making it much easier to get a consistent mix. A full load of sand/aggregate mixture, cement and water is roughly 90 litres so with an actual mixing capacity of 110 litres, there is more than enough space in the drum.

Self-assembly is the key to the pricing of this machine, but it is not difficult if you follow the correct sequence – USE THE INSTRUCTION BOOKLET!

JCB Cagelow Safety Trainers

Why Buy..?

These JCB Cagelow B safety trainers from Progressive Safety felt comfy after about half an hour, and by the end of the day I wouldn’t have been able to tell that they were new shoes. This is because the fit is wide and the toes rounded without looking clumsy.  I found myself adopting them for everyday use even when I wasn’t working in the workshop or on site because they looked fine with their black uppers and flexible grey mesh covering that provides comfort and ventilation. The dual density heels and soles cushioned the feet nicely.

Sanding Innovations from National Abrasives

Anything that helps to minimise effort, time and mess when sanding big areas is worth a look as far as I am concerned, and the kits from National Abrasives looked useful.

The Multi-Purpose Sander Quick Change System consists of a pole, a large 220mm diameter sanding disc, a handle and a pole adaptor. Each of the pieces is able to be used in a variety of combinations according to need. The glassfibre pole can be used with both round disc and corner sander.

Draper STORMFORCE 10.8v -Choose What You Like

The Draper STORMFORCE collection is a set of cordless tools that offers users lots of choice. There are five tools in the range so far – a Drill/driver, a Combi hammer drill, an impact driver, a reciprocating saw and a cordless ratchet.  

Commonly powered by a 10.8v Lithium Ion battery they can be bought as a complete kit with charger and spare battery, or “bare”. you can acquire a decent range of tools without having to buy any “unwanted extras”.

 

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