Sunday, 21 August 2011

DeWalt DW745 Portable Table Saw Video Review

A very nice table saw from DeWalt, the DW745 is well worth a look.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Makita DPC6430 300mm 12" Petrol Disc Cutter Review

So you want to cut bricks, paving slabs, stone, metals poles, pipes and kerb-stones. With the right disc, either the supplied 12" Diamond Disc for masonry or an additional metal-cutting abrasive disc, the Makita DPC6430 is the right tool for the job.

The Makita 12" Petrol Disc Cutter won't be the lightest tool in your van, it weighs a hefty 10kg, but it could be the most useful. The powerful 64cc 4.5hp motor can spin the blade at up to 5100rpm, giving you a depth of cut of 100mm.

The DPC6430 is designed to be easy to start, using a decompression valve before you start on the pull-start. A water based dust-suppression system keeps site reasonably clean, and you've got easy, tool-less access to the spark-plug ignition.

To get closer to walls, or the edges of anything you're trying to cut, the blade can be moved to a lateral position for added flexibility. The 1.1 liter fuel tank will keep you productive on site, and the M2M vibration reduction will keep your hands from going numb too.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Laser Kevlar Hot Sleeve Review

No, the chap in the photo to the left hasn't broken his hand, and he isn't wearing some sort of a sports-support. This is a blog all about tools and equipment, and what you see here is special sleeve that will protect your arms and hands when working around hot objects.

The Laser Kevlar Hot Sleeve is a fantastic idea, and a great boon for auto-mechanics, plumbers, welders, and anyone who has to work near stuff that's hot.

If you've ever been working on a car, then lent over to adjust something and burnt your arm on a hot engine cover, or more commonly when you're under a car and accidently  brushed against the hot exhaust you'll know what a pain it is.

It may look a bit daft, but it works, it's cheap, and I think it's a must for every motor mechanics tool chest - the Laser Kevlar Hot Sleeve.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Numatic HVR200 Super Henry Vacuum Cleaner Review

Henry, Henry, where fore art thow? Foresooth, we are in needeth of a vacuum cleaner that caneth dealeth with thow dustiest floors, messiest basements and most foulest of abodes!

Yes, it is true. You may have mocked those who have professed their admiration of the little red tub with the cheeky grin and sparkling eyes, and thought him something from the past, but the Super Henry Vacuum from Numatic honestly is brilliant. I should know, I've got one.

Although he's been around since 1980, Henry has been in constant development. Today's model has a 1200w 230v motor, two power modes, a 9 litre bag, made in the UK, and a load of accessories in the box to tackle all the dirt you can throw at this great vacuum cleaner.

Before we purchased our Super Henry, I though upright vacs were the best. How could Henry, without a carpet beater, compare with the likes of Dyson and Electrolux? The answer is that Henry is better, tougher and cheaper. In Turbo mode Henry cleans carpets and hard floors really well and stair-cases with no troubles at all.

So, if you need a vac for home or work, consider the Numatic Super Henry, it's one of the few products where the superlatives actually are deserved.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Belle Minimix 140 Concrete Mixer - 230V - Review

If you've ever used, and been let down by, a cheaper cement mixer, you'll know the value of spending money on a good mixer, and the Belle Minimix 140 is a good one.

You can prepare 90 litres of mix at a time, yet the Minimix 140 is portable and small enough to fit in the back of your van or even your car.

The supplied stand makes tipping into a wheel-barrow a doddle, and the double insulated motor keeps everything nice and safe.

The Minimix 140 has a weight of 45kg, so it's not light, but it is one of the most portable, usable concrete mixers available, so make sure it's on your list if you're thinking about buying one.