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.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Karcher SC650 Outdoor Push Sweeper Review

I can almost hear your reaction as you look at this odd little device. Is this a lawn mower? No. How about s pressure washer? Absolutely not. Ah you think, it's a floor polisher! Again, no, but you're close. This is the Karcher SC650, a modern version of an old favorite, a push sweeper!

We've all had the same problem of a dirty workshop or warehouse floor, a path or a car-park that needs sweeping. Yes, you could use a broom to do the work, but the SC650makes it oh so much easier.

All you've got to do is push this little wonder around, requiring no electrics, and it uses the built-in brushes to sweep up the rubbish and store it in a 16l hopper.

Karcher estimate that you could "sweep" an area of 1800 square meters in an hour, right up to the edges of curbs or walls. Change the height of the handle to suit the user, pop your ipod on, then get sweeping the easy way, with no broom and no dustpan and brush. And no back ache either!

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

T B Davies Xtend & Climb 3.8m Telescopic Ladder Review

Maybe you don't have a van with a ladder rack on top, or maybe you haven't got the space for a traditional ladder, but with the T B Davies Xtend & Climb Pro Telescopic Ladder you can have a great little ladder without the storage and transport problems.

When I say little, I'm being unfair. The Xtend & Climb can reach up to 3.8m high, large enough for most trade and home jobs. When the ladder is in its compact form, it stands a mere 81cm high, small enough to fit in the boot of your car or a corner of your shed, workshop or garage.

Built to the EN131standard, the Extend and Climb can hold up to 150kg, has a tough anodized finish, and is furnished with a five year guarantee. Made of Aluminium and Platic, this truly flexible ladder weighs in at 15kg and has 13 rungs, which can be extended one at a time.

So, if you're in the market for a ladder, but are worried that you might not have enough space, take a look at the TB Davies Xtend and Climb Pro. It's small, light, and can reach the places that step ladders definitely can't...

Monday, 8 August 2011

Irwin Bolt Grip Seized Fastening Remover Set Review

How frustrating is it when you start a job only to be stopped in your tracks by a seized or damaged nut or bolt head? I've lost count of the times I've struggled with mole grips, blow torches and wrenches before I give up and fire up the easy-outs.

The tool specialists Irwin have come up with an alternative, their Bolt Grip System. Looking at first glance like ordinary sockets, what we have instead is a special design that will grip damaged and seized bolt and nut heads, even if they are completey rounded off, then give you a fighting chance of removing the fastening without having to resort to drilling it out.

Coming in 11, 14, 16mm, with their imperial equivalents, these bolt grips can get you out of many sticky situations, and if you get the add-on and lugnut bolt grips you've covered most situations.

A vice could be a necessity to get the bolt grip off the fastening once it is free, but even if you haven't got one, at the prices they are you could just get another set of these brilliant tools from Irwin.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Ryobi RLT30CESA 30cc Petrol Spilt Shaft Garden Line Trimmer Strimmer Review

First up, this isn't a trade or pro grade petrol strimmer, it's really just for domestic use or light trade, but that doesn't stop the Ryobi RLT30CESA from being a very useful garden and allotment tool indeed.

Ryobi make great power tools, and their petrol products are no exception. With easy (pull) starting on this model, an anti-vibration handle, a 0.42l fuel tank, and a 30cc 1hp motor, the RLT 30 CESA is a breeze to use.

Remember that this is a 2 stroke motor for light weight and power, so you'll need some quality 2-stroke oil, a mixing bottle, jerry can, goggles and gloves.

The real beauty of the Ryobi Petrol Strimmers and Trimmers is their Expand-It system. See that little attachment half way up the shaft of the strimmer? That's where the strimmer part comes away from the motor part, and can be swapped for a multitude of different options.

Ryobi offer Brush Cutters, Hedge-Trimmers, Pruners, Tillers, Blowers and extension bars. This means that once you've got your starter unit, probably a simple strimmer like the RLT30CESA, you can just buy that extra tools you need to complete those tricky jobs that just need a petrol tool.

The articulating Hedge Trimmer is particularly useful for doing the tops of your hedges, and the Brush Cutter is great for heavy duty clearing of difficult shrubs and plants.

So if you're thinking of buying a petrol strimmer, whether it be for your garden, allotment or for light trade use, but you want something that can do more than just cutting grass and tidying edges, why not consider a Ryobi RLT30CESA and then grab yourself some if the Expand-It accessories, you won't be sorry.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Tacwise 191EL Electric Stapler & Nailer 230v Review

A really nice electric Nailer / Stapler is an essential for any tradesmans tool-kit. The ability to drive fixings quickly will save you time, effort, and most importantly, money. Let's take a look at the Tacwise 191 EL Electric Stapler and Nailer.

The 191EL is good for soft and hardwood, and can drive narrow  crown staples and 18 gauge nails. There's a multitude of jobs this Tacwise tool can take on. You can put together wooden frames, say for window or picture frames. Fix together tongue and groove, flooring, work on your shed, put together pet cages, or do anything where you've got to fix mesh to wood.

Fix plasterboard in place, underlay, carpet, fencing, hobby stuff and furntiure. Remember these are narrow crown staples, with a depth of 15mm to 30mm, or 18 gauge nails which are from 10mm to 35mm, so there's very little you can't do with this Electric Nailer / Stapler.

This power tool can hold up to 100 staples or nails at a time, weighs about 1.8kg, has a nice rubber handle . and can fire up to four times a second. So if you think a good Electric Nailer and Stapler could help you in your trade, make sure you check out the Tacwise 191EL.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

DeWalt DC013 Site Radio and Battery Charger Review

We all know that building and construction sites are tough places for any type of electronic gadget. Dust, moisture, heat, vibration and the high chance of things getting knocked about are a few of the most common hazards. The DeWalt DC013  is a Radio and Charger that's designed to stand up to the rigors of this environment.

You may think that this is an expensive toy, but how many cheap radios have you been through in the last couple of years, that have let you down, broken and given up the ghost before you got your moneys worth?

The DC013 is an FM / AM Radio with an AUX input for a CD or MP3 player, a clock, a bass boost to even out the sound, and it can run off 230v mains as you'd expect.

Where it gets clever is that the DeWalt DC013 can also run off DeWalt batteries. Plug anything from a 7.2V to an 18v NiCd, NIMH or Li-Ion DeWalt battery into it and you're wired for sound. No more silent blues when you're away from the mains or on a 110v only job. Just borrow one of your DeWalt Power Tool Batteries and you're good to go.

When you're back at home or the workshop and plugged back into 230v , the DC013 turns into a very versatile battery charger, charging all the types of battery that I've listed above. Perfect!

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Bosch DLE 70 Digital Laser Rangefinder Review

By now you'll know that I like Bosch Power-Tools, especially the blue professional range. Bosch tools are tough, practical and don't cost the earth. The DLE 70 Digital Laser Rangefinder is one such tool.

On the face of it, the DLE70 is a simple laser rangefinder that you can use for measuring distances on building sites, inside houses, or anywhere where accurate and fast readings are necessary. If you dig a little deeper though, this little Bosch can do so much more, and becomes a must have to for almost anyone from builders, surveyors, painter and decorators, and the serious DIY enthusiast.

The Bosch DLE 70 is a favorite with our local councils surveying department, and I know that serious Estate Agents love the fact that you can drop it and it won't break - I've heard stories of the DLE70 being dropped down a flight of stairs and it still working afterwards.

Let's start with the basic specification. This laser range finder can measure distances from 0.05m to 70m, with an accuracy of + / - 1.5mm. It will typically get you your measurement in around half a second, and it weighs approximately 180gms. The DLE70 comes with batteries (4 x AAA), soft bag and hand-strap.

With the boring stuff out of the way, lets look at the fun stuff. This gadget can measure straight distances, the area of something (like a wall, to work out how much paint you'll need), the volume of an area, and it can measure distances indirectly, so you point it at the bottom and top of a wall, and it'll work out the height. The GLE70 can also work out the combined volumes of walls with different lengths or heights, and it can also tell you the minimum or maximum lengths of a series of readings.

Hopefully you'll now see that this Bosch Laser Distance Finder is a very useful piece of kit for everyone in the construction industry, from builders, surveyors, architects, quantity surveyors, and serious amateurs. Grab one while you can!