Sunday, 31 July 2011

Van Vault Original Security Storage Box Review


Loosing your tools is a serious situation. At worst it could mean the end of your business, and at best a very expensive insurance claim, with the associated increase in premiums. A Van Vault could help prevent this, so if you have to store tools in your vehicle, whether it be on-site or overnight, please consider buying one. 

You do have to be practical about this. A VanVault offers protection, but not complete security. It can't stop someone stealing your van, and it won't lock itself if you leave it open when you're in a rush. It's only as good as the security routine you have, and the old adage "out of sight, out of mind" means that you should try to keep the box hidden, or at least out of the sight of prying eyes.

This particular security box, the Van Vault Original, (sometimes referred to as the Van Vault 2) is very tasty indeed. Offering a 2mm steel body and lid, a tamper proof hinge, anti drill 70mm disc lock, a gas strut for easy (and safe) opening and closing, holes for an audio alarm (optional extra), and a tough paint-job to keep it rust-free for a long-time indeed.

Size wise, the Van Vault Original is 920mm (l) x 560mm (w) x 490mm (h), and it weighs 46kg. So, if you've got tools that you can't afford to lose, and can fit this great box into your commercial vehicle, buy a van vault now.

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Warn Pullzall Electric Lift & Pull Winch Review, 230v & 24v Cordless



If you are anything like me you'll spend money on any gadget or tool that makes your life easier, and the Warn Pullzall Electric Winch is one such product.

Imagine not having to set up chain falls or manual pulley systems to lift or move around heavy equipment. With the Pullzall you can lift engines, drag quads, and generally do all those pain in the backside lifting jobs without that pain!

All you've got to do is secure the Warn Pullz All to a safe strong point, then use the built in winch to drag or lift what you need to move. With a maximum lifting capacity of 454kg, and 15ft of 5.5mm wire rope, this is a very useful and flexible piece of kit.

The Pullzall has a variable speed trigger, so you can precisely position any load, it has forward and reverse for lifting and lowering, and has a limiter so you can't damage it by trying to move anything that might be too heavy, seized, or stuck.

Coming in 230v and a 24v cordless versions, the Warn Pullzall needs to be in the back of every builders, farmers or contractors van - it really is that useful, safe, and it'll stop you damaging your back!

Friday, 29 July 2011

DeWalt Explorer Taped Work Safety Boot Review


Wait! Stop! Don't click away, this is important! When you spend all day on your feet, whether it be on a building site, in a workshop or even in your garden or at your allotment, a pair of comfortable (and tough) safety boots are a necessity.

I know you trade readers won't have any problem with buying safety boots, after all, you have to wear them when on site, but for DIYers you may not fully understand how important it is to protect your feet with a good pair of safety boots.

The other issue is one of comfort. I know it's easy and convenient to just grab the cheapest boots or shoes on offer, but honestly, it's best to try on as many styles as possible to find the ones that fit you feet the best.

Don't rush, have a clean pair of work socks on, and make sure you try both on and have a good walk around the store. Do all the movements you would when working. Don't be embarrassed, the Sales Assistants are used to it, and if they're snooty take your business somewhere else. Safety boots will feel tight across your toes to start off with, but they shouldn't be painful. If they are, try a different size or maybe a different style. Go for a boot style with ankle protection unless you're only after light protection.

DeWalt have a great range of boots. The one you see here is the Explorer, with a leather upper, steel toe-cap and midsole, and are incredibly flexible. If you're used to budget safety boots, these DeWalts will be a relevation. Go on, try a good pair of safety boots, you won't regret it!

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Honda EU10i Portable Inverter Petrol Generator 230v Review



Sometimes we all need a little power when there isn't any. You know the score, you might be camping, caravaning, or even running a market stall, and you need a small, quiet, clean and light-weight generator. This is where a Honda EU10i comes into its own.

Commonly referred to as a suitcase type generator, this Honda Petrol Generator is light and small enough to be carried or stowed in a car boot, yet it kicks out a respectable 900w of continuous power. Not enough to get big power tools running, but more than enough to run a few lights, charge batteries, and keep the odd electrical appliance purring away nicely.

If you're unsure of what power you'll need, just check the wattage of all the things you'll need to run at once, and add them all up. As long as the peak demand isn't above 1000w, and the continuous isn't above 900w, you'll be fine.

The Honda EU10i uses ordinary unleaded fuel with standard four stroke oil. There's no messy mixing of petrol and oil here, it all goes in separate fillers just like a car. It's worth buying a petrol can, nozzle, funnel, safety goggles and disposable gloves to make filling the generator as simple and clean as possible, and to make sure you don't end up with fuel all over your hands, trousers and shoes.

Running for between three and a half to eight hours on a full 2.3l tank, this little Honda has an LWA (noise) rating of just 52, so it won't annoy the neighbours or people around you. Remember that's it is a pull start, and i would keep a spare spark plug handy for emergencies.

If you need a petrol generator that can kick out a relatively clean 230v and 12v, and you need about 900w of continuous power, you can't go wrong with the very quiet and light Honda EU 10i. Just make sure you lock it up with a strong chain and a big padlock, these are very desirable indeed!

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Ryobi LCDI18022 One+ 18v 2 Speed Cordless Hammer Drill Review



In the scheme of things, Ryobi are a well respected power tool manufacturer, sitting somewhere level with DeWalt and Bosch. Ryobi offer great value for money, more than reasonable reliability, and with their One+ system, a collection of power tools that can all be run off the same batteries.

The LCDI18022 18v Cordless hammer drill could be considered a starter pack - it comes with two 1.4ah Li-Ion batteries and the proper charger, so it gives you a good base to build up your cordless powertool collection.

The Ryobi One Plus system offers a startling range of options. There's standard and compact drill drivers, impact drivers, an angle grinder, jigsaw, caulking gun, spray gun, tile saw and SDS drill, with more tools becoming available all the time.

Lets get back to the specification of this drill though, so you can gauge if its going to be suitable for the type of work you do in your trade or at home.

The LCDI18022 can be used for drilling, hammer-drilling or as a driver. It has a 13mm keyless chuck, kicks out a maximum torque of 49nm, which is variable using the dial behind the chuck. It has variable speed on the trigger, and a high and low setting on the top of the body.

Coupled with the two included lithium ion batteries, which offer high power, low weight, and no memory effect, this Ryobi cordless drill is a very tempting offer indeed.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Evolution Rage3 255mm Sliding Mitre Saw 230v 110v Review



Evolution are my kind of company. From their paddle mixers to their magnetic drilling systems, they show a willingness and ability to develop and deliver innovation in areas of the tool market that have gone a little stale.

Evolution haven't let us down with the Rage 3 either. The point of difference with Evolution mitre and chop saws are their blades. Steel, with a specially designed teeth pattern, Evolution saws can cut through steel, aluminium, wood and plastic without having to change the blade.

Another benefit to Evolutions blade technology is that there are less sparks, virtually no burr, and if you're cutting some wood that's got nails in it, the Rage 3 will cut through it all without a pause.

The Evolution Rage3 Sliding Mitre Saw has a 2000w motor, can spin at up to 2500 rpm, has a maximum depth of cut of 75mm, or a cross cut capacity of 75mm. Using a 255mm blade with a 25.4mm bore, the Rage weighs in at 17.8 kg.

Available in 230v and 110v versions, the Evolution Rage 3 has got to be near the top of your list if you're  in the market for a sliding mitre saw or a chop saw.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

DeWalt DW059k2h 18v Cordless Impact Wrench Review



You and I both know that a cordless impact wrench is one of those tools that we all want in our tool boxes, but we are waiting for the right job to justify the expense.

I'm here to say stop the waiting and get a good one now. As long as you pay a decent amount you'll end up with a good tool, and the DeWalt DW059k2h is a winner.

Whether youre spinning up wheel nuts, working scaffold, or are down on the farm, this cordless impact wrench definitely packs a punch.

With 418 nm of maximum torque, 18v battery, max 1650 rpm, 2600 impacts / min (max), 1/2" drive, m20 max bolt diameter and a hefty weight of 3.4kg, you can be sure that the Dw 059k2h will save you time, effort and money.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Makita LCT204W Drill Driver Impact Driver Twinpack Review


Some times you come across a power tool that you just have to own, and the Makita LCT204W Twin-Pack is one such tool-set.

As you can see, this set comprises a drill-driver and an impact driver, but what you can't see is how small and perfectly formed they are.

OK, you won't be drilling holes in concrete walls, but you will be using these gadgets when you're working with thin metals, wood, plastics and electronics. If you're an automotive electrician, the included DF330D Drill, and the TD090D Driver are perfect.

Running off 10.v Lithium Ion batteries, these tools are small and light enough to get into the tightest places, yet powerful enough to be much better than the usual electronic screwdrivers. Pack these into your van and you'll fall in love with them as soon as you use them.

The set includes two batteries, charger, and a very nice carry-case. Just imagine how easy your life will be using these two tools, one to drill and one to drive. Small, simple and sexy!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Bosch GSB 13RE 600w Impact Drill 230v 110v


Wait a minute, put that drill down. Don't buy that cheap no-name power tool, it'll break within the year and you'll have to buy another. Just grab a Bosch GSB 13 RE in either 230v, or 110v for site work, and you'll have a highly competent, and cheap, power drill.

The GSB 13 RE offers 600w of professional power, hammer action, a 13mm chuck, forward / reverse, variable speed, and a 3 year guarantee if you register online with Bosch.

You see, the GSB13RE is part of Bosch's professional range, so the build quality is much better than the unbranded drills at the big sheds on the edge of town. Pick the drill up and you can feel the balance  It may not be the most powerful tool, but if you're after a high quality budget power drill, you can't go wrong with this Bosch.

The Bosch GSB 13 RE can drill up to a diameter of 13mm in concrete, 25mm in wood, 10mm in steel  and 15mm in masonry. Thats enough for most DIYers, and is very useful for pro users too. Recommended!