Monday, 7 December 2009

Bahco 9031 Adjustable Wrench Spanner


The Bahco 9031 Adjustable Wrench is one of the most popular adjustable spanners on the market today.

Weighing only 340 grams, the 9031 packs a very serious punch when it comes to portability vs functionality. With a jaw width of 38mm, the 9031 is one of the widest opening jaws in its class and as it is only 218mm long, can easily fit most pockets.

Comprising of only 5 working parts, the Bahco 9031 adjustable wrench is a solid workhorse and offers excellent reliability.

The Bahco 9031 is constructed from precision-hardened specialist steel and equipped with thermo-plastic ergonomic handles that provide a softer, more comfortable grip. The precision-hardened steel enables the jaws of the wrench to be thin and narrow for optimum access without sacrificing strength.

To view more details or to purchase the Bahco 9031 Adjustable Wrench, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/prod_10573/store/engineering-automotive/adjustable-wrenches/bahco-9031-adjustable-spanner-wrench-8in-opening-38mm.html

Friday, 4 December 2009

Bahco Gravity Clamp, Steps and Workbench All-In-One


Bahco have created one of the quickest and easiest to use workbenches designed for holding or clamping an item while working. The Bahco Gravity Clamp works by allowing gravity to do most of the work. Place the material between the jaws and the weight of the clamp and the material force down on the legs pushing them apart and tightening the grip on the clamp jaws.

When you have finished working, just push the legs together to release clamp jaws and remove the material. Due to the clever design, they can also be used as step ladder to give you that little extra reach when you need it.

To view more details or to purchase the Bacho Gravity Clamp, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/prod_10678/store/woodworking-tools/workbenches/bahco-gc600-gravity-clamp-step-workbench-10in-/-250mm-capacity.html

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Stanley Rotator Ratchet Socket Set


You have a nut or bolt to tighten/loosen and it is in the most awkward of places. You can barely get a ratchet and socket on to it but there is no room to swing the ratchet arm. The Stanley Rotator ratchet is the perfect tool for the job.

Instead of swinging the arm left and right to tighten or loosen the nut/bolt, with the Stanley Rotator, you simply twist the handle clockwise then anti-clockwise and this action translates to the socket on a 4-1 ratio (4 turns of the handle = 1 turn of the socket).

Not only is this easier to use in confined spaces, it also allows greater control of the tightness of the nut/bolt. The Stanley Rotator still works perfectly fine as a standard 1/4" ratchet and socket but the added twist makes it so much simpler to use.

The sockets snap on to the Rotator the same as usual but to remove them, there is a push button on the back of the head, press - pull - release.

To view more details or to purchase the Stanley Rotator, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/prod_10595/engineering-automotive/ratchets-and-bars/stanley-0-94-607-fatmax-rotator-ratchet-socket-wrench-1/4in-drive-11-piece.html

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

BSB18CLi 18V Combi Hammer Drill - AEG Powertools


When it comes to power tools, more is more, more power, more torque, more amps. AEG Powertools have addressed this and released their 18V BSB18CLi cordless combi hammer drill. It is powered by an 18V Lithium Ion battery with an impressive 3.0Ah meaning it can run for longer on one charge (only 30 mins). To back this up, it has a 2 speed gear box with 24 stage torque setting with a maximum of 64Nm of torque.

Weighing in at only 2.6kg, the BSB18CLi has all the power you need for the day to day tasks. It comes with a Fixtec 13mm keyless chuck and is capable of drilling wood 32mm, metal 13mm and masonry 16mm.

As standard, the BSB18CLi comes with 2 x 18V 3.0Ah Lithium Ion batteries, a 30 minute mains charger, side handle and kitbox. A 1 year warranty is included but if you register online, this is upgrade, free of charge to 3 years.

To view more details or to purchase the BSB18CLi, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/prod_10570/cordless-power-tools/cordless-combination-drills/aeg-bsb18cli-18v-lithium-ion-heavy-duty-cordless-combi-drill.html

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Wallrock Thermal Lining Paper - It IS Rocket Science


Erfurt Mav Wallrock Thermal Liner has been designed using technology originally developed for aerospace and using this 'know how', have combined it with the established Wallrock Fibreliner to give one of the best thermal lining papers available.

Not only does the Wallrock Thermal Lining Paper give up to 36% energy savings, it can reduce room warm up times by as much as 65%. This means that your room will be warmer in far less time allowing you to reduce the heat and make savings on that all important energy bill.

So how does it all work? When a room has been lined with Wallrock Thermal Liner, it reflects warm air back in to the room from all the wall surfaces, therefore keeping the heat in and warming the room quicker. When used with a thermostatically controlled heating system, it reduces the energy required to heat the room. If a thermal liner is not used, a great majority of the energy is used to heat the walls before the room starts to heat up.

Along with the energy saving potential, the Wallrock Thermal Liner can also stop mould from forming by increasing the surface temperature of the wall therefore preventing condensation which is how mould can form.

The Wallrock Thermal Liner also has a high degree of noise and sound absorption and this corresponds to the acoustic performance of a 5mm thick velour carpet.

With all these properties, it is a very good liner but to top it all off, it also covers up cracked and damaged walls with ease. Due to the elasticity in the flexible fibres, the 3.5mm thickness of the liner itself and combines with the Wallrock adhesive, it is able to cover damaged walls very well.

To view more details or to purchase the Wallrock Thermal Liner, Visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/prod_10556/painting-and-decorating/lining-paper/mav-wallrock-thermal-liner-lining-paper-10m-x-75cm.html

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

AEG Powertools - Get FREE Power Up Experiences



AEG Powertools have release their latest range of corded and cordless power tools in a hard to miss orange colour. Not only are they well priced but until December 2009, they are giving away, FREE Power Up Experiences.

So, what is a Power Up Experience? When you register your newly purchased tool from AEG Powertools, you will have the option to go white water rafting, karting, quad biking, power boating, off roat karting, pro-rally driving, ride a segway, hovercraft ride or even a helicopter ride. All this from just purchasing and registering an AEG powertool.

The new range of cordlless AEG powertools include the powerful BSB18Li heavy duty combi drill which has mighty 64Nm torque and 24 stage settings. All this from a 18V 3.0Ah Lithium Ion battery. To compliment the range, there is also a cordless circular saw, reciprocating saw, jigsaw, drill driver and a cordless planer, all running from the same 18V battery system.

To view more details or to purchase an AEG Powertool, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/cat_459/_by-brand/aeg-powertools.html

Bacho 306-10 10mm Copper and Plastic Pipe Cutter


Bahco have just released their latest automatic copper pipe cutter and it is also capable of cutting plastic pipe as well. Styled in the usual orange and black zinc body, the Bahco 306-10 pipe slice is a welcome addition to the existing range.

These types of pipe cutters allow the user to work in tight or confined spaces and still allow a professional cut every time.

To view more details or to purchase the Bahco Pipe Cutter, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/prod_10571/plumbing-tools/copper-pipe-cutters/bahco-306-10-copper-pipe-slice-cutter-10mm.html

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Window Packers Now Available in 32mm Widths

Quick update to our previous blog on the window packers. We now have the 32mm width window packers available.

To view more details, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/cat_277/screws-and-fixings/window-packers-and-glazing-shovels.html

Lining Paper with Warmth - Polystyrene Insulation


Mav Wallcoverings now have the ultimate in lining papers, the Polystyrene Insulated Lining Paper, a laminated polystyrene on one side and a 1200 grade lining paper on the other.

Until recently, when it came to decorating, polystyrene insulation has to be applied to the wall and then a lining paper had to be hung before painting could commence. Now there is an all-in-one solution that is ready to hang in one go. As it is twice the thickness of most regular polystyrene rolls, it offers very good insulation and warmth.

It is suitable for covering damaged walls and surfaces without the need to fill or patch up first and is also resistant to damp and mould formation. It is CFC free and also fire retardant making it perfectly safe for use in the home. The rolls are 56cm wide and are 10 metres long giving a wall coverage of 5 square metres.

To view more details or to purchase the poly lining paper, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/prod_10555/painting-and-decorating/lining-paper/mav-insulated-lining-paper-10m-x-50cm.html

DeWalt DW030PXJ Laser Distance Measurer


Long gone are the days of measuring rooms and buildings with a tape measure, everything has gone digital. Nowadays, we pull a laser measure out, couple of button presses later, we have the room/building size. The new DeWalt DW030PXJ Laser Distance Measurer fit the bill perfectly with its 30 metre range and back lit screen, get the job done quickly and accurately.

The DW030PXJ has a ruggedised rubber casing around the device making it easier to hold in wet and dust conditions. Internally, the mechanism has been made to withstand a fall of 2 metres. The buttons are raised and oversized making it easier to use in working condition.

The DeWalt DW030PXJ is capable of measuring distances up to 30 metres and is accurate to 3mm at 30m.

To view more details or to purchase the Dw030PXJ, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/prod_10553/levels-and-measures/digital-measuring/dewalt-dw030pxj-rugged-laser-distance-measurer-30m-range.html

Friday, 4 September 2009

DeWalt DW718XPS Compound Sliding Mitre Saw


The latest in the line of DeWalt mitres saw is the DW718XPS with shadow line cut indicator. This unique technology not only provides illumination for the working area but the shadow of the blade shows exactly where the cut will be.

The DeWalt DW718XPS has a cam action mitre lock function allowing for quicker and easier changing of cutting angles between 60 left and 50 right. The large dual sliding fence gives maximum support for larger material cuts at any angle or combination of angles. The new quick release bevel setting allow for quickly changing bevels up to 48 left and right.

This lightweight and compact, well designed mitre saw is more than powerful enough for every day work and is easy to transport around the work site. Another improvement is the electronic speed control which is designed for adjusting cutting speeds when cutting materials other than wood.

To view more details or to purchase the DW718XPS, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/prod_10554/corded-power-tools/mitre-saws/dewalt-dw718xps-305mm-double-bevel-compound-mitre-saw.html

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Power Tools Security - Sentri Boxes


Unfortunately in this day and age, theft is prevalent and securing your power tools is more important than ever before. Yes they can be locked in the van or tool shed but they are easily broken into.

What is required is a theft proof storage box that is too heavy to run off with, yet is still portable and secure. This is where Sentri van boxes and site vaults fit the bill. Due to a clever 4 way XLock system and anti-jemmy bars all round, these van are very secure and provide your power tools with that all important protection.

They are available in two different styles, the vehicle boxes and the site vaults. The vehicle box is designed to be placed in or on the back of a vehicle and are fitted with twin hydraulic arms to support the lid, 5 lever double throw deadlocks and heavy duty piano style hinges. The site vault is a larger version of the vehicle box, with all the same security specs, but these have fork truck skids and can also be fitted with heavy duty wheels to improve mobility. The site vault also comes in a flammable version for storage or transportation of flammable materials.

All Sentri boxes come with four keys and are serial numbered for an overnight key replacement service.

To view the complete range of Sentri boxes, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/cat_465/_by-brand/sentri.html

Monday, 24 August 2009

Window Packers


When fitting windows or doors, 95 percent of the time, the door or window is just not quite plumb and needs levelling out or the hole is just that bit too big. Window packers are the answer.

So what are window packers? - Simply put, they are small pieces of moulded plastic ranging in thickness from 1mm up to 6mm. They are colour coordinated so that choosing the correct size is easily done just through the colour. 1mm - Green, 2mm - black, 3mm - white, 4mm - grey, 5mm - blue and 6mm - red.

Used in conjunction with each other, different size gaps can easily be packed and with this combination, gaps of larger than 6mm in size can be filled or levelled.

To view or purchase window packers, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/cat_277/screws-and-fixings/window-packers-and-glazing-shovels.html

Friday, 14 August 2009

Power Tools and Warranties

All power tools come with a warranty of some kind but it varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Most trade power tools are designed to be used on site for hours at a time, 5 days a week and are designed and warranted for this type of operation whereas DIY power tools are only designed to be used for shorter periods of time.

When you calculate the overall usage of both types of power tools, the trade versions run for an average of 960 hours per year (4 hours per day x 5 days x 48 weeks) whereas the DIY tools only run for 144 hours per year (1 hour per x 3 days x 48 weeks). These figures are based on averages and it is appreciated that some DIY tools are used much more but then the daily use of trade power tools can often be much greater.

If you equate these numbers to the warranties, trade power tools often come with just 1 year warranty but this is valid for 960 hours of use while a DIY warranty can often be up to 3 years giving 432 hours of warranty. As you can see from these figures, a 1 year trade tool warranty is better than a DIY tool 3 year warranty.

In summary, when buying power tools, having a longer warranty is only part of the decision, price and quality also factor in and these have to be considered when making the purchase.

If you are looking for prices on power tools, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Flitz Paste Polish for Metal Plastic and Fiberglass


Flitz have been manufacturing polishing and buffing products for over 30 years now and world leaders when it comes to premium polishing products.

Flitz paste is a concentrated cream and is unsurpassed in its ability to clean, polish, deoxidize and protect. It offers tough, durable protection with a non-abrasive formula. It is non-toxic, non-flammableand and USDA authorized. The Flitz formula protects up to 6 months in fresh water and up to 3 months in salt water.

The Flitz paste easily removes tarnish, rust, water stains, chalking, lime deposits, heat discoloration and marks or substances like lead and powder residue, oxidation, bugs, tar, oil, fingerprints, tree sap, bird droppings, graffiti, dyes, black streaks and scuff marks.

The Flitz paste is not suitable for any product that has an Electroplated finish.

To view or buy any of the Flitz products, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/cat_1773/_by-brand/flitz.html

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Garden Power Tools - Battery vs Petrol


Keeping your garden trimmed, tidy and well kept is easier today than ever before not that there is such a variety of garden power tools.

What are garden power tools and what is the difference between petrol and battery powered tools?

The biggest difference between the two are down to raw power, the petrol powered garden tools are generally more powerful but as they have an engine generating the power, they are far noisier. On the other hand, the battery garden tools are quieter but as a battery only has so many watts of power, they are generally not quite as powerful.

One factor that would weigh in favour of the petrol garden power tools is the fact that it only takes 2 minutes to refill the petrol tank and the tools is back in operation, whereas the battery will have to be recharged and this could take anything from 15 to 60 minutes depending on voltage and amps.

to view our range of garden power tools, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/cat_146/garden-power-tools.html

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Monument Gasex 424R Gas Cannister



Monument Gasex is a replacement gas canister for use with plumbing tools such as gas torches. The Gasex is a liquefied petroleum gas, is 30% faster than propane gas and does not contain any Butadiene.

The canisters are manufactured from aluminium and are recyclable, this makes them environmentally friendly. When full, the The Monument Casex canisters contains 450g of gas and weighs only 0.6kg.

The Monument Gasex canisters are both TUV approved and also meet both UN2037 and EN417 standards. Due to their construction and the standards they meet, they can also be legally transported in limited quantities.

These Gasex canisters are designed to fit the Monument 403F professional quality soldering and brazing torch. This torch has wrap around turbine flame, piezo ignition, anti flare, flame adjuster and on / off trigger.

To view more details or to buy the Gasex canisters, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/prod_10475/plumbing-tools/gas-cylinders-and-canisters/monument-434r-gasex-soldering-gas-450gm.html

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Buy Power Tools Online Securely


We have been selling power tools online for several years and and one thing customers have always been worried about is that credit card or personal details were not secure or the website in question was not who they claim to be. We have always used SSL for our online transactions but as the address bar only changed to blue and not green, some customers did not feel totally secure.

To give our customers the best feeling of security, we have updated our SSL certificate to a VeriSign Pro EV Certificate ensuring the address bar goes green. VeriSign are one of the leading companies who specialise in SSL (secure socket layer) certificates, this ensures that online date is encrypted to protect customer data whether it be personal address details or credit card details.

SSL is an encryption algorithmic protocol which takes the data from a website, encrypts it, sends the data to the recipient and then decrypts it. This means that should someone intercept the date on route, it would not be legible.

Most online retail websites use SSL and usually the minimum of 40 bit encryption (The higher the bit rate, the more encrypted the data). Good retailers insist on 128 bit encryption giving a more secure site and more confidence for the customer.

When a website enters a secure area, a padlock appears and the address bar changes colour to indicate the security of that website. Red is NOT secure and could possibly be a fraudulent website, Blue is secure and usually entails at least 40 bit encryption or a self certified SSL certificate, Green is the highest, this means that the company and the website have both been vetted and the certificate that is issued indicates this.

Here at Transtools, we have a VeriSign Pro EV Certificate and when entering our personal details or credit card details, you are in a secure area and the address bar will go Green to indicate this.

To shop with confidence for power tools or hand tools, visit our website: www.transtools.co.uk

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Plumbing Tools - Monument BCM35 Copper Pipe Bender


When it comes to plumbing tools, one of the most commonly used tools is the pipe bender. Pipe benders come in a variety of different styles from hand benders to floor standing bending machines. Most pipe benders work in a similar way, the pipe is held in place by the dies, clamping block and forming die, the guide is then pulled around the pipe and forming die creating the bend.

Due to the recent recession, more and more imported cheap and poor quality plumbing tools are entering the UK market and this is making British made products appear to be more expensive than they really are. Monument Tools still manufacturer pipe benders here in the UK and are proud of the high build quality and performance they achieve. All the pipe benders for both copper and steel meet the EN and BS standards of quality required for plumbing tools in the UK.

The latest model from Monument is the BCM35 Copper Pipe Bender. It is capable of bending copper pipe in sizes 15mm, 22mm, 28mm and 35mm diameter. As standard, it is supplied with formers and guides for the 15, 22 and 28mm pipe but the optional 35mm former and guide kit can be purchased if required.

The formers have been precision machined and this gives them total accuracy when bending pipes. The BCM35 has an adjustable vice mount allowing for a range of vices to be used.

The Monument BCM35 Copper Pipe Bender is available to buy for just £440.50 including VAT.

To view more details or purchase it, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/prod_10364/plumbing-tools/pipe-forming/monument-bcm35-copper-pipe-bender-15-35mm.html

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Hand Tools


Hand tools are classed as tools that involve the use of hands to perform work on material or other tools to carry out a task or produce a piece of work. The variety of hand tools extend from screwdrivers to saws and from glass cutters to multi tools. The extent of these tools makes categorising them difficult as cordless power tools could also fall into this category as they are operated by hand.

Since the stone age, man has formed hand tools from simple bone, flint and stone. These early tools were effective then but have evolved over the years, adapted for different tasks and improved upon to produce better results.

In this modern age, we have more materials to make hand tools from than ever before, metals that stay sharper for longer, plastics that have the strength of metal and hammers that are lighter yet wield the same force as one twice the weight.

One of the more popular hand tools at present is the multi tool, a tools designed to carry out many different tasks. Usually they have a knife blade, pliers and a screwdriver, but many have a greater range and include snips, bottle and can openers, a saw blade and even a cork screw. These multi tools offer great functionality and are easily carried with you or kept handy in the toolbox.

To view our complete range of hand tools, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/cat_72/hand-tools.html

Friday, 24 July 2009

Fluxaf Green Paint Stripper - Environmentally Friendly Stripping

If the EU gets it way and bans all paint strippers and graffiti removers that contain DCM, then there will be a shortfall in products for this market. One product that will fill this hole is the Fluxaf Green stripping agent manufactured by Fibre Multipurpose Products Ltd. it does not contain DCM, is environmentally friendly and is biologically degradable.

Fluxaf Green is suitable for removing paint or varnish from almost any surface and as it contains no acids, lye or hazardous solvents, paraffin or preservatives, is very safe to use.

Fluxaf Green can be used internally or externally and can be applied with a brush or roller. Due it viscosity and adhesive strength, it does not drip from ceilings or walls.

Event though it does not contain DCM, Fluxaf Green stripping agent is still as affective as previous paint strippers such as Nitromors but with the added advantage of being environmentally friendly.

To view our range of paint strippers, cleaners and removers, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/hand-tools/painting-and-decorating/paint-removers-and-cleaners

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Paint Strippers To Be Banned? - Nitromors No More

Paint strippers including Nitromors will soon be banned in Europe if the EU legislation gets their way. Due to a key ingredient used in many paint strippers and graffiti removers, DCM (Methylene Chloride), the European Union has put forward a a proposed legislation to ban DCM and therefore all products that contain it.

The European Commission have failed to properly research the technical requirements and experience of businesses that use paint strippers and removers, and of those in building care and conservation who rely on the services of such businesses. Virtually none have been consulted.

Currently over 90% of all paint strippers and graffiti removal products on the market today contain DCM and banning all of them would leave a rather large hole in the market.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Woodworking Tools


Woodworking tools have been used since mankind first walked the earth. The first spears were sharpened with flint tools and trees were carved out with hand made axes to make boats. We have moved on a little since these primitive tools and now produce carving and woodworking tools for practically any task desired.

More modern woodworking tools are made from hardened steel and stainless steel were once the were fashioned from copper or bronze. These newer materials keep their edge better and require less sharpening. They are precision made and machined to give a better finish.

The range of woodworking tools today extend from hand saws that can cut quicker than ever before due to cleverly designed teeth on the blade allowing cutting in both directions to chisels and carving tools which keep their edge far longer than ever before and can be sharpened down to the last inch of blade.

One of the most commonly used woodworking tools is the router which, when used with the worktop jig, is often used to cut out kitchen worktops and cupboard doors.

To view our complete range of woodworking tools, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/cat_124/woodworking-tools.html

Friday, 17 July 2009

Milwaukee M12 Cordless Tools


The new Milwaukee M12 cordless tools range are based on a 12V 1.5Ah Lithium Ion battery system and has set the market a new standard in quality and price. Offering a 3 year warranty (online registration required - only 2 years on batteries), Milwaukee are setting new standards for professional power tools.

The new Milwaukee M12 range includes one of the most powerful 12V drill drivers in its class, a 1/4" 12V impact driver, 12V reciprocating hacksaw, 12V copper tube cutter- up to 28mm and a 12V digital inspection camera with high resolution colour screen.

All these Milwaukee tools are powered by a new lighter, more compact Lithium Ion battery which can be charged in only 30 minutes. It weighs 65% lighter than the equivalent NiCd and is 50% smaller than the same powered NiCd battery. The battery even has a fuel gauge to display the remaining power so avoiding battery failure without warming.

Tested to stringent certification, all these Milwaukee M12 tools are fully CE approved and meet the Milwaukee 'Nothing But Heavy Duty' requirements.

To view or purchase ant of the Milwaukee M12 cordless tools, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/cat_1434/_by-brand/milwaukee-power-tools/milwaukee-m12-cordless-tools.html

Aqualisa - Shower in Style


Aqualisa have been manufacturing showers for over 30 years and are renowned for quality, innovation and service. From the first thermostatic shower valve back in 1977 to the new digital range launched in 2001, Aqualisa are constantly innovating and designing new products.

One of the biggest hurdles facing shower installers is the time taken to install and the amount of damage to the existing decor that can occur when fitting the plumbing and fittings, Aqualisa looked closely in to this problem and designed their showers with this in mind. Most Aqualisa showers can be installed in 2 hours instead of the usual 2 days.

In 2004, Aqualisa to a new step forward in shower designs and produced a range of showers with a remote switch allowing the bather to start the shower from outside of the cubicle or even from another room.

Attention to detail, modern styling and listening to customer feedback have contributed to a Aqualisa producing some of the most elegant and easy to operate showers on the market today.

To view our range of Aqualisa showers, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/cat_638/_by-brand/aqualisa.html

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Marshalltown Stilts - Walk Tall Reach High


Marshalltown stilts allow the drywall installer or plasterer to reach greater heights without the use of a ladder or scaffolding and be able to move around safely.

The new Marshalltown Skywalker 2.0 stilts offer even greater manoeuvrability than the previous stilts and even more security when walking around. The foot at the bottom of the stilts has an ankle spring to make for a more natural walking motion and therefore less clumsy when moving around.

To give stability, the Marshalltown stilts have 3 points of fastening, the toe, the heel and the calf. All these straps are adjustable and allow for different shoe fittings and widths.

The Marshlltown Skywalker stilts come in two lengths, 18in to 30in and 24in to 40in, both of which are height adjustable.

To view or purchase the Marshalltown Stilts, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/cat_284/_by-brand/marshalltown.html

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Lining Paper - The Big Cover-Up


Lining paper is being used more and more recently instead of wallpaper as it allows the home owner to change the wall colours without having to scrape off the old paper and the re-decorate.

Lining paper comes in a variety of different grades. Grades are the thickness of paper and the thicker the grade, the more they can cover. The grades of lining paper available range from 600 grade, suitable for newly plastered walls to 2000 grade lining paper for older, more damaged walls. The most common grade of lining paper chosen is the 1400 grade as it is a good middle choice.

The secret to hanging lining paper is choosing the correct grade and also good wall preparation. Most grades of lining paper will always be able to cover hairline cracks and small chips in the wall but can never cover over any lumps. This is were good wall preparation is essential, fill larger cracks or chips with filler, sand until level and then apply the lining paper.

Another useful tip for lining your walls is to use a solution of sugar water to wash the walls after sanding to remove any residue left by the sander then a apply a coating of PVA to seal the wall and give the paste a better surface to adhere to.

At the end of the day, spending an extra few hours sanding and preparing the wall before putting up the lining paper will always result in a better finish.

Along with standard lining paper, there are special papers designed for damp walls and when used with the correct adhesive, they will prevent water marks or stains from coming through newly decorated walls.

To view our complete range of lining papers, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/cat_495/painting-and-decorating/lining-paper.html

Friday, 10 July 2009

Ryobi Super Kit 8 Power Tools and 2 Batteries


With 8 cordless power tools, 2 batteries, a car charger, mains charger and a heavy duty tool bag, the Ryobi Super Kit has to be one of the best deals around.

As a starter kit, the Ryobi Super Kit is about as good as you can get for £299.99. Power tools included are: combi drill, sander, right angle drill, orbital sander, stapler, jigsaw with laser, flashlight torch, rotary cutter as well as 2 NiCad 1.7Ah 18 volt batteries, a mains charger and a car charger and to carry it all in, a heavy duty tool bag.

To view more details or to bag a great bargain, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/prod_10290/cordless-power-tools/ryobi-one-plus-system/ryobi-one-plus-18v-super-kit-incl-8-power-tools-and-2-batteries.html

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Ryobi AHF04 Articulated Hedge Trimmer Expand It


After a long wait, the Ryobi articulated hedge trimmer, AHF04, has been received. Part of the Ryobi Expand It range, the AHF04 expands the range of attachments for the petrol strimmers and brush cutters to 8.

With a 400mm long blade and the facility to articulate to 90 degrees, the hedge trimmer is now very versatile and flexible enough for most hedge trimming tasks. The blade can be set to any angle between 0 and 90 degrees giving more flexibility than ever before.

The Ryobi Expand It range also includes pruners, cultivators, blowers, line trimmers, brush cutters, flexi mowers and edgers. All the tools use a split shaft system and can be interchanged for each task.

To view all the Ryobi Expand It tools in the range, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/cat_1220/_by-brand/ryobi/ryobi-expand-it-range.html

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Plasterboard Trolley - Make Light of Drywalling

Carrying plasterboards, one at a time from the back of the van can be time consuming and can waste precious time. The plasterboard trolley makes light work of transporting up to 15 boards at one time.

The plasterboard trolley has been designs with 'ease of use' in mind and lives up to its design. It is constructed from 30mm tubular steel and as a result is very strong and sturdy. It has a removable vertical bar to allow for carrying up to 15 boards (12.5mm thick) and has a maximum weight capacity of 800kg.

Four large wheels are fitted to the plasterboard trolley, two static and two swivel allowing it to move across the floor easily.

To view details or purchase the plasterboard trolley, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/prod_10229/plastering-tools/plasterboard-trolleys/tough-tools-plasterboard-trolley.html

Friday, 26 June 2009

Abus Padlocks - Security Done Right


Abus padlocks are renown as one of the best in the world. The Abus 37/60 is one of their most secure padlocks. The body and shackle of the padlock is made from hardened steel alloy and offer the highest protection against forced attacks. Inside this hardened case lies the disk cylinder for the padlock and due to it complex security system, has the highest protection against manipulation.

To help prtect the padlock further, the Abus 37/60 has a "close shackle" which means that most of the shackle which would normally be exposed when the padlock is in use, is now hidden beneath the "shoulders" of the padlock giving the term close shackle.

Other factors can affect the working efficiency of padlocks and this includes weather, usage and temeratures. The Abus 37/60 has been built to such a high standard that it will cope extremely well in all these conditions.

One of the major advantages of Abus padlocks is that they can be used in combination with chains, cables and hasps. What you must bear in mind though when using these security products is to have products of the same level of security. It would be no good using a high security padlock and hasp if the hasp is not securely mounted to the premises.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Stabila Levels and Measures


Stabila have established themselves as one of the most innovative measuring instrument manufacturers in the world today. Since creating the first folding rule over 100 years ago, Stabila have continue to innovate and design new ways to accurately level, measure and rule.

Stabila levels are one of the most accurate in the world and will maintain their accuracy for life. The vials on all Stabila levels are designed not to fog, leak or become inaccurate. If this happens, Stabila will replace providing the level has not been damaged (bent).

The range of Stabila products extend from folding rules to tape measures, spirit levels to digital angle finders and from distance measuring to laser leveling.

Stabila folding rules are designed to easily fit in the pocket and allow the measuring of longer distances than a standard single rule would allow. These have been slowly replaced by the newer tape measures, which are similar to folding rules, but coil up instead of folding.

Spirit levels are framed measuring tools with a vial of liquid (usually Ethanol) with a bubble in. When the bubble is centred in the vial, this indicated the perfect horizontal level. Stabila have a large range of spirit levels including masons levels, torpedo levels, magnetic levels, construction levels and digital levels.

Laser levels allow leveling at greater distances and reduce the time taken to measure and mark multiple locations. The newer self leveling laser levels also reduce the time taken to setup and use the levels.

Distance measuring is accomplished by bouncing a laser of a surface and calculating the time taken to receive the returning signal. Laser measures are excellent for quickly measuring rooms and offices and some can even calculate area and volume.

To view our current range of Stabila products visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/cat_289/_by-brand/stabila.html

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Power Tools - Trade or DIY?


Power tools come in a variety of different brands, qualities and prices. After checking on the internet today, I can find power tools from as little as £9.99 for a hammer drill up to over £500 for the same type of tool, albeit a better quality, more powerful tool.

What defines whether power tools are designed for the trade or DIY market? I believe that this is not as simple as it first sounds and their are more variables in this argument than initially though.

Firstly, the most important factor is reliability, trade power tools are used daily, for many hours at a time and therefore must continue to maintain their power and performance at all times.

Secondly, when power tools do break down, and they do, what warranty do the manufacturers offer and how quickly will the tools be back and running.

Thirdly, the price, when purchasing power tools, price is always a factor to consider, is it better to buy cheap and replace when broken or to spend more on a higher quality tool and and trust that it will last the distance.

When all these factors are taken into account, I ask the question again, trade or DIY? Some of the less expsensive manufacurers are now offering 2 or 3 year warranties on their power tools but does this mean that they are better power tools or are that they are only designed for the limited DIY use? An average DIY tool is used for maybe 4-6 hours a week giving a total of 208 - 312 hours usage per year and with a 3 year warranty, 624 - 936 hours use in total. A trade to is used 4-6 hours a day, 5 days a week giving a yearly usage of 1040-1560 hours. As you can see from these numbers, a 1 year warranty on trade power tools is by far better than a 3 year warranty on DIY power tools.

If you are looking for power tools, please visit www.transtools.co.uk to see our extensive range.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Estwing Striking and Struck Hand Tools


Estwing manufacture a wide range of striking and struck hand tools for both the tradesman and craftsmen alike. Started in 1923, Estwing has grown into one of the worlds most leading manufacturer of comfortable, attractive and durable hand tools.

The range of Estwing striking and struck tools range is extensive and includes hammers, pry bars, axes, chisels, log splitters and geologist tools, all manufactured to the highest standards and offering true value.

In 2001, Estwing introduced a new grip covering that reduces the shock received when a tool is struck or being struck. This vibration is absorbed into the grip reducing the amount of shock the body receives. The grip is also ergonomically designed for the utmost comfort and durability.

More recently, in 2003, Estwing introduced the revolutionary new 'weight forward' hammers. These hammers have a fibreglass shaft and a forward weighted hammer head, which means that less power is required when striking. This new design offers more efficency when nailing and allows for a greater maimum force while still reducing the shock recieved by upto 50 percent.

To view or purchase Estwing tools, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/cat_281/_by-brand/estwing-hand-tools.html

Friday, 12 June 2009

Silverline Silverstorm Trade Sander Polisher


Silverline have recently updated their Hi-Spec range of power tools and have released the new Silverstorm line of products. The new Silverstorm Trade Sander Polisher has has a 1200 watt motor powering it and has variable speed settings from 900 to 3000 rpm.

To prevent accidental starting, the Silverstorm Sander Polisher has a safety lock button that must be engaged before using it. This ensures that it does not accidentally start when being picked up or put down.

The 180mm backing pad supplied has a hook and look backing and allows for either 180mm sanding sheets or lambs wool polishing bonnet to be fitted easily and quickly. As it has an M14 output shaft, various sponges and polishing heads can easily be fitted.

Its dial-up speed control maintains even rate of RPM’s, even when putting pressure on to revive the dullest of finishes and the ‘soft start’ trigger and large handle combine to give superb user control.

The Silverstorm Sander Polisher is ideal for polishing and buffing vehicles and boats and is a great sander due to its well balanced build quality.

The sturdy D shaped handle allows for greater control and allows the user a more comfortable working position, reducing fatigue and tiredness, when using for long periods of time.

To view more details or to purchase the Silverline Silverstorm Trade Sander polisher, visit http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/prod_8801/corded-power-tools/polishers/silverline-129659-silverstorm-trade-sander-polisher-180mm-240v.html

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Rothenberger One Handed Pipe Bender


Rothenberger have released their one handed pipe bender for bending pipe from 5mm up to 10mm or 12mm depending on the model.

The hand bender is a lightweight, easy to carry, one handed pipe forming tool. It can accurately bends up to 90 degrees, even in restricted spaces. It is capable of producing U-bends, counter bends, swan-neck bends and connecting bends in copper or aluminium.

The Rothenberger hand bender works on a ratchet system, each time you squeeze the handle, the centre former is forced forward against the guides to form the bend. The beauty of this system is that it allows for a very accurate bend.

The hand bender has a quick and simple system for changing the bending formers and a button for fast release and removal of the bending formers.

To view more information or to purchase the Rothenberger one handed pipe bender, visit: www.transtools.co.uk/store/prod_9147/plumbing-tools/pipe-forming/rothenberger-hand-copper-and-aluminium-pipe-bender-5mm-10mm.html

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

DeWalt DCD925L2 18V Cordless Hammer Drill Driver Lithium Ion


Due for released the first week in July, the DCD925L2 is the latest in the DeWalt range of 18V cordless power tools. The DeWalt DCD925L2 Combi Hammer drill Driver is now powered by a 2.0Ah 18 volt Lithium Ion battery and as Lithium Ion batteries are lighter, this brings the weight of the tool down to just 2.47 kilograms.

The DCD925L2 is a powerful machine and with 22 torque settings (a maximum torque of 55Nm) and combined with the 3 speed setting makes this a powerful combi hammer drill. It outputs 450 watts of power and is capable of drilling wood to 50mm, masonry to 15mm and metal to 13mm.

A high performance fan cooled motor is fitted to the DCD925L2 which improves the longevity of the tool while in use and also has replaceable brushes for maximum power and durability.

To improve the handling and comfort, the DCD925L2 has a rubberised, ergonomically design handle.

The new charger for DCD925L2 is the DE9135 and it can charge the DE9180 Lithium Ion batteries in just 40 minutes.

The DeWalt DCD925L2 kit comprises of 2 18V 2.0Ah Lithium Ion batteries, 1 240v 40 minute battery charger, a multi position side handle for improved handling and a carry case for easy transportation and storage.

To view all our DeWalt power tools, visit www.transtools.co.uk or click DeWalt

Friday, 29 May 2009

Rothenberger Plumbing Tools


Rothenberger have been manufacturing pipe and plumbing tools for over 60 years and pride themselves on producing high quality tools. All the plumbing tools they manufacture are rigorously tested before being brought to market.

Rothenberger are an innovative company and are always looking to further the range of plumbing tools. They are a leading manufacturer of pipetools and traditional values including customer orientation and customer service are among their core principles.

One of the latest products in the Rothenberger range is the Roscope Multiview drain pipe inspection digital camera. It allows the user to view the inside of the pipe or drain for blockages or damage so that the correct repair can be carried out. It uses a 1.5m gooseneck cable with LED lite 10mm camera to project an image back to the 3.5in TFT monitor. Images can also be saved to a SD memory card and transferred to a computer.

Rothenberger's range of plumbing tools is extensive and includes the lightweight Aluminium Pipe Wrench, almost 40% lighter than the equivalent steel version , the INOX Stainless Steel Pipe Cutter and the Superfire 2 Gas Torch. The Superfire 2 is a professional torch which runs on either MAPP gas or Propane gas and can even operate upside down.

The most popular item in the Rothenberger range at present is the industrial 15mm and 22mm copper and light steel pipe bender. It comes complete with guides for both 15mm and 2mm pipe.

To view all our current range of Rothenberger plumbing tools, visit http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/cat_666/_by-brand/rothenberger.html

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Knipex Pliers - The Professionals Choice


Knipex Pliers are manufactured to a very high standard and it has been this way for over 125 years. Knipex started in a small forge in 1882 producing 60 pairs of pincers each day and now, in 2009, product over 45,000 per day.

Knipex are the worldwide market leader for pliers, and remain this way by keeping to there statement 'Less is More', keep doing what you are doing and do it the best you can. They are a family owned business and have partners in over 100 countries.

Knipex pliers are manufactured from only the highest quality steel and to their own specification and all the pliers are heat treated to improve the tool hardness and toughness. The forging dies used to make the pliers are made internally to their own design data.

Knipex are constantly looking at ways they can improve the load and life cycle of their pliers, ways to improve the hand force required to use them and new designs are constantly being produced to make the pliers more ergonomic.

The current range of pliers exceeds 1000 and Knipex are constantly looking at new designs and new ways to improve upon existing pliers.

With uncomromising quality, a dedication to excellence and a positive, well trained workforce, Knipex are unquestionably the brand leader for professional pliers.

Sentri Security Vault and Van Box - Secure Your Power Tools


Sentri Professional Security Vaults and Van Boxes.

Often when working on site, there is no where safe to leave your power tools overnight or when they are not in use, and with the cost of replacing several power tools in one go can, the cost can be in the thousands.

One option is to take them home with you, lug them back to the van, drive home and pack them away in the garage, the second option is to use a Sentri Security Vault or Sentri Van Box. These are specially designed tool storage boxes, manufactured from a minimum of 2mm sheet steel are secured by a 4 point XLOCK locking system. This means that 2 8mm deadlocks bolts work in opposite directions on the horizontal plane and 2 on the vertical plane.

Due to the construction of the security boxes, there weight can be anything from 60 - 160kg, so fitted to the bottom of all Sentri vault boxes are forklift/truck skids to assist in moving the box when requires. They also include recessed drop down carry handles on each end of the box to assist when moving the box. These handles have rubber pads fitted to reduce the rattling noises made when transporting the box.

Sentri box lids are all fitted with two hydraulic arms which assists opening the box and also prevents it from slamming shut. To prevent the would be thief trying to pry open the box, they are all fitted with anti-jemmy bars.

Inside all the Sentri boxes, there is a protective mat which reduces the scratches or damage power tools can receive while being transported.

Sentri van boxes and security vaults are all supplied with 2 keys and to compliment this and give peace of mind, there are over 16,000 different key combinations. All boxes are all uniquely numbered so that replacement keys can be supplied, should the need arise.

All the boxes have black powered coated finish which protects the boxes from weathering and rusting and gives it a professional finish.

Abus High Security Container Locks


Security container locks are being used more and more in this current climate and with the amount of theft that is happening, keeping them secure is more import than ever. Likewise vandals also prove to be a problem and leaving a container unsecured is just asking for trouble. Leaving a door unlocked and trusting that no one will help themselves is no longer valid these days. Gone are the days you could leave your door open when you nipped down to the shops. If it is not under lock and key, it will get up and walk away.

As more and more goods are being transported or stored in containers, the necessity to secure them is paramount. They offer great protection from weather and theft provided that they are secured properly.

The weakest part of a container is the doors and this is were Abus have concentrated their effort. The Abus 215/100 Granit Container Lock is manufactured from hardened steel alloy and is cathodic dip coated to protect against corrosion. The lock mechanism is design to resist both physical and manipulation attempts and offers 250, 000 genuine different key combinations. It has a double ball bearing locking system which is anti-drill and anti pull protected.

It is easily fitted to a container and due to the simplicity of the installation, it is easy to remove and reuse on another container.

The container lock is approved to VdS standard when used with the Abus 37RK/70 padlock and will give the maximum protection.

Container locks are designed to minimise the time the owner takes to open or lock the container but maximise the amount of time it would take a thief to attempt to break in.

To purchase the Abus 215/100 Container lock, visit http://www.transtools.co.uk

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Kitchen Worktop Router Jigs


Fitting a new kitchen worktop is easier than it looks providing you take your time, accurately measure and practice your cuts on an old piece of worktop first.

The old adage of 'measure twice, cut once' has never been more relevant than that of cutting and routing a new kitchen worktop.

When purchasing your new kitchen worktop, always add 300-400mm extra to the length required so that you can have a practice cut before mastering the final joint. 

There are two main types of joint used when joining kitchen worktops, diagonal mitre joint, usually from corner to corner and butt joint, a straight cut from front to back.

The latter requires the use of a worktop router jig as a template for accurately cutting the joint. This is were the precise measuring and careful cutting must be put into practice. If when measuring the cut, you are 1mm out on one half of the cut, remember that you may also be 1mm out on the other cut leaving a 2mm gap where the worktops join.

When using your router cutter and guide bush, always make a practice cut on an old piece so that when making the final cut on your new worktop, you are aware of where the router cutter blade and guide bush are making the cut and which side to align the guide bush to for each of the cuts.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Winbag Air Wedge Packer

Winbag Air Wedge
The Winbag Air Wedge uses the same concept as the demolition trade for lifting or holding a weight at a certain level. Shrinking it down to a smaller, more portable size, the Winbag is truly one of those items you wish you had years ago.

When lifting furniture, cabinets or just a door you are hanging, how often have you used a foot or better, a door lifter? Just a little higher, no lower, yes! hold it there! Sound familiar, well enter the Winbag Air Wedge. Simply place under the door, furniture, unit and inflate to the desired height. It is capable of holding a load pressure of 100kg and can operate from as little as 2mm up to 50mm fully inflated.

The overall size of the Air Wedge is 190mm x 190mm x 75mm and can easily be stored away or carried in the tool bag.

Metabo Cordless PowerMaxx Li Pro Drill Driver 7.2v


Small jobs require small power tools and Metabo has met this task head on and updated the PowerMaxx drill driver range, (now in its forth generation). The latest model, PowerMaxx Li Pro  has been designed with professionals in mind. It is ideal for areas where space is limited, cramped or just awkward and performs uncompromisingly.

The PowerMaxx Li Pro is an ideal companion for electricians, kitchen fitters, shop fitters and plumbers. With its small compact size, it is light enough (730 grams) to easily be carried in most tool bags.

As well as being expertly designed, this 7.2 volt drill driver supports this design by having the required power to complete the necessary tasks. It has a two speed gear box,  9 Nm to 16 Nm. of torque and an idle speed of 0–250/0–750 U/min.

The full kit comes complete with 2 Lithium Ion 7.2v 2.2Ah batteries, 60 minute mains charger, 
chuck, offset screw attachment, carrying case and 20 assorted screw bits and drill bits.

Backed by a 3 year manufacturers warranty, the Metabo PowerMaxx Li Pro is an excellent addition to any tool bag.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Abus Padlocks and Chains offer Great Security


Abus take securing your premises seriously and have developed several ranges of padlocks to prevent unauthorised personnel from entering. All Abus padlocks in the existing range are given a unique Global Protection Standard number from 1 to 10 which denotes the level of security each particular lock offers.  This number denotes the security level each lock offers and determines its efficiency to withstand an attack.

Top of the range in the current Abus catalog are the Granite series of padlocks. They are made from hardened alloy steel and are pull and drill resistant. They also have shackle guards built into the padlocks to prevent attacks from hand or power tools.

To complement the padlocks, Abus also have a series of high quality hardened steel chains with longer chain links to support the larger, more secure padlocks.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Ryobi One Plus Power Tools and Garden Tools

Power tools are a great time saver, whether you are screwdriving or drilling, hedge trimming or grass strimming, cordless tools are a godsend. The only problem is, every time you buy new power tools, they all have a different battery and charger systems, that is unless you buy one of the Ryobi One Plus power tools or One Plus garden tools. 

Cordless power tools all need batteries, so 
Ryobi created the One Plus range, simply put, one battery fits all, yes all 29 power tools and all 7 garden power tools.

There are currently 3 batteries available that can power all the tools, the 1.7Ah 18V NiCad, 1.4Ah 18V Lithium Ion (slimline battery) or the 2.4Ah 18V Lithium Ion.

When buying power tools, budget is also a factor, and as you no longer have to purchase batteries with each tool you buy in the Ryobi One Plus range, you only pay for the tool which means that the cost will be lower. 

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Irazola Screwdriver Sets - Roll Your Tools Up


Screwdrivers sets take up so much space in the tool bag, you always end  up carrying far too many just because you don't want to find that the one you really need, you left back at the garage.

What if you could remove all the handles, this would take up a lot less space. Well, Irazola (part of the Bahco group) have also though of this idea and have produced a 13 piece VDE insulated screwdriver set, which when rolled up, is only 200mm (8") in length and 75mm (3")
 across. The kit comprises of 5 flat heads, 3 pozi heads, 3 Philips heads, a neon tester and a quick release interchangeable handle, all secured in a nylon roll mat.


Fitting the screwdrivers into the handle is simple, choose the required driver and  push until you here a click, done. To remove the driver, simply twist the lock nut and remove the driver.

All the screwdrivers in this set are tested to 1000 volts and are indivually VDE stamped.

The handle itself is confortable to use and has plenty of grip due to the rubberised finish on the lower part of the handle. 

Overall, this is a lightweight yet strong screwdriver kit and as there is only one handle, is considerably small and easy to carry arround.


Thursday, 16 April 2009

Ryobi - New products for 2009


Ryobi is leading the market with a revolutionary new product, the world's first cordless drill with automatic gear shift. This means the tool will select the correct gear to suit the material that you are working with. 

It is part of their One Plus system and uses the existing 1.7Ah batteries and charger or the newer 2.4Ah Lithium-Ion batteries. 

The model in question is the Ryobi CDA-1802M 18V Autoshift 2 Speed Drill Driver and is expected to retail at £89.99 including VAT and should be available to purchase by the time you read this post.

Ryobi have also release a new 12V Lithium-Ion 4 piece kit including a drill driver, impact drive, reciprocating saw, circular saw, torch, 12V battery and hard wearing tool bag.  The tools are approx 33% lighter than the existing 12V range and slightly smaller allowing more access to awkward areas or tight spaces.

There are currently 29 power tools in the One Plus range, all powered by either the NiCad or Lithium-Ion batteries making this one of the most flexible cordless tool systems available.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Cordless Power Tools - Amps Vs Volts


Once upon a time, cordless power tools were a pure luxury, very expensive and not very powerful. Nowadays they are common place and can be found in most trade vans, toolbags, workshops or garages.

Cordless power tools are based on their mains powered counterparts, they have similar abilities but lack one thing, continuous power. Over the years, power tool manufacturers have worked hard to design the perfect balance of power to battery ratio. The simple problem is, charging a battery quick enough to continue carry out the task in hand.

Batteries for power tools have come along way in the last few years, NiCd, NiHM and now Lithium Ion, all improving on the overall weight of the tools and how long the tool lasts in operation. The later, Lithium Ion, has greatly added to the success of the cordless power tools industry. With the weight of the battery reduced and a greater amp capacity, the Lithium powered tools are becoming more and more powerful with each passing year.

Battery powered tools are measured in two ways, volts and amps. The voltage is what provides the raw power (torque) for the tool and determines how powerful it can drill, cut or grind, the amps are what defines how long the power will last. Some of the latest Lithium-Ion batteries have a 3 amp capacity and can run for far longer than its equivalent NiCd battery.

Charging has always been the biggest problem facing cordless power tools, use it for 20 - 25 minutes and then charge for an hour. This problem is fast being overcome with the new lithium ion batteries which can hold a charge longer and can charge in as little as 15 -30 minutes.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Marshalltown Tools for Plastering and Drywalling


Marshalltown are a construction tool manufacturer and make tools for trades such as plastering, drywalling, concrete, masonry and archaeology.

Based in Iowa, Marshalltown can be dated back to 1894 when a stone mason, who was working on the local courthouse, approached Mr Dave Lennox with reference to making a better trowel. He kept working with the local masons for the next two years improving his designs to create the highest quality trowel available.

In 2003, Marshalltown changed their company name to Marshalltown Company to reflect the greater range of products being manufactured. 

With over 3,000 products in their current range, Marshalltown are no longer just a 'trowel' company but a worldwide brand leader and supplier of construction tools to the professional and DIY enthusiast alike.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Work Clothing With Style - Stanley Workwear



When working on site, work clothing is all important. It got to be warm, rugged, well manufactured and have all the necessary pockets for rules, tapes, pencils and levels or any other tool you might need half way up a ladder.

Doesn't it get annoying when you bend over and your t-shirt pulls out the back of the trousers and leaves your back exposed to the cold, well Stanley though so and have designed the new work trousers with this in mind. As well as having knee pads, multi-pockets, side pockets and even a pencil pocket, they have included a rubberised grip strip inside the waist band that actually grips the t-shirt and prevents it from riding up.

Why shouldn't workwear have a little style as well as function, Stanley think so. The t-shirt, made from combed cotton, is hardwearing yet stylish and comfortable. It has a filigree pattern on the front as well as the Stanley logo.

Along with the work trousers and t-shirt, Stanley have also designed a high performance, wind and waterproof, breathable work jacket. With more pockets that you can use in a lifetime, this lightweight jacket is more than up for the job. It also has a second zip system inside allowing it to be combined with the technical fleece, giving an added layer of warmth.

Workwear no longer has to be dull, wear something that looks great and performs even better.

To view the entire Stanley Workwear range, click the link below.

Stanley Workwear

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Bahco Cutting The Copper Pipe Slice Competition


Copper pipe cutting has just got easy and a little less expensive now that Bahco have just launched their own Copper Pipe Slice Cutters.

Available in either 15mm or 22mm, the Bahco 306 is an automatic tube cutter that fits over the copper pipe, and with a simple twist, cuts the pipe avoiding damage and external de-burring.

I have just received the first delivery of the Bahco 306 pipe cutters and am impressed. As soon as I picked it up, I could feel the quality, it is solidly made and has a reassuring weight about it. It has a compact design with an orange painted zinc body. It is great for use in confined spaces where even mini cutters cannot fit.

Now that the The Kopex patent has expired, Bahco took this opportunity and have expanded their plumbing range to include copper pipe cutters.


Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Ryobi Petrol Brush Cutter with TouchStart


After many years of the pull cord, Ryobi has created a petrol brush cutter with a TouchStart. Based around a 12v battery, the new Ryobi RBC-30SET has a electronic TouchStart ignition system which will start the petrol engine with just the touch of a button.

Powered by a 30cc engine, the Ryobi RBC-30SET is one of the first petrol brush cutters to include the new TouchStart technology. Once started, the engine will trickle charge the battery giving it the necessary charge for the next start. It also has a starter rope as a backup device.

The RBC-30SET It has the same split shaft as all the previous expand-it garden power tools allowing it to change the head from brush cutter to line trimmer or any of the other interchangeable add on tools including cultivator, blower, edger, hedge trimmer and pruner.

The brush cutter comes as standard with the Pro Cut II and reel easy heads, grass shield, 2 stroke oil, quick release shoulder strap, wrench, 12v battery and charger.