New GRABO vacuum tool lets you get a handle on heavy lifting

RARELY do you get a completely new power tool come to the market – one that goes where power tools have never gone and yet serves a huge scope of different trades. However, the patented and revolutionary GRABO Vacuum Lifter has done just that.

The GRABO is a hand-held battery powered vacuum lifter that enables the handling of multiple materials from tiles and paving to sheet materials and glass. Its twin seal design works on uneven surfaces such as riven paving or tiles, stippled glass and even on surfaces that are dusty or wet. Even more uniquely, it works on porous materials such as plasterboard, plywood and many types of porous stone, because its vacuum motor can run constantly to compensate air loss through the material. 

With a lifting capacity of up to 170kg, the GRABO offers the user much better lifting positions for materials, helping to reduce manual handling injuries that occur when lifting materials by their edges. It enables you to carry materials with hands close to the waist - the safest and most effective carrying position. Furthermore, by keeping fingers away from the edges it helps you position materials more precisely, preventing fingers being trapped between materials and keeping them away from any applied adhesive.  

If you have a trade counter and customers that are involved in paving, tiling, drylining, façade installation, glazing, stonemasonry, furniture moving, SFS, modular homes or manufacturing, then the GRABO offers a profitable distributor opportunity for you and a welcome relief for your customers.  

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Hands together for PAL Hire’s sanitiser stations

LEADING UK-wide hire supplier PAL HIRE, has secured a deal provide hand sanitiser stations with a guaranteed gel supply for businesses looking to secure the hygiene of their workers and customers.

With an easing of lockdown restrictions rumoured to begin within the next few weeks, the Manchester-based company stands poised to assist businesses and construction sites to protect their workers, as both HSE and CLC guidelines insist workplaces provide additional hand washing facilities, with adequate supplies of soap, water and hand sanitiser.

The dispensers, which come in a variety of sturdy indoor and outdoor, free standing and wall-mounted units, are set to become a key feature of PAL’s Back To Work package deals, providing essential kit and services for companies and the coronavirus crisis recedes.

“We are hugely excited when we are able to secure the deal,” confirmed PAL Hire director Dan Daintry. “It has been extraordinarily difficult for suppliers and distributors up and down the country to secure hand sanitiser gel, but we can now guarantee our customers a reliable stream of it, produced right here in the UK.”

Unusually for the hire company, the units are being offered for sale, as well as for hire. “The cost of hiring these stations will amount to the cost of a sale within a few weeks,” Dan continued. “But increased hygiene standards are not a short-term, knee-jerk reaction to the coronavirus situation.

“This is a huge sea change for the whole UK – and beyond. We will certainly see a huge increase in public hygiene as a permanent fixture of public life. I can well see sanitiser stations becoming perfectly normal – required, even – at events, building sites, venues… anywhere people gather.

“The gel itself is made to a very high standard. I’m sure we’ve all had very dry hands from washing them all day recently, but this gel contains emollients which mean it doesn’t dry out the skin. In addition to that, it’s ecologically friendly and protects your hands for up to two hours.

“Best of all, the fact that it is British-made allows us to guarantee our customers a steady supply, even as the lockdown lifts.”

The hand sanitiser stations are available to hire or buy now.

New ProtecWork protective clothing from Snickers Workwear

FULLY accredited, advanced Protective Wear for heat and flame, electrostatic, mechanical and chemical risk environments from the UK’s leading workwear innovator.

Snickers Workwear’s ProtecWork range has new additions to its protective wear garments including Class 1 and 2 hi-vis work trousers, tops and sweat shirts.

Fully accredited for a variety of risk environments such as heat and flame, electrostatic, chemical and bad weather conditions, all the garments are manufactured from tailor-made fabrics designed to respond to the demands and risk factors of the conditions in which they’re worn.

So with over 60 different garments and accessories to choose from, you can make sure you get the right protection, visibility, flexibility, comfort and freedom of movement on site. Check out the new Snickers ProtecWork range to fit your workday and wellbeing on site.  

For more information on ProtecWork, visit , call the Helpline on 01484 854788 or download a digital catalogue 

Mirka says, “May the force be with you” with new dual voltage LEROS

MIRKA UK is launching a dual voltage Mirka® LEROS in May, designed to provide a flexible, convenient tool for decorators working at different site locations, making light work of wall and ceiling sanding.

The two-in-one 110v and 230v lightweight Mirka® LEROS sander has a brushless motor and incorporates an innovative sanding head with 180-degree flexibility, and a 5mm random orbital movement, making it extremely user-friendly.

The Mirka® LEROS’ flexible and practical design provides benefits such as ergonomic working positions and exerts less strain on the operator's body and back. Weighing less than 3.5kg, the operator can sand for longer periods without fatigue.

The operator can also work very close to corners thanks to the sanding head and backing pad design. Due to the random orbital movement, the Mirka® LEROS responds precisely to the operator's movements making the sanding process easy. In addition, it creates a smoother, better finish.

Maintenance of the tool is minimised as there are no carbon brushes to be changed. When combined with Mirka’s dust-free net abrasives and suitable dust extraction, the Mirka® LEROS provides dust-free sanding, making the working environment cleaner and healthier. 

The Mirka® LEROS is available with a storage bag. An extension pole can also be purchased to increase the reach by 50cm.

Chris Proffit, Business Sector Manager - Construction and Decorating, for the UK, said: “The launch of the Mirka® LEROS in 2018 was very successful. The dual voltage machine increases the applications including site work where 110v tools are required. The sander still retains its signature lightweight, ergonomic, user-friendly design, providing 180-degree flexibility, 100 per cent comfort and 100 per cent perfection, no matter the angle.”

Hellberg SAFE face protection

HELLBERG Safety specialist PPE products include highly advanced hearing protection products, face protection and communication solutions for personal wellbeing on site.

Hellberg’s SAFE face protection range offers visor solutions to suit a variety of different internal and external work environments. With a standard product design across all the products, the visors and carriers can be combined with hearing protectors and safety helmets for more complete solutions, or be used as individual visor solutions.

These stylish products give you a multiple options that all fit perfectly together. Choose one of our ready-made combinations, or select your own combination of carrier, visor and hearing protector.

Everything is really well made, comfortable to wear and delivers superb, practical protection for the hazards you’re likely to face - whatever job you’re doing.

The Hellberg Safety PPE range features the latest advanced technologies, modern design, comfort and quality together with great performance to appeals to all types of professional users in high-risk work environments.

For more information on the Hellberg Safety product range, call the Hultafors Group UK Helpline on 01484 854788, checkout the website or email [email protected]

Detachable holster pockets In Snickers’ new LiteWork Stretch trousers

LEADING where others follow, Snickers Workwear stretch fabrics deliver unrivalled comfort and close quarter mobility on site.

Snickers Workwear’s hi-tech fabrics and body-mapping designs give plenty of scope for every professional craftsman and woman to stretch their performance on site comfortably. Designed for a wide variety of jobs on site, these LiteWork 4-way stretch work trousers are the ideal choice if you’re working hard in warmer weather.

For maximum flexibility in getting work done, these new Trousers feature detachable holster pockets while the trousers themselves are made from full-stretch material for maximum mobility wherever you’re working while the Cordura®-reinforced Kneeguard™ pockets offer additional comfort and protection.

For maximum functionality there’s also ruler, and cargo pockets for easy access to tools and fixings. They’re all Cordura® reinforced for durability. So check out these newest designs – the optimal choice for craftsmen and women who need to get the job done quickly efficiently on site. 

Getting information on the Snickers’ new Stretch Trousers is easy. You can call the Snickers Helpline on 01484 854788, checkout the website and download a digital catalogue at or email [email protected]

ECHO's new hedgetrimmer range

ECHO has introduced a new range of three domestic and semi-professional use double-sided hedgetrimmers: the HC-2020, the HC-2020R and the HC-2320. These hedgetrimmers, which replace existing models, are lighter in weight and feature a reduced emissions engine which has to be a major consideration in present and future times.

The HC-2020 replaces ECHO’s HC-1501. With its new engine design for lower emissions and 534mm length cutting blades, you get a hedge trimmer with improved ergonomics and better precision for tackling those small to medium jobs. The Japanese double-edged cutter blades offer sharpness and durability while overall the hedgetrimmer is balanced and lightweight at just 4.5kg dry weight. The HC-2020 makes an ideal choice for domestic use and medium-sized professional jobs.

The HC-2020R replaces the ECHO HCR-1501, offering a rotatable handle version of the HC-2020 double sided hedgetrimmer. It’s a lightweight, highly manoeuvrable double-edged trimmer specifically designed for medium-sized jobs and ideal for domestic users or professionals working on small to medium-sized hedges. The rotatable handle may be a small feature but it makes a huge difference. The 5 position handle allows you to find the most comfortable position for cutting at different angles. The HC-2020R weighs in at just 4.6kg dry weight with an even distribution for optimal comfort and performance. The renowned quality of Japanese blades offers super sharpness making precise and clean trimming a breeze.

Replacing the HC-156 the new ECHO HC-2320 is a lightweight, double-sided hedgetrimmer with an extra-long 639mm blade for tackling larger, taller hedges. The lighter weight and ergonomic construction combine with robust components to give you a rugged yet easy to use hedgetrimmer, again with sharp Japanese blades for precise cutting and higher productivity. All the new hedgetimmers come with the latest ECHO low-emission engine for cleaner operation and reduced impact on the environment. Each machine has an industry-leading 5-year domestic or 2-year professional warranty.

For more information, visit or call 01844 278800.

Snickers’ work gloves for healthy hands

THERE'S one thing that professional tradesmen and women can’t do without if they want to get their jobs done properly: healthy hands!

So take good care of your most important tools and choose a pair that’s right for your work to ensure the ultimate in dexterity, durability, comfort and protection.

With advanced designs, features and material combinations, there’s something to suit most trades, from bricklayers and roofers, electricians and plumbers, painters and mechanics, facilities and transportation.

Added to which the unique ‘curved’ designs ensure strong, secure grips while sophisticated patterns, vents and ribs combined with durable materials that provide cut protection, knuckle protection, ventilation, water and wind protection, even features so you can use your mobile phone. What’s more, for specialist use where health and safety standards are key requirements, all of our Work Gloves are EN certified for performance and protection.

Getting more information on the Snickers Work Gloves Range is easy. You can call the Helpline on 01484 854788; or check out where you can download a digital catalogue

KNIPEX's American style linesman’s pliers

LEADING pliers specialist KNIPEX has a range of American Style Linesman’s Pliers, designed to make gripping, pulling and cutting so much easier.

With a solid construction to take the heaviest strain, the KNIPEX Linesman’s Pliers require 50% less effort compared with conventional combination pliers, thanks to its optimised transmission ratio.

The KNIPEX Linesman’s Pliers feature an ergonomically optimised handle shape for firm contact with your hand and has a fatigue-reducing operation. A particularly effective cross-hatched gripping zone in the jaws has also been included to enable strong gripping and pulling.

The range includes versions with a fish tape puller in the joint gap and a universal mandrel crimping point below the joint. KNIPEX also has a version with a tether attachment point for mounting a fall protection – perfect for those tradespeople working at height.

The KNIPEX Electricians Pliers range

LEADING pliers specialist KNIPEX has a range of Electricians Pliers designed for gripping, cutting, stripping and crimping.

The range includes the ideal pliers for cable work, gripping and bending wire. With precision cutting edges, which have been additionally induction-hardened, the pliers’ cutting edge hardness is perfect for cutting medium hard and hard wire.

With precision stripping holes and the ability to crimp wire end sleeves this is the perfect tool for electrical contractors, replacing the need for several pairs of pliers with just one tool.

To complete the range, Model 13 05 160 T is the Tethered Tool version, which can be attached to those electricians who work at height.


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