SHOW WINTER WHO’S THE BOSS

Scruffs’ new Classic Thermo Parka is perfect for tradesmen who aren’t afraid of rain, snow or cold when it comes to getting the job done.

Not only will it turn heads on and off the site, but with a waterproof rating of 4500mm, a fully padded bubble quilted lining and a high collar, tradesmen can head out into the great British outdoors, certain that they can tackle the elements in comfort.

For ultimate performance on the job and everyday style, Scruffs is smart enough for business, strong enough for work and #SCRUFFSENOUGH for anything.

The removable fur trim and detachable hood lets professionals choose exactly how they want to look.

 

Reinforced Cordura® elbow panels, functional and secure interior and exterior pockets and reflective detailing give tradesmen what they need when grafting outdoors, day or night.

 

Colour: red or dark lead

 

 

Setting the standard since 2003, Scruffs designs workwear and footwear for a new generation of trade professionals. Every product is engineered to meet the highest demands to deliver the functionality, style and comfort that tradespeople value, no matter what life throws at them.

For more info and to find out more about the 2015 Autumn/Winter Product Guide, call 0115 938 9000 or email [email protected]

Trimble Introduces New Pipe Lasers for Utility Construction

Working in the trenches just got easier with the new range of pipe lasers from Spectra Precision. Designed to fit around tighter inverts, the Spectra Precision DG813 and DG613 deliver the most productive pipe laying experience in the market. They are extremely rugged and thrive in demanding underground conditions. Benefitting from the latest technology developed by Spectra Precision, the beam moves quickly and accurately for alignment and grade. The top of the range model, DG813, comes with a smart Spot Finder, which the laser can align to automatically and can also calculate the grade - great for checking previous work on a second day set-up.

Simple to use, with the new menu driven user interface, the DG813 and DG613 help you improve efficiency and provide unprecedented performance and reliability.

The DG613 and DG813 are available through the Spectra Precision Dealer Network in Europe, the Middle East and Africa since November 2015 and will be, mid February 2016, in the Americas and Asia Pacific region.

For more information, please visit www.spectralasers.com

 

A Brilliant All-Rounder. The AP ProSeries Rechargeable Spotlight upgrades to 350 Lumens

Active Products announce the re-launch of their latest AP ProSeries rechargeable spotlight with CREE LED that now offers 350 lumens for the same price.

Supplying some of the UKs largest retailers and builder’s merchants, Active Products have built an established reputation for producing high quality, sensibly priced products and are best known for the creation of the original AP Torch lighting range created in 2003, followed by the introduction of the premium AP ProSeries range featuring CREE LED in 2009.

The AP ProSeries offers a versatile range of hand-held lighting; all built with the latest CREE technology, a three-year guarantee and consistently attracts five star reviews from both professionals and domestic users who strongly rate the products balance of performance, durability and affordability.

The rechargeable spotlight has recently been relaunched by Active Products, now offering 350 lumens versus the previous 220 lumens.  This mighty spotlight also offers a line-up of superb benefits including beam distances up to 420 metres, fantastic white light brightness and brilliant beam performance from the sophisticated CREE LED bulb.  Other features of this great all-rounder includes;

  • Simultaneous flood to spot – provides flood & spot in one beam
  • Adjustable stand for hands free operation
  • Shoulder strap included
  • Beam distance – up to 420 metres
  • Water resistance – IP4 standard
  • 1 metre impact – robust design to withstand 1 metre drop
  • Battery life – up to 14 hours uses 6v  rechargeable battery
  • Durable & lightweight high grade.

“Our innovation pipeline is driven by demand from our retailers and consumers. With the hand-held lighting market showing strong growth and consumers demanding more power and more durability from their torches, and all at excellent value price points, our new 350 lumens, which RRP of £44.95 is a great example of achieving the important balance of high quality, superb performance and affordability.” 

The AP ProSeries range can be found across a wide variety of DIY, Superstore and Mail Order companies and across the wholesale sector. 

For more information regarding this product and the full range of AP Torches visit Active Products

 

Active Products (UK) Ltd

Barnston Warehouse, Chelmsford Road, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1LP, UK

Tel: 01371 872842   Fax: 01371 877949  Website: www.active-products.co.uk

Active Products’ ProSeries range capitalises on the trend for gadgets

The gadgets industry is growing fast. Increasing interest in useful and affordable technology is one of the reasons why the AP ProSeries range of torches and spotlights has taken the market by storm in the last three years

Products like the 100 Lumens Head Torch have been racking up 5-star ratings and glowing reviews across popular, well known retailers. They have also become popular gifts at Christmas time, and manufacturers Active Products have experienced increased demand year on year from retailers in the run up to the Christmas trading season.

Ted McLoughlin, Sales Director at Active Products, explains why he thinks the AP ProSeries torches and spotlights have become popular Christmas gifts: “I think it’s a combination of their affordability, their usefulness during the dark, winter months, and all the nifty features that make them efficient, durable and fun to use. The AP ProSeries 100 Lumens Head Torch, for instance, has a really clever on/off motion sensor that you activate with a simple wave of the hand. It’s a fantastic hands-free gizmo for gadget lovers, as well as being handy and practical for dog-walkers, runners, cyclists and anyone who might be tinkering in their shed on a dark winter’s afternoon.”

The range benefits from Active Products’ partnership with Cree, the innovators behind the LED bulbs in the ProSeries torches. A Cree bulb is energy-efficient but pumps out double the light of a standard LED, and lasts 50,000 hours longer.

The AP ProSeries range, including the 100 Lumens Head Torch, is available from B&Q, Halfords and Argos with an RRP of £25.99. More detail about the range can be found at www.approseries.com.

Dust extraction specialist launches updated hire equipment cleaning cabinet

A specialist dust extraction firm in the UK has launched its second-generation DC Box, which is a purpose built cabinet that helps hire companies combat and contain harmful dusts when cleaning returned tools and equipment.

The DC Box acts like a fume cupboard, containing dust from equipment that’s cleaned inside it and then filtering the air. Cleaning can be done with the integral air gun and vacuum suction hose, improving the lifespan of hire equipment and ensuring that any hazardous dusts are removed before further hire.

                                                                                                          

James Miller, Dustcontrol UK’s General Manager, commented: “There’s a huge requirement for this amongst hire companies at present – something we’ve recognised and responded to. Equipment is placed into the box via a door and sliding tray. Three hand hole openings on the front allow the operators to handle the equipment inside during the cleaning process, whilst a third functions as an air inlet.”

The cabinet is also equipped with a light that allows users to clearly see if equipment is clean and the tray has a rotating mesh top for ease of access and use. Large particles and other waste drops into a plastic bag at the base of the DC Box, helping with the efficiency of the clean. An AirCube 500 is integrated into the system, which means its HEPA H13 extraction capabilities constantly clean the air inside and remove smaller airborne dust particles that  can be generated during the cleaning process.

James continued: “With hire companies, equipment is often returned dirty, which can generate large amounts of dust within hire depots. The DC Box efficiently contains and extracts this dust, helping to improve the lifespan of the hire equipment whilst also stopping the spread of airborne dust within the depot.”

He concluded: “It makes the whole process of cleaning the equipment much safer to undertake by reducing the potential hazards that handling such equipment can present and helps hire companies meet workplace exposure limits for dust.”

Dustcontrol UK, based in Milton Keynes (UK head office), has developed a series of mobile dust extractors and air cleaners specifically designed to separate fine and hazardous dusts, such as silica dust.

Dustcontrol equipment uses HEPA H13 filters, unlike most other products, which only use M class filters. The use of H13 filters guarantees that the products remove 99.97% of all particles greater than 0.3 micrometres from the air that passes through the equipment; meaning air exhausted from the products is the cleanest it can be.

For further information on Dustcontrol UK’s new products please phone 01327 858001 or email[email protected]

For further information visit www.dustcontroluk.co.uk

Tighten the Grip on Profits

In continued support of its stockists, Carl Kammerling International has extended its already popular range of Avit toolbox essentials with the addition of a three-piece insulated plier and cutter set.

An ideal starter kit for electricians, the set comprises of an Insulated Combination Plier 180mm/7”, an Insulated Side Cutter 160mm/6”, and an Insulated Long Nose Plier 200mm/8”.

Understanding that durability and strength are key requirements for professional results, the expertly robust pliers feature hardened and tempered jaws for outstanding long-term performance.

This toolbox essential is EN60900 approved and has been specifically tested to 10,000V of electricity, offering the peace of mind an electrician needs when working with sensitive electronic components.

Having consulted with customers, Carl Kammerling has developed its merchandising solutions in order to maximise sales. A counter box that holds four sets has been introduced, meaning the products can be placed at the till point, encouraging last-minute purchases.

Graham Godfrey, brand manager, Avit commented: “We are always looking to extend what are already our popular ranges to ensure we are producing products that fit the requirements of our stockists and their customers.

“As with all Carl Kammerling’s extensive tool innovation, new products are not thrown together but are created as a direct result of the company’s long-standing collaboration with end users - before, during and after tool development.”

For more information or to place an order, please contact Carl Kammerling International on 01758 704704 or visit www.carlkammerling.com

 

Carl Kammerling Toughens Its Screwdriver Range

Driving forward design and innovation, Carl Kammerling International has further enhanced its market leading range of VDE screwdrivers with the introduction of two impressive sets – the C.K Torque Screwdriver with VDE Interchangeable blades and the C.K dextroVDE Interchangeable Bladed screwdriver set.

Precision German engineered for reliability and long-term performance, the new C.K Torque Screwdriver Set is set to become a toolbox hero among electricians and a sales generator for stockists.

Regulation BS 7671:2008 requires that electrical equipment be installed in accordance with the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Facilitating the majority of settings for the tightening of electrical equipment terminal screws, the C.K Torque Screwdriver set comprises a 1.5 – 3.0Nm torque screwdriver handle, 2 x 1000V VDE terminal screwdriver modulo (plus/minus) blades - sizes 1 and 2, a torque adjustment key, a user guide and a calibration certificate, all contained within a practical fabric storage wallet, that features a convenient belt clip for just RRP £94.99 (ex VAT). Spare blades are available at RRP £7.99 (ex VAT).

Understanding the diverse nature of electricians’ work and the collection of tools required, Carl Kammerling has introduced the dextroVDE 1,000V Interchangeable Bladed screwdriver set, offering a more compact and lightweight solution to carrying a full set of standard screwdrivers.

The 10-piece set comprises a 1000v VDE High Torque Screwdriver Handle, a 1000v VDE precision Screwdriver Handle, and eight 1000v VDE blades in slotted, pozidrive and terminal modulo tip types. This cost-effective set (RRP £34.99 ex VAT) is housed in a handy fabric storage wallet that features a convenient belt loop. Spare blades are available at RRP £3.49 (ex VAT).

With voltages as low as fifty Volts potentially proving extremely dangerous, if not lethal, the VDE approval of the new C.K VDE screwdriver sets offers electricians maximum safety. Only tools marked ‘VDE’ have passed the rigorous tests set by the VDE Testing and Certification Institute, including being specifically tested to 10,000V of electricity and only these tools offer the peace of mind an electrician needs.

Graham Godfrey, brand manger, C.K tools commented: “As with all Carl Kammerling’s extensive tool innovation, new products are not thrown together but are created as a direct result of the company’s long-standing collaboration with end users - before, during and after tool development. Working in partnership in this way ensures that Carl Kammerling is able to deliver tool solutions that are best suited to the actual work undertaken by professional tradesmen and are matched to each sector’s specific and unique requirements.

“We are constantly working to offer stockists something truly new, helping to increase footfall and making a real difference to their bottom line.”

For further information please visit www.carlkammerling.com or call 01758 704704.

BoSS PROVIDES PLATFORM FOR PASMA TOWER WEEK

PASMA Tower Week is back for another year and from the 2nd until 6th November, PASMA members, including Youngman group’s BoSS Towers, will be highlighting safety at height.

Tower week, currently in its third year, was established by the Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA) to promote the use of towers as well as exchange information on the development of height safety in general.

PASMA is the leading industry body representing the interests of manufacturers, suppliers, specifiers and users of pre-fabricated access equipment. They provide and oversee the industry standard training scheme and publication of safety-related knowledge, information and guidance.

As a PASMA member, Youngman group will be highlighting the versatility of their BoSS towers and their safe and productive use via their LinkedIn page, BoSS Towers & Access, during the week sharing some exclusive video content.

PASMA Managing Director, Peter Bennett said, “Tower Week is a collaborative effort between PASMA and our partners. Together we are aiming to produce a special week that will benefit the industry and make a real difference to keeping people safe.”

“With an increase in partnerships and new ideas, Tower Week 2015 promises to be the biggest and best yet.”

Although Tower Week perfectly highlights BoSS’ relationship with the leading industry body, it’s the work that is carried out through the whole year that reinforces why these partnerships are paramount in promoting safety at height.

The comprehensive product range from BoSS resulted in PASMA recently using the popular BoSS Ladder span and BoSS plus products whilst undertaking refurbishment of its head office in Glasgow.

BoSS’ customer and Taskforce member, FLOW Access Systems, were commissioned by PASMA to assemble and erect the BoSS towers as part of the ongoing maintenance of the listed building.

Flow Access Systems is a well-regarded and capable PASMA approved hire & assembly company. Their staff are PASMA trained and they came out on top when members of PASMA were asked to bid for this prestigious project.

One of the issues FLOW Access faced when building the towers was space restraints due to the layout of the building fronting a main road.

Maintaining access as well as keeping the structure in situ for as little time as possible were vital aspects that needed careful consideration when undertaking the project, and all of this could be achieved by utilising an aluminium access tower structure.

FLOW Access used the BoSS Ladder span with additional BoSS Plus components because high clearance frames were needed to allow access in and out of the building.

The BoSS Ladder span is ideal because the integrated ladder allows frequent and easy access for painting; 850mm width narrow-span frames were selected because of the space restrictions, and as previously mentioned, one of the very important benefits of prefabricated tower systems is that they are so much quicker to install and dismantle especially when compared to heavier, more traditional scaffolding.

Jason Carlton, Product and Commercial Manager for BoSS Products said, “BoSS Tower builds have more than the minimum components demanded by EN1004 and since its establishment its reputation has been built on safety, by providing the best possible tower builds. BoSS also has the largest range of additional components available to enable complete flexibility in demanding environments”

“This means we could provide FLOW Access with the ideal range of products for the  job allowing them to spend less time building towers and more time for essential maintenance to take place”

Safety standards and best practice should always be considered when employing a company which is why PASMA’s website provides a full list of its accredited members.

Notes to Editor

To learn more on the events that are taking place across the country during PASMA Tower week, visit their website, https://www.pasma.co.uk.

For further information on BoSS towers or to locate your nearest hire centre, please visit:

http://www.youngmangroup.com/brands/boss-towers

For further information of PASMA, including how to become a member please visit:

https://www.pasma.co.uk

For further information on FLOW Access please visit:

http://www.flowaccesssystems.com

 

Draper Tools Redline Launch Reveals Britain’s Home-Improvement Skills

To support the launch of its Redline range of tools, Draper Tools has commissioned a study into the state of the nation’s home-improvement skills and attitudes.

The research revealed a national lack of confidence in many areas of home improvement, with one in five Brits having tried and failed to put up flat-pack furniture and a quarter of people admitting they’d damaged walls trying to put a picture up.

Designed to tackle a wide range of home repairs including gardening jobs, car and bike maintenance, decorating, furniture assembly and much more, the Redline launch has come at the right time with over  a third of people saying that an affordable range of tools they liked, would help them to have a go at home improvements.

Home-Improvement Hang-Ups

It seems some home-improvement help is definitely needed. The study of 2,000 people found three in ten have tackled dangerous electrical or plumbing jobs with the wrong tools and confessed to having ‘no idea’ how to do the task. Half of those surveyed said they would be unable to change a tyre on their car if called on to do so, while less than a fifth were confident they could even keep a household plant alive based on previous failures.

Doing the decorating is a challenge for many Brits with four in ten struggling with painting walls or applying wallpaper, while the thought of bleeding a radiator or removing it from the wall is a fearsome prospect and features high on the list of jobs Brits are stumped about.

Age of Handiness

There is hope though; the study found the average person does start to get the hang of home improvements at the age of 29. This might be thanks to the internet, which is, by far, the place Brits will most likely turn to for home-improvement advice. Fifty per cent of people said they turn to tutorial videos on the web in order to get by, while a fifth admit their dad is still the first person they call if they need something done.

Tom Draper, Director at Draper Tools commented on the findings:

“There have been so many changes in recent years such as the recession, the rise in renting and of course the upsurge in online tutorials, how-to guides and help-videos, all of which may have impacted the nation’s handy skills. Ahead of our Redline launch, we wanted to try and get a better picture of Britain’s handy skills and abilities when it comes to household maintenance and repair jobs.  

We were also keen to understand the nation’s feelings towards home improvements. What the research showed us is that despite there being some insecurities surrounding tackling these kinds of tasks, Brits do want to make their mark and have a go at home improvements. A fresh coat of paint throughout the home, better storage and new flooring were found to be among the most desired improvements for homes today.”

Redline to the Rescue

Featuring quality hand-tools, motoring essentials, decorating tools and more, the comprehensive Redline range offers a fantastic, affordable solution for consumers looking to tackle their home-improvement hang-ups. And there are plenty of repairs that need doing, with 16% of Brits admitting they currently have at least two unfinished home-improvement projects around the house.

What’s more with so many consumers turning to the internet for help with home improvements, Draper Tools has also created a number of handy how-to videos online at www.drapertools.com.

To find out more about the Redline range of tools visit www.drapertools.com or contact your Draper Tools sales representative for copies of the range brochure. Keep an eye on the Draper Tools social media channels for more statistics and findings from the handiness survey.

 

Starrett hole saws go deeper and faster

 

Two new bi-metal hole saws that promise significant performance gains are now available from Starrett. Fast Cut and Deep Cut will replace the existing Constant Pitch and Dual Pitch respectively.

Starrett Fast Cut

The Fast Cut hole saw combines a new tooth profile and base material, with enhanced heat and wear resistance, to provide a smoother, faster cut on a wide range of materials. It is especially suited to cutting stainless and mild steel sheet, and Fast Cut will also cut through tubes with a wall thickness of up to 3 mm.

By changing the tooth pitch from 6 TPI to 5.5 TPI, Starrett’s engineering team has created enough space to dramatically improve the profile of the teeth to enhance the cutting action, and also increase the gullet to clear away the chips more effectively. This also results in a noticeably smoother cut. “The change from 6 TPI to 5.5 TPI does not sound much, however it is a fractional change that makes a big difference to the geometric profile of the teeth we can generate,” explains Marketing Manager, John Cove.

Changing the bi-metal base material specification has also enhanced cutting efficiency for the customer. Moving to a new material specification with 8 per cent cobalt has increased the saws resistance to both wear and elevated heat during use. As John Cove explains: “We know that our previous base material is a great bi-metal material: if it is run at the speeds and feeds we recommend. However, the problem is in the real world everyone runs the saw much quicker and if the blade gets hot it can wear quickly. Our new bi-metal material provides a much greater tolerance to wear under elevated heat generating situations. So, if the saws are run fast, as we know they will be, they will last longer.”

Starrett Deep Cut

Compared to the previous Constant Pitch hole saw, Fast Cut can operate up to 30 per cent quicker and increases edge life by up to 20 per cent, depending on the application and cutting conditions.

The new Deep Cut saw combines the tried and tested tooth form and set from the previous Dual Pitch product with a new high cobalt material, for enhanced heat and wear resistance. It offers the same 20 per cent increase in cutting life under the right conditions. Deep Cut also features an increased hole saw depth of 51 mm, up from 41 mm, and is said to be ideal for cutting metal of more than 3 mm thickness, tubes with a wall thickness of greater than 3 mm and wood up to 51 mm.

John Cove says: “Demand for the increased depth initially came from our Scandinavian customers, as their construction industry required a deeper hole saw. Now Deep Cut offers all of our customers more flexibility. Although Deep Cut and Fast Cut are available now, both Constant and Dual Pitch will be available until the end of the year. However, from January 2016 onwards they will be replaced with the new products.”

The advances made with these new hole saws are, in part, a result of the continued investment Starrett has made in its manufacturing capability to gain production efficiencies that aid new product developments. This year around £300,000 has been invested in capital equipment for hole saw production at the company’s manufacturing facility in Jedburgh, Scotland, with this value set to increase further in the near future.

For more information please visit www.starrett.co.uk or contact 01835 863501.

 

 

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