GAP launch Interactive Toolbox Talks

GAP HIRE Solutions has launched its new Interactive Toolbox Talks, a fun and eye-catching way of engaging workers with health and safety regulations, which can be accessed for free online.

GAP’s Interactive Toolbox Talks are intended to facilitate and enhance health and safety discussions, providing an educational aid to refresh workers’ knowledge and draw attention to the risks associated with their equipment and surroundings.

The Interactive Toolbox Talks allow users to navigate a virtual work site. The 15 interactive modules provide a wealth of information on different safety issues including hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), working at height, the dangers of dust and manual handling. Each topic has its own visuals, videos and quiz, combined with interactivity to drill down into further materials.

GAP’s Head of S.H.E Risk & Compliance, Allister Maxwell, commented: “GAP works closely and constantly challenges its market-leading manufacturers and suppliers to drive innovation with the aim of providing better gear and equipment that is safer, more efficient, higher quality and helps deliver increased productivity. GAP’s much coveted and award-winning Toolbox Talks and Split Second Safety initiatives were pioneering in our industry. GAP has continued to build on our industry’s knowledge and shared experience to bring you updated, advanced and fully interactive Toolbox Talks. These will assist in raising awareness and educating GAP employees, contractors and customers to drive health and safety excellence.”

GAP's Interactive Toolbox Talks are perfectly suited for workers in construction, utilities, shopfitting, concreting, landscaping, engineering or similar industries. Established in 1969, GAP is the UK's largest independent equipment hire company.

Douglas Anderson, GAP's Joint Managing Director, added: "GAP is continuously adding new divisions and product lines to our fleet, so it is of paramount importance that our health and safety trainnig programmes evolve in alignment with business requirements and regulatory updates. To coincide with the anniversary of GAP's 50th trading year, our aim was to create an indispensable, free tool that can be used to keep people safe. I would encourage everyone in the hire industry and beyond to take advantage of this resource.

To access GAP’s Interactive Toolbox Talks, visit the online portal here.

TOOLPAK's Low Cost Diamond Core Range

"Before entering the price sensitive sector of the market I knew we had to offer a good quality, low - cost diamond core to complement our other heavy duty diamond core range and now we have it," said Ian Davies, National Sales Manager. “The 8mm high segments pack a 25% diamond concentration and a compression strength of 20Kg to deliver performance at a great price. This new range is bound to be a hit with both dealers and users."

Attractively presented and with better quality than other low cost diamond cores, Force-X launch the range this month.

Force-X is a Toolpak owned brand. The complete Force X diamond range of blades and cores features in the new 2017-18 Toolpak catalogue.

For more information visit, contact us at [email protected] or phone 01978 291771.

IMPAX launch TIG welder & PLASMA cutter

IMPAX professional power tools launch its 2016 range offer with new welding machines, consumables and PPE!

The IMPAX range of professional machines covers the three core workshop categories of Welding, Compressors and Generators. The welding offer now covers for the first time TIG welding and Plasma Cutting plus all the associated consumables. “Affordable performance is a must for our users and the new machines really deliver” explains Ben Warcup, UK General manager of NAP brands (the exclusive UK distributor). “Our users ratings online speak for themselves and we are always on the look-out for new dealers”.

Welding has always been a core category for the IMPAX brand and the new machines take the range to 5 dedicated units complete with consumables and spares. Available from Screwfix, TradePoint and dedicated dealers the IMPAX offer gives great value and outstanding performance.

NAP Brands are also the exclusive distributor of STANLEY® welding machines, welding PPE and consumables. The huge offer is aimed at the discerning user and all the machines are based around electronic inverter technology that leads the market in power consumption and delivery.

NAP brands supply the retail and wholesale industry with branded hand tools, generators, welders and compressors exclusively distributing selected categories from STANLEY® BLACK & DECKER® and IMPAX®. Contact [email protected] / 01926 482880. Follow us on Twitter @napbrands.



Continuing with the success of the very popular JCB workwear range of Footwear & Clothing we have re-engineered some of the styles to reflect a changing market place and customer demands. The stylish JCB workwear range transfers easily from the traditional workplace to the world outside and has proven to be a popular leisure wear choice of our customers.

All the popular safety footwear styles have been retained with the introduction of two new Dealer boots in light tan and brown with contrast stitching, the addition of brown styles being added to our popular 3CX & 5CX ranges with improved styling to the Honey and Black styles.

All the safety footwear has dual density soles for maximum comfort in wear. Several of the styles feature water resistant uppers and a waterproof and breathable lining for extra protection in adverse weather conditions.

Garments in the new workwear range are manufactured from the highest quality fabrics, with the emphasis on comfort and style combined with durability in wear.

New additions to the clothing range include the Clayton Bomber Jacket, Hixon fur lined full zip Hoodie, the addition of two more colours to our very popular Horton Hoodie - Navy/Black & Sand/Black, and three new colours have been added the Heritage ’Union Jack’ style T-shirt - graphite grey, sand & olive green.

JCB Workwear recently celebrated the best agricultural students with its Agricultural Student of the Year Awards at the UK’s top colleges and universities revealing that women are not only keeping pace with men but taking the lead. At JCB Workwear are constantly keeping the finger on the pulse and following the awards, we are currently looking at developing footwear and clothing to suit women’s sizes and support them in their farming careers.

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Dickies, the internationally renowned workwear brand, has an excellent range of workwear designed for warmth, with thermal clothing often the product of choice on those exceptionally cold days or freezing weather conditions.

Dickies products are tested in the harshest environments to ensure satisfaction and comfort and these thermals have been worn throughout cold UK winters for many years.

Dickies hooded tops, or hoodies as they are now commonly known, have become iconic with the more youthful workwear market. Full zipped or over the head designs and various printed designs are available in core workwear colours and fabrics. You can be sure that a work hood from Dickies will be perfect for either work or leisure wear.

The Dickies Kendrick sweatshirt is new for 2015 as part of an exciting range of agricultural inspired clothing. This garment has a ribbed collar and cuffs for a secure fit and features shoulder paneling, as with much of the new agriculture range. The front pocket is kangaroo styled, as with modern hooded sweats.

A Dickies fleece offers the wearer suitable warmth in cold working conditions. The Dickies Eisenhower fleece is rugged and warm. with woolly sherpa lining, knitted cuffs and hem and zipping right up to cover your neck.

Dickies coats and work jackets are manufactured to suit varying levels of cold, wet and wintery working conditions, with lightweight waterproof clothing for those days out in the rain, as well as thick, padded winter work coats to combat the cold.

Dickies have introduced an exciting new two-tone range for this year. The entire range has been designed to sit across all Dickies collections.  Attention to details with features such as reflective piping, and high quality functional fabrics, make this the most exciting launch of products to date.


The new parka jacket is a key piece in the collection: key features include a removable hood, removable fur and a tail hem for extra back warmth. Double access lower pockets keep the hands warm when not working and the nylon taslon fabric makes this parka waterproof to 1000mm, durable but also light to wear.  Inside the coat there is a Sherpa collar lining to keep the neck warm, along with Dickies branded tape details, which make this jacket feel and look premium.


Dickies ideal winter accessories include: beanie hats are perfect for cold working climates to keep heads warm they are fashionable, long lasting and durable. The Dickies Trapper hat offers excellent warmth in cold working conditions. The acrylic fur lining provides maximum heat retention and comfort and coverage of the ears from the side flaps. Both hats are also available in hi vis.


The Dickies Thermal gloves, ideal for working outdoors, have a thinsulate lining which helps to keep hands warm in winter. Dickies half finger gloves are a great option for working in cold climates where precision may be required for certain tasks. The pouch that covers the top half of the fingers (tips) is removable, which will allow you to complete close and precision work when required and then simply place your pouch back over when finished to warm your hands back up.

Lastly for footwear, Dickies offers a range of boots with the Medway safety hiker, which is thinsulate insulated and water resistant- ideal for winter. The heel is energy absorbing, easing the punishment of busy feet on rough ground. Comfortable to wear all day every day and offering ultimate winter protection.

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Hitachi launches Brushless Rotary Hammer range with best in class demolition performance

Hitachi Power Tools has launched their AC Brushless Motor Rotary Hammer series for drilling larger holes – all with maintenance free brushless motors and an optimized hammer mechanism for the fastest drilling speeds and highest demolition performance in their class*.

The DH40MEY, DH45ME and DH52ME Rotary Demolition Hammers have advanced features designed to reduce maintenance and increase durability. Constant speed control technology makes sure no demolition power is lost under load, and the continuous operation function keeps the tools running even when the trigger has been released, making for easier chiseling. Drill bits can be mounted with a single push, the variable speed control can be changed at the touch of a button and the large trigger and mode select switch are easily accessible.

The Rotary Demolition Hammers also feature rugged Aluminium Housing, making them perfect for those tough demolition and material removal jobs. These mains powered tools provide high drilling performance, even with extension cables, and they are even compatible with petrol generators, thanks to Hitachi's unique compact and high efficiency inverter circuit.

The range of hammers has a low vibration rear handle; in addition, the DH40MEY incorporates Hitachi’s User Vibration Protection (UVP) system to minimize vibration and increase operator comfort and safety.

Also part of the Hitachi range, the powerful H90SG Heavy Duty Breaker features an Aluminium Housing Body for extra durability and the Hitachi UVP system, which restricts the tri-axial vibration to only 7.7 m/s2. Weighing in at 32kg, the breaker has an impact energy of 70J and a full load impact rate of 1000bpm.

With Hitachi’s three-year warranty also available when registered online within four weeks of purchase, trade professionals can be assured of long service and peace of mind.

For more details on Hitachi Power Tools visit

Safety and security equipment you can really rely on

When it comes to safety and security sales customers are seeking reassurance. They need to feel confident the products you stock will protect them, their property and their possessions.

Draper Tools is a brand with a well-established reputation for delivering reliable, high-quality tools and equipment for almost 100 years. So the safety and security range from Draper Tools is something your customers know they can put their trust in.

Whether it’s site security, home security or personal protection, Draper Tools offers a comprehensive range to keep your customers safe. There’s an extensive collection of high-quality padlocks for indoor and outdoor use, including high security heavy duty padlocks, combination locks, long shackle padlocks and more.

Locking valuables away is one of the best ways to keep them secure that’s why there are safes, key cabinets, cash boxes, chains, cables, hasps and locking equipment for bicycles and motorcycles available from Draper Tools too.

With the darker months upon us adequate lighting is absolutely essential for a safe and secure premises.  You’ll find a great range of security lighting options available from Draper Tools, many featuring cutting-edge COB LED technology which delivers super bright light and maximum efficiency.

High-vis clothing and personal protection items are often in demand at this time of year too, that’s why you’ll find a broad PPE range including high visibility clothing, boiler suits, face shields, masks, eye protection, ear defenders, safety footwear and more.

Whatever your customers security needs, offer them complete peace of mind with Draper Tools.

To browse the full range of safety and security options available from Draper Tools visit:

About Draper Tools

Draper Tools is a leading distributor of hand and power tools. Established in 1919 by Bert Draper, the company is still family owned and run today. Draper Tools prides itself on the range, quality and value of its expanding product portfolio which includes over 9,000 quality products. Product categories automotive, gardening, agriculture, DIY, construction and many more. Draper Tools products are available through a wide range of stockists both online and in stores. For more information, stockist details and trade enquiries visit:


Campingaz at ToolBank 2015

Campingaz launched  its brand new innovation range of Hyperformance Gas and Hyperformance blowtorches at the Toolbank Autumn shows which started at Brands Hatch on 10th September.

The combination of the new Campingaz Hyperformance Gas® with new distinct nozzle designs on theHyperformance blowtorch range, provide ultra-performance by transmitting more energy and heating-up metals faster than ever before, saving customers both time and money.

The new Hyperformance blowtorches have been re-designed and improved to optimise the benefits of the Campingaz Hyperformance Gas® blend which works faster, is more powerful and allows a much faster transmission of energy. Using this gas blend with the newly designed Campingaz® blowtorch nozzle ensures a reduced pre-heat time and up to 35% more power than other Campingaz® products in the range.

The reduction in pre-heat time, improvement in liquid phase resistance and increase in power allow tradesmen to complete jobs in a flash.

Visitors to the show also had the opportunity to see the new Campingaz® Garden Torches and Garden Gas™ blend which is up to 4 times more powerful than previous models.

Two new gas torch models will be launched in Spring 2016, combining a comfortable ergonomic handle, lightweight design and powerful gas flame powered by the distinctive Campingaz® Garden Gas™ cartridge. This new range allows consumers to clear weeds quickly, without having to bend or kneel and without worrying about toxic residues being left behind that could be harmful to others and the environment.

For more information on Campingaz products contact your local Toolbank stockist or visit:

BoSS TASKFORCE CASE STUDY with a Shade Greener & Hi Point Scaffolding


BoSS is the leading access tower brand in the United Kingdom, providing comprehensive and versatile tower systems to domestic, commercial and industrial projects across the country. 

Whilst the majority of towers are straightforward builds up to 8m externally or 12m internally, therefore covered by product standard EN1004:2004, the team at BoSS identified an opportunity to use the systems to replace the traditional tube and fitting scaffolds used on bigger projects, using EN1004 components but outside the scope of that standard.

This led to the formation of BoSS TASKFORCE, the expert BoSS Hire & Assembly network of carefully selected supply and erect access tower hire companies.

With founding members including Flow Access, STS & Tower Hire Services and Hi Point, this nationwide network of hire and assembly providers is capable of delivering more complex BoSS tower builds – known as prefabricated tower scaffold and covered by the new BS1139-6.

For each project, an individual design with structural calculations and method statement is prepared, before the complex structures are assembled by operatives with the appropriate competence from the BoSS TASKFORCE network. This includes scheme designs for linked, large deck and cantilever structures and site specific designs.


A Shade Greener & Hi Point Scaffolding

Hi Point, a Boss Taskforce member, is an independent specialist scaffolding contractor, operating throughout Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. According to MD, Chris Blantern, “the use of aluminium tower systems has grown, especially for light duty access. Boss is one of the best and most diverse access tower systems on the market and being a Boss Taskforce member means that we can offer our customers a bespoke and often more efficient service”

The boom in renewable energy has seen great success for Hi Point’s customer, A Shade Greener, the market leaders in the free solar industry, with more than 50,000 installs in the UK.

This rapidly growing business needed to work with partners they could rely on to deliver professional, innovative and efficient solutions to the vast array of different tower requirements that come with completing hundreds of home installations every week.  


Jason Carlton, BoSS Commercial &Product Manager at Boss BoSS explains:

“BoSS TASKFORCE members have access to our full technical resources - including custom drawings, user instructions and a structural analysis data sheet confirming technical calculations, load factors and all information required under the ‘2005 Working at Height Regulations’”

“Working in partnership with HiPoint Scaffolding, we were able to focus on a safe, cost effective, modular construction solution for A Shade Greener that combines speed of assembly with minimal impact on working environment.”

By using BoSS towers and the BoSS Taskforce’s expertise, HiPoint are able to erect towers that meet the required safety criteria at more than double the amount of houses each day, compared to traditional scaffolding.

The towers are quicker to put up and easier to inspect, meaning that more than 400 properties each week are now having solar panels installed by the team. They also benefit each homeowner by taking up less room around the outside of each house and reducing the impact on valuable driveway space or parking access.

For further information on BoSS Towers and the BoSS Taskforce, please visit:

For further information on A Shade Greener, please visit:

For information on Hi Point Scaffolding, please visit

Keep yourself protected with Blåkläder!

With the cold and wet weather taking across the UK, it is essential to keep yourself protected throughout hardworking conditions by wearing Blåkläder.

The Swedish work wear manufacturers offer a range of wind and waterproof winter jackets with great breathability. The jackets come in a variety of colours and have been deigned to keep you warm and dry no matter what the weather circumstances may be. 

Fabric in the Blåkläder jackets have been designed using three different layers of a heat insulated lining, membrane and outer fabric. The insulation has been designed to keep you warm while the membrane is a wind and waterproof layer. The outer fabric keeps you dry on the outside which means wind, water and snow can’t get through.

Blåkläder’s lined winter trousers are the perfect accompaniment to the winter jacket. The trousers are guaranteed to keep you warm and dry, through sleet and snow and even the most biting cold. The trousers are made of a wind and waterproof material with taped seams and great breathability.

With all of the Blåkläder winter wear being certified, they demonstrate their confidence in the quality on the products. Blåkläder offer a lifetime warranty on all of their seams, meaning if during the useful lifetime of a garment a seam should fail, Blåkläder will repair or replace it free of charge provided the garment has not been torn or cut by sharp edges. This assurance of quality is notable in all Blåkläder products.



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