Durability, comfort and support brought to the knees in a snap with ToughBuilt™

Wear and tear from kneeling all day can lead to more prolonged issues in the long-term so it’s important that tradesmen always have the right support to hand. Providing a stable base on a roof, preventing damage to delicate flooring and offering protection against hard and gravelly surfaces, the new ToughBuilt kneepad range from Hyde has it all covered.

This patented system eliminates the need to carry around several different pads for various jobs and removes the nuisance of pads placed in work trouser pockets moving out of place and becoming uncomfortable.

Available in a choice of foam or gel, the base of the kneepad features a TRUErgonomic design for a comfortable fit that embraces the natural shape of the knee and upper shin.. The range comprises the Rocker Snapshell cover for rough terrain, Non-Marring with a pliable rubber which won’t mark the floor, and Stabilizer featuring a wide footprint to create a stable kneeling platform and prevent pressure on the ankles.

Completing the new ToughBuilt collection are a range of foam and gel thigh support knee pads, which are perfect for the professional who spends the majority of the day kneeling. Integrated thigh support keeps the knee perfectly centred, whilst the lower platform raises the shin off of the ground to alleviate pressure on the ankles.

ToughBuiltTM products are distributed in the UK by Hyde. For more information call 0121 705 7987, visit www.toughbuilt.co.uk or email [email protected].

A postcard from Grantown-on-Spey

A new Volvo ECR58D reduced swing radius compact excavator is helping to shape an impressive enhancement to the country’s number one Top 100 caravan and holiday site located at picturesque Grantown-on-Spey in the Scottish Highlands.

Far from the hustle and bustle of urban life, a quality, landscaped park with individual plots for touring caravans, campers and static caravans has been evolving over the last 28 years into one of the most popular and successful sites voted for by over 13000 readers of Practical Caravan 2015.

In order to assist in this development, Mr Fleming has purchased a new Volvo ECR58D from Volvo’s recently appointed utility dealer for the north of Scotland – CSM Sales Ltd. “The new six tonne Volvo reduced swing radius machine is ideally sized for the tasks required around Caravan Park which include general maintenance, profiling and landscaping the immediate surroundings and more importantly, preparing the bases for the new permanent abodes.

Operator comfort and excellent access to all the service points have added to John Fleming’s appreciation of the machine; for instance the ECR58D has a comfortable, spacious cab with a wide uncluttered floor. The instrument panel provides operators with at-a-glance monitoring of all key functions and operator fatigue is reduced through easy-grip, high response joystick control levers.

Volvo Construction Equipment Division markets wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, graders, Volvo utility and road machinery products in the U.K.

For further information, please contact Mark Gunn on 01223 251720 or visit www.volvoce.co.uk

Strike a Pose with Carl Kammerling’s Blue Steel

Strutting its stuff in product innovation, Carl Kammerling International has launched C.K Blue Steel Impact Bits, designed to meet growing demand for impact drills.

Making its toolbox debut, the C.K Blue Steel Impact Bits have been manufactured from exceptionally tough, specially formulated V8 alloy steel, providing a vastly extended working life compared to standard screwdriver bits.

With impact drills combining much higher rotational torque than traditional drills, the C.K Blue Steel Impact Bits feature torsion control technology to withstand the stresses of high torque applications, resulting in less bit breakage.

Understanding that durability, accuracy and strength are key requirements for professional results, the C.K Blue Steel Impact Bits have been designed to dramatically increase speed and productivity on the job and provide unparalleled performance.

Graham Godfrey, C.K tools brand manager commented: “Carl Kammerling continuously looks to develop its product range for the benefit of the end-user. We have witnessed a rise in popularity of impact drills among our dedicated focus group of tradesmen, who expressed a need for durable impact bits that would guarantee performance."

“By introducing the C.K Blue Steel Impact Bits we hope to highlight our continuous commitment and support to both our stockists and tradesmen.”

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

Festool Unplugged - A New Generation of Independence

5.2Ah batteries – work for 25% longer

The improved battery range sees all 15V and 18V batteries increasing from 4.2Ah to 5.2Ah, meaning the tradesman can work 25% longer between charges. This combined with brushless EC-TEC motor technology ensures optimal power usage, greater efficiency and longer tool life.

“With our cordless range, we are focusing on increased intelligence, increased efficiency, and longer tool life” explains Festool product manager Patrick Haußmann. To this end, Festool is focusing on the intelligent interplay between its tried-and-tested brushless EC-TEC motor technology and the latest cell technologies.

Festool offers tradesmen a secure investment alongside sustainable compatibility – as Haußmann explains, ” This even applies across systems for older battery packs with NiCd and NiMH cells, which can be used in current-generation Li-ion tools.”

PowerSelect – maximum buying flexibility at no extra cost

The new PowerSelect offers three different buying variants providing flexibility in configuring tools to suit specific cordless needs.

The Basic Version includes the cordless tool without battery packs or charger, but still comes in a high quality systainer and with core accessories.

The Plus Version includes the cordless tool, systainer and core accessories and comes with the battery packs and charger.

The Set Version offers the same as the Plus Version but with added extras and accessories.

The entire Festool Unplugged cordless range is available at specialist retailers from January 2015. Further information is available at www.festool.co.uk/unplugged and all information about SERVICE all-inclusive is available at www.festool.co.uk/service

ABUS ‘Shop-in-Shop’ Merchandising Gives Distributors Presence, Margin & Stock Turn

The ABUS ‘Shop in Store’ (SiS) merchandising unit system was first launched in the UK in 2011 and has been a spectacular success. The modern look, accentuated by the ABUS brand colours effectively puts the spotlight on the system and products on display.

Many ABUS partners have already implemented the SiS system with great success and take advantage of this modern sales solution to reap the benefits in their day-to-day business.

Cleverly packed on portable pallets, the innovative and handsome merchandising units can be quickly and efficiently set up in-store. The displays enhance and showcase the world-class market leading ABUS padlock and security ranges making eye-catching and brand enhancing merchandising.

In addition these innovative SiS units come with a complete set of colour barcode product labels for the suggested ranges. The labels are applied to backing cards specifically designed to complement the ABUS product hooks provided to make re-ordering and barcode pricing simple.

The original ABUS 1m SiS unit now has some 250m of UK exposure and includes a full range of padlocks, ‘KeyGarages’, ‘VanLocks’, wall anchors, chains and cables. This SiS im unit is an impressive 225cm high x106cm wide x 60cm deep.

Alongside the original padlock selections, ABUS SiS units can be exploited for displaying and demonstrating the increasingly popular ABUS 2 wheel, cylinder, and CCTV ranges.

For more information on the ABUS ‘Shop-in-Shop’ system, please contact ABUS UK, on 0117 204 7000 or [email protected]

Made to Last, Made to Protect: The Youngman S400 Fiberglass (GRP) Ladder Range

Electricians know the importance of being able to work safely and securely at height.

The improved range of Youngman Fibreglass Stepladders has been developed with the needs of the tradesman at the forefront, offering the perfect combination of stability and durability, with non-conductive stiles to 30,000 volts.

Suitable for professional use, the stepladder is available in swing back or platform style in a range of heights, with a generous slip-resistant 298mm tread pitch to give excellent reach heights.

The non-conductive fibreglass stiles make it ideal for working with electricity, while the large platform provides a secure and comfortable base to reduce fatigue.

Semi-tubular rivets provide rigid fixings for increased durability, while the heavy duty internal H-spreaders offer increased usability through a single-handed operation and a robust structure when the steps are in use.

Paul Bruton, Product Development Director, said:“We test our trade fibreglass ladders for strength and durability by simulating a tradesperson going up and down them 50,000 times, replicating the life of a ladder, so as well as being safer around electricity, they’re built to withstand the toughest conditions.

For details of Youngman Group stockists, please visit: http://www.youngmangroup.com/stockists or call +44 1621 745900

Castle Clothing - Versatile Tuffstuff WorkWear from Castle Clothing

Castle Clothing Ltd have been producing and selling Workwear and Safety Footwear in the UK and Europe since 1971.

With a heritage of providing robust work wear though a distributor network the business has evolved into four main brands.

  • Tuffstuff®, a collection of more modern style and hardwearing work garments
  • Fort®, our newest collection of safety footwear.
  • Blue Castle®, coveralls and traditional work trousers used in various trades.
  • Fortress®, products which have been designed to defend the wearer from the elements.

Our most popular range, TuffStuff Workwear, has continually expanded and is having considerable success within the Tool Merchant sector. The range comprises of Work Trousers, Hoodies, Jackets as well as Shorts and Polo Shirts.


The 255 Hooded Softshell is a lightweight water resistant shell jacket. This being incredibly comfortable to the wearer as in addition to it being highly flexible, it is durable, warm and breathable. Also pictured is the 700 Extreme Work Trouser, manufactured from heavyweight Polyester / Cotton Canvas with Cordura® on the Knee Pad Pockets and Ankle Hems. The 700 is our flagship trouser and thanks to the versatility of its removable tool pockets and the soft yet strong fabric, it is worn by many different trades in differing work environments.

Castle Clothing only sell through a distributor network, never selling directly to an end user.

For information about becoming an authorised stockist please email us on [email protected] or visit our website at www.castleclothing.co.uk.

New wing grip from Bulte

Need a quick fix, securely and easy release?

Look no further than the Bülte wing grip!

Bülte has added two new wing grips BPF 251 and BPF 252 to its Handwheel and Knob range. The body’s ergonomic shape and use of small raised strips enable a good grip.

The grips are made from polyamide, and therefore resistant to various chemicals, as well as having excellent mechanical properties including wear resistance, low friction coefficient, a high melting point, good impact resistance, as well as being very light. The working temperature range is -30 to +100°C.

suitable for a wide variety of industries including medical, aerospace, railway, food, chemicals, electronics, electrical and building. Polyamide has a working temperature range of -30 to +100°C.

We offer two variants of the wing grip, one for screws, one for nuts. For the screws, lengths are from 8 to 50mm and are available in M4 and M5 x 28mm across the wings for BPF 251, and M5 and M6 x 31mm across the wings for BPF 252. The standard material for the threads is ZPS (zinc plated steel) with other materials available including aluminum, brass, titanium, nylon, stainless steel etc. Bülte also offers a range of colours: white, red, yellow, blue etc. We are also able to do smaller quantities on request.

Samples and prices are available on request. For more information, please contact: www.bulte.com

Punk - The Power Tools Accessories

PUNK, the disruptive new power tool accessories brand, has been designed to give tradesmen the edge. From jigsaw blades to drill bits, the PUNK range packs a punch, helping tradesmen tackle any job, no matter how tough.

This season, the brand has six key promotions to help drive sales, all incorporating the ultimate protection for power tool accessories.

The PUNK case is a hardwearing and compact holder, with a unique interchangeable system for multiple storage options. With its eye-catching design, the new PUNK case is for the demanding tradesman that wants to stand out from the crowd.

The cases have been developed to seamlessly fit with a selection of ten individually cased sets, including a 10pc Percussion Drill Bit Set, a 29pc HSS Drill Bit Set, and a 24pc Assorted Set.

For a limited time, if you purchase a half or full case of one of the Plumber’s, Electrician’s, or General sets, you’ll receive a free PUNK case, £49.95 list price.

The full range has been developed and tested both on-site and in the lab, to ensure the highest quality and performance, with the demanding professional tradesmen in mind.

For more information on the PUNK cases or the entire range call 0115 938 9000 or email [email protected]

Ecotile: the flooring Hitachi Power Tools can rely on

Hitachi Power Tools have been at the forefront of product development for many years striving for continual innovation and cutting edge design. So when they decided to roll out an eye catching branded floor to their dealerships Ecotile interlocking floor tiles were the obvious choice.

Hitachi Power Tools (UK) Ltd have built their reputation on product quality and reliability backed by excellent after sales service and are trusted implicitly by their loyal customers. Always looking for ways to improve and innovate they approached Ecotile Flooring Ltd to manufacture 250m² of interlocking tiles with matching ramps and corners in the Hitachi green, many of which had the Hitachi logo water laser jet cut in to them.

The tiles have been supplied and installed free of charge in almost 30 dealerships throughout the UK and are proving an excellent marketing tool.

Simon Miller of Hitachi Power Tools comments: “This style of store branding has proved extremely successful, partly because our green is so impactful. Ecotile worked with us to get the shade exactly right as it was a colour they hadn’t made before and we are very pleased with the result. Our team also found it extremely easy to lay.”

Market-leading manufacturer of interlocking floor tiles, Ecotile, designs and produces its comprehensive range at its UK production facility – providing durable and safe flooring solutions that can be installed with minimal disruption.

James Gedye, Managing Director of Ecotile comments; “Our interlocking floor tiles are frequently chosen for flooring projects within retail premises as they offer some vital performance benefits to this busy sector and our ability to incorporate our customers’ branding is an added bonus.

As a business, we are committed to world class manufacturing standards and have invested in quality to secure our position as the only interlocking flooring tile manufacturer that holds the full complement of quality accreditations and certifications including ISO9001 / 14001, CE Mark, BFI S1 Fire Rating and the R10 anti-slip rating. Furthermore, all of our tiles are REACH compliant and come with a 10 year warranty as standard.”

To understand how Ecotile could benefit your retail facility, please call 01582 788 232 or email [email protected]


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