Master Lock keeps bike-thieves at bay

MASTER lock has been awarded yet another accreditation to bolster its vast product range: this time to the 8239EURDPRO electric scooter/bicycle padlock and chain.

Now covered by insurance companies, this lock provides customers tried and tested robust protection against theft.

Sold Secure is a trusted review institution dedicated to reducing the risk of crime by the assessment of security products. Products that have been satisfactorily assessed bear the Sold Secure Quality Mark. The scheme has close ties with several police constabularies and insurers who provide regular information regarding the methods of theft plus the tools utilised by criminals in their areas.

The 8239EURDPRO Motor Scooter padlock and chain with Mini D Lock is one metre long and features 10mm diameter square hardened steel links, offering resistance to cutting and sawing. The nylon sleeve provides additional protection to this weather-proof lock, which also comes with Master Lock’s ‘Limited Lifetime Warranty’.

Master Lock’s 90-plus years of security expertise means users can rely on a product that has been perfected and designed from the ground up by a team of dedicated security professionals at the brand’s headquarters in Wisconsin, USA. With yet another product receiving positive assessment from Sold Secure, you can trust that your valuables are protected.

The 8239EURDPRO Motor Scooter padlock and chain is available now from a variety of retailers including

Prolectric acquires the Solatainer solar generator

PROLECTRIC, the UK’s fast-growing supplier of temporary solar lighting and off-grid power for highways, rail and infrastructure projects, has acquired the Solatainer® solar generator. The Prolectric acquisition includes all Solatainer assets and intellectual property.

The Solatainer is the UK's first autonomous, solar-powered, off-grid generator and has a proven track record in use at more than 50 sites in the rail and construction sectors nationwide. 

The acquisition, from Gaia Renewables Ltd, makes Prolectric the UK’s first specialist single-source supplier for off-grid renewable light and power. It will make it easier for contractors to use renewable energy on site to reduce their fuel costs, noise, NOx, PM and carbon emissions.

“We are delighted to confirm the acquisition, which supports our vision to provide everything our customers need to end their reliance on diesel and operate a 'Site of the Future' using renewable power and light,” said Chris Williams, Managing Director of Prolectric Ltd.

The Solatainer is immediately available to Prolectric customers. The Solatainer delivers up to 25kW of reliable, on-demand, off-grid power. Modelled on a standard 20ft shipping container, the Solatainer’s array of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels charges on-board lithium ion or deep-cycle lead acid battery storage, with a diesel generator providing only occasional back-up power. Fuel usage is reduced by 80% compared to a conventional diesel generator.

As part of the agreement, Stuart Thomas and Jamie Morris, who invented and developed the Solatainer, will continue to be responsible for overseeing its manufacture from its production facility near Swansea, South Wales.

“The Solatainer generator perfectly complements our temporary solar lighting range," Williams continued. "Both technologies deliver low or zero in-use carbon emissions and are usually needed on the same construction and rail welfare compounds. Both also dramatically reduce the noise nuisance of diesel generators close to residential areas, especially during night-time working.

"We've listened to our customers and we know they would prefer a 100% reliable, renewable energy on-site operation that is sourced, delivered and set up through a single supplier, and available via direct hire or cross-hire as they require." 

The popularity of Prolectric’s temporary lighting range, including the ProLightTM Solar Lighting Tower, ProTempTM Solar Lighting Column and ProTrackTM link lighting system, has powered the company’s rapid expansion during the past two years. As result, the UK construction industry has already made significant savings in CO2 emissions, manpower and fuel costs, as well as helping to reduce air pollution in urban locations.

Since its introduction in spring 2017, Prolectric’s solar lighting has been enthusiastically adopted by major UK main contractors, because it has given the industry the first fully-viable alternative to diesel tower lighting on construction and infrastructure projects. Prolectric trebled sales and production staff to 21 during 2018 and doubled the size of its Somerset factory to 24,000 sq m to be ready for continuing expected demand.

Brand new Draper Expert diagnostic and electronic touch screen service tablet

BRAND new to the Draper Expert automotive range is a wireless Diagnostic Tablet (stock no: 12044), enabling technicians to diagnose vehicle faults and perform individual advanced electronic service functions.

Quick and simple to use, this multifunctional diagnostics tool has full system diagnosis coverage. It’s a comprehensive piece of kit for any technician, covering 48 vehicle manufacturers of American, Asian and European vehicles.

It offers complete OBD-II diagnostic functions. Unlike some others on the market, there are no lock out or catch up fees and there’s 12 months of free updates. The tablet will quickly read and clear diagnostic trouble codes, making it ideal for both simple MOT and servicing requirements as well as advanced electronic maintenance and diagnostics.

Using the touch screen device couldn’t be easier: simply plug the wireless OBD-II connector into the vehicle and it will wirelessly communicate between the vehicle and the tablet.

With many service functions, this tablet really does help make technicians lives easier. Primary electronic functions include:

  • oil reset;
  • electronic parking brake reset;
  • battery management system reset;
  • steering angle sensor reset;
  • ABS brake bleeding reset;
  • DPF reset;
  • injector programming;
  • TPMS reset;
  • anti-theft key programming matching;
  • throttle matching;
  • immobilizer reprograming;
  • SRS / ABS / Airbag; and
  • multi-channel live time data graphing - recordable

Technicians can record selectable multi-channel, real-time diagnostics information – even during a test drive - for subsequent analysis back at base. It can even be customised to print detailed diagnostics reports for customers featuring a company name, logo and contact information. The tablet offers multilingual support and a technical help function too. Plus, it’s fully updatable via the internet for all the latest vehicle data.

Not only is it a diagnostics tool, it’s a fully functioning Lenovo Android tablet too. This means that technicians can take photos and even record videos with sound to enhance record keeping and provide further proof to customers that their issue has been fully investigated and rectified.

The tablet comes supplied with a carry case, ID Vehicle to VCI adaptors, USB power cable, 230V to USB plug and Wireless Bluetooth DBS connector.

Armorgard launches new TuffBank with PowerShelf

ARMORGARD rolled out a second-generation TuffBank this week, adding new safety, strength and security features, and optional PowerShelf and lifting eyes to a product that has been tested and certified by Sold Secure and Secured by Design – the UK’s official police preferred specification.

The iconic range of TuffBank tool boxes and tool chests, which was launched over 20 years ago, has become a hallmark of reliability for customers worldwide, and one of Armorgard's consistently best-selling products.

The latest model adds a new slam stop lid stay that enhances user safety.  The new TuffBank also includes anti-jemmy features and hardened steel plates that make locks almost impenetrable, inset handles for a streamlined finish and a cable passing point for charging without compromising security.

In addition, Armorgard have introduced the PowerShelf to instantly transform TuffBank into a secure power source. This innovative optional extra includes four 110v sockets and four USB ports.  Also available are crane lifting eyes and robust castors to allow for easy movement.   

The new TuffBank range,  which is available in eight different sizes, will be available in  tool and equipment stores this week.

PK Safety to exhibit Stop ‘N’ Go safety gloves at Safety & Health Expo 2019

PK SAFETY, one of the UK’s leading PPE and workwear suppliers, are happy to announce they will be exhibiting at Safety & Health Expo with their Stop ‘N’ Go range.

Last year, PK Safety set themselves a goal to dramatically reduce reversing incidents and accidents in the waste collection and transfer sectors with the launch of their Stop’N’Go safety gloves. The gloves have been designed for use by banksmen and reversing assistants, coloured red and green on the palm and back of the hand to respectively align with the hand signals suggested by the HSE for communicating with reversing vehicles.

The range has been designed with the collaboration of SUEZ R&R Ltd and has been created with the aim of providing a simple and convenient solution to improving reversing operations both on-site and whilst undertaking collection rounds.

Roy Wells (Managing Director of PK Safety) explained “It’s such a simple idea, we can’t believe it hasn’t been done before. We’ve had fantastic feedback from everyone we’ve presented the Stop ‘N’ Go concept to. There is nothing to install, nothing to hold and nothing you need to be trained on which makes it a convenient switch from your current safety gloves. No stress, no mess. We’ve kept it nice and simple, how safety should be.”

As Safety & Health Expo is Europe’s leading health and safety event, which welcomes over 14,000 professionals every year, it’s the perfect event to showcase the brilliance of Stop ‘N’ Go.

The exhibition gives visitors the chance to source health and safety solutions from over 300 suppliers across the globe, including things like site safety, footwear, gloves, training, behavioural safety and more. It’s a great way to improve your knowledge, network with others in the industry and access over 75 CPD-accredited seminars covering important topics over the three days.

It will also provide an excellent opportunity to meet some of the PK Safety team, discuss any PPE or workwear requirements, as well as seeing the Stop ‘N’ Go range first hand. They will be demonstrating the full range on Stand SH2416, from 18-20 June, at the ExCeL in London, as well as covering everything PPE and Workwear related. Throughout the day, PK Safety’s expert team will be available to answer any questions you may have.

To visit the Safety & Health Expo, you can register now for free tickets via the event website.

The new Mini Pocket Spirit Levels From Hultafors Tools

NOW available in the UK with a modern design, clear-focus vials for levelling work in tight spaces.

It has always been Hultafors Tools' vision to give professional tradesmen and women the best quality tools for optimal on-site performance.

That’s why these NEW Mini Pocket spirit levels have now been added to its range of best in class levelling and marking equipment.

The ergonomic design includes a crush-proof vial with a +60% magnifying effect and luminescent effect for easy reading in light or dark conditions.

There’s also a strong protective casing and, what’s more the magnetic version is ideal for accurate vertical measuring.

Both new models look great and, added to all the other products in the Hultafors’ range, there’s something to suit every conceivable levelling requirement.

Getting more information on the Hultafors Tools range of Spirit Levels easy. Call the helpline on 01484 854788 or check out and download a digital catalogue.

New Snickers FlexiWork Stretch Trousers for maximum mobility

THE new Snickers Workwear FlexiWork Stretch Trousers deliver extreme working comfort and comes in a slim-fit design.

Hi-tech fabrics and body-mapping designs in the FlexiWork SoftShell Trousers (pictured) ensure maximum working mobility for the wearer, wherever and whenever.

The brand new four-way stretch comfort fabrics integrated into these Work Trousers deliver enhanced ‘street-smart’ freedom of movement as well as improved ventilation and overall comfort.

With great fit and superb value for money, they also have a slim-tailored fit for better all-round looks and protection against snagging, plus Armortex Kevlar reinforced stretch fabric in the KneeGuard Pro System for greater flexibility, comfort and durability.

Find more information on these products and the other Stretch Garments from Snickers Workwear – the optimal choice for a craftsperson who need to get every job done comfortably on site.

Gripit fixed on DIY market

DRAGONS’ Den success story, Gripit plasterboard fixings have announced that they will be launching their first ever national TV advertising campaign, only five years after receiving Deborah Meaden’s investment on the hit BBC show.

The 30 second ad titled ’10 heavy objects’ is scheduled to run the four weeks leading up to Easter and will feature Gripit’s new DIY packs.
The ad created by production company, Dancing Aardvarks, features everyday consumers decorating their homes by hanging a range of heavy items, both usual and unusual, to plasterboard using Gripit’s simple Drill, Tap & Turn application method. 
Jordan Daykin, CEO and inventor of Gripit said: "We want to empower DIYers of all levels to hang their curtains, shelves, TV’s, cabinets and a whole lot more. Having established ourselves as a trusted plasterboard fixing for the trade, we are now extending our offering to consumers who have the confidence to hang more than just a picture or clock. Providing them with the fixings, screws and drill-bit means they have everything they need to do the job themselves."
The Gripit philosophy of delivering simple solutions to everyday problems has been embraced by high street retailers, ASDA and Robert Dyas, who have committed to listing the new Gripit hanging kits from early spring.

Now available in more than 5,000 stores nationwide, with distribution agreements in Europe, Australia, NZ, the United States and Canada, Gripit has established itself as one of the strongest plasterboard fixings on the market. Quick and easy to install, a single Gripit fixing holds up to 113kg. 

Unlike other fixings that rely on modifying or strengthening walls, and others that need timber studs or brickwork anchor points behind the plasterboard (which limits their positioning options), Gripit fixings can be fitted straight into the plasterboard (including dot & dab, double thickness and insulated) with no need for specialist tools – allowing the user to make savings on time, materials and labour.

Scruffs Workwear Trade Flex Shorts

AS the temperature rises, Scruffs introduces its new innovation – the Trade Flex Holster Shorts.

Designed for durability, comfort and performance in mind, these shorts deliver the ultimate wearer experience.

The flexible slim fit design with stretch panels in key areas delivers freedom of movement throughout the working day. Offering maximum comfort, the shorts are made from a lightweight and durable ripstop fabric - ideal for grafting during the warmer months.

Easy access holster pockets, a cargo pocket and mobile phone pocket all feature hard wearing canvas reinforcement for extra durability, so they continue to work as hard as you do. Tool loops and a D-ring offer further storage options so that you have your tools and accessories to hand as you work.

For cool comfort and function you can rely on during the warm summer months ahead, the impressive new Scruffs Trade Flex Holster Shorts deliver all the way.


£24.96 ex VAT

£29.95 inc VAT

Available in sizes 30”- 40” in black and graphite (option without holster pockets also available).

For more information about Scruffs call 0115 938 9000, or email [email protected] for more information on the range of products.

Mirka DEOS Delta is flawless from corner to corner

MIRKA is expanding its revolutionary Direct Electric Orbital Sander (DEOS)* range with the addition of the new DEOS Delta. Its ergonomic and innovative iron shape design allows the user to access hard to reach areas easily and efficiently, while reducing the stress on arms and hands, and delivering a flawless smooth finish from corner to corner.


The Delta’s low profile, of only 10cm, ensures it is closer to the surface at any angle allowing for increased control of the sanding process, even during long periods of use. With the Delta weighing less than 1kg, the R&D team in Jeppo, Finland has ensured that there is less strain on the user’s muscles, leading to a reduction in the risk of arm fatigue. The sander also incorporates a powerful brushless motor and 3mm orbit for more effective removal of stock, while keeping vibrations at a low level to minimise the risk of HAVs. Additionally, when the DEOS Delta is combined with Mirka’s net abrasives and a dust extraction unit, it provides a consistent scratch pattern and a dust-free work environment to work in. 


The Mirka® DEOS Delta also includes Mirka’s innovative digital solutions that run through an integrated vibration sensor and bluetooth connectivity that enables the user to access the vibration, speed and usage data easily through the myMirka app. This means users can understand how the tool is being used on a day to day basis and the ways in which it can be utilised more efficiently. 


Pete Sartain, national sales manager industrial of Mirka UK, said: “The R&D team is in constant communication both internally and externally to understand what the market is looking for, so this addition is the next phase in the evolution of the DEOS product range. The addition of new Mirka® DEOS Delta meets a gap in the market as users are looking for a lightweight, powerful and versatile delta sander and we are confident customers will benefit from its technological, health & safety and performance attributes from its first use.”


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