Mather+Stuart announce multi-million pound Volt Safe investment

MATHER+STUART Power Solutions, the temporary power equipment division of A-Plant, has announced that it will be investing almost £3m in new Volt Safe equipment.

The company’s spending spree forms part of a wider strategic investment programme and follows a £6m order of Harrington and JCB Generators last autumn.

All of the new equipment features the latest telemetry and the first £1.3m order, comprising 56 units, has already arrived into the fleet.

An additional 60 units will be delivered in the coming months, providing a further £1.4m investment.

Gary Orton, Director of Mather+Stuart, stated the investment reaffirms the company’s commitment to offering customers the very best equipment available in the industry.

He said: “To support our expansion plans, keep up with customer demand and ensure we remain one of the UK’s market leaders it is vital that we continually update our fleet.

“Volt Safe systems are unique to the industry and we are thrilled to be able to continue offering our customers the most innovative, reliable, safe and environmentally friendly equipment available.”

Volt Safe is a super-silenced generator, electrical distribution board and a high capacity, triple-bunded fuel tank.

Reducing noise to as low as 58dpa at one metre, the system is amongst one of the quietest machines across Europe making it ideal for use on noise sensitive sites.

As the equipment is housed within an anti-vandal steel container the system also helps to battle incidents of theft and vandalism on site, as well as protecting the system against spillages of engine oil, anti-freeze and diesel.

Makita introduces Brushless LXT Rebar Tying tool

MAKITA’S first-ever introduction of a cordless rebar tying tool is now available allowing fast and efficient application of rebar tie wire and eliminates manual action.

The new DTR180ZK Rebar Tying tool is powered by a Brushless motor for extended runtime and increased power, and is compatible with both 14.4V and 18V Makita Lithium-Ion batteries.

Weighing a comfortable 2.6kg with the battery, the DTR180ZK is designed to achieve the fastest method of applying rebar ties quickly and consistently and automatically delivers double loop ties for a range of construction applications such as building concrete foundations.

It can be operated by a single hand operation, in single or continuous action, allowing the other hand to remain free to adjust the position of the rebars.

This tool can be used with D10, D13 and D16 rebar in varying combinations of two, three and four pieces of rebars.

The traditional method of rebar tying is by hand with a metal hook, which is fine for small areas.

However, for larger construction sites the DTR180ZK will prove to be economical as it will save time and manpower while achieving maximum consistency of application.

With a maximum power output of 340w, this tying tool can be used in continuous action mode for the most efficient tying.

The applicator can tie rebars simply by pushing the contact arm against the rebars when the trigger is continuously pulled.

According to the condition of tying material, the tying strength can be adjusted in six stages. Using a 5.0Ah Li-Ion battery, up to 120 ties of 0.8mm diameter annealed wire can be delivered.

The DTR180ZK does not produce heat or sparks and therefore overcomes the need for operators to hold a GC07 Hot-work permit together with all the safety logistics this entails.

This is required for any operation involving open flames or producing heat and/or sparks. Hot works include brazing, torch cutting, grinding, soldering and welding.

This body-only machine features an ergonomically designed handle with soft grip, on-tool storage of hex wrench, and has low sound and vibration for increased user comfort and safety.

The tie wire reel, available from Makita’s accessory range, is easily replaced by opening the reel cover.

The new Makita Brushless Rebar Tying tool complements the range of battery-operated rebar cutters, as well as the steel rod cutter, and is supplied in a robust carry case.

TB Davies’ two game changing products are setting the bar high

WITH a heritage spanning four generations, Cardiff-based TB Davies is leading the way with height and ladder technology and have two innovative new products to prove it.

Little Giant Safety Cage

First up, the Little Giant Safety Cage, which features a bottom-rung signal and has a 150kg maximum load.

The Ground Cue trains the operator to feel and hear an audible alert reminding the staff member it is safe to step off the ladder. The Safety Cage is constructed with a non-conductive, high-strength fiberglass-resin composite.

The product is mobile and lightweight compared to other enclosed platform options like scaffolds or powered lifts, so customers can use it in areas like stages or interstitial levels – where a mechanical lift or ordinary stepladder could never go.

The Safety Cage allows operators to work hands-free in any direction in complete safety because, unlike platform step ladders, its wrap-around guardrail actually encloses the operator completely in total compliance with tie-off rules.

The product comes in Little Giant’s patent-pending Hi-Viz Green and provides a selfenclosing platform which is versatile – a safe alternative to ordinary step ladders.

Specifically, the Safety Cage comprises a full-enclosed platform and a five-inch kick plate and mid-span. Additionally, it has a slim storage profile; and tip-and-glide wheels for easy transport.

Tubesca X-Tower

The second innovative product within TB Davies’ portfolio is the Tubesca X-Tower, which saw TB Davies join forces with Tubesca-Comabi – France’s market leader for ladders and access equipment.

As a result, TB Davies became Tubesca-Comabi’s preferred partner for industrial and professional ranges in the UK.

The revolutionary X-Tower is unique in more ways than one: it is both the world’s first industrial telescopic tower and the world’s tallest telescopic tower.

This industrial quality tower is designed for regular use and is an ideal option for both site maintenance and the hire industry

Safe operation

As with all the products TB Davies supply, safety is key. The user is never exposed to a fall while erecting the tower, which can be built within three minutes from the ground to a platform of 2.8 metres (with a working height of 4.8 metres).

The X-Tower’s sturdy structure is designed to avoid jamming problems, and provides a base that is completely captive with no loose parts, set on four locking castors that can be adjusted for use on uneven ground. The X-Tower has only two parts: the tower and the folding, anti-slip platform with a trap door.

TB Davies currently sells over a dozen products from Tubesca-Comabi including the Raptor, Profort Xtend, Sherpascopic, MP Pro, and Probat.

Award winning TYROLIT POWER set to revolutionise sanding and finishing

ABRASIVES manufacturer TYROLIT presents TYROLIT POWER, which won the Innovation Award at Troy Means Business (TMB) 2018 back in October.

TYROLIT, which is a family-owned company, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of grinding, cutting, drilling and dressing tools as well as machines for the construction industry.

The new award-winning product is tipped to revolutionise the sanding and finishing of hard surfaces.

As opposed to conventional dual-action sanders, the patented POWER machine allows for a vibration-free application which minimises the issues associated with hand-arm vibration syndrome.

Replacing grinding disks with strips TYROLIT POWER Strips replace the traditional grinding discs used on a dualaction sander, which dramatically reduces the risk of vibration white finger.

UK Area Sales Manager, John McKechnie, spoke about the product's health and safety features at TMB.

He said: “There are a lot of white finger claims when using grinder disc. Grind discs are still commonly used, but if you use a strip, or flap disc, it’s a lot smoother and there’s less vibration.

“We’ve been putting a lot of our time into improving grinder alternatives because grinding discs produce phenomenal removal rates.”

Cost effective

TYROLIT POWER Strip technology consists of layers made from cactus hair and diamond, which provides extreme hardness compared to traditional abrasives, such as aluminium oxide or silicon carbide.

The specially-developed diamond-coated mesh extends tool life by a factor of six and prevents clogging of the strips – allowing for fast stock removal.

The diamond-coated strips also provide greater control for surface finishing, especially for large mould production.

Longer life span

Sanding is often slow and can be a well-known bottleneck in the finishing process. TYROLIT POWER allows its users to sand down large surface areas, such as turbine blades, eight times faster than the conventional way, which reduces the threat of possible backlogs considerably.

Depending on the customer’s application needs a variety of grit sizes are available along with a range of widths.

Multiuse for larger moulds

Regarding hand-held devices, the abrasive brushes can be fitted to a range of applications including straight grinders, TYROLIT’S air-driven POWER machine, or to a surface sander with a core of 265mm.

All these solutions offer highly mobile and efficient sanding for large moulds.

The toughness of the abrasive brush grain means it can be used to machine glass or carbon fibre, gel coats and other hard composites.

Initially designed for the machining of large wind turbines, applications can be found in boat building, railway carriage construction, aircraft manufacturing and mould making.

The diamond strips are available in grit sizes from 80 to 500 mesh and slot into holders of various diameters and lengths.

For fibreglass, they are able to replace traditional abrasive cloth flaps and reduce processing times by a factor of eight.

The machines and diamond brushes can be used wet or dry. Additionally, the machines have specially-designed dust extraction guards guaranteeing very little dust production during work.

The family-owned company, which was founded in 1919 and is a member of the Swarovski Group, is based in Schwaz, Austria, and currently has over 4,300 employees at 26 production locations in 11 countries and on five continents.

TYROLIT’s Metal and Precision, Industrial Trade, Construction and Stone – Ceramics – Glass divisions manufacture 80,000 different products.

Surface preparation expert returns to Executive Hire Show

TO continue supporting the European rental market, US-based surface preparation manufacturer, National Flooring Equipment returns to the Executive Hire Show.

You will find a range of its walk-behind and ride-on-floor strippers, as well as its newly launched equipment on stand K6 at the Ricoh Arena.

On the stand, National Flooring Equipment will showcase its 5000 cinq-mille and 5700 ride-on-floor strippers. The 5000 is a compact ride-on-floor stripper that can be used in a range of applications, including soft and hard goods removal.

The 5700 all-day battery powered ride-on stripper can work for up to 12 hours on a single charge and remove goods in most applications.

Visitors to the stand will also be able to see the power hammer trolley. Working with an upright power hammer can be uncomfortable, making it more di cult to work e ciently. Contractors can use the trolley to change the angle of the power hammer, making it more ergonomic to manoeuvre.

National Flooring Equipment will also be launching a new shot blaster at the show. The new machine will strip, clean and profile concrete in a single step, increasing productivity. Contractors can visit stand K6 to find out more.

C.L.M. to showcase brand new range of product by AL-LIFT at Executive Hire Show

C.L.M. Construction Supplies are bringing a selective new range of products by ALLIFT to the Executive Hire Show 2019 at the Ricoh Arena between February 6-7.

The company's four vacuum lifts and one motorised truck which are all new additions to the products already stocked - and all these products will be on stand I16.

The battery-powered AL-BUTLER 200 is a two-man vacuum lift which has a vacuum pump complete with control panel and a maximum Safe Working Load of 200kg.

The two-man vacuum lift AL-MANOLAY can be utilised for taking up or laying porous slabs and kerbstones with interchangeable suction pads (maximum Safe Working Load of 140kg).

The one-man AL-MOBIVAC has a perfect vacuum system for porous tiles and stones due to the extreme vacuum flow, making full use of its Honda generator.

The AL-MOBIVAC provides a Safe Working Load of 200kg. For the vacuum pumps, there is the AL-BLAZER 2000, which is available and compatible with either a petrol, diesel, hydraulic, or electric motor. The Safe Working Load (SWL) for this machine is also 200kg.

The last machine is the FLEXMOVER (pictured above), a battery-operated trolley that is used for moving board-sheets and other materials.

For enhanced manoeuvrability, the front and rear axles move simultaneously. The SWL is 1,100Kg.

PlastiKote's new Trade spray paint range is the essential addition to any tool bag

PLASTIKOTE'S new Trade spray paints, developed specifically for the trade market, will make life easier for painters, decorators, builders, and other tradespersons.

Until now, no spray paint brand has ever targeted the professional builder and decorator with a complete range of easy-to-use, quickdrying, fit-for-purpose spray products.

PlastiKote's new Trade spray paints are function-focused with a colour-coded, easy to navigate collection.

Colour differentiation

The conventional paints are branded orange and these include every day gloss and matt paint colours, Quick Dry Primer Undercoats and Clear Lacquer plus White Satinwood and High Gloss Trim Paint.

Blue-labelled cans denote functional spray paints such as Radiator, Stain Block, Very High Temperature and Anti Slip Paint.

Cans branded green are for more technical products such as Paint Remover, Permanent and Repositional Adhesives, Leak Detector and Degreaser.

All in all, there are 34 trade specific products available.

Every can carries clear and practical usage instructions with the cap indicating finish and colour.

All the paints are quick drying acrylic, can be used indoors and out, and are well priced.

The everyday paints retail at £6.99 for a 400ml can and the functional and technical products at £7.49 per can. The PlastiKote Trade range is available from all good trade retailers.

Toolbank exhibitor for 2019

The leading brand in the UK’s spray paint market, PlastiKote will be at the Toolbank trade shows in 2019 showcasing the Trade spray paint range to new and existing customers.

The Preparation Group showcasing new diamond technology and more

THE Preparation Group will be exhibiting at the Executive Hire Show on Stand J32, with its one-stop-shop range of equipment and services.

The state-of-the-art equipment, which the company will exhibit at the show, includes products for floor and surface preparation, removal, refurbishment, and cleaning.

New for the show, The Preparation Group will be showcasing its latest range of accessories incorporating new diamond technology for removing, grinding and cleaning a wide range of materials.

New diamond disc designs provide air flow for enhanced performance and are longer lasting. The new wool-based cleaning and maintenance pads are not only an ecofriendly process, but they are also good for the environment.

Lighter and universal fit, the new diamond discs and pads join thousands of other consumables and spares that are ready to deliver next day, or same day within two hours of its depot.

The only surface preparation company to be both SafeHire certified and HITS accredited, The Preparation Group provides a professional service, manufacturing and supplying grinders, surface texture grinders, planers, scrapers, shotblasters and industrial vacuums.

The range is carefully developed to be user-friendly, easy to maintain and to produce high quality results with minimal operating costs.

The company supplies the machines, tools and accessories with full fleet management, along with technical support and tailored training for hire teams.

Microdiamant appoint Master Abrasives as UK and Irish market representative

MASTER Abrasives has been appointed the UK and Ireland representative for the range of diamond products for fine grinding, lapping and polishing applications manufactured by Swissbased Microdiamant AG.

The products added to Master Abrasives Superabrasives range can be split into a few categories, including Micron Diamond Powders for the superfinishing of hard materials with demanding specifications for surface quality and dimensional accuracy.

Micron Diamond Powders are offered in a comprehensive product range in micron and sub-micron size range, and in synthetic and natural diamond.

Paul Batson, Master Abrasives’ managing director, said: “We were contacted by Microdiamant, the technological leader in this market, who were looking for a UK partner.

“The Swiss company are the only European diamond microniser with fully integrated production. The new partnership between Master and Microdiamant is a positive step forward for both companies.”

Alongside the Micron Diamond Powders, Master Abrasives also now offer both engineered and ready-to-use diamond slurries for various industries, used for lapping and polishing of hard materials.

Engineered slurries offer flexibility in order to achieve optimal performance, process stability and cost-effectiveness.

The ready-to-use diamond slurries combine the highest-level of precision-graded micron diamond sizes with chemical formulations, offering an exceptional removal rate and surface quality.

They also enable customers to achieve high performance, while minimising total process cost.

As part of the Microdiamant range, Master Abrasives now also offer liquid diamond GAFs, diamond compounds and grinding pads, composite polishing pads, polishing pads and metallography products as other sections of their extensive product portfolio.

Microdiamant manufactures diamond products in all common diamond types; natural, monocrystalline, polycrystalline and nanocluster, and in diamond sizes ranging from 18 nanometres up to 100 microns.

Draper Tools’ 12V capacitor jump starter brings even dead batteries to life in minutes

THIS easy-to-use but highly innovative jump starter can be fully primed in approximately two minutes.

It is compact and lightweight yet delivers the same result as a traditional bulky charger.

It’s fitted with advanced capacitor technology that enables the starter to jump start vehicles up to 6L petrol and 3L diesel.

Unlike most on the market, this charger is fitted with an internal battery that energises the inbuilt capacitors, enabling it to start vehicles even when the vehicle’s battery is completely flat.

The unit can be recharged by 12V DC and USB charging cables (supplied).

The LED digital display indicates battery voltage, capacitor charge, lithium battery charge, reverse polarity and function selection.

The unit is fitted with a convenient inbuilt torch with three lighting functions and wrapped in a non-slip protective rubber case.

The stock number for the Draper Tools 12V capacitor jump starter is 82957.

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