I, like many others, am slowly learning that I can’t do without the smart electronics in my car. It enables the phone and music connections, satnav etc etc that I rely on increasingly. But these same complicated electronics are so sensitive that merely disconnecting the battery to replace a light bulb can entail an hour’s worth of work resetting all the electronics - from the clock to the automatic headlight dipping.
‘No 1 Welding provider to toolshop sector across Europe and how to recapture your customers welding business’
‘Old’ welding technology meant that welding was perceived as an esoteric skill that required lots of training and then lots of practice to perfect. It also had a frisson of danger attached – with high voltages and lots of sparks that burned tiny holes in your clothing if you did it wrong, they were enough to discourage people from having a go.
Impacts are Everywhere
Just about every trade I speak to has some use for an impact wrench and they are very frequently used – just listen for the characteristic ‘clacker-clack’ sound next time you pass a worksite. Some tradespeople even have a 12v tool for smaller tasks and an 18v for heavy duty stuff. In impact wrenches and drivers, as in other cordless tools, the adoption of Li Ion battery packs and EC or brushless motors has made these tools even more useful because they extend battery life, increase power and enhance reliability.
Aimed at: Pros and maybe amateur who need tough, warm clothing.
Pros: Flexible, tough, stylish and practical.
Aimed at: Pros who want freedom from compressors and gas cartridges.
Pros: Excellent performance and adjustability – you will want one especially if you have Hitachi 18v tools already.
I like using gas nailers – they have the power repeatedly to drive 90mm plus nails into rafters or studwork with the pull of a trigger and a loud bang.
Aimed at: Light pro and DIY users who need a good basic combi drill.
Pros: Good performance, good carry bag and good ergonomics make for a handy tool to use.
Competition in the market is mostly a VERY GOOD THING for consumers because it tends to give us what we want at the prices we can afford.
Aimed at: Pros and amateurs who need reliable M-Class dust extraction.
Pros: Affordable and compact entry into M-Class extraction.
Aimed at: Pros and amateurs who appreciate high quality
Pros: High quality bits and adaptors made to withstand the torques and impacts of modern screwdriving. Make sure you choose the one best for the job.
Aimed at: Festool fans and professionals who need M-Class extraction.
Pros: Part of the huge Festool system, with extended guarantees, insurance etc that help explain the price. But it doesn’t half work well!
Aimed at: Professional fitters who need a compact drill driver. But well priced enough for discerning amateurs to consider.
Pros: Torquey enough for 70mm screws into softwood in my experience and well specified for a ‘little un’.