Aimed at:- Professional builders and construction workers.
Pros:- It really works, a very efficient way of cutting apertures even in walls over 9 inches thick.
I first saw the Husqvarna K760 Cut-n-Break at the Executive Hire Show early in the year and I remember thinking at the time that it was a brilliant solution to cutting apertures in masonry and concrete. Since then, I have discussed it with various tradespeople and, as expected, they often expressed some misgivings about how a dual disc system would work, and also the “hassle” (their words) of having to break the masonry in the resulting channels cut before being able to cut any deeper. Then my own doubts started to creep in, so when the Cut-n-Break was sent for review I thought now is my chance to decide the issue once and for all.
Husqvarna is synonymous with quality and this machine is no exception. Everything is put together very well, in its most compact and neatest configuration. The covers for various vital parts are robust and well sealed against the dusty and very tough conditions under which this machine will work.
Husqvarna has built in a number of key design features that really do make this machine easier to use and ensure that it has a long working life. For example Active Air Filtration centrifugally circulates air to filter out heavier particles so that they do not get inside the engine with the inevitable wear that will result. A Smart Carb feature maintains high power and reduces fuel consumption.
I was also very interested in the Dura Starter and EasyStart System because there is nothing I hate more than pulling on motor starting cords with little result except hopeful sputtering. The Dura Starter system is a dust sealed starter unit in which the starter pulley and other components are literally sealed in so that they are virtually maintenance free. The EasyStart System reduces the pull resistance in the starter cord by up to 40% by reducing engine compression during starting. In my view this was very effective. It took me only two pulls to start the brand new motor on this machine once I had filled up with fuel and set the controls correctly. It was also able to idle happily at rest without constant blips on the throttle that two stroke machines sometimes need. With vibration from machines now a Health and Safety issue, the Husqvarna isolates the user’s hands from engine vibration by having both handles mounted on strong springs, although gloves are still recommended – for general protection, grip and extra vibration absorption. But with very respectable official vibration readings on the front handle of 1.9m/s2 and 2.8m/s2 on the rear handle, users can work significant parts of the day with this machine.
When I first picked it up, the Cut-n-Break felt very heavy, and at 11.1 Kgs with cutters it is not lightweight. But in truth once I was actually using it, the weight is a safety factor, along with the gyroscopic forces generated by the spinning cutters as they tend to keep the machine in the cut and help avoid kickbacks. These kickbacks, which at the least could be very frightening and at worst, fatal, are to be avoided at all costs. You get the picture; you have to keep your wits about you when using it.
The system of dual cutting discs is a very ingenious way of cutting in deep.
The outside of the specially-designed diamond discs are mounted flush so they do not drag against the sides of the cut, but the cut can only proceed as deep as the middle of the discs to the drive housing. Once the length of the cut has been done, the specially designed crowbar provided with the kit is used to break out the centre of the channel. Contrary to the misgivings expressed by my trade friends, breaking out the bits was very easy especially with bricks, as they tend to break off with the mortar layers. Once the cut channel is clear, the discs can be reintroduced to the channel and the process starts again and is repeated until you reach the other side of the wall! The arm holding the discs allows a depth of about 400mm to be cut – well past the depth of a typical double-skinned brick wall.
The tradesmen were also doubtful about how easy it would be to finish the required aperture, as clearly it would be highly dangerous to use the K760 to cut a horizontal channel across the top. The answer, for a double skin brick wall at least, seems to be to cut a couple more channels in the middle of the aperture and then use a hammer to knock out the rest – I assure you it comes out more easily than you think. In concrete, an SDS breaker would do a similar job of knocking out the middle. In either case making an accurate aperture would be quicker than knocking through by hand. Some builders use a single disc cutter that works well enough on single skin brick walls if the disc is big enough, but is not really an accurate nor safe enough method to be used on a double skin brick wall. So the Husqvarna double disc system provides a safer and more efficient way of cutting apertures in masonry.
I must also point out that the built-in dust suppressing water system built into the machine operated very well. Without it, the user would very quickly disappear into a cloud of dust, so simple safety procedures demand that the water system is used every time. The result of using it is the inevitable fine sludge that can coat the front of the machine, the floor and surrounding walls, but it is fantastically effective at reducing dust to an absolute minimum.
When it comes to summing up this machine I am happy to say that I think I was right and the doubtful tradesmen were wrong. It is a powerful monster that will repay careful, safe and considered use, but the results speak for themselves. Making apertures in masonry is set to become a lot easier if the Husqvarna K760 Cut-n-Break has its way.
For more information, please visit www.husqvarna.co.uk
The market for torches of all kinds in the UK seems to be almost limitless – with everything from budget models coming in at less than a fiver (sometimes even half that!) right through to the professional quality flashlights costing over £200. The two things that seem to be pushing this situation are the ever-increasing pace of development of LED chips and battery technologies, including Lithium Ion.
Active Products has a knack of introducing competent, well-priced and useful torches onto the UK market, so it is not a surprise that the company has now launched an upgraded version of the “old” one million candle power rechargeable spotlight. The “new” version has much in common, and fortunately, retains the features that made the previous model a success.
Firstly, the new model is made in bright yellow plastic so it is, what I guess in modern parlance, would be called “high vis”. The main handle, stand and front lens rim are made in black plastic that is a sharp contrast to the yellow.
Secondly, the body shape of the new version is square and boxy. It is also noticeable that it is much lighter than the “old model – no doubt due to the fact that the new battery is a 3.7v non-replaceable lithium ion version. Lithium ion has many advantages because not only is it much lighter than the old NiCad battery technology for example, but it is more efficient and less likely to suffer from memory effect when recharged.
The new body shape offers several advantages in terms of the versatility of the torch in use. For example, the flat base of the boxy shape means that the torch can be stood upright so that it shines like a searchlight – which could be useful in some situations.
Along the bottom of the torch is a click-stopped stand that adjusts over about 160 degrees so that a wide range of angles can be selected. The click stopping is very positive and does not slip in use, so is able to be relied upon – a great virtue in a torch that may well be used in an emergency situation.
A new feature and one that many users will find very useful is the ability to use the main handle in two different ways. Used conventionally, the main handle is nicely shaped and contoured for the fingers. This handle configuration is comfortable and balances the lightweight of the torch for easy aiming. However, by pushing in the yellow button on the right hand side of the handle, the whole handle can be twisted round so that it becomes a pistol grip. Now the torch can be used at eye or head height more easily, so that it becomes an eye-guided searchlight. Outdoorsmen and campers would be able to make very good use of this feature and again, the flip over handle is very positive and robust so it is not simply an “add on”.
I guess that because of the flipover handle the “standard” switch position of a button on the front lens cover no longer makes sense, so the switch is now located on the side of the torch near the front. It is now a small rocker switch with a definite “on” or “off” feel and is covered by a clear flexible plastic cover that gives some protection from water penetration.
Active Products has also used the opportunity provided by adopting a lithium ion battery pack to provide a couple of recharging options that will reflect the intended uses of the torch.
The standard charger is the SD 9300 that plugs straight into a mains socket. Active Products recommends that when the first charge is done it is charged until the charge indicator turns green. This first charge will take longer as it initiates the charging cycle that is important for a long battery life.
On a full charge, the torch will give about four hours of light, and it is recommended that after every use the torch should have a top-up charge to keep the battery in good health. Also, it is recommended that the battery should be recharged every three months even if it is not used. Lithium ion technology needs such care in order to keep a healthy battery.
Another handy little feature is the provision of the 12v car charger in the package. Since this torch is likely to be used in the outdoors and as part of a car kit, it makes sense to have a non-mains charging option.
Finally, there is a shoulder strap provided to fit over the metal loops on the front and back of the handle. A small criticism in my opinion is that the strap is too short for all users in all situations, so some people might choose not to attach it at all. However Active Products have already picked up on this and the length of the strap is now increased to a comfortable 100cm to suit all users and situations.
With an upgraded light intensity of 150 lumens, the LED spotlight has more than enough power for general situations. It is noticeable that the beam has a very pure centre spot that is clear of spots and blemishes. This spot gives a beam distance of about 400 metres that should be enough for most users. Surrounding the middle spot is a halo of less intense light that helps the user to see things not directly in the main beam – very useful I think, and also a tribute to the continuing development of very good LED light chips.
So to sum up – this is a very practical and well-priced torch with enough power for general household and camping use. It is light, easy to carry and the pistol grip handle is a useful option in many situations. Since power cuts are now a feature of life for many of us, it is always handy to have a torch around, especially one that can stand on its own in a variety of positions.
For more information, please visit http://www.active-products.co.uk
Triton Tools will be throwing its name into the eyes of millions of sports fans across the world, after unveiling a high profile sponsorship with one of darts’ most successful players ever.
Triton has stepped up to the oche by agreeing to sponsor five-times world champion Raymond van Barneveld for the whole of 2018 as the Dutchman looks to add more silverware to his bulging cabinet.
With packed arenas, huge global television audiences and darts being amongst the fastest-growing sports, representatives at Triton believe that the time has never been better to target the tungsten for a sustained period.
Claire Sweet, Global Brand Manager at Yeovil-based Triton, said: “The potential of our darts sponsorship is absolutely huge and we are thrilled to be involved with the sport.
“Triton Tools is an established and growing brand which thousands of tradesmen trust every day in their working lives. This sponsorship with Raymond van Barneveld gives us an exciting new way to connect with the people who use our precision power tools, while also giving us access to potential new customers.
“Aside from football, darts drew the biggest number of viewers on Sky Sports last year, which underlines how powerful the sport is.
“Raymond van Barneveld is a huge character within the sport and is a real favourite. He was the perfect choice for us and we’re delighted to be part of the Barney Army.”
van Barneveld took time out of his busy schedule to visit Triton’s Yeovil headquarters, where he met the company’s directors and took on staff in a fun darts challenge. Staff were given nine darts to better van Barneveld’s total with six.
With a career spanning 34 years, current world number 11 van Barneveld is five-times World Darts champion, a two-time UK Open Champion and a former winner of the Las Vegas Desert Classic, the Grand Slam of Darts and the Premier League.
van Barneveld’s 2007 World Championship final success, which saw him battle back from three sets down to beat Phil Taylor 7-6 in the sudden-death leg, was one of the greatest darts matches of all time.
van Barneveld, known as Barney, said: “I am delighted to receive the support from Triton Tools.
“It was a pleasure to visit their headquarters and to learn more about their range of precision power tools.
“I’ll be doing all I can to gain maximum exposure for Triton by winning as many tournaments as possible!”
Volvo - Willie Paterson’s Volvo EC18D is a ‘jack of all trades’
The 1.8 tonne compact excavator was supplied to proprietor Willie Paterson by SMT GB’s utility dealer, Rockbreakers UK, and replaces an older EC15B which was originally purchased back in 2005. “We’ve been really pleased with the original machine and that prompted us to replace it with the enhanced EC18D with the extending tracks and two-speed travel,” says Willie. “The machine does everything we want of it on site from getting into quite restricted areas to clean out conveyor belts, breaking concrete to expose broken water mains, maintaining ditches and water courses on the property boundaries and general ground maintenance,” he says. “We have the usual assortment of buckets. A hydraulic hammer and, more recently, we’ve added a hedge and ground cover cutter which runs off the third line.”
The Volvo EC18D features a D0.9A Volvo diesel engine that meets the latest EPA Stage-IV emission regulations. Emissions are further kept to a minimum thanks to the optional automatic idling system, which reduces engine speed to idle if the controls are inactive for more than five seconds. If the machine is left idling for longer, the engine can be automatically shut down. This then stops the hour meter, leading to longer service intervals, lower operating costs and ensuring a better resale value for the machine.
The EC18D sports a tough rear counterweight providing outstanding impact resistance and shields all vital components. The unique high-profile design is made from a single, strong piece of cast iron that wraps around each side of the machine for superb protection. The flat, toughened glass used on the four sides of the cab guarantees that replacements can be fitted simply, quickly and expensively if damage occurs.
The robust dozer blade is equipped with a welded-on cutting edge for superior wear resistance and a durable upper lip provides added protection against damage in tough applications and excellent stiffness when using the blade as a stabiliser. The sturdy structure and the curved profile of the blade ensure outstanding performance whether dozing or back filling.
Daily service points are logically grouped under the wide-opening engine hood. With Volvo’s patented multifunctional hydraulic oil filter, filtration occurs when the tank is filled or topped up and before the oil returns back via the drain lines. A transparent bowl enables easy oil level checks and permits early detection of contamination. Both the ease and speed of inspections, together with long 50-hour greasing intervals, increases uptime and encourages essential work to be carried out, enhancing machine lifetime.
For further information visit www.volvoce.co.uk
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. www.napbrands.co.uk. Follow us on Twitter @napbrands.
RE-ENGINEERED FOR A CHANGING MARKET
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.
For more information please e-mail [email protected]
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.
For more information on Dickies, please www.dickiesworkwear.com.
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 www.hitachi-powertools.co.uk
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: www.campingaz.com