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What’s the Best Worksite Radio?

Last week, with Big John on holiday, there was a distinct lack of music around the Toolstop office. So, Neil went into the warehouse and grabbed the Dewalt DC011 Worksite Radio to find out how good quality the music was.

The radio is actually quite a heavy duty beast. The speakers are huge and it gives off a great sound from the FM channels. You can also connect a CD player and the sound from this was even more impressive. The CD player can even be stored in the detachable weather proof holder attached to the radio.

Anyway, it got us thinking about the multitude of worksite radios on the market and which one was the best. It really depends on what you’re looking for, some will work from power tool batteries, some will even charge the batteries. Some are more robust and weather proof than others. Some have CD players built in.

So, we want to hear your views. Whats the best radio and why? Here are a few options:

Bosch Radio
Makita Radio
Dewalt Radio
Hitachi Radio
Milwaukee Radio
Ryobi Radio

Add your comments below…..


First Look @ the DeWalt DW030P Laser Measurer

Full details of the product can be found here on the Toolstop website.

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What Tools Do You Always Carry?

We recently announced the launch of the Toolstop toolbag. This got us thinking in the Toolstop office about the absolutely essential tools to carry on in your toolbag at all times.

Here’s our list;

Obviously, if you’re a joiner, an electrician or a brickie, your list of tools will differ, so…

…now it’s your turn, what tools do you always carry?
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Pedal-Powered Hacksaw

Yesterday we blogged about a hybrid-bike powered by Dewalt power tool batteries. I titled the post “Power Tools Aren’t Just for Saw-Jockies – Hybrid Electic Bike”.

Well, today, we were delighted to read about a pedal-powered hacksaw, so it would seem that there are such things as saw-jockies, if you get my reference…

Anyway, there’s a great video you can watch;

The purpose of the pedal-powered hacksaw is noble; to help disabled people “make boring tasks good, honest fun”. Developed by Bernard Kiwia from Tanzania, the saw is part of a series of tools and devices constructed from old bike parts, all designed to help disabled people.

Read more about it at the AfriGadget website.
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Toolstop Toolbags Hit The Mark

Toolstop have recently launched their new heavy duty toolbags.Toolstop Toolbag

After surveying existing Toolstop customers who had purchased power tools it was clear that there was not a bag on the market which was robust, functional or good value for money.  Toolstop offer their customers unique power tool packages which means that the tools often outgrow the bags and cases supplied.  The users wanted to store all their tools and accessories in one place rather than in multiple cases and bags.

So, the people at Toolstop got their heads together and designed 3 bags which had all the best features of other bags on the market.  They came up with a multi pocket, heavy duty, robust, durable, functional and versatile set of toolbags.

The Extra Large Model is 30″ in length, the Large one is 26″ and the medium bag is 20″.  The Extra large bag has wheels and a telescopic pull handle because of the weight you will be pulling.  All bags have carry handles as well as detachable shoulder straps.  They all have a detachable mobile phone pouch which has a handy belt loop.  Each bag has a long side pocket which is ideal for holding a saw.  They all have straps on top of the bag which are perfect for holding longer items such as levels or saws.  The multiple interior and exterior pockets will hold everything from bitsets to tape measures.  There are specifically designed compartments inside the bag for holding batteries and battery chargers for cordless tools.  There is even a document pouch inside the bag which is capable of holding A4 size notepads.

All in all, these bags are just what the trade has been waiting for.

Click on the link if you want to see more details of the Toolbags.

See the video below for a more in depth look at the new Toolstop Toolbags.

The Gadget Show Does Power Tools

I’ve dug out a couple of old scenes from Channel 5’s “The Gadget Show”.

The first one shows a mixture of DIY and Industrial tools such as:

  • Black & Decker BDL500M laser level with built in tape measure – a handy wee DIY tool at a very affordable price
  • Dewalt D25840K 7kg SDS-max demolition hammer which has some serious breaking power
  • Bosch IXO, a tiny electric screwdriver which fits in any pocket

The second one has 5 DIY power tools such as:

The Power8 Workshop is one of the best selling DIY tools in the Toolstop range. It is a great gift because there are so many different tasks it can perform. It is a multipurpose addition to your set.

What tools would you recommend as being an all-rounder?

Bosch Solar Powered Tools?

Bosch have continued with their recent acquisition program by launching a Voluntary Public Takeover Offer to the shareholders of Aleo Solar Aktiengesellschaft

Aleo Solar are one of the largest manufacturers of solar modules in Europe.

So, are Bosch looking at inventing solar power drills, saws and screwdrivers?

Toolstop has seen a big improvement in the innovation from Bosch over the last couple of years which has helped catapult them to gain ground on the main competition and hold a 22% share of the European power tools market.

It can’t be long before sunlight is driving your drill, can it – what do you think?

Bosch Power Tools Increase Market Share

Last Year Bosch Power Tools grew it’s European business and increased their market share from 20 to 22%

At Toolstop, our customers tell us they are impressed by the innovation Bosch have shown with their new or improved tools. For example the Rotak 43li lawnmower is a cordless, high powered machine and is value for money. The Uneo is multifunctional cordless DIY tool which has hammering, drilling and screwdriving all in one tool. The Professional DLE70 rangefinder is a cost effective laser measurer with tons of features.

Do you think Bosch can continue this growth or will Dewalt, Makita or someone else bite back?

Metabo LT and LTX Class Power Tools

Metabo Professional Power Tools

Metabo Power Tools are renowned for their quality power tools and they’ve recently extended the range of cordless lithium ion machines

The range includes 14.4 volt LT drill/driver, combi drill and impact driver, LTX drill driver and combi drill, 18 volt LT drill/driver, combi drill and impact driver, LTX drill driver and combi drill. They plan to add more tools later including reciprocating saw, circular saw and 24 volt SDS plus hammer.

Metabo BS18LTX Impuls li-ion drill driver

Whats special about this new LT and LTX range?

Batteries – the batteries have electronic protection which unlike other battery protection actually monitors the individual cells condition and status while working and charging. This means that whenever needed the battery cells are always 100% fit for the job and will work together to get the job done. The lithium ion batteries also feature discharge and overcharge protection as well as overheat and overload shut down.

Electronic switch – The rubber coated switch featuring soft start, variable speed and quick stop. These features and the improved technolgies behind them help towards extending the life of the machine.

Impuls switch – Impuls function with flashing LED status display. Metabos unique impuls function (boost puls switch) provides short bursts of bosst torque through the drill bit. This makes finishing off difficult screws, extracting difficult screws or starting off holes in polished surfaces far quicker and easier than you’d normally expect.

New Motors Concept – With increased performance and reduced size and improvements in motor cooling and motor overload (burn out) protection these new machines are sure to last much longer than their predecessors.

LT Class Motors – Improved power density enabling more compact size. Optimised ventilation which allows for lower temperatures so lengthens the life span. Improved cooling for longer periods of use.

LTX Class Motors – 4-pole motor for enhanced precision and durability. Stronger magnets improve torque and power. Up to 75% more efficiency. 4 carbon brushes instead of 2 give increased torque output.

Ergonomic Design and Housing – Modern design improving balance and grip. New gear speed selection switch positioned to enable single handed use. All metal gear box (no plastic parts). New clutch reduces machine length. Slide on batteries.

The LT range are suited for medium duty professional applications such as woodworking, interior construction and installation. The weight of the machines is low.

The LTX range are suited for heavier duty applications in the construction industry but still benefit from being lightweight and compact.

These machines can be seen at now. Let us know if you need more details.

Ryobi Saves You Cash With Their Flexible 18V ONE+ Range

Ryobi Power Tools have made every power tool users life much easier as well as saving them cash with their highly flexible 18 volt cordless ONE+ range.

The range includes 29 power tools, 7 garden power tools and there are more to come.

The flexibility means you can build your own customised power tool kit.  There’s no need to buy batteries and battery chargers with every purchase and there’s no annoying power tools you’ll never use just because they came as part of a combo kit.

Simply get started by purchasing the number of batteries and chargers you need or a starter kit which will come with one tool, 2 batteries and a charger.  Then add in the tools you need and buy a toolbag (5 in the range holding from 2 to 7 tools) which will accomodate them.

The batteries come in 3 versions, ni-cd, li-ion compact and li-ion full size.  These batteries are all fully interchangeable and can all be used on any of the tools in the ONE+ range.  The beauty is you can switch between tools as easily as swapping over a battery.

This concept will save you money.  Normally when buying tools you need to buy the full kit including the batteries and chargers.  So, this means if you bought 5 tools you might end up with 10 batteries and 5 battery chargers which can be an expensive business.

Make your power tool purchases affordable by looking at the Ryobi ONE+ range of tools for the next upgrade to your tool collection.