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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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First Look Photos – Bosch GSB 16 RE Impact Drill

As it was another fantastic day weather-wise at the Toolstop office we were delighted to shoot a First Look video of the new Bosch GSB 16 RE Impact Drill.

It’s a great looking piece of kit and it made short work drilling into our block of concrete.

We particularly liked the innovative auxiliary handle. This is a handle that actually locks in every 30 degrees and simply won’t move no matter how much muscle you’re putting into the drilling.

Bosch state that it drills up to 33% faster than the competitors when drilling into concrete. We certainly found it drilled like a dream into our block of concrete.

We sell the drill with charger, depth stop, carry case, auxiliary handle and auto lock keyless chuck.

Bosch GSB 16 RE Impact Drive
Bosch GSB 16 RE Impact Drive

Our YouTube video will be online soon, but in the meantime you can have a look at our photos of the Bosch GSB 16 RE Impact Drill over on our Flickr Power Tool Geekery page*.

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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.

Toolstop “Extra Discount Deals” Has Landed

Issue 1 of the Toolstop Extra Discount Deals Catalogue has been landing on doorsteps and falling through letterboxes over the last few days.

The catalogue is designed to offer further savings on already best price products.

With around 120 products with savings of between £5 for a toolbag up to £100 for an access tower there are great bargains to be had.

Go to the Toolstop homepage to sign up for the next catalogue.

Here are a few examples of deals online right now.

Dewalt DW625EK Variable Speed Plunge Router – enter voucher code 1020 at the checkout for a £20 discount.

Bosch DLE40 Laser Rangefinder – enter voucher code 1010 at checkout for £10 discount

Draper 10 Piece Set Of Fully Insulated Pliers And Screwdrivers – Enter code 1010 at checkout for £10 discount

Toolstop Extra Discount Deals

Toolstop Extra Discount Deals

Issue 2 will be available in November

See the press release here

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?

The Funny Side of Power Tools

Let’s have a laugh!

Send us your funny power tool experiences and stories as well as your videos and pictures.

Here are a few to get you in the mood

Using a Power Drill

Faulty Nailgun

Powerful leaf blower

Handyman jokes, cartoons and stories

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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?

Telesteps v Traditional Loft Ladders

At Toolstop, we’ve been playing with the Telesteps 60324 Telescopic Loft Ladder. We can categorically say that it is head and shoulders above a conventional loft ladder, here’s why:

The telescopic loft ladders have special latches on each rung which enable each rung to push up flush against the next rung meaning it all pushes together and makes the ladder extremely portable. Therefore, once you buy one at the hardware shop it will fit in the boot of your car. Or if you buy one online the carriage will be cheaper due to the size compared to a conventional (normally 2 piece) loft ladder.

Telesteps 60324

The installation of a Telesteps loft ladder is also easy. They come fully assembled. Just 2 springs and 6 screws – job done! I managed to install one in about 20 minutes from the word “go”.
Telesteps Loft Ladder
Telesteps loft ladders take up zero space in your loft so can be used in the tightest of spaces. Traditional loft ladders because they are normally only in 2 sections will stretch across your loft space when stored up there leaving less useable space in the loft. Most lofts (like mine) are used for storage and these ladders will enable you to maximise your loft storage space for as much “junk” as possible.
Telesteps Loft Ladder
These are simple to use, smooth and robust and there is no competition from traditional style loft ladders. They come in 2 different styles and can be found for purchase online at Toolstop.

Telesteps 60927

As well as loft ladders Telesteps have a range of telescopic lean-to ladders, combi ladders, multi purpose ladders and platforms. These are all made from sturdy aluminium so are lightweight and won’t suffer from rust. There are a range of accessories as well such as safety feet so they don’t slip, adjustable legs so you can work on uneven surfaces, top supports to allow you to work against corners and uneven walls and bags to carry them in.

Having tested all of these products I can vouch for their quality, robustness, ease of use and innovation.

Several experts have commented on the cons of Telesteps but we firmly believe in them.

Will telescopic loft ladders eventually take the place of traditional loft style ladders?