Christmas Closing Period 2014

December 11th, 2014

Christmas Closing Period

Kelvin Power Tools will be shutting it’s doors for the festive season at 5:00 pm on Tuesday 23rd December, and staff will be over-indulging in mince pies and whisky until our return at 8:00 am on Monday 5th January.

These closing times have obvious implications for our local customers, but our web customers should be aware of several other important dates:

>  Orders must be placed before 2:00pm on Friday 19th December to ensure delivery before Christmas

>  Orders placed after this time and until 2:00pm on Tuesday 23rd December can be shipped this year if requested, but we cannot guarantee that they will be delivered before Christmas

>  Orders placed after the second time and date will be shipped on Monday 5th January

With all the little details out of the way, all that remains is for us to wish our customers a very merry Christmas! We hope you enjoy your R&R, and that we’ll see you all again in the new year.

Top 15 Christmas Gifts for Tradesmen and DIY-Fanatics

December 8th, 2014

Top 15 Christmas Gifts for Tradesmen and DIY Enthusiasts

The festive season is here again.

You’re probably preparing for your yearly adventure into The Dusty Chamber of Forgotten Stuff (i.e. the loft or garage) to reclaim the Christmas decorations, and getting ready to cram the kitchen full of Christmas nibbles and booze. Perhaps you’ve picked out a nice big tree, and now you’re considering exactly how you’re going to get both tree and family home in your car.

With all these other things on your mind, it can be easy to push present-buying aside.

Choosing a present can be hard, after all. “I don’t really know what I want this year” means you’re left blundering around in the dark like a Rudolphless sleigh, but requests aren’t always easier. People might think it’s fine to be vague and ask for “a hammer” for Christmas, but if your knowledge of hammer types only covers early 90’s rappers and the weapons of Norse Gods then you might start to feel like the turkey isn’t the only one who’s stuffed.

Hammers

It may all sound pretty hopeless, and you may be getting so desperate that you’re considering faking an Amazon receipt and saying that the present “got lost in the post.” But don’t give up just yet. Help is at hand.

Your Christmas miracle is here.

There’s no need to start a fake war with Amazon over a missing present that never existed. If you’re looking for gifts for tradesmen or DIY fanatics, then read on to discover the perfect gift that’ll make their faces light up like a Christmas tree. Who knows, you might even find a few ideas for other difficult friends and relatives!

This Top 15 guide is broken down into three different sections, to give you the best gifts in a variety of price ranges. From big-ticket items that are perfect for your nearest and dearest right through to stocking fillers that will put a smile on your Secret Santa’s face, you’ll find something for everyone right here on this page.

I want to go all out – show me your big ticket items!

The Paslode IM350 Plus Framing NailerPaslode IM350plus

Perfect for: Your son, who is training as a joiner
IM350 Plus: £551.51 inc VAT
IM360Ci: £574.80 inc VAT

This is a gas powered gun that fires nails between 51mm and 90mm in diameter into wood. It is a pretty expensive bit of kit, but it’s an absolutely necessity for any joiner. It makes nailing tasks, especially repetitive ones, so much quicker and easier to complete that it’s worth its weight in gold!

If you want to splash out even more this Christmas, there is the new IM360Ci Paslode framing nailer to consider. It has a whole host of new features that improve usability and reliability, and the new Lithium-ion batteries improve power-to-weight ratio and provide longer runtime. It has yet to outstrip the IM350 Plus in popularity though, so it is perhaps a little more of a risk.

Get The IM350-Plus Here
Get the IM360Ci Here
Metabo TS254 Table Saw

The Metabo TS254 Table Saw

Perfect for: Your woodworker Father, who has a small workshop or needs to be very mobile in his work.
Cost: £544.00 inc VAT
Plus, for a limited time only, get a 2nd blade free when you buy from us!

This has been one of the biggest success tool stories in recent years. Demand was so high for these saws that Metabo worked around the clock to manufacture as many as they could, but still the backorder list kept growing. And when you look at the machine, it’s easy to see why.

The legs are actually attached to the saw body. This may not sound like a big deal, but it’s a real bonus for anyone who is very mobile in their work or works in a small space. The legs simply fold into and unfold away from the body, eliminating the time-consuming process of deconstructing a saw and stand package. These legs take up far less space than a stand too, which makes this saw ideal for anyone who has limited space in their workshop.

Despite its compact design, this 250mm table saw is still very powerful and packed with all the usability and safety features that any tradesman or hobbyist would expect from a professional piece of kit.

Get It Here

A Cordless 18v Power Tool Kit

Perfect for: almost anyone!
Pre-made kits start at: £330.00 inc VATGSB18V-Li GDR18-Li Twin Pack

The majority of tradesmen and DIYers will have need of the basic 18v combi drill and impact driver twinpack, so this is always a good choice. The tools will come with all the basic accessories, and inside a single case that is nice and easy to transport (and wrap!). You can get kits that cost less than the £330 stated above but you have to lose power and runtime, which is why these tools often make the better present.

Almost every brand will have one available, which means that you should check whether your giftee already has a particular brand of tool in their kit. This is not just about brand preference, though – buying more tools from the same brand means better compatibility with pre-existing and future tools.

If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can give the Metabo Pick&Mix a go. This allows you to build a completely customised cordless kit – tools, batteries, and storage – to suit whatever purpose. So if you know exactly what your giftee needs, then this might be the right choice for you!

View the Range Here
Check out the Metabo Pick&Mix Here

Okay so maybe all out is a bit much – let’s take the budget down a notch…

The Bosch GSB18V-Li Combi Drill with Wireless Charging

Perfect for: Anyone who uses cordless tools in a static
workshop or production environment.
 Wireless Charging in Action18v 2.0Ah Kit: £202.80 inc VAT

This is brand new technology for the power tool market, allowing the user to charge batteries without removing them from the tool as they would normally have to do.

Wireless charging means that the user can top up the battery whilst they’re working. Instead of putting the tool down on a work surface they simply put it down battery-first onto the wireless charging pad, which then tops up the charge during the break in usage.

This means that instead of swapping constantly between multiple batteries, they only need one single back-up battery!

Get It Here

10.8v Cordless Twin/Triple Packs

Kits start at: £129.95

Makita LCT305WThese are great little tools that are useful for a variety of small jobs or jobs in tight spaces, such as installing cupboards. They are so lightweight that your giftee can clip them to their belt in comfort, keeping them handy for any situation. Despite their small size, they still pack a powerful enough punch to complete a range of tasks.

As with the 18v twin packs, there is a lot of choice here – Panasonic, Makita, DeWalt, and Bosch – so it’s worth considering if the giftee already has a particular brand of cordless power tools in their kit.

Get Them Here

Electric Multi-Tools

Cordless from: £166.80 inc VAT
Mains-powered from: £117.00 inc VAT

Available both corded and cordless, these oscillating multi-tools are capable of performing a huge variety of tasks thanks to the immense range of blades available. They work by turning the blade by a fraction around a spindle, creating a very tight cutting or sanding action. This makes them very precise, and capable of performing small and delicate tasks.

Bosch Multi-Tool

Sawing and cutting wood, metal, grout, tile, concrete, plastic, putty, marble, soft materials, and more. Sanding paint, wood, and stone. Rasping mortar and adhesives. Cleaning and polishing a range of surfaces. This tool does it all, so it’s ideal for a person who does it all! Or most of it, at least…

Get Cordless Here
Get Mains-Powered Here

Buckler Safety BootsBuckler Boots

Buckler safety wellies: £64.40 (VAT-free)
Buckler safety sneakers: £54.95 (VAT-free)
Other safety styles from: £52.25 (VAT-free)

Safety boots are hugely important when working on site, as they protect you from dropped items, sharp items on the floor, and from slipping on substances such as water or oil. These boots are the best of the best, providing the wearer with excellent levels of safety as well as all-day comfort.

There are many different styles available. The most popular, especially at this time of year, is the Buckbootz range of wellie boots. There are also safety sneakers available, for a more stylish look, as well as the usual styles like dealer and rigger.

Get Them HereBahco Socket Set

Hand Tool Sets

From: £30.00 inc VAT

Most hobbyists and tradesmen will have sets of hand tools as well as power tools. The likely suspects are spanners, socketry, screwdrivers, chisels, pliers, and files.

So take a poke about in the garage or their tool boxes, see what they use, and buy them a shiny new set!

Start Looking Here

DeWalt Mini MAC Accessory Set

Cost: £42.00 inc VATDeWalt DT9282

This is a great accessory set that contains a range of tools for all sorts of different drilling and screwdriving tasks. Brad point wood bits, flat bits, PZ/PH/SL/T screwdriver bits, magnetic bit holder, and drive guide all come in their own compartments within a tough and compact case.

Get It Here

Show me those stocking fillers!

CT1 sealant and adhesive: From £10.80 inc VAT
This is a sealant like no other. Strong and flexible, it even works underwater.
Check out the full feature list to see why this unique product is #1 on our wishlists!
Get It Here

Buckler protective gloves: £11.99 inc VAT
Lightweight and comfortable but still highly protective, anyone who uses protective gloves
will love this present! These gloves may seem a bit pricey at first, but they’re well worth it.
Get Them Here

Faithfull 61 piece screwdriver set: £10.68 inc VAT
This is a great little set of the most common screwdriver bit types and sizes,
packaged in a tough little case for easy transportation.
Get It Here

Quality tool boxes: from £11.53 inc VAT
Okay, so these are closer to the stocking itself than something that can fill it,
but they’re still a good idea for anyone from a tradesman to the casual DIY-er.
Get Them Here

LED penlight: £11.94 inc VAT
A super-bright light in a compact yet durable package.
Supplied at a great price, with batteries.
Get It Here

Gifts for Tradesmen and DIYSo there we have it!

By now you must have some great ideas for gifts for tradesmen and DIYers in your life, and maybe you even got some ideas for your own wishlist!

Now all you need to do is make sure that you order everything in time for Christmas. The clock’s ticking, so you’d better get a move on. Otherwise next thing you know you’ll be in the supermarket on Christmas Eve, fighting other last-minute shoppers for the last box of knock-off chocolates!

Robert Fitter – Paslode Service & Repair – West Midlands

November 27th, 2014

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff at kelvin power tools for a fantastic job they did on my 2 paslode guns.

I enquired via their excellent website with a view to a quote for a repair/service of my guns. The guy who i spoke to was excellent, he explained how the service & repairs took place, he arranged for a courier to collect both guns the same day, then he called to let me know that they had received them the same day & how much the repairs were going to cost. Which was more than reasonable.. [far less than i expected] then my guns were returned to me via courier arranged by kelvin power tools 1 day later, the whole process took 2 days. WOW THATS SERVICE FOR YOU.

I would recommend anybody with a paslode to give these guys a go.

Thank you once again
Regards
Rob Fitter

Infographic: The History of Power Tools – The Highlights

November 26th, 2014

We’ve created an Infographic of the History of Power Tools. These are the highlights of the last 120 years, since the first ever electric power tool was invented! We researched into the history of the power tool world including some of the best design innovations, world firsts, and origins of today’s biggest manufacturers to discover how power tools got to where they are today!

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The History of Power Tools: Highlights Infographic

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We made sure these facts were well researched using these sources from the web, which you will find along with the original infographic.

What are your thoughts?

We hope you like our infographic and that we’ve been able to provide some interest into how some power tool features we take for granted today, first came to be!

Did anything surprise you? Is there something you still want to know about?

We welcome your feedback and would love to hear what you thought of our first infographic in the comments below!

How to Choose a Sander: The Ultimate Guide

November 5th, 2014

How to Choose a Sander

It can be tough to understand the different types of sanders and their uses, as there are so many varieties on the market. Belt, orbital, random orbital, palm, detail, and multi-tool sanders all have their own benefits and disadvantages.

But we can help! This guide will:

> Help you to create a list of key criteria that your sander must meet
You can then refer to this list as you read the rest of the guide.

> Describe the different types of sander
This will familiarise you with their names and the different ways in which they work

> Describe the best use of each variety
This will help you to establish what type of sander you will need for the task or tasks ahead

> Help you to decide between the different available models
Make sure that you consider all of the most important factors!

By the end of this guide you will have no trouble deciding what type of sander to buy! So let’s get going.

Man with Sander

You too could be this happy with your choice of sander!

So what do I need to consider when choosing a sander?

Most of us know the basic purpose of a power sander: to finish surface materials. Before choosing between the sander types it is important that you also establish the specific requirements of the task. Ask yourself the following questions:

> What materials will I be sanding?
Most sanders are capable of sanding the most common materials when using the correct type
of sanding paper, but it is definitely worth checking.

> What sizes and shapes are the materials that I will most commonly be sanding?
Sanding a large, flat square is very different to sanding a small object with many curved surfaces
or small corners.

> Do I need particular levels of surface quality?
Some electric sanders are designed to give the best surface quality possible, while others leave
much rougher finishes.

> What compatible abrasive types and backing pads are available?
Consider what you may need in the future as well as what you need right now.

> What is my budget?
Balancing quality and price concerns is often very difficult, but very important. Also consider
accessories, as you will probably be buying them repeatedly for the lifetime of the sander.

Take a note of these questions and your answers, leaving space to add notes and make changes as you go through this guide.

Now it’s time to take a detailed look at the most common types of sander.

Bosch Belt Sander

A Bosch Belt Sander

What is a belt sander?

An electric belt sander uses a continuous loop of abrasive paper called, as you might have guessed, a sanding belt. This belt is looped around two drums that are spun by the motor, which moves the paper continuously in one direction.

These tools have a very aggressive action on wood, and are generally used with coarse grit sanding paper. This results in rough and rapid stock removal, which makes belt sanders ideal for use on very large areas early on in the finishing process.

Finer-grit sanding belts are available and will leave a smoother surface, but there are other sanders that are much better suited to this task.

Although they are most commonly used on wood, electric belt sanders can also be used on plastics. They are available with belts of up to four inches wide, and are usually variable speed to allow flexible usage.

What is an orbital sander?

Bosch Orbital Sander

A Bosch Orbital Sander

Also known as half-sheet sanders and finishing sanders, these tools have a base that moves in very tight circles, or “orbits”, to perform the sanding action. This minimises scratches and leaves a finer finish than a belt sander, but at the cost of a lower stock removal rate.

It may remove material slower but an electric orbital sander is still powerful enough to use on flat, medium-sized areas. It is also idea for smoothing rough materials such as paint and plaster between coats.

Orbital sanders may have declined in popularity over the years due to the emergence of random orbit sanders, but they are still worth considering. They are a very economical solution for performing most general-purpose wood sanding tasks.

What is a random orbital sander?

This tool is known by a variety of other names: “random orbit sander” and “dual action sander” are the most common after “random orbital sander”, whereas the term “eccentric sander” is a Festool-specific term. This versatile tool has become the tradesman’s sander of choice in recent years, and it’s easy to see why.

Festool Random Orbital Sander

A Festool Random Orbital Sander

It has the same orbital motion as an orbital sander, but also spins the pad around a spindle at the same time. This action means that the grit travels in a different path on every orbit, which eliminates the swirl-patterns often left by orbital sanders.

An electric dual action sander can therefore bridge the gap between a belt sander and an orbital sander. It will provide you with a high level of stock removal on larger areas, but is also capable of creating a very fine finish without difficulty. Some models even have a “boost” function, giving a surge of power that enables even quicker material removal.

There is a huge range of different abrasive papers available, to help with faster stock removal or finer finishes. Many of these machines can sand a range of materials including wood, sheet steel and plastic.

What are orbital palm sanders and detail sanders?

DeWalt Palm Sander

A DeWalt Palm Sander

A palm sander is essentially an orbital sander with a smaller baseplate and a design that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. They are less powerful than orbital sanders but much more lightweight, and they can be easily operated with one hand even on vertical surfaces. They also tend to cost a lot less.

Overall, a palm orbital sander an affordable option ideal for light-duty jobs in smaller areas that are awkward to access with the larger models.

An electric detail sander is the same as a palm sander, except it has a triangular-shaped base plate. This allows it to easily navigate more awkward shapes and get right into corners. Awkward sanding jobs like window frames are made much quicker and with better results with a detail sander.

What is multi-tool sanding?

An electric multi-tool (also called a “multi-cutter”) is a small power tool that can be used for lots of different tasks. It works by rotating the attached accessory side-to-side by a small degree, producing a cutting or sanding movement. You can buy both corded multi-tools and cordless multi-tools.

A multi-tool sander is ideal for very small and very intricate jobs, although it has a surprisingly high rate of stock removal. The sanding pad is generally triangle-shaped and smaller than a detail sander’s pad, which allows you to get into very tight corners with ease. There are even accessories that allow you to sand away small areas of tile adhesive and mortar.

Fein Multi-Master

A Fein Multi-Master

It is not worth buying a power multi-tool just for the sanding capabilities, but the wide variety of tasks it can perform may make it a very useful and worthwhile tool to have in your kit. With the appropriate accessory it can be used to saw, scrape, sand and cut materials like wood, metal, plastic, concrete and grouting.

I know what type of sander I need, but how do I choose between the different models?

Not all sanders are created equally, so it is important to consider which and how many features your budget allows for. When choosing a sander model, you should consider the following:

> Power
Different sander types have different levels of power, but consider the power level of each individual
model. The amount of power you need depends on the toughness of the jobs you’re going to
undertake, and how long it will take you on average to do them.

> Durability
Does the sander have particular features that will give it a longer lifetime? This is very important if
your sander will be getting a lot of use.

> Vibration control
Overexposure to vibration can not only be uncomfortable but also very dangerous. It can even do
permanent damage if you do not follow the manufacturer’s usage recommendations. Lower
vibration levels mean you can work for longer in greater safety and comfort.

> Dust extraction
Sanding creates a lot of dust, which is not only messy but can also be hazardous. Does the sander
come with a dust bag, and if so how big is the bag? Will you need a vacuum extractor?

> Ease-of-use
If you’re working on a budget then this is one feature you may have to sacrifice. However, if you’ve
got the money to splash out then comfort-enhancing features light low weight, well-positioned
switches, and ergonomic designs are well worth it.

Sander with HoseSander with Hose

In Summary:

That’s a lot of information to take in, so let’s go over it all one more time.

> A handheld belt sander is ideal for working with very large and/or uneven areas, when a fine
finish is not required.

> An orbital half-sheet sander is a cost-effective solution for creating a nice fine finish on
medium-sized surfaces.

> An electric random orbital sander provides rapid stock removal and a very fine finish, free
from swirl-marks. It can perform a range of jobs at different stages in the finishing process.

> A palm sander is ideal if you will only be performing small, light-duty jobs and want a
lightweight tool that is easy to handle.

> A fine detail sander is ideal for intricate jobs and sanding small, awkwardly-shaped areas.

> Multitool sanding is only appropriate if you are going to perform small sanding jobs, and
will make use of the rest of multi-tool’s functions.

Still got questions? Then just ask away in the comments and we’ll be happy to help.

Otherwise: buy your perfect sander right now so you can go out there and get sanding!

David Hawkins – Paslode Service & Repair – London

November 1st, 2014

The service was excellent. I’ve taken nail guns to my local repairers in South London who have held onto my tools for ages and made poor repairs, it seems crazy that I can send it to Scotland and have it back within a week in perfect working order.

David Hawkins

 

(View our Paslode Repair Service page here)

David Handley – Paslode Service & Repair – Salford

October 30th, 2014

The service I received from kelvin power tools was excellent the pickup and delivery was fast and service of the paslode nail gun 1st class at a good price.

David Handley

 

(View our Paslode Repair Service page here)

Introducing: Our New Nail Gun Repair Service

October 9th, 2014

Nail Gun Repair Service for DeWalt Hitachi and Makita

 

Do you need your Nail Gun Repaired?

Are you having trouble finding a fast, reliable and well-priced repair service for your nail gun?

That’s exactly what Kelvin Power Tools is here to offer!

 

Paslode Nail Gun Repair ServiceYou may or may not be aware of our dedicated Paslode nail gun service which we’ve been offering across the UK for years now. Well now we’ve expanded on this by offering a nail gun repair service for DeWalt, Makita and Hitachi nail guns too. It provides you with a simple and easy solution which will have your trusty nail gun working at its best and prolong its service life so you’re getting the most out of it.

How does it work?

UK-wide-repair-service

It is a UK wide collect and return service operated via courier. We can pick it up your nail gun and then deliver it back to you. This makes it as easy as possible for you to use, all you need to do is get in touch with us.

  • We arrange the collection of your nail gun via courier from any UK address you choose.
  • It’s then brought to our service centre in Glasgow where our certified fitters complete a full service on your nail gun.
  • It’s also cleaned and rigorously tested before being delivered back to you, good as new! And usually you will have it back within just two working days of when it gets to us.

Want to know more about our nail gun repair service?

There are more details about our nail gun repair service here.

You can also see all the great feedback our Paslode nail gun service gets from our customers here. We’re proud to offer you a service that is fast, effective and well-priced.

Book Now

We’re taking bookings now so if you have any DeWalt, Hitachi or Makita nail guns you want serviced, call us on 07818 214 483 or email us with details of how to contact you at workshop@kelvinpowertools.com.

Paul Rigby – Paslode Service & Repair – Preston

September 26th, 2014

Ive still not used the 1st fix framing gun as its my spare, and only just used 2nd fixer this week and it seems spot on. The pick up and re-delivering service is 2nd to none. Thanks very much, for speedy turn round.

Paul Rigby
Preston

 

 

(View our Paslode Repair Service page here)

Calling All Festool Fans: Check out the NEW Festool multi-tool, eccentric sander, and Syslite LED!

September 9th, 2014

It’s been a while since the last new development from Festool, which was the unique Conturo edge bander. Now Festool are back again with two brand new tools, and one upgraded version of a tool that should be pretty familiar to all fans of Festool cordless.

So what are the basic Details of these new Festool tools?

  • The ETS EC 150 eccentric sander. This is a brushless random orbit sander that is available with 2 different orbit sizes. The choice of 3mm and 5mm orbit allows you to choose the sander that best suits your most common applications.
  • The KAL II Syslite work light. This task light uses 12 LED lights with two settings: intense and dimmed. It also features a larger battery, for longer runtime.
  • The Vecturo OS 400 multifunction tool. This multi-tool has been developed to give you the most accurate results possible, and comes with a variety of accessories to help you achieve ultimate precision.

New Festool Products September 2014

Sounds interesting! Tell Me More…

Okay, if you insist! Now that you know the basics, let’s get on with the real detail.

The Festool ETS EC 150: Compact, yet Powerful and Durable

The ETS-EC 150 is a brushless random orbital sander that is available with two orbit sizes: 3mm and 5mm. The 3mm leaves a very fine finish, and the 5mm orbit provides you with both high surface quality and high levels of stock removal.

The EC-TEC brushless motor has already been used in other Festool tools like the BHC 18 SDS-Plus rotary hammer, but is still relatively new to the market. There are several key points to make about this motor:

  • The parts of a brushed motor that wear down quickest are the brushes. Inside the Festool ETS EC 150
    When you remove the brushes, you remove the primary cause of wear. This makes the motor much more durable, and extends its service life.
  • The EC-TEC motor provides you with higher power output for comparatively lower energy consumption than a brushed motor. In other words: it’s much more efficient.
  • If the tool reaches a critical state, it limits the energy flow even further to protect the electronics. I think it’s obvious why a more durable tool is something everyone would like!
  • Intelligent Drive Control uses sensors to ensure the efficient, true running of the motor, as well as accurate speed adjustments. Basically, this system ensures a higher standard of motor.

Other great features of the ETC EC 150 random orbit sander include:

  • Sanding pad break with carbide tip: prevents the pad from rotating too quickly before being applied to the surface. This protects you from kickback when you apply the tool to the material, and also prevents the initial contact from producing grooves in the material.
  • Extraction detection system: the machine can only be started up when a dust extractor hose is connected. This is an optional setting which can help ensure that you work cleanly and safely.
  • Vibration control system: actively regulates the motor speed and automatically reduces the operating life when vibrations are too high. This means smoother and safer operation that is easier on both you and your tool.

ETS EC 150 Covered HoseThis eccentric sander is available in a Systainer case or a simple cardboard box, and comes packaged with an anti-static dust extraction hose that includes a handy cover.

The hose cover is smooth and robust to protect surfaces and edges from damage, as well as to ensure that the hose doesn’t catch. It features an integrated Plug-It cable to allow quick and easy attachment to the tool, and a rotating adaptor and connector. We definitely recommend it!

The Festool KAL II Syslite: More Flexibility, Longer Runtime

This new Syslite shares many features with the original KAL version. It has the same wide scattering angle of 170°, the same shatterproof house, and the same dimensions of 50 x 100 x 150 mm. It still features a 7.2v internal battery, and is still compatible with external 12v to 18v Festool Lithium-ion batteries.

One of the differences is the lighting itself. Instead of six 3w LEDs the new KAL II has twelve 1.5w LEDs, and has two brightness settings: intense and dimmed.

Another difference is the battery capacity. The original KAL featured a 2.2Ah battery, which provided you with up to 240 minutes of operating time. The KAL II features a 2.9Ah battery, which provides you with up to 290 minutes of operating time.

The final new feature is the MA KAL spherical head, which is package with the KAL II. It features a permanently integrated magnet that you can use to mount the Syslite on magnetic surfaces. It also features additional openings for screw clamps, which allow you to attach the KAL II to non-magnetic surfaces too.

Syslite KAL II

The rubber foot ensures that no scuff-marks are left on delicate or coated surfaces, and the rotatable head means that you can shine the light wherever it’s needed.

Overall, this is a very flexible and versatile light that will be of real use to hardworking tradespeople in the dark winter months that seem to come along all too quickly!

The Festool Vecturo: Powerful and Accurate

There are two main features that set this multi-tool apart from the competition.

The first is the 400 watt motor that features electronic speed control, which provides you with fast and controlled work progress. Most multi-cutters from other manufacturers have motors around the 300 watt mark, which means that this Festool model is an excellent choice if you’re after maximum power.

The second feature is really the main difference between this tool and its competitors. The larger of the two available kits includes a range of blades, as you would expect, but also includes:

  • A depth stop. This attachment allows you to quickly and easily make plunge cuts with a precise depth. It is very easy to adjust, and does not require the use of tools.
  • A unique positioning aid. This attachment helps to ensure you saw precisely along the scribe line, which makes it ideal for making scuff-free cut-outs in delicate materials. It is fitted quickly and easily without the use of tools, thanks to the FastFix connection. Both the positioning aid and the blade can be tilted 90° either way in 30° increments, which makes this bit of kit very flexible and easy to use.
Vecturo and Positioning Aid

The positioning aid in action

The Vecturo oscillating tool also has all of the other features that you would expect in a multi-cutter. The tool-free blade changes are performed using a simple lever, similar to Fein “Quick” models. The body is slim and ergonomically designed to fit comfortably and securely in the palm of your hand. The rubber coating helps to dampen vibrations, which is important for anyone who will be using this tool frequently or for long periods.

In terms of accessories, Festool have all of the usual suspects like plunge blades for wood, plastics and metal, segment blades, circular saw blades, and scrapers. They also have a specialist blade that has been designed for tasks such as cutting putty from insulating window panes. We expect to see more blades like this in future that we know will be very useful to Festool customers.

Finally, the Vecturo oscillator kit is packaged in a Systainer. This provides you with full compatibility with the rest of your Festool system, which is definitely important when carting your kit around and between sites!

So how can I get my hands on these great new products?

Visit our shop, either online or in Glasgow!

We have the Vecturo OS400 Plus and the OS400 Set, as well as the KAL II Syslite indivually packaged and packaged with the magnetic head available.

We believe that the ETS EC 150 is best when purchased with the covered hose, and so we have the following options available:

Of course if you require any of the other versions then please do not hesitate to contact us. We’re always open to suggestions!

Are you impressed by the new Festool Vecturo? Or the ETS EC150 Sander? Feel free to comment, we would love to know what your thoughts are on these new products.