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.

Phil Hunt – Paslode Service & Repair – Birmingham

September 8th, 2014

Paslode nail gun just arrived thanks again brilliant service.

Thanks Linda,

– Phil

 

 

(View our Paslode Repair Service page here)

 

Tony Vodden – Paslode Service & Repair – Hayes, Middlesex

September 2nd, 2014

Linda is an excellent service manager. I am a very happy customer!

Thanks a lot,
Tony

 

 

(View our Paslode Repair Service page here)

Introducing the New Fein MultiMaster 350Q Multi Tool

September 1st, 2014

New Fein MultiMaster 350q Quick in action

More of what you want, less of what you don’t!

Up to 35% more power

Up to 70% less vibration

Up to 50% less operating noise

The New Fein MultiMaster 350Q has arrived and it’s very impressive. Its predecessor was a very popular multi tool and was widely viewed as one of the best on the market. Fans of that FMM 250 Q will know how effective and fast at completing small cutting and sanding tasks it was. Well now the new Fein MultiMaster 350Q has surpassed that high level of performance.

What’s so good about the Fein MultiMaster 350Q?

Boasting up to 35% more power, this multi cutter is even quicker at finishing the vast array of tasks it can do. It has reduced the vibration levels by up to 70% which makes it steadier, giving you better precision. Plus it’s quieter, and noticeably so. Fein say they’ve managed to half the sound pressure from the multi tool.

How has Fein managed to improve their MultiMaster?

The FMM 350 Q Multi Cutter has a 350W motor plus a higher copper content to maximize its output. This also helps keep it performing at its best when you really start to put it through its paces.

It has flexible damping elements which completely disconnect the outer body from the motor inside. This is what minimizes the vibration levels and strain on the outer shell even after long periods of use. It leaves the multi cutter with a vibration class of 0 for most applications, which is less than 2.5m/sec.

Inside the Fein MultiMaster 350Q The Tacho generator it has makes sure it can maintain its speed under load. Plus it has electronic speed control so you can adjust it to suit the type of job you’re doing. All its gearbox parts are made of metal which prolongs the service life of the oscillating tool. It has 2 x 1.7° amplitudes for high sanding capacity and cutting performance.

It works fast with its QuickIN tool change

The Fein patented, QuickIN clamping system is one of the best features on this multi tool. It lets you change the tool bit you’re using without needing a wrench. You flip the lever on the top, slide out the clamping bit and replace whatever tool bit you need. It’s just so convenient and let’s you get on with the work. It adds to its appeal for people who need an oscillating tool that can function very quickly.

A highly versatile multi tool

As you would expect the Fein MultiMaster 350Q is suitable for dozens of applications. Sanding, cutting, polishing on materials like wood, metal and plastic. It comes in a kit with a case and plenty of Fein accessories like sanding plate, sanding sheets, scraper and various saw blades. You can find out exactly what accessories come with the FMM 350Q along with a full specification of the product on our website. And if you decide this tool is too good to pass up, it is available to buy from us now too.

Fein MultiMaster 350Q multi cutter

Mark McNeill – Paslode Service & Repair – Midlothian

August 31st, 2014

Would really recommend Kelvin Power Tool services. Very easy service great pick up and drop off anywhere I want it collected and dropped off anywhere. My Paslodes haven’t worked as well since new 6years ago. They haven’t missed a beat since I got them back.

– Mark McNeill

 

 

(View our Paslode Repair Service page here)

Neil Worthington – Paslode Service & Repair – Deeside, Clwyd

August 28th, 2014

The service from Kelvin Power Tools was excellent from start to finish, easy to arrange collection, prompt repair and quick return – couldn’t ask for anything more.

Neil Worthington
Director

 

 

(View our Paslode Repair Service page here)

Why Every Tradesman Should Have a Tube of CT1 in His Kit

August 20th, 2014

CT1 Sealant and Adhesive

Sealants and adhesives are important parts of all sorts of trades, so it’s not surprising that many users demand the highest quality possible.

A tight seal and strong bond are always necessary, but there are many other elements that go into a high quality product. Ease and flexibility of use, compatible materials, curing time, and durability are all important for you to consider when choosing a product.

CT1 provides excellent results in every one of these areas, making it a must-have for a busy tradesman. What makes it so special, you ask? Read on to find out…

What are the key features of this C-Tec Sealant and Adhesive?

One of the basic features of CT1 is the wide range of materials that it will bond. These materials include:CT1 Sealant and Adhesive

  • Glass and mirrors
  • Wood
  • Polystyrene
  • Stone
  • Metal (including lead)
  • Tile
  • Marble and granite

This flexibility allows you to use this product in a huge range of applications, removing the need for many different tubes cluttering up your van. Installing granite worktops in a kitchen, putting up mirrors without the fuss of tile drilling, and sealing joints of all types are quick and easy to do with this product.

Not only does CT1 bond a wide range of materials, it also does so quickly and securely. It can be overpainted in a matter of minutes, and is easy to remove from both skin and surrounding surfaces. All of this allows you to perform pre-decorating jobs like sealing skirting boards and filling settlement cracks very rapidly. This means that you can get on with the main job as quickly as possible!

CT1 Flexibility

CT1 is highly flexible – it can even be tied in a knot

Another great advantage of this product is its amazing physical flexibility, as well as its solvent-free makeup that means it will never shrink or crack. You can use it to fill even large joints, and rest safe in the knowledge that it will hold a tight seal that looks great even if the substrates shift or alter. It even resists changing temperatures, making it ideal for tasks like fireplace installation.

Does CT1 have any unique features?

Now we get to the real selling point: CT1 provides a completely waterproof seal. Not water-resistant, but water-proof!

You can use it on wet surfaces, over leaks, and even underwater in both fresh and saltwater environments. It is mold, UV and engine-fuel resistant, as well as environmentally friendly. These features make CT1 an excellent marine sealant and adhesive.

CT1 is also an amazing solution for quickly solving a whole range of repair maintenance issues without costly and time-consuming clean-up. Leaking gutters, baths, swimming pools, fish tanks and ponds can all be sealed in the blink of an eye! This product is a real problem-solver.

CT1 Underwater Sealing

Underwater Sealant: A Handy Quick-Fix

CT1 Underwater Bonding

Underwater Adhesive: A Rapid, Strong Bond

What products are available in the range?

CT1 is available in a range of colours: black, blue white, grey, silver, beige, oak, brown, and clear.

Unlike many other brands, the clear stuff actually cures clear rather than cloudy. Once again, this helps ensure that CT1 is flexible enough to provide perfect results in a huge range of applications.

Also available is C-Tec’s Multi-Solve, a non-aggressive, multi-purpose solvent with a wide range of uses:

  • Remove sticker residue, chewing gum, and old silicone
  • Clean your tools of a range of substances, even bitumens
  • Apply before using sealants and adhesives to ensure a clean surface

This is a fast-acting, fast-drying product that is safe to use on virtually all materials, and it doesn’t leave an oily residue behind.

Where can I get more information on CT1 products and applications?

For more information on the possible applications of CT1, visit the “applications” section of C-Tec’s website. Here you’ll find a great range of articles that will guide you through the product benefits relevant to each particular task. There is also a very informative video available, so make sure you check it out.

Once you have decided to add this product to your kit – and we know you will – visit our website to view the range and buy today!

Introducing the Bosch Wireless Charging System

August 15th, 2014

Bosch have developed many innovations for cordless power tools in recent years, including Coolpack batteries, Electronic Rotation Control, and brushless motor technology.

When autumn 2014 rolls around, Bosch will have added another great innovation to the list: wireless charging for power tool batteries. Read on to find out more… Unless you don’t need to find out more and just want to get to the goodies? Well then here they are!

Wireless Charging In Action

What Is Wireless Charging?

Put simply: contactless charging technology allows you to recharge the battery without physically connecting it to a charger! You can simply rest the tool on the charger whenever you aren’t using it to give the battery a quick top-up.

One of the key developments that made this system possible is Lithium-ion battery technology. Unlike NiCd and NiMH batteries, Li-ion batteries can be charged at any point in their cycle without a problem. This means that there is no longer a need to let a battery run down before you charge it – you can top up the charge as often as you like!

You still need a special model of Li-ion battery for this system though, as well as a special charger. So make sure you buy the full kit!

How does Wireless Charging Work?

Wireless battery charging works in a similar way to induction heating, but instead of generating heat the current is used to charge the batteries. This technology is used by other devices such as electric toothbrushes and mobile phones, but the Bosch wireless charging system is much more powerful. In fact, it can reach the same charging times as a conventional power tool battery charger!

The transmitter (the charger) contains a coil that generates an alternating magnetic field. The receiver (the battery) also contains a coil, which is penetrated by the alternating magnetic field. This interaction induces a voltage and generates a current flow, which charges the battery.

Bosch Wireless Charging Illustration

Two silver discs (on the bottom of the battery and top of the charger) show the coils. The blue area shows the magnetic field. The red and white line shows the current flow through the battery.

 

Still confused? Well check out Bosch’s handy illustrative video below:

 What are the Benefits of Wireless Charging?

Improved Working EfficiencyThe ability to boost the charge of your batteries easily throughout the working day means that you spend less time swapping batteries and putting them on charge. You also will never have to worry about scheduling charging times again!

Cost-EffectivenessYou will only need to have one battery per frequently-used tool when using this system. At most you might want a second battery in order to have a back-up, but this still presents significant cost savings. This is especially true if you can share a back-up battery between team members. There is also no need for expensive industrial charging stations.

User-FriendlinessThis wireless charging system is very easy to use and integrate into your workflow. Whenever you stop using a tool, you simply put it down on the charging dock instead of the table! It couldn’t be easier. You can even buy a frame that can be mounted on workbenches, shelves or other work surfaces. The frame will serve as a flexible yet secure holder for the charger, battery and tool.

Improved Durability ­– The battery stays firmly connected to the machine for a much greater percentage of time, which has two main advantages. Firstly, the connection points between battery and charger/tool are much slower to weaken. Secondly, a better seal against dirt, water and other contaminates is maintained. Essentially, cordless charging lowers the risk of damage to your kit and increases its overall lifetime.

Intelligent Charging – The “wireless intelligence” feature of this system ensures perfect communication between battery and charger. It starts the charging process, and then adapts it to various conditions such as temperature and battery status as it charges. Despite all of this technology, the charger is still nice and compact.

Complete CompatibilityThe batteries in this system are 100% compatible with all Bosch Lithium-ion tools of the appropriate voltage, so there’s no need to invest in an entirely new range of tools.

Two-Year Service – This system is still covered by Bosch’s great two-year warranty!
Spare and wear parts are also replaced for free during this time.Wireless Charging Product Image

So What’s the Verdict?

Everything we’ve seen of this, we like. The fact that you can work exactly as you did before but charge the batteries at the same time should be a great advantage in many trades, and the increased durability will be appreciated by anyone who works in environments with a lot of dust and debris.

We’re still waiting on information about pricing, so it’s hard to say exactly how accessible this system will be and exactly where the balance between initial outlay and working improvements will lie. However, our bet is that this will be a great investment whatever the price.

We think that the Bosch Wireless Charging System should be a great addition to many cordless power tool kits, but what do you think? Let us know in the comments!

UPDATE: The first Bosch wireless charging product is now available for you to buy here. The batteries have a smaller capacity than the current non-wireless product range, but you shouldn’t need such high battery capacity if you’re able to constantly charge the batteries throughout the day! Got one already? We’d love to hear what you think of it in the comments!