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…

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.

 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.

The Bosch Wireless Charging System should be a great addition to many cordless power tool kits!

Keir – Paslode Service & Repair – London

July 24th, 2014

Blown away by the speed and convenience of service.  Paslode works like new and would no hesitation in recommending.

 

 

(View our Paslode Repair Service page here)

Terminator: Rise of the Intelligent Measuring Tools

July 14th, 2014

Almost every trade tasks requires some sort of measuring. From very small hole diameters to large room dimensions, these measurements have to be accurate as possible for you to get the best results on the job.

The trouble is that normal construction measuring tools often leaves a lot to be desired. This is especially true when exact measurements are absolutely critical, or very large areas need to be measured. In addition to this, setting up and actually using your normal measuring tools can be very time consuming.

Large distances can be measured using a measuring wheel, and a spirit level can ensure a relatively even surface. However, these tools come nowhere near intelligent measuring tools for accuracy and easy use.

Wait, tools are gaining intelligence? Should I be concerned for my safety?

Don’t worry – Skynet isn’t coming for you just yet. These digital measuring tools may be smart, but they’re not Terminator smart. You’re safe. For now, anyway…

Bosch GCL 25 Combi Laser

The Bosch GCL 25 Combi Laser bides its time until the revolt. Watching, waiting…

Intelligent Measuring Tools (IMTs) are essentially just high-tech versions of the conventional measuring tools that have always been used on jobsites forever. They have been designed to improve your performance on site by helping you to achieve more accurate results in less time.

There are a huge variety of different tool types and models available. Every one of them fulfils different purposes and has different levels of automation, accuracy, flexibility and durability. There are angle finders, inclinometers, point lasers, line lasers, rotation lasers, detectors, laser range finders, as well as specialist machines designed with very specific applications in mind.

Confused? Still concerned about a robotic rebellion? Never fear, we’re here to help you understand your enemy.

So quickly check outside for rogue Terminators, sit down with a cup of tea in one hand and some sort of weapon in the other, and read on to arm yourself with knowledge for the coming cybernetic revolt.

So what are the different types of Intelligent Measuring Tool, and how can I defend myself against them if they revolt?

Lasers can cause damage to your eyes, so it is important to be careful with them at the best of times. Once the tools begin to think for themselves you should definitely be concerned!

However, combatting this attack is simple: just put a sticker over the laser window in order to blind it. Be warned that this will make the tool angry, and it will probably bleep at you a lot.

At time of writing there is no other established defence system against intelligent measuring tools. It is therefore probably best that you keep them locked away in some sort of underground chamber if you are concerned about them one day turning on their master.

Intelligent Measuring Tools

Artist’s visualisation of a secret IMT bunker

Okay, so we may not be very good at helping you defend yourself against your enemy, but we can certainly help you to understand them. We can also help you to make the best possible use of them now, while they’re still safe to have in your kit!

Laser Levels

These lasers will provide you with perfectly straight and level lines and markings. Provided they don’t begin the downfall of humanity by tilting themselves a few degrees to one side and ruining all of our construction efforts, of course.

There are several types of laser level, each one with different intended purposes, advantages, and disadvantages.

Point lasers can display up to 5 points in a number of directions, depending on the individual model. Some feature a crosshair laser point that makes it easier to see from further away.

Line lasers project two or more lines that often cross (cross-line lasers). This will give you clear guiding lines for installing wall tiles, runners, etc. The more lines projected, the more tasks the tool can perform at the same time.

Rotation lasers project a circle around the laser. They tend to have a much larger range than other types of laser level. This makes a rotary laser ideal for outdoor use early on in the construction process.

The specialist tile line laser projects 2 laser lines down onto the floor at 90 degrees, and also a third line at 45 degrees. This helps you to perform quick and precise tile alignment.

Bosch GLL 3-50

Do those look like legs to you? We should keep an eye on this one in particular…

The new floor surface laser uses two lines to ensure an even floor surface. When projected onto a flat surface, the two lines meet to form a single line. If the single line splits, then there is either a bump or dip in that area.

These laser measurement tools are often self-levelling, meaning that they rapidly calibrate themselves in order to help you get to work quicker. There are many other useful features included on most models, such as audible warnings and IP54 dust/splash protection.

Many laser levels come with a huge range of optional accessories to make the levelling process even easier. These accessories include receivers for working in various lighting conditions, wall brackets and tripods for easy mounting, and remote controls for overall easier use. The GLL 3-50 (pictured right) even comes with a mini tripod, for a more stable base at a low level.

Laser Range finders

These devices use a laser to calculate the distance between themselves and another object. A tape measure can be used to find small distances, such as the width of a doorway, but when the distance becomes larger than an arm-span things start to get difficult.

Two people can each hold one end of the tape and take a large measurement that way. The problem with this is that you could spend quite some time trying to get a perfectly horizontal line for precise measurements. When the distance becomes longer than a tape measure, you’re stuck wandering up and down a job site with a measuring wheel.

All of this is a waste of valuable manpower that could be better spent building the 150mm-thick walls of your robot apocalypse bunker. Using a laser measuring tool is definitely worth the risk!

Laser rangefinders perform medium- to long-distance measuring tasks quickly and easily at the press of a button. They can also calculate area and volume, for added utility. Some models of laser distance measurer are capable of performing more complex tasks, such as calculating roof slope and building heights from every imaginable position.

Digital Inclinometers and Angle Finders

These two are slightly different, but when they’re not plotting the end of humanity they have the same basic function: finding an angle, and displaying it clearly on a screen.

Angle Finder and Inclinometer

An angle finder and inclinometer, still obeying their masters

Inclinometers are basically box levels, but they include a digital measuring function as well as the standard spirit levels. Not only can you take horizontal and vertical measurements, but you can also take incline measurements from 0 to 360 degrees. This means that not only is this electronic measuring device more accurate than a standard tool, it is also more flexible.

Digital angle finders are almost identical to their manual counterparts like the Trend Anglefix mitre guide. The difference is that the results are measured and displayed digitally rather than on a scale. They have two short arms that are attached at one end, which can be moved apart or together to make an angle. Generally you can form any angle between 0 and 220 degrees in order to measure it, with far greater accuracy than a manual angle finder.

These IMTs often include variety of useful features. Audible measurement signals help with quick and easy alignment at common angles, the memory function stores angles for future or repetitive use, and a durable construction allows the tool to withstand a few knocks.

Overall, digital angle finders and inclinometers display angles clearly and with a high level of accuracy. This means that you will never have to squint at a spirit level and cross your fingers again! Whether this advantage outweighs the possibility of being enslaved by your own tool is up to you.

Detectors

Detectors are robust, versatile tools that are essential for safe working on walls and all cavity materials.

Bosch Detector

Do you ever get the feeling that you’re being watched?

These digital scanners use radar to test walls and floors for the presence of certain materials. They then display their location clearly on a screen. Using these IMTs you can detect a range of materials including ferrous and non-ferrous metals, plastic pipes, wooden beams and electrical wiring, as well as empty cavities. You can then mark the location of these materials on the surface, enabling you and your co-workers to drill safely.

Wall scanners and detectors have different levels of accuracy and detail, so it is important to choose the right model. They are all robust enough to withstand tough conditions such as those on a jobsite, or during a war between humans and machines.

Defending yourself against hand-held detectors is simple, as most have a maximum range of 150mm. Simply make sure that any hiding places/secret bunkers/robot apocalypse shelters have walls, floors and ceilings at least 150mm thick! You should perhaps go for 200mm thick, just to be on the safe side.

If you are truly concerned about the threat of detectors, then you should probably begin development of a hand-held “detector detector” that can detect detectors (say that 10 times fast!) through 250mm of material…

Okay, I think I’ve got it. What should I do now?

Go out there, buy these tools, and make use of them whilst it’s still safe! Intelligent measuring tools will greatly improve the accuracy of your work and help you to perform tasks in a fraction of the time it would normally take. This means that they are definitely worth the initial expense.

Overall, the benefits of IMTs make them a must-have for anyone who values accuracy, time-savings and overall cost-savings on site.

Just make sure to keep an eye out for any signs of life. And if one day you wake up to find that your IMTs have escaped from your toolbag: grab all of your old measuring tools from where you abandoned them in the basement, and run for your life.

New Demo Days: August – December 2014

July 9th, 2014

New Demo Days

The Demo Days held in the first half of this year were a great success. We had all of the best manufacturers in store offering advice and demonstrating the tools, and they gave us some cracking deals that we know you all loved taking advantage of.

Trouble was, there were so many of them that you struggled to get to them all!

That’s why in the second half of this year we have decided to condense all of our Demo Day action into just five days – one per month – and make every one of those days as jam-packed with events and deals as possible.

Festool Demo DayDemo Day Diary 2014

  • 07/08/2014 - Panasonic and CT1
  • 04/09/2014 – Metabo, Festool, Buckler Boots and Clow
  • 02/10/2014 – Bosch, DeWalt, Senco and Everbuild
  • 06/11/2014 – Makita, Panasonic and Metabo
  • 04/12/2014 – Bosch, Festool, Senco and CT1

Every day runs from 10:30am until 6:00pm, giving you loads of time to get down to our showroom and get involved.

Paslode Training Days

Training in the safe use and maintenance of Paslode nail guns is incredibly important for all professionals who use them. Not only is the potential for injury high with these powerful machines, but the training will also help you to take care of your gun and prolong its lifetime.

All training is provided by a qualified member of ITW staff, at absolutely no cost to you. Attendance will provide you with your Paslode Ticket – a necessity for working safely on site.

These events will run on the same days as some of our Demo Days, but they are separate events that need to be booked in advance. The training days will be held on Thursday 7th August and Thursday 6th November, at the following times:

  • Session 1: 10.30am - 12.00pm
  • Session 2: 12.30pm - 2.00pm
  • Session 3: 2.30pm - 4.00pm
  • Session 4: 4.30pm - 6.00pm

Make sure to put the dates on your calendar and visit our showroom once a month. Sign up for our newsletter using the box at the bottom right of our homepage, and keep an eye on your inbox for full details as we announce them.

We’re planning even bigger and better deals this time around, so you really won’t want to miss out!

Reliable Paslode Service & Repairs at Kelvin Power Tools

July 1st, 2014

Kelvin Power Tools started as a power tool repair shop in Glasgow, in 1977. Since then we have become an Approved Service and Repair Centre for some of the tops brands in the industry. As well as an official power tool supplier.

One of these brands is Paslode. They are the leading brand in cordless and pneumatic nailing, producing gas nail guns since 1986.

Like any power tool though, Paslode nail guns need a regular service and sometimes repaired. That’s why the manufacturer approves certain repair shops to service their products to their standards. So you know you are getting the right attention and care for your Paslode nailer.

 

Paslode Nail Gun IM360Ci Service

Never used our Paslode service before?

We are one of the top Paslode repair centres in the UK and we are very proud of the service we deliver to our customers. We have excellent feedback and have dozens of testimonials from people all over the country, praising our high quality repairs and quick service!

Mike Kaye from Chester described it as a “Fast, reliable, trusty service.”

Anne Maurer from Folkstone in Kent said “The service was absolutely excellent!”

“Amazing service for an amazing price. Will definitely use you again!” Alex Esapov, London

 

How would I get my Paslode machine to you for repairs?

When you use our service we arrange a time to collect your Paslode tool from your chosen address, anywhere in the UK. Then we bring it to our repair shop in Glasgow via courier. After the repair we deliver it straight back to you, good as new!

Trevor Cousins in Sudbury was “Delighted with the prompt and trouble free service.”

 

How Quick is the Paslode service?

A nail gun is such an important tool to have that it can be a major problem being without one. We know the longer you are without your tools the longer you are out of commission. We always aim to have your Paslode tool back to you in 2 working days of receipt. So our Paslode service is often quicker than using somewhere locally. As Stewart from Colwyn Bay says:

“My Paslode has been in for repairs locally and taken twice as long as your service.”

“Quick pick up, quick repair and fast delivery back.” Gary Poyntz, Enfield, Middlesex

“A tradesman cannot work without his tools, and the speed of your repair was amazing!” Dylan, Denbigh, Wales

 

How will I find out about the repair’s progress?

We always keep you updated on the progress of your machine’s repair via call or text. We’ll let you know what repairs are required, the cost, and let you know when it’s on its way back.

“The service was second to none, the communication was fantastic keeping me informed every step of the way!” Ian Taylor, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

“Linda’s commitment to keeping her customers updated is brilliant.” Mike Kaye, Chester

Paslode Nail Gun IM350+ ServiceWe are going to continue to provide a Paslode service you can rely on. Kelvin Power Tools can get your Paslode nail gun back in business quicker than you might expect. We make it easy for you by arranging the collection of your machine and returning it to any address you want. All at a great value price that we hope will make us your preferred choice for power tool repairs.

 

Want to use our Paslode service?

If you want to use the service or just find out more, click on this link to our Paslode repair page. On there you will find more details and a repair request form which is quick and easy to complete.