This Makita 10.8/12v cordless air pump is super and
can pump up your car or bike tyres in seconds. It's gauge is very
accurate and the battery can be used in other superb Makita powertools
It is so easy to use as you set the pressure you
want by pressing the + or - buttons.
Then press go and it will pump your tyre to the
set pressure and automatically stop.
Over the last 20 years of running Fredshed I have
tested many new hammers but none were better than my trusty Estwing.
The classic blue handle design is durable and proven over decades
of use, it is hard to imagine how it could be improved.
Fiskars from Finland have done this by using a range of materials to
absorb some of the impact away from the users wrist.
The mixture of composites and metals really works and
after some persuasion my builder friends used my Fiskars IsoCore claw
hammer and grew to love it.
There are a range of hammer types and weights in the
Isocore range and although they are more expensive than Estwing if you
wish to reduce the wear and tear on your hands and arms the extra cost
will be minimal compared to a longer more pain free career.
BOSCH MULTI-TOOL TO CHALLENGE THE FEIN MULTI-MASTER
Oscillating Blade Power Tools
The Fein multimaster is the German made industrial tool that can saw, grind, sand and polish.
The tool and its blades are very expensive.
Fein invented this type of tool but now the patent has expired all
the big powertool brands make their own versions.
The last Fein model I owned had a spring loaded quick release for changing
blades without using a tool. It is very good until you get your
finger trapped in it. The new Bosch CES models have a much better
"auto-clic" blade changing mechanism.
Bosch bring out lower cost version of the award winning Fein Multimaster
The new Bosch PMF250 CES and the more powerful 350CES have a superb new auto-clic mechanism.
This enables blades to be changed in an instant with no tools required and no crushed fingers!
BOSCH PMF MAINS POWERED MULTI-TOOLS
PMF Cordless Multi-Tool
The Bosch All rounder 3-in 1 multifunction powertool
(shown with a plunge cut saw
The powered plunge cut saw is extremely useful for
small fiddly jobs.
I have a friend who is a
locksmith and uses this tool to cut new lock catches in. The tool paid for itself in around 5 jobs!
I have extensively used the old Bosch PM190E "All Rounder" and can
report that it does the job well, but with a bit more noise and
vibration than the Fein. The PMF190E has been replaced with the
PMF220CE that has more power.
The tool comes with 2 saw
blades and a sander attachment with 6 pads. It has a 19mm dust extraction hole.
I have owned and thrown away many pairs of wire
strippers over the last 20 years and have been on a mission to find
the best and most reliable tool.
Automatic wire strippers often start off working
well and then just when you are doing an important job they fail and
mangle or cut the wire. Many times I have had to fall back on using my
simple pliers based strippers to get a job done.
Currently I am trying a new set of automatic
wire strippers, crimpers and cutters from my old friends at Draper
Tools. I will be giving this tool a lot of use on many types of wire
and reporting back. So far so good and I am very impressed with the
accuracy of the stripping.
As you can see from the image to the right, I was
able to take off the thick outer protective plastic insulation and
then strip off the very thin coloured insulation from 4 audio and
video cables. This very delicate work was achieved in seconds and
with great accuracy.
From fine to thick the plastic is magically removed!
it cuts ends too.
This is one of my "must have " tools
that has saved me so much time.
The Worx 20v
Powershare range of
cordless powertools has been joined by the first cordless pressure
washer. The Worx Hydroshot uses a standard hose connector and hose to
access water from a bucket or any water source you have. Whilst the power
does not match a mains pressure washer it is good enough to blast muck
from objects like windows, bikes, boots and cars.
One of my testers
suggested it would be good for muddy dogs feet as washing them down
after a walk is one of the best ways to avoid the deadly Alabama Rot
disease that is spreading throughout the UK. I will try the hydroshot
soon on some doggy friends and let you know how they like it - or not -
The Hydroshot really
shows its worth if you need cleaning power in an area with no mains
water or electric supply. You can even take it in your car with a
container of water and use it at events like motocross, fieldsports and
all sorts of country pursuits or just use it in distant parts of your
The Worx 20v Li-ion battery is the
same one I use in my cordless mower which doubles up to make 40v and a
Other tools in the Worx
range include top quality drills and impact drivers with the latest