Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Draper Tools 165mm Plunge Saw: Keeping on track

Draper Tools 165mm Plunge Saw: Keeping on track

TRACK saws have seen a quiet revolution. Initially, users had to contend with high prices for saw and track, but clearly the advantages outweighed the cost and they were widely adopted, writes PETER BRETT.
I, for one, cannot do without both my corded and cordless tracksaws, and they are regularly used – both onsite and in the workshop.
But, as often happens, when a market is established, other manufacturers look to take advantage of it and launch their own models. To the advantage of the consumers, these models are often very competitively priced and sophisticated enough not to disappoint.
Boxing clever
Draper must surely be in with a shout for the 2019 Ingenious Packaging Award that I have just invented. It would seem easy and obvious to package the guide tracks and saw separately, but Draper has designed a clever packaging that includes both saw and track in one to reinforce the idea that, unlike other saws, it is an inclusive package at a very competitive price.
Two 700mm long tracks are supplied in the package, along with a joiner bar kept in the gap under the guide slot. It takes but a few minutes to join the rails with the hex key supplied. At 700mm, the rails are just about long enough to skim a millimetre or two off the top or bottom of a door, but an investment in some rail clamps and maybe a longer rail would be advantageous. It is also handy that the rails have a similar profile to several other manufacturers, so borrowing could happen!
Draper has not skimped on the all-important rubber strips under the rail that provide enough friction to keep the rail in place on the workpiece (along with clamps – for safety reasons). These strips are about 20mm wide and quite robust, so should last a while. A sacrificial strip along the blade edge is slightly overwidth. The user will need to run the saw down this strip to give an accurate indication of where to place the blade when lining up on a real workpiece.
Features
We have always associated Draper tools with competitive prices and sound quality and this saw really does deliver in this respect. For a retail price of around £120, this plunge saw is not lacking in the features seen on many, more expensive brands.
The build quality is good and all the controls work smoothly. For example, the base is a neat alloy casting that is rigid and strong. The bevel adjustment scales are clearly marked and made in solid black plastic/nylon material that inspires confidence of long-lasting performance.
Two nylon adjusters on the base allow users to take up any free play in the rail so that the saw can move down the cut without any sideways movement that might cause inaccuracy.
On the front of the base for freehand use, there are two marks showing the blade path for 90 and 45 degree cuts. 
The Draper Blue plastic body is also strongly made with enough grippy rubber on front and back handles for comfort and safety. By having hands firmly on these handles when using the saw, it ensures that they are well out of the way of the whirling blade. A key feature is the plunge scale. This has two markers on it – one to indicate depth when used with a rail and one for without a rail. The accuracy of these is very important because users need to be able to set depth of cut exactly when plunging into floors, for example.
Another key feature is the design of the blade guard that allows the use of the saw right up against walls. The blade is then only about 15mm away from the wall and is therefore about as flush a cut as can be achieved with this type of saw.
Safety is also built-in with the trigger start. The user needs to push up the black switch on the back of the main handle before the trigger can be pulled to start the motor. This switch also frees the plunge action ready to plunge into the workpiece. It is noticeable that the plunge mechanism spring is well calibrated. It has enough strength to lift the blade quickly, but is not so strong that plunge cuts cannot be achieved smoothly.
An electronic brake stops the motor within a few seconds when the trigger is released. For blade changing, a ribbed lever on the main handle is raised and the saw can be plunged to the point where it locks, revealing the blade clamping screw (hex key located in the front handle). A spindle lock next to the main handle is then engaged so that the blade can be unscrewed and replaced.
The all-important performance test
In any tool category there will be some users who demand a lot and some who only need enough accuracy/power etc to do the job. Happily, I can report that the Draper saw outperformed my expectations because it was easy to use and set up. I used it on timber, plywood, MDF and chipboard – the usual run of materials that it would face in a working day - and the GP blade coped well.
The controls feel smooth, instinctive and in the right place for safety and easy handling. As I have learnt the hard way, the output from a plunge saw is only as good as the input. Making accurate measurements in the first place and taking care to line up the cut lines will ensure a spot-on result - as will ensuring that the rails are not twisted (don’t drop them!) and firmly clamped in place in use.
The 1200w motor has enough power to cut solid timber worktops, but keep an eye on the TCT blade, because another thing I have learnt is that they work hard and need replacing more often than you think for consistently good results.
So, this Draper plunge saw delivers on both performance and price; you can’t argue with that formula.

Monday, April 8, 2019

DRAPER TOOLS CELEBRATES 100 YEARS WITH NEW CENTENARY EDITION CATALOGUE

DRAPER TOOLS CELEBRATES 100 YEARS WITH NEW CENTENARY EDITION CATALOGUE


Anniversary Edition Tool Catalogue Out Now!
It’s an historic moment here at Draper Tools as we celebrate the launch of our new centenary edition catalogue, available now. In addition to commemorate 100 years of business, the new catalogue also highlights our commitment to growth and broadening our range, with 928 pages of tools and equipment. Plus, with a new section structure and order, it’s easier than ever before to find the products you need inside.

BIGGER AND BETTER FOR 2019

The centenary edition catalogue is our biggest one yet and includes over 900 new products for 2019. The catalogue is packed with innovation, marking Draper Tools’ dedication to constantly reviewing and expanding its range, in order to bring customers the latest products and features.

IMPRESSIVE NEW PRODUCTS

New highlights to look out for include the impressive D20 power tools range and a completely new collection of storage chests and cabinets. The new catalogue also sees us investing heavily in our ever-growing automotive range for the professional workshop, with new equipment such as a digital wheel aligner, a hydraulic scissor jack and a series of pneumatic jacks too.

A CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO QUALITY

While our offering may have evolved and expanded over its 100-year history, our dedication to quality and customer service has remained a constant. Commenting on the launch of the centenary edition catalogue, Chairman of Draper Tools, John Draper, said: “We are proud to have reached this important milestone in our company history and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped us get here. Although we have grown a lot over the last century, we still like to think of ourselves as a no-nonsense, customer-focused tool supplier. Quality and reliability are still very much at the heart of the business and this will continue as we progress and grow into 2019 and beyond.”

HISTORIC OCCASION

Originally established in 1919 by Bert Draper, Draper Tools has remained family owned and run today by the fourth generation of the Draper family. To mark the momentous occasion, the centenary edition catalogue opens with a personal welcome note and message of thanks from the Draper family. The family have always had a strong involvement in the creation of the catalogue, stretching all the way back to 1953, when Joan Draper produced, almost single-handedly, the company’s first type-written catalogue. Joan Draper, wife of former chairman Norman, passed away in 1999 but the staff at Draper Tools feel the new centenary catalogue is a fitting tribute to her legacy, and something she would have been very proud to see.

YEAR-LONG CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS

Right now, a year-long celebration of the company’s 100-year anniversary in 2019 is in progress, with exclusive promotions, competitions, charity fundraising and a staff party all in the pipeline. Each month there will be special edition centenary products launched at great prices. Keep an eye out for these fantastic deals on top products including socket sets, spanner sets and more.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Land Rover Monthly recently conducted tests..

Land Rover Monthly recently conducted tests..

                          Carbon Steel Mini plier set                                        

Land Rover Monthly recently conducted tests across a range of pliers and awarded our Carbon Steel Mini Plier Set (5 Piece)  the coveted PRO CHOICE product test award.
Draper Carbon Steel Mini Plier Set (5 Piece)
Stock Number: 33057
THEY SAY…“Draper’s mighty midgets top our pliers test podium. But as the shortest tool is still 125mm, and the longest 150mm, they’re more compacts than true minis. Well-shaped handles and great grips mean they fit better in the hand than many larger tools, and smooth-sprung jaws aid ease of use. The cranked long-nose and end-cut pliers are handy additions to the combi, long-nose and side cuts found in most kits.”
VERDICT..“The Draper 33057 set wins with its blend of versatility, quality and ease of use.”
Land Rover Monthly, March 2019.
For your ease, you can grab yourself a copy of our catalogues right here (below)
 

  Christensen
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If there is anything else we can assist you with please just ask us.

Best regards, 

John Christensen 
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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Welcome back its 2019, where is my screwdriver?

Welcome back its 2019, where is my screwdriver?  

                                                                   Pile of tools
Welcome back, it's 2019. Wow, 2018 flew past!  Here’s to a fantastic 2019. We will take the guesswork out in sorting out which tool is the one you need!

We are all back at work and firing on all cylinders ready to assist you with your tooling requirements, please drop us a line or give us a call on how we can be of service.
For your ease, you can grab yourself a copy of our catalogues right here (below)   

  Christensen CatalogueDraperTools CatalogueCK CatalogueESD Static Catalogue
  
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Best regards, 

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Black FRIDAY specials

 
 

Christensen Tools (PTY) Ltd

CHRISTENSEN TOOLS

Specialist Tools, Screwdrivers, Pliers, cutters, Soldering, Test Equipment, ESD.

         Black FRIDAY specials

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Draper Tools - Strength in Quality.

  


                                                                   Draper Tools

 
Draper Tools


 (Draper Tools), with approximately 18500+ items, it is so easy to find the right tool for your requirements, some of their range includes:
ACCESS & HANDLING EQUIPMENT
ADHESIVES, SEALANTS & TAPES
AIR COMPRESSORS, AIR TOOLS & ACCESSORIES
BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION
CLEANING EQUIPMENT
ELECTRICAL ACCESSORIES
ENGINEERING & PRECISION TOOLS
GARDENING & LANDSCAPING EQUIPMENT
HAND TOOLS
HOME & LEISURE
LEVELS & MEASURING
LIGHTING & TORCHES
MECHANICS, AUTOMOTIVE & WORKSHOP EQUIPMENT
PAINTING AND DECORATING
PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT (PPE)
PLUMBING
POWER TOOL ACCESSORIES
POWER TOOLS
SECURITY & HARDWARE
SOCKETRY
SPANNERS
STORAGE
TOOLKITS
TOOLS FOR THE TRADE 
(We have had 7000+ downloads of our Draper 2018 Catalogue PDF catalogue already)
The 2018 catalogue is free to download. Please be aware the PDF is 280mb in size)  

SPANNERS
There is an extensive range of spanners available from Draper Tools including metric and imperial spanners as well as assorted spanner sets. You’ll find everything from combination spanners to ratchet spanners, box spanners, open-ended spanners and more in this section. So whether you’re a plumber with pipes to unscrew or a home DIY user with nuts and bolts to tighten, you’re sure to find the right spanner for the job here.
SOCKETRY
As every professional mechanic and DIY user will testify, reliable, high quality sockets and accessories are essential for a whole host of automotive tasks, and at Draper Tools we’ve developed a highly engineered range specifically designed for professional use. Included within these ranges are sockets, socket sets and accessories with three distinctive finishes Satin, Micro Satin, and Fully Polished. All our sockets have a knurled band providing extra handgrip. Our socket sets also have the same high-quality finishes and come in 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”, 3/4”, and 1” sizes.
HAND TOOLS
Draper Tools prides itself on the range, quality and value of its hand tools. You’ll find tools suitable for professional trades and household DIY usage within this selection of tools. From hammers to screwdrivers, knives, saws, wrenches, multi-tools and so much more, we’ve even got the essential hand tools for specialist projects. Whether you’re painting and decorating, tackling the DIY, finishing a professional woodworking project or working on a construction site, you will find the right handtool, for all jobs, right here.

Their full 2018 catalogue is free to download. Please be aware the PDF is 280mb in size)  Draper 2018 Catalogue


  
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Static Electricity and ESD Matting



ESD Table Mat
 



Considering just the physical activity of moving your arms and legs can build up relatively large electrostatic discharges (ESD) that we may never notice, there’s very little activity that isn’t dangerous to electronic components – even their assembly. But there are steps you can take and tools that have been developed to protect your sensitive electronics. One simple, popular tool is an antistatic or ESD mat.
How Does an ESD Mat Work?
An ESD mat is a very important part of an ESD protected area.  ESD mats are designed to eliminate static on its surface and of objects placed upon it.   It does this by having a conductive material embedded within the mat that collects the static and sends it to ground (earth). 
The simplest form of an ESD mat is simply that – a tabletop mat, about the size of a place mat, that you use on a desk, table or any flat surface. For larger workspaces, or dedicated ESD workstations, you can invest in rolls of ESD matting or custom-sized mats.  Just make sure, regardless of the size or quantity used, that all of the mats are grounded.
 They typically connect with a personal grounding wrist strap – adding additional protection by drawing any ESD charge away from the person working on the device.
ESD mats also use a common ground to draw the electrostatic discharge away from offending areas. Without that ground, the mat could, in theory, protect the item being worked on at first, but would then transfer the ESD to the very next thing it comes into contact with – the next item, the person holding it (and then to the item), or even right back onto the item it was originally meant to protect.
For larger workspaces, or dedicated ESD workstations, you can invest in rolls of ESD matting or custom-sized mats.  Just make sure, regardless of the size or quantity used, that all of the mats are grounded.
Based upon your application, ESD mats should be in the dissipative or conductive range. Something insulative is not considered ESD safe.

For a full ESD catalogue please click here

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 You can access the three catalogues below by clicking on them to download. Please be aware they are large PDF's (in size 20-300mb in size)






 Christensen
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Best regards, 

John Christensen