Mirka DEROS – Effortlessly Efficient Sanding

Mirka DEROS – Effortlessly Efficient Sanding

Achieve high-quality precision finishing of all surfaces with the Mirka DEROS


Mirka DEROS Deal

Mirka is recognised for consistently producing innovative sanding systems that push the market standard for performance and safety. Introducing the DEROS 5650CV Random Orbital Sander.

The sanders ergonomic design and comfortable grip allows you to sand for longer periods without fatigue, whilst its symmetrical shape offers a solution for both left and right-handed use. The Deros’ small size makes it ideal for hard to reach applications, whist its low profile and weight (1kg) offers maximum ease of use.

Equipped with a high-efficiency brushless motor the DEROS offers a large amount of power (350W) for such a small-scale system. With a performance comparable to that of a 500W electrical sander, it maintains constant speed even when placed under a heavy load.

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The backing pads provided with the DEROS have a central air inlet, which improves airflow and helps to extract dust faster. Used in conjunction with the Mirka Iridium Discs, this system will provide high levels of dust extraction. Reducing the chance of dust inhalation, a common cause of lung damage.

Featuring an integrated vibration sensor and Bluetooth low energy technology, the sander can be connected to the myMirka App to measure and track the levels of vibrations produced when used. This is an important factor that shouldn’t be taken lightly, as increased levels of exposure to vibrations can result in permanent damage such as Vibration White Finger (VWF). A significant worry for those who undergo a large amount of finishing applications within their jobs. The DEROS 5650CV offers the lowest vibration values in its class with 3.4 m/s².

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We currently have a deal running throughout October on the Mirka Deros 5650CV System. For only £369.00 (Ex VAT) you will receive:

  • 1x Mirka DEROS 5650CV 5mm Orbit, random orbital sander – 240v
  • 1x box of 100 Iridium discs, 121 holes, P80
  • 1x box of 100 Iridium discs, 121 holes, P120
  • 1x box of 100 Iridium discs, 121 holes, P180
  • 125mm & 150mm base pads
  • Mirka carrycase


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Fire Doors – The Complete Breakdown of Components

Fire Doors – The Complete Breakdown of Components

Ensure complete protection from fire, with these key fire door components

Fire Door Safety Week is now upon us (23rd-29th September), and Toolfix are proud to be an official supporter of the campaign. FDSW is aimed at spreading knowledge on fire doors and their importance in saving lives.

When a fire breaks out, a correctly designed and fitted fire door will delay the spread of fire and smoke, creating safe refuge and a protected route for the emergency services to come to your aid.

There are a number of different components to a fire door, each of which play a vital role in how effective it is in preventing the spreading of fire and smoke. However, those components that are hidden within the door, such as seals and packers, tend to get overlooked.


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Hinges

A minimum of three fire rated hinges should be installed on each door to prevent it from warping in a fire. These must be properly secured to the door with all screws present, to ensure optimum performance. It is vital that hinges are CE marked & compatible with the door leaf’s certification.  It is also highly recommended to use hinges with Certifire Approval. This indicates that they have been rigorously tested, to meet specific requirements of performance, when placed under the pressure of fire.

Toolfix supply a wide range of fire tested hinges, all with correct identification and testing from the manufacturer.  Our popular Ball Bearing Hinges are fire tested to BS EN 1634-1:2000 suitable for 30-60 minute timber doorsets (meeting FD30/FD60 requirements).

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Packers

Packers are used for the easy and quick levelling of door frames, but can also play an important role in preventing fire from spreading through a fire door.

Designed to be used in conjunction with intumescent expanding foam, our Fire Rated Packers are inserted around the frame fixings to provide the foam with a uniform surface during expansion and help prevent the foam flowing out onto the floor under its own weight.

Packers are rated for fire safety using a time measurement in minutes. Those rated to FD30 offer protection for up to 30 minutes,  and those rated to FD60 offer up to 60 minutes of protection.

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Sealants/Expanding Foam

When closed, the gaps around a fire door should be no more than 4mm in width, as this prevents flames and smoke from spreading through and into the adjacent rooms. Products that can be used to seal the gaps between the door frame, include fire rated expanding foam and sealants.

Our Intumescent Expanding Foam is a one-component, B1-Grade, ready to use polyurethane foam with a fire rating of up to 240 minutes (tested according EN1366-4).

We also stock intumescent acrylic and silicone sealants, with a fire rating of up to 4-5 hours in certain joint configurations. Acrylic sealant can be painted over, allowing it to match the colour scheme of the environment, which silicone can’t.  However, it is water permeable meaning it is not suitable for applications in damp environments, where as silicone is water resistant.

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Glazing Tape

As with packers, intumescent glazing tape is rated using FD30/FD60 Regulations, as well as Certifire Approval.

Glazed fire doors are becoming increasingly popular, as they allow joiners to incorporate natural light, illumination and transparency into their work, whilst completely adhering to building regulations and ensuring safety against fire. Intumescent glazing strip can work in conjunction with the fire rated glass, to provide a complete solution against the spreading of the fire.

Designed for installing double glazed units, laminated glass and single glazing into timber doors, our Firestrip 30 glazing tape provides a 30-minute fire rated glazing strip. This is an economical option when compared to other fire-resistant strip materials, yet is certified with CF297 (Certifire Scheme) and BS476 EN 1634 (parts 1 and 4).

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Intumescent Door Strips

Intumescent Door Strips can come in a variety of forms, to protect against fire, or both fire and smoke. Those that protect against smoke as well as fire, will consist of a seal with connected brush pile or foam strip.

Our intumescent smoke and fire seals are made up from a graphite base within a PVC sleeve. Designed to fit into the rebate of the door, these products expand when in contact with heat to ensure fire and smoke isn’t able to move through the gaps.

The Astro Quad Seal strip is an Astroflame intumescent (graphite based) fire seal combined with a Schlegel Aquamac smoke, acoustic & thermal seal contained within a PVC sleeve. This allows it to provide a permanent barrier to Fire, smoke, acoustic, and thermal applications.

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Closers

It is important to always keep fire doors closed to prevent the spread of smoke and fire. Along with the rest of the door hardware, closers must be up to a fire rated standard.

Our Rutland Door Closers all meet the fire rated standard with the range being fire tested for 30, 60 and 120 minutes on timber doorsets. The vigorous fire testing of the closers means the hardware also conforms to the BS EN 1634-1:2008 standard.

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Grilles

Intumescent fire grilles are used to provide an answer to situations where ventilation is required in fire doors. In the situation of a fire, they swell when exposed to heat and provide a fire barrier to restrict the passage of hot gases. Intumescent grilles are rated using FD30/FD60 Approval Regulations.

Our Intumescent Fire Grille comes available in multiple sizes from 150x150mm up to 450x450mm, and provide fire protection for up to 30 minutes. Grilles are tested to BS 476: Part 22 1987 and EN 1634: Part 2.

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Locks

Typically, sashlocks and deadlocks are not designed to offer added protection against fire. However, we stock Intumescent Pad Sets that can be used in conjunction with both styles of lock, to provide added protection against fire for 30-60 minutes (FD30/FD60).

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Other Fire Door Recommendations

Hold Open Devices

The Dorgard DG2000 device enables you to legally and safely hold fire doors open, whilst allowing the door to close when the fire alarm sounds preventing the spread of fire and smoke.

Fire Door Signs

‘Fire Door Keep Shut’ signs are to be placed visibly on the door so people immediately understand they need to keep the door closed for safety reasons.

Panic Bolts and Latches

Commonly used as the last exit out of the building, these components are important for getting people out of a building in a panic situation as no prior knowledge of the device is needed.


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4 Benefits of Setting Up a Toolfix Online Account

4 Benefits of Setting Up a Toolfix Online Account

Make shopping online with Toolfix quicker and simpler with an online account

These days, most tradesmen have turned to shopping for supplies online, as it allows them to easily search for the products they need, without the hassle of going out to stores, searching down countless aisles and then waiting in a queue before buying the product.

These are a few of the many reasons why we encourage customers to shop online with us, using our website store. However, by setting up an online account with us, you can benefit from all of the above with added bonuses to make your experience that little bit more enjoyable.

Below are four key benefits of setting up an online account with Toolfix.

Repeat Orders

The majority of tradesmen will have a select range of products/brands that they trust, and will therefore consistently purchase these each time they shop with a business.

Toolfix account holders can benefit from our “Repeat Orders” feature, which allows them to purchase previously ordered products without needing to browse the website for each one separately.

This can save you time and hassle, as all previous orders are saved and can be accessed by logging into your account. From there, you simply choose the “Repeat Order” option and will be directed to the checkout page to finish the order.

Not only does having an online account allow for repeat orders, but you can also create a “Favourite Products” list, for when you want to purchase select products within a previous order.

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Check Order Progress

Another benefit of setting up an online account with us, is the option to track the progress of your order at any time.

The benefit of this is that you are then able to inform customers as to when the product is expected to be delivered. Which allows for improved planning of jobs, and keeps the customer aware of when they can expect the job to be complete by.

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Product History

By setting up an online account with Toolfix, you also have the option to browse through a list of the products that you have previously purchased (up to 12 months prior). This includes the number of orders, items per order, value of the order and the date when the product was last ordered.

This allows tradesmen to track what items they have purchased, and gives them the ability to easily go back and total up the amount spent on specific jobs, ensuring an accurate price is given to the customer.

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Pay for Invoices Online

Customers who have signed up for an online account, also benefit from the ability to access and pay for order invoices online.

This is a highly useful feature of having an online account, as it allows you to quickly find and pay for past orders from your phone, desktop etc. without needing to directly contact the business and potentially wait on the phone for a member of staff to be available. Not to mention, it simplifies the process of keeping on top of paying invoices.

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Register an Account

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Festool Cash Back Promotion 2019

Festool Cash Back Promotion 2019

Step-by-step guide on how to claim your cash back in Festool’s 2019 promotion

During the period from 1st July 2019 up to and including the 31st August, Festool are holding a promotional offer, giving customers the chance to claim up to £100 cashback on purchases of selected Festool products.

To claim your Cash Back there are three simple steps:

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Step 1 – Purchase eligible Festool product

Purchase a promotional product from us within the period from 1st July 2019 up to and including 31st August 2019. A PDF including all eligible products, their part numbers and cashback amounts has been attached below.

Step 2 – Upload the purchase invoice

Upload the purchase invoice to the Festool website by no later than 13th September 2019.

Step 3 – Claim your cashback

After your details are verified, your account will be credited with the corresponding cashback amount.


3 year product warranty

All tools included within the cashback promotion come with an all-inclusive 3 year warranty (1), once registered online. Warranty includes:

  • Full repair, free of charge. (2)
  • Replaced in the event of theft.
  • Original parts guaranteed.
  • Money back.
  1. Warranty all-inclusive is valid for all Festool tools registered within 30 days of purchase. Visit https://www.festool.co.uk/service/warranty-terms-and-conditions for the applicable Festool Warranty Terms and Conditions.
  2. “Full repair, free of charge” also applies to battery packs and chargers, but not to other consumables and accessories, or to tools that have been dismantled, or to damage caused by improper use, the use of non-original spare parts, or in the event of continuous use resulting in extensive wear.

Tradeline 390 Filtration Vacuum – “M-Class” Construction Dust Filtration

The advanced M-Class filtration vacuum

Numatic have taken their 50 years of industry experience of vacuums and put it into the TEM390A. Using the same motor from their Henry models coupled with the all steel head, shows Numatic had durability and reliability at the forefront of their engineering.

 

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This is the only commercial vacuum with a steel head and on-tool extraction on the market

Running alongside the reliability of the motor is; the patented AirFlo technology, HepaFlo filter bags and the TriTex filter giving this commercial vacuum its M-class rated status. Having the M-class rating on this machine allows it to be used in the workshop and out on site complying with the strict HSE requirements. To learn more about the importance of M-Class filtration, then read our blog How to meet the legal requirements for dust extraction.

 

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Power and performance wherever and whenever you need it.

The TEM390A is specially designed to go over rough terrain and to be pulled up stairs and curbs. The folding pull handle keeps this machine compact when transported and stored but versatile enough to easily manoeuvre it across site. The cleaning reach of a commercial vacuum is also important to consider as power points may be far and few between. This is why the TEM390A comes with a 10m cable and a 2.9m hose as standard, but an optional extra of a longer hose by the metre going all the way up to 15m.

This months offer on the TEM390A is not to be missed. Buy the machine before the 31st July and get a free tool caddy which fits on top of the M-Class filtration vacuum – download our promotional flyer to find out more.


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Soudal HB Construct – Adhesion Without Clamping

Soudal HB Construct – Adhesion Without Clamping

The extra strong PU Adhesive that doesn’t require clamping.

HB Construct from Soudal is a unique waterproof (Grade D4), hybrid polymer based adhesive with extra strong adhesion.

It can be used to bond many substrates in the joinery and construction industry, including wood, wood based materials, glass, aluminium, steel, many types of plastics, tiles, concrete, brick etc. However, at least one of the surfaces should be porous.

HB Construct works differently to PU Adhesives as there is no ‘foaming’ action whilst curing meaning clamping is NOT required, however the product still withholds an amazing end strength of up to 110kg/cm².


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HB Construct has a number of different applications with the typical ones being:

  • Suitable for the bonding of non-carrying bondings between different sorts of wood.
  • Specific for bondings with a wooden seam which will remain visible.
  • Suitable for all fitting outside connections which are exposed to weather effects: doors, windows, other constructions which require a D4 water resistance classification.

Other benefits/features of HB Construct include:

  • Isocyanate Free (removes the danger of inhaling harmful carcinogens)
  • Suitable for Exterior and Interior use
  • Self-Levelling Product – Flows to Fill Connections
  • High Heat Resistance – 30°C to +100°C  (cured)

Application Method

  • Application Method: Apply HB Construct with a caulking gun in equal beads or dots. Close within 6 minutes, press well and fixate while curing until hand tight (Approx. 60 min). Wipe away excess product with a cloth. Cured product can only be removed mechanically.
  • Cleaning: HB Construct can be removed from tools and surfaces with a Surface Cleaner, White Spirit or Swipex Hand Wipes, before curing. Cured HB Construct can only be removed mechanically.
  • Repair: With the same material


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Ox Tools – Tough, Dynamic and Dependable

Ox Tools – Tough, Dynamic and Dependable

Introducing the Ox Tools range recognised for its strength, innovation and quality.

The constant evolution of the construction industry has created a need for innovative tools that are strong, durable and cost-effective. Furthermore, the market is becoming increasingly aware of the importance to ensure that the tools are ergonomic and have realised the long-term health benefits that arise from doing so.

OX Tools is one of the leading manufactures of hand tools, diamond tools and safety products for the construction industry, along with developing innovative products consistently over the past 40 years.

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Ox Tools’ hand tool range was established in 1974 in Australia and later launched in the UK at the beginning of 2012. Developed and proven in the Australian market over the past 40 years, their tools are some of the highest quality and are distinguishable as tough, dynamic and dependable.

Here at Toolfix, we stock a number of Ox Tools products including on-site essentials such as their Pro Level range, clamps and measures. Also available, are products from their revolutionary new “Speedkskim” Range which can be ordered both online and in-store.

 

The Ox Pro Series level is arguably the toughest on the market with unrivalled strength, endurance and patented features (grip handles). Not only that, all vials on any Pro Series level have a life time warranty.

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The Ox Tools Speedskim Flex Finishing Rule allows for the finest of finishes thanks to its 0.3mm stainless steel blade, along with its ergonomic design to help increase metreage output.

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All of the products mentioned above are currently on offer within our May Madness Campaign, along with many other top Ox Tools products.


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How To Meet Legal Requirements for Dust Extraction

Why is Construction Dust such an Issue?

Construction dust is a term generally used to describe the various dusts released around a work site when processing certain materials.  Breathing in particles of silica dust (masonry or concrete) can cause significant harm when inhaled, including long-term health issues such as Asthma, COPD and even forms of Cancer.

The HSE (Health & Safety Executive) estimate that there are over 500 deaths per year due to dust inhalation within the construction industry. Silicosis, caused by Silica dust is the second biggest killer to asbestosis in the industry.

What are the common dust types created on site?

In terms of health, there are two categories in which the various dust types can be placed into. These are;

Inhalable dust

Which refers to airborne particles that are breathed into the airways and then deposited in the respiratory tract.

and Respirable Dust.

Which refers to finer dust particles that penetrate deep into the lungs.

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The key dust types that are created on site when processing materials include:

Silica Dust 

Created when working with Concrete, Clays, Masonry, Mortar and Sandstone.

Non-silica Dust

Created when working with Gypsum, Limestone and Marble.

Wood Dust

Created when working on materials such as Hard Woods (Ash, Beech, chestnut), Soft Woods (Cedar, Fir, Pine), MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) and Engineered Board (Plywood and Chipboard).

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How can dust extractors help and what do the classes mean?

With such high figures of harm based around dust within construction, it is no surprise that companies such as Bosch and Makita have created dust extractors to help reduce the affects of these particles.

On many of these extractors there are Grades of dust extraction which may appear confusing at first but they are all relatively simple to understand. The three main grades are “L” (Low), “M” (Medium) and “H” (High).

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L-Class extractors are regarded as ‘entry-level’ with M-Class being the next step up. H-Class extractors are specifically designed for environments with highly carcinogenic dusts.

You can broadly separate them in terms of application, as follows:

L Class – for soft woods and solid surface material such as Corian.

M Class – for hard woods, board materials, concrete and brick dust.

H Class – for protection against carcinogenic dusts, such as lead, carbon, tar, nickel, cobalt, copper and cadmium.

It is important to note that M-Class Extractors are now the minimum legal requirement when working with;

Brick, Masonry, Tile, Concrete, Timber, MDF, Gravel, Plastic composites, Flint, Quartz, and Liquid materials containing sand.

For further information please visit the HSE website.


Which dust extractors are available at Toolfix?

Here at Toolfix we have a range of Dust Extractors from top brands including the Makita Wet & Dry 42L Class “M” Dust Extractor.

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How to Fix Heavy Items to Hollow Walls

TOGGLER Snaptoggle Heavy-Duty Plasterboard Fixings

THE solution to fixing heavy items to hollow walls

Plasterboard and hollow walls are one of the most commonly used internal building structures in modern developments and despite its many attributes, there are a few difficulties to be considered when working with it. One of the main difficulties of working with hollow walls is the fact that it is difficult to fix heavy items into it which makes hanging items such as kitchen cupboards, TVs and radiators a problem for tradespeople throughout Britain.

This is where the TOGGLER Snaptoggle comes into its own. The heavy-duty toggle bolt can hold over 120kg, providing the ultimate answer to to some of the most awkward and demanding tasks that professionals face when fixing to hollow materials such as cavity walls and ceilings.

arguably the best anchor on the market today

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How does it work?

The Snaptoggle is an incredibly easy and quick fixing to install:

  1. Drill a 1/2″ (13mm) hole in the plasterboard
  2. Push the Snaptoggle through the hole and pull the fixing tight to the back of the wall then slide the cap along the straps until it is tight with the front of the plasterboard
  3. Snap off the straps as required
  4. Screw item into the Snaptoggle using machine screw or bolt

Why Snaptoggle?

The TOGGLER Snaptoggle has many benefits over ordinary metal spring toggle fixings:

  • Quick – the Snaptoggle can be installed in just seconds
  • Simple – incredibly easy to use for any tradesperson
  • Efficient – impossible to drop the fixing in the cavity with the Snaptoggle
  • Strong – each Snaptoggle will hold over 100kg in 1/2″ plasterboard
  • Versatile – Snaptoggles are available in M5, M6,
    M8 and M10 to suit every application


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The Power of Purple

SMART Purple Series

The Ultimate Timber and Nail Cutting Blades

Multi-Tools have fast become a must-have tool in every toolkit. They are an incredibly versatile tool that can be used in places where others can’t and are simple and easy to use – ideal for every type of work.

The Purple Series from the SMART multi-tool blades range represent the forefront of blade technology, providing a blade that has a long-life and will cut a wide range of timber, nail embedded timber, plastics and non-ferrous metals. These blades have a universal shank and will fit nearly all multi-tools.

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The SMART Purple Series blades have not only been designed to give perfect cutting performance in a wide range of timber and plastics, but the advanced Titanium Alloy coating, also means these blades will last longer than any ordinary timber blade, and outlast any other bi-metal blade when it comes to cutting nails, screws and other non ferrous metals.

How are SMART Purple Different?

Purple Series multi-tool blades are Bi-Metal blades with a high technology Titanium Coating which shows a purplish-bronze colour.

  • Purple Series blades have an excellent ductility due to the SMART Titanium Coating which makes these blades ideal for interrupted cutting operations
  • The SMART Titanium Coating gives the blades superior thermal stabilisation which provides unparalleled oxidation resistance
  • Purple Series Blades have advanced toothing technology which reduces friction and therefore increases the life of the blades

These blades are designed to cut:

  • Timber
  • Plastic
  • Non-Ferrous metals
  • Nail embedded wood

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Where to Buy?

The Purple Series is available and in stock at Toolfix and can be found at www.toolfixservices.com


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