Just What Is The Best Tool Box ? We Scrutinise The Top Rated Small, Wheeled Tool Chests, And Best Under £1000

Ok so you’re on the hunt out for the best tool box and it has to meet your needs.  Tool boxes can be all kinds of sizes, but for this write up we will try to address what we believe to be the best in each of 3 categories we have chosen.  We’ve chosen categories that make the most sense for most people.

Our category choices are:

  • * Regular sized tool boxes you would typically carry with you
  • * Affordable tool chests that can be moved on wheels and finally
  • * Premium quality “best you can buy” for the money under £1000


Category 1: “best small tool box”

What makes a good small sized tool box then?

It needs to be one you can carry most of your tools in for a start but also:

  • * Strong
  • * Portable
  • * Easy to use

How we chose

We reviewed the current overall market and picked out 3 contenders for this category.

We have already discounted many that weren’t at the top of their games, so any of these 3 would be great

It’s a personal taste decision ultimately.

Price wise, most of these kinds of portable tool boxes are typically under the £50 mark.

Our top 3 small sized portable tool boxes are as follows:


best tool box
The Stanley Fatmax – a waterproof toolbox that has one of the sexiest names on the planet.
  • Strong
  • Portable
  • Easy to use
  • Holds most common tools
  • Measures 71 x 30.8 x 28.5 cm

Makita 821551
The Makita 821551 – handy to know, it is part of a small family of storage boxes that can all be latched together when stored.
  • Strong
  • Collapsible handles
  • Stackable
  • Buy as many of these as you want and you can stack and lock them together(look)
  • Measures 39.6 x 29.6 x 21 cm

 


Stanley STA194858
The Stanley STA194858 – a tough toolbox with metal locking clamps. It also has top sections suitable for small items like screws etc.
  • Very strong
  • Features padlock eye for additional security
  • Removable tray
  • Metal locking clamps
  • Measures 25.5 x 24 x 50.5 cm

 

Our winner for best small tool box is a joint effort, and not surprisingly it’s both of the Stanley toolboxes.

The two Stanley tool boxes get top recommendations in this category because:

Best small toolbox winners:
Stanley fatmax small tool box

The Stanley Fatmax is perfect for all your larger tools.  Pop the bigger tools and and you’re good to go.

  • * The half sized tote tray inside is good for a few small bits.
  • * This tool box is not ideal for storing lots of smaller tools as it will get messy.

The Stanley STA194858
The Stanley STA194858 then fills the gap for the perfect tool box for your smaller items.

  • * It’s a more compact size, yet tough, with metal latches and has waterproof capabilities.

 


Category 2: “best tool chest on wheels”

Our thoughts we had when choosing which ones stood out

We wanted to look at and identify possible leaders in this area. Obviously on wheels, and must be easy to pull, move and offer good solid drawer action as well when fully loaded.  Lockable drawers is also a must have feature.

Price wise, we found that most of these kinds of tool chest are typically under £300, some even under £100.  For this money you get what you expect.  A tool chest on wheels that does what it’s supposed to and does it fine.  (If you really need the best you’ll have to look at the next category for the premium tool chests under £1000 as they are the “no holds barred” models).

How we chose:

  • * We were on the look out for as many features as possible, but all while retaining solid build quaility.
  • * We then identified these 3 and made our purchase.
  • * We filled each drawer and performed a series of opening and closing tests.
  • * We then looked at their overall appearance and the wheels.
Dirty pro tools tool chest on wheels
Dirty Pro Tools extra large tool chest with roll cabA strong tool chest with 14 drawers helped by US ball bearings that won’t stick when loaded.  We have featured Dirty pro tools before (on our cement mixer page) and they are doing good things with tools.
  • 14 strong lockable drawers
  • US bearings on the drawers
  • Heavy duty castors with a locking wheel
  • Anti slip mat inside the drawers
  • Measures Width: 616 mm x Depth: 330 mm x Height: 1146 mm

NOTES: It has two castor wheels that freely spin and two that are fixed.  In an ideal world all 4 castors would freely spin but this isn’t a deal breaker to be honest.

Good for a domestic use for most of your tools, but if you are hoping to use this professionally don’t expect to get a full set of pneumatic tools in it.

hardcastle 5 drawer tool chest

Hardcastle 5 Drawer Gloss Red Lockable Tool Chest Roller Cabinet

Features 5 deep powder coated drawers with a smooth ball bearing movement that won’t stick when fully loaded (here is their 7 drawer model instead).  Each drawer has an anti slip foam layer inside and can be locked.

  • A thick bar helps you to easily move the tool chest around your garage or home workshop.
  • A good solid tool chest at a low price
  • Ultra smooth drawer runners with smoothmove ball bearing technology
  • Comes with two keys for locking when not in use
  • Measures 68.5cm x 33cm x 79cm
  • Each drawer measures 51cm x 29cm x 9.5cm

NOTES: The overall dimensions do NOT include the handles.  Handles and castors will need asembling when you receive your tool chest.  You coould leave the handles off if you were putting these drawers under a worktop for example.

popamazing tool chest with 5 deep drawers and 2 smaller drawers

Popamazing Metal Tool Chest Cabinet with Lockable Drawers and Handle on Castors Wheels

Here is a tough tool chest that features 7 drawers (5 large and 2 small), that are lockable, and there are two lockable wheels to help it stay fixed when at your side.

  • Very strong tool chest
  • It comes with 2 keys to lock it when not used
  • Anti slip EVA mats in the drawers help stop slipping and help mop up any oil spills
  • Metal locking clamps
  • Measures 79 x 68 x 33 cm overall
  • Case Size: 62×33×66 cm (LxWxH)
  • Small Drawer: 51 x 28 x 3.5 cm (LxWxH)
  • Large Drawer: 51 x 28 x 8 cm (LxWxH)
  • Handle Length: 33 cm
  • Wheel Diameter: 10.2 cm

NOTES: In terms of a rolling tool chest this pretty much is the one to go for.  It’s taller than the 5 drawer one above and has 2 locking wheels.  It’s also the accepted “Red” colour.

Our winner for best tool chest on wheels is the Popamazing 7 drawer tool chest.

The Popamazing tool chest gets our top rated recommendation for this category because.

The Popamazing brand have consistently good real life consumer reviews across all their Amazon departments.

The build quality is very good.

Best tool chest on wheels winner:
popamazing tool chest with 5 deep drawers and 2 smaller drawers

The Popamazing 7 drawer tool chest is perfect for your workshop storage needs.

  • Good sized drawers
  • Easy to move and lock
  • BRILLIANT value for money

 


Category 3: “best tool chest under 1000”

 

Here we have looked carefully at professional tool chests under £1000

(if money is no object you can review higher priced tool chests here).

In this category the tool chests have to be far superior.

So, we found the ones with high end components and top notch build quality and below are our findings:

How we chose:

  • * They had to be heavy duty
  • * We then identified the ones with quality components
  • * We filled each drawer and performed a series of opening and closing tests.
  • * We then made an overall decision to find the best 3.
DJM direct heavy duty tool chest
DJM Direct multi drawer combination unitsHere we have the brilliantly affordable totally versatile setup from DJM Direct. You can choose a number of different combinations of units.  This combination is the 9 drawer small top section, plus the 3 drawer bigger mid section and the 7 drawer larger lower section.  Put them all together for a great set up!  You can mix and match different configurations too.
  • Smoother stronger ball bearings
  • Tough barrel locks for safer storage when not in use
  • Rear locking bars for extra security
  • Top Chest Overall Size (W x D x H): 600 x 260 x 380mm
  • Middle Add-On Overall Size (W x D x H): 604 x 262 x 252mm
  • Rollcab Overall Size (W x D x H): 618 x 330 x 830mm
  • Anti slip mat inside the drawers
  • Tough metal construction with hi-gloss triple baked enamel finish.

NOTES: There are no drawer liners with these tool boxes however you can buy your own liners and cut them to size.  This is also not 100% “professional” as it is made using thin metal, but we included it because it is very low cost and offers great value for money for a lightweight unit.

Motamec Pro94 large roller chest

Motamec Pro94 large sized heavy duty tool chest

Through and through this is a very high quality tool chest as used by race teams and professional garages.

  • Premium grade thick welded steel construction (solvent and rust resistant)
  • The two parts can be split if desired.
  • The drawers feature a “soft” shut lock mechanism so no trapped fingers.
  • Heavy duty castors and side bars
  • Gas struts make opening of the lid a nice and easy affair
  • Lock all drawers with a single turn of the key.
  • Comes supplied with two keys
  • Every drawer comes with anti slip matting liners

Rollcab Model No: MT6911RC-RD
Specification (W x D x H):
Overall Size with wheels: 1067 x 472 x 1007mm
Top Drawer (x1): 937 x 410 x 122mm
Small L/H Drawer (x3): 570 x 410 x 75mm
Small R/H Drawer (x3): 313 x 410 x 75mm
Large L/H Drawer (x2): 570 x 410 x 153mm
Large R/H Drawer (x1): 313 x 410 x 153mm
Net Weight: 99kg

Top Chest Model No: MT6908TC-RD
Specification (W x D x H):
Overall Size: 1051 x 412 x 553mm
Small L/H Drawer (x3): 570 x 370 x 74mm
Small R/H Drawer (x3): 313 x 370 x 74mm
Large L/H Drawer (x1): 570 x 370 x 153mm
Large R/H Drawer (x1): 313 x 370 x 153mm
Net Weight: 56kg

NOTES: The heavy nature of this product means it will be delivered on a pallet.  You will need to be able to move it yourself into position and will need to be available to accept delivery.

US Pro tools heavy duty tool chest

US Pro Tools heavy duty large tool chest in Red

21 drawers and a top section allow you to organize all your tools very efficiently.

  • Very strong tool chest
  • Heavy duty side handles. Tool drawer labeling.
  • Internal security key locking system for extra security.
  • 10 year warranty.
  • Ball bearing sliding locking drawers
  • 2mm drawer liners included
  • Overall dimensions (with castor wheels) 1067mm x 458mm x 1007mm

 

Our winner for best tool chest under £1000 is the Motamec Pro94 heavy duty tool chest.

The Motamec tool chest gets our top rated recommendation for this category because.

The build quality is exceptionallly good.  You can see this will last a very long time.

Best tool chest on wheels winner:

Motamec Pro94 large roller chest

The Motamec Pro94 tool chest is our highest rated tool chest under £1000.

  • Rock solid construction
  • Easy to move and lock
  • Designed to last many long years

 

Tool box buyers guide

 

First up, ask yourself “will it fit”?

Look at your biggest tool you want to put in the tool box or chest and look at the  tool box size.  See if it will fit.

Do you need to move it around?

If so then be sure to get wheels.  Locking wheels are a useful addition.

Are locks a MUST HAVE ?

For many businesses the ability to lock tools is a requirement of an insurance policy

Heavy duty or lightweight?

For spanners and sockets a lightweight model will be easier to move around.  For anything heavier then a heavy duty chest will be needed.

Prioritise your “most used” tools. 

There’s little point putting a tool in the box that only gets used once a year.

The best tool box for you might not be the same for others.

You need to look at your own personal needs and what tools will be used the most.

 

Summary

The majority of boxes and chests on this write up are actually inexpensive.  Even the high end premium units can be classed as affordable (especially when you look further afield at units that cost £4000 and upwards).

Each unit on this page was very carefully selected for it’s strengths over competing products.

Questions?  Please comment below.

 

Best Telescopic Ladder Reviews 2018 – Which Are The Best Ladders?

best telescopic ladders

What are telescopic ladders?

Quite simply they are ladders that can change length by extending outward or inward to make them larger or smaller. If you can find versatile muiltipurpose ladders then this makes them really good for lots of different things. This also makes them some of the best telescopic ladders on the market.  Read our best telescopic ladder reviews to find the best.

Before we proceed, if you’re in a rush, one of our best rated telescopic ladders are the 10 Rung Combi All-In-One Extension Ladder, Step Ladder & Free Standing Ladder.

best telescopic ladders

No need for short step ladders to clean the windows and large ladders to reach the roof of your house.

With telescopic ladders you can take a small compact ladder and extend it out so it is able to reach high areas.

Almost any kind of ladder can be classed as a telescoping ladder. As long as some adjustment can be made then they can be called telescopic ladders.

Ladder types

  • Step ladders – provide you with a safe way to reach higher maybe 1 or 2 feet in height. perfect fopr reaching high shelves or painting ceilings. You can find step ladders that give different heights. With them being self supporting too, they don’t need to be leant against a wall
  • Multipurpose ladders – really these are specially designed advanced ladders that perform a wide range of duties. They can act as step ladders, extension ladders, and can fold up likle other single use loadder types. If a ladder can perform more than 2 or 3 duties of other ladders then you can say it is multipurpose.
  • Folding ladders – fold down when not in use making their storage far easier. Inside a van or car, or garden shed for example.
  • Telescoping extension ladders – two small ladders couple together. One of them slides upwards along the other ladder and hooks on to any one of it’s rungs, so that the ladders length can effectively double in length. Good for homes and travels well in a van.

Which ladders do you need?

types of ladder

  • For ladders that reach up to upper household windows then telescoping extension ladders would be the best answer for you. They can be a variety of lengths when not being used and can extend to a variety of lengths too.
  • If you need ladders but don’t want them stored outside in plain view then folding ladders would be a good fit. They can fold to fit inside a shed, car boot, van or pantry with ease.
  • If however you like the idea of ladders that can be used on stairways, reaching rooftops or other high places then multipurpose ladders are the way to go.
  • Stair ladders fall under the guise of multipurpose ladders or even folding ladders. Normal step ladders wouldn’t work as they would be off balance. The ladder steps on the upper step need to be shorter than the legs of the ladder at the bottom of the stairs.
  • Need more adjustment on each ladder leg? Brands such as little giant ladders allow each and every single ladder leg to be adjusted (great for uneven surfaces, as outdoor ladders or garden ladders for example).
  • If you are only ever going to need to reach up a little bit then normal step ladders will be good enough (to reach to change a lightbulb for example). They are self supporting and can be easily moved around anywhere without needing a wall or something else to lean against.

Note that most ladders nowadays are made from lightweight Aluminium (and some now from even lighter fibreglass) however ladders of yesteryear were generally made out of wood.

Some of the toughest ladders are light in weight and can outperform most other ladders(see the little giant revolution XE video below to see what I mean).

Which are the best ladders?

This really does come down to what is best for YOU, and of course what you think you will need them for the most.  This buying guide is here to help.

My own personal preference (not those of my fellow workers here at 10 Warriors mind!) is for a multipurpose ladder that covers lot’s of different things.

 

Ladders Comparison Table

Telescopic Ladder NameAverage PriceClick To ViewOur Score

1: Little Giant Revolution XE

Little Giant 6 rung revolution XE ladders

Editor's Choice!

£350


Our favourite ladders here
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2: Abbey Aluminium 4.7m multipurpose ladders


Abbey Aluminium multipurpose ladders

£89.99


Cost effective multipurpose ladders
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3: Trade Master 3 section extension ladder 7.11 metres

7 11m TRADE MASTER 3 Section Extension Ladder with Integral Stabiliser 150 150

Editor's Choice!

£144.99


FANTASTIC Telescopic ladder set! Great value for money!
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4: Hailo 8040-507 XXL Step Ladder


Hailo 8040-507 XXL Step Ladder

£59.99


For a home based step ladder this is great quality and well received by all who tested this set
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5: 3 section trade ladder 10 rung lyte ladders


3 section trade ladder 10 rung lyte ladders

£128.48


Fantastic affordable but did not come with packaging
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6: Finether 3 8M Aluminum Telescopic Telescoping Loft Extension Ladder


Finether 3 8M Aluminum Telescopic Telescoping Loft Extension Ladder

£69.99


Great build quality, but watch fingers when closing
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7: Ladders Online Trade 3m Standard Garden Hedge Cutting Tripod Ladder


Ladders Online Trade 3m Standard Garden Hedge Cutting Tripod Ladder Lightweight aluminium frame double rung treads review

£249.95


Amazing quality, super sturdy ladders. Confidence is high when using these! Reach over to your work area with ease
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8: Henchman Maxi Hi Steps Aluminium Garden Ladder


Henchman Maxi Hi Steps Aluminium Garden Ladder

Editor's Choice!

£584


Simply the best, at a price. As used by many organisations
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9: Tripod Garden Ladders with built-in Platform by Henchman 3m to 3 6m


Tripod Garden Ladders with built-in Platform by Henchman 3m to 3 6m

£373.50


Good tripod ladders, however no "real platform", but dont let that put you off what is a superb product
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10: 10 Rung Combi All-In-One Extension Ladder, Step Ladder & Free Standing Ladders


10 Rung Combi All-In-One Extension Ladder, Step Ladder & Free Standing Ladders

Editor's Choice!

£149.99


A VERY CLOSE 2nd place... Almost as good as the main winner, many of us thought this was the obvious winner due to the superb pricing
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Nowadays there are some amazing ladders on the market.

Some of them can reach as high as 5 metres or more and even come complete with a safety cage on top for when you are working.

Telescopic ladder reviews

So we come to the crunch. We had to think really hard about how to categorize and choose each of the ladders in question.

The truth is that it was very hard because there are a lot of really great ladders on the market at the moment.

We did find out favourite top 10 best ladders, and chose a favourite. At the same time however we wanted to let you know what we thought were the laders that made it as the best for multi use, best for small steps etc and so on, so let’s take a look at those.

 

Best Long Ladders


We looked at 4 sets of ladders in this category and found that one stood out. Strong, sturdy and reaches up to 8.6 metres. This is achieved by the Lewis 3-section Aluminium ladders.

 

 

Best multipurpose ladders


My own favourite here is the ergonomically designed Little Giant 5 Rung Revolution XE. Already mentioned this above, and the usual American promotional videos do help to showcase what it can do. Great for stairs.. working 90 degrees right up close to a wall, high up a house, as step ladders and so much more. There are also several optional extras for these ladders like a paint tray that clips on (*and its non stick so you can peel the dry paint out when done).  Brilliant for home improvement and many other tasks around the home.

 

Best step ladders

best step laddersWe also wanted to mention that the ladders that fit this category best are also great safety ladders in so much as their is an upper safety rail included in this 4 step step ladders set. See this the heavy duty home discount 4 step step ladders built to tough safety standards!

 

Best telescopic compact ladders


We love these ladders as they can extend right up to 5 metres, yet fold down to almost nothing when stored away. How great are these with their superb compact design! Check out these finether 5 metre telescopic folding ladders.

Best garden ladders


With all the uneven surfaces in a garden it’s important that safety is taken care of more so than ever before. We chose these tripod ladders as you can adjust the legs to fit uneven surfaces. Take a look at thee huge 3.6 metre outdoor ladders (smaller sizes also available).

 

Best escape ladders

best escape ladders
If you live in a 2nd floor (3 storey) floor flat or upstairs space it might be one of the best investments you could ever make. A simple 7.6 metre fire escape ladder that folds down and can be popped under a bed if ever needed. Take a look for yourself.

 


Our Best Telescopic Ladder Review

There are so many really good ladders around and we really wanted to pick about 6 of them as the best but we had to choose just one (well, two actually!)

Our First recommendation is the :

Little Giant 6 Rung Revolution XE | Aluminium Multi-Purpose Ladders, Model 26 | Little Giant Ladder System Inc. Lifetime Warranty

(Priced around £350)

One of the most versatile multi purpose ladders money can buy.  Replaces all other ladders you would ever need.

 

Our second recommendation is the :

10 Rung Combi All-In-One Extension Ladder, Step Ladder & Free Standing Ladder

(Priced around £150)

 

 

1: Little Giant 6 Rung Revolution XE | Aluminium Multi-Purpose Ladders, Model 26 Review

These ladders are actually our favourite set of ladders out of the “many” we looked at and tested.  Of course all of the 10 in this list are “fantastic” and all of them deserved the number 1 position.  Not all of us picked this set to be our favourite but the majority of us did.

So, let’s take a good look at these ladders.

Little Giant ladders are a US based company who have dominated the late night “infomercial” slots usually reserved for the dark hours of the night (the kind of times when fitness equipment is sold on tv).  Their promotional messages have showcased the benefits.

Little Giant 6 Rung Revolution XE Awkward Places Aluminium Multi Purpose Ladders
Get into any awkward places with the little giant ladders

 

For 99% of jobs these ladders are perfect.

As you can see in the picture above, you can have each side of the ladder at different lengths / heights, so this makes them great for stairways while making the job far far safer at the same time.

The bad news

They aren’t the “very best” for outdoor garden use (although are pretty fantastic) as you cannot adjust each individual leg.  However for most situations they are brilliant.

Value for money?

It depends on what you consider value for money.  These are not cheap ladders but they are really really good.  With them costing on average between £300 and £400 they do need to be something super special.

Thankfully they are REALLY good.

  • 20% lighter than most ladders
  • Use them in many different environments and situations.
  • Adjust each side for stairways, or when working close to a wall (safely!)
  • Quick adjustment of the heights with their “Rock locks”
  • Legs that flare out at the sides to make the ladders incredibly stable during use (unmatched stability)
  • Aerospace grade Aluminium construction
  • Easy to move around with the tip and glide wheels at the base
  • The Revolution XE is made using the latest litewave aerospace technology So it’s ultra-strong while remaining light and portable.
  • 6 Rungs,
  • Max Step height: 3.35m,
  • closed height: 2.01m
  • Weight: 21.3kg.

Our opinion

These are our most loved ladders despite the price tag.  They are not 100% the perfect ladders for everything in so much as you cannot adjust each leg to a different height but for the rest, they are great.

Tall heights, stairways, outdoors, loft access and so much more.

Pro's 🙂
  • Our favourite ladders
  • Incredibly versatile
  • Adjust each side independently
  • Great for being upright on a safe platform on stairways
  • Adjust each side so you can work flat up against a wall if needed (other ladders inadvertently move you away from where you are working the higher you go up!)
  • Fast adjustment
  • Very safe
Con's 🙁
  • Each foot can NOT be adjusted meaning they are not the best for uneven surfaces such as a garden.

 


 

2: Abbey Aluminium Multi-Purpose Ladder 4.7m With New Safety Platform Review

abbey aluminium multipurpose 4 7 metre ladders

This ladder set is a great and well priced multipurpose set of ladders from Abbey ladders.

  • New Platforms with improved under rung latches & new safety stopper to prevent platform movement.
  • Features stabilizers for added stability.
  • Enjoys an easy to use ‘click & lock’ hinge system.Take a look.
  • 9 % thicker sides than most competitors models for added safety.
  • Collapsible (can fold down) making it easy to transport and store.
  • In the closed position it measures: 1.24m
  • The platform height is: 1.24m
  • The step ladder position has a height of : 2.3m
  • The extension ladder length is: 4.7m
  • The ladders weight is: 20.5kg
  • Affordable price
Pro's 🙂
  • A great set of ladders that does a wide variety of things.
  • Superbly priced and many uses.
Con's 🙁
  • The platform heigh cannot be adjusted.  It is a 1.24 metre height platform.  It’s still fine for many things such as ceiling work but this limitation can be a problem if the height you need is different.

 

 


3: 7.11m TRADE MASTER 3 Section Extension Ladder with Integral Stabiliser Review

The reach on these ladders, combined with their safe features makes this set one of the BEST Telescopic ladder sets money can buy.

Reaching a full 7.11 metres, it’s a no frills, good solid safe set of telescoping extension ladders.

7 11m TRADE MASTER 3 Section Extension Ladder with Integral Stabiliser

It can safely handle up to 23 stone in weight.

As one of the more popular models, it has an extra wide stabiliser bar at the foot that increases the stability of the ladders making you feel safer when scaling high areas.  Also features sturdy nonslip end caps on either end.

It measures a touch over 3 metres in length (when closed) so will fit inside most mid sized vans such as Transit, Vivaro etc. or you can pop them onto a roof rack if you need to use them at various locations.

For the home they can simply stay at your property and be shackled to a chain and padlock on the wall when not in use.  Perfect for clearing out your gutters, reaching upper windows and accessing the roof.  Take a look.

Features of these ladders:

Super long extendable ladders – great for reaching high spaces without fancy extras thanks to the telescopic extension sections.

 

  • Has an integral stabiliser bar that gives a far greater footprint and therefore unparalleled stability when compared to others on the market – a superb safety feature which we feel every ladder should have.
  • With safety in mind, these are EN131 tested and certified (Trade & DIY use) for your safety and reassurance. Lightweight “alloy” construction for ease of use, but very strong – with a massive weight rating of 150kg (23.5 stone).
  • Unique auto-locking “wrap around” clamps fitted to lock ladder sections firmly in place for added safety and peace of mind when climbing. These same clamps secure the ladder closed for safe and easy transportation.
  • Heavy duty contoured non-slip feet fitted on all sections top and bottom to maximise grip on both the floor and the wall the ladder is resting against.

(features courtesy of Amazon Uk)

Pro's 🙂
  • A great set of ladders for reaching tall areas with ease
  • Fantastic locking mechanism
  • Extra wide stability bar for added safety and peace of mind
  • Unique wrap around auto locking clamps for strength when in use and keeping things together when not in use
Con's 🙁
  • None!

 

 


 

4: Hailo 8040-507 XXL Step Ladder Review

While not technically a telescopic ladder, we wanted to feature a variety of ladders to help you choose what your main needs are.  There are several GREAT telescopic ladders within this list.

These ladders are simply put, great step ladders that are very sturdy.

Hailo 8040-507 XXL Step Ladder

The perfect “around the house” set of ladders.

  • The floor to the top step measures 42 inches or about 105cm.  Perfect for reaching ceilings.
  • The treads are nice and wide, unlike the many “so called” trade steps that hurt your feet after being on them all day long, so these are great for tradesmen
  • When closed the ladders are about 13cm wide, so storage is nice and easy.

The main features include:

  • ribbed steps for safer use.
  • There are rubber feet to help keep it sturdy.
  • There is a handy tray at the top to hold a few items while you are upon the steps.
  • The handy extended bar at the top provides additional “points of contact” (vital to help keep you safer when on ladders)
Pro's 🙂
  • A great set of ladders for reaching most areas around the house
  • Compact and easy to store away when not in use
  • Rubber feet for safety
  • They also offer interchangeable feet for different uses (wood, garden etc.!)
Con's 🙁
  • None!

 

 


 

 

5: 3 Section Trade Ladder 10 Rung- (ELT330) Review By Lyte Ladders

For the PERFECT quality hard working set of ladders you need.  The ELT-330 3 section ladders are simply great extending ladders that extend to over 6.85 metres in length so plenty of room to reach all hard to reach areas.

3 section trade ladder 10 rung lyte ladders

Lyte Ladders have been producing ladders for more than 70 years.  Their ladders have been used all over the world, in TV movies and even played a part iin the 1953 Mount Everest summit climb by Sir Edmund Hilary when they scaled across a crevass.  It is believed that ladder is still there today!

Features:

  • When closed the ladder height is 2.92 metres.
  • Weight is 18.5 kg
  • Heavy duty and hard wearing telescopic extension ladders.

 

Pro's 🙂
  • Light and strong, great for reaching all areas, gutters etc.
  • Can buy an option V stand off to fit around pipework on the side of your house
  • Compact and easy to store away when not in use
Con's 🙁
  • Ours did not come with any packaging when delivered

 

 


6: Finether 3.8M Aluminum Telescopic/Telescoping Loft Extension Ladder Review

Some of us here believe that these are the best telescopic ladders money can buy.  When not in use these Finether 3.8m ladders are small enough to go in the boot of a car and extend to a whopping height (close to 4 metres) making them great for indoor use to access the loft or for outdoor use to access high places!

Finether 3 8M Aluminum Telescopic Telescoping Loft Extension Ladder

Features(taken direct from Amazon):

  • MADE TO LAST: Built using tough aluminum alloy, it has a sturdy frame and slip-resistant rungs for supporting weight up to 330 lbs (150 kg) and is resistant to corrosion and rust
  • EXTENSION AND RETRACTION DESIGN: Specially designed rungs can be extended or retracted with ease
  • SAFE AND RELIABLE: double couplings on every rung guarantee your hands in right position to avoid pinching; bottom caps on the feet can avoid tipping over
  • PORTABLE AND CONVENIENT: lightweight and compact size, easy to transport and store; a heavy duty securing strap secures the ladder firmly and with the grip handle, you can easy to carry the ladder with one hand.  Great to store and transport.
  • ECO-FRIENDLY: it’s qualified with the EN131 certificate for safe materials, environmentally-friendly and high performance
Pro's 🙂
  • Tough, strong and portable.  What’s not to love?
  • Extending the ladders is a doddle.
  • Easily fit’s in a car boot
  • Reasonably priced
  • Extends to almost 4 metres, great for loft access, reaching windows etc.
Con's 🙁
  • You MUST watch your fingers in between the rungs when closing as they snap shut and could pinch

 

 


7: Ladders-Online Trade 3.0m (9.84ft) Standard – Garden Hedge Cutting Tripod Ladder – Lightweight aluminium frame, double rung treads review

Perfect for the professional outdoor user or for the home user who wants good quality strong and stable stuff.  These ladders fit the bill brilliantly.  It  is a tripod shaped frame with a telescopic 3rd leg and makes for brilliant use outdoors where uneven ground surfaces no longer pose a problem.

Ladders Online Trade 3m Standard Garden Hedge Cutting Tripod Ladder Lightweight aluminium frame double rung treads review

Pro's 🙂
  • FANTASTIC outdoor tripod ladders
  • Very sturdy, great build quality
  • Perfect for hedges, tree pruning and so much more
  • TIP! – Pop the 3rd leg inside a hedge and get really close to the work
Con's 🙁
  • They don’t really fold down as such so a little bit of space will be needed for storage (garage would be fine).
Rigid and very stableRichard's Amazon Review
Absolutely awesome tripod ladders- evidently top quality BUILD once you use them plus they are perfectly safe and easy to handle and climb up. I have spent many hours already up my new tripod with my chainsaws cutting branches galore. I am still alive and feel safe at all times. You can alter the angle of tripod leg for all surfaces depending on degree of slope…. super!!!Stephen G Shaw's Amazon Review

 


 

 

8: Henchman Maxi Hi-Steps Aluminium Garden Ladder-Ideal to Cut 15ft Hedges, 3 Year Manufacturer Warranty Review

Looking for the best money can buy?  Starting from £450, Hecnhman ladders are completely adjustable in a multitude of ways, completely safe and won’t fall over.  They support you on all 4 sides when you are atop the platform with bars you can really lean hard against and a safety rope behind you.

Super sturdy, super strong, incredibly robust.

Features:

  • Ideal for cutting hedges up to 14ft 6in (5.31m)
  • Lightweight aluminium platform
  • Work with confidence from a fully enclosed platform

 

Get more done in less time

Henchman Maxi Hi Steps Aluminium Garden Ladder

 

These ladders are used by some of the largest authorities in the Uk, various Universities, the National Trust and many more.  Trusted by professionals.

Pro's 🙂
  • Lightweight and folds flat when not in use
  • Utter sturdiness means confidence is maximised
  • Get the same work done in half the time
Con's 🙁
  • expensive initial outlay but worth every penny

 

 


 

 

9: Henrys Tripod Garden Ladders with built-in Platform by Henchman – 3.00m -3.6m. 10′ Ladder. All 3 Legs Fully Adjustable. Lightweight aluminium garden maintenance, hedge cutting, tree pruning, fruit picking, topiary ladder Review

Another firm favourite from “Henchman ladders” is this 3 metre version at around the £375 mark (click here to see the current price (opens in a new window)).

Henrys Tripod Garden Ladders with built-in Platform by Henchman 3m to 3 6m 10 foot Ladder All 3 Legs Fully

What’s it got?  Why buy this one?

Each of the 3 legs are individually adjustable making it the undisputed king of outdoor tripod ladders.

It’s not too heavy (in the region of 10kg)

Ideal for:

  • Fruit picking
  • Pollarding the tree tops
  • Hedge cutting
  • Topiary
Pro's 🙂
  • Amazing stability thanks to 3 adjustable legs
  • Optional shoes can be purchased for slippery ground
  • Lightweight
  • Designed to last
Con's 🙁
  • No real “platform” as such, but a great stable place to work from

 

 


 

10: 10 Rung Combi All-In-One Extension Ladder, Step Ladder & Free Standing Ladders

Almost half of us wanted these to be the winning set of ladders.  To be fair they are almost a tie in with the winner.  Nevertheless, let’s take a good look at these ladders.

10 rung bps access combination ladders

As step ladders they are great.  As long high reaching step ladders they are brilliant.  As single full length ladders to reach very high places they are brilliant.

Safety in mind:

These ladders feature a very strong safety steel restraining bar and secondary brace straps to keep it very sturdy and safe when in use – especially good when working at height.

10 rung bps access combination ladders brace straps

Pro's 🙂
  • Fantastic ladders
  • Too good to miss out on
  • Fantastic price for what you are getting
Con's 🙁
  • None

 

 


 

LADDER ACCESSORIES

Safety is always worth thinking about.  For peace of mind when working at any height the extra items below might be the best investment you could ever make.

TB Davies Ladder Base | Ladder Safety Accessory For Use With All Extension Ladders | Stops Ladders Slipping [Energy Class A]

Handy and easy to carry around.  The ladder base is made from a solid compound.  We never thought we would like this product so much but it really does make a difference.  Well worth the money.

rubber ladder base by tb davies stops ladders slipping

  • Reduces slip and works on wide range of surfaces
  • Made from a hard wearing compound
  • Reduces ladder feet wear
  • Protects floor surfaces
  • Prevents sinking into loose ground

LadderMat Ladder Leveller Anti-Slip (Mats) | Ladder Safety Accessory [Energy Class A]

Here we have what appears to be an unusual anti slip system.  A metal “hoop” so to speak with 4 rubber mats on it that you can fold over (like a keyring hoop on your house keys).  When laid flat, you could have it with two mats on either side for a nice anti-slip surface, alternatively, for uneven surfacs simply fold another mat over to even things out.

LadderMat Ladder Leveller Anti-Slip Mats Ladder Safety Accessory Energy Class A

 


 

 

TB Davies Universal V-Shaped Down Pipe Stand Off – Ladder Accessory | Helps stop your ladder slipping from side to side

These V shaped ladder add-ons are suitable for almost all ladders and help keep you safe when up against the wall.

Hook them on to the top and they will fit perfectly around any downpipe you may encounter.

These help you get closer to the work without leaning at awkward angles.

v shaped ladder downpipe standoff

 


 

LadderLimb Ingenious Device Hands Free Ladder

There’s nothing worse than trying to juggle tools, accessories and the like when also trying to stay balanced halfway up a ladder.  Enter the ladderlimb.

A handy tool that inserts into the empty space inside each of the ladder rungs, and has a carabiner clip on the end to hold your bits nice and safe!

ladder limb hands free ladder device

 


 

Ladder Pads

Stop slipping and prevent scratching of delicate surfaces with these unique ladder pads that slip over the end of your ladder rails.

Universally fitting they help improve safety for the user and keep your property free from ladder scuffs.

ladder pads

 


 

Ladders buyers guide and ladders FAQ

Here’s a few things about ladders in general that you may not have thought about.

Why ladders should not be painted

  • Paint, although it gives a nice fresh appearance to older wooden ladders, can also inadvertently cover up defects in the ladders.

When NOT to use metal ladders

  • If you are working near any electrical things such as live electrical systems

Ladder Safety:

For Extension Ladders – When you are using extension ladders the individual rungs (the bits you stand on) should overlap as follows:

  • For ladders of up to 5m there should be an overlap of at least 1.5 rungs;
  • For ladders of 5-6m then there should be an overlap of at least 2.5 rungs;
  • For ladders of 6m or greater, there should be an overlap of at least 3.5 rungs.

More ladder safety advice can be found here at the University of St. Andrews website.

How to store a ladder

If you are storing ladders in a garage, the best way is to secure them to a wall.  For complete safety it is best advised to store ladders by ensuring there are support hooks spaced out every 2 metres along the length of the ladder.  This is to prevent sagging of the ladders (and fatiguing the metal).

You can read more about ladder storage here at the Canadian centre for Occupational health and safety

The ladder association

Safety is key when using ladders.  If you own a company you need to visit the ladder association website to see how to access various training courses to keep you compliant with legislation.

Ladder inspection form

Want a handy checklist you can use to find any defects in ladders and help keep things safe?  Access this handy ladder checklist right here from British ladders.  Make sure you also access this Govornment “safe use of ladders guide” – it’s a superb resource – highly recommended.

What is the safest telescopic ladder?

With the amount of research and testing that went into this writeup we feel that each and every one of the ladders shown here are amongst the safest ladders around.  We work hard to immediately filter out the bad ones and then sift through the rest to make sure they all pass stringent safety tests, do not wobble, help to keep you safe and have plenty of safety features.

How do telescopic ladders work?

The main way they work is through sectional metal that fits tightly inside larger and larger metal tubular sections.  A little like a pull out telescope that you would see pirates using on their ships when looking out for other pirate ships.

The materials used are incredibly strong and benefit from toughened joints and safety locking mechanisms unique to each manufacturer that prevent closure or collapse accidentally.

Usually you can pull the ladders up and stop where needed.  Then they lock into position.  Then repeat for the 2nd side of the ladder (if being used as a step ladder).  To close you usually have to release locks.  Sometimes a lift up lever, or two spring loaded locks have to be pushed outward.  This releases the locks and allows the ladders to collapse or close.  Just watch where your hands are placed so as to avoid pinching while closing.

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Best Wacker Plate For Sale 2018 (Updated June 2018)

Trying to finding the best wacker plate for sale?  2018 gives us these 10 of the best plate compactors.

We’ve done the research and thrown out the downright awful.

which wacker plate is best

What is a wacker plate?

Also known as a vibratory compaction plate, it is a very heavy machine with a large flat plate base.

Before we carry on, if you’re in a rush, we’d like to point out that the The SCHEPPACH HP 1100 Plate Compactor is one of our most loved and best rated wacker plates.

So, a wacker plate (or plate compactor) is usually petrol or diesel powered and allows layers of material to be compacted down until closely knitted and firm, to enable a good solid foundation for things such as patio’s, paths, driveways and even for turf laying.

The operator controls the plate by guiding it into the desired direction as it vibrates along the surface until all of the ground is firm and level.

Looking for other construction machinery?

You might find this guide to the best cement mixers comes in really handy.

Here, take a look at this quick video to see what it looks like when using a Wacker plate.

Depending on the engine power output (measured in horsepower (or hp)), the machine can compact the material down to various depths (for example typically 30cm deep).

If you are creating patios or paths around a property then you don’t necessarily need the biggest and best wacker plate there is out there (as generally it is just human traffic on them, and not too heavy), but for driveways and public highways,  there is a need for better machinery than can compact quickly and down to decent depths.

These situations you will often see all manner of vehicles upon them from cars and HGV vehicles, so they need to be absolutely built on solid foundations.  You’ll also need something that will compact the ground reliably.

Problems with wacker plates

  • Wacker plates are by nature very heavy.  They need to be.  So often, two people are needed to move them in position (although some models do come with wheels that help manouvre the plate from your vehicle to the site).
  • They vibrate.  It’s what they do.  This means fixings and nuts can come loose so it is commonly advised to apply a nut lock / thread lock paste to the nuts to help stop them rattling loose.
  • Maintenance issues (things that need doing regularly) can be overlooked if the machine is not well cared for.  Daily checks, daily cleaning and removal of dirt from your machine helps you to spot any issues such as nuts working loose, etc.
  • Incorrect use of the plate by the operator can cause problems if it is not used in the designed manner – in other words you would be shortening the life of your expensive machine.  This means that the way forward is to make sure you are properly trained, not just to move it, but to look after it and spot issues.

So, that out of the way, I want to show what we have found.

The top 10 very best wacker plates for sale.

How did we reach these findings?

Simple.  We tested them, either by ourselves, or we enlisted the help of companies who use wackers on a regular basis.  We sent out units for them to use for a month and then asked for their feedback.

Initially we sifted through many different plate compactor units and narrowed things down to what we scored as being the “very best whacker plate” of all of them, based on facts.

We tested on:

  • Depth of compaction
  • Reliability
  • Robustness (is it well made or is it likely to break after a few jobs)
  • How easy it was to manouvre the machine
  • Horsepower

and then we created an overall score you can trust.

Our Best Wacker Plate Recommendation:

Best Plate Compactor For The Money:

Every wacker plate within this top 10 is “great” and you could easily pick any one of them however there is one that edged it for us.  That one is the:

The SCHEPPACH HP 1100 Plate Compactor

SCHEPPACH HP 1100 Plate Compactor

  • Fast
  • Speedy
  • Super reliable
  • HUGE power
  • HUGE COMPACTION DEPTHS
  • As powerful as twice the price high end machines.
  • Brilliant build quality

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1: Varan Motors BP-C60L Gasoline Vibration Plate, Compactor 65KG with motor Loncin 6.5PS

Deliver compaction depths down to 22cm with this monster 6.5 horse power 4 stroke petrol engine unit.

Constructed out of steel, it measures 73 x 38 x 56 cm.

This is the Varan BP-C60L wacker plate.

varan motors bp-c60l petrol plate compactorIt comes with a carrying trolley to help move it from your vehicle to the site without injuring yourself.

It has a rubber carpet that can be used when tamping down fragile surfaces without damaging them.

Features

  • The handlebars are adjustable.
  • The speed can be adjusted via the handlebar lever
  • The handlebars can be folded down when not in use.

Testers feedback:

The unit ran well.  We have used it daily for the past 3 weeks.  In that time it has performed good and run reliably.  For the price it is a fair investment of your money, even if it is a lesser known brand.


2: Belle PCX 12/36 Combination Wacker Plate Compactor

Best wacker plate for getting into small tight areas

When only the best will do, choose a Belle machine.  This PCX 12/36 plate compactor will work hard all year round.

This Belle is smaller, more compact and designed specifically to get into smaller areas.

Precision egineered, and extremely high quality give Belle machines the trust they have come to be accustomed to from consumers around the world.

The base plate is smaller.  You get higher speeds.

Belle PCX 12 36 Combination Wacker Plate Compactor

 

Features

  • A reinforced centrifugal clutch that helps extend the life of the belt as well as make the belt easier to adjust.
  • Foldable mounted guide handle offers superior manoeuvrability and can be lowered to operate under obstacles and close to form work.
  • 4 HP Honda petrol engine (known for their superb reliability)
  • 9.5 litre capacity water tank spray system.  Angled holes help spray the full width preventing Asphalt pick up.
  • Easy lifting points – a front lift cage to make moving it around a breeze.
  • You can order an optional wheel kit
  • Easily fitted and removed Life lubricated vibration bearings – for peace of mind

Testers feedback:

It’s got a larger water tank spray system that stops stuff sticking to the bottom (hot asphalt for example)”

It would be so easy to simply state “go out and buy a Belle and forget the rest”.  We wouldn’t be wrong in that statement, however the downsides to owning a Belle compactor plate are the high price tags when purchasing.  That’s why we went to these lengths to look at all wackers on the market.

 


3: Belle PCLX 320 – 3.0HP Honda Petrol Driven Wacker Plate Compactor

This is the mid weight Belle PCLX 320 – 3.0HP Honda Petrol Driven Wacker Plate.  A premium low vibration wacker plate compactor.

Belle PCLX 320 3 HP Honda Petrol Driven Wacker Plate Compactor

It features a 320mm plate that achieves brilliant compaction levels across all materials.

It performs to HAUC standards (Highway Authorities and Utilities Committee) so is guaranteed to get the job done to the right specifications.

Professional users depend upon this.

One of the safest machines in it’s class, the low vibration design means the operator can user it for longer periods without undue fatigue setting in.

It’s also extremely well built and enjoys long periods of use in between planned services or maintenance needs.

Great for small confined areas.

Travels at 21.2 metres per minute

Weighs 61.5 kg


4: Belle PCX 500 20″ Forward plate compactor wacker (Fast Travel)

It’s a little know fact, but we have it on good authority (and via testing of course) that the 3 most popular Belle compactor plates are this one the PCX 500 (a 500mm plate).. the PCX 450 (450mm plate) and the PCX 320 (a 320mm plate)…  3 of the best Belle wacker plates that money can buy.  Being Belle, you get what you pay for.

belle pcx 500 wacker plate

Expect high 3 figures but for the money expect solid daily long term use without the drama.

So, this model is solid, robust and ultra reliable with a nice standfard plate size, oh and a reliable Honda engine too!

Features:

  • Faster travel speed both forward and reverse – for improved productivity (HONDA GX160)
  • Low hand-arm vibration – for operator health and safety and safer usage times
  • Engine protection frame – also provides a lifting point
  • Handle folds flat – compact size for transport and storage
  • Option for water tank factory fitted

 


5: Hyundai HYCP5030 12″ 2.8hp 87cc 53kg Compactor Plate (Wacker Plate)

This is a 300mm wacker plate (12 inches width).  Coupling it to the generous 2.8 horse power engine gives you a machine that starts up well (although we did have to let our unit run a few minutes from cold before using it for compacting)

It hasn’t failed to start up during the time we used it (for a pathway sub base).

Hyundai have been in existence since 1947 as an engineering and construction company before branching out into motoring and machinery.  For their wacker plates they use a sole Uk based importer (Genpower Ltd), who trade as “Hyundai Power Equipment”.

HYCP5030 12 inch 2.8hp 87cc 53kg Compactor Plate

  • Will achieve 25 metres per minute coverage (so extremely useful)
  • A sturdy 8mm steel plate compacts down to 200mm.
  • The reliable Hyundai engine works hard and works well.

Ideal for compacting sand, soil, small aggregates it is the perfect, cost-effective plate compactor for DIY projects, patio & block paving preparation, small driveway work and tarmac repair.


6: Neilsen C-60 Petrol Compactor 5.5hp

The Neilsen C 60 petrol plate compactor packs a good solid punch thanks to it’s 5.5 horsepower engine.

It can run at between 20 and 25 metres each minute and has an impact force of 1030kg and can compact up to 150mm depth.  Tackle your sub base woes easily.

It’s not the hardest hitting compactor, and won’t be good for heavby duty items but for the vast majority of applications it is just fine.

Just note that 150mm is pretty much the depth of compaction, so you’ll be compacting in slightly thinner layers which is fine for most things (especially for DIY projects and professional projects that you can take that bit longer on), but if you’re using it for business and time is of the essence you need to get a more powerful machine.

Highly rated in every other aspect.

 


7: Evolution 230 V Hulk Electro Electric Compaction Plate, 400 x 320 mm

Evolution Hulk offer low price affordable plate compactors in both electric and petrol driven models.  This is the electric plate compactor and below this you will see our feedback for the petrol version.

Features:

  • Reliable and quiet, high quality induction motor
  • Low maintenance power unit
  • No harmful fumes emitted, ideal for use in enclosed spaces
  • Folding handle for convenient transportation
  • 2 years warranty (only valid if purchased in the UK)

Testers feedback:

“The unit is pleasant and easy to operate.  We used it to compact both the sub base and sand down for our block paving and I have to say it performed exceedingly well.  The electric model is fine for any DIY’er but remember the cable is about 10 metres long so if you’re off up to the end of your drive you will need a decent extension cable.. and a dry day :)”

Our thoughts:

As with any smaller machine that has less power there are some obvious “operator issues” to get around.  For example if you are used to using high end £1000 Belle machines, you’d be used to getting jobs done quicker, compacting thicker stuff and dealing with bumps, however it is clearly better to rake off large bumps then proceed with your wacker plate.


8: Evolution Hulk Petrol Compactor, 400 x 320 mm

Here is the petrol variant of the Evolution hulk wacker plate.  Nicely priced and less hassle organizing electric cables and hoping for dry days.  This can be used whenever and without the fuss.

evolution hulk petrol plate compactor

Features:

  • Powerful 2.4hp motor
  • Low frequency & high amplitude for better soil compaction
  • Easy fold handle for storage and transportation
  • Thick, durable base plate and vibration damper system increases user comfort
  • 2 Year Warranty (only valid if purchased in the UK)

 


9: SCHEPPACH HP 1100 Plate Compactor

The Scheppach HP 1100 plate compactor.  A beast of a machine.

Our secret favourite!

SCHEPPACH HP 1100 Plate Compactor

Look at the specifications:
– Dimensions lxwxh: 700 x 400 x 480 mm
– motor power 4 kW / 5.5 hp
– Plate size: 530 x 350 mm
– Compaction force: 11000 N
– Weight: 63.0 kg
– Compaction depth: 25 – 30 cm
– Travel speed: 25 m/min

This is our favourite wacker plate here.  Build quality and ability is brilliant.  Nice and agile thanks to it’s plate size.

HUGE compaction depths, compaction force and ability to travel as fast as most other machines.

The price is competitive too, so offers REALLY GOOD value.  Take a look for yourself.

High power, solid performance and way less than the price of high end machines.

 


10: Hand held plate compactor – Mini- Vibrating plate compactor / Wacker plate RÜTTLI 250W

For those smaller areas, this hand held mini wacker plate is just perfect.  Packs a punch, takes up little room and does what is needed.  The Ruttli 250W plate compactor is just the ticket.

Powered by electric motor.

Mini Vibrating plate compactor RÜTTLI 250W

The base plate on this machine is made using stable lacquered sheet steel.

Testers feedback:

Small but mighty.  We trialled this for 2 weeks for a pathway going from our front door, down the side of the house and to mary up to our patio at the back.  No problems reported.  Did what was needed.  Compacted our hardcore, sand and then was made ready for the pavers.


 

Pressure Washer Reviews – The Best 10 For 2018

top 10 best pressure washers featured

Pressure Washer Reviews You Can Count On

Best pressure washer list – and reasons

Pressure washers vary a LOT in price and specifications.  If you want to spend 8 hours trying to clean your patio then choose a super cheap, super low pressure washer and just smile when your neighbours keep looking at you (even when the sun starts to set and you’re wet and tired).

If you are looking for an electric OR petrol jet wash for sale at a good price then this review will effectively weed out the rubbish machines, saving you embarrassment and frustration.

Before you read on, if you’re in a rush, here is a quick sumamry of what we think are the VERY BEST.

For under £150 choose the Nilfisk C105 6-5 Pressure Washer with 1400 W Motor.  For £150 to £350 choose this Kärcher K5 Compact Home High Pressure Washer with Home Kit For £350 to £1000 choose this Nilfisk P150 2-10 X-Tra High Pressure Washer and finally for £1000 upwards this Kiam Business Start-up Pack might just be the best investment you ever make.

 

What’s your budget?

up to £150 ?£150 to £350 ?£350 to £1000 ?£1000 to £20,000 ?

£50 to £150

Typically cleans between 10 square metres and 20 square metres an hour

Pros:

  • Good solid basic machines – some with gadgets/extras
  • The ones we feature here are great for basic home use
  • Affordable cleaning power

Cons:

  • If you are in a rush these may not be the best option as the water flow rates are typically lower, so completing a job will take longer
  • Not ideal for small business use when being used regular

“We chose these as our Top rated under £150″

£150 to £350

Typically clean between 25 square metres and 35 square metres an hour

Pros

  • Fairly powerful machines
  • May get gadgets
  • Great for home use and some bigger jobs

Cons

  • While some may have the power for big commercial jobs be aware that a lot of these state “only for DIY use”, so going against that would invalidate your warranty

“We chose these as our Top rated £150 to £350″

£350 to £1000

Typically clean between 40 square metres and 60 square metres an hour

Pros

  • High end powerful machines
  • Get the jobs done FAST
  • Choose only top rated machines that will last.
  • Take care and keep them in a warm place over winter

Cons

  • Some machines may simply be average machines but with “lot’s of frilly extra’s” that aren’t always necessary

“We chose these as our Top rated £350 to £1000″

£1000 to £20,000

Typically clean upward of 60 square metres an hour

Pros

  • Professional use machines for daily use without stopping.
  • Large scale company use

Cons

  • Can be incredibly expensive, but we are talking large use, large scale machinery here

“We chose these as our Top rated £1000 to £20,000″

Handy Tip!

How to pressure wash your whole house.  This interesting article over at Bobvila.com gives handy hints on how to take the right care washing your whole house using a pressure washer.  Some good pointers!

Before you continue…  a few things to consider:

  • Do you need petrol, or is electric just fine?
    Do you need the ability to suck from any water source (ie a large water butt) or is it just fine to work on a standard home “outside tap” ?

Does this sound like you?

Imagine you’ve just told your partner you’ll get the patio cleaned ready for summer…

You venture out into your local B&Q or Wickes and with a smug smile you buy what appears to be a “superb” pressure washer.

“Nice…  only £45 and it’s sure to impress the wife!”

Your partner looks and you and smiles as you say

i can handle it doris
Image attribution courtesy of Flickr

“leave it to me Doris, I’ll have things cleaned up in no time”.

She smiles at you, happy to know the patio is going to be shipshape by the end of the day.

Back home you assemble your pressure washer, feeling confident and ready to blast dirt into oblivion.

Hosepipe connected check!

Power plugged in… check!

Lance connected (turbo nozzle of course)… check!

You look at your partner and shout out:

“Doris, please turn the tap!”

She turns on the tap and you begin to “do your thing”.

Adopting your tough and rugged pose… wellies on, and you fire up the start button.

A blast of water comes out and you point it towards your next victim (the dirtiest corner of your patio known to man).

10 minutes later you’ve managed to clean a size about the same as a baby’s arm, and you’re covered in moss and dirt.

Not so good.

£100 spent and you feel a bit disappointed.

You had hoped to have cleaned things up in a few hours but at this rate you’re looking at a full day.
Forget about watching the football, as you now have a lengthy cleaning regime to contend with.


So what is a pressure washer?

Simple. A machine that forces water from your tap, through a machine and out through a small narrow pipe in a lance that you hold. The water comes out at such a high pressure that it literally blasts dirt and grime away from chairs, decking, walls, floors etc.

If you want to clean faster you need a more powerful machine.

If you are happy with occasional use and aren’t in any rush then value for money budget models would be your best option.

If you have a large area to clean, or are hoping to use the pressure washer for a business then you will need something that is very powerful, very reliable and can clean large areas day in day out with no hints of getting tired.

 Pressure WasherFeaturesClick For Best Price
1: Nilfisk C105 6-5

  • Electric

  • 5 metre hose

  • Superb entry level machine

  • Metallic internal components

  • 440 litres/hour flow rate

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2: Draper 31562

  • Electric

  • 3 metre hose

  • Automatic stop feature

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3: Kärcher K2 Compact

Our Choice!



  • Electric

  • 4 metre hose

  • Cleans 20 sq metres/hour


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4: Karcher K2 premium

  • FREE T150 patio cleaner attachment

  • Electric

  • 4 metre hose

  • Cleans 20 sq metres/hour

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5: Karcher K5 Home Premium

Our Choice!



  • FREE "upgraded T350" patio cleaner attachment

  • Electric

  • 8 metre hose

  • Cleans 40 sq metres/hour

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6: Nilfisk E 140.3-9 X-Tra

Our Choice!



  • Electric

  • 9 metre hose

  • 9 metre electric cable

  • Wind on hose wheel

  • 2100W power rating

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7: Waspper W2100HA

Our Choice!



  • Petrol

  • 6.5 metre hose

  • Use anywhere

  • Axial pump

  • Long life expectancy

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8: Vax P86-P3-T


  • Electric

  • 5 metre hose

  • Generally GOOD

  • Most units are fine, however some people had poor fitting parts

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9: Kranzle Hochdruckreiniger 1152 TST

Our Choice!



  • Electric

  • German precision engineering

  • VERY high quality unit

  • 15 metre hose

  • 600 litres/hour flow rate

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10: Hyundai HYW3000P

  • Petrol

  • 10 metre hose

  • 600 litres/hour flow rate

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How much are we looking at for a pressure washer?

  • At the high end, for industrial pro machines anywhere from £1000 to £17,000 – clearly not the thing for once a year at home.
  • At the budget end of things, you can choose as little as about £60 to £150, most are from well known household names such as Karcher or Nilfisk
  • In the mid range there are a good number of very powerful machines in the £300 or so region, such as Karcher Nilfisk and then other names come in who usually cater to more professional pressure washers such as Kiam or Hyundai .

So, this write up has been extensively researched to find out the good from the bad, and where you should be putting your money.

This review is aimed at mainly the home user and smaller business user, so typically in the range of £80 to £500, although as a business user if you look at models around the £1000 mark (and up) you suddenly get greeted with a wide range of models like the Hyundai 14hp unit that can push as much as 15 litres a minute through the hose.


 

Best £150 to £350
nilfisk c105 6 pressure washer 200
Best £350 to £2000
kranzle hochdruckreiniger K 1152 TS T pressure washer amazon

 

Our Top 10 BEST Pressure Washers Overall

1:Nilfisk C105 6-5 Pressure Washer with 1400 W Motor Review

 

nilfisk c105 6 pressure washer 200Nilfisk are not as widely known as the Karcher brand which seems to dominate TV, magazines etc. however they are what many of us feel as being superior.

Tough metal internal components and superb build quality (not to mention they do a great job of shifting muck and built up grime.

Sure it’s not a £60 unit, but it is “superb”.

Powerful to shift muck.  Not powerful enough for some of those pesky dead flies off your car bodywork.

(yet comparably better than similar rated machines)

We feel this is the best electric pressure washer within our “budget” price range (and deservedly so, too).

Pro’s and con’s:

Pros:

  • Metallic internal components
  • Trusted brand that’s been around since 1906

Cons:

  • No wheels (but only a minor niggle)

2: Draper 31562 1500 W 230 V Pressure Washer Review

 

draper 31562 1500w pressure washerDraper are a long standing tool brand.  They started out in life in 1919 when the founder Bert Draper sold surplus government goods in and around London (Kingston Upon Thames).  Since they began over 9 decades ago, they have come a very long way and now import and brand some of the world’s finest home tools.

3 generations of investment and family values make Draper products “real genuine good value products”.

The 31562 pressure washer from Draper is super cheap at a touch under £70, and also very much a great machine.

While it’s never going to clear 3 car parks a day, for the price, you get a machine that will happily remove dirt and grime from your  garden area – patio’s decking, pavers etc.

Box Contains

  • 1x Pressure Washer
  • 1x 3M of hose and gun
  • 1x Turbo nozzle
  • 1x Fixed jet nozzle
  • 1x Detergent spray bottle
  • 1x Instruction Manual

Pro’s

  • Light weight
  • Very affordable
  • Draper trusted brand
  • Features an automatic total stop system when not being used.

Con’s

  • We cannot find any faults with this machine.  Super value for money

3: Kärcher K2 Compact Pressure Washer Review

The best pressure washer under £100 – our opinion

karcher k2 compact pressure washerThe K2 from Karcher is one of their entry level machines that provides plenty of thrust.  Remember all the washers in this top 10 list are GOOD.  We have already weeded out the poor ones to leave the top 10 best pressure washers so much of what you buy boils down to budget and needs.

So let’s look at the Karcher K2 compact.

 

Features the following:

  • Power, beauty and everything you need to sort out your outside spaces.
  • Protection for the motor from devris and dirt coming in.
  • It also features storage for the lance, cable etc so it can be stored nice and neat when not in use.
  • You get a detergent suction tube, so you can mix in your favourite cleanser.
  • 2 year warranty comes as standard.
  • Dirtblaster lance cleans 50% better than standard lances!
  • Remember every single Karcher is individually tested before leaving the factory.
  • All Karcher K2 Pressure Washers can also be used from a gravity fed harvested water source such as a water butt tap
  • The pumps are their own design – a corrosion-free “N-COR” material which is a combination of polyamide and glass fibre.
  • This standalone unit measures 32.2 x 21.2 x 40 cm – compact is the name!
  • Weighs 4kg

 


4: Kärcher K2 Premium Home Air-Cooled Pressure Washer Review

 

karcher k2 premium pressure washerWe can’t decide if the modern X shape design resembles a womanly physique, or “X marks the spot” or even that it perhaps has the “X factor”.

Putting aside our initial talking points, we had to give this unit a good run for it’s money.  After all, Karcher products do have some of the best brand awareness currently.

With strong roots going back top 1935, Karcher has earned it’s reputation and indeed it’s crown as one of the best there is around for the average home user.

The DS 350 in 1950 was their first foray into pressure washer design, and this led the company into the cleaning market for professional and domestic use.

So what’s it like?

Good.  We really like it.  For under £160 it’s a SUPERB piece of kit.

Pressure wise, looking at 110 bar which isn’t too bad for a machine like this.

It looks good too.

Pro’s

  • German engineering
  • Air cooled 110 bar pressure washer with quality craftsmanship behind every single component.
  • Comes with the standard Vario lance, the T150 patio cleaner (rotary component), the dirtblaster lance and detergents for patios and decking.

Con’s

  • Hose is a touch on the small size
  • Can fall over (not like it’s the end of the world, but just saying)

 


5: Kärcher K5 Compact Home High Pressure Washer with Home Kit Review

karcher k5 premium pressure washerWith this improved “water cooled” model we have stepped up in price.  We have also stepped up in a number of areas.  The power is now 145 bar pressure (whereas the K2 is just 110 bar).

Blast through muck with the aid of 500 litres of water per hour and get the job done fast.

Use the included upgraded T350 and get the job done as much as 5 times faster.  The added cost of this improved machine means your cleaning jobs are accomplished in a far shorter time.

The video below introduces you to the power of Karcher pressure washing – well worth a minute of your time.

Measuring 46.8 x 39.7 x 59.1 cm it has a powerful 2100 Watt motor.

The water cooled patented motor ensures reliable performance that lasts longer than ever before.

This unit is one of oour favourites within this list.  price wise it sits at a fairly good price under £250, but the performance is what makes it stand out.

The patio cleaner makes it feel like you are hoovering the patio, so say goodbye to backache!

Highly rated!

Features:

  • Patented water-cooled motor for more power and longer life
  • Quick connect system for the high-pressure hose
  • Telescopic handle for comfortable use & compact storage
  • Detergent suction hose for chemical injection
  • Automatic motor stop

Pro’s:

  • Our favourite by far.  If you can go the extra mile then this comes highly recommended
  • Everything you need to QUICKLY deal with dirt and grime

Con’s:

  • No anti-kink hose (just a minor niggle!)

 


6: Nilfisk E 140.3-9 X-Tra Pressure Washer with 2.1 KW Induction Motor Review

We feel this is close to being the best electric pressure washer.

nilfisk e130 3 9 x tra excellence pressure washer with 2100 watt induc tion motor amazonFeel the force of a rock solid pressure washer.  This Nilfisk pressure washer review will help clear the path right before your eyes.

This unit BLASTS muck away.  You can REALLY feel the extra pressure when using this.  Be aware when using near stones in case they flick upwards into eyes.

Before we used this, we had high expectations.

Nilfisk after all are a strong contender.  Plenty of power.  Good long heritage and solid reliability.

The E140.3-9 X-Tra pressure washer is powerful.

  • 2100 watt motor
  • Metal pump – for strong reliability
  • A simple “Click” of each lance to pop it into the hose and it locks into place.  A click on the quick release button then enables removal.
  • Motor-saving automatic stop-start feature (the motor turns off when you are not pressing the trigger)
  • Long 9 metre hose that will not twist or kink
  • Long 9 metre electric cable so you can reach 18+ metres away!
  • Hose that winds back onto it’s own built in wheel
  • Can be used with a water butt tap
  • Does not come with patio cleaner attachment unless you go for the “complete” package (below) for a little more money.

Get the complete package with all the extras and rotary patio cleaner here

Pro’s:

  • Extremely powerful and reliable
  • Nilfisk trusted brand

Con’s:

  • Don’t use it on outside paint
  • Be wary standing close to anything precious such as car body paintwork

 


 

7: Waspper W2100HA Petrol Powered High Water Pressure Washer Portable Surface Washers Heavy Duty Pro Cleaner 2100 psi W2100HA Review

 

waspper petrol 2100HA pressure washerFor a Solvakian company, we are mightily impressed.  The Waspper brand is ticking all the right boxes.  These petrol pressure washer reviews are based on testing and thorough research.

Petrol jet wash for sale:

  • Petrol power – oh yes!
  • Powerful – oh yes!
  • Great customer service!

Need we say more?

Our machine performed flawlessly.  Was easy to start and use and blasted away muck from a patio table and chairs in under 10 minutes.  Nice.

Here is the assembly video:

What’s good about ?

  • Wash and clean anywhere, no electrical supply is needed.
  • Light and portable.  4 feet keep it stable.  A carry handle lends itself to easy movement.
  • Weighs just over 19kg
  • The High Pressure and Great Flow is Created By a Full Aluminium Axial Pump Which Has a Much Greater Lifespan Than Electric Pressure Washers (4-5 years longer).
  • PERFECT for domestic use and for smaller business use.

What we didn’t like:

  • No immediate offerings in the way of circular patio cleaners however I’m sure they will do this at some point.  Although it is possible to use 3rd party rotary cleaners when you have the right 3/4 inch quick release couplings.

 


8: Vax P86-P3-T Pressure Washer Review

vax p86 p1 c pressure washerLike many people, I thought Vax were a hoover manufacturer.  Seems I was quite wrong.  They have products in a few different areas that also include irons and of course pressure washers.

As things turn out, VAX pressure washers are not bad… IF you are lucky

The P86-P3-T features a high power wattage and high water flow rate that helps you complete the job far quicker.

This washer come with:

  • A patio cleaning rotary cleaner
  • A car wash kit
  • A jet nozzle and a turbo nozzle

It will handle the cleaning of 28 square metres per hour with ease.

Pro’s:

  • For an entry level product it delivers ok (but not excellent) power!
  • If you get one that doesn’t break it will do an adequate job.

Con’s:

  • Some units had poor fitting plastic casings.
  • The power dos not seem to be strong enough for seriously heavy duty work such as cleaning brickwork or moss removal
  • One of our units had a snapped inlet nozzle.  A replacement nozzle then snapped again
  • Sadly, it seems that cheap parts may be used, meaning it’s hit and miss if you get a good one or a poor one.

 


 

9: Kränzle Hochdruckreiniger K 1152 TS T Review

kranzle hochdruckreiniger K 1152 TS T pressure washerThis is a commercial grade pressure washer so comes with plenty of punch, features and high end build quality.  It’s a mid to high 3 figure priced unit but you certainly get what you pay for.

If you need a quality unit for your own home or for a business then this is definitely very highly rated.

If a Karcher can be likened to a Toyota (reliable and well bult) then a Kranzle can be likened to a Bentley.  Premium, class, exemplorary build quality.  The Kränzle Hochdruckreiniger K 1152 TS T is quality through and through.

Let’s see what’s included:

  • 15 metre (HUGE!) hose length.
  • Dirtkiller spray wand
  • Turbo spray wand
  • 10 year pump manufacturer guarantee
  • 2 year jet washer guarantee

Pro’s:

  • Outstanding capabilities
  • Long lifetime expectency
  • Blasts through 10 litres of water every minute so super powerful.

Con’s:

  • Comes with a German/European plug so will need a travel adaptor

 


10: Hyundai 3000 PSI 7 HP Portable Petrol Pressure Washer HYW3000P Review

hyundai hyw3000p portable petrol pressure washerHigh end commercial grade petrol powered machine here.

Is this the best petrol pressure washer?

It’s a high “3 figure” priced pressure washer, but one that will work hard by your side, day in, day out.

It delivers a huge 3000psi and forces through 10 litres of water per minute.

Featuring:

  • Heavy-duty Annovi Reverberi (AR) pump for professional use
  • Powerful 7 0hp Hyundai 4-stroke engine helping to produce a maximum output of 3000psi
  • Turbo nozzle for high-powered cleaning and quality finish
  • Thermal relief valve to help regulate the temperature of the pump

With it’s variety of standard 3/4 inch threaded connectors, you can happily interchange a variety of nozzles you may already have, as well as rotary patio cleaners to enable far faster cleaning.

We like the power of this unit and would recommend it for business use, or for those who simply want “high end quality”.

Pro’s:

  • Heavy duty construction with tough wheels for maneuverability
  • Hyundai quality

Con’s:

  • Does not come with a patio cleaner, although can can attach 3rd party cleaners to enable faster cleaning of larger areas.

 

Resources:

Understanding pressure washer pumps – http://pressurewashr.com/pressure-washer-pumps/

– Helped with understanding of pumps

Vax company – http://www.vax.co.uk

– Provided us additional research opportunities for the Vax pressure washer

Best Cement Mixer For Sale 2018 – Here’s The Best 10 For The Money

top 10 best cement mixers 2017 featured image

Cement Mixer Buyers Guide – 2018

When you are undertaking building work and need to mix up a large amount of cement, a cement mixer will come in invaluable.

These machines let you pop in the required amounts of sharp sand, cement and water to create the concrete you need.

They are a great time saver and labour saver too.

So which is the best cement mixer for sale in the Uk?

If you are short on time, I’ll let you in on our number one favourite cement mixer overall.  It is the 120 litre Switzer cement mixer.


 


The 10 best rated cement mixersIf it comes down to a budget then you can find plenty of brand new cement mixers for sale for around the £100 mark, and the prices increase for higher end machines such as a Belle cement mixer.

Belle are renowned for being “the cream of the crop”, however you certainly don’t have to spend out £400+ on a Belle, although it would be a good investment.

If it is a cheap cement mixer you are after then read on, as we have tested, worked and found what we believe to be the top 10 best concrete mixers at the current time.

In the news:

A St Albans company raises money for a local Hospice by doing a charity rugby ball game that involves throwing a ball into a turning cement mixer.  Read about it here.

Consider whether you will need an electric cement mixer or a petrol mixer and you will then narrow down your best option based on needs and budget.

Plus, thankfully, with our review, you can rest assured that these 10 are “top notch”.


Our Best Cement Mixer Recommendation:

Every one in this top 10 list has made it here by being better than the hundreds of others out there on the market.

They are all “really” good however one of them edged out for us.

The Switzer Electric Concrete Cement Mixer With 120 litre capacity

switzer 180 litre cement mixer

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Why bother with a cement mixer?

This is probably fairly obvious, but if you’ve ever mixed together more than a few barrowloads of cement by hand on a board then you’ll quickly realize how slow, tiring and cumbersome it is.

As one of the most used construction tools it serves a very important role to help work flow easily and ensure cement is mixed properly.

It is far easier and more efficient to pop the materials into the mixer and leave it spinning.  This lets you get on with the real work in hand.

Which concrete mixer is best?

There isn’t any REAL best mixer.  Whichever cement mix you use, just make sure you follow the instructions and try to choose one that meets your budget and workload.

Concrete and cement mixers are the same thing.  They can be petrol or electric powered to serve your needs  whether close to a power supply or out on a bustling building site.  You can buy obe abd it will pay for itself within next to no time, or you could always use a plant hire company if it’s a one off small job.

The Belle range of mixers are time served, well made and trusted by thousands of builders, but the downside is that they are more expensive than other brands.  You get what you pay for though.  Complete this with superb customer service and you’ll be glad you chose Belle.

For the rest of the bunch, consider build quality and how often you’ll be using the mixer.  If you are a small business then of course get the best you can afford.  The 10 in this list are all GREAT.  We filtered out the stuff that is not worthy and fouind these to be the best of the bunch.  We particularly liked the Foxchunter models.

See below our comparision table of the top 10 best cement mixers.

Top 10 best cement mixers, summary table

 Cement MixerCommentsClick To View Current Best Price
1: Belle Minimix 140
Electric cement mixer. Premium brand, total reliability, but expect higher pricesprice-check
2: Progen 63 Litre Cement MixerFantastic value for money. Sturdy, ideal for small to medium sized jobsprice-check
3: DIY Essentials 120 Litre Electric cement mixer550 Watts, Yellow, great build qualityprice-check
4: Dirty Pro Tools Black Cement MixerWell made, reliable, cautionary advisory with regards to previous customers having a poor customer service experience (although ours was fine)price-check
5: Charles Bentley 125 Litre 550w Cement Mixer
Our 2nd Choice!
Nice tough powder coated drum. large capacityprice-check
6: JTF 120 Litre concrete mixerBrilliant brand, very robust and tough and great pricesprice-check
7: Switzer 120 litre Cement Mixer
Our Choice!
Fantastic all round cement mixer that is well made.price-check
8: Belle Minimix 150 (without stand)Belle complete reliability, thick tough paddles and great customer serviceprice-check
9: PETROL Belle Minimix With Stand
Our 3rd Choice!
PETROL version for use anywhere any time. Easy start, amazing build quality and total reliabilityprice-check
10: Megamix 70 Litre Cement MixerSUPERB cement mixer priced around £100!price-check

1: Belle Minimix 140 230v Tip Up Mixer Heavy Duty Semi-Professional review

 

Featuring the renowned Belle brand, superb construction in a semi-professional setup, your own DIY projects will be complemented perfectly by this electric powered Belle mini mix concrete mixer 230V.

Belle Minimix140

If you need a full barrow load of mortar or concrete then this cement mixer will handle it perfectly well and help keep you working constantly without having to wait for more mix to be made.

The Belle Minimix 140 230v tip up mixer features an extra thick mixers drum with quick mix paddles and a tough construction.  It comes supplied with Barrow height swivel stand however the mixer can be used on or off its stand and is the ideal portable solution for mixing concrete and cement.

Unboxing video of a Belle Minimix (similar model):

How big is it?

121.5 x 60 x 85.2 cm

 

Pro’s and Con’s:

  • A little pricey but you get what you pay for.
  • Brilliant portable concrete mixer for home use or out on construction sites
  • Premium ultra reliable quality.
  • Belle offer some of the best cement mixers known so you can rest assured that a Belle purchase will leave you with a smile on your face.

Click here to view it on Amazon

 


2: PROGEN 63L 220W 50HZ DRUM PORTABLE ELECTRIC CONCRETE CEMENT MIXER MORTAR PLASTER REVIEW

This 63 litre cement mixer is ideal for smaller jobs, but is equally effective at larger jobs.  IF however you like the look of this, there is a larger sized 120 litre version for around £30 more here.  While other cement mixers may boast huge 140 litre capacities, these mixer is good enough for most applications.  It’s a tip up concrete mixer that works as hard as you do.

progen 63l electric cement mixer

Ideal for concrete, mortar and plaster.

The Progen 63 litre electric mixer features:

  • A rated voltage cement mixer 230 V electric powered
  • 50 Hz Motor
  • 220 W
  • The cement mixers drum mouth diameter: 267 mm
  • Drum speed: 27.5 RPM
  • Overall size: 110 x 55 x 93.5 cm ( L x W x H)
  • FITTED WITH 3 PIN UK PLUG
  • Material: Steel
  • Weight: 25 kg

Pro’s and Con’s:

  • Perfectly fine for most situations
  • Highly rated by us – a great workhorse.
  • Not ideal for large scale use where you need a lot of cement mixed up all of the time due to the smaller drum (be sure to check out the bigger brother here with a 120 litre capacity drum).

Click here to view it on Amazon

 


3: 120L Litre PRO 230V Volt 550W Portable Electric Concrete Cement Mixer Mortar Plaster review

Yellow seems to be the new Orange, and why not.  This 120 litre electric powered cement mixer is powered by a 550 watt engine perfect for all your mixing needs.  It’s made by “DIY essentials” and is typical of many similar generic products with lesser known brand names.

diy essentials JTF electric cement mixer 120 litre

This however does not detract from it’s build quality and reliability.  Remember that all 10 in this list had to fight their way out of the swamp of poor mixers to reign supreme.

Great for smaller building sites it features a 39cm opening to the drum and rotates at 33 rpm.

It can handle a 4 to 1 bucket mix just fine – just give it a little time to ensure the cement mix is right.

Pro’s and con’s of this concrete mixer

  • It works well and reliably
  • It pours out into a bucket just fine.
  • The only downside is thast the instruction manual is awful and probably for an older model – we wasn’t sure.

Click here to view it on Amazon

 


4: Dirty Pro Tools(TM) Professional Cement Mixer 80l Cement Mixer With Stand And Wheels 240V .350W review

This is a nice looking machine that works and functions as good as most of the other 9 in this list.  However there “MAY” be an annoying let down with customer service, in so much as it might be hard to get a response.

dirty pro tools black electric cement mixer 80 litre capacity

When we emailed, we actually got a response in under 10 minutes.

In our research we found several people who have had shocking customer service and some people have gone so far as to blog about their experiences.  You can read that here.

I wanted to be clear and honest.

Nice machine (and that is why it is in this list) BUT you may not get the help you want if you buy from them, although we are left thinking it may have been a temporary blip in their business growth where their customer service was poor, because more recent testimonials have come in showing customer service to be just fine (and highly recommended in some instances).

So that out of the way, let’s explain why we included this:

Good build quality.

Spins at 33rpm

Big enough to make a complete barrow load at a time.

It’s Black (flying in the face of Orange traditionalists!)

Our verdict is that it is actually a cracking little mixer that is brilliant for the DIY’er.

Pro’s and con’s

  • Honestly, the pros of this machine definitely outweigh the con’s.
  • It really is a great cement mixer and works tirelessly.
  • There was at one point a momentary lapse in customer service skills (as far as we can tell) which doesn’t appear to be the case now though.

Click here to view it on Amazon

 


5: Charles Bentley 125L 230V 550W Portable Cement Concrete Mixer With Wheels 12 MONTH WARRANTY Review

This brilliant electric Yellow powered cement mixer is backed up by a 550 watt motor to help it work hard as long as you do.

charles bentley portable cement mixer

When we got ours it took around 50 minutes to assemble (although it did encourage fellow reviewers to claim how they could have done it in half the time (yadda yadda!)).

Let’s look at it’s specifications:

  • 550w motor, 230v/50hz, UK 3 pin plug, tipping wheel and meets European Standard IP45 & Double Insulation.
  • Capacity: 125L drum capacity, 113L mix capacity
  • Dimensions: H125 x D71 x W116cm Drum mouth – 36cm, Drum diameter – 57cm
  • Materials: Powder coated steel Weight: 45.5kg
  • Assembly Required: Some self-assembly required Warranty: A 12 month warranty is offered with this product.

What’s it like in use?

It does what you expect, and thanks to the larger drum size you can get more cement mixed at the same time.

We used ours to lay the foundations for a concrete shed base and it worked tirelessly.

Recommended great builders equipment.

Pro’s and con’s:

  • Reliable and hard working.
  • Instructions could always be a bit clearer to follow but once it’s done then that’s it.

Click here to view it on Amazon

 


6: JTF Mega Warehouse 120 Litre Cement Mixer

A good solid 120 litre cement mixer brought to you by JTF (the wholesaler company)

jtf 120 l cement mixer

 

This 120 litre version concrete mixer is plenty big enough for the vast majority of jobs.  The opening is 34cm (others in this top 10 are slightly bigger).

It’s a doddle to use and operate, and the wheels make it easy to maneuvre too.

Here are the specifications (taken directly from Amazon):

* High performance cement mixer suitable for small projects at home

  • Power Output: 550w / Voltage: 230v with 33rpm Drum Speed
  • Capacity: 140L / 126L Mix Capacity. 33cm Drum Opening
  • Some assembly required: Instruction manual included

 

 

Pro’s and con’s

  • None.

Click here to view it on Amazon

 


7: FoxHunter 240V Volt 650W Portable Electric Concrete Cement Mixer Mortar Plaster Machine Capacity 180L Litre Drum Mouth Diameter 400mm review

With it’s HUGE 180 litre capacity, the FoxHunter CM180L cement mixer boasts an uprated motor, a larger drum and a wider 40cm opening, so you can throw in large amounts of cement or plaster etc for mixing.  It is one of our most popular products for a reason.

foxhunter 180 litre cement mixer

This is the bigger brother to our other featured Foxhunter on here with it’s 120l capacity.

Still with the same great strong construction and powder coating, it’s tough and reliable and half the price of more well known branded “Belle Cement Mixers” (although Belle cement mixers are some of the very very best).

It is certainly very well made and will easily make light work of many projects.

This is one of the recommended best cement mixers for sale.

Pro’s and con’s

  • Priced just about £30 more than the 120 litre model, and yet you get a larger capacity, larger opening and uprated motor!
  • Cannot fault this at all!

Click here to view it on Amazon


8: Mini Mix 150 230 volt review

Here is the Belle minimix 150 electric cement mixer (without the stand).  Lower in price than the model with stand, yet offers the same superb premium grade quality that can only come with a Belle mixer.  No fluff, no hype, just one of the best work horses there is on the market.  Powered by a 230v electric motor it is one of the toughest out.

belle minimix 150 no stand

It’s an electric cement mixer with 150 litre capacity.  Click to see if it’s available for delivery right away.

It measures: 121.1 x 59.7 x 89 cm

If the best is needed without any hesitation then choose a Belle cement mixer and you’ll enjoy incredible and lightning fast customer service, brilliant high end perfectly formed machinery, and total peace of mind that your cement mixer will probably outlive you.

Pro’s and con’s

  • Featuring the Belle brand name
  • A standard quality Belle cement mixer

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9: Belle Minimix 150 Cement Mixer and Stand Petrol GXH150 review

Looking for a petrol cement mixer?

Belle Minimix 150 petrol cement mixer with stand

Here is the Belle Minimix 150 petrol cement mixer that offers you the chance to work anywhere even if there is no electric power supply.

Being a Belle cement mixer, you get nothing but the very best.

This is the full set up.  Mixer, stand and petrol power source powered by a Honda gxh 4Hp engine.

Here’s what you get:

  • Belle Minimix 150 Cement Mixer and Stand Petrol GXH150
  • A Portable and Compact machine making transportation easy
  • Extra Thick Cement Mixer Drum
  • Quick Mix Paddles
  • Full Thermal Overload Protection

Pro’s and con’s

  • Petrol concrete mixer variant of their brilliant cement mixers
  • Expect to pay premium prices
  • Ultra reliable work horse

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10: Cement Mixer Megamix CM70 240v Electric portable concrete, mortar & cement mixer. 70L capacity Drum. Portable & Easy to Load. 

A cement mixer that fits any budget!  Priced around £100 it’s superb value and just perfect for pretty much any job, however for large scale jobs such as house builds you might wamnt a larger sized drum capacity.  This one is 70 litres but you won’t be disappointed.  Works well for laying patios, pathways and so much more!

megamix 70 litre cheap cement mixer

Our best cheap cement mixer

It makes no sense whatsoever now to hire out a cement mixer at £50 a time.  Buy one of these and you will have made your money back with just 2 days of use!

Can be easily transported in the back of most cars!

It’s funky tipping wheel makes it a doddle to pour out your mix where it’s needed or into a barrow.

 

Dimensions
Model CM70
Voltage 230V ~ 50Hz
Wheel size (in): 10 x 2.75
Motor: 250W, Dimensions: 1070mm x 510mm x 885mm
Drum Speed 30/min
Drum Dimensions: 420mm, Drum Height: 406mm, Drum diameter: 240mm Drum Capacity 70 litre

Pro’s and Con’s

  • Very low cost entry cement mixer
  • 70 litre capacity

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Wrapping up this cement mixer review:

When looking for any kind of mixer you need to remember to choose the best cement mixer for your needs.  Do you want something that is designed for heavy use 8 hours a day 6 days a week, or something more for occasional use – projects around the home?

Remember..

All 10 of these are “great” cement mixers.

We have weeded out the poor performing ones to leave this list of what is in our opinion the ones that are the most reliable, and good value for money.

Finally… the top 3 cement mixer machines in our list as defined by us:

2nd place
Charles Bentley Cement Mixer
Charles Bentley Portable cement mixer
3rd Place
Belle Mini mix 150 Petrol
Belle Minimix 150 Petrol with stand

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