Why use tripod ladders ? – a Henchman tripod ladder review
Tripod ladders are used where ordinary ladders will not be safe. Like a milking stool, the tripod ladders have three legs to ensure their stability. With three legs, it is impossible for a tripod ladder not stay in contact with the ground.
Basic tripod ladders usually have one adjustable leg but the more professional ones have three adjustable legs. This makes them much more suited for uneven ground or for use on a sloping surface.
Unlike a normal ladder, Henchman tripod platform ladders have a special 7 inch (18cm) wide platform step to stand on. This step supports both feet leaving the remaining three feet above the step to lean on. There is room in the top part of the ladder to tuck your legs in so improving your stability.
The triangular footprint, which gives you much more stability than a standard ladder, is almost certain not to wobble. Having just three legs also allows for greater access in difficult areas which is why tripod ladders can be used for hedge trimming, pruning, topiary work as well as fruit picking.
They are often used by house painters and the shorter versions are ideal for maintenance in and around the house for little jobs like changing a light bulb.
The feet have gripping claws built in. A rubber foot kit (pack of 3) is available as an extra.
The Henchman ladders are designed with your safety in mind. There is a handy top rail you can use to support yourself which you can also use to lean on if you are working with both hands and a handy platform to stand your tools on.
There is also a safety chain to stop the legs from spreading too far.
The waist working height is 1.8m and the shoulder working height is 2.2m.
This Henchman tripod ladder is very stable, even on sloping ground. The adjustable leg, with a wide footprint, means that the tripod ladder can be used on the roughest ground or the steepest slope (without wobbling) in complete safety.
You will be completely safe and comfortable working at the top of this tripod ladder even if you are afraid of normal ladders.
Henchman Professional Tripod Platform Ladders All of the Henchman professional tripod ladders have three fully adjustable legs with an 18 inch variation in height. This means they will be ideal for use on sloping ground and different levels like stairs.
The Henchman tripod ladders are made from quality aluminium and are fully welded to the appropriate British Standards. Henchman tripod ladders are made with your safety in mind.
The three adjustable legs (46cm (18” adjustment) enable the tripod ladder to be set so the top is level and remain stable. The single leg allows you to work in tight spaces and could even be placed inside the edge of a hedge to give you more reach on wider hedges.
The tripod ladders come in four different heights: 1.8m (6Ft), 2.4m (8ft), 3m (10ft) and 3.7m (12ft), and are suitable for many different jobs around the house and garden.
The tripod ladders are weight tested and will support a 150kg (23 stone) load safely.
The extra wide 7 inch platform rung enables the user to stand safely and comfortably while working. This allows you to lean against the top rail leaving both hands free to work.
All Henchman tripod ladders have a safety chain to stop the legs spreading too far apart and claw feet to stop the tripod ladder from sinking into the ground or slipping on the soil.
Sets of rubber feet (in packs of 3) are available for use on smooth surfaces and to protect carpet and wood flooring if the tripod ladders are used indoors.
The Henchman tripod ladder is very stable, even on sloping ground. The adjustable legs, with a wide footprint, means that the tripod ladder can be used on the roughest ground or the steepest slope (without wobbling) in complete safety.
You will be completely safe and comfortable working at the top of this tripod ladder even if you are afraid of normal ladders.
Protective Rubber Feet for Henchman Tripod Ladders
Although Henchman tripod ladders have non-slip claw feet there will be occasions where you want to use the tripod ladder on a smooth surface or indoors.
Henchman sells sets of rubber feet (in packs of three) for their professional range of tripod ladders. They will stop the built in claws from slipping and protect surfaces such as carpets and wood flooring.
One of those jobs. You either hate it or you love it. Trimming the hedges and shrubs. The best ladder for cutting hedges needs to be strong and very safe.
Sure you could simply stand on top of your dustbin , wobble about on the small lid, bend the lid and risk falling off, but that’s not really ideal, especially when you’ve got hedge cutters in your hands. Here we outline the ladders you need, and the obvious reason for using safe ladders.
The best ladder for cutting hedges are adjustable leg professional tripod ladders. These garden ladders account for outdoor gardening work. They will be 1: lightweight, 2: have adjustable legs, 3: have a safe platform, 4: have a grab rail to hold on to, 5: three points of contact ideally. Brands include “Henchman”, “Henrys”, “BPS Access Solutions” and “Ladders Online”.
Let’s discuss ladder safety “real quick” and then move on.
The health and safety executive explain that falls from ladders account for as much as 40% of all the “falls from heights” statistics.
They also state (here for reference) that if you are to be physically on a leaning ladder for more than 30 minutes at a time then a ladder shouldn’t be the way to go (scaffolding would be better). So take regular breaks.
So if you are going to cut your hedges 2 to 3 times a year then you should hire out good quality tripod ladders or invest in some ladders that will stand strong for many years.
What are the main points to consider when buying hedge cutting ladders?
Uneven ground – not every garden is super flat so you need to adjust at least one leg to account for this.
Different heights – hedges and shrubs don’t all grow at the same height
Safety – your life is in your hands when up ladders with sharp tools in hand – allow for “3 points of contact”
Storage – The physical size of these ladders means you need to have a large enough space to house them.
Rubber feet – consider purchasing extra rubber feet that can slip over the bottom, for when working on hard surfaces for extra grip.
Weight – while not a deal breaker, the lighter the better. This makes each job so much easier.
Durability – due to the size you might be storing these outside when not in use – so rust-proof ladders are a must
Why bother with uneven ground?
Every garden is different, there will be small bumps, hollows and undulations. If your ladder leg is in one of these it can all end in disaster as you come tumbling down, hedge cutters in hand. Simply put the ladders just won’t be very stable.
You could wedge a piece of wood or garden sleeper under one leg, if you really want to. But honestly do you think it’s a good idea because I’m not sure I’d agree with you if so?
Ladders are going to last many long years, so it certainly pays to get something safe.
SIDE NOTE: Have you seen Laddergrips?
These appear to be a product that will last for tens of years and certainly help make a set of ladders “stick” to a surface as opposed to be simply just resting against a wall etc.
There will always be new brands cropping up, cheap foreign brands trying to get into the market at a cheaper price, but if you care about safety then consider some of the brands that already have a good reputation.
BPS Access Solutions and
The best thing you can do is to look at lots of Tripod ladders online over on the Amazon website (click here to see the full list). Remember to find ones with good ratings and as many of the features above as possible to fit in with your budget.
What size ladder do you need to buy?
Naturally it depends on the size of each job, so try to think about the jobs you might use. Remember you won’t be stood right on the top of your ladders. You will want to keep a few rungs down for safety reasons, but you will have the added arm reach height, and the extra reach from the hedge cutters.
Choosing the right ladders depends on the type of ladders you are getting. For this writeup we are naturally discussing Tripod ladders which are far more stable than other forms of ladders like extension ladders or step ladders.
Typical step ladders would involve you standing no higher than 2 rungs down from the top step, and we suggest you adopt a similar strategy wherever possible, but with Tripod ladders it’s important that you have the adequate safety measures in “up there at the top end”.
So ultimately choose some that have a safety rail and a solid platform to stand on if you are to stand right at the top. Some premium models also have a safety rope you can close behind you while up there so you are fully “locked in” to the top platform (but sadly most platform ladders do not have this).
What price will it cost you?
The old saying of you get what you pay is especially true.
Expect to pay anywhere from £150 to £200 for basic lightweight tripod ladders. You won’t always get all 3 legs adjustable, it might only be one leg that adjusts. You might not also get a platform or places to place tools, but maybe you can live without these, especially if your work is literally going up the ladder for 5 to 20 minutes then back down, and moving the ladders along, in which case a platform isn’t really necessary.
You can literally move upwards in price to £500+ for taller ladders and ladders that have more features.
What’s wrong with normal ladders you might ask. The simple answer is safety. 3 legs is better than two. Each leg is independent, whereas with a normal ladder it’s just two feet fixed to each other with a ladder rung.
With a normal ladder you are 1: relying on the ground being even, 2: having to lean against the hedge. This doesn’t give you the room to reach forward with your cutters safely, instead you have to lean back, look up and reach up and try to balance while hoping for the best.
With tripod ladders all that is taken away. You can put your body at the right height so you simply hold the cutters out and cut. If there is a grab rail you can lean against it. With a tripod ladder you get the extra stability that this gives as well.
How easy are tripod ladders to use?
Really easy and easy to move. The light weight makes it easy to move, and the adjustable legs are easy to adjust.
First of all they are light enough to carry (most of them for most purposes are anyway).
Get to the appropriate place by walking with the ladders under one arm (you can put your arm through one of the gaps).
Open out the third leg and make sure everything is locked in place and level for the ground.
Don’t forget rubber feet if on a hard surface.
Prepare your tools with the right fuel and start them running if petrol and don’t overload yourself.
Ensure your steps are free from any wires or branches that could affect your steps.
Make sure you have the right eye, ear and hand protection on.
Climb to the cutting area slowly and make sure you are happy with your position and position before you start the actual cutting.
When cutting, make sure there is nobody around the base of the ladders in case you drop any tools.
Try to ensure that the cut material doesn’t fall directly onto the steps as you will need a safe passage down when getting off the ladders.
Don’t over-reach. It’s not worth it. Far safer to go down and move the ladders along another metre.
Can they go in the back of your van?
This does depend on the size of the van. A 1.8 metre set of tripod ladders will be 1.8 metres long and as much as 1 metre wide at the base. The third leg will fold in so it’s literally a flat set of ladders that is narrow at the top and arched out at the bottom. So this would represent an internal space of 6 feet long inside the back of your van and a metre wide or high (for the 1.8 metre set). You could opt for roof mounted ladder clamps as an alternative.
Other close alternatives
If a Tripod ladder is really not your thing then a normal folding step ladder is better than a standard ladder. it provides some stability but is not ideal on uneven ground. It also stores away easier than tripod ladders. If your ground is straight then these are a good second consideration.
We particularly like these BPS ones for their versatility:
Or for ladders with a bit more versatility, telescopic ladders will be a good compromise and can be used for lots of other tasks too, but the safety aspect will not be 100% geared up for hedge work. We reviewed 10 of the best telescopic ladders here if interested.
However you decide to cut hedges is your choice. Many people make do with simple step ladders, but without a doubt, the best ladder for cutting hedges is a Tripod ladder set. More so important is that you choose a set with adjustable feet that can be adjusted up or down to ensure the ladder stays firm when your garden is not level or flat.
Tripod ladders can be put really close to the work area too, as the single third leg can be placed really close to the shrubs / hedge, and often you can slip the leg covertly inside the hedge (if there are gaps), to get you right up to the work.
The main take away from this is that you do give consideration to your safety. Thousands of people are injured from falls every year, and several have sadly died from even small falls.
I have personally witnessed friends using hedge cutters who didn’t take the right safety advice (and wear head protection hard hats) and cut their head when pulling the cutters backwards. I’ve also personally had a several “near misses” while using normal step ladders in my garden, hence the reason why I looked at these ladders.
Looking for the best log splitter might not be something you do everyday because when you find one, you never change it. To make things nice and easy for you, I’ve taken a look at 10 of the best so that all you have to do is choose your favourite.
Beats standing in line at the store or returning something you’re not happy with!
Let’s now delve a little deeper into each of the above log splitter machines, for the facts.
1: Forest Master 8 Ton Splitter
This 8-ton splitter has been making a lot of noise for all the right reasons. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to take it for a spin!
2-speed operation means you can get the job done the right way with little difficulty
The 2-speed operation is convenient because it allows you to change things up as and when you need to. By being able to adjust your speed when working with different sizes and types of wood, you can avoid sheering and ensure plenty of splitting. Ideal if you want a multi-purpose splitter that takes care of everything.
A 3-year warranty comes as standard, but is it long enough?
The warranty is long enough in my opinion. Most of what you find on the market will be 12-month or 2-year warranties, so to have something this long in place as standard seems like a real blessing. Great for those of you who really want peace of mind.
Forrest Master Final Thoughts
This is a robust and easy to use splitter that will show no signs of letting you down. The warranty period is also first class which will be music to the ears of those of you who make a living, splitting logs and selling firewood!
With a name like this, how could I not put it on my list at the earliest opportunity? There’s been a lot of good things said about it, so I was excited to put it through its paces. Here’s how it got on…
10-ton splitter ensures you can power through the biggest pile of logs in time for winter
The great thing about having a splitter with such high tonnage is that it really can get the job done in all weathers. Even damp or green wood is no problem for this beast which was great news if you fit into that user profile.
9 HP petrol engine is excellent, but is it too loud to work with for extended periods of time?
The petrol engine does make this one of the louder pieces of kit to use on this list. If you’re somewhat sensitive to these types of things and don’t want to have to work wearing ear defenders, then this may not be for you. If you can work around it though, you’ll be amazed at what it can do when you put it to the test.
Titan Pro Final Thoughts
The design is indeed on the strong side what with the 9 BHP engine and 10 Tons of pushing power. In my opinion, it’s ideal when nothing but brute force will get the job done quickly.
This 7 Ton electric model is next up on my list. I hadn’t heard all that much about it until I gave it a once over, here’s what you need to know.
Quiet operation means you can use it all day long and still hear your colleagues
The beauty of electric splitters like this one is that you can use them without feeling like your ear-drums are going to explode. Electric motors are so much quieter that, you’d be forgiven for thinking that they don’t pack the same amount of punch. Of course, you’d be very much mistaken…
At only 7 tons does it still pack a big enough punch to get the job done?
In my opinion, it more than does the job in this respect. Of course, if you want the strongest splitter on the market, then a 7-ton splitter isn’t the best choice. But if you want anything else, then I’d strongly recommend taking a closer look.
Titan Pro 7-Ton Final Thoughts
A well-made piece of kit that is smooth and quiet to use. Ideal for those of you who want to be able to talk easily while still working on a copious amount of wood.
4: LogMaster 6 Ton hydraulic, electric log splitter
6 Tons may sound like a step in the wrong direction, but I was amazed at what I found.
Compact design means you can use it anywhere with minimal fuss
If you’re looking for a road towable log splitter, then this could be just what you need to get the job done. It is impressively designed to be easy to move and set up, and it provides adequate power to work its way through a mountain of logs. The assembly was easy to level and felt stable at all times. Job done in that sense!
Only comes with a 12-month guarantee: one of the shortest on this rundown
The 12-month guarantee is something of a drawback if you’re someone who puts a peace of mind above all else. There are a few splitters on this list with considerably extended warranties so you may want to bear that in mind for future reference. That said, I have seen no mention reliability or performance issues during my research on this particular product!
LogMaster 6 Final Thoughts
A highly compact splitter that you can take anywhere. It works virtually as well as the full strength static models on this list.
LogMaster has been producing products for in this niche for a long time. So, it feels natural that they would be making multiple appearances on this list. As for the product itself, take a look below it’s a worthy piece of kit!
Can split green and hardwoods with little difficulty
The most impressive thing about this product is how it gets the job done with only 7 tonnes of splitting power. Its prowess comes via how efficiently it channels and delivers this force to just the right spot on the log.
Are 7 tons of pushing power enough when there are 10-ton splitters on the market?
I have to say that it is, which is more proof that precision beats power every single time!
If you want the kudos of having the splitter with the most grunt, then this won’t tick that box. But it will easily be one of the most accurate machines of its kind you’ve ever used. Ideal for when you want to get the job done with a minimum of fuss.
LogMaster 7 Final Thoughts
I found the loading system so reliable and stable that it’s no wonder this is one of the most accurate splitters I’ve ever used. And that’s saying something!
Back to petrol power and the eye-catching range from the team at Titan for my next entry. Here’s what I thought of it when I put it through its paces like never before.
Quiet operation ensures you can use it all day safely and comfortably
The operating sound levels were actually, impressive and frequently below 83 dB during impact. That means, you can work with it all day and still be able to converse with your colleagues. In my mind, that’s perfect if you want to ensure that everyone working nearby can get your attention safely.
Is the 2-way splitting head more hassle than it’s worth or a great piece of design?
I have to say that it’s, without a doubt, a great piece of product design! The innovation speaks for itself, and the additional functionality that it gives you is something that I think you’ll get an awful lot of use from. If you’re shopping for a multi-purpose tool, the Titan Pro is perfect and can tackle almost anything.
Titan Pro Final Thoughts
It’s a versatile splitter that may just have rewritten the rule book thanks to its smart 2-way splitting head. Seriously, if you want something that gives you an edge, this product is it!
Manual splitters may sound like something from a bygone age, but there’s always a time and a place for hardware like this. Here’s what I thought…
An affordable option that will allow you to get things done without sizeable noisy machinery
If you want to keep your outlay low then clearly a manual tool will be a more attractive option than some giant motorised splitter. The only drawback is that you will, quite literally, have to put your back into it if you want to see a meaningful level of output.
Manual operation may be a nice throwback, but you may work up a serious sweat!
The manual side of things may be a nice touch, but if you want a motorised option, then I wouldn’t change your mind. Manual splitters are certainly capable of getting the job done and are a good source of exercise. However, unless you’re a strong man/women, you may only split enough wood to keep the living room fire going. Alternatively, you plan to earn money doing it you are best considering one of the larger alternatives.
Manual Option Final Thoughts
A nice alternative for those of you who want to do the occasional bit of heavy work in the back garden. But, I would not recommend it for those who want to get through large amounts of wood!
Hydraulically powered, and foot operated this domestic product requires no electricity at all! However, don’t let that put you off as it is more than capable!
Foot operated means you can save your back by not continually bending down
While some prefer big powerful petrol or electric devices, foot operation combined with hydraulics makes a difference. How? Being foot operated ensures that you’ll never experience backache or chronic inflammation from continually bending. If that sounds like just the kind of labour saving device that you need, then, by all means, give it a try!
A 12-month warranty period comes as standard
I’d liked to have seen a more extended warranty, but you can’t have everything. I saw no evidence of any systemic reliability issues during the lengthy research period which certainly helps me to give this splitter a big thumbs up.
Charles Bentley 8-Ton Final Thoughts
A well made and ergonomic piece of kit that could perhaps do with a better warranty period. Additionally, and somewhat more negative is the lack of a safety cage. Without one, logs can suddenly split and fly around. My advice to you if using this machine would be to do so away from children and pets. In fact, protect your face and legs.
Nothing impresses people more than the tonnage and horsepower of a device, so why choose this when it has neither? Well, this Forest Master although an entry level model is still more than capable. It can split logs up to 370mm in length, and unlike other small electric splitters, it has a 2200 watt motor giving it 5-tons of force.
Compact design, but does it pack enough power to do the job?
Yes, it’s small, but that isn’t a big drawback, no it doesn’t have the brute force splitter. It obviously can’t push as hard as some of the 10-ton petrol monsters I’ve talked about. But it more than makes up for it by delivering its full-force blows precisely where you want.
Forrest Master 5-Ton Final Thoughts
A classic example that shows you that you don’t have to rely solely on brute force when you want to get the job done.
Commonly referred to as the FM8, don’t be fooled into thinking this is just for beginners! Yes, if just starting out it’s perfect. But, if you have a small, medium, or even a large log burner, it can cut logs up to 37cm long and 25cm in diameter.
Last but not least is a seriously heavy duty bit of kit again from Forest Master, think twice the force of the previous, and you know what to expect!
The hydraulic operation allows you to split anything, but how precise is it?
The hydraulic rams are well sealed and reportedly show no sign of leakage even when cranked up to full force. That is great for those who need to run at maximum power and capacity for an extended period. I was also really impressed with the simplicity of the loading system.
Often with hardware like this what you find is that the feed-in systems are so elaborate and over-complicated when you increase the power that they become more hassle than they’re worth. Certainly, something that doesn’t apply in this case.
Forest Master 10-Ton Final Thoughts
A classic brute-force splitter that could be just what you’re looking for if what you want is something that never compromises on the force of each log splitting blow.
Finding the best log splitter is a matter of considering your needs and comparing those that fall within your budget. Of course, there’s the choice of Manual, Petrol, and electric too, but don’t let that be your primary concern!
I hope that my list has given you plenty of food for thought and that by only showing you good quality products I’ve simplified your search somewhat. Enjoy the rest of your shopping experience, and I’m sure you’ll find the right tool for your needs.
Finding the best orbital sander available is all about keeping your options open and knowing what to look for. With experience with these tools, I am going to share my thoughts. Below are some of the best orbital sanders currently on the market and everything you need to know! Give it a read, and you will know what to look for and be happy with!
So with that, let’s now go into each of the above Orbital Sanders and find out a bit more about each of them.
1: Bosch PEX 300 AE
This Bosch random orbit sander is all about precision and power. Let’s see how it stood up to the ultimate field test!
Variable speed settings and ergonomic handle ensure smooth and easy operation
The first thing I noticed was an array of speed settings, which is great! They allow you to work with a load of different materials with no issues whatsoever. Another plus is the handle/grip; it’s effortless to get to grips with (see what I did there.) In fact, it makes the user experience a pleasure from start to finish.
If you’re in the trade and are going to be using it every day, then it’s a fantastic tool to consider!
Does the low weight design pack enough of a punch when working on rough surfaces
Yes, it’s light-weight, but because of motor efficiency and gearing ratios, it has enough power to get the job done. That’s music to the ears of those looking for a lightweight and powerful piece of kit.
Bosch PEX 300 Final Thoughts
A clever piece of design that allows you to get the job done without resorting to a big chunky unit. Highly recommended for those of you that want something that fits nicely in your hand and never stops working.
Next, we have the Tacklife 350 W. It may not be a well-known brand, but don’t let that stop you. A new name always brings new ideas so let’s see how it got on when I took a look.
13K RPM operation ensures you can smooth out even the very roughest of surfaces
The RPM is right up there with the very fastest sanders on this list. Fortunately, that’s good news for those of you who want something that will work on any surface. I’m pleased to say that it achieves such high-speeds without resorting to over-clocking the gear ratios. That means you should avoid the early burnouts that are a hallmark of lesser sanders.
Have velcro discs had their day, or is there a better way to go about things?
Velcro discs are all well and good provided you know how to handle them. You’re going to want to avoid pushing down with the edge of the sander during use! Why? Because that’s what ruins the pad! It’s a tricky habit to get out of because we all do it when one marker or dent doesn’t shift, However, it is a must if you’re to prolong the life of your latest purchase.
Tacklife 350 Final Thoughts
Possibly the best orbital sander you will find; provided you heed my advice about protecting the velcro pads. Do that, and you’re all set for a lifetime of reliable usage.
This Dewalt random orbital sander is the next entry on my list, and for good reason! I’d heard a lot about it, so decided to share with you what I know!
The ergonomic and compact design has been shown to be highly reliable and robust
The design is very compact, but it doesn’t feel tiny when it’s in your hand. That is good news because as someone with big hands I often struggle with the smaller sanders. In fact, I know plenty of other people that do too. By designing something that can be used with ease and in comfort by many, Dewalt is on to a winner in my opinion!
At 280 W it’s not the most powerful sander on my list
I agree power is a little on the low side compared to some of the entries on my list. So let me give you two reasons why that’s not a big deal.
Firstly the efficiency with which that power is transferred through the moving parts is second to none. And secondly, you’re looking at a compact unit. If power is all you care about, get a belt sander. But that was an option; you would not be reading this orbital rundown!!
Dewalt 6423 Final Thoughts
In my opinion, it is a serious piece of hardware that should be your compact orbital tool of choice. Don’t just take my word for it, take a look at the reviews via the link below!
This manufacturer knows a thing or two about making first-class hardware. So, I couldn’t wait to share my thoughts on this latest piece of kit…
Ensures a constant speed under load for when nothing but pushing down hard will do
The feature of most importance here is a unique motor!
It generates continuous speed irrespective of the load. Not sure if that is very important?
Imagine the type of finish you’d get if the speed changed every time you pressed-down on your sander, even a little. Unfortunately, the results and no doubt your work would be ruined! And that’s why this motor is such a big deal; it’s a first-class piece of engineering in my opinion!
Could do with a wider selection of tools and accessories
From a positive to a slight negative – I would have liked to have seen Makita provide more than just a dust bag and a disc. However, as I just shared you get the basic requirements.
In fact, I would like to see just one of the established players on the market include a few extra accessories.
Makita BO5031 Final Thoughts
A serious piece of hardware that should be a orbital tool of choice contender for the serious DIY user. Well.
I hadn’t heard all that much about this brand, and its ergonomically designed sanders. However, as you know by now, I like to try new things, so here is what I discovered.
430 W motor makes this one of the most powerful sanders on the market today
The sheer power of this is something to behold! If you’ve never used an orbital that breaks the elusive 400W barrier before, give this one a try.
It comes with in-built mechanisms which provide astounding dampening making it comfortable to grip. For you, that means, despite the brute force of the motor your hand won’t numb and forearm not fatigue. Two things that are vital if you want to use it on a daily basis without developing repetitive strain.
At only 2m long the power chord isn’t the longest
This is such a minor niggle that I feel bad for even mentioning it, let along writing it down. But, to be fair, that is what this article is all about! The cord is too short which will be a downside for many. Especially, those of you who don’t want to trail an extension cable when working on a wooden floor.
VonHaus 430w Final Thoughts
A great piece of hardware that packs a serious punch. The only way that I can see it being improved is by increasing the length of the power chord. Other than that, it’s a real winner in my opinion.
150mm random orbital sander reviews just wouldn’t be complete without a look at some of the smaller 125mm varieties. Here’s one of the best on the market, and is definitely worthy of your consideration…
Rubberised soft grip allows you to control every inch of the 125mm sanding area with ease
The great thing about the grip is that it sits so naturally in the palm of your hand. By being able to accommodate all types of grips and hand sizes, it allows you to put it through its paces. But what’s more impressive is you can wave goodbye to cramping and fatigue. Perfect if you’re looking for a tool you can use all day long on that must finish project.
How often does the dust collection system need to be emptied to ensure optimal performance?
The dust collection system should be cleared at the end of a day of heavy sanding. If you forget, then you won’t damage your new Makita sander, but you will notice a distinct drop off in performance. Its ability to keep dust to a minimum will be greatly reduced. Which in turn means, more mess for you to clean up. Play it safe and clear it out at the end of each day, and you won’t have issues.
Makita M9204 Final Thoughts
A classic piece of design from one of the best known, and most trusted brands. As long as you look after it with the odd bit of routine maintenance it should last for years and years.
As one of the most well known professional and DIY tool brands you should not be surprised to see Makita, again! Like the previous, this too is an Ergonomic tool designed to be easy to use, comfortable and powerful.
11K orbits and 22k strokes per minute ensure powerful performance at all times
The above stroke and orbit numbers are more than enough to deliver uncompromising power and precision at all times. Great news for those of you who want to invest in a tool that you can use for years.
For me, I was most impressed with the B03710’s heat dissipation abilities. Why? Because, it’s an indicator of how hard the motor is working, and consequently how likely it is to burn out. Verdict: highly unlikely to die on you!
How reliable is the onboard dust collection system in the long term?
You will need to keep on top of it because once its full its full. There’s no way of getting around that one. It’s quick and easy to empty though so don’t worry! Oh, and don’t forget, as, if you do performance quickly deteriorates.
Makita B03710 Final Thoughts
Another fantastic option from one of the most reliable manufacturers. Along with its focus on comfort + power, you will be surprised by the lack of vibration and noise.
This model is part of Bosch’s professional range, meaning it comes with low vibration tech. Plus, best-in-class dust removal, which when combined leads to superior finishes. Here’s what else I discovered about this fantastic piece of hardware.
One of the more compact sanders on the list, but is there enough space for a comfortable grip?
We’re going to put the stats to one side with this one and talk about the grip. For me, it’s all about the way it fits in your hand and doesn’t fatigue your grip. It does such an excellent job of damping down the vibrations that you feel back off the floor; you’ll soon make it one of your go-to tools.
Yes, as a compact orbital it’s easily outgunned when it comes to speed and power by the full-size models on this rundown, but that’s beside the point really.
Bosch GEX 150 Final Thoughts
This Bosch feels like quality in hand: the speed selector, switch and cable, even the speed dial are all high-quality. In my opinion, if you’re looking for a comfortable, ergonomic, and compact orbital, consider it!
Here we are then, the final entry on my list and what do we have, another Bosch. Just like Mikita, it is one of the best-known brands on the market, so no surprise there! What you’re probably wondering is, have I kept the best till last? You, be the judge…
Variable speed and comfortable in hand, but is the compact design powerful enough to get the job done?
I have to answer this with a resounding ‘Yes!’ It’s such an easy and lightweight piece of kit to use, in fact, it almost takes care of itself. Compact pieces of equipment can give the impression that they don’t pack a punch, but because of the precision with which the power is transferred to the surface, you have nothing to worry about.
Bosch PEX 400 AE Final Thoughts
A great option for those of you looking for a compact and affordable orbital that will last for years to come.
Finding the best orbital sander is all about considering what you want to use it for and then going out and finding it. By giving you nothing but knowledgeable thoughts and opinions of 10 of the best I hope I’ve set you off in the right direction.
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
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.