STIHL – putting the cutting edge into construction

STIHL – putting the cutting edge into construction

STIHL: the first name in construction power tools

Having the right tool for the job makes everything easier, faster, safer. On site, you can trust in STIHL power tools to get it done properly – no fuss, no headaches. When it comes to cutting and boring, there’s a choice of STIHL tools that have been specially designed for the task at hand.

Take for example, the TS 440 cut-off machine. This model can cut in out-of-sight and hard-to-reach areas such as corners, the buried bottom part of pipes, the lower section of walls and other limited access spots where the guard positions on traditional cut-off machines make cutting difficult. The guard on the TS 440 has been adjusted to expose the top portion of the wheel for work-anywhere flexibility. Is it safe? You bet: the expanded guard adjustability is made possible by the TS 440’s world-first sensor-activated Quickstop wheel brake technology, which stops the wheel rotating in fractions of a second if kickback occurs.

Other useful features include a top handle for well-balanced handling and increased manoeuvrability and the electronic water control for easy and efficient water flow adjustment while cutting. It also conveniently retains the last setting. The water flow automatically stops at idle speed and restarts when the throttle is engaged.

If cordless convenience is what you need, look no further than the TSA 230 cut-off machine that is powered by Lithium-Ion battery technology. There are no emissions and its quieter performance make it well suited for use indoors and in enclosed spaces. It cuts neatly and effectively to a depth of 70mm, and when fitted with a choice of STIHL abrasive wheels can tackle steel and metal pipes, concrete, bricks and roof tiles. With an impressive performance, the TSA 230 is easy and comfortable to handle.

The big brother of the TS 440 and TSA 230 is the TS 800, STIHL’s most powerful cut-off saw with a 5.0 kW engine and 400mm cutting wheel. This model is ideal for long cuts and slicing through metal, concrete and asphalt to a depth of 150mm. Its low weight, anti-vibration system, water attachment for dust suppression and wrap-around loop handle all facilitate comfortable cutting, with the added benefit of a long filter service life and increased service intervals thanks to its innovative long-life air filter system with cyclone air routing. This model can be operated by hand or with an FW 20 cart.

For perfect corners, the GS 461 cuts neatly through concrete, masonry and ductile cast iron pipes, making light work of free hand and precision-cutting tasks and boasting an impressive cutting depth. It handles like a chain saw and this manoeuvrability makes the GS 461 ideal for plunge cutting, working in tight spots or close up against a 90° corner. The GS 461 is equipped with low emission and environmentally-friendly 2-MIX engine technology and has an anti-vibration system for added user comfort. The guide bar is fitted with water channels to wash, cool and lubricate the chain, chain track and sprocket nose, extending their lifespan and significantly reducing dust while cutting.

If you need to dig holes for fencing or support beams, for example, the STIHL BT 131 one-man auger is a high performance, lightweight power tool that combines the benefits of two-stroke and four-stroke technology with its fuel-efficient 1.4kW STIHL 4-MIX engine, while the enlarged fuel tank allows for longer working periods without refuelling. This model has a low-vibration handle frame, control handle with stop button, long-life air filter system, and large support cushion for added operator comfort.

So there it is: cutting, cornering, boring – STIHL has a tool for every on-site task. With tools that are simple and efficient to use, cost-effective and powerful, with must-have safety features, STIHL is the perfect working partner.

AEG Power Tools launches in SA

AEG Power Tools launches in SA

A high-quality, simple-to-use, and cost-effective power-tool brand has been added to the Upat stable in the form of AEG Power Tools. While not new to the South African market, Upat’s distributorship is expected to increase the brand’s footprint significantly.

Corded power tools will be introduced initially, to be followed by tools using advanced cordless technology in accordance with market requirements, Upat Retail Sales Manager Jaco Jansen explains. The AEG Power Tools range that will be introduced to the South African market includes grinders, drills (masonry and steel), planers, saws, sanders and some accessories.

This is the first time that Upat has a dedicated power tool brand for the retail and reseller markets. “We identified a gap in the market for a high-quality, simple-to-use, and cost-effective power-tool brand,” Jansen comments.

Aftermarket service and training will be a major focus to ensure customers receive the highest level of support. “Our sales staff have received in-depth training from AEG Power Tools in order to be able to provide customers with market-leading support throughout the lifespan of the tools.”

Upat has established a dedicated AEG Power Tools service centre, in addition to a comprehensive spares’ holding to ensure rapid and efficient servicing. AEG Power Tools come standard with a one-year warranty, which can be extended by an additional year free-of-charge if registered on within 30 days from the date of purchase.

Jansen reveals that Upat will also be sourcing reliable independent distributors and retailers with a proven track record to ensure the AEG Power Tools brand has sufficient traction in the local market. “We are confident that skilled service providers and professional DIY users will both see the value of standardising on the AEG Power Tools range.”

Established over 35 years ago, Upat is well-known for introducing world renowned brands into the local market. “The addition of AEG Power Tools to our stable complements our existing brands and allows us now to offer complete solutions for the professional users,” Jansen concludes

Upat SA (Pty) Ltd. is a 100% South African owned business that began trading in 1983. From the outset, Upat has been committed to the building industry, supplying not only a range of anchor bolts, but also rotary hammer drilling machines, tungsten-tipped masonry drill bits, powder actuated tools, and other allied building and construction products. Upat’s ability to supply a range of top-quality products at market-related prices has resulted in it becoming a market leader in Southern Africa. Upat is proudly the sole Southern African distributor of the Fischer range of construction fasteners, the Milwaukee power-tool brand, the AEG power-tool brand and the Stabila range of measuring tools.

Two new generation power tools from Makita

Two new generation power tools from Makita

The renowned brand of power tools for professionals, Makita, has announced two new generation tools to complement its existing range:

A durable angle-grinder for heavy-duty applications
1-Makita GA9060 Angle GrinderFirst up – Makita’s new generation GA9060 230 mm angle-grinder has been specifically designed for heavy duty applications, such a foundry grinding. This angle grinder has a powerful 2 200W smaller sized motor which delivers a no load speed of 6 600 r/min.


CAPTION: Makita’s new generation GA9060 230 mm angle-grinder has been specifically designed for heavy duty applications

Makita’s new generation GA9060 230 mm angle-grinder has been specifically designed for heavy duty applications

The GA9060 is fitted with the newly designed Shaft Lock, a slant angle press-button that is easy-to-use even wearing protective gloves. This model has a lightweight design with excellent tool balance for user friendly operation.

The fixing strength of the coil on the short armature has been significantly improved by adding a cotton sleeve and felt sheet, and the commutator has been upgraded for extended durability. The rigid motor housing reduces moisture absorption and the GA9060 is also fitted with a long life carbon brush in a newly designed brush holder.

The GA9060 has an overall length of 450mm and is supplied with a 2.5 m power supply cord and a new improved comfortable side grip.

Cutting discs for the Makita GA9060 are not included with the tool but can be purchased separately.

Makita’s new generation recipro saws

The Makita DJR186ZK and  DJR187ZK recipro saws

The Makita DJR186ZK and DJR187ZK recipro saws

Makita’s continuous innovative approach is evident in the two new generation 18V Lithium-Ion cordless recipro saws now available in the South African market.

Also known as a sabre saw, the recipro saw is basically a saw that uses a push and pull motion of the blade to cut into wood, metal and piping. It can be used in the oddest of places and on almost any type of object.

Makita DJR186ZK Action PicBoth the DJR186ZK and the DJR187ZK have extra high cutting efficiency and a cutting capacity in mild steel pipe of 130 mm and 255 mm in wood and are ideal for single-handed use. The length of stroke is 32 mm and the DJR186ZK produces a variable speed of 0 – 2 800 strokes per min, while the DJR187ZK’s speed is slightly higher at 0 – 3 000 strokes per min.

The DJR186ZK has a tool-less quick and easy blade change and has a comfortable anti-slip soft grip that provides for accurate control and a lock switch at thumb level. The newly designed vertical crank mechanism of both models provides for higher cutting efficiency. The DJR187ZK has an adjustable front shoe which maximises blade usage and a brushless DC motor as well as a LED job light, lock-off lever and retractable joist hook.

Both models are compatible with the Makita 5.0Ah (45 minutes charge time), 4.0Ah (36 minutes charge time), 3.0Ah (22 minutes charge time) and 1.5Ah (15 minutes charge time) batteries.

The batteries and the charger are sold separately. The rechargeable and eco-friendly 18V Li-Ion batteries provide longer run time. The LXT Li-Ion battery generates an impressive 430% more lifetime work with two-and-a-half times more cycles.

Stanley Black & Decker flexes its muscles

STANLEY-IMG_7342Stanley Black & Decker flexes its muscles

As part of a global roadshow Stanley Black & Decker showcased its full brand range and future strategy to its clients at a special launch held in Johannesburg in May.

The key brands on display were Stanley, Black+Decker, Dewalt, Facom, Expert, Lenox and Irwin. Of these Lenox and Irwin are new brands to Stanley Black & Decker (SBD) following the acquisition of Newell Tools last year and they were launched in South Africa along with Facom and its subsidiary brand Expert at the event.

2-STANLEY-IMG_7339Bart Muller, President of Emerging Markets Stanley Black & Decker Inc. and Manoj Panikkal, General Manager of Stanley Black & Decker sub-Saharan Africa explored the strategy of the holding company and the Global Emerging Markets (GEM) division, with a particular focus on South Africa in their presentations. Technical experts for each brand were available and demonstrating tools at the various stands for the high level guests.

The range of brands enables the company to address every level and niche of the market, from DIY through to professional, across all price and quality ranges.

Manoj Panikkal, General Manager of Stanley Black & Decker sub-Saharan Africa

Manoj Panikkal, General Manager of Stanley Black & Decker sub-Saharan Africa

“Our distribution strategy will be across multiple channels, including retail stores and distributors where appropriate,” said Manoj Panikkal. “And although we enjoy a high visibility presently we expect to raise that from one of prominence to one of dominance in the marketplace.”

To this end the company is focused on strengthening its position as one of the world’s most innovative companies, leveraging their transformational platform known as SFS 2.0 (Stanley Fulfilment System). The SFS 2.0 initiative focuses on a range of growth strategies in areas including breakthrough innovation, digital excellence, commercial excellence, functional transformation, and operational excellence.

STANLEY-IMG_7347The strong brands provide a meaningful competitive advantage and command deep loyalty among consumers. Stanley Black & Decker has a strong track record of taking iconic brands and accelerating their growth and deployment around the world.