Power Tool Batteries – A User Guide

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When buying your cordless power tools, choosing the type of battery that the tool uses is almost as important as the choice of tool itself. Li-ion, NiMH, 3Ah, NiCD, 18V, 10.8V, 1.3Ah… all these terms can become confusing which is

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Makita’s all new CXT 10.8v Li-ion Range has landed!

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Makita are always working hard to improve and increase the size of their range! You are probably already well aware of their massive and popular 18v li-ion range (LXT) that you’ve most likely seen on sites up and down the

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Dewalt Cordless Planer & Mitre Saw Set to Join the XR Range in March 2016

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You asked, We requested and at last…. Dewalt Delivered! The Cordless XR 18v Planer and Mitre Saw are coming! Over here at ITS HQ we’ve been on an ongoing mission to bring you all the latest news from the world

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A Guide to Plunge Saws

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A plunge saw (or track saw) is a power tool, very similar to a ‘circular saw’ designed to make straight cuts and more often than not used in conjunction with a ‘track’ or ‘guide’. Why Buy a Plunge Saw? We

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Jobsite Radios A Buying Guide

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Buying a jobsite radio can be a troublesome task. Much like their cordless power tool cousins there are dozens of site radios around, all made by a wide variety of brands and coming with a massive array of features, benefits

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New Makita Cordless Tools Winter 2015

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Makita Cordless Tools – Whats New? With all the New Years celebrations out of the way, it’s time we got back on the job. Luckily for us, Makita didn’t take a backwards step during the Holiday season, which is great

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Makita DHS680 Brushless Circular Saw 165mm

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The DHS680 circular saw; Makita, the ever powerful juggernaut of 18v cordless power tools in the UK have certainly been busy and continue to develop new and innovative tools for us to faun over a add to our collections! You can

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Makita 5ah kits, DTW281 and more coming soon to ITS – Part 2

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Continuing our rundown of new Makita models coming in Autumn 2014, we introduce you to the DTW281 Cordless Impact Wrench, The DLX2040MJ and DLX2040TJ 2 piece kits and the DLX6017 6 piece cordless kit. Makita DLX2050MJ and DLX2040TJ 2 Piece

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Makita DHP481, 5Ah and more coming soon to ITS – Part 1

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It’s that time of year again, as retailers start lining their shop fronts with seasonal treats, big brands like Makita start releasing their latest power tools for us to drool over! And it’s a pretty exciting new line up from

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35 Deals 35 Days: a celebration of ITS’s history

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It’s not every day that we at ITS are able to stop and take stock of how far we’ve grown since our inception, however seeing as we’re 35 this year, we thought this would be as good a time as

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New Dewalt 5.0Ah tools and kits

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Recently we brought you the news that Dewalt are releasing the DCB184 5.0Ah Li-ion battery, enabling them to increase their already impressive cordless runtime. A battery release wouldn’t be the same without a few products to go with it, so

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Dewalt DCB184 5.0Ah XR Li-ion Battery

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Launch of the Dewalt DCB184 5.0Ah Battery Its nearly here, the new Dewalt DCB184 5ah XR Li-ion Battery is on the brink of arrival to the UK and we thought we’d take a minute to run through what Dewalt are offering

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Makita BL1850 : Makita 5.0Ah Lithium-ion Battery; is it on its way?

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Could Makita be about to send a shudder down the spines of their competitors with an earlier than thought release of the BL1850, otherwise known as the Makita 5.0Ah battery? It seems like only yesterday we at ITS were busy

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ITS TV Advert 2014

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Here you can see our advert filmed for Televsion in May 2014. The advert will be aired nationally from May, and features the song Agadoo by Black Lace, with the lyrics re-written by ITS ourselves.

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Looking ahead to the Makita DHP481

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ITS have gained some insider information on what we believe to be the upcoming DHP481 which is a brushless cordless hammer drill driver. Please be aware that this blog doesn’t contain any official information, its speculation based on in depth

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What Dewalt Drill should I buy?

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How do you know which Dewalt Drill is best for you? A few months back I wrote an article that explained the full range of current Makita 18v lithium-ion LXT combi drills based on spec, which allowed readers to understand

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What is a brushless motor?

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If you’re in the trade and you’ve never heard of a brushless motor then you’re really not trying hard enough! They’ve been the talk of the town for a couple of years now and most of the big power tool

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Do I need an Impact Driver?

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Ever asked yourself…do I really need an impact driver? Pretty simple one this… Yes! Stop Reading, go get one! Okay, for those of you that want a bit more information so you can justify it to the missus I’ll break it

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Festool TSC55 Cordless Plunge Saw; A Cut Above the Rest

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ITS are very happy to introduce the Festool TSC55 cordless plunge saw! Yes you read correctly… CORDLESS – Festool’s flagship power tool has just got better! Back in 2003 Festool created something special; a rail based circular saw that promised

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Dewalt DCN692 Nail Gun Preview

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Last year we introduced you to something new and pretty exciting; it was the world’s first Gasless second fix framing nailer. It was the Dewalt DCN690 and you can read our review here. Since the release of the 690 DeWALT

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Dewalt XR Compact Radios: DCR019 & DCR020

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ITS introduce the latest jobsite radios from Dewalt; the DCR019 and the DCR020. At ITS we’re happy to bring you this brief preview of what we can expect from these additions to the supreme XR range of power tools. Small

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Makita DHR263ZJ and DHS710ZJ – Danger Danger High Voltage!

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Introducing the Makita DHS710ZJ 36v Circular Saw & DHR263ZJ 36v SDS+ Rotary Hammer Drill With the forthcoming release of two new power tools, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the tech guys down at Makita have been watching too much top gear

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How to look after your Lithium–Ion Batteries

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In this post I hope to give you a run-down of the customer feedback we get here at ITS regarding Li-ion Power tool batteries, we also have some suggestions as to how to get the most out of them and

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History of: Metabo Power Tools

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Metabo Power Tools Metabo is one of the oldest power tool manufacturers. More than 75 years old, Metabo has a long history of providing some of the most robust tools in the business. Founded in 1924 by Albrecht Schnizler and

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Portable Routers Buying Guide

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A simple guide to buying a Portable Router There two main types of router, the plunge router and a fixed base router. The plunge router allows mortise slots to be routed quickly and easily as the motor head can plunge in relation to the

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Stock Clearance Event 2013

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Goodbye 2013 – Hello Bargains Here at ITS, 2013 has been a busy year, it was our first full year operating from our new distribution centre and surprisingly we have already filled up most of our warehouse space, due to

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Festool Guide Rail Accessories

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The Best Festool Guide Rail Accessories Why should you get some guide rail accessories? Well we we all know that the Festool Plunge Saw and Guide Rail system is currently the best that you can buy, but are you making

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Wrap up warm with Winter Workwear

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Predicitions are that the coming winter is going to be one of the longest and coldest in recent history, which means that conditions are going to be pretty rough for those of you working outside or on a new build

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New DeWALT power tools join the XR range

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So our buying team has been down at DeWALT HQ today for the launch of a number of new products that are joining their prestigious 18v Li-ion XR range. Its a pretty exciting launch so we thought we’d bring you

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Home Made Sword Saw

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Any of you that are after a cheap alternative to the Festool Sword Saw…

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What Makita Drill to Buy

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How do you know what Makita Drill to Buy? In this blog I hope to give you a bit of a breakdown of the various models of cordless drills that Makita make so you’ll know the market well enough to

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Check-a-trade and ITS

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ITS are pleased to announce that they have become official partners of the increasingly popular company ‘Checkatrade’. Checkatrade is an online directory of local tradesman and service providers all of which have applied to join the directory and are then

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Combi-Cob

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We had this image sent to us to highlight the many uses of a combi drill.

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Makita DCJ200 & DCJ100D Heated Jackets and BCG180 Caulking Gun

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New from Makita the DCJ200 & DCJ100D Heated Jackets and the BCG180 Caulking Gun Makita have been busy recently launching their new 4Ah battery and related cordless drills and drivers and this has been the focus of most customers and

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Makita DHP480 & DDF480 Drills the DLX2002M & DLX2005M Cordless Kits and the DHP456RMWX

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Makita 4.0Ah: DHP480 & DDF480 Drills the DLX2002M & DLX2005M Cordless Kits and the DHP456RMWX Makita have just launched out some exciting new tools to add to the huge range of 18v Lithium-ion cordless tools, in the shape of the DHP480

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Makita 4.0 Ah Battery Official Info

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Makita 4.0 Ah Battery…. its here! The big news this month is the release of the Makita 4.0 Ah battery (BL1840) Here at ITS we have worked hard to bring you the all the infomation that you need on this

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How to clean your work boots

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How to clean your work boots Well we’ve all done it, bought a nice pair of “Honey coloured” boots, worn them for a couple of days and before you know it there’s a big black mark all down the side

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New Festool Products for 2013

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Festool; the Rolls Royce of the power tool world are adding to their UK range by bringing out a number of entirely new products in September of this year. Here at ITS we have tried very hard to get you

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Fantasy Football League 2013/14

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Think you’re the next Fergie? Think you know more about football than ITS and our suppliers? Then why not join our mini league and compete against us and the likes of DeWalt, Makita, Festool and many more!

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What is an SDS Drill?

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At ITS we often get asked what exactly is an SDS Drill and whether or not its worth having in the tool box. In this article we hope to give you as much information as possible so you can make

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Bridge Caption Competition

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Our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ Followers set about coming up with some great captions for this photo of a bridge gone wrong!

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Hub Tub Workers

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Another Caption competition for our social followers, this time we see a genius at work!

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Introducing The Panasonic EY7549 4in1

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Building on inovation The Panasonic EY7549… They say that it can’t be done, to improve on great design. But when the Panasonic engineers in Japan were faced with upgrading the EY6535GQKW Multi-Impact Driver from NiMh to a new Li-ion version,

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ITS Open Trade Counter No2

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April the 18th 2013, a day that will live long in the memory here at ITS. Not only was it the day that the Festool road show came to our head office for the London leg of their European tour, but

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Redbacks Knee Pads, Suspension For Your Knees!

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A newcomer to ITS; Redbacks Knee Pads may look a little odd, but believe me when I tell you, they are the future! The Redbacks are knee pads, something that I’m sure you’ve all come across and whilst you know

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Is this the best or worst use of a power tool ever?

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Is this the best or worst use of a power tool ever?  

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Introducing Leica Laser Measures

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ITS introduce Leica Laser Measures. We are excited to unveil yet another new brand to hit our stocks; one that will bring quality, innovation and value. That Brand is Leica. Also known for their cameras Leica has been an established

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Digger – Caption Competition

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It might be an obvious Photoshop job, but it still made us laugh!

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What Is The Difference Between 1.3Ah & 3.0Ah Makita 18v Batteries?

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We have had a lot of customers ask us just exactly what the difference is between the Ah rating on batteries for cordless tools and in particular the 18V Makita batteries.  A common question is: “Do all Ah ratings power all cordless power tools?”

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ITS take a closer look at the Dewalt DCN690 Cordless Framing Nailer

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Here at ITS (along with everyone else it seems) are very excited about the new Dewalt nailer – The DCN690, so we sent a member of our sales team (Steve) over to Dewalt to spend the day getting to know

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Crane Fail

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One more fantastic caption competition that had our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ followers coming up with over 200 captions… this was the one that made us laugh the most!

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ITS Introduce the Makita BMR103B

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The latest addition to the Makita jobsite radio range is the BMR103B. This Jobsite Radio builds upon the success of the BMR100 and BMR102 but now boasts an integrated iPhone/iPod dock connection. This allows you to hook up your iPod/iPhone

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Eye Catching Van!

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What do you think of this?!   We just saw the below photograph of a van in the USA online and thought it was very clever and eye catching. It made me think … does anyone have any funny or

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Our NEW Distribution Centre

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On Monday 17th September 2012 after months of hard work we finally moved into our new distribution centre in Loughton, Essex. We now have as an addition to our premises, an impressive facility that will allow us to continue to grow

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New – 4Ah 18V Dewalt XR Range

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Dewalt has now officially launched their Brand New Lithium-ion Dewalt XR range with 4.0Ah batteries.  So what’s exactly changing? The original XR series featured 3.0Ah batteries and this is what is changing. Dewalt have managed to make the cell walls

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