Electrical Contracting News (ECN) May 2017 - Page 50

SPECIAL FEATURE TOOLS & WORKWEAR TOOLED RESOURCES Tools designed for the modern tradesperson continue to evolve with pace, as Russell Drury discovers. T he much anticipated prospect of connectivity in power tools and measuring devices has become a solid reality with the arrival of several new Bosch Professional products on retailers’ shelves. These tools are connected to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth – for sending, receiving and storage of information. A small Bosch connectivity module can be bought with the tool or purchased separately and simply slotted in later. Connected tools and their users communicate via the free downloadable Bosch Toolbox App, which accesses a growing range of time and effort saving aids. ‘With these connected products, we are ushering in a whole new era in the evolution of tool use,’ explains Steve Hillier, marketing director at Bosch Professional Power Tools. ‘In our communication materials we’ve had a bit of fun by illustrating that development as a progression from primitive “Neandertool” origins through to today’s “Millennitool” age with its connected tool technology.” Planned key capabilities of the Bosch connectivity system include asset management and tool location, quick tool registration and personalised settings, fault alerts, condition and usage reports, and remote control. Importantly, the system has been designed to integrate new functionalities as they evolve. Steve explains, ‘Bosch connectivity not only puts users a step ahead of their competitors today but future proofs their businesses by equipping tools to benefi t from continuing advances. The range of functions offered by the Toolbox App will go on expanding and, looking further ahead, the connectivity module will be easy to upgrade or replace if developments require it.’ The GSB 18 V-60 & V-85 C Professional combi drills, GSR 18 V-85 C Professional drill driver and GWS 18 V-125 SC Professional angle grinder all feature the latest powerful, highly effi cient and long lasting brushless EC motors, along with state-of-the-art protection and control systems. KickBack Control, Precision Clutch and LED afterglow are among the functions which can be adjusted, personalised and memorised via the Toolbox App. Steve adds, ‘These connected tools, and the comprehensive range that will follow them, offer a new way of working that’s faster, smarter, more effi cient and future proof.’ Power, speed and impact The 18V Lithium-Ion powered power tool range from Makita has been refi ned to improve and increase performance and delivery in power, speed and impact whilst constantly reducing overall size and weight. The new Makita DTW285 LXT features the reverse rotation auto stop mode. If, for example, an operator needs to undo a substantial fi xing, simply switching the DTW285 to reverse mode and pulling the trigger fully home will achieve the function, allowing for the safe removal of fi xings by hand. Two new versions of the 18V LXT brushless motor drill driver have been introduced; the Makita body only DDF083Z, a direct drive model, whilst the Makita DDF484 features a keyless chuck. Both models have two-speed, all metal drive systems; variable speed trigger; electric brake; er