Here, Anthony Coulson, technical sales manager from SPIT, part of ITW Construction Products, looks at the benefits of reducing time on-site by using tools that will maximise efficiency – such as the new Spit Pulsa 40 range.
When choosing a tool, it makes sense to look at the application first. What does the job involve? What materials are you working with? What are the challenges you’ll face doing the job quickly and effectively? Once you know what you’re working with, you need to make sure the tool and any components you select are up to the job.
For fixing and fastening tools, this means considering data such as average stick rates; the average number of shots per charge; and the weight of the tool; especially when working in overhead applications. Multi use or multi application tools and fixings that can be fixed into concrete, steel and masonry can also help improve productivity by reducing the need to switch tools for different applications.
It may seem like stating the obvious, but one of the key ways to reduce time on-site is to opt for products that have a proven history of being reliable and robust. The Spit Pulsa range, for example, underwent significant R&D investment – backed by knowledge accumulated over 70 years serving the construction industry – to identify customer pain points, and then design and build a solution using the highest quality components.
As the skills shortage throughout the construction industry continues to impact productivity, a focus on keeping workers fit and healthy also becomes even more important than ever. Look for products that have taken factors such as hand arm vibration and (COSHH) regulations around hazardous construction dust into consideration, to reduce the risk of known hazards. Back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, rotator cuff syndrome, sprains, and strains, are types of musculoskeletal disorders. For the user, a lightweight tool, such as the new Spit Pulsa range, offers benefits beyond just being easier to use in overhead applications – reducing the overall strain on joints when carrying and using tools, not to mention when contorting into tight spaces.
The range is designed ergonomically, lightweight and with minimal actuation force, reducing operator strain. Accessories also include a pole tool that reduces the time spent working at height by enabling overhead working up to 2.4 metres, therefore reducing the risk of a fall. The new Pulsa 40 range offers a stick rate that exceeds the industry average, while also increasing productivity by up to 8 times. In short, it delivers in terms of speed without compromising the finish quality, reducing overall time on-site.
Ever since cordless power tools have gained popularity, there has been a lot of debate about the merits of corded versus cordless tools. The debate rages on, with discussions around storage of corded tools, battery length, weight and reliability dominating the argument. The core benefits of a cordless power tool – manoeuvrability and portability – are undeniable. However, many of those who have stuck with corded models based their decision on early battery powered tools. The reality is advancements in technology mean that cordless tools can now match the power of their corded counterparts. The Pulsa 40 offers a battery capacity of 3,500 shots per charge.
When it comes to fastenings and fixings, selecting the right accessories and consumables is key. While it can be tempting to opt for unbranded, cheaper options, it can be a false economy. Tool suppliers know their market, the challenges, the opportunities and the reasons why components fail.
Crucially, these suppliers also know their tool and the way it works inside out, so it makes sense to buy consumables from the same brand as your tools to ensure that they are fit for purpose and won’t let you down when it matters most.
Having joined the magazine in 2012, Claire developed her knowledge of the industry through the numerous company visits, exhibitions and conferences she attended both in the UK and abroad.
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