Professional kit for better results

The technology in professional power tools sets them apart from their DIY counterparts. Nick Chan from HiKOKI Power Tools explains how features like brushless motors and advanced battery technology can help installers get the job done faster, more efficiently and more safely.

Brushless motor technology and battery technology is helping plumbing and heating installers get jobs done faster, more efficiently and safely explains Nick Chan, Marketing Manager for HiKOKI Power Tools UK.

Brushless motor technology in cordless and mains powered tools improve efficiency, increase safety and provide a longer life. For instance, a brushless motor can increase working time by up to 40% when used on longer high-volume drilling jobs. This is important as professional power tools are an important part of any tradesperson’s tool bag and it is worth investing in a professional brand as the differences between tools can be stark.

Cheaper tools, for instance, may use brushed motors where the carbon brushes are in constant contact with the commutator during use. This friction will mean that the brushes will need to be replaced as they wear out over time with use, putting the tool out of action for a while at least. And due to the more compact design compared to brushed motors, incorporating the brushless motor permits a reduction in size and weight of tools for easier handling so you can keep going for longer.

This is important as plumbing and heating engineers do their fair share of tough jobs, and having an efficient brushless motor, combined with battery power to get through these efficiently is important. Modern cordless battery power technology offers more power and durability than ever before, meaning their performance now often matches that of their corded counterparts. Professional grade cordless tools have the added advantage that you can take a cordless tool anywhere, with no leads to trip on, and you don’t have to carry heavy transformers around either.

This all makes for efficient working and time in the bank for more jobs to get done. Professional, high performance power tools can improve your profitability too, saving time, money and energy. Tools with HiKOKI’s Multi Volt Li-Ion battery, for instance, provide users with awesome mains-like power, with all the freedom and convenience associated with cordless tools. Multi Volt technology makes it possible to use 36V battery packs with 18V machines. Intelligent connecting technology makes it possible for the battery pack to detect whether it is being used on an 18V or a 36V device, and automatically adjust the voltage.

Using the UC18YSL3 charger, the 36V battery packs can be fully charged in just 32 minutes. In addition, the battery packs have a particularly long service life: They can be charged up to 1500 times without any appreciable impact on performance. The energy available in the battery pack is displayed on the battery itself through a four-stage charge indicator. The cross-platform flexibility of the Multi Volt battery means you can use the same battery on a variety of tools, reducing the number of batteries needed (or needing to be checked that they are charged) and making for more efficient workflow.

If you do have to chisel out old bathrooms and kitchens and chase walls, a cordless SDS-Plus Hammer such as the DH36DPA, can help you get the job done more efficiently. It has a similar power output than a mains powered tool, with three mode action settings, drilling, hammer drilling and chiselling. It is compact, lightweight and also includes user safety features too. For general drilling jobs, a combi drill like the DV36DAX, has a huge maximum hard torque of 138Nm, with 22 torque settings as well as a built in LED worklight. It is also only 204mm long, so it’s good for those tight spaces under sinks, in cupboards and around boiler installations.

There is another important advantage of high performance power tools – user safety. The best manufacturers build individual safety features into different types of tool, like our super safe nailers, drills, saws and breakers. Take HiKOKI’s Reactive Force Control (RFC) for instance, which stops the tool torqueing violently under load, protecting the user, while User Vibration Protection (UVP) dampening is built into the tool to reduce the level of vibration transferred to the user.

More generally, tools with brushless motors increase operator safety and overload protection. They don’t generate the same heat as there are no carbon brushes and can’t be burnt out. They also offer better protection on kick-back control when operating. Some manufacturers such as HiKOKI also have power cut out technology, which keeps the operator safe too.

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