5 February 1999

Bead breaking can be a hand job…

A LIMITATION of power operated bead breakers is that their use is generally confined to the workshop, maintains Spaldings which has now added a hand operated model to its Truecraft range of equipment.

Made from heavy gauge steel, the Truecraft bead breaker is designed for use in the field, where it can be used to break the bead on most sizes of tyre fitted to farm vehicles, tractors and saloon cars.

Price £120.99 (01522-500600).

Two spill-binders

OILS and chemical spillages need to be contained quickly to minimise the dangers they pose to people and the environment – a fact recognised by Arrow Chemicals, which has introduced two control systems to contain the problem.

First is a spill bag in two versions – oil or chemical – containing 25 absorbent pads 48cmx43cm, four 1.2m long "socks" and two waste disposal bags and ties.

Second is the Arrow Spillbox containing absorbents to deal with 40 litres of spillage of most maintenance liquids or mild chemicals.

Each box also contains personnel protection items. Prices: Spill bag from £25.73; Spillbox £34.23 (01283-221044).

A glove supreme protects hands

COMFORT and flexibility are not features normally associated with industrial standard rubber gauntlets.

Sentinel Laboratories, however, claims to have combined these characteristics in its Black Knight support gauntlet through the use of a vinyl dipped coating applied to a soft liner, to produce a glove which is durable, flexible and comfortable.

Designed to provide protection against chemicals, oils and grease, the gauntlet is available in 12in and 14in lengths, with wet or dry grip finishes. Price £2.20/pair (01444-484044).

Fool-proof cutters

LATEST brushcutters from Echo, the SRM315SL and SRM360SL, have a separate oil reservoir from which a metered amount of oil is injected into the insulator block between the carburettor and the cylinder.

It is an arrangement the company maintains virtually eliminates the possibilities of problems caused by wrong fuel/oil mixes and the damage from the use of non 2-stroke petrol. The SRM315SL, a loop handle design, has a 30.5cc engine; the U-handle SRM360SL has a 34cc unit.

A conical gearbox is designed to prevent dust and grit entering the mechanism and the cutters are supplied with a 2-line nylon head. Prices: SRM315SL £425; SRM 360SL £468.83 (01844-278800).