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ON SITE TOOLS DemoDay is back - Saturday 10th September 2016!



ON SITE TOOLS DemoDay is back for it's annual Trade Show with some amazing on the day deals and LIVE demonstrations in-store on Saturday 10th September 2016. 

Attending will be representatives from Milwaukee, always delivering nothing but heavy duty, Mafell, manufacturer of specialist and high quality tools made in Obendorf (Germany), and DeWalt showcasing its revolutionary new FlexVolt range. On the day, there will be the opportunity to test out and see how these tools operate in person for a fantastic experience!

Even more importantly we will have several special offer Mega Deals on Milwaukee and DeWalt (as seen below) in addition to a free £10 Hand Tool Voucher on non-promotional Milwaukee, Mafell and DeWalt transactions*.

Any enquiries please do not hesitate to contact us at 01375 679944, 07713 189780 or enquiries@on-sitetools.co.uk.

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*Only applicable to Milwaukee/DeWalt/DeWalt FLEXVOLT/Mafell power tools; Not applicable to any Milwaukee/DeWalt/DeWalt FLEXVOLT/Mafell tool purchases on DemoDay Mega Deal promotional offers - 
OST reserves the right to withdraw this promotion at any time - Hand Tool Voucher can only be used in-store - all prices include VAT at the current rate


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SuperSaturday - 9th April 2016 - Milwaukee Demonstration Van Preview


On Saturday 9th April 2016, along with our special 10% discount offer for all purchases over £25 we have LIVE demonstrations by premium tool manufacturer Milwaukee.

Milwaukee will be attending the event with an exclusive array of their newest tools which will be available to purchase or order, with the opportunity for customers to try out these cutting-edge tools.

Come along as this opportunity does not happen often, our address is 25 High Street, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, SS170HD.



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SuperSaturday - Saturday 9th April 2016 - save 10% in-store, one day only!

ON SITE TOOLS SuperSaturday


On Saturday 9th April 2016, for one day only, save 10% off all purchases over £25 in-store only for our special SuperSaturday event.

This includes all brands from Milwaukee to Mafell, Blaklader and Tajima - everything is included!

To find out more view our graphics below or contact us at enquiries@on-sitetools.co.uk, or on 01375 679944 or 07713 189780.

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Introducing the On Site Tools Demo Day.... Saturday 12th September 2015



On Saturday 12th September 2015, On Site Tools will be holding a DemoDay from our outlet in Stanford-le-Hope featuring Demonstrations by major tool manufacturers Milwaukee and Mafell. These demos give you a direct and clear insight into how the brand’s best tools work and operate enabling you to see with your own eyes how good they are. Not only will we be holding demos, we will also give you the opportunity to save 10% off all Milwaukee* for one day only and get a free £10 voucher* for purchases of ANY Hand Tools when you spend £150 or a free £25 voucher* when you buy £250 of ANY Hand Tools. As always we will strive to offer the exceptional service, knowledge and value you have come to expect from On Site Tools – comprehensive details of the event can be seen below. Don’t miss out!

Why not visit our YouTube channel to get a taster of what we will have to offer on our DemoDay https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPtcREkUuwAr32vhrF6lRPQ/videos

*These offers are valid only on Saturday 12th September 2015 in store only


Date: Saturday 12th September 2015

Time: 7:30am to 5pm

Address: 25 High Street, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, SS17 0HD, United Kingdom


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On Site Tools - Introducing the Hole Hawg





INTRODUCING THE Father & Son Martin & Merlin Jackson have been restoring ships for decades. On one sunny afternoon In October Milwaukee® went to visit them at Faversham boat yard where they are restoring a Dutch Botta Freighter by the name of “Johanna” that was originally launched in the late 1800’s.

Martin & Merlin have used Milwaukee® tools for a number of years so it made sense for us to give them the new 18 Volt Fuel Milwaukee® Hole Hawg® to put it through its paces and provide valuable feedback in readiness of its launch in February 2015. The frame of the Johanna is actually made of really hard solid mature oak so there was no better test for our latest addition to the 18 volt Fuel family. For those of you familiar with the old Milwaukee® corded HDE13RQD right angle drill which was known for its power we have been very excited to see how the cordless Hole Hawg® would stand up to similar extreme applications. Over the course of a month Martin and Merlin have been using the Hole Hawg® for a number of impressive applications like drilling 25mm auger bits through the chafers of the ship for the Lee boards and using it with a 5/8" 600mm length auger to drill studs in to the four section rudder to enable them to then be put together. After a busy morning of them working on her we took five minutes out to have a quick chat and find out their thoughts on our latest addition. Martin was particularly impressed with the Hole Hawg’s ability to cut through challenging green oak;

“We have been drilling 1¼" holes up to 46 inches long in green oak which is a big ask considering the material is wet and each time it has done it no problem.”

Martin reminisced on how he has used certain AC tools in the past to do such jobs which had the power but certainly did not have the safety element the Hole Hawg® clearly possesses. “The Hole Hawg® is far superior when it comes to safety. I was concerned in the past that if my AC tool jammed I might then go for a ride on it. Importantly the Hole Hawg® doesn’t kick when it becomes stuck.”

“The Hole Hawg ® is far superior when it comes to safety”

Merlin added; “The Hole Hawg® is certainly the right tool for the job with it being lighter than the conventional AC tools but with no compromise in power and also far more manoeuvrable due to there being no cable.” Before going back to the job Martin actually pulled out his seasoned Milwaukee® HDE13RQD corded right angle drill and we couldn’t resist but have a photo of the old warhorse together with the new kid on the block that looks sure to take its crown as the only tool to turn to for extreme wood drilling applications. Martin and Merlin have been working on the Johanna since 2002 and are now projecting that she will be launched again sometime in 2015. Milwaukee® will be there for this memorable occasion and watch this space for a follow up report.

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OST Blog We reveal Good Woodworking's independent review of the new Milwaukee Cordless Mitre Saw (SMS216-0)



You may well recognise this saw from a bygone era as it’s based on the highly successful Elu PS184, and indeed, it’s a saw still available in various guises, including Milwaukee’s® own MS 216 SB, but this is the first time it’s been free of the need for a power cord. The overall capacity is a tad shy of other machines where 300mm or above is the norm, but at 270mm, certainly enough for most work, especially if you are working standard construction timbers. The compound tilt also cuts 48mm, and with construction stock normally coming in slightly shy of 50mm nowadays, it’s a saw that will cover general first fix as well  as the finer side of things in the second fix arena. Alongside this, the saw is very light, just 14.5kg and for me that is a big bonus; some of the mitresaws on the market are beyond the realms of portability both in size and weight. However, despite the lighter weight the build quality isn’t compromised; it’s a robustly built machine, only the motor housing and handles are in ABS plastic with the remainder of the saw utilising metal components to ensure its durable enough to withstand the day to day bashing around if you are looking for a saw to take to site. I particularly like the use of a metal lower guard; often these are plastic and prone to damage

Both the compound tilt and standard mitre functions are easy to operate and equally easy to lock, the compound tilt using a large Bristol lever at the rear that gains a 45 degree tilt to the left but there’s also an override function that gives you 48 degrees maximum as well as a negative -3 degree tilt to the right which is useful for ensuring the face of any butting work is crisp and tight. Combining the tilt and mitre functions for compound cutting means the fences need to be slid back accordingly, but both stay on board to continue to give the work maximum support. I made plenty of test cuts, predominantly in 100x50mm stock to see how it coped on deeper material as well as wider thinner veneered board, and that meant a lot of dust. The dual outlets need a dedicated adaptor to close it down to one outlet, and you have to buy that separately. I never had a suitable outlet to hand but from the test cuts I made outdoors, the dust ejected directly through both ports indicate it will certainly pick up a lot of the waste produced.

The pullover is sprung so you pull against the spring that automatically  returns the saw head back to a parked position after a cut. To make the cut a large paddle in front of the handle is squeezed to release the lower guard and the head to plunge, and the resistance from both the springs and the paddle is low so the cuts can be made without fighting against them”

With it being part of the Milwaukee® 18v platform, if you are on board already then you will likely have a spare one ready to go or on charge while you work. Even if you aren’t, this saw is well worth a look as a standalone with a couple of batteries; it hits a niche where you could easily buy it to fill the void that the other manufacturers don’t have.

☆☆☆☆☆ 5/5  - Value for money

☆☆☆☆½ 4.5 / 5  - Performance

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Thought I'd give you a quick top 5 of SDS+ Drills!


5.    Hitachi DH24 DVA

The Hitachi DH24 DVA is a lightweight Cordless 24Volt SDS-Plus hammer drill with Save Power Mode and three action modes, hammer drilling, rotary drilling and light chiseling. It has variable speed, reverse and has an electronic brake.
In Power mode, the DH24 DVA will drill up to 24mm in concrete with ease, switch to Save Mode and it reduces the speed and impact rate for lighter work, also reducing the risk of damage to smaller drill bits.



4.   Makita BHR241Z 18V Cordless SDS+ Rotary Hammer Body Only

Conveniently located push button for forward and reverse.

Variable speed trigger.

High comfort grips.

LED job light with afterglow.

One-touch sliding chuck for easy bit changes.

Rotation mode: The chisel can rotate a full 360 degrees with 40 different locking positions.

Triple operation mode: Rotary only, hammer only and rotary hammer.

Electronic brake.



3.   DEWALT DCH253 18 Volt SDS Plus Rotary Hammer Drill

The DEWALT DCH253 18 Volt SDS Plus Rotary Hammer Drill is ideal for drilling anchors and fixing holes into concrete, brick and masonry from 4mm to 24mm.

The hammer drill has a rotation stop mode for light chiselling in plaster, tiles and render and an impact stop mode for rotary only drilling in wood and metal. It uses 4.0Ah 18 Volt Lithium Ion batteries to deliver high performance, long life and maximum runtime.

The DCH253 features best in class vibration (6.6m/s²) to reduce user fatigue and maximise operating periods. A bright white LED with delay feature improves visibility.



2.    Milwaukee HD18 HX-402C 18v SDS 4.0ah

High powered motor - gives corded tool performance

All metal gear case - optimum seating of the gears for enhanced service life

4-mode operation: rotary hammer, hammer only, rotation only and variolock for maximum versatility

Variolock and hammer stop function

FIXTEC system - keyless chuck changing

Mechanical clutch: protects tool when bit binds up

AVS - Anti-Vibration-System: delivers maximum comfort by minimizing vibration

Powerful hammer mechanism: delivers 2.4 J of impact energy

REDLINK™ overload protection electronics in tool and battery pack deliver best in class system durability



1.    Bosch GBH 36 VF-LI 36v 3 Mode SDS drill

As powerful as corded: up to 100 drilled holes (6 x 40 mm in concrete) with one battery charge, ideal for indoor use

With a weight of only 2.9 kg, it is ideally suitable for overhead work

Pneumatic hammer mechanism, optimised for drilling holes of 4 - 10 mm in concrete (max. 18 mm)

Unique Bosch Premium lithium-ion technology for longer lifetime and unbeatable battery runtime

Bosch Electronic Cell Protection (ECP): protects the battery against overload, overheating and deep discharge

Brushless Bosch EC motor: compact, lightweight and absolutely maintenance-free

Bosch Hyper Charge: due to the rapid charging process, the batteries are charged to 75% after just half of the charge time

No memory effect: the battery can be charged regardless of the charging state at any time, without damaging the cells

Low user fatigue due to Bosch Vibration Control


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Milwaukee vs DeWALT vs Makita

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Today we'll be comparing the impact drivers from Milwaukee, DeWALT & Makita

Ok, so I have tried each of them by simply driving some screws into a block of wood and will be jugding them on power, speed, comfort & ergonomics and price.


First off, we have the Milwaukee M12 Fuel Brushless Impact Driver!












With 135nm of maximum torque, you would expect this one to do well....and it certainly did! You could certainly feel the ease of the screws going in with feel little pressure or resistance



As far as impact drivers go, this was a very speedy little thing (mostly due to the high torque) and has just over 2,700 / 3,550 per min


Comfort & Ergonomics

A secure grip thanks to the rubberised grip with a pistol design and a slight hourglass shape. Also very little vibration when using.


Extra Features:

  • Bright LED light
  • Fuel gauge shows battery life
  • Uses Brushless technology
  • 2 speed control
  • Quick change chuck

Our Price:




Next up we have the DeWALT 10.8v 1.5Ah Lithium-Ion Impact Driver XR!




Has a maximum torque of 107 nm, explaining the ease of driving the screws in with just as little resistance. Although the torque is slightly less on paper than the Milwaukee, I couldn't really feel any difference so I would say it's very close to being on par with Milwaukee!



Much bigger difference on the speed however. Although its much slower, the speed isn't too shabby as far as impact drivers go.


Comfort & Ergonomics:

I will say, competitors should take note! The slightly thinner rubberised handle makes all the difference with a shape that's designed to match the shape of the hand like a glove. Thanks to the shape and size there's alot more leverage aswell, but don't be fooled! Compared to Milwaukee and Makita this one felt light as a feather.


Extra Features:


  • Single-Speed Variable & Reverse
  • Quick release chuck
  • Thermal Overload Protection
  • LED Work Light

Our Price:

£165 (comes as a kit with drill driver)



Lastly we have the Makita 10.8V Impact Driver!




Although a max torque of 90 nm isn't bad, it's also not that impressive when compared to DeWALT or Milwaukee. Could feel sightly more resistance, but it still got the job done without a problem



I would say around the same time as the DeWALT, give or take a few miliseconds. Certainly good, but no where near great.


Comfort & Ergonomics:

A good soft grip handle, with a very similar shape to Milwaukee. The only exception being that the handle is more upright, meaning it was a tiny bit harder to apply pressure with throwing the screw off angle.


Extra Features:

  • LED light
  • Speed release chuck
  • Variable Speed

Our Price:

£144.99 (Again, only comes as a kit with a drill driver)





After heavy deliberation, the winner is (drumroll).....

The Milwaukee M12 Fuel Brushless Impact Driver! Although the DeWALT is best for comfort and weight, Milwaukee more than makes up for speed, power and control! And, as you can see for yourself, the most advanced features to it!

Milwaukee, we tip our hats to you.


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Guys we now have a new facebook shop! Simply go like our page here:


and add items to your cart from facebook!

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Our best chainsaw!

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The best chainsaw we have in stock at the moment, the Husqvarna 236 Chainsaw is quite possibly one of the best domestic, easy handle, well balanced gardening power tool on the market.

With a 14" blade, the Husqvarna 236 is ideal for jobs like pruning, lighter cutting tasks and hobby work. Easy to start and operate, with built-in Husqvarna features like ergonomic design, facilitating technology and powerful X-Torq® engine with low emissions. This lightweight piece of gear is incredibly easy to handle at only 4.7 kg (excluding the bar and chain) and features amazing new technology within the engine, such as a very unique air injection system which removes any dust and debris from the air-intake before it can even reach the carburettor. This reduces any significent wear & tear and allows you to work for a much longer time period before having to clean the filter. It also has a combined choke/stop control which allows much easier starting and reduces the risk of engine flooding.


The inertia chain brake instantly stops the chain if it was ever to kickback and with very effective anti-vibration dampeners you can have total peace of mind knowing that your arms and hands are protected as all vibration is absorbed. This avoids any damage to the user and means that you can work for longer periods of time (some of the many great safety features)


You can take a look at this brilliant model here for only £230:


It's worth every penny!

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