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ClickSmartPlus TNRSimplify and streamline your home life via the use of integrated technology! Scolmore’s elite range utilises Zigbee technology and WiFi to offer smart home solutions to new and existing wiring installations.

Discover a whole range to meet all your household needs. From smart sockets, cameras, sensors and receivers, all working together to make your home smarter. The installation is simple and flexible, no additional cables or wall cutting is needed making it ideal for installation within existing or newly constructed buildings.

 

Smart Gateway Hub

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The Smart Hub is the control centre of all devices within a smart home. It communicates with all other smart devices within the home via the Zigbee Protocol. Even if the homes WiFi is unstable or interrupted smart devices will still be able to function normally.

• Supplied with plug in adapter, USB cable and ethernet cable
• Wireless Zigbee smart control

 

Smart Switched Sockets

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With the 13A smart socket you can plug in home appliances like lamps, TVs, heaters, fans etc. Simply turn them on or off with your voice, smart device with the Click Smart+ App or with an automation, timer or schedule.

• Control manually, via the app or voice control
• Sockets can be locked On or Off using the app

 

Smart Plug-in WiFi Socket

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With the smart plug, you can plug in home appliances like toasters, electric kettles, lamps etc. Simply turn them on or off with your voice, mobile phone or an automation. It can be controlled through your existing WiFi network via the Click Smart+ app.

• Control manually, via the app or voice control
• Pairs directly with your WiFi

 

Smart Camera

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Plug and play smart camera. Simply place or mount using the self adhesive pad included. Install micro SD card and record playback. When an object or person moves in the detection field the app sends an alarm and captures images in real time.

• 1080p resolution
• 7 metres night vision
• Microphone and speaker
• 114° (diagonal) field angle

 

Smart PIR Sensor

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The PIR senses motion as you get up in the night and automatically turns on a lamp when automated with the Smart Sockets or Smart Switching Receiver on the Click Smart+ app.

• 7 metres detection distance
• CR 2450 battery supplied
• 170° detection angle

 

Smart Temperature & Humidity Sensor

GETTING THE RIGHT TEMPERATURE, THE SMART WAY

TNRCSP033 TNRWhenever the sensor identifies that your homes temperature or humidity is outside your defined zone of comfort, the heater, fan or other relevant device that is plugged into your smart socket with automatically activate. This ensures that your homes environment condition remains stable and comfortable.

• Temp -10°C – +50°C
• CR 2032 battery supplied

 

Smart Window / Door Sensor

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Install the Sensor to a main or back door. Install a switching/dimming receiver to a light or switch and then set up automations on the Click Smart+ app. Your lights will turn on automatically to greet you when you are back home or going in the garden at night.

• Activate lighting or devices when triggered using the app
• CR 2032 battery supplied

 

Smart Switching Receivers & Dimming Receivers

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Control your lights from wherever you are. You can install and control most lighting and appliances in your home. The receivers come supplied with a removable bracket. The bracket can be used to mount the receivers in a back box if installed directly behind the switch or at the light source. The bracket features a DIN rail clip, allowing the installer to directly install in the consumer unit.

• Utilises standard on/off switches

 

For more information on Scolmore products please contact your local TNR Branch.

Charge your EV with your PV!

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THE BEST SELLING BRITISH MADE EV CHARGER!Zappi 207group 1 TNR

Zappi has 3 charging modes which makes it great for all homeowners. Those with grid-tied micro-generation systems like wind or solar can use the eco settings allowing users to save on energy bills. The charging current is automatically and continually adjusted in response to on-site generation and household power consumption. In Fast charge mode, zappi operates like an ordinary EV charging station.

• 3 charging modes: Eco, Eco + and Fast
• Optimises microgeneration self-consumption
• Works with solar PV or wind turbine systems
• Economy tariff sense input
• Programmable timer function
• Charge and event logging
• Pin-code lock function
• OLEV (home/work scheme) approved – HUB required
• Tap operated display backlight
• Built-in RCD protection
• Integral cable holster
• Remote control and monitoring add-on option
• Supplied with clip-on grid current sensor(s)
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• A future proof installation
• Indoor or outdoor mounting
• Graphical backlit LCD
• 6A to 32A (variable)
• 50Hz
• IP65 weatherproof
• 3 year warranty

 

CHARGING MODES:

ECO – Charge power is continuously adjusted in response to changes in generation or power consumption elsewhere in the home. Charging will continue until the vehicle is fully charged, even if power is drawn from the grid.

ECO + – Charge power is continuously adjusted in response to changes in generation or power consumption elsewhere in the home. Charging will pause if there is too much imported power, continuing only when there is surplus free power available.

FAST – The vehicle will be charged at maximum power. This is just like an ordinary Mode 3 charging point.

 

ZAPPI-207TB – EV Charge Point 7kW V2 Tethered Black
ZAPPI-207TW – EV Charge Point 7kW V2 Tethered White
ZAPPI-207UB – EV Charge Point 7kW V2 Untethered Black
ZAPPI-207UW – EV Charge Point 7kW V2 Untethered White

 

hub & app

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The hub provides internet connectivity to your other myenergi devices making them smart. The hub and app work together to remotely control and monitor your products from anywhere in the world. It also allows you to carry out firmware updates to keep your products equipped with all the latest features.

• Remotely control and monitor on your mobile device
• Observe domestic live energy flow
• Change your zappi charging modes
• Remotely manually boost your eddi or zappi
• View consumption, generation and diverted energy data

 

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ENERGY HARVESTING WIRELESS SENSOR harvi TNR

An essential part of the installation process if you want to save time and money. It eliminates unsightly wiring around the home, preventing the need to lift up floors and disrupt home decor. It enables myenergi products to be installed without using a hardwired current transformer. It’s technology is the only one of its kind, harvesting it’s own power from the CT clamps, removing the need for batteries or an external power supply.

• Energy harvesting – no batteries or electrical wiring required
• Fast and accurate measurement
• Grid / Generation / Storage measurement configurable

 

eddi

ECO-SMART ENERGY DIVERTER Eddi TNR

Eddi is an eco smart energy management system, it diverts surplus power from solar PV or wind generation to a designated heating appliance (or two sequentially). This excess energy will go directly to a designated appliance such as an immersion heater. It allows you to stop exporting energy back to the grid and saves you money on your energy bill.

• Graphical back-lit LCD screen for ease of use
• Built-in programmable boost timers
• Energy savings data logging
• VariSine™ PWM technology

 

 

For more information on myenergi products or to reserve your stock, please contact your local TNR Branch.

We listen to our customers

At T.N. Robinson, we listen to our customers and understand your changing needs…

 

MoreStockBlogweb TNRWe’ve Added More Stock

There is now an increased stock range across all 11 of our regional branches.

With more of the very latest electrical products available from top brand manufacturers, our customers can walk away with everything they need.

 

New Branch Based Vans

Each branch has at least one delivery van, giving us the opportunity to deliver what you want, when you want it.

 

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We will, by arrangement, collect and deliver same day if an item’s not locally available.

Orders can be delivered to you same day throughout the North West of England and North Wales. We can also dispatch goods nationwide for next day delivery, whatever the product, where ever you want it.

 

Additional Branch Staff

We’ve recruited more staff to our branches so we can further support our customer’s needs.

 

New Catalogue

Our brand new handy, dashboard sized Product Guide is out now! With more products listed than ever before, it’s available from your local TNR branch today. You can order your free copy or download it here.

 

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We’ve added even more stock to our super-stocking branches in Anglesey, Ashton and Stockport.

 

This allows us to provide an even more extensive range of same day delivery options to our customers.

 

 

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We recently made a new video outlining the above, check it out now by clicking on the picture on the right.

 

T.N. Robinson continues to offer exceptional customer service and the best deals on electrical goods.

Can Social Media help your business grow?

SocialMediaBlogweb TNRSocial media is a massive part of most of our lives, and with millions of people accessing it multiple times a day on their mobile devices, that’s not going to change any time soon!

So if you aren’t using it to promote your business, no matter how big or small, maybe it’s time you should. If you look at this way, if a potential customer in your area is using social media, then you should use it too.

You can increase your brand awareness and make it easier for customers to contact you, and stay in touch.

Posting regularly and connecting with your followers helps build a rapport and so in turn gains more loyalty from those customers.

 

It’s Free!

The great news about social media is that it’s free! On top of that, we can even help promote you!

Why? Well we love seeing some of the excellent jobs our customers do once they have left our counter, so once you’ve set up your business account, just follow our channels and tag us in a photograph or post and we’ll gladly share/retweet it with all of our followers. Showing off your work and extending your reach is great way to gain new followers and potential customers too. After all, sharing is caring!

There are pages that can help you set up your business accounts, just see the links at the bottom of this post.

 

Keeping it personal

If you’ve already got your own personal social media accounts and would like to keep it that way, then you can still follow us for the latest T.N. Robinson news, events and offers.

Like us, follow us, connect with us! However you do it, you can check out our social media channels here, (just click on an icon below):

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Thanks for reading and we look forward to connecting with you soon!

 

Useful Links:

https://en-gb.facebook.com/business/learn/set-up-facebook-page

https://business.instagram.com/getting-started?locale=en_GB

https://business.linkedin.com/marketing-solutions/linkedin-pages

https://business.twitter.com/en/basics/create-a-twitter-business-profile.html

 

TNR Connect – ‘a great success’

TNRConnectpic2 TNROur very first TNR Connect was ‘a great success’ according to T.N. Robinson Managing Director, Chris Drake.

TNRConnectpic1 TNROver 200 Visitors

Held on Thursday 8th November at the new Menai Science Park in Anglesey, the event gave over 200 existing and potential customers the chance to meet the T.N. Robinson team and deal direct with suppliers such as Armeg, CK Tools, Click Scolmore, Flexicon, Hager, JCC, Kosnic, Luceco, Manrose, Marshall Tufflex, Rointe, Schneider, Trench, Unistrut and Wiska who were there demonstrating products and showcasing their newest innovations. MSP101 TNRTNRConnectpic3 TNR

18th Edition Seminar

Visitors also got the opportunity to take in an 18th Edition Wiring Regulations Seminar courtesy of Hager and pick up exclusive information on all the major changes. The Science Park was a hive of activity throughout the day and proved an excellent venue, as well as a fantastic looking space.

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First Attempt

Chris Drake said: “It’s our first attempt at hosting an event such as this, and I’m delighted to say that TNR Connect was a great success.

We enjoyed seeing so many of our customers from the Anglesey, Mochdre, Pwllheli and Rhyl branches, whilst also getting the chance to build on the fantastic relationships with the local tradespeople, businesses and individuals of Anglesey. It was especially pleasing to see a busload of our Pwllhelli customers arriving midway through the day!”

Massive Thanks

Chris continued, “I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who supported TNR Connect, from some of the biggest manufacturers and brands in our industry to all the attendees of the event. I watched with interest as our customers gained insight on the 18th Edition regulations and I was really excited to see some of the new products on show. The feedback has been amazing so far, it sounds like people enjoyed it almost as much as I did!”

Brilliant Day

Mirain Morgan, T.N. Robinson Sales Representative, added “I had a brilliant day at our TNR Connect open day. I’m overwhelmed by the support from our customers, and of course, our suppliers! It was a great turnout! Diolch.”

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It will take place at the amazing Menai Science Park (pictured) in Gaerwen, Anglesey, and give our North Wales customers the chance to meet the T.N. Robinson team and take advantage of some very special on the day offers and promotions.

Visitors to the event can gain some insight dealing direct with suppliers such as Armeg, BEG, CK Tools, Click Scolmore, Contactum, C-Tec, Flexicon, Hager, JCC, Kosnic, Luceco, Manrose, Marshall Tufflex, Rointe, Rolec, Schneider, Trench, Unistrut and Wiska who will all be there demonstrating products and showcasing their newest innovations.

Free Admission

The free event will also give visitors the opportunity to enjoy calibrations from only £3.60, lots of giveaways, and take part in competitions!

UPDATE: We’ve added two Hager 18th Edition Seminars to the schedule! Taking place at 10.30am and 1pm, why not join us for information on the new regulations and how they will affect your line of work?

Warm Welcome

Chris Drake, Managing Director of T.N. Robinson said: “With TNR Connect, we’re offering a warm welcome to tradespeople, businesses and individuals in the North Wales area. We’ve enjoyed meeting so many people since opening our branches in Anglesey, Mochdre, Rhyl and most recently Pwllheli, and we want to continue our aim of establishing good relationships with new customers, wherever we open a branch. The event is a great way for us to promote ourselves, and our vibrant industry in a fantastic new venue.”

Chris added: “We’ve lined up a broad selection of some of the biggest manufacturers and brands in our industry and I’m really excited to see some of the new products and deals on offer. We are proud of the reputation we have gained within our industry for providing exceptional customer service and our experienced and knowledgeable staff will be there on the day to offer any advice, or answer any questions visitors may have.”

We hope to see you on the day!

For more information give your local branch a call.

To find out more about Menai Science Park visit the website here.

Branching Out!

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In 2017, T.N. Robinson Ltd announced an expansion into North Wales with the addition of branches in Anglesey, Mochdre and Rhyl. This January, we were delighted to open a new branch in the coastal town of Pwllheli! This exciting chapter in TNR’s 95-year history continues our recent growth, allowing us to enhance our service and keep on building our network to supply clients across the UK.

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Chris Drake, Managing Director of T.N. Robinson said: “We are proud of the reputation we have gained within our industry for providing exceptional customer service and the best deals on a broad selection of quality branded electrical products. We look to maintain this reputation, training our new staff to have extensive knowledge of every product we sell, enabling us to give our customers the very best advice, and prices, whether it’s over the counter or on the phone, every single day.”

With the opening of the new Pwllheli venture, added to our branches in Anglesey, Ashton, Brighouse, Chester, Crewe, Macclesfield, Mochdre, Rhyl, Rochdale, Stockport and Warrington, TNR now has 12 branches throughout the North of England and Wales, supported by our central distribution centre.

Serving our network of clients

The 44,000 square foot warehouse has a stock holding in excess of £1.5 million, encompassing over 25,000 individual product lines, it offers daily replenishment stock to the entire branch network and will pick, pack and dispatch customer orders for next day delivery. All of our branches are open 6 days a week to the trade and public.

Chris added: “The new Pwllheli branch is an exciting opportunity to strengthen our high level of service across the North Wales area and to allow us to strategically expand. We offer a warm welcome to our new customers, where we’ve made a number of friends already, continuing our aim of establishing good relationships with tradespeople, businesses and individuals in each area we open a branch.”

Full details of addresses and phone numbers of all of our branches can be found at branch finder page.

7 Ways to Save Money on Electrician’s Tools

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There are several key factors to consider when choosing electricians tools on a tight budget. With the availability of numerous tool options spanning across a whole range of prices, it can sometimes be difficult to determine which one will provide you with the best performance and give you the best value for your money.

The most cost-effective tools are those that will provide you with years of use. This means that they should never compromise on quality. We consulted with industry insiders for some tips on smarter shopping. Here’s some essential advice to consider before you head to the hardware store or start shopping for your toolkit equipment online.
 

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    Buy Combo Kits

    Package deals are one of the best ways to make huge savings. You’ll be able to save a significant portion of the money that would be required to purchase each tool individually. Some combo kits may include items that you don’t necessarily want or need, in order to increase the number of items in each box. For the best prices, you should look for ready-made kits that only include the essentials.

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    Stick with a Brand

    Once you’ve chosen your preferred manufacturer, it’s easier and cheaper to purchase multiple products from the same brand. This method will be extremely beneficial if you’re looking for cordless power tools because you’ll only need to purchase a single battery and charger, which is less expensive than buying a battery and charger for each item. You’ll make substantial savings and you’ll have more space inside your toolkit too!

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    Use Loyalty Programs

    Another benefit of continually buying from a brand is that some manufacturers have loyalty programs to reward those who continually buy from them. As well as benefitting from special offers and exclusive promotions, you’ll be able to earn points whether you buy your tools online or in-store. Many shops allow buyers to provide proof of their sale via an app, which can then be used to redeem points to put towards more branded merchandise.

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    Shop at the Right Time of Year

    Tools are on sale at specific points in the year such as Boxing Day and run up to Father’s Day. Holiday discounts from October onwards could secure you discounts of up to 60%. You’ll find the biggest discounts usually on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you don’t need a tool right away, then it’s wise to plan ahead to buy it later on for a fraction of the price.

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    Be Honest With Yourself About What You Need

    It may seem enticing, but you should avoid paying extra for tools with high-tech features you’ll never use. If you’re purchasing tools for DIY purposes or a one-off job, then you should realise that you’re realistically only going to be using them a few times a year at most. It’s only worth the extra expense if you’re going to be using the tools on a more regular basis.

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    Go for Quality

    While it’s not always necessary to purchase pro tools, you may also regret purchasing the lowest priced models which can compromise on performance. A low-priced version of even a brand-name tool can be devoid of vital features and you’ll notice a difference in its durability.

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    Check Online for Special Deals

    There are certain discounts that are only available online rather than in-store. With online wholesalers, you’ll have access to a wider range of items, which regular stores just don’t have the space for. Online retailers offer special promotions and competitive prices with the same warranties as you’d get in-store.

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The Most Innovative New Electrical Tools on the Market

Power tools are getting smarter and faster. In an era of advanced technology, these new tools are being specifically designed to lessen the time taken to complete a task, while making your life a lot easier.

Here’s our take on some of the best and most innovative equipment that’s available on the market today. Whether you’re using these pieces of equipment for DIY tasks at home, or for more frequent use at work, they’ll help you to save on time, money and effort, while getting the job done quickly and effectively.

 

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    WORX WX550L Axis

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    If you’re struggling to decide between purchasing a jigsaw or a reciprocating saw, then the WORX WX550L Axis will make your life a whole lot easier. This combination tool is cordless and it transforms from a jigsaw into a reciprocating saw. We’ve seen compact reciprocating saws that pivot 90-degrees, but Worx have taken this concept to a whole new level by adding a proper footplate and a pivot.

    As well as this transformation, you’ll be able to use both standard reciprocating saw blades and common T-shank jigsaw blades with the saw. You won’t need to invest in a power tool to change the blades either, saving you even more time and effort when you’re on the job.

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    Bosch LED Floodlight with Bluetooth Control

    bosch led floodlight bluetooth control TNRThere’s nothing more distracting than poor lighting when you’re working. The Bosch LED Floodlight is both cordless and portable, making it effortless to carry around a jobsite. It’s a welcome improvement from hot Halogen lighting.

    The Bosch LED Floodlight can be controlled simply by a tap of your phone, as it features Bluetooth connectivity for remote operation. Users can use a corresponding app to manage various lights at once, and you can rest assured that it won’t use up a lot of battery power on your phone. The light has a runtime of 4-hours on high and 8-hours on low.

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    Quadsaw: The Square Hole-Cutter

    quadsaw square hole cutter TNRWhen cutting a square hole, its usually necessary to make four separate cuts for each side. With the Quadsaw, you’ll be able to cut all four of the holes at once, simply by placing a regular cordless drill in to an opening in the back of the tool. Its specifically designed to cut out square or rectangular holes in drywall, allowing you to insert electrical boxes for wall outlets. Imagine the time that this nifty little device could save you!

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    DeWalt DCB1800 Portable Power Station and Parallel Battery Charger

    dewalt portable power station TNRAlthough many power tools now have cordless replacements, there are still certain tools that are not cordless or may never be cordless. If you’re working in a location with no nearby outlet then this is going to be a problem.

    Instead of resorting to using a heavy and extremely noisy generator, DeWalt have created a portable power bank that allows you to charge up to four batteries at a time, or power any device that plugs in to a standard household wall outlet. You’ll be able to recharge batteries on your lunchbreak and use them while on the job or keep them at a later point.

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How to Take Care of your Power Tools

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Proper power tool maintenance requires commitment and regularity. Continually ignoring small scrapes and build-ups of dirt will eventually lead to more costly damage. Keeping tools in good condition not only saves you time and money, but also prolong their service life.

Many people spend a lot of money every year buying new power tools for occasional jobs. This is not because “today’s tools just aren’t built to last”, as you’ll often hear claimed.

More often than not, their tools do not function properly because they’ve been kept in poor condition. Here are a few tips on how to maintain your power tools, so that they’ll look and function like new for years to come.
 

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    Remember When and How

    The times have changed; tools such as the circular saw have been used for years, but brands that are on the market today have undergone a lot of alterations since the very first models were created. Older circular saws came with a schedule that you only needed to follow when carrying out lubrication and greasing.

    However, the power tools of today don’t put into consideration the details that older ones had. Despite the limited information, your power tools need to be cleaned regularly. This will allow you to get a better finish and a lot more use from them.

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    Clean Contacts for Motors

    Power tools contain solid carbon graphite blocks which conduct electricity based on the spinning mortar armature. This friction slowly causes the brushes to wear. Failure to replace them results in the motor losing power over time. If you see small sparks flying out from inside the motor when using your tools then this is an indicator that it’s time to replace them.

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    Replace Worn out Brushes

    It is not difficult to replace worn out brushes if your power tool has brush covers. However, if your tool lacks a brush cover then the only option is to seek the services of a repair shop. Always replace both brushes even if you feel that one is still functional. This will prevent one brush from being used more than the other, and means that you won’t have to change them as frequently. Finally, if you are looking for brushes that last, then it’s wise to purchase them from the same brand as your power tool.

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    The Process of Replacing Brushes

    If the brushes on the tool become worn then the first thing to do is ensure the brush cover has no dust on it. Use a piece of cloth to brush it away, then use a screwdriver to unscrew it. To prevent the spring brush from popping loose, hold it down using your finger. Once it loosens, pull the brush and the spring.

    Remove any dust from the cap, then slid the new brush in and ensure that it fits perfectly. Finally, tighten it and test out your tool to ensure that it works.

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    Power Tool Care Checklist

    There are a few more essential rules that you should follow when using a tool. After every job, you should wipe off any dust and also use a piece of cloth to wipe the dust from the battery chargers. Always inspect the power cords and in the case of exposed wires replace the cracked or frayed cords.

    You should also ensure that the moving parts are in perfect shape and consider tightening any loose screws. Finally, for circular saws, test their blade breaks. Once you release the trigger the blade should stop.

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    The Value of Protecting Your Power Tools

    For those power tools which have manuals, you should always follow the included instructions for correct maintenance. This process requires some commitment and a little sacrifice.

    However, keeping all of your tools in good shape will help you to save time and money in the long run, and you won’t be required to change them as frequently.

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