Checked Your Smoke Alarms Lately? Check Out These Helpful Links

September 27, 2016


It’s always a good thing to check your smoke alarms – whatever the time of year. After all, a fire can start any time.

In 2014, 197 people died in house fires in Britain; 15 were children. The government has mounted the Fire Kills campaign to raise awareness. On this link you’ll find valuable information on fire safety in the home and in the workplace. Here you can see fire safety information for landlords.

You are 4 times more likely to die in a fire if you have no working smoking alarm.The key word here is “working”. Is the battery empty? How would you know? To find out, we strongly recommend you watch this video: On Your Child’s Life.

At TBS we stock the Kidde Home Safety Pack , comprising smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. So, if you haven’t got smoke alarms in your home, or if they fail the “working” test, call by and pick up a Safety Pack – for peace of mind.


High Powered Multi-Tool for Gardeners and Landscapers – Makita EX2650LH!

September 27, 2016

At TBS, we stock a real beauty for the garden and general landscape control:

Makita EX2650LH for strimming, brushcutting, hedge cutting and pruning

1.3hp 25.4cc 4-sttroke Split Shaft Engine Unit

Makita EX2650LH Split Shaft Engine Unit

Ergonomically designed lower loop handle, with soft rubberised grip for comfortable control and maximum stability. The upper handle houses the conveniently placed throttle and on/off control and a simple to use lever lock system for fitting and removal of attachments. And very convenient for transporting the tools in smaller vans or the boot of a car!

Fitted with a unique pressurised lubrication system which allows it to be used at any angle, the Makita EX2650LH is perfectly suitable for extended periods of use on grass banks, steep slopes or inverted when pruning or cutting. It is a professional quality tool built to the highest standards which will save you time and money.

The Makita EX2650LH split shaft unit can take 5 different heads (supplied separately):

  1. Brush Cutter (195652-1) – a selection of cutting blades for harder vegetation or can be fitted with a bump feed line spool for cutting grass and softer material
  2. Hedge Trimmer (195734-9) – Perfect for work on tall hedges and shrubs, the angle of the head is fully adjustable and it will rotate to 90 degrees for top cutting. For greater reach, the 1m Extension Pole (196032-4) can be fitted
  3. Bent Shaft Line Trimmer (195526-6) – For long grass and tidying edges
  4. Chain Saw (195691-1) – 255mm cutting bar – Ideal for pruning low branches up to 15cm diameter. For greater reach, the 1m Extension Pole (196032-4) can be fitted
  5. Cultivator (195711-1) – Twin rotors for soil preparation, particularly good for seed beds

EX2650LH Brush Cutter Head

Comparison to 2 stroke equivalents:

The MM4 delivers it’s torque over a much wider engine speed range than a 2 stroke would. This means less high revving to get the power required. So …

  • it’s much quieter – very important when using for prolonged periods and much less disturbing when working in built up area’s or parks
  • it uses up to 40% less fuel and over 3 years, with no need for fuel additive, this can mount up to a 60% reduced fuel costs!
  • lower revs means less vibration, reducing the risks of HAVS
  • reduced exhaust emissions, nearly 50% below the EU Stage 2 (Europe) regulation standard..

.. and 4-stroke engines are inherently more reliable than 2-strokes!

Give TBSDirect a call to find out more or place your order!

Warranty: The Makita EX2650LX has an extended warranty  of 3 years if registered online within 30 days of purchase (T&C’s apply)

Let the Crane Take the Strain – But Look After It!

September 23, 2016


Cranes are amazing bits of kit. Treat them nicely and they reward you with major amounts of hard work.

Treat them wrong, and all sorts of things can happen, as these pictures show.



Cranes in the UK are strictly regulated. You can find useful Health & Safety Executive guidelines here: Lifting Operations – Cranes.


Mind you, you could find a much gentler use for one!


Levelling a Floor Where There May Be Movement?

September 23, 2016


A popular product with TBS customers is Everbuild 710 Flexiplus Self Level. It’s a self-smoothing sub-floor compound that you can use to level out uneven floors where there may be a small amount of movement.

The secret here is that Flexiplus has  added latex powder for improved flexibility. That makes it ideal for older wooden floors, as well as for asphalt and tar based surfaces.

Here’s a video clip showing you how to use Flexiplus like a professional. So, if you have a flooring project planned, why not get along to TBS for some Flexiplus.

For technical and safety data on Flexiplus, follow this link.


Unprotected Chimneys? The Answer is MAD!

September 23, 2016
Image: alfredpoppins.co.uk

Image: alfredpoppins.co.uk

If you use the chimneys in your home, are you getting a downdraught, causing annoying smoke and smells? If your chimneys are redundant, do you have problems with birds or bats taking up residence? Even if you haven’t, an unguarded chimney can be letting cold, damp air down into the house.

TBS now stocks chimney cowls from MAD Cowls. They offer a robust, lasting answer to these problems. You can choose between these.


The MAD Cowl Anti-Downdraught Multi-Fuel Cowl is fully assembled and ready to fit, with universal fittings up to 280mm. It is aluminium with stainless steel bird guard, rivets and fixings. It is suitable for seasoned wood, normal coal fires, oil and gas.


The MAD Junior Birdguard Strap Fix fits chimney pots up to 250mm (outer diameter). It stops creatures entering and being trapped behind firebacks. It reduces rain entry and is suitable for seasoned wood, normal coal, and gas. It comes with a stainless steel hose clip.


The MAD Capping Cowl Strap Fix stops damp, cold air coming down an unused chimney while allowing for some ventilation. It is suitable for chimney pots 200-275mm (outer diameter). It comes powder coated in terracotta (we can also order buff if you need that). It is easy to fit and comes with a stainless steel hose clip.

So, for quality answers to common chimney problems, go MAD with TBS!

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