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The Outdoor Meets Its Match with Trex Composite Decking

April 28, 2017

The power of the outdoors has met its match! TBS is proud to stock Trex decking products. Trex are a market leader in composite decking, having perfected the technology since 1996. We now stock their Transcend decking boards and Trex fascia boards.

It’s true, you’ll pay more for Trex than for standard timber decking, but just look at these substantial advantages:

  • Fade and stain resistant
  • Won’t warp, rot, crack or split
  • Moisture and mould resistant
  • Splinter free
  • Washable with soap and water

Trex products are eco-friendly, being made of a blend of 95% recycled wood and plastic film – reclaiming factory waste and eliminating the use of harmful chemicals.

And that’s not all! With virtually every product covered by Trex’s 25-Year Limited Residential Warranty, you can rest assured that your investment is well protected. 

TBS stocks Transcend decking and Trex fascias in two colours: Island Mist Grey and Tiki Torch Brown. Other colours are available and we can get them for you. We also sell the associated Starter Clips, Universal Clips, and Decking Screws.

If you are wanting to ensure your decking has a maximum non-slip factor, TBS also stocks Deckwright Anti-Slip Decking Inserts. These are a flexible plastic T bar that holds a resin and aggregate formulation. When fixed into a deck board groove using DeckWright Adhesive, the insert sits a little proud of the deck and provides a secure grip. With timber decking it is usual to apply DeckWright Inserts to two grooves in each board for maximum effectiveness. With composite decking, you would only need to fit inserts between the boards.

If you’re passing TBS Daventry, we have an outdoor display of Trex for you to check out. For further information, give our Sales team a call.





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

April 19, 2017

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)

Give Your Garden a Touch of Class with Decorative Boulders and Cobbles

March 27, 2017

For some time now, TBS have been proud to stock aggregates from Long Rake Spar, based on the edge of the Peak District. They have nearly 150 years of experience in the aggregate business, and their lines are certainly attractive.

Now we’re pleased to announce some additions to the range we stock at TBS. For more details and for prices, follow the link above.



LRS Flamingo Chippings, 14-20mm, in a 20kg bag. An eye-catching mix of colours, great when wet!






LRS Scottish Boulders, 300-500mm, sold singly. Ideal for rockeries and garden features.







LRS Rainbow Cobbles, 40-90mm, in a 20kg bag.







LRS Welsh Plum Slate, 40mm, in a 20kg bag.








LRS Blue-Plum Slate Rockery, approx. 250mm, sold singly.




Long Rake Spar like to work with independent merchants, like TBS, so you won’t see their products everywhere. If you’re in our area, come by and view some. We’ll gladly organise a delivery if you need one.



Archaeology and Construction: Best Practice if you Uncover any Remains

March 1, 2017


What are you meant to do if you uncover archaeological remains when you’re digging foundations or landscaping? For centuries, the approach was pragmatic: “finders keepers”, and site bosses didn’t want the hassle and delay of calling in the archaeologists. Many ancient remains were destroyed before they could be investigated.

Since the early 1990s, however, there has been a greater partnership between the UK construction industry, local museums and the Crown. Building sites have been responsible for most of the archaeological discoveries in the UK, and these days archaeology is part of the planning process.

The National Planning Policy Framework (revised 2012) links archaeological work to planning permission. Planning applicants have to show that they are aware of possible “heritage assets” on their site.

Photo: BBC News

Photo: BBC News

So, what do you do if you uncover remains? First up, bones. If it’s very obviously a pig’s skull, no problem. But if the bones could by any chance be human, you are legally bound to stop digging and call the police. They will arrange for an expert to visit and check.

If the bones prove to be an ancient human burial, archaeologists will probably want to do a brief survey, in case it is part of a bigger heritage site. Chances are, though, the bones will be ‘scatter’ and probably not human, and you’ll be cleared to dig again. For further details, check this link.


What about coins or jewellery? If you’ve uncovered gold or silver objects, or coins deliberately buried in a container, you’re probably dealing with treasure trove. It needs reporting, and you may receive half the value of any sale. If you’ve just found a couple of isolated coins, you should still report it to the Portable Antiquities Scheme. They will log the find on a database, with the exact find location, but you will be allowed to keep it.

If it looks like you’ve hit an unexpected structure, it’s suggested that you contact your local museums department, who can visit and tell you very quickly whether you can continue or whether they want to investigate.

For further information, check out these links: Archaeology and Construction, or Archaeology at Construction Sites, or Archaeology and Construction (not the same as the other article).


Get the Right Cover: Manholes Made Simple

February 24, 2017

If you’ve ever tried buying a manhole cover, you’ll know how daunting it can be. There are so many types, with complicated alpha-numeric codes on them. So, let’s try to simplify it, using examples from TBS’s own supplier, Clark Drain.





First up, domestic / pedestrian covers. These have an A15 rating (According to British Standard EN124:1994). Technically, that’s 1.5 tonnes, and you may think your car weighs less than that. But when it’s turning on the drive, the load on a wheel may be a lot more. That’s why under-rated manhole covers bend and crack.





For driveways, then, you need covers in the B125 range, which can be anything from 6 tonne to 17 tonne load capacity – depending what you use your drive for!





Then, for the main highway, you need top whack, the D400 covers. We stock a range of 38, 40 and 44 tonne models, including D-Tri and hinged drain covers.





Finally, if you need a more concealed cover, there are the recessed variety. Square (300×300 mm or 450×450 mm) or rectangular (600×450 mm) models are intended for block paving or concrete filling. The round version can be filled with landscaping material like earth or gravel.

We hope that helps. Don’t hesitate to ask our nice Sales teams for further information – and about our attractive prices!


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