Starrett

The L.S. Starrett Company, founded in 1880, manufactures more than 5,000 variations of Precision Tools, Gages, Measuring Instruments and Saw Blades for industrial, professional and consumer markets worldwide. Starrett, a leader who has set the standard for fine precision tools in industry for over 130 years, has rightfully earned the title, “World’s Greatest Toolmakers”. “Like all businesses, however large or complex, this one started with a man and an idea. The man was Laroy S. Starrett; his idea was ‘to invent something useful that people would want.’ Countless others have had a similar idea, the difference here was in the quality of the man. L.S. Starrett’s outstanding characteristic was confidence in himself; he was a man who in spite of one setback after another refused to admit defeat. He had unusual ability, vision and enterprise, but without his high courage this story of the foundation and growth of ‘the world’s greatest toolmakers’ could never have been written…”

Stanley, Black & Decker, Record, Irwin, POP Rivets, DeWalt, Craftsman, Mac Tools, Porter & Cable, Facom, Lenox, Lista, Bostitch

Our iconic and trusted brands are known for outstanding performance and ceaseless innovation. We make the hand and power tools that build and repair your home. We make the industrial tools that build and rebuild your infrastructure. We make the fasteners that hold your vehicle and electronic devices together. And we provide the security services and solutions that protect what’s most valuable to you.

Lista

Making workspace work

Today, LISTA manufactures workshop and warehouse furnishings in three production facilities and sells them around the world through their own sales offices and their distributors.
Our quality product offering covers the following areas:

  • Drawer systems
  • NC storage and transport systems
  • Workbenches and workstation systems
  • Cabinet systems
  • Shelving systems
  • Partitioning material & labelling systems
  • Access control systems
  • Dynamic systems

Facom

AT THE HEART OF THE INDUSTRIAL ADVENTURE OF THE 20TH CENTURY

The history of FACOM marches in step with the industrial progress of the 20th century.

The FACOM brand is associated with the great advances of the century. The automotive industry, rail, aviation, aerospace, and great adventures such as deep-sea exploration, space travel, medical progress, high technology, extreme sports, monuments and the greatest construction projects of the time carry the brand’s seal.
From the original simple but unique adjustable spanner to the thousands of lines and innovations offered in our latest catalogue, Facom has become the leading brand of hand tools in Europe.

Its history is distinguished by fidelity to a tradition: to better serve men of all trades, to heighten their professional performance and improve the quality of their daily work.

Lenox

What the LENOX Passion for Performance Means for You

We began in 1915 with a 10-employee team and a passion for bringing customers faster-cutting, longer-lasting hacksaw blades. Now, more than 100 years later, our passion hasn’t changed. We market LENOX industrial saw blades, hand tools, power tool accessories and other products in more than 70 countries, and we still design, test, and manufacture in. East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

Our passion for performance drives continued investment in our plant, enabling extensive research and development powered by the most advanced manufacturing technology. Our customers experience the results in products that outperform conventional tools and deliver more value.

How LENOX R&D Raises the Bar on Cutting Performance

Our dedicated R&D staff is among the largest, most experienced in the world. If there’s a way to engineer more performance into tools, we’ll find it. We start with the real-world needs of trade workers. In-depth knowledge from industry professionals allows us to develop the best tools for the job.

LENOX has developed premium -performance tools for over 100 years. Our unique depth of experience gives us a command of cutting science and cutting performance that’s second to none. We put it to work for you, developing tools that make your job easier. To make sure you get the best possible performance for the money, we’re constantly testing our tools throughout the design and manufacturing processes. We won’t ship a blade until it’s proven to perform.

LENOX Joins the Stanley Black & Decker Family of Brands

In 2017, LENOX became part of Stanley Black & Decker a global leader in tools and accessories, driven by a mission to empower people to build, connect and protect our world. LENOX joins the Stanley Black & Decker portfolio in pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and what’s next in the global tools industry. Customers benefit from an uncompromised focus held by more than 52,000 employees worldwide who share a common vision for innovative, cutting-edge technologies and world-class products designed with their best interests in mind.

Irwin

IRWIN TOOLS manufactures and distributes professional grade hand tools and power tool accessories worldwide for trade professionals who demand superior performance and durability on the job. IRWIN TOOLS’ brand portfolio features user-preferred category leaders such as IRWIN®, Vise-Grip®, Marathon®, Quick-Grip®, Speedbor®, Strait-Line®, Marples®, Unibit®, and Hanson®.

For over a century, innovation has been the hallmark of IRWIN TOOLS. Beginning in 1885, with the development of the first IRWIN Auger Bit, and progressing with the introduction of Vise-Grip Locking Tools, SPEEDBOR Flat Bits, MARATHON Saw Blades, and QUICK-GRIP Bar Clamps, IRWIN has been at the forefront of the industry, creating superior tools for the professional tradesman.

Our impressive track record of new product development is born from our passion for understanding the needs of our primary user – the professional tradesman. This dedication to improving products begins in the field, where IRWIN’S IMPACT End-User Teams visit job sites. There, the team learns first-hand, how to improve our products to help the pros increase their productivity.

From the beginning of our product development process to the performance of these products in your hands, IRWIN is where you train, work, play and buy. This commitment is apparent in everything we do.

GUARANTEES IRWIN stands behind their products. Learn more about product guarantees.

Black & Decker

OVER A CENTURY OF DIY INNOVATION

Since our founding in 1910, we’ve been at the very forefront of DIY product innovation. From the iconic BLACK+DECKER Workmate® to the world’s first cordless drill and hedge trimmer, we’ve used ingenuity and integrity to help people turn their houses into homes.

Makita

It all started with the motor over 100 years ago. Makita Corporation was founded in 1915 as an electric motor sales and repair company. Today, as a global brand in over 40 countries, Makita is an innovation leader, manufacturing best-in-class products at 10 plants operating in 8 countries. The unmatched quality and durability of Makita products is driven by the company’s strong R&D capabilities, and have earned the trust of professional users worldwide. Every day, on jobsites around the world, Makita delivers the power, performance and durability that professional users demand with products that are more compact, have less vibration and feel better.

DeWalt

Raymond E. DEWALT followed in his father’s steps, and worked in plants and construction after leaving school. In all fields of work he encountered the issue of high labour costs. To help reduce these costs, whenever possible he installed a machine to handle specific needs.

One fine day, M. DEWALT was hired to head a wood mill, manufacturing numerous products, from basic boxes to complete houses. The amount of work exceeded the company’s capacity by far, but its owner could not afford to increase the headcount. The only solution was to ensure his men produced more work. M. DEWALT built a yoke, which he connected directly to a motor and a saw. He then fitted it onto a standard arm. The saw could be raised, lowered, moved forward and backward, and adapted to all types of angles. With this system, he could handle the same amount of work as four men, reducing labor costs beyond his wildest imagination.

Milwaukee

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. is an industry-leading manufacturer and marketer of heavy-duty, portable electric power tools and accessories for professional users worldwide.

Since its founding in 1924, Milwaukee has focused on a single vision: To produce the best heavy-duty electric power tools and accessories available to the professional user. Today, the Milwaukee name stands for the highest quality, durable and reliable professional tools money can buy.

Milwaukee currently employs approximately 1,000 people globally. The company continues to set industry standards, targeting professional tool users of all types with a product line that includes more than 500 tools and over 3,500 accessories. Throughout its history Milwaukee’s commitment to quality remains steadfast, although the way that quality is ensured has changed drastically. Quality is designed in, using state-of-the-art technologies and sophisticated manufacturing techniques.

The people at Milwaukee are as much a part of the success as the tools themselves. All of Milwaukee’s tool and accessory manufacturing operations have been arranged in manufacturing cells consisting of teams of motivated and empowered employees. Cellular manufacturing methods help Milwaukee employees focus on customer needs; allow for quick response to market demands; and increase employee productivity and product quality.

NEW OWNERSHIP & GLOBAL GROWTH

Milwaukee Electric Tool is a subsidiary of Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd. (TTI), ttigroup.com.

Founded in 1985, TTI is a leading marketer, manufacturer and supplier of home improvement and floor care products, employing over 20,000 people worldwide. TTI’s global brand portfolio includes Ryobi®, Milwaukee® and AEG® power tools, DreBo® carbide drill bits, Homelite® and Ryobi® outdoor power equipment and Royal®, Dirt Devil®, Regina® and VAX® floor care appliances. The acquisition takes advantage of TTI and Milwaukee’s marketing and distribution networks and enhances Milwaukee’s ability to expand its markets and product portfolio worldwide.

Bosch

Every one of the Bosch Group’s business sectors has a presence in the UK: Mobility Solutions, Consumer Goods, Energy and Building Technology and Industrial Technology. In the UK, Bosch employs approx. 5,100 associates across 40 sites. In 2018, Bosch generated revenues in the UK of £3.3 billion. The region is the second largest European market for Bosch after Germany and fourth largest in the world.

Draper

Draper Tools was started in 1919 when the founder, Bert Draper, sold government surplus and tools in markets around the Kingston Upon Thames area. This led to the purchase of the original warehouse, from which the Draper Tool Company Limited as we know it today was born, although at this time it was known as B. Draper & Son Limited and owned the trademark B.D.S. Although Draper Tools sold its own brand as early as this time, it was also a quality Engineers Merchant and Tool Wholesaler, selling brands that are well known today, such as, Britool, King Dick, Elliott Lucas, etc.

When Bert Draper passed away in 1963, control of the Company passed to his son Norman. With the increased business and cramped conditions at Kingston Upon Thames, Norman purchased the freehold rights to the current premises in Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire at auction the same year. Norman pushed the business forward dramatically and developed the ‘Draper’ brand as we know it today, by importing quality tools from all around the World. He also established ‘exclusive’ relationships on a family to family basis, with such Companies as Elora and Knipex, which still exist today.

Norman died in 1994 and the Company is now run by his son, John. His wife Joan, who passed away in 1999, produced, almost single-handedly, the Company’s first type-written catalogue in 1953. This level of family involvement would be rare in any other company of this size in the UK… But then Draper Tools is no ‘other company!’

John took over the reins in 1992 with the task of taking the company into the new century. Draper Tools continues to thrive on a mixture of inward investment, active support for the independent stockist, striving for operational efficiency and all underpinned by the golden rule since 1919 – Guaranteed Quality. The current premises in Chandler’s Ford have been added to considerably since its purchase and has now reached a size of 535,000 sq.ft. It is now probably the largest stock of tools in one place in the UK.

Sealey

Founded in 1978, Sealey is now known nationally and internationally as a leading brand of professional tools and workshop equipment. Committed to selling through a network of local, independent dealers, we have a reputation for providing the best products, best value and a service that is second to none. Operating from Bury St Edmunds, in the heart of East Anglia next to the A14, we are only 75 minutes from London and are in a prime position to deliver to locations nationwide, as well as export to over 20 countries worldwide.

‘We Continually Strive to Introduce New & Innovative Products’

Sealey is regarded as a leading brand by professionals and enthusiasts alike. We provide in excess of 10,000 product lines designed for use in the trade. Catalogue sections include Hand Tools, Power Tools, Garage and Workshop, Bodyshop, Janitorial, Agricultural, Engineering and Vehicle Service Tools. We continually strive to introduce new and innovative tools and equipment for the professional, which comply or exceed international standards, never compromising on quality to achieve value for money.

Gedore

GEDORE. Family business with international reach.

GEDORE is represented in more than 70 countries worldwide. Customers from industry and trade – including numerous market leaders – have valued our premium tools for many years. In our section “GEDORE” you get an insight into the mission, vision and values ​​of our company. For journalists and representatives of the press, we have press releases, dates and current news in the “press area” ready. The internationally successful company headquartered in Remscheid employs more than 2,400 people at its six German locations as well as in production sites in Brazil, England, Austria and South Africa. Would you like to become part of this success story? The GEDORE Group as a strong and reliable partner faces the challenges of the future. For more than 90 years, we have been committed to sustainable employee-employer relationships and train young people in our GEDORE Group facilities in a variety of commercial and business occupations and the dual degree program in Mechanical Engineering.

Bacho

In 1886, our iconic brand was born. Today, it is still a symbol of quality.
Discover the history that goes into every Bahco product.

SO WHY DO…Bahco products carry a fish and a hook?
After Göran Fredrik Göransson had established his steel mill in 1862, the European steel industry in the eighteen seventies had a long depression with low prices for general steel and crude steel products. The prices for processed steel were much better, which created an interest in processing the steel further. In 1876 the existing steel rolling mill was changed to produce so-called milled steel.

When the production of saw blades commenced in 1886 there was a need for a brand, which could communicate the blades’ special properties and quality, and the choice was – quite naturally – the fish and hook.

SNA Europe is the premier pan-European manufacturer of hand tools and saws, part of Snap-on Incorporated.

We design and manufacture tools and saws tailored to the most demanding professionals, focussing our design highly on innovation, performance and ergonomics. As innovators for over 165 years, we have introduced the most advanced tools in the world, and sell through distributors with whom we build long-term partnerships. Bahco products are overwhelmingly manufactured in our own factories located across Europe and offered by our partner distributors to the professionals. To provide the best quality tools to our partners, we are sharing throughout the organization common values on safety, health, quality, ethics.

Spear & Jackson

If there is one word that people associate with Sheffield it is steel. The city, (then a mere town) was known for the production of knives in the 14th century, and by 1600 had become the main centre for cutlery manufacture in England. In the 1740s, a form of the crucible steel process was discovered that allowed the manufacture of better quality steel and this innovation spurred the growth of Sheffield as an industrial town. And it was not long after – in 1760 – when the foundations of the one of the city’s best known firms, and one synonymous with steel; Spear & Jackson, were laid.

It was in this year that a draper named John Love and a Wakefield merchant, Alexander Spear, decided that steel offered a better living than cloth and went into business together. By 1814, the business had passed down to Alexander’s nephew John, who took on an apprentice – Sam Jackson – to learn ‘ye art, trade or mistery of sawmaking’. Sam’s first job was carrying blades from the forge to the grinding wheels and by 1830, a new partnership was formed – Spear & Jackson. Neill Tools, Spear & Jackson’s parent company, can meanwhile ‘only’ chart a history as far back as 1889, when James Neill, a successful accountant, turned to steelmaking and patented composite steel (steel-backed iron) for hacksaw blades. Registering the Eclipse trademark in 1909, Neill started making the world’s first composite steel hacksaw blades in 1911.

By 1924, frames had been added to the range and the company introduced the classic shape which all hacksaws now mirror. Fast-forwarding to the 80s, Neill Tools bought Spear & Jackson in 1985, renaming the business Spear & Jackson plc in 1995. But Neill, Eclipse and Spear & Jackson aren’t the whole brand story. The group also includes the famous WHS trowel brand. Originally known as William Hunt & Sons, WHS is popularly said to stand for ‘Work Hard or Starve’ and – among other things – its 4″ pointing trowels are especially favoured by archaeologists; rows breaking out on the internet whenever another trowel company tries to win the hearts and minds of these ‘time team’ diggers. Also within the company is the well-known Tyzack range of plastering tools. Founded by another Sheffield lad, William Tyzack (1781- 1858); the company really got into its stride through his nephew Joseph. Having developed a profitable working relationship with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, Joseph registered the Isle of Man triskelion ‘legs’ – still proudly worn by the company today – with the Cutlers’ Company in 1847.

The organisation has come a long way since 1760, and the Spear & Jackson Group now manufactures and distributes garden tools, metrology equipment, woodworking tools and magnetic equipment under several brand names: Neill Tools, Bowers, Robert Sorby, Moore and Wright, Eclipse, WHS and Tyzack. With divisions across England, France, China and Australia, Spear & Jackson distributes products throughout the world.

Wolferal

First introduced over 50 years ago, Wolferal saw blades & cutting tools are known the world over for their superior cutting properties and durability. All products are available in either metric or imperial sizes, and come in a range of high quality materials to suit each particular application. Listed below are just a few examples.

Blades for…

  • Slitting saws
  • Side chip clearance saws
  • Cut off saws

We also offer…

  • Circular and flat knives
  • Diamond impregnated saw blades
  • TCT saw blades
  • Solid carbide saw blades
  • Bore type milling cutters
  • Modification & re-grinding services

We serve the needs of customers in the following industry sectors:
Pipe & Tube, Aluminium, PVCu, Oil, and Engineering.

We currently have over 35,000 pieces in stock, so even if what you’re looking for isn’t mentioned above then please call us, as we may well have exactly what you need.

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