Latest C.K News

Latest C.K News

 

C.K Cable Shears Go Heavy

August 2016

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Understanding the needs of electricians, C.K has introduced two new heavy-duty cable cutters to its already popular range of cutters - the T3679 Heavy Duty Cable Shear and the T3678 Heavy Duty SWA Ratchet Cable Cutters.

Striking a good balance between ease of use, longevity and safety, C.K has developed the new cutters with a range of innovative features to ensure optimum performance.

The Heavy Duty Cable Shears 530mm feature high-grade special tool steel cutting jaws, forged and hardened to ensure an extended working life. The addition of powerful parrot-beak jaws allow tradesmen to safely and easily cut thick copper and aluminium cables up to 27mm in diameter.

Also manufactured using hardened high-grade steel cutting jaws, the Heavy Duty SWA Ratchet Cable Cutters benefit from ratchet action further improving the functionality of the tool and making cutting large diameter cables effortless, efficient and neat.

Not only can the ratchet cutters make easy work of copper and aluminum cables up to 52mm in diameter, they are also capable of cutting SWA cable up to 36mm.

These new, innovative features of the C.K cable cutters enable electricians to finish a job in good time and to high, professional standards. Ensuring maximum comfort in use, their ergonomic design prevents health issues that can come with using lower quality tools, such as repetitive strain injuries.

 


 

C.K Side Cutters – Simply The Best

July 2016

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C.K have enhanced their already popular range of C.K Redline VDE Side Cutters, adjusting the cutting edge to provide the optimal cutting angle for the unsurpassed, smooth and efficient cutting of electrical cables. 
 

Historically, side cutters were manufactured with a one size fits all approach, manufactured with an obtuse cutting angle to provide the strength needed for cutting through high tensile steel wire used in the construction industry. Until now, there has been a distinct lack of choice of side cutters on the market that are specifically designed for the effortless cutting of wires electricians deal with, day in, day out. 
 

C.K enlisted independent metallurgists and engineers to make their side cutters the best an electrician can buy. This involved using the finest German steel, induction hardened in a closely controlled process using specially formulated quenching technology to deliver the ultimate durability.
 

Through an exhaustive testing program, C.K redefined the cutting geometry of side cutters to define the optimum blade angles for the effortless cutting of copper and aluminium cables. 
 

The result is impressive, with independent, controlled testing proving that this fusion of engineering expertise has a marked impact on the ease of cut and blade durability. Thanks to these developments, the C.K Redline VDE Side Cutters require up to 18 per cent less force than other leading brands, making them the best on the market.
 

To put this in context, the average pressure saving to make a cut is 74 Newton meters with an average electrician making over 10,000 cuts per year – resulting in a personal saving of over 75  tons of pressure! 
 

The new, ground breaking features of C.K side cutters enable retailers to provide electricians with the tools to finish a job quicker and easier to high, professional standards. Ensuring maximum comfort in use, ergonomically designed high grip handles, which, combined with leading cutting performance, prevent health issues that can come with using lower quality tools, such as trigger finger and repetitive strain injuries.
 

With safety at the fore, C.K Redline VDE Side Cutters benefit from VDE certification, individually tested to 10,000V, providing professional electricians with total peace of mind and safety when dealing with electricity. 

 


 

NEW Sabretooth Plasterbaord Saw, It’s A Saw That Roars

May 2016

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C.K tools has extended its popular range of handsaws with the introduction of a new high performance saw. The fantastically priced C.K Sabretooth Plasterboard Saw is designed to cut through plasterboard, wood and plastic at optimum speed and with minimal effort.

Featuring razor sharp, triple ground ‘turbo cut’ teeth, the new saw offers superior cutting performance compared with double ground teeth found on some market leading competitors.

In addition to superior cutting performance, the Sabretooth Plasterboard Saw also offers an extended working life thanks to its premium quality, SK5 alloy steel blade, guaranteed to provide strength. The hardened teeth allow it to stay sharper for longer and the product is supplied with a protective tooth guard, allowing tradesmen to store it safely.

Ensuring maximum comfort to the user, the saw features a cushion grip handle with anti slip horns, ergonomically designed to further enhance the accuracy and quality of cut and provide effortless sawing with a sure grip. 

Graham Godfrey, brand manager, C.K tools commented: “The new C.K Sabretooth Plasterboard Saw is a Saw that Roars, it’s more efficient in terms of time and energy expended and will stay sharper and last longer. Like all of C.K tools’ products, the saw has been developed following extensive research.

“This new introduction to our range of handsaws follows a series of exciting product launches, including the C.K Sabretooth Trade Wood Saw, which proved to outperform other leading brands, in terms of cutting speed, in independent testing.”

 


 

C.K dextro Screwdrivers – Now up to 30% tougher!

Sept 2015

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Set to electrify the industry, C.K has enhanced its already popular dextro screwdriver range, reinforcing its durability to make it twice as strong as the average human!
 
Now up to an impressive 30 per cent tougher, the
C.K dextro screwdrivers provide a true test of strength. This toolbox staple has always exceeded the tip strength requirements of ISO international standards. However, through an extensive design optimisation programme undertaken by C.K’s dedicated team of engineers and metallurgists, the C.K dextro and dextroVDE screwdrivers are now tougher than ever before, providing screwdrivers with a real difference.
 
International screwdriver standards for a PZ2 screwdriver require a minimum torque load of 10.3nm. A test revealed that an average human is capable of applying approximately 8nm of torque, and in independent testing the improved
C.K dextro was found to be capable of withstanding over 20nm of torque, making it the toughest yet.

 

Watch the video here.

 

Unlike many screwdrivers, the improved dextroVDE is not a ‘general purpose’ product but has been exclusively designed for electricians and the work that they do.
 
As suggested by its name, the
dextro VDE has been crafted purposely for the dexterity required in the nature of the work undertaken with a long, fine neck for ultimate fingertip control. It has an ergonomically shaped dual component handle, injection moulded directly to the blade giving the ultimate bond for increased reliability and durability, and ridges along the head to give extra power in the last quarter turn.
 
For easy identification the entire dextro range has the tip type marked on the end of each handle, and anti-roll flats, which come in very useful when the screwdriver is put down on a sloped surface.
 
A premium quality, chrome vanadium steel blade provides exceptional strength and durability, whilst a precision machined tip ensures an exact screw fit and damage free screwdriving. And not forgetting that improved tip, which is now up to 30 per cent tougher!
 
With voltages as low as fifty Volts potentially proving extremely dangerous, if not lethal, the VDE approval of the
dextro VDE screwdriver range offers electricians maximum safety. VDE-approved tools are designed to reduce the risk of injury and damage to electrical circuitry. For many years tools have been labelled ‘insulated’, meaning only that they are coated with a material that is not a conductor of electricity. There are even tools on the market that claim they are tested to 1,000v. However, only tools marked ‘VDE’ have passed the rigorous tests set by the VDE Testing and Certification Institute, including being specifically tested to 10,000v of electricity and only these tools offer the peace of mind an electrician needs.
 
As with all C.K’s extensive tool innovation, new products are not thrown together but are created as a direct result of a long-standing collaboration with end users - before, during and after tool development. Working in partnership in this way ensures that C.K are able to deliver tool solutions that are best suited to the actual work undertaken by professional tradesmen and are matched to each sector’s specific and unique requirements.

 

 

 

 

C.K Sabretooth Trade Saw – The Saw That Roars

May 2015

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C.K have extended their popular range of handsaws with the introduction of the C.K Sabretooth Trade Saw, which in independent testing has proven to outperform other leading brands in terms of cutting speed.

Set to be a roaring success, the reasonably priced C.K Sabretooth Trade Saw offers an impressive combination of speed, durability and comfort.

Featuring razor sharp, triple ground ‘turbo cut’ teeth, the Sabretooth Trade Saw offers superior cutting performance compared with double ground teeth found on some market leading competitors. In fact, independent testing carried out by the Cutlery and Allied Trades Research Association (CATRA) found that the Sabretooth Trade Saw outperforms other UK market leading brands, providing up to 22% faster cutting performance.

In addition to superior cutting performance, the Sabretooth Trade Saw also offers an extended working life thanks to its premium quality, SK5 alloy steel blade, and induction hardened ‘stay sharp’ hardpoint teeth, providing strength and longevity.

Ensuring maximum comfort in use, the Sabretooth Trade Saw also features a dual component, cushion grip handle, ergonomically designed to further enhance the accuracy and quality of cut and provide effortless sawing with a sure grip.  The handle also offers the convenience of 45° and 90° marking out angles.

Accounting for a variety of applications, three saws have been launched in the range; the Sabretooth Trade 840 Universal Saw in both 20” and 22” with 7 teeth per inch, and the Sabretooth Trade 940 Fine Cut Saw in 22” with 9 teeth per inch, providing more efficient and accurate and cleaner cuts to finer jobs.

Graham Godfrey, brand manager, C.K tools commented: “The new C.K Sabretooth Trade Saw is more efficient in terms of time and energy expended and will therefore stay sharper and last longer. Like all of C.K tools’ products, the saw has been developed following extensive research.

“We were determined to set new standards in cutting ability and we have managed to excel at doing just that – tests show it outperforms the best.”

 

 


 

C.K Armourslice 'Strips Away The Hassle'

May 2014

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Watch the C.K Armourslice demo video here

C.K tools has launched an innovative new Steel Wired Armoured (SWA) cable stripper, designed to speed up the process of SWA cable termination.

Typically done utilising a hacksaw and trimming knife, the conventional method for stripping SWA cable is slow, cumbersome and can result in an uneven cut of the wire strands, and even possible damage to the inner conductors. 

The new C.K ArmourSlice ‘strips away the hassle’ of preparing SWA cable, allowing the job to be done up to 50% faster compared with traditional methods, and ensures a perfect cut everytime.

The wide cable clamp ensures perfect blade to cable alignment for precise cuts on cable from 12mm up to 36mmØ. The automatic clamp applies constant pressure throughout the cut, completely removing the need to readjust and creating a uniform depth score around the armour strands.

Constructed from a rugged and robust metal alloy, and complete with a spare blade holder, the C.K ArmourSlice is priced at £34.99 (ex VAT). Packs of 5 spare cutting blades are also available for £5.99 (ex VAT).

Graham Godfrey, brand manager, C.K tools, commented: “The new C.K ArmourSlice is the latest in a long line of products that have been developed in collaboration with our panel of professional tradesmen. Working in partnership in this way ensures that C.K tools is able to deliver tool solutions that are best suited to the actual work undertaken by professional tradesmen. Fast, robust and precise, the new C.K ArmourSlice will not only save time, but also enable jobs to be completed to a higher standard than using traditional methods.”

 


High Power Cree LED Hand & Head Torches from C.K tools

February 2014

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C.K tools is shining the light on product innovation with the introduction of a four strong range of high-powered, yet affordable Cree LED Head and Hand Torches.

These hi-spec, feature-packed torches are the result of close collaboration with professional trades, who highlighted a requirement for the superior build quality and advanced features of a specialist torch, without the hefty price tag usually associated with this level of quality.

All models feature a one-handed Rapid Slide Focus mechanism for single-handed spot to flood beam control. Three lighting modes ensure suitability for various applications: full power mode for maximum luminosity, dimmed for glare-free close proximity applications and flash mode for personal safety signaling.

Ensuring maximum performance, a beam intensifying plano-convex lens captures and converges all useable light emitted from the high power Cree LED resulting in greater illumination at the focal point. Water and dirt resistant to IP64, the robust hand torches and head torch lamps are constructed from high-grade aluminium which provides protection from drops of up to 1m.

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Compact, yet powerful, the 120 Lumens LED Hand Torch is the ideal pocket torch, providing a 150m maximum range and up to 16 hours of use from one set of 3 x AAA batteries. 

 

 

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The high performance 150 Lumens LED Hand Torch provides an impressive 250m range with a respectable 14hours battery life, and an extensive x30 flood beam.

 

 

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Lightweight and compact, the 120 Lumens LED Head Torch is perfectly suited to running or other outdoor activities in low light conditions. With a maximum range of 200m, it is extremely powerful for its size and features a convenient 90degree swiveling headlamp.

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Powerful and robust, the feature packed 200 Lumens LED Head Torch is a truly astounding professional quality head torch, providing a 250m range. For added versatility the battery pack and 90degree swiveling headlamp can be detached from the headband and clipped to a belt or pocket for an alternative hands free carrying solution.

 

Graham Godfrey, brand manager, C.K tools, commented: “We are always working to develop products that are based on an in-depth awareness of the needs of end users. The new range of torches combines superior quality with affordable prices, fulfilling two requirements that end users have previously struggled to find in other similar products.

“This close attention to the needs of end users during the process of tool development is something that puts C.K at the forefront of product innovation, allowing us to create products that are guaranteed to be popular.”

 


The New Folding Utility Knife From C.K!

May 2013

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C.K tools has introduced a new edition to its range of trimming knives – the T0954 Folding Utility Knife.  At 9.5cm closed, it is more compact than traditional trimming knives and, therefore, less intrusive when carried in the pockets of work trousers.

With performance at the fore, this toolbox staple features a precision-engineered blade holder, which significantly reduces blade wobble during straight line cuts. A convenient easy-fit blade holder mechanism enables blade changes in less than three seconds – the quickest time yet. A strong yet lightweight ergonomic anodised aluminium handle and thumb ledge offer optimum comfort and control in use.                                            

 


 

The “Fastest Wire Stripper In The West” From C.K!

March 2013

Nothing strips wires faster than the C.K Automatic Wire Strippers (Item No. 495001). This superb tool can prepare wires for connection up to 10 times faster than using traditional side cutter techniques.

Using these strippers guarantees fast, damage free, repeatable results.

It's as simple as click 1, click 2. 


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Click 1 

The sheathing is parted and can be easily slid off the inner wires.

 

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Click 2 

The insulation can be removed from all the inner wires in one go. 

 

To make life even easier, this stripper automatically adjusts to differing wire sizes and is equally at home stripping flat or round cable with solid or stranded cores – there is even a graduated depth stop for repeatable inner wire stripping lengths. 

 

Capable of dealing with wires from 0.2 to 6.0mm², time after time, these versatile strippers are additionally equipped with a micro adjustment knob to make light work of fine wires smaller than 0.2mm².

And there’s more! A wire cutting anvil makes short work of cutting wires to length whilst the range of crimping anvils deals perfectly with all commonly used insulated and uninsulated terminals. 

 


 

AN AUDIBLE WINNER FROM C.K TOOLS

January 2013

Following the huge success of the T2271 C.K Non Contact Voltage Detector, C.K tools has further enhanced this toolbox essential with the introduction of audible and visual indicators, providing greater accuracy and safety for electricians.

Tried and trusted, the new T2272 C.K Non Contact Voltage Detector with visual and audible indicators offers all of the features of the original T2271 but now with the addition of an audible alarm on detection of voltage - essential when testing cabling within a wall cavity or difficult to reach circuitry where the voltage detector may be out of sight.

Suitable for non-contact AC voltage tests, earthing/ground connection checks, proper connection checks and the detection of broken wires, C.K’s high sensitivity tester offers an extensive non-contact voltage detection range of 70 – 1000V AC, indicated by a bright red LED illumination at the tip and audible alarm when a voltage is detected.

Understanding the hazardous nature of working with live electricity, C.K tools’ product development team has designed the C.K Voltage Detector to conform to safety standard IEC 1010-2-031, 1000V Installation Category III, offering protection against transient voltage spikes for the safe testing of fixed installations.

This practical, battery operated tool, features an integrated self-test function to continuously test its battery and circuit integrity, providing tradesmen with complete peace of mind.

Ergonomically designed, with a dual component body for comfort in use, this exceptional testing tool features a handy pocket clip for easy storage on the move, whilst a convenient On/Off switch helps preserve battery life. For added reassurance, the C.K Voltage Detector also features a green LED ‘On’ indicator to ensure battery power is present.

Offering the ultimate in performance and reliability, the C.K Voltage Detector is cold and heat resistance from -10°C to +50°C (14°F to +122°F), making it suitable for all environments.

Graham Godfrey, brand manager, C.K tools, commented: “The C.K Non Contact Voltage Detector with Visual Indicator T2271 we introduced in 2012 proved a massive hit, with professional electricians and technicians appreciating the quality and reliability that all C.K products are renowned for. All our tools are designed with the needs of the end-user in mind. By enhancing our popular Non Contact Voltage Detector with audible and visual indicators we hope to demonstrate our continued commitment to our customer base, offering them industry-leading, high quality tools.” 

 


 

C.K TOOLS FLEXIBLE FRIEND

January 2013

Following extensive research into the requirements of tradesmen, C.K tools has done it once again and created an end user-led, tool solution allowing tradesmen easy access to confined screws and fixings with the innovative new C.K Flexible Shafted Screwdriver T4760.

Understanding that mechanical and electrical devices are becoming more compact, meaning straight-line access to screws and fixings is not always possible, the durable C.K Flexible Shafted Screwdriver features a strong but flexible 200mm long reach shaft for easy access to screws and fixings in awkward places, such as Combi boilers, electrical appliances, controls panels and car engines.

Designed and created through collaboration with professional tradesmen, the C.K Flexible Shafted Screwdriver boasts a magnetic bit holder for positive bit retention of 1/4" (6mm) hexagon screwdriver bits, thereby reducing the risk of bits disengaging during use.

Designed for maximum comfort in use, the exceptional C.K Flexible Shafted Screwdriver features a dual component, tri-lobe handle allowing for high torque turns for loosening off stubborn screws and fixings or for tightening down, making this a toolbox essential.

Excellent durability comes as standard thanks to the multi layered, contra-coiled steel wire shaft protected within a durable high impact outer sheathing, along with an injection moulded dual component handle that provides the ultimate blade to handle bond.

Graham Godfrey, brand manger, C.K tools commented: “As with all C.K tools’ extensive tool innovation, new products are not thrown together but are created as a direct result of the company’s long-standing collaboration with end users - before, during and after tool development. Working in partnership in this way ensures that C.K tools is able to deliver tool solutions that are best suited to the actual work undertaken by professional tradesmen and are matched to each sector’s specific and unique requirements.

“And judging by the positive feedback from focus groups, our new C.K Flexible Shafted Screwdriver is guaranteed to become a firm favourite with tradesmen nationwide.”

 


 

C.K TOOLS IS THE TORQUE OF THE TOWN

August 2012

Precision German engineered for reliability and long-term performance, the new C.K Torque Screwdriver Set, with premium internal metal components, is set to become a toolbox hero amongst electricians.

Regulation 134.1.1 of BS 7671:2008 requires that electrical equipment be installed in accordance with the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Facilitating the majority of settings for the tightening of electrical equipment terminal screws, the C.K Torque Screwdriver covers a torque range of 1.5 to 4.0Nm, and is supplied with a factory calibration certificate for added peace of mind.

For quick and accurate torque setting this outstanding new tool features a sophisticated, easy to adjust micrometer torque setting mechanism, whilst clearly audible and physical feedback when the pre-set torque level is achieved will offer electricians reassurance that terminal screws are tightened according to specification.

Manufactured in accordance with ISO 6789:2003, the C.K Torque Screwdriver is accurate to +/-6% of the pre-set scale value, and as a result of its meticulous construction it has an extensive calibration life of 5,000 cycles. Non ISO 6789:2003 compliant torque screwdrivers typically contain less durable plastic internal components, and subsequently require recalibration after just 1,000 cycles/clicks. The C.K Torque Screwdriver however, has an extended service life due to its greater build quality, offering far better value for money.

Excellent durability comes as standard thanks to a chrome plated, toughened alloy steel blade and, designed for maximum comfort in use, the exceptional C.K Torque Screwdriver features an ergonomically designed soft grip handle.

In meeting the ever changing needs of busy tradesmen, the C.K Torque Screwdriver set comprises a torque handle, two modulo (plus/minus) blades, sizes 1 and 2, a user guide and a calibration certificate, all contained within a practical zipped fabric storage wallet.

 


 

C.K TOOLS DETECTS A WINNER

July 2012

Tried and trusted by electricians the world over, C.K tools has extended its popular range of tools for electrical trades with the introduction of the C.K Non Contact Voltage Detector.

Suitable for a wide range of applications, C.K's high sensitivity tester offers an extensive non-contact voltage detection range of 70 - 1000V AC, indicated by a bright red LED illumination at the tip when a voltage is detected.

Understanding the hazardous nature of working with live electricity, C.K tools' product development team has designed the C.K Voltage Detector to conform to safety standard IEC 1010-2-031, 1000V Installation Category III, offering protection against transient voltage spikes for the safe testing of fixed installations.

Suitable for non-contact AC voltage tests, earthing/ground connection checks, proper connection checks and the detection of broken wires, this practical, battery operated tool, features an integrated self-test function to continuously test its battery and circuit integrity, providing tradesmen with complete peace of mind.

This ergonomically designed testing tool, with a dual component body for comfort in use, features a handy pocket clip for easy storage on the move, whilst a convenient On/Off switch helps preserve battery life. For added reassurance, the C.K Voltage Detector Stick also features a green LED "On" indicator to ensure battery power is present.

Offering the ultimate in performance and reliability, the C.K Voltage Detector Stick is cold and heat resistance from -10°C to +50°C (14°F to +122°F), making it suitable for all environments.

 


 

C.K TOOLS ARE CONDUCIVE FOR THE JOB

June 2012

Listening to the working needs of tradesmen, C.K tools, the leading supplier of quality tools to professional trades, has introduced the practical C.K Conduit Bush Wrench, designed specifically to tighten conduit bushes even with cabling in situ.

Frequent wiring changes are made simpler and safer, thanks to an innovative head design, which provides a firm grip to all sizes of conduit bushes, allowing them to be tightened or untightened even with cabling in place. This unique feature really sets it apart from the competition and has received a 100% satisfaction rate from C.K tools' esteemed panel of professional electricians.

Guaranteeing outstanding long-term performance the C.K Bush Wrench has been constructed from special zinc phosphate plated, toughened alloy steel for exceptional strength and durability. And, as with all products throughout the C.K tools portfolio, the C.K Conduit Bush Wrench has been designed to enable continuous use without discomfort thanks to a soft grip, tri-lobe handle providing exceptional comfort and control.

Providing strength and flexibility, the C.K Bush Wrench facilitates greater access in confined spaces, which is sure to see this toolbox essential become a firm favourite amongst professional tradesmen.

 


 

C.K TOOLS, A CUT ABOVE THE REST

June 2012

Never one to rest on its laurels, C.K tools, one of the leading names in tool innovation, runs an ongoing intensive product development programme investigating potential and reviewing existing product lines. As a result C.K tools has listened to demand and extended its popular, premium quality range of Cable Cutters (T3963) to include a more compact 160mm model.

The C.K Cable Cutters range currently consists of a 210mm and 240mm model, however research has revealed that some electricians prefer to use smaller cutters allowing access to more confined spaces. In answering the needs of its tradesmen C.K tools has developed its smaller 160mm Cable Cutter.

With quality and performance at the fore, the C.K Cable Cutter range features razor sharp parrot beak blades designed to remain perfectly aligned throughout the cutting process despite any adverse movement. Featuring a shearing action for effortless, clean-cut results, the special alloy steel, drop forged, induction hardened jaws are tempered for exceptional strength and durability and for outstanding long term performance. The Cutters, suitable for copper and aluminium wire work, operate with a permanent rivet joint pivot mechanism and provide excellent, smooth cutting with no need for adjustment.

As with all C.K tools' extensive tool innovation, new products are not accident but created as a direct result of the company's long-standing collaboration with end users - before, during and after tool development. Working in partnership in this way ensures that C.K tools is able to deliver tool solutions that are best suited to the actual work undertaken by professional tradesmen and are matched to each sector's specific and unique requirements.

 

 


ELEXellent NEWS: C.K TOOLS TO ATTEND ELEX

May 2012

C.K tools, the leading supplier of quality tools for professionals, will be attending the most anticipated event of the electrician's calendar - ELEX 2012.

Showcasing a selection of new, groundbreaking products visitors to stand will be able to see first-hand the quality and durability of C.K tools' comprehensive range of professional tools.

Electricians can get to grips with C.K tools' first-to-market innovation - the C.K dextro VDE Screwdriver. This exceptional screwdriver has been designed specifically with electricians in mind and optimized for complete control and dexterity.

Joining the C.K dextro on stand is the C.K tools Access PliersTM, a pioneering development of traditional combination pliers, benefitting from three revolutionary design features to make electricians' lives easier; a machine tapered nose for easy access to confined spaces, along with a gutter screw nut holder and a 90 degree pin holder. 76% of electricians say they would buy these in preference to their existing pliers.

Keeping its status as the electrician's brand of choice, C.K tools will also be showcasing its celebrated C.K combicutterTM, which addresses the three key daily electrical installation activities of wire stripping, doubling back solid copper wire and cutting patress screws. Upholding its position as the original and best side cutter available, the C.K combicutterTM has celebrated a market leading position for some time and, unlike recent copies, maintains this status thanks to the unparalleled support from end users.

Taking tool storage and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to a whole new level, the award-winning C.K Magma range of premium products will also be on display for electricians to see first hand why it was voted one of the Top Products of 2011 by tradesmen. Combining optimal functionality with creative style, C.K Magma delivers a range of eye-catching, premium quality products that are truly smarter by design, delivering a total package for the image conscious electrician.

Visitors to ELEX Manchester (21st & 22nd June, stand A16) are in for an additional treat, as a bevy of beauties - the Magma Hit Squad - will be on hand to further promote C.K Magma. They'll be on stand to hand out freebies, showcase the products and answer any questions, but don't be fooled, these girls have brains as well as beauty, and know their copper wires from their arctic cables!

C.K tools is constantly monitoring and assessing the issues affecting the industry and developing new tools to address professional needs. The company works closely with a dedicated group of professional electricians to understand better how they work, what they need from a tool and the issues, such as health and safety, that affect their working practice.

 


C.K TOOLS PROVIDES A RAY OF SUNSHINE FOR SOLAR PV PANEL FITTERS 

July 2011

With the recent introduction of the Government's Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Scheme, aiming to accelerate the take up of renewable energy technologies, the UK Solar Photovoltaics (PV) market is set for significant growth, offering substantial opportunities to installers of solar systems.

To help Installers service demand, leading tool supplier, C.K tools has launched a range of durable hand tools designed specifically for the installation of solar photovoltaic power systems.

The C.K tools Solar PV range features Solar PV Ratchet Crimping Pliers, the popular Redline VDE Cable Cutters (160mm) and a Solar PV Installation Tool Kit.

C.K tool's Solar PV Ratchet Crimping Pliers have been created exclusively to crimp solar photovoltaics MC3 and MC4 connectors, with jaws to fit 2.5, 4 and 6mm2 crimps.

Designed to ensure safe, consistent, precise crimping of wires into terminals, C.K tools practical Solar PV Ratchet Crimping Pliers utilise a deadlock system ensuring the correct pressure is applied to make a safe and secure crimp. Once the optimal pressure is reached a quick release lever is activated opening the pliers ready for the next crimp, providing both safety and efficiency on the job.

For added peace of mind, a precision-engineered die deforms the terminal in the best way for secure wire connection. And offering the ultimate in performance and reliability, the C.K Solar PV Ratchet Crimping Pliers are tested to 40,000 cycles and each plier is guaranteed for 30,000 crimps.

The recently redeveloped, premium quality RedLine VDE Cable Cutters will deliver even greater and longer lasting performance to solar system installers than ever before.

The VDE approved 160mm (6in) 431030 Cable Cutter is suitable for copper and aluminium wire work and with safety at the fore installers can rest assured that these popular Cutters are approved and individually tested to a hefty 10,000v and, crucially, for safe live working to 1000v.

Quality and performance are key at C.K tools and this can be seen clearly in the razor sharp parrot beak blades of the RedLine VDE Cable Cutters, designed to remain perfectly aligned throughout the cutting process despite any adverse movement. Featuring a shearing action for effortless, clean-cut results, the special alloy steel, drop forged, induction-hardened jaws are tempered for exceptional strength and durability and for outstanding long-term performance. The Cutters operate with a permanent rivet joint pivot mechanism and provide excellent, smooth cutting with no need for adjustment.

The convenient Solar PV Installation Tool Kit comprises both the Solar PV Ratchet Crimping Pliers and the Redline VDE Cable Cutters, along with a Cable Stripper, all stored within a robust fabric tool wallet.

C.K tool's Cable Stripper features razor sharp, preset stripping blades for fast, precise and damage free stripping of solar power cables. Its durable blade enables wire to be stripped effortlessly without causing damage to the wire - a practical function offering speed and efficiency with every application.

The resourceful Cable Strippers also feature an integrated length stop enabling cables to be stripped to the exact length required for MC3 & MC4 connectors. It has a stripping capacity of 2.5-6mm2 and is capable of stripping bonded and non-bonded solar PV cable.

 


 

GET A GRIP WITH C.K TOOLS

February 2011

Constantly at the forefront of design and innovation, professional tool developer, C.K tools, is leading the market with yet another UK first with the introduction of the new C.K Gel-grip Tape, encompassing the very latest in tape innovation.

Designed and created through collaboration with professional tradesmen, the C.K Gel-grip Tape, available in five vibrant colours, is a product unlike any other available, featuring a unique gel jacket for enhanced grip, protection and comfort.

The pliable gel casing has been purposefully introduced to not only offer outstanding protection when dropped but also to provide exceptional comfort in use. This, teamed with a contoured base and tail for extra control, has seen the C.K Gel-grip Tape become a firm favourite with tradesmen nationwide.

Featuring advanced tape technology, C.K tools has created a tape totally in tune with the demands of the busy tradesman. Available in 5m/16ft and 7.5m/25ft lengths, the groundbreaking C.K Gel-grip Tape, boasting convenient double-sided marking for regular, overhead and vertical measuring, is EC Class II certified, signifying extreme accuracy in measurement to less than 1mm over 3metres.

Measuring up the quality, this phenomenal tape also features a NYLONGTM coated blade, which ensures superior abrasion resistance and durability compared to standard lacquered blades.

For added convenience, a specially designed, next generation end hook, which is wider than the width of the tape and includes two horns on the top, provides grip on the top, bottom and side. And for additional protection, the end hook is securely fastened with three rivets to prevent blade and hook damage on rewind.

As with all C.K tools' extensive tool innovation, new products are not thrown together but are created as a direct result of the company's long-standing collaboration with end users - before, during and after tool development. Working in partnership in this way ensures that C.K tools is able to deliver tool solutions that are best suited to the actual work undertaken by professional tradesmen and are matched to each sector's specific and unique requirements. So it will come as little surprise that a recent survey by C.K tools revealed that seven out of 10 tradesmen prefer the new C.K Gel-grip Tape to their existing tape measure.

 


 

C.K TOOLS INTRODUCES NEW SPEEDLOK WATERPUMP PLIERS

January 2011

Following fifteen successful years with its Maxi Waterpump Plier, C.K tools, the world's leading supplier of effective tool solutions, has introduced its exciting next generation replacement, the Speedlok Waterpump Plier, destined to become a firm favourite amongst tradesmen.

Guaranteed to reach the same market-leading heights as its predecessor, Speedlok offers a whole host of key features that will see the tool become a partner for life. It boasts a fine toothed, slide to adjust mechanism for fast and accurate jaw adjustment. Simply offer the top jaw up to the nut or pipe, then slide the lower jaw up to the piece for an exact fit. Once in place, the one-way slide mechanism offers a positive lock, which can then be disengaged simply by opening the handles.

To ensure that Speedlok can be relied upon no matter how demanding the task or environment, it is constructed from special alloy steel, drop forged, hardened and tempered for exceptional strength and durability. Its induction hardened jaws guarantee outstanding long term performance.

Appreciating the professional's need for a streamlined tool kit, C.K tools was keen to create an effective quality product suited to the majority of projects. The slide to adjust mechanism on the Speedlok enables fast and accurate size adjustment and the plier?s slim head and jaws allow access to even the most confined of spaces.

As with all products throughout the C.K tools portfolio, Speedlok has been designed to enable continuous use without discomfort and the contoured anti-slip handles deliver comfortable and powerful operation.

Available in both 250mm and 300mm versions, the Speedlok waterpump plier also conforms to DIN ISO 8976.

 


THERE'S NOTHING GENERAL ABOUT C.K TOOL'S TRITON XLS SCREWDRIVERS

Febuary 2010

Constantly at the forefront of design and innovation, C.K tools - leading supplier of quality tools to professional trades - has enhanced its already popular range of screwdrivers
with the introduction of the much-anticipated Triton XLS - a range of general purpose screwdrivers designed to deliver professional quality at an affordable price.

Designed and created through collaboration with a dedicated group of professional tradesmen, the Triton XLS encompasses all the essential features required in a general purposes screwdriver.

A number of distinct differentiators have created a screwdriver boasting an array of features normally associated with higher priced screwdrivers, making the Triton XLS an instant hit with tradesmen.

Designed for maximum comfort in use, the exceptional Triton XLS features a large, soft grip, tri-lobe handle for exceptional comfort and high torque turns, and also anti-roll flats, to prevent the screwdriver rolling away on sloped surfaces.

Excellent durability comes as standard thanks to the toughened alloy steel blade and also the injection moulded dual component handle that provides the ultimate blade to handle bond.   Tradesmen are sure to appreciate the convenient colour coded handles as well as the tip type marking on the dome of the handle making this innovative screwdriver easy to identify.

Often cast into the hidden depths of a toolbox, tradesmen will appreciate the convenient colour coded handles as well as the tip type marking on the dome of the screwdriver handle making this innovative screwdriver easy to identify.

In meeting the ever changing needs of busy tradesmen, C.K tools' Triton XLS range is available in a variety of formats, consisting of a slotted parallel tip, slotted flared tip, phillips and pozidrive screwdrivers, as well as two 5 piece screwdriver sets.  

Ensuring maximum safety for those working with live electricity, the Triton XLS range also features two 5 piece insulated screwdriver sets, manufactured in accordance to IEC 60900:2004 and tested to 10,000v.

The highly functional Triton XLS joins C.K tools already comprehensive screwdriver offering, which comprises dextro - a range of premium quality screwdrivers, optimized for control and dexterity, principally designed for technicians; dextro VDE - a range of premium quality safety screwdrivers tested to 10,000v specifically for use by electricians; and the HD Classic - a range of classic heavy duty screwdrivers ideally suited to engineers and construction workers.

 


 

C.K TOOLS FIRST TO MARKET AGAIN WITH FOUR-FLUTE SDS BIT

June 2009

It will come as no surprise to professional tool users and distributors that the innovative supplier of quality trade tools, C.K tools, is once again at the leading edge of product development with its unique Fast4 SDS+, a market first four-flute SDS drill bit, breaking boundaries with significantly faster, cleaner drilling for the SDS user.

The exceptional new product has been developed through collaboration with professional end users and from C.K tools? in depth understanding of the way tradesmen work, the issues they face and what they want and need from a tool. Recognising that the majority of professional tradesmen double up on drills, with both a cordless and a more powerful SDS product, C.K tools identified a need for a SDS version of its revolutionary four-flute drill bit, Fast4.

Available in a range of the most commonly used sizes, 16mm, 20mm, 22mm, 25mm, 32mm, the Fast4 SDS+ is designed to make light work of timber and wood projects, ripping through joists and the like with the greatest of ease. Offering the SDS user all the benefits of the incredibly successful original Fast4, the Fast 4 SDS+ is remarkably faster than a conventional flat bit and delivers far more accuracy than either flat or three-flute bits.

As with the original, the new Fast4 SDS+ boasts 100% more cutting blades than its flat bit counterpart, which not only increases speed and productivity but also creates a much cleaner result. The additional flutes ensure debris is cleared away quickly for greater efficiency during drilling, making life far easier for any end user who needs to drill through wood repeatedly.

This new product enhances C.K tools' already impressive Power Tool Accessory (PTA) offering, which boasts a comprehensive range of drill bits for fast and accurate drilling of concrete, brick, metal and wood. Manufactured from the highest quality materials and conforming to appropriate international standards, C.K standard shank and SDS+ drill bits are high performance products, engineered for long life performance and maximum end user satisfaction.