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3 Reasons Why Renting Equipment Is Better Than Purchasing

Digger On A Construction Site
Digger On A Construction Site

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heavy equipment can be expensive to buy and maintain so few people can afford and maintain such equipment. There are several factors to consider when purchasing heavy equipment such as the upfront cost, maintenance, long-term usage, etc.

Here are three reasons to rent rather than buy equipment:

  1. The length of the project

    This is one of the most important factors which can influence the decision to buy equipment. It would be a waste of money to purchase heavy machinery for a one-time, small project. However, if you need equipment for a long-term job, or you have prospects for more jobs on the horizon, it would make sense to make the investment. This reason simply depends on the funding the company has for equipment and if the project is large enough to require such an investment.

  2. Better product

    Often retail companies possess better equipment and tools that would be too expensive for an individual to purchase. It would be better to rent high-quality equipment than to settle for low cost and low-quality tools that may break often. You are also not liable for any risks associated with specialist equipment which means you are better protected against expenses associated with risks.

  3. Less repair and maintenance costs

    There are unavoidable costs associated with owning heavy equipment. You need to repair equipment if it breaks and pay for the costs of maintenance. This is not a concern when renting heavy equipment as you will only operate the machinery for the duration of the rental. Some heavy equipment rental companies can even take responsibility themselves which removes the stress involved in repairs and maintenance.

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Set Your Watch to Robots, The Future of Warehousing.

Robots in a warehouse
Robots in a warehouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An automated warehouse is a tangible goal for construction companies and while it is not a new advancement, automated technology has reached new levels of sophistication across warehousing operations and the wider supply chain in the UK.

This could bring new opportunities to a business open to researching and developing automated warehouse solutions. For instance, there will be a reduction in labour costs, an increase in sorting capacity, and a decline in human error.

The benefits:

• When implemented, robotics reduces the amount of labour required by warehouse operations, increase productivity and enables utilisation of building space.
• Robots have greater agility and awareness when integrated with smart data and smart systems. They are easily able to meet critical cut off times.
• Automated solutions can completely remove health and safety limitations. For example, instead of an employee completing a stock take, a small drone with a camera can easily go in the air and inspect the tall and small areas of your warehouse.

Where can you implement Robots?

There are several robotic solutions available to use in a warehouse – the question is what is the automation for? A warehouse may use robotics for storage purposes which includes cranes and automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS). To reach pallets stored high off the ground, for example, an automated retrieval system would be ideal as opposed to a forklift. This is because it is a better method of utilising height and significantly reduces the retrieval time as robotics can be extremely precise.

Any warehouse vehicle can become an automated guided vehicle (AGV) by installing a robotic module. The benefit of these machines is the fact that they already work in existing warehouses, so they can be introduced quickly and don’t require a new process.

The drawbacks:

• An automated vehicle follows pre-programmed instructions which means it may be more sensitive than a person. For example, an employee can cope with an uneven floor but an AGV this could cause a problem.
• A robot may be unable to manage situations which differ from a normal routine as they cannot, identify, react, and adapt themselves to solve an issue.
• For instance, if a pallet arrives in a bad condition the business may have to manage the process with suppliers. This will increase the amount labour involved which cancels out the labour-saving benefits associated with AGV’s.

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4 Facts About DSG Products That Will Blow Your Mind

DSG Products is not your average online retailer. We want to supply high-quality DIY and builders products at a reasonable price and although this is a common goal, we think our execution makes us different. Here are 4 ways we differ from your normal online retailer.

1 – Our Website

The products on our website are ordered to show you the lowest priced products first. We have other ways to filter through our products, but we firmly believe that if you can find the product you are looking for on our website, why would you need to pay more? I don’t know any other website which does this. Our choice to categorise this way backs up our commitment to provide our DSG fans with cost-effective solutions.

The phrase ‘why pay more’ has slowly become something of a tagline for us and is a phrase that drives us and inspires us to continue providing you with products for the best possible price. You can buy the exact same product from other online retailers, but you will end up paying twice as much (maybe even more) for the same product.

2 – Return on Investment

It is obvious that online retailers are looking to make a profit – ourselves included. However, we did not create this website to become rich or exploit the people we have learned to call friends. That’s not the way we operate!

The reason why we can make our prices affordable is that we buy discounted or clearance stock. This doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with the products, they’re just cheap. As I mentioned before, we aren’t interested in becoming millionaires. Our aim is to provide you with cost-effective products so nothing on our website is overpriced. We would hate to be ripped off too. We simply cover our costs and make a little extra to keep us in coffees, that’s all.

3 – #DSGCompetition

We have regular competitions to thank our DSG fans for all their support and engagement on social media. The prize is usually a toolbox full of tools and our followers simply must follow and engage with us on social media. Our last prize was a toolbox and tools worth over £45! In specific, we had a 16″ plastic toolbox, self-retracting knife, 6″ combination pliers, 8pc metric hexagon key set, 8″ adjustable wrench, 9″ magnetic spirit level, 8oz stubby claw hammer, 12pc bit set, bradawl and a 4pc screwdriver set. Most of these tools are a must-have for your toolbox so the competition gives us an excuse to prepare you for any DIY job which may arise.

4 – Personalisation

If it is not clear already, we are committed to ensuring you have the best possible experience with DSG Products as you can possibly have. As well as the differences above, what make us different is our us of personalisation.

We personally use all the products we sell – we would not use ineffective and cheaply made products. If we have not used a product before or the product is new, we will open a sample and use it ourselves first. If we are happy with the product and it works effectively, we will then sell it to you. If it does not pass our tests, we will not sell it.

Our personalisation also extends to our product descriptions. They are honest, from the heart, and hopefully, some of them make you smile. Ultimately, we believe in you, our customer, and will do what we can to make your stay with us a happy one.

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6 Essential Tools That Need To Be In Your Toolbox

It is highly likely that you have a hammer somewhere in your personal collection of random stuff, but that is just the beginning. These 6 tools are an absolute must-have for household projects or repairs. If you have a passion for tools or simply need to stock a basic toolbox, here are our top 6 recommended products to get the job done. How many do you have in your toolbox?

1 – Phillips Screwdriver

A Phillips or X-shaped screwdriver is one of the most popular tools which you can find in any toolbox. The beneficial aspect of this screwdriver is that it is accurate as the ‘X’ design will not slip out of the X-slotted screw. Instead, it will grip the screw firmly in the centre, provided the screw is of a suitable size.

You can buy a Phillips screwdriver in a range of sizes and we recommend having at least two sizes if you’re an avid DIYer.

Phillips 'X' Shaped Screwdriver
Phillips ‘X’ Shaped Screwdriver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 – Level

Have you ever looked at a shelf and it just looks wrong? It’s not quite level and your belongings don’t quite sit right. It only takes one slight error for an object to look off balanced. This tool will help you avoid this.

Some people are good at eyeballing whether something is horizontal or not, but for those who don’t have this talent (or those who prefer the easy way), this tool takes all the guestimation away. A level contains a bubble of air inside a vial of encased liquid which shows when its frame is exactly horizontal. Builders typically use longer levels, we have a heavy duty 24-inch level available, however, for a DIYer or occasional builder, we recommend a 9-inch level.

Top Tip: If you get extra air bubbles in one of the vials, just lightly tap the level and you’ll just get the one.

Heavy Duty 24-inch Spirit Level
Heavy Duty 24-inch Spirit Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 – Utility Knife

From breaking down cardboard boxes, cutting drywall, and even trimming the edges of carpet, there is a multitude of uses for a utility knife; you’ll be surprised how you got by without one.

Retractable utility knives with snap off blades are ideal and a must have in your toolbox. The thin blades are likely to get dull quickly, so you can simply snap off worn sections as you go (providing you equip yourself with pliers and safety goggles). We offer our customers a Folding Lock Back Utility Knife With 5 Spare Blade which is perfect for the benefit specified above.

Folding Lock Back Utility Knife With 5 Spare Blade
Folding Lock Back Utility Knife With 5 Spare Blade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 – Pliers

Another must-have tool is the jagged jaws of pliers which support you in firmly holding objects, as well as with pulling, pinching or bending metal. While there are several variations, ranging from long-nose pliers designed to grip tiny wires to expandable pump pliers made for gripping, we recommend our CHANNELLOCK Griplock T & G Pliers. This all-purpose tool can grip, bend, twist and turn wires, and open stubborn lids.

Top Tip: Choose a set of pliers with at least a 2.5-inch (6 centimetres) gap between the handles when closed. This will prevent your palm or fingers from being pinched when using the tool.

CHANNELLOCK Griplock T & G Pliers
CHANNELLOCK Griplock T & G Pliers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 – Hammer

A committed DIYer or builder needs at least one hammer. Lucky for you, there is a wide variety to choose from, and we offer a good range of hammers for you.  However, unless you’re a serious hobbyist or a professional woodworker, you can use any variation to get the job done.

For instance, an anti-vibration hammer has a tuning fork hidden within its padded handle to reduce vibration. A hammer with a magnetized head is equally as useful. This version makes it easier to start hammering a nail without hurting your fingers in the process. We recommend our Tubular Steel Claw Hammer 8 Oz. It is a highly affordable option, as are all our products, and is currently on sale.

Top Tip: Consider the face of the hammer; a smooth face with help prevent marks on surfaces, while a textured face will offer you traction when hammering nails.

Tubular Steel Claw Hammer 8 Oz
Tubular Steel Claw Hammer 8 Oz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 – Wrench

This irreplaceable tool is often used to loosen or tighten nuts and bolts. There are several different types of wrenches, but we think the adjustable crescent wrench is ideal for your toolbox.

The adjustable crescent wrench is a unique product because of its adjustable jaws. Due to the run of a dial in the handle, one side of the jaws can expand or contract. This allows its user to make the wrench the exact size they prefer. This is highly advantageous because it means you can have one adjustable wrench in your toolbox instead of a number of wrenches that are of various sizes and take up valuable space. We recommend our 10″ Power Grip Adjustable Wrench which is perfect for getting the job done.

10″ Power Grip Adjustable Wrench
10″ Power Grip Adjustable Wrench

 

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Cheap White Linemarker

Are you looking for cheap white line markers? If yes, you’ve come to the right place. If no, then keep on reading because you may learn something new and even want to buy a white line marker.
It is firstly important to note that not all line markers are made the same way. Often when customers think of cheap products they think the product will be poorly made, low quality, and will not work properly. This is NOT always the case.

While at DSG Products we do sell clearance items, we are proud to say that our products, including our cheap white line markers, undergo thorough testing to ensure they meet our high-quality standard. If a product does not meet our expectations, we DO NOT sell it on our Ebay store or website.

Another key aspect we test is whether a product is in date or not. This will also dictate whether the item is listed with us or not. This means our cheap white line markers are cheap in all aspects but quality!

Visit our Ebay store for more information and to purchase.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/directsalesglobal

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“What Can I Use Instead Of WD40?”

Branded products can be expensive, and with this in mind people are forced to look for alternatives; now there are lots of websites that provide homemade alternatives to the branded WD40 product.

What’s needed is a cost-effective solution that can loosen rusted nuts and bolts, lubricate, displace water and protect metal parts.

Unfortunately the mass of recipes out there that say they produce a “WD40 alternative” can’t do all of these things, most of them lubricate well, but that’s about it.

So you need an all-in-one solution that can penetrate, lubricate, clean, protect and displace moisture and unfortunately a manufactured solution is the very best option for you, as it can be guaranteed to do all of these things.

The ProSolve maintenance spray is the perfect alternative to WD40 and does everything you want it to do without you haven’t to mess about with your own concoction.

So, to answer the questions “What Can I Use Instead Of WD40?” – use ProSolve maintenance spray.

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Need A New Jockey Wheel?

Think you need a new jockey wheel, but not sure of what you need or the measurements you need?

Jockey wheels can take a bit of a beating and can damage fairly easily, so if yours is damaged you are best getting it replaced as soon as possible.

You might be able to get away with just knowing the diameter of the shaft part of the jockey wheel as this usually just clamps onto the existing clamp on the a frame of the caravan or trailer, but it’s usually best getting the whole lot replaced (including the the winding handle and the wheel section); if your jockey wheel has taken a knock then its worth remembering that something has taken the impact of the knock therefore safety suggests getting it all replaced.

Plus its also worth looking for a pneumatic wheel, the advantage being that these will absorb a lot more of the any shocks (much more than any solid tyre would) meaning less damage to the overall wheel.

We have a good range of jockey wheels and spares on this site and can probably beat most online and local prices, if you don’t see what you need then get in touch with us (info@dsgproducts.co.uk) and we’ll provide you with a great quote.

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A Tool Cabinet for People Who Have More Tools than will Fit in a Tool Box

If you know someone with a lot of tools, whose tool boxes just are not big enough to hold them all, then a tool chest might be the perfect gift. Take a look at some of the options available to find one that would work best to suit the your tool king in your life.

Where do you keep your tools if you have so many (either for your work or just because you are obsessed with tools) that two or three tool boxes just are not big enough? A tool cabinet. Though it sounds fairly basic, even a tool cabinet is more than it sounds and can come in a variety of sizes, configurations and materials.

First there are the obvious cabinets that hang on the wall with special storage options specifically designed for tools. One tool cabinet that I have seen is made of metal and has a work space that folds down. This is really nifty. To see it hanging on the wall, it looks like a regular cabinet with two handles to open the doors, but instead of opening doors, you use the handles to pull the front of the cabinet down. The “bottom” of the cabinet lies flat against the wall and the “door” becomes the work area. Wall hanging boxes look good but because of the weight of most tools, this isn’t always a practical solution.

Many of the better tool cabinets come on wheels so that you can move them around your shop or garage to where the work is, instead of having to continually move back and forth to your tools.

This helps keep your tools better organised because there is less chance that you will just leave your tools lying around to put away later. Most of these cabinets have a multitude of narrow drawers, though others have an actual cabinet plus drawers. These come in many sizes, with varying heights and widths.

Some of the wider ones I have seen are quite deluxe. They have a hinged lid and drawers are of varying sizes. Plus there is a small locker that can be mounted on either side of the cabinet. These are for the serious tool jockeys!

The last main type of tool cabinet that I have seen is similar to a tool box in that it is smaller, but it is designed to be used in one place. It is set on top of a counter and has multiple drawers. It is different from tool boxes because it does not have a carrying handle and does not have a hinged lid.

If you have a lot of tools then security will be important to you, so ensure that what you get is lockable of use a solution that helps you fix larger and more valuable tools to a wall or floor.

The nice thing about almost any tool chest is that it is lockable and they are heavy duty – usually made of metal. So if tools are your thing, whether by necessity or choice, then you may need a tool cabinet to hold all you tools; and as you can tell there are a variety of options for you to choose from to find what will work best for you.

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Getting Creative with Garage Shelving

Getting creative with garage shelving means going with the solution that best fits your space and needs. Whether it be simple or deluxe, you can find the best shelving option to suit your needs.

Garage shelving may not be something you equate with creativity. But if you think about it, home owners all over the world bring a wide range of ideas to how to best manage their storage needs with the help of shelving. There is a huge range of options that you could go with. It can be as simple as basic wooden shelves, or as complex and deluxe as you can imagine. Products are available that will serve nearly any conceivable storage need. Use creativity for how to best use your space.

In the UK, garage shelving ideas range the gamut from super basic to very complex.

On the simple end of the spectrum, it is common to see shelving that usually consists of some arrangement of dimensional lumber and some plywood. Though, ask any college or university student about shelves and they will promptly teach you about the diversity and portability of cinderblocks and simple pine boards. This is fine for dorm rooms, but in the garage it needs to be just a bit more. So, back to the lumber and ply.

It is the rare individual that isn’t capable of putting something functional together with these materials. If you can measure, cut, and fasten you can make shelving in your garage from these things.

On the fancier, more complex side of things, people will tend their garage shelving toward nicer materials like finished melamine or even hardwoods. Once the decision is made to move away from the purely functional, the sky is the limit. Personally speaking, I find that shelves hidden behind lockable doors are really desirable. Being able to secure your belongings, hide them from prying eyes, and still keep things up and out of the way, is a big step in the right direction.

One thing some people can do to supplement their garage shelving needs is to use old cabinets. When we remodeled our kitchen a few years ago we found use for some of the old cabinets out in the garage. Chances are, most people don’t happen to find themselves with extra kitchen cabinets on hand, so just keep it in mind if you happen to be one of those who may be remodeling soon.

Usually, storage needs in the garage are best met with garage shelving that is heavy duty, designed to look good and last for many years. Fortunately, many manufacturers today make some really nice quality shelving products. These usually include features like secure welds, powder coated finishes, full adjustability, and heavy duty steel construction. Of course, there are lighter versions made out of composites and other metals that are not meant to store super heavy items. Overhead storage is another option that, while not typically seen as shelving, is, in fact, exactly that, a shelf that attaches to hang from the ceiling. Being able to put things up out of the way overhead is a great way to go.

Garage shelving, of all types, is meant to serve a purpose. The point is that it doesn’t really matter whether you decide that something simple is best for you or that you really need something a little more polished and deluxe. What matters is that you have a place to solve the problem of clutter and random mystery piles of stuff. Get creative and find garage shelving that best helps you organize your space for you!

Out top tip is to use some sturdy purpose build shelving units, they look good, are very versatile and very strong. Check out our premium shelving kit.

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Using a Screwdriver – top tips

Many ‘DIYers’ end up in all types of mess when using a screwdriver, either the screw doesn’t do in straight or the head of the screw can be ruined so that it can’t be either screwed in further or removed (the dreaded ‘rounding’ of a screw head), the solution to all of these problems is to understand how to use a screwdriver properly.

Into Wood

When driving screws into soft wood without a pilot hole of any description, use a bradawl to mark a small indent. The screw will now be much easier to drive into the exact spot where you need it to go.

For tougher woods try to get a small hole with a bradawl then use a smaller diameter drill bit to drill a pilot hole; again, the screw will now be much easier to drive into the wood.

Which Screwdriver Bit To Use For Which Job?

It’s important that that you use the right it for the right job. For general construction use a Philips or a Pozi bit, these are excellent general purpose screws/bits to use.

For more decorative uses consider slotted screws as this have a better appearance.

For maintenance and service engineers: use a Torx bit. These are typically the strongest and most wear-resistant screw types usually found in cars, machinery and domestic appliances etc
Flat screw heads are obviously perfect if you need a flush finish.

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New Ratchet Straps and Winches

We have extended our range of Ratchet Straps and Winches to include some new straps and also a new twin speed hand wrench.

We scour the internet on a daily basis to ensure that our products are highly competitive, but our service is better than the great price we provide you, if you can’t find anything you want on our growing website then get in touch with our dedicate customer service team because we might be able to get it for you at a low cost.

Plus remember that if you order before 3:30pm we are able to offer next day delivery to any UK mainland address.