WIN a power tool and the latest trends

WIN a power tool and the latest trends

Tibby Singh continues to explore what setting the Trend in power tools


I’ve previously discussed how Trend Routing Technology has evolved to Trend Tool Technology and has rapidly grown its product catalogue with the introduction of 11 new cordless tools including the Cordless ¼” Router and Mitre Saw which I have reviewed previously.

In this review I’m going to take on the manufacturer’s:

  • Impact Driver
  • Combi Drill
  • LED Site Light
  • Random Orbital Sander
  • Detail Sander
  • Third Sheet Sander

As before, all these cordless tools run off Trend’s T18 TX Lithium-ion batteries which have light indication and are available in 2Ah, 4Ah and 5Ah. The 2Ah is better for lighter tasks such as light drilling and sanding, 4Ah for more demanding tasks like routing and the 5Ah is for extended capacity and power usage, such as repetitive cuts on the mitre saw or more demanding materials.

I was surprised to see Trend also launch an Impact Driver and a Combi Drill. Both feel well ergonomically designed and with the slimline 2Ah batteries they feel incredibly light in weight. It has all the standard features, such as quick release chuck and LED work light. Originally, I was impressed with the Impact driver’s has two speeds for driving thin gauge screws and heavy-duty fixings respectively. They’ve even squeezed in another surprise function in the form of the no load cut off, which switches the driver off when the tool is torque free in reverse. Turning to talk about the Combi Drill, you always know it’s quality when it has a metal chuck, which has a 13mm capacity. It has three functions for drilling in wood, metal and masonry.

All the company’s cordless tools can shine beneath the power of the LED Site Light. It features three levels of brightness from low (10W), bright (20W), and extra bright (30W) which is equivalent to 1,100, 2,000 and 2,700 Lumens respectively. I can even vouch for its long runtime as it’s the one out of the whole range I’m constantly using at the moment. It’s easy carry handle makes it great for moving it around and it even has a hook mount to hang if needed. When hanging it can smoothly swivel 360 degrees, so you won’t ever be left in the dark.

The tools I’d expect to be smooth operators are the sanders and the Random Orbital, Detail and a Third Sheet Sander don’t disappoint. All three are compact, well-balanced and have a dust sealed switch. They all have a rubber over-mould making them comfortable to handle. They have dust extraction port, which allows you to connect to an extractor or, alternatively, the dust bags provided. The standard hook and loop system allows you to change sandpaper quickly.

The Random Orbital sander is ideal for fast stock removal and, thanks to its eccentric 2mm orbits, leaves a fine finish. As the name suggests, the Detail Sander is for finer, more intricate detail work with a shape helps you control the tool in those tight spaces. Last up is the larger Third Sheet Sander which is perfect for sanding large flat surfaces. On this one you can even use sander paper straight off the roll thanks to the additional wire retention clamps. It’s even supplied with a punch base to punch holes into the sandpaper, so that the holes match up to prevent your sandpaper from clogging up.

For further information on Trend Tool Technology visit

To access Tibby Singh’s review of the Cordless ¼” Router and Mitre Saw visit https://probuildermag.co.uk/features/tibby-singh-tests-out-trend-tool-technology

Tibby Singh – www.TibbySingh.com

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