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How to Manage Erosion on Construction Sites

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 9:05:25 PM Australia/Melbourne

When preparing land for construction, your work will inevitably disturb the top layer of soil. This leads to erosion that can pose enormous logistical and environmental problems if not managed correctly. Fortunately, most soil erosion can be easily and affordably handled with soil erosion blankets and a few other simple tools and processes. In this blog, we offer a quick guide on how to effectively manage erosion control on your construction site.


How Construction Causes Erosion 

During construction, a lot of earth gets moved around as the natural landscape is reshaped and prepared for the structure that will be built on top of it. This often means removing grass, trees, and other greenery to expose a nice, clean layer of soil underneath. The problem is, it usually happens that all that greenery was holding the soil in place; once the land has been cleared, there is nothing to prevent it being carried off by wind or water.


The Impact of Soil Erosion 

This not only creates problems for the construction team, but it also has a long term, negative impact on the environment. This layer of top-soil has high levels of plant nutrients, organic matter, and biological activity. While this kind of erosion only really affects the area under construction, the high volume of construction in urban areas means that the loss of top-soil is wide-spread. That’s why it’s important that developers and workers take all possible measures to reduce erosion.


How to Protect Against Erosion 

Form Direct offers a number of solutions for reducing or eliminating soil erosion on your job site. Our specialised Erosion Control Blankets (ECB) are a popular and cost-effective choice for large-scale construction and landscaping applications. Our ECB features a composite fibre fabric contained within layers of plastic grid with woven binding. The ECB is ideal for protection of ecological water channels and slopes during vegetation, providing high water-flow resistance, excellent UV resistance for vegetation, and simple and fast construction and removal.


For subsurface drainage applications like trench drains, transpiration trenches, and retaining wall filter systems, our non-woven, Geotextile Mini Rolls provide the perfect solution.


We also offer a unique DiamondGrid system, designed to reinforce ground surfaces and improve soil stability while also providing a sturdy, secure surface for heavy vehicle traffic. The DiamondGrid system is ideal for driveways, roads, and shed flooring. This system is highly popular amongst professionals in industries including Civil Engineering; Mining, Oil and Gas; Landscaping; and Greenhousing, just to name a few. The DiamondGrid system is also incredibly cost-effective, offering savings of up to 91% on traditional concrete surfaces.


Contact Form Direct for More Information

Our comprehensive range of top-tier tools, materials, and equipment combined with our specialised knowledge of the concreting industry have made us the number 1 supplier of choice for countless trade professionals across Australia. We provide exacting estimations and spot-on delivery to minimise downtime and ensure you have the tools you need to get the job done on time and within budget. With a variety of buy and hire options, we’re confident you’ll find the option to suit your needs. For more information on our solutions for erosion control or to make your next order through us, get in touch by phone or online today.

Posted in News By James Mcaleer

Choosing the Perfect Pair of Work Boots

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 8:42:31 PM Australia/Melbourne

If you work in construction, plumbing, concreting, or any related trade, buying a new pair of work safety boots is no small matter. You’ll likely be wearing these every day you’re on the job site, and in addition to being comfortable and highly durable, they’ll need to protect the sensitive bones and muscles in your feet from falls and other mishaps. We’ve put together a few of the most important things to consider when buying your new work safety boots.


Safety Features 

The first line of defence against injury on any work site should always be well-established safety procedures and training for all staff. But having the correct PPE is also indispensable, and that extends to your work boots. Steel caps will prevent toes being injured by heavy objects, and thick, protective soles and uppers will protect against cuts and punctures by sharp items such as nails and tools. Non-slip soles reduce the risk of slips and falls. The exact safety features you require will depend on the industry and job in question, but we suggest a ‘more-is-more’ approach here.



As you’re going to be wearing these boots on a daily basis in tough work conditions, it’s important that they are comfortable to wear for long periods. The perfect pair of work boots should make your feet and ankles feel like they are supported without being restricted, and warm without being suffocated. Try on a number of different boots and walk around in them to see what feels best; make sure you are able to wiggle your toes but that your feet do not slip around inside the shoe as this will lead to rubbing and blisters. We also suggest you do your shoe shopping in the afternoon or evening, as feet can swell throughout the day. This means that a shoe that is a snug fit first thing in the morning might be too tight by late afternoon.



How long your work boots will last will depend of course on the quality of the boots themselves, but also the kind of work you do and how well you look after them. We have heard of people having the same pair of work boots for six years or more, but we recommend buying a new pair of work boots every two-to-three years to ensure that they are still offering the maximum protection. If you buy cheaper boots though, there is every chance they won’t last this long. Buy from a reputable brand and check out plenty of online reviews before you make your decision.



The first things you look for while choosing a pair of work boots should be safety and comfort, but there are also aesthetic considerations. This is especially true if your job involves working closely with clients and customers, as you want to look neat and professional in all settings. Fortunately, there are many different styles and colours of boots to choose from, and if properly maintained, they can make you look good throughout their lifetime.


Why Buy Your Work Boots from Form Direct? 

Our range of specialist equipment for the concreting industry is hand-picked from around the world to bring you the best, most innovative products the industry has to offer. We have built a reputation for excellence based on a deep-understanding of the needs of our clients. To order your next pair of work boots from Form Direct, contact us by phone or email.

Posted in News By James Mcaleer

How to Choose Your Hand Tools

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 8:14:06 PM Australia/Melbourne

There’s some truth to the old adage that a worker is only as good as their tools, but it’s not necessarily a matter of choosing the most expensive tools every time. An experienced trades or crafts person knows which tools will work for each application, as well as knowing which ones are best suited to their particular preferences.

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Introducing Our New Range of Power Tools

Monday, June 28, 2021 4:33:03 PM Australia/Melbourne

Our customers in the construction industry have come to rely on us for providing top-tier concrete construction products at competitive prices delivered with unparalleled customer service. We are constantly expanding our range to bring you the most reliable and innovative products the industry has to offer.


We now offer a premium range of grinders, jigsaws, and rotary and impact drills from brands such as Makita, Festool and Husqvarna, as well as the ever-popular Bosch cordless power tools. In this blog, we explore some of the most recent additions to our selection.


Our Range of Power Tools from Makita 

A Japanese manufacturer founded in 1915, Makita has become one of the world’s most well-recognised and highly regarded manufacturers of top-of-the-line power tools. 


The Makita 4-Stroke Power Cutter is designed and built to effortlessly cut through the toughest construction materials, such as stone and concrete. The petrol-powered cutter features a low-noise, low-fuel-consuming engine. Specialised damper-springs absorb vibrations from the engine to front and rear handles, allowing for long periods of operation with minimal discomfort.


Other features include easy change-over from inboard- to outboard cutting, tool-less filter cover removal, and easy start-up with automatic decompression.


The Makita 8-Piece Brushless Combo Kit offers a comprehensive family of power tools in one, high-value package. Brushless hammer drill, angle grinder, circular saw, and orbital hammer are just a few of the tools included here. The Brushless Combo Kit also comes with a heavy-duty canvas tool bag and lithium-ion battery and battery charger.


The Festool CTL 26 Dust Extractor

We scour the world to bring you the most innovative, high-performing products, and the Festool CTL 26 is no exception.


Sawing, sanding, and routing all create dust, inhalation of which can lead to serious health risks, especially during prolonged or repeated exposure. The CTL 26 is one of the most powerful and reliable smaller models on the market. Incredibly light and compact, it features adjustable suction power and flat-filter design, making this a highly energy-efficient dust extractor.


The Bosch Family of Power Tools

We stock a comprehensive family of power tools from Bosch, a world leader in the manufacture and supply of power tools based in Germany.


The Bosch GHO Cordless Planer features exhaust ports on both the left and right sides, and you can easily switch between the two depending on where you want to direct the exhaust stream during operation. It has a maximum cut capacity of 1.6mm per pass, rebating depth of 8mm and planing width of 82mm.


The GWS750 Grinder is a powerful but lightweight angle grinder. At just 1.8 kilos, it offers exceptional handling and low strain, allowing long periods of comfortable operation. Like all tools in the Bosch professional range, the GWS750 is designed to stand up to regular, daily use on the most demanding job sites.


Why Choose Form Direct?

Form Direct have built a reputation for excellence in the supply of specialist materials and equipment to professionals in the concreting and construction industries. All our products are handpicked and come with relevant manufacturer’s warranties. We know the industry inside out and we’re always on the lookout for the latest innovations in technology and service.


Get in Touch Today 

To find out more about our range of power tools or for more information on any of our products and services, get in touch with Form Direct by phone or email today.


Posted in News By James Mcaleer

Spotlight on Safety Wear and PPE | Form Direct

Monday, May 17, 2021 4:06:47 PM Australia/Melbourne

At Formdirect, we know the importance of getting the right tools and materials for the job, and our passion for delivering high-quality, reliable products has made us one of Australia’s most trusted suppliers of concrete construction tools and equipment. But if there’s one thing that’s more important than the speed and quality of your build, it’s the safety of your people.

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What to Look for When Buying Your New Pair of Safety Boots

Thursday, April 8, 2021 7:46:13 PM Australia/Melbourne

Finding the right pair of work safety boots is incredibly important as you’re on your feet all day long. They need to be comfortable while also offering protection from work sites that can become difficult to work in due to changing weather conditions. Having the correct safety boots is crucial in preventing long-term podiatry injuries. This is why we’ve created a guide to help you invest in the best work boots. 

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How To Maintain Your Cordless Power Tools | Form Direct

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 1:45:08 PM Australia/Melbourne

Power tools are some of the most important equipment you will need to make your construction or renovation jobs possible. At Form Direct, you can buy cordless power tools online that are resilient to long-term use however, even the best quality tools require maintenance to protect their longevity. The following information will assist you with easy habits that you can apply to maintain your cordless power tools. 


Where To Store Your Tools 

Not storing your power tools in a storage case can expose them to elements that can leave them severely damaged. It’s important to keep your tools in a dry place. Moist conditions can cause water to get into the equipment causing rust. Moisture can also create corrosion around the metal parts of the tool. 



One of the most important parts of maintaining your power tools is oiling. The one thing that your drill will need to keep functioning is to have lubrication. Follow the manual that comes with your cordless drill on the best oil to use. 


Keep The Battery Clean 

It’s important to keep the battery clean from debris as this can cause issues when it comes to using the device and charging it. Be aware of venting to allow for cooling and keep up regular cleaning of the batteries. 


Charge The Batteries At The Right Time 

Most people make the mistake of letting the batteries of their power tools drain down instead of charging them when they lose power. By keeping them charged you will avoid problems if the battery becomes too cold to charge. 


Keep The Battery Warm 

When the weather gets cooler problems can occur caused by the cold temperature. When working outside during the colder months, there are several things you can do to keep the batteries warm. When you’re not using the tools remove the battery and store in a warm place to prevent them from getting cold. 


Why You Should Purchase Your Cordless Power Tools From Form Direct 

Form Direct is your trusted supplier of Bosch cordless power tools in Australia. Manufactured with German precision from a leading brand. Bosch tools are powerful, effective, and user-friendly. Equipped with powerful motors, these products have the force to accomplish whatever tasks you throw at them. This range of tools has become a workplace necessity across many industries. Designed to be safe and easy to use, Bosch tools are equipped with features like blade guides and safeguards to prevent and reduce the risk of injury. Non-slip handles also allow for improved control while using these tools. Cordless models also mean you won’t have to worry about cords tangling up or getting damaged. These battery-powered tools are designed and manufactured using the latest technology and materials. They are built to last even when they are frequently used in high-powered applications. Investing in these tools reduces your overhead in the long term.


Contact Us Today 

For any queries regarding our range of cordless power tools, get in contact with one of our friendly team members on 1300 659 830 

Posted in Testimonials By James Mcaleer

Protective Eyewear For Your Worksite

Thursday, February 18, 2021 8:24:49 PM Australia/Melbourne

At Form Direct, we do more than provide the best work safety boots. We also provide a range of personal protective equipment including eye safety protection. 

Work-related injuries can occur in a range of workplaces, particularly on construction sites. Thankfully, these injuries are preventable, provided your employees are given the correct eyewear. Choosing the safest eyewear can be challenging particularly when you’re unsure what the imperative requirements are. We are the leaders when it comes to supplying PPE and we’re here to assist you to find the best eyewear for your work. 

Understand The Risks On Your Worksite

Each workplace has hazards. It’s important to understand the most frequent cause of eye injuries that take place on your worksite so you can determine what you need to look for when it comes to protective eye safety. 

Some of the most common eye injuries occur from machines and mechanical tools. These include sanding equipment that creates unseen particles that can scratch the cornea if it comes into contact with the eye. If this machinery is used at your workplace it’s important to consider eyewear that covers the whole eye to prevent scratches and damages. Other dangers include welding, which can create intense heat radiation that obstructs their vision and ability to see clearly. Contact with gases and liquids can also create irritation for the eyes and can cause long term problems in the future if their eyes are not protected. Form Direct carries different types of safety glasses so you can choose a design that is most suitable for your worksites. From basic eye protection to high-impact lenses, we have the safety gear for you.

Understand The Different Types Of Lenses Available

At Form Direct our safety glasses are made with lightweight polycarbonate, the frames are available in two sizes: universal and narrow. Our glasses are designed to be worn for all-day wear and the frames ensure ultimate comfort for the wearer. These safety glasses are equipped with scratch-resistant lenses that offer UV protection. Other types provide anti-fog and chemical resistance properties for enhanced visibility and protection. The protective eyewear we carry offers different safety features, although all provide good basic protection. The basic pair provides an effective barrier from dust and water. The medium to high impact lenses offer optical clarity even in low visibility worksites. Additionally, the lenses have been treated for UV and heat exposure. For heat-related tasks, we recommend a tinted lens to protect the wearer from intense radiation. This is ideal especially for all heat applications as well as working outdoors. Visit our eye protection page online to view our full range of safety glasses. 

Contact Us Today

Ensuring your employees have the best protective eyewear will not only keep them safe, but it will also allow your team to remain productive and focused on the work at hand. Form Direct provides the best range of safety glasses available to purchase online. For any assistance get in contact with one of our friendly staff members on: 1800 270 683 or email [email protected]

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The Benefits Of Cordless Power Tools

Monday, January 25, 2021 3:49:20 PM Australia/Melbourne

Form Direct is your most trusted supplier of Bosch cordless power tools in Australia. These tools will streamline your operations without affecting the quality of the completed project. Here are some of the many benefits of choosing cordless power tools. 

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Why You Should Purchase Quality Safety Boots

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 6:06:20 PM Australia/Melbourne

One of the best ways to increase your safety on the worksite is with the correct footwear. With so many different options of boots available on the market today it can be difficult to know which ones to purchase. Form Direct stocks the best safety boots Australia has to offer. With our quality range of work safety boots, you can make sure your workers will be safe, protected and comfortable on the worksite. Anyone who is working with heavy machinery, hazardous items, chemicals or wet flooring should wear the appropriate safety shoes to ensure no accidents happen. 

At Form Direct, our selection of boots are highly durable and long-lasting that will stand the test of time even on the toughest sites. Not only are these boots safe, but they’re also ergonomically designed for the wearer’s comfort. These boots feature breathable lining for regular airflow during the day. They’re also fitted with a rubber sole that is shock absorbent protecting your feet from pressure and provides the best level of support to prevent any injuries. 

Here are the reasons why it’s important to purchase protective safety boots for those working onsite.

Prevents Falls 

Each pair of Form Direct safety boots come with slip-resistant soles. These are ideal for being used on wet or oily surfaces to minimise any risk of slipping on wet exteriors that could lead to serious injuries. 


Prevents Feet From Cold Weather Conditions 

Our selection of protective safety boots are made with moisture-wicking materials to keep you dry through any season in Australia. Labourers who work outdoors need to be wearing safety boots to protect their feet from wet and cold weather conditions. Keeping your feet dry will minimise the risk of becoming sick and needing time off to recover. 


Protect Your Feet From Hazardous Objects 

Wearing safety boots will protect your feet against hazardous objects from falling on your feet. Without these, you run the risk of nails, blades or scrap metal tearing into your feet. A pair of safety boots will also reduce the likelihood of crushed feet and broken bones occurring onsite. 


Provides Support To Work Efficiently

You may be worried that safety boots are uncomfortable, however, the Form Direct range is ergonomically designed with the wearer’s comfort in mind. Our boots provide comfortable padding to ensure workers can withstand the physical requirements of their job comfortably without fatigue and discomfort due to wearing incorrect shoes. Having the correct supportive footwear ensures there is no stress on your back which can often come from standing for most of the day. 


Wear Safety Boots To Meet The Requirements Of Work Safe

Wearing protective safety wear means you will meet the requirements of WHS to provide a safe working environment. As not all industries can remove hazards from their workplace you can protect yourself to minimise possible threats. 


For more information about our range of protective footwear call us now on 1300 659 830 or leave us a message at [email protected]

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