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When To Wear Safety Gumboots

Friday, May 27, 2022 7:54:17 PM Australia/Melbourne

Gumboots have far more use than keeping your feet dry in muddy puddles. In fact, they’re not even strictly winter footwear, contrary to stereotypical use. Form Direct’s range of safety gumboots have been delivered to all manner of job sites to improve wearer wellbeing across Australia, thanks to proven brands such as Blundstone and Ox Tools.

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Uses for Diamond Grid

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 8:06:26 PM Australia/Melbourne

Packed with a multitude of innovative features, diamond grid can solve a world of issues in residential and commercial establishments. Proven to withstand heavy loads for high traffic areas, diamond grid creates a stable ground for an array of areas. Used anywhere that needs stabilisation or toughening, diamond grid is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly option.

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How do Erosion Control Blankets Work?

Monday, January 17, 2022 3:19:12 PM Australia/Melbourne

Innovative and practical, keep your little seedlings guarded with an erosion control blanket. These nifty pieces of protection offer a cost effective and convenient solution to caring for your crop. Providing a great way to shield your plants from environmental factors such as rain and wind, an erosion control blanket could be the answer to your next project.

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Corded Vs. Cordless Power Tools

Monday, January 17, 2022 5:07:48 AM Australia/Melbourne

Often available in a range of options, including models and weights, the differences between corded power tools and cordless power tools are endless. 

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Why Erosion Control Products are a Must in Civil Projects

Thursday, December 2, 2021 7:46:13 PM Australia/Melbourne

Erosion control is a damaging issue that many construction and civil projects face, whether that's throughout the construction process or in the long term after the completion of the project. Erosion control products not only help to solidate your site but also work to protect against pollution and prevent local waterways from sediment contamination. 

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Is It Worth Investing in Cordless Power Tools?

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 6:06:19 PM Australia/Melbourne

Many of us have had this experience: we’re walking through the aisles of a hardware store, on our way to the checkout with a trolley full of fasteners and timber when a flashy new cordless drill or sander catches our eye. Intrigued, we stop to pick it up. We turn it this way and that, testing the weight, the grip. Suddenly, we decide that we simply must have this wonderful machine in our life, price be damned. 

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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.

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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.

 

Comfort 

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.

 

Durability 

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.

 

Style 

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.

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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