With the busy heating season upon us, Arctic Hayes has put together a guide to its best-selling servicing tools for heating professionals:
1. Pipe Cutters
These are a toolkit ‘must-have’ as achieving precise, clean cuts without any burrs is crucial when cutting pipes and it’s imperative to ensure a secure connection without damaging connectors like O-Rings, and to avoid crushing the pipe which can cause leaks. The Arctic Hayes 26mm pipe cutter, for instance, is specifically designed for PVC and multi-layered pipes. For larger pipes, the 42mm Ratchet Pipe Cutter is available. Both models include safety features, a blade retraction button, and an instant change system for blade replacement.
2. Pipe Benders
Bending a pipe to fit a particular angle can often eliminate the need for additional joints and fittings, ultimately reducing potential points of failure and mitigating the risk of leaks or other plumbing complications.
The Professional Pipe Bender is engineered to handle both 15mm and 22mm copper pipes, as well as light grade stainless steel pipes. It has a non-slip handle for a secure grip and comfortable operation, enabling the forming of precise and ripple-free bends. The Mini Pipe Bender, constructed from robust aluminium, also has an ergonomic handle design. This versatile tool is capable of accurately bending pipes ranging from 6mm to 10mm, achieving bends of up to 180 degrees.
3. Test Pumps
Test pumps are indispensable for pressurising plumbing systems and identifying potential leaks. Use them before a system is put into operation to ensure that it can withstand anticipated pressures without any leaks, providing plumbers with the means to thoroughly assess their work. The Digital Pressure Vessel Hand Pump from Arctic Hayes features an easy-to-read LCD screen that provides accurate measurements in various units and scales, including PSI, BAR, KPA, and KG/CM². Its 3-metre-long hose grants access to hard-to-reach areas, such as charging expansion vessels on boilers. Additionally, the range includes a 180mm angled adapter for connecting to inaccessible spots, as well as a flexible 450mm connector equipped with a female Schrader quick release connection.
4. Keys and Screwdrivers
Don’t forget those time-tested essentials that see in everyday use. Precision instruments like tape measures and levels play a critical role in ensuring installations are flawlessly aligned. A well-rounded toolkit should contain high-quality versions of radiator keys, regular and long-reach screwdrivers, spanners and stopcock keys.
5. Surface protection
One of the most important pieces of the modern Service Engineers toolkit is good Surface Protection products. Arctic Hayes Padded work mats are designed to make life easier on aching knees, dust sheets provide protection to customer furniture, and shoe covers and self-adhesive floor protectors help avoid damaging or marking customers flooring.