The Makita Tools Range & Where You Can Get Them

Makita is one of the biggest manufacturers of power tools in the world. Now with over 100 years of experience, Makita products are globally renowned for their performance and quality.

It’s little wonder then, that Makita tools are incredibly popular with plasterers, dryliners and handymen alike. Looking for Makita stockists and UK dealers? Need to find out where you can get cheap, new Makita power tools? This article has all the answers.

About Makita Tools

Makita Corporation is a manufacturer of power tools founded in 1915 in Japan. It now has factories across the world from Brazil, Mexico, Canada & United States in the Americas to China & Japan in Asia to Romania, the United Kingdom and Germany in Europe.

A vast majority of their tools are sold in North America & annual sales were reportedly around $2.9 billion in 2012!

The Makita Tools Range at Gypsumtools

Gypsumtools is the place to go for everything Makita. We have a selection of Combi Drills & Impact Drivers and even a Makita Jobsite DAB Radio! Checkout the full Makita product range

With next working day delivery, free delivery on orders over £99, Saturday delivery as well as expert help & advice, shopping at Gypsumtools for your Makita products simply just makes sense!

Makita DHP458Z Combi Drill LXT

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The Makita DHP458Z Combi Drill LXT is an incredibly compact tool with an overall length of just 225mm. This makes the drill the shortest in its class but it doesn’t compromise on power and efficiency.

It also comes with enhanced dust and drip-proof technology making it perfect for outdoor jobs and projects in tough environments. The drill comes with a metal gearbox for long lasting life and a battery fuel gauge too.

Not only this, but with two variable speeds, an adjustable side handle for extra control during usage and an electronic brake, what’s not to love?!


Makita MAKBMR104W BMR104 Jobsite DAB Radio

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The Makita BMR104 Jobsite DAB Radio has been created based on the Model BMR102 and has the capability of receiving Digital Audio Broadcasts. It runs on Makita rechargeable batteries and AC Adaptor.

It also has a super easy to read digital tuner, LCD display, 2 speaker stereo system and an AUX-IN jack for connecting external audio sources. Wow!

Makita DTD146Z Impact Driver LXT

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The Makita DTD146Z Impact Driver LXT has a 4-pole motor, an awesome, ergonomically designed handle as well as a compact design with an overall length of just 138mm.

The Impact Driver also features a handy LED job light with preglow and afterglow functions. Nice.

You can view the rest of the Milwaukee range here

Please bear in mind – if you have any questions about any of the above products, then just give us a ring on 08456 254 321 or you can email [email protected] and we’ll get back to you ASAP.


The Milwaukee Tools Range & Where to Buy Them

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Milwaukee is a huge brand and well renowned in the drylining and plastering industries. If you’re wondering what products they make and where you can buy them from then wonder no more, as you’ve come to the right place.

About Milwaukee Tools

The Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation is a brand which produces a range of top quality, useful tools for the plastering and drylining industries.

These tools include corded/cordless power tools, knives, screwdrivers, trims, hand tools, pliers and tool combo kits.

Milwaukee Electric Tool has been an industry leader in the power tool industry since it was founded in 1924.

These days, Milwaukee is renowned for the M12 and M18 cordless system of power tools which provide ultimate power, speed, torque and durability, perfect for a wide variety of professional applications.

The Milwaukee Tools Range at Gypsumtools

If you’re looking for the best place in the UK to purchase Milwaukee Tools then Gypsumtools is your one-stop shop! Just head over to the Milwaukee product page to view and buy products online in just a few clicks!

With free delivery on orders over £99, next working day delivery, expert help & advice as well as Saturday delivery, there’s no point looking elsewhere for your Milwaukee tools!

Milwaukee Combi Drill

milwaukee combi drill

The Milwaukee Combi Drill is a 1 x 18 Volt M18 CPD Fuel™ Compact Percussion Drill with POWERSTATE™ brushless motor.

The POWERSTATE motor give you upto 10x longer motor life and 25% more power.

Not only this but the REDLITHIUM-ION battery pack gives you upto 2.5x more run time, 20% more power and 2x more battery life than other lithium-ion technologies.

When you combine this with the battery fuel gauge that displays remaining charge, the brightest LED workspace illumination and an all metal reversible belt clip for hanging tools quickly and efficiently, what’s not to love!?

Milwaukee Aviation Snips

Milwaukee Aviation Snips

The Milwaukee Straight Cut Aviation Snips have forged cutting heads which allow for incredible durability and rust protection. The hard chrome plated blades help to reduce corrosion as well as increasing tool life.

The machined steel, serrated jaws of the Milwaukee Aviation Snips can cut up to 18ga CRS (Cold Rolled Steel) and 22ga SS (Stainless Steel).

Milwaukee Rasping Jab Saw

Milwaukee Rasping Jab Saw

The Milwaukee Rasping Jab Saw has a 150mm, thick, strong drywall blade that makes it more resistant for plunge cuts.

It’s also coated against corrosion, fitted with a rubber overmold for comfort and grip and the built-in rasping holes allow you to quickly expand holes or smooth out rough edges.

View the rest of the Milwaukee range

Remember if you have any questions about any of the above products, you can always give us a ring on 08456 254 321 or email [email protected] and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

How to Use Joint Compound

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Joint Compound (AKA mud or drywall taping mud) is a tool that every dryliner should be able to use. In this article we explain exactly what jointing compound is and how to use it like a pro!

What is a Jointing Compound & What is Jointing Compound Used For?

Put simply, Jointing Compound is a white powder material, mixed with water, that is used for skim coating walls and ceilings.

It’s also often used as an alternative to traditional plastering to finish joints, corner beads, trims and fasteners.

Essentially, Joint Compound can help hide seams along walls leaving them ready for painting.

Jointing Compound is incredibly easy to apply, requiring only a small amount of effort when you’re using drywall tape alongside it.

It can be used to hide just about any type of seam along a wall, even corners where the walls meet.

During the taping process, you will no doubt have to use joint compound when building or decorating.

If you’re a plasterer then joint compound will naturally be something you’re familiar with in your day to day life but, whether you’re an expert or a beginner, this article should help explain some of the key uses for Joint Compound and how best to use it.

For example, asides from the previously mentioned uses, Joint Compound is commonly used in hanging drywall for new or remodelled homes.

This is because application is super simple, usually never more than just a few coats.
Joint compound can get rid of almost all blemishes from the surface of drywall including damage, fasteners, drywall tape, holes, bumps, tears, and other minor damage.

It can also be used to finish gypsum panel joints, corner bead, trim and fasteners, as well as skim coating.

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What Jointing Compound should I use?

When using Jointing Compound, one of the first decisions you have to make is whether you choose Ready-mixed lightweight jointing compound or the powdered joint compound.

Whilst premixed can sometimes be slightly more expensive, it’s designed for fast application and easy maintenance. It can be more forgiving than its counterpart, can be used for as long a period of time as needed and does not dry up as badly.

Benefits of Premixed Jointing Compound?

We’ve already highlighted a few of the benefits of jointing compound, but let’s summarise the complete list of what makes premixed Jointing Compound so useful:

  • Save time – No water supply needed
  • Saves money – Get the job done quicker, so you can start the next one!
  • Saves effort – 30% lighter than traditional plaster
  • Enables an excellent finish – Less clean up required as there is less dust and mess

How do you mix joint compound?

Always read the label before mixing your Joint Compound and find out how much water you’re meant to use with the mixture.

Excessive water can dilute and ruin the compound whilst too little water will make the compound to thick and gloopy.

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Don’t mix in a bucket that’s filled to the brim as it will splash out and go all over the place! Add 1 or 2 gallons of Joint Compound and place it into an empty bucket followed by a small amount of water. This allows you to add more if needed. Remember, you can’t take the water out once it’s poured in!

The best advice is to use a mixing paddle rather than by hand as it can be incredibly tiring and hard work. Make sure to hold the bucket tightly with your feet when using the paddle and you know you’re done when the compound is the same texture as warm cake icing.

How to Use Jointing Compound?

Finishing drywall involves typically three to four days of work and a great deal of joint compound. The type of joint compound you use to smooth seams and cover nail holes will depend on the size of your room and your level of experience.

The entire process from taping to finishing the final coat can take four days, because of the drying times of the joint compound. Make sure you have allowed enough time to finish each step completely before starting the next.

Repairing Damaged Drywall

From the smallest, minor dents to large, major holes, there are several ways to fix damage to your drywall.

No matter how big or small a hole is, it’s something that needs fixing and you can’t simply paint over it straight away.

Whilst drywall is relatively simple to install and easy to repair, It’s also very easy to repair drywall badly and make your whole project look unprofessional.

Whilst most drywall repairs are simple, consisting of patching holes, filling dents, and embedding popped nails, some can be more complex. Here’s a basic lowdown on how to fix a drywall hole:

  • Remove the Affected Drywall – Use a framing square to mark a square around the damaged area & use a utility knife to score along the outline to remove the drywall square with damaged areas. Check for electrical cords and plumbing lines where you plan to make the cut.
  • Create a Drywall Patch – Use the detached piece as a guide to trace out an identical square of new drywall. Use a utility knife to cut out the slab of drywall making sure it is the same thickness as the drywall already present.
  • Install the Patch – Apply your joint compound around the edges of the patch and put it into place. Using a putty knife, add a layer of joint compound around the seams of the patch, making sure to fill every gap before leaving to dry for 24 hours.
  • Sand and Paint – Sand the joint compound until it is level with the rest of the drywall. Sometimes the compound can shrink or become uneven. If this is the case then you will need to apply another coat of compound. Once dry and sanded adequately, you can then finish up the job and make the drywall beautiful by adding a touch of paint!

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