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Nela Plastering Tools & Equipment Cheltenham

If quality plastering tools were top of your Christmas gift list for Santa last year, you’ll be A NELA plastering hawkpleased to know that we offer a broad selection of NELA products for those of you who were on his naughty list!

Although the NELA brand has only been available in the UK since 2014, they have certainly been making waves. The NELA collection bring some of the highest quality products on the market and are made in Germany who have a reputation for producing high quality products.

The fact that they’ve made some of the best tools in plastering is part of the reason why they’ve been welcomed by both professional and amateur plasterers across the UK. They make plastering seem almost effortless with their tools that make the job faster and cleaner.

And that’s not all.

Because the manufacturers are so confident about the quality of their products, they supply a 5 year warranty with each model. Every trowel is available with either a soft grip handle or a cork grip handle. The cork is aimed at the professional plasterer who is using the trowel more.

You can put your order in for NELA plaster tools through our online shop which is located in the Cheltenham area. Check out our other products whilst you browse to find your trowels.

The NELA premium trowel is equipped with a new and better grind. You’ll find that edges are quicker to break in and faster to finish with on this high quality premium trowel.

The NELA SuperFLEX is a light weight model that comes with a mounting of die-cast aluminium manufactured from a durable and strong alloy. In practice, you’ll find that it’s easy to handle and remarkable when it comes to stability. The hardened stainless steel blade is robust. With rounded edges on the double blade technology it’s excellent at making fillings.

At the other end of  the scale is the dinky but just as efficient NELA midget trowel with is equipped with a Cork Grip Handle and stainless steel blade of chrome, you’ll find this just as durable and flexible.

The largest Hawk is 16” x 16” and has a slip resistant handle made of cork with a callous preventer made of sponge rubber. Your finish will be easier to handle.

To see the full collection of NELA trowels and plaster tools, check out our online shop that’s open 24.7.


Our Drywall Corner Tools

When considering drywall, one thing’s for certain; the finish should be perfectly smooth A man installing drywallwithout flaws. After all, who wants to find lumps and bumps when they’re decorating that need to put right later on.

The most challenging task with drywall installation is doing the corners. Fortunately we offer a range of tools that will enable you to get there with less struggle.

Keeping a drywall tape free of bubbles in all corners isn’t a job that comes easily to most, in particular in the harder to reach places. It can take a lot of energy and time to succeed whilst leaving even the fittest contractor with aching arms.

There’s not a lot of professional plasterers who will confess to this being their favourite job, in fact the opposite. It’s a task that needs to be done and always when you feel like you’ve had enough.

The joints between drywall panels need to be smoothed in preparation for the final decoration, with the corners between the panels being the toughest to finish.

It’s for this reason that it’s essential that you have the right tools at hand. It will make it easier and less trouble in addition to faster.

This is where a corner trowel comes into its own. With its 90 degree angle it will reach into those tough corners, whilst smoothing the compound or the drywall tape, resulting in a flawless smooth finish every time. This is the perfect tool for filling in gaps.

If you’re looking for a plastering corner trowel, we have several different types that will leave you with a perfect joint. Check out our drywall corner trowels here.

For example our stainless steel Putz internal corner trowel will stay rust free and comes in two different angles – 90 degree and 103 degree. The soft handle will be gentle on your hands.

If it’s an external corner trowel that you need, then check out the Putz version of this too. It’s just the right piece of kit to finish your corners.

If you’re thinking of making a purchase but have questions, call us for a no obligation chat.

M-tec Mono-mix Mixing Pump Plastering Tool

It might be small, but this plastering tool from mono-mix certainly packs a punch. This An M-tec monomix plastering machine against a white background
mixing pump is renowned for being reliable due to its powerful drive and probably the fact that it’s brought to us by M-tec who have a very good reputation in our field.

Available in two power versions, the 230 volt and the 400 volt – this machine will work even if you’re based on a site with only a 230V power supply. It will still perform optimally and once you try it, you won’t be surprised that this little workhorse has enjoyed years of being the top dog in the plastering tools world.

Easy to use, but very compact, this plaster mixing machine will set you up for business whether you’re working on interior or exterior plaster work. It can even handle adhesives and won’t complain when you give it a reinforcing mortar mix to do.

Our clients know that materials that are bagged or soft will both get given the same high quality mixing treatment by the mono-mix. It’s four output settings means that it’s versatile and will become one of your favourites due to its reliability. If you need it for those hard to mix materials, it’s possible to opt for an after mixer that is available.

The layout of the controls make it easy to use and you won’t get waylaid by switches that are totally unnecessary and confusing. Its simple operation will get you going right away.

Portability is another plus for this model. The large wheels can handle most building site terrain challenges. If it needs to be carried up scaffolding then it can be dismantled quickly and easily into just 3 pieces to make it easy to move.

Again, this excellent mixing machine has been built with the easy values of m-tec. Easy to use, easy to work and easy to clean. You’ll be mixing up your plasters in a jiffy and pumping them out! Even those floor screeds and your insulating and restoration plasters. We did say it’s a versatile machine!

To find out more click here or call us for a no obligation chat.

Are More Young People Interested In Becoming Plasterers?

This year, the Skills Show in Birmingham saw a huge increase in visitor figures this year. A teacher helping a plastering apprentice.

The show welcomed parents, young people and teachers to the event and saw a whopping forty four per cent increase in visitor figures when compared to the previous year.

Over seventy eight thousand people attended the show at some point during the three day event to learn more about entering a vocational career such as plastering. The attendee figures have shown just how much interest there is in vocational education, training and apprenticeships.

The show, which opened on a Saturday, proved that more young people than ever before are becoming excited by a career in a skilled trade. With a record amount of families also attending the event, it is very clear that lots more parents are also interested in learning more about the potential career opportunities available for their children in a skilled trade.

In a previous article, we mentioned about some talented plasterers who were using their plastering trowels to compete in the WorldSkills competition. Young people who visited the event were able to watch nearly seven hundred talented tradespeople who were taking part in the final stage of the WorldSkills competition. Those that were successful in this final stage made it into the UK Squad. Being in this squad allows successful tradespeople to train towards WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.

Last year, many young plasterers from the UK made a big impact at WorldSkills by showing off their skills with plastering trowels. We think it is fair to say that the entire plastering industry is excited to see what the future plastering talent pool can do with their plastering trowels at the next World Skills event.

Shortly after the three day event ended, the names of those people that will train for the WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi were released. In the plastering category, four young and talented plasterers were selected to be a part of the UK squad. They will be required to train, practice and refine their skills using plastering trowels with the hope of gaining medals at the ‘Skills Olympics’.

The Names of the four squad members are; Dale Calderwood from Belfast Metropolitan College, Sam Dowsett from British Gypsum Technical Academy, Gwthin Jones from Coleg Llandrillo Cymru and Harrison Moy who is also from the British Gypsum Technical Academy.

The Chief Executive of Find a Future, Dr Neil Bentley who is in control of the UK’s entry into the WorldSkills competition issued a statement offering his congratulations to every talented individual who has gained a place in the UK Squad.

He explained that by competing in the competition in Abu Dhabi, the UK are able to help raise global standards across all trades.

Last year, there was a worry that we would have a skills shortage over the next few years. As skilled trades are key to growing the UK economy, the UK really needed to urgently From left to right, one silver, one gold and one bronze medal.address this issue. If these figures are anything to go by, clearly the UK are doing a great job at encouraging people into a skilled trade.

Up until recently, lots of educational policies have been focused on encouraging young people down an academic path and have failed to recognise individual’s interests or talents. Now vocational careers are being discussed more and more, drawing lots more young people into the varied career options that are available.

We look forward to seeing what the young men can do with their plastering trowels at the WorldSkills competition and we look forward to welcoming many more young people into the plastering industry.

The History Of Mixing Plaster: What Did We Do Before Plastering Mixers?

In a previous blog post, we wrote an article about the history of plastering. Those that read A bucket of plaster with a mixing stick in will be aware that plastering has been around since the caveman but, obviously plastering has advanced significantly since its inception.

The way that plasterers mix materials has also advanced over the decades too, but sometimes it has advanced at a much slower pace. However, I’m sure every plasterer out there is glad that progression has been made, as initially plasterers would simply use a stick to stir their materials. As you know, we now we have some high tech plastering mixers that make the job of a plasterer a little bit easier.

In this post, we share with you the evolution of plastering mixers. How did people mix plaster decades ago and how have the tools evolved since? We like to think the history of mixing plaster is just as interesting as the history of plastering itself and if you enjoyed our previous post, then you are bound to enjoy this one too.

As previously mentioned, the first known way to mix plaster was with a simple stick. Using a bucket, plasterers would mix the plaster with the stick which often left quite a lumpy material to work with. As you can imagine this was also incredibly labour intensive so would leave you aching before you even got to work on the walls.

As people were becoming more concerned with the finish, plasterers had to find a way to make the material more lump free. So, plasterers began attaching a bike wheel or pram wheel to the end of the stick to help mix the materials. This innovation was a huge success and helped remove a large majority of the lumps. However, there was a downside to this method. There was often a layer of compacted plaster left on the base of the bucket.

As you can imagine, manufacturers across the globe jumped on this plastering mixing invention and started to produce the plasterer’s wheel. This was basically the same as attaching a wheel to the stick but, it seemed a lot more professional to buy a purpose built plastering wheel instead.

Then in the eighties, the electric whisk was invented. This allowed plasterers to mix their materials in a much quicker amount of time. It also gave the plasterer a much smoother material to work with and was less labour intensive. Like the stick and wheel, the whisk An electric plaster whisk in a bucket of plaster.does have a downside too. The whisk can be damaged and is a bit more expensive to replace than previous tools.

Now, a new product has been introduced called mix m8. We have yet to try mix m8 but, it has apparently been designed to overcome the problems that plasterers find when using the whisk. The team at mix m8 have called it the blade and this is quite possibly the next revolutionary plaster mixing tool.

From research, we can see that the blade creates a vortex in the bucket of water. This then sucks all the powdered material into the water and leaves the plasterer with a thoroughly mixed and consistent material. Mix m8 also claim that they can mix a 25kg bag in twenty one seconds. Pretty impressive.

The blade is also made of plastic. Previously, the majority of plastering mixers are made of metal instead. Mix m8 claim that plaster does not stick to plastic so apparently it is much easier to clean.

Only time will tell how plastering mixers will change in the future, but what is clear from this article is that mixing plaster has come a phenomenally long way and whether you use a whisk or a blade, I am sure there is not a plasterer out there today that would choose to give it up in favour of the stick.