Hands on With Toolstop and Makita's LXT Power Tools - a Job Site Guide

Hi, I'm Tom Alrfy and I'm delighted to be able to write some guest blog posts for Toolstop. Please check out my website, Got Wood?, here.

I completed my City and Guilds carpentry qualification last month and dove head first into the world of wood. Whilst on my course we used a range of DeWalt and Hitachi tools to various levels of success. At lunchtimes we salivated over tool catalogs and dreamed of one day owning Festool.

What fools we were!

Our pipe dreams were soon popped by the prick of an empty bank account and we dropped back to earth.

That was until I foundToolstop.

I left my course and spent a long time researching across the Internet. I wasn't primarily looking for a good price (that was to be a bonus), but I needed good sound advice and a selection of Makita tools. Whilst on course my friend Tom had sang Makitas praises and knowing that he was a natural wood worker I sought them out. I had tried DeWalt and felt them to be too heavy for me even for my arms (insert sarcasm).

Fast forward to the day I found Toolstop and without sounding like a tool myself it was one of the best Internet experiences to date.

I needed advice, Toolstop provided it with an online chat app, open well after normal work hours. I needed Makita tools, they provided a complete range, plus Metabo, DeWalt and Bosch among others. The website provided all the information I needed to make an informed decision.

The YouTube videos had me smiling as I saw the tools in action and saw how easy it was to adjust, something you can't do when you are in front of a computer! I had specific tool requirements, the guys put together a package and I left a happy boy.

Delivery was standard next day and my Dad and I felt like it was Christmas all over again!

The experience I had with the website and the team's customer service was a memorable one. It made me happy and showed me that good customer service is not dead. If anything it makes me want to go back to the guys because whether they are the cheapest or not, I will get looked after.

Oh, and in terms of money Toolstop were certainly the best value.

I digress from my new Makita tools.

I received my Makita LXT cordless tools two weeks ago and have thoroughly enjoyed using them on kitchen fitting, skirting and flooring jobs.

The lithium ion batteries are superb and with a full charge time of approximately 20 minutes, you are never short of power. All of the tools are comfortable in the hand and suitable for even those with limited experience due to their light weight.

I now have five of the Makita LXT range and won't be changing anytime soon.

Next time on the Toolstop blog, I'll be writing about my experiences using my Makita BJV180 LXT cordless lithium-ion jigsaw on the job site. Thanks for reading.

What do you think about what Tom has to say about his new Makita tools, particularly if you're a big fan of DeWalt,  Bosch, Metabo or Hitachi? Let us know in the comments!

And if you'd like to write an article about your experience with your power tools, let us know in the comments also.

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