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ProFlex® 818OD Thermal Waterproof Gloves with OutDry®

Ergodyne Proflex 818OD Thermal Waterproof Gloves

Wet hands and it’s below zero – No fun right? 

          You’ve tried all kinds of gloves;

                   ones that are waterproof but let the water in,

                           ones that stink and make your hands smell bad,

                                        ones that fall apart after a week,

                       ….and yes, the ones that make you look like a scuba diver!

Finally, could we have found the perfect gloves for window cleaners?

Ergodyne ProFlex 818OD Thermal Waterproof Gloves

ProFlex 818OD Thermal Waterproof Gloves. Thinsulate insulation, OutDry waterproof technology, windproof, breathable and very durable.


* 40g 3M™ Thinsulate™ insulation
* OutDry® waterproof, windproof breathable bonded membrane
* Durable synthetic leather with PVC reinforced palm & fingers
* Breathable spandex back with foam knuckle pad
* Nylon/Spandex cuff with low-profile closure
* Terry thumb brow wipe

We think so…

Water fed poles crash course

This water fed poles crash course will give you a  glimpse at what is on the market and the various features of the poles.

Check out the Play List below to view individually or click Play All above to watch them all. 


Things to consider when considering which water fed pole to buy:

  • Length of the pole.
    Don’t just look at the extended length for the job required. When the pole is closed will it fit in your van or car comfortably or will you need to put it on the roof rack? How easy is it for you to reach the clamps when extending and collapsing?
  • Weight of the pole
    This is especially important for the longer poles used for high work. For short bursts of high work a heavier pole may be fine but for extended periods of time  a lighter pole is important. Not only will you work faster and in more comfort but your back and shoulders will thank you for it at the end of the day.
  • Rigidity of the pole.
    A rigid pole is easier to control although some flexibility is required to reduce breakage. A water fed pole with too much bend will quickly sap your energy.
  • Material of the pole.
    Carbon fibre poles are very light and rigid.  However they can break more easily if treated without due respect. Glass fibre or aluminium is a heavier material but more resistant. Some poles combine the materials taking advantage of both. These are called ‘hybrid’ poles.
  • Usage.
    Will the pole be used by yourself or by employees? Will they treat the pole with care? If it likely to be thrown around then a glass fibre or aluminium pole may be a more durable option.
  • Versatility
    Some people like a collection of specific poles – one for every kind of job. Others choose one or two poles that are comfortable to use for a wide range of jobs.  
  • Modular or telescopic?
    Usually a modular pole will have an external pole hose. A bag or trolley is often provided so that you can add and remove sections as needed. The advantage of modular poles is that they weigh less not having clamps on them and the fact that you only use and carry the length of pole needed. However, if you are happy to carry the extra weight an extendable  telescopic pole is less fiddly and is quicker to use. If you choose modular how do the pieces connect? Heavy mechanisms may weigh as much as clamps. Tapered push fits are prone to getting stuck together. Getting them separated is possible but not easy!
  • Price and budget
    Obviously a key factor for most of us is the depth and resources of our pocket. Weigh your options carefully. Buying a cheaper pole that doesn’t tick all your boxes could end up costing you more.  Likely you will end up having to buy a different pole in the end spending again.


If you are thinking of buying a new water fed pole or just want to know what’s out there on the market then you will love this playlist I put together…

Most of the videos shown in the playlist are of actual water fed pole manufacturers demonstrating and explaining  the selling points of their products.

Click here to watch these videos and get a glimpse at what water fed poles are on the market right now and their various features.


Water fed poles crash course

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Water Fed Pole Reviews – Rigidity Comparison Test

These helpful water fed pole reviews were created by J. Racenstein . They compare the rigidity of a range of water fed poles carried in their store. The water fed pole reviews are in the range of 25-32ft.
Poles in this video include the Ionic Grafter and the Ionic Grafter Plus.  The Gardiner CLX (not the Xtreme), the Unger nLites in both Hybrid and Full Carbon Fiber Model and their very own 3-Star branded poles also in Hybrid and full Carbon Fibre.
For those of you disappointed not to see the Gardiners Super Lite Xtreme in the line up, here’s another video showing the rigidity of the Superlite Xtreme. 

Aichi’s new 12m/14m booms have wheels!

Aichi offers wheeled or tracked chassis on new ‘Global Series’ 12m and 14m self-propelled boom lifts.


New ‘Global Series’ booms with wheels

Aichi’s new SP/SR14CJ and SP/SR12C ‘Global Series’ booms combine rugged, high specification engineering, versatile working range and compact design which raise the bar in the UK market for 12m/14m working height articulated booms.

The first boom lifts to be launched under Aichi’s ‘Global Series’, the new platforms come in wheeled versions (SP models) as well as with Aichi’s more familiar tracked chassis (SR models). They are available in the UK from Aichi dealer, Ranger Equipment, the Chesterfield-based specialist in premium access.

With 13.6m working height, the larger SP/SR14CJ models feature a 3-stage boom: an articulating upper boom with 1.75m fly jib (-70/+60 degrees articulation range), plus two-section telescoping lower boom. This gives a more dynamic working envelope compared to other boom lifts in their class, including the longest horizontal outreach – 12.7m. The platform folds down to transport-friendly proportions, with a stowed height of 2.44m and stowed length of 7.55m. Gross vehicle weight is 8510kg.

The smaller SP/SR12C models offer 11.7m w/h and 10.9m maximum outreach (although no fly-boom). Stowed height is 1.73m and stowed length 7.02m. Gross vehicle weight is 7675kg. Ground clearance on all SP/SR models is 335mm, and capacity is 250kg (for 1.82m basket) or 227kg (2.4m basket).

“The availability of wheeled models will suit the UK market’s preference for this type of chassis,” said Steve Hadfield, MD at Ranger Equipment. “The option of crawler models provides solutions for rough terrain and gives rental companies the chance to differentiate their offering to pick up new, more specialised work.”

Aichi’s ‘Global Series’ platforms are all-new and encompass CE, ANSI and applicable worldwide standards. New developments will be added to the line over the coming months. Flexible For a limited period, first units into the UK can be acquired on flexible payment terms, including purchase, lease or rental options. The incentive is part of a pilot programme to get units on the ground in the UK, test reaction and gather feedback.

Ranger Equipment specialises in premium access and niche platforms, also distributing Teupen spiderlifts and PB Liftechnik scissors, all known for their exacting quality and pushing boundaries in platform performance.

Steve Hadfield of Ranger is very optimistic that Aichi’s added-value engineering will emerge a strong contender for rental investment as the industry climbs out of recession.

He said: “When hire companies start to invest in plant again, we believe they will be extra careful about what they buy and reliability will be key. We anticipate that buyers will be more prepared to consider the higher priced, premium platform because they command higher rental, incur less downtime, and, with excellent residual value, offer low overall cost of ownership.”

Aichi booms are well established in the U.S and European rental markets where their reliability is proven in some of the harshest environments, including ship-building. More on Aichi’s SP/SR booms SP/SR machines all benefit from Aichi’s trademark reliability and ease of maintenance. The upper articulating and lower telescopic boom configuration gives excellent positioning versatility and efficiency. Hydraulics and power cables are housed inside the boom, eliminating the risk of snagging and damage of mechanisms located on the outside of the boom. General smooth running and ease of maintenance is assisted by built-in boom wiper blades, and steel, rather than GRP engine covers which are hard-wearing and easy to repair. Mounted on a swing-out frame for ease of access and maintenance, the Yanmar 4TNV88 diesel engine has a maximum output of 33kw and max torque of 128N-m. The upper control box features separate short-throw joysticks for each function, for better feel and more precise control. It also has a heavy duty finger guard, a new feature on Aichi booms, and full steel cover to protect the controls from paint and dirt. The location of the lower control box gives a good field of vision across the chassis to the basket and booms, which is sometimes hampered on other platforms. The internal boom power track and telescopic hoses are located on a retractable cassette system which can be instantly removed for ease of inspections and maintenance.

Aichi manufactures a full line of articulated booms from 12m up to 25m, as well as 5m to 10m compact scissor lifts.

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