Tool manufacturer Hilti has launched its fleet of tool vans designed to give contractors the opportunity to test out kit on site.
At the end of May, 55 vehicles were sent out, representing an investment of £1.5 million, according to head of product management Walid Hussain.
“The new vans contain over 25 tools, and more than 80 consumables such as batteries and spare parts,” says Mr Hussain. “We’ve also included base materials to allow us to demonstrate the tools, such as concrete, wood, rebar and blocks for shot firing.”
The customised Ford Transits are designed to go out on site for demonstrations so that staff can see how particular tools could be used for specific problems on their project. Hilti account manager Robert Mitchell is one of the van drivers, and has welcomed the introduction of the demonstration units.
“Having all the tools in one van means it’s now possible to show workers on site exactly what the equipment can do. It’s also been helpful as it means when I go between different sites, I might come across a challenge that I’ve dealt with before so I can offer advice,” he says.
Security has been taken seriously, as a van containing so many tools could be a likely target for thieves.
“All the equipment is stored inside in a custom-made metal cage. We’ve also used Armaplate locks on the doors,” explains Mr Hussain. The tools are also secured by Hilti’s theft protection system, which requires an operator to have a specific RFID fob to use the equipment.
The firm hopes to have a further 30 vehicles on the road by October, with a total of 10 expected to be operating in London.