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Right Angle Grinders That Deliver Power, Control and Comfort – Available With Abbey’s Exclusive Discount For A Limited Time


Specialist manufacturer Cleco, are leading innovators when it comes to developing robust tooling.
Their Right Angle Grinders are designed to tackle the most demanding applications across industry: removing material efficiently in foundries, shipyards, machine shops, auto motive and rail  production. When the job calls for precision control and powerful grinding, Cleco’s Right Angle Grinders deliver every time.

The high performance 1.7Hp motor equals maximum power, yet the ergonomic design and anti-vibration handle means less hand fatigue.

Cleco’s Right Angle Grinders are also versatile, with a 270° adjustable guard, allowing access to awkward spaces and a spindle look for quickly changing abrasives.

Available in 4’’, 4.5” and 5” disc sizes, why compromise on durability or comfort?

At Abbey IS, we offer our customers, not only the very latest technology, but also the best deals through our partnerships with manufacturers.
Abbey are able to distribute Cleco’s Right Angle Grinders at a ‘preferred partner’ rate until September 2019 so now’s the time to invest in this high spec tool at a discounted cost.
The RRP is £630 but Abbey are able to offer it at £375 for a limited period.

For more information on the Cleco Right Angle Grinders or Abbey’s tooling range, please get in touch on 01924 663608 or email

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What’s new in the marketplace?


Need a robust, compact Flat Head Grinder with power, torque and agility?

Metabo have both corded and cordless versions that have impressive pedigree backed by their XXL 3 Year Warranty.

Choose from the WEF9-125 5” Flat Head Grinder, output at 900 watts, with 5” Flat head which allows you to work to an acute angle of 43° or the Safety Version the WEPBF15-150 output at 1500watts, with a 6” Flat head  which allows you to work to an acute angle of 39°, both grinders as standard have an in built safety clutch (Anti-Kick back), electronic overload protection and re-start protection, the safety version has the added features of a brake which will stop the disc, when the safety paddle trigger is released.Both Corded tools are available with 110v & 240v.

Cordless tools are no less impressive and come either as a body only or as a kit with batteries and charger. Metabo Batteries are also covered by their XXL 3 Year Warranty and are available in both Li Lithium and Lithium HD especially suitable for high power, high torque applications.
Whatever application, steel, rail, construction or indeed, any heavy industry, you can be guaranteed that a Metabo tool will be a great asset.

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What’s New in the Marketplace?



For a tool that genuinely pushes the boundaries of innovation, Ingersoll Rand have launched the W7152 ImpactTool.

At 20 volts, the ½” drive ImpactTool is a convincing challenger to common pneumatic tools currently available. Its intelligent torque settings allow the operator to multi-task between applications using pre-set shut-off torques and max power. Ideal for industrial use, its high torque capability can help to streamline processes because the Ingersoll W7152 won’t over tighten and can apply consistent torques, unlike its pneumatic competitors.

It is one of the most powerful cordless tool on the market right now.

Start streamlining your process now, arrange a demo and discover the benefits yourself.

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Andrew Barraclough – Joins Abbey IS


Andrew Barraclough joins Abbey Industrial Solutions as UK Sales and Marketing Director. He brings both academic pedigree and 25 years of hands-on, industry experience to the role and we are delighted to welcome Andrew to the Abbey team.

His previous roles, within B2B sales and marketing, have included multi-national companies such as Atlas Copco and more recently BP, where he was responsible for developing the brand within Northern Europe and forging strategic partnerships with BP’s manufacturing distributors.

Andrew not only brings expertise in sales but will also apply his considerable insight into the manufacturing industry to help Abbey extend their products and services across their customer network.

With a remit to develop customer relationships, Andrew will focus on identifying needs and creating strategies that will help Abbey’s customers to operate effectively and maximise profit.

Andrew’s appointment demonstrates Abbey’s commitment to building in value for their customers. On joining the company Andrew said: “This role allows me to use both my engineering background and my experience in sales and marketing within the manufacturing industry. The Abbey team’s objectives and mine are very much aligned, in that we are dedicated to offering customers tangible solutions that will maximise productivity. Abbey’s range of products and services mean that I have great tools to work with and a solid proposition for customers.”

Why Torque and Angle

Why invest in Torque and Angle monitoring, especially if the tools you’ve got already do the job?

It’s a question that crops up quite a bit. Any manufacturer or fitter knows only too well the cost of discovering a problem at the end of the assembly process.

Take the auto industry for example. The financial implications of recalling a vehicle, due to technical issues are huge, not to mention the logistics of carrying out thousands of safety checks across many locations. In fact the cost of recalls to the motor industry is tens of millions each year. And then there’s the damage to reputation and the hidden marketing costs to regain customer confidence. In this scenario, wouldn’t it be better to identify the problems on the assembly line? It would certainly be more cost effective.

When the safety and accuracy of joints is critical, you need a tool that can achieve the correct Clamping Load on several materials and in various environmental conditions.

A tool that can offer both torque and angle settings is undoubtedly the best choice. True, there may be a slight trade off with assembly speed but most businesses accept that precision and consistency wins hands down when safety and reputation are paramount. And the new generation of powered tools certainly cancel out any loss of efficiency.

The benefits of torque and angle tooling include being able to control the bolt stretch or tension and ensure the fastener is snug and fitted in its optimum position for wear.

There are often erratic influences on the torque measurement which can be caused by changes in materials, the nature of the fastener or forces applied through use. Using a tool that records both torque and angle is the best way to mitigate against such variations and guarantee the most accurate assembly.

But what about ‘human error’? How can businesses avoid the inevitable mistakes made by their workforce?

Tools that alert the user of any oversights during the assembly process are valuable assets to businesses who rely quality and consistency.

Market leaders, Sturtevant Richmont are pioneers in developing tools that take the risk out of production, including those that slip through even the most robust procedures. Sturtevant Richmond make leading manual wrenches and some of its product range offer an accuracy of +/- 1&. There are also powered versions available, such as Cleco’s range of corded electric tools.

And there are even more benefits: torque and angle wrenches can be programmed to ‘intelligently’ monitor assembly and flag up any errors or omissions. For example, pre-set parameters are consistently achieved because the tool will shut off or display an ‘error’ alert if over tightened. Likewise, a correctly fitted joint will get the green light.

It’s also possible to apply further steps to avoid mistakes, including a fixings count in the program, eradicating the risk of missing screws. The tool will even prompt the use of the correct fixing and the correct order of application.

And the advantages don’t end on the production line. All actions can be recorded, hugely important for traceability in the event of a problem. The historic usage can show the precise tension applied and any errors or missing steps in production. A powerful tool indeed.

Abbey IS are the main distributor for Sturtevant Richmont and Cleco tools and are pleased to offer its customers the duel benefits of world class tooling ranges along with Abbey’s maintenance service contract. With a reputation for innovation and problem solving, Abbey’s experienced engineers will identify any potential weak links in assembly and work with businesses to eliminate costly production issues.

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When tools represent a significant investment for businesses, it’s imperative that the investment is protected and maximum value leveraged out of those assets.

Unplanned downtime has a devastating impact on output and revenue, as well as affecting reputation: an issue which may take many years to resolve through expensive crisis management and brand building campaigns. Successful businesses will take measures to avoid or mitigate such risks by making sure their tools are maintained regularly.

A carefully managed service plan will provide continuity of production whilst ensuring that tools are kept working efficiently and safely. Indeed, efficiency is often overlooked, especially if production ‘appears’ to be normal. In many cases, tools are operating below capacity and deteriorating at such a slow decline, it goes un-noticed. Poor performance will, undoubtedly eat into profits, while the cost of servicing represents a fraction of the investment when compared to replacing tools, loss of production or overtime payments due to down time.

  • Employers and the self employed must also consider the PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment) regulations. There is a duty of care to make sure that equipment is:
  • Maintained in a safe condition so people’s health and safety are not at risk
  • Inspected to ensure that it is (and continues to be) safe for use
  • Any specific risks created by the use of the equipment is controlled
  • Take any appropriate measures to fit guards, warning devices or stop buttons
  • Provide safe systems of work, for example only carrying out maintenance when the equipment is isolated and providing adequate training and information
  • The PUWER regulations are in place to comply with health and safety rules but any business who values its investment and reputation will see the financial advantage to applying regular checks and repairs to their tools.

A strategic service plan will maintain the reliability of tools, lessen the impact of malfunctioning tools and almost certainly lessen the overall cost of tooling to a business.

The key to a robust plan is a procedure which tracks individual tools, flags up when they need to be serviced and turns around collection and delivery, getting efficient and calibrated tools back in production quickly. Abbey IS has invested in a system which tags every tool and alerts the user when it needs servicing. Certified to ISO 9001:2000, their dedicated service centre takes care of all makes and type of compressed air and electric power tools. Their OEM trained workshop engineers and large stock of parts means that tools are retuned with a fully traceable history and warranty.

There’s also a plan which includes a ‘swap out’ offer, where replacement tools are loaned until the servicing or repair has been carried out, allowing businesses to continue with unbroken production.Quite simply, the benefits of working with an experienced, independent partner to maintain the productivity of tooling adds significant value for manufacturers and assembly lines.

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Why Should I Calibrate my Fastening Tools?


Manufacturers are only as good as their end product and the reputations built around those products. In most cases, there will have been significant investment in tooling and setting up the production process: a capital expenditure that must deliver a ROI.

So why wouldn’t a business protect that investment by ensuring their tools are working efficiently and profitably?

Tools that are operating to incorrect parameters are not only inefficient, they expose businesses to poor brand perception and, more seriously, the risk of litigation should faults occur.

Regular calibration for tools is recommended to ensure that they are working within the original manufacturers parameters and consistency is being maintained. Even those tool manufacturers offering impressive guarantees of up to 1 million cycles of maintenance free usage should be calibrated on a regular basis.

However, calibration must be precisely carried out, using a transducer calibrated under laboratory conditions. It’s vital also, that the transducer is certified at the lab by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service), the internationally recognised standard of calibration. The laboratory environment will ensure that parameters have been correctly set and any testing by that transducer will also satisfy regulation.

Why is this important? Because businesses need be assured of an unbroken chain of traceability, therefore calibration should be traceable to UKAS standards. This may prove to be invaluable if problems occur during the production process or worse, once products are out in the marketplace and have to be recalled due to faults.

Certified, calibrated tools, with the appropriate documentation and traceability are imperative should a fault result in litigation. A business employing this system can prove competence and retain credibility should a problem arise later.

There are plenty of companies who will not only supply tools but also offer to service and calibrate them. Manufacturers are advised to thoroughly investigate their suppliers to make sure they are providing a robust offer and delivering a high standard of service. Certainly, only those offering UKAS traceable certification are worth considering.

Abbey IS have been supplying tools to some of the most well known blue chip companies within the manufacturing sector, including auto assembly, gas & oil industry, heavy plant manufacturers and aerospace. For those businesses where precision and reputation is paramount, Abbey offer a considerable wealth of expertise. Abbey can create a bespoke service and calibration plan, advise on tooling procurement and even assist with a specific challenge. Renowned for innovation, their qualified, manufacturer trained engineers are often consulted about specific issues.

Being an independent supplier means they can offer a truly unbiased approach, a valuable asset for those investing considerable sums in tooling. Customers are assured of straightforward, expert input.

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Abbey welcomes Les Watson to the team


Abbey IS welcomes a new member to the team: Les Watson joins Abbey, bringing with him a wealth of expertise, having represented world class torque wrench manufacturer, Sturtevant Richmont in the UK for almost two decades.

Les, along with the wider Abbey team, will provide technical support to our customer base, who will now have access to Sturtevant Richmont’s extensive range of products. Including the Digital Torque Controller System, which can be programmed wirelessly and provide multi-tool control and reporting.

Originally designed for US Air Force, the tools are now favoured by manufacturers who value quality and consistency. Widely used in the auto-motive and aviation industry, Airbus and Vauxhall are amongst their clients.

Sturtevant Richmont’s tools are renown for durability and impressive life span: torque wrenches can operate for 30 years with little or no need for adjustment. However, Abbey IS have a robust tool management system so customers can rest assured their investment will be well taken care of.

Les explained his move to Abbey: “Sturtevant Richmont’s reputation for quality and value is unparalleled. Abbey IS is already supplying high quality tools and excellent service packages, I think the cultural fit between Abbey IS and Sturtevant Richmont is perfect, I’m looking forward to introducing the products to more customers.”

Les Watson

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Abbey Reaches First £1 million Sales With Atlas Copco


Abbey Industrial Solutions is an established distributer of Atlas Copco products and is the first UK supplier to achieve £1 million worth of sales for the market leading tool maker

Abbey’s experience of selling and maintaining industrial tools and consumables has earned the family business an enviable reputation in the marketplace.

Renown for innovation and excellent service standards, Director, Josh Stead said: “we are delighted to reach this milestone with Atlas Copco. It represents a long standing partnership and mutual ambitions to supply the highest quality products to our customers.”

Abbey are distributers for a wide range of industrial equipment, supplying a number of well known brands and providing after sales care and servicing. Focussing their expertise in supplying intelligent tooling solutions to the industry has seen the business grow in terms of sales and diversity. Abbey’s contracts range from aerospace to construction and include international partnerships as well as taking care of local businesses.

For more information on sales, servicing or advanced fastening, call 01924 224240 or email us at

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Tool Repair Engineer – Job Vacancy

we are hiring

Salary on application + bonus + overtime

We have a vacancy for a Tool Repair Engineer to carry out maintenance, repairs and servicing to hand held tools in our busy workshop. This will include three phase tooling, pneumatic and electric tools.

Tool Repair Engineer Role
You will be working in the workshop alongside our other tool fitters, supervised by an Engineering Workshop Manager. The fitting team pride themselves on being friendly and easy to work with, we are looking for a Technician who will fit into the workshop team well and match their hardworking ethos. The role is varied and interesting with no 2 days ever being alike!

What do you need?
To hit the ground running in this Tool Repair Engineer role you would need previous experience of working on similar equipment (three phase tooling, pneumatic and electric tools).

Formal qualifications (relevant NVQ / City & Guilds) would be desirable, however, are not essential for the right candidate with tool fitting experience.

Suitable skills / experience: Tool Repair Engineer, Fitter, Maintenance Fitter, Tool Fitter, Engineering, Three Phase Tooling, Pneumatic Tools, Electric Tools, Workshop Technician

How to apply
If you wish to be considered for this Engineer (Tool Repairs) job please email us at

You must be eligible to work in the UK.

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