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These Boots are Made for Walking (Well, Working In!)

By Lauren Hodgkiss 19 days ago 199 Views No comments

These boots are made for walking (well, working in!)

Earlier this month on social media, we introduced you to our exciting new range of Rock Fall boots & shoes.

The trusted brand Rock Fall is a second generation family business celebrating their 20 th year in manufacturing safety footwear.

Safety boots provide the vital protection your feet need. Whether you need Non-Metallic safety boots, Electric Hazard Protection safety boots, or just a pair of solid work boots, Rock Fall do it all. They have a boot for every industry, allowing you to work safely and comfortably at all times.


The Rock Fall safety boots have a wide array of safety features to suit different industries.

Features include:

  • 100% Non-Metallic Construction
  • Protective Toecap
  • Protective Midsole
  • Water Repellent Upper
  • Anti-Static
  • Oil Resistant
  • Heat Resistant Outsole to 300°C
  • Wide Fitting
  • Cold Insulation
  • Internal Digging Plate
  • Highest Level Slip Resistance - SRC Slip Rated
  • Class 3 Chainsaw Protection
  • Climbing Irons Compatible
  • Electrical Hazard
  • Enhanced Chemical Resistance
  • ESD Certified
  • Flame Resistant Leather
  • Flame Resistant Stitching
  • Foundry Boot Certified
  • HI Resistant Outsole to 150°C
  • Jet Wash Protection
  • Metatarsal Protection
  • Suitable for Vegans
  • Washable
  • Welding Boot Certified
  • Women's Fit

Industries include:

  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Logistics
  • Quarry
  • Utilities
  • Foundry
  • Fabrication
  • Rail
  • Highways
  • Facility Manager
  • Security
  • Offshore
  • Emergency Services
  • Electrical
  • Low Temperature

The features, industries and technologies vary with each boot. Please see the individual description on the boots for their applicable features, industries and technologies.

Technologies:

  • 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation for footwear is thin, warm and lightweight, keeping active feet comfortable even in damp conditions. It provides lightweight warmth and comfort in cool and mildly cold conditions.
  • Boa® Lacing System - A world leading fastening mechanism. With instant, single-handed fine tuning as precise as 1mm, you can easily adjust for comfort and stability. Boa® gives you a secure fit with quick release no matter the conditions.
  • Climate Technology by Sympatex® - Consists of both a membrane and a hydrophobic 3D upper material which contains air pockets, ensuring the highest water resistance and advanced breathability. The 3D upper enables increased air circulation and ventilation through the rolling movement of the foot.
  • FORCE10® Advanced Scuff Cap Technology - Advanced scuff cap components designed using an exclusive form of solid TPU, have been heavily tested to withstand extreme abrasion and withstand harsh materials, such as limestone, concrete, and salt water.
  • FORCE10® Nitrile Rubber Outsoles - Developed using a special form of Nitrile Rubber, FORCE10® outsoles offer incredible abrasion and heat resistance and have been flex tested in conditions as low as –40°C. The 90° heel cup ensures the highest grip when climbing ladders or iron spokes. The self-cleaning stability tread pattern is tested to the highest SRC slip resistance standards.
  • Moisture-Tech by Sympatex® - Waterproof lining laminate to create an excellent micro climate in the shoe. During periods of strenuous physical activity, moisture is held in a hydrophilic membrane that speeds up the transition to water vapour & allows the shoe to breathe. This increases the comfort, keeps the foot dry and reduces odour.
  • R-ten™ Abrasion Resistant Sewing Thread (Exclusive to Rock Fall) is a long-lasting thread which enhances the life of a pair of safety boots. Conventional sewing threads on safety footwear suffer from exposure to alkalis such as Limestone/Concrete and also abrasion if the wearer is exposed to environments such as tarmac. It’s trusted in the harshest applications from Offshore Oil Rigs to Civil Engineering.
  • Ortholite® - Premium quality insocks which offers great comfort and anti-fatigue properties.
  • YKK Extreme Zips - Rock Fall UK use the toughest zips available designed for longevity in the harshest environments.


The boots come in a wide range of styles and colours to suit your working needs, available in a range of sizes.

For our full range of boots, click here.

Here are a selection of the boots in more detail:

Baltimore

Features include;

  • EN ISO 20345:2011 S3 WR SRC
  • 100% Non-Metallic Construction
  • Protective Toecap
  • Protective Midsole
  • Waterproof Membrane
  • Wide Fitting
  • Anti-Static
  • Oil Resistant
  • Highest Level Slip Resistance


Orlando Honey

Features include;

  • EN ISO 20345:2011 S3 SRA
  • Protective Toecap
  • Protective Midsole
  • Water Repellent Upper
  • Anti-Static
  • Oil Resistant
  • Heat Resistant Outsole to 300°C


Maine

Features include;

  • EN ISO 20345:2011 S1P SRC
  • Protective Toecap
  • Protective Midsole
  • Anti-Static
  • Oil Resistant
  • 100% Non-Metallic Construction


Granite

Features include;

  • EN ISO 20345:2011 S3 HI CI HRO SRC
  • Protective Toecap
  • Protective Midsole
  • Anti-Static
  • Oil Resistant
  • 100% Non-Metallic Construction
  • Water Repellent Upper
  • Cold Insulation
  • Highest Level Slip Resistance
  • Internal Digging Plate
  • Heat Resistant Outsole to 300°C


Flint Black

Features include;

  • EN ISO 20345:2011 S3 SRC
  • Protective Toecap
  • Protective Midsole
  • Anti-Static
  • Oil Resistant
  • 100% Non-Metallic Construction
  • Water Repellent Upper


Flint Brown

Features include;

  • EN ISO 20345:2011 S3 SRC
  • Protective Toecap
  • Protective Midsole
  • Anti-Static
  • Oil Resistant
  • 100% Non-Metallic Construction
  • Water Repellent Upper




For our full range of boots, click here.




Climbing Snowden || Raising Money for Autism Aware

By Haliena Brown 2 months ago 235 Views No comments

If you've called our sales team you may have spoken to Rhiannon. We are proud to share that last weekend Rhiannon swapped her L&S uniform for a pair of walking boots and warm clothes in aid of the amazing charity, Autism Aware .

The Mountain-Madness team climbed mount Snowden, 28,000 steps in the rain, wind and fog! This huge achievement was part of a drive to raise awareness and money for a charity that really do make magic happen. Rhiannons team have raised a whopping £1,313, with the event in total raising over £11,000 for such a fantastic cause!

Autism Aware is a growing charity founded to help provide support, information and advice to families who are affected by autism. AAUK raises funds that are used to purchase specialist equipment for schools & groups that educate and support people with autism. It really is an incredible charity that is working to erase the stigma around autism.

Below is the justgiving page from the mountain climb if you want to read more about the cause and the experience then please do head over there: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mountain-ma...


European Travel || What you Need to Know.

By Haliena Brown 2 months ago 1247 Views No comments

With the season of summer holidays and working abroad upon us it's time to get ready for driving across Europe. There are rules and regulations that could lead to hefty fines or even points on your licence. If you are planning a trip, or you will be working abroad we've prepared a handy checklist of things you might need.


Things you will need (everything below can be found in our new European Travel Section)

GB Sticker

You have to display a GB sign, if you fail to do so you could be fined.

Reflective Jackets

When driving within Europe you are required to carry reflective jackets for all passengers including the driver. These are to be used as soon as you leave your vehicle during a breakdown or emergency. If you are hiring a car it is not guaranteed that these will come included.

Headlights

It is a legal requirement to not dazzle oncoming drivers. Before driving in Europe you must adjust your headlamps for driving on the right hand side of the road. To do this you can use headlamp converters, found here.

Warning Triangle

Warning triangles are compulsory in most countries. They should be used during an emergency or breakdown.

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kits are compulsory when driving in Austria, France and Germany.

Breathalyser

You should carry a breathalyser with you when driving through Europe. It is compulsory when driving in France.

Replacement Bulbs

It is also recommended that you carry a universal bulb kit in case of an emergency.

We also have full travel kits that can sit compact in your boot or van. To view our full section please click here.

EU Rules

You must have a full, valid licence and national insurance number, and you should carry your licence at all times. You must also have proof of vehicle insurance, proof of ID, travel insurance documents & European breakdown cover. It is also advised that you check your vehicle tax and MOT are valid and up-to-date.

If you are working / driving abroad you must remember that you can not drive for more than 9 hours in a day (10 hours twice a week), 56 hours in a week, and no more than 90 hours in any 2 consecutive weeks. To view the full rules on resting between driving abroad please visit .gov where you will find all the information you need.


The Thwaites Dumper || Manuals

By L&S Engineers 3 months ago 737 Views No comments
We've been through our archives again this week and found a few vintage Thwaites Dumper manuals! As our vintage manuals have been a hit in the past we have scanned all of them in so you can flip through them, they all include a spare parts list & even a manufacturers warranty (some of which remain intact in the books.) Click on the images to find out more.

Thwaites is a company that is synonymous for their production of high quality dumpers, originally founded in 1937 by Basil Thwaites as an Agricultural Engineering Company. The first Thwaites dumper was manufactured in 1951. A three wheeled machine, powered by a 6hp single cylinder Petter engine with a 10 CU Ft capacity. This machine was soon followed by a four wheeled dumper that was given the iconic name of "The Standard."

In 1954 the company became Thwaites Engineering Ltd when it dropped other areas of the business to focus on the growing popularity of dumpers. Thwaites dumpers were made to last, the fact that some are still being used today is proof that they stood the test of time! The dumpers were known for quality inside and out as Thwaites used the powerful and reliable Petter engines for their dumpers until the 1970/80's where they switched to Perkins, another well known brand.

Wyn found a selection of manuals for models including the Thwaites Jumbo dumper and the Orion! If you want to learn more about these dumpers then just click on the images to read the full manuals.

If flicking through these manuals has reminded you that you need a few spares for your dumper then head on over to our website to see our wide selection of dumper spares! Including dumper service parts, seats, mirrors and many more.



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Catalogues Through the Years || L&S Engineers

By Haliena Brown 4 months ago 228 Views No comments


With the digital release of our 2018 Plant Spares & Workshop Catalogues this week, we are looking back at some of the very first L&S catalogues.

You may have seen previously that the first piece of marketing for L&S was created whilst at Middlemore Lane, at this time Alan still worked at Tube Investments. A creative employee photographed the two water pump strainers and printed them on to a headed piece of paper.


The first promotional images, as you can see above, were simple sketches of the parts hand drawn by Alan! Before we used cameras or graphic design software this is how the business would advertise the manufactured parts. All sketches were clearly identifiable and you can see a resemblance of this style in our current exploded diagrams.

The first catalogues were produced whilst at Hazel Lane in Great Wyrley, all the way back in 1980! The catalogues were simple but full of the most popular products at the time. The drawings were a mixture of hand sketches and digital drawings. The catalogue was the first of it's type for L&S and was instantly recognisable & helpful for those who used it. Below you can see an image of the pump strainer featured on the front cover, this was a very popular part that was manufactured by Alan & Wyn.


When the product range expanded there was a need to create a brand new catalogue layout, similar to the design you can see today. This format has essentially stayed the same over the years, adding more products every year with gradual design improvements over time. The design is instantly recognisable as the L&S Catalogue. As you can see from the 1994 catalogue below the book started to be bound, meaning that the book was easier for the customer to use and find what they wanted. You can also see that the parts diagrams became more detailed. Due to the ever growing range of products, part numbers were also introduced to help identify the correct part when ordering.


Below you can see a familiar product featured in the 1994 catalogue, GT85 that we still sell today. With the bigger book came the opportunity to highlight more products and part descriptions became longer to include more information for the customer. As you can see from the front cover, the design has changed quite a bit over the years.















Flash forward to 2018 and you can see how the catalogues have moved forward (there's now two of them!). As you can see things have changed quite a bit! The images are all high quality and the parts are organised by machine or type. You may notice that there is still a likeness to the original catalogues, with the line drawings and clear lists of part numbers.

New, you can even search through the catalogues online, making it even easier to find everything you need. Click to view our new Plant Spares Catalogue or our Workshop Catalogue

2018 Plant Spares Catalogue

Plant Spares Catalogue2018 Plant Spares Catalogue



Stothert & Pitt Vibroll || Retirement to the Cricket Ground

By L&S Engineers 4 months ago 506 Views No comments

This week our post is about Stothert & Pitt, an engineering company from the late 1700's. You may recognise the part to the left as one we have showcased on our Facebook for the past month, and you may be wondering why we have included it in this post. This part is a gearbox case for the Stothert & Pitt tandem vibrating roller. As no-one got the correct answer this month there is no winner unfortunately, but we will be bringing out a brand new competition with a part you may just recognise very soon.




If you've heard of Stothert & Pitt you will know that if you were to go down to the Bristol docks you are likely to see their cranes still standing where they were once used for loading & unloading boats. The company was founded in 1785, and they are still known as an example of great British engineering. They became known for their Fairbairn Steam Crane which was built in 1878 (which is now the oldest surviving example of its type in Britain), and went on to build concrete mixers, multi-bucket excavators and more.

Though the company is synonymous with cranes they went on to build vibrating rollers that still adorn many cricket grounds across the country today. In their prime these rollers would have been used to compact roads / road making. Now in the rollers' retirement years they can be found on many cricket grounds used as a dead weight to roll the wickets to create perfect playing conditions. Both the 32R and 32RD tandem rollers were powered by vintage engines that we supply parts for today. The 32R model was powered by a Villiers Mk.40 engine and the 32RD model was powered by a Lister Engine although some had Royal Enfield engines fitted too.



With such build quality and the longevity of use, some people have even taken to upgrading their rollers, giving them new engines and a new life. Next time you're near a cricket ground keep an eye out because you may spot one!

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From the Old to the New || Trade Counter

By L&S Engineers 5 months ago 973 Views No comments

In our post last week we showcased the original L&S trade counter that still stands thirty two years after it was built. When we moved across the road two years ago we took the opportunity to to create a bigger and better counter for our customers. Our new trade counter stands at the heart of the business, along with the open plan design of the building you can really get a sense of the buzzing atmosphere as you walk in.

Though we've kept the same colour scheme, a lot has changed on our counter. More products, more space, and more people to help and serve you. Whether you're from a plant company or just passing by we have something for everyone. You wouldn't think it with the wide range of stock available but our counter houses only a fraction of our full range of products. Tens of thousands more parts and consumables are available immediately from our warehouse!


A View from the Mezzanine

A Trip Back in Time || Old Warehouse

By Haliena Brown 5 months ago 1061 Views No comments













This week I had the opportunity of visiting our old stores, a short walk over the road which led to a trip back in time. As soon as you walk in you are transported back to a growing business suspended in time from a move that happened overnight. The desks still standing with old files, catalogues and photos stuck in a time warp from years ago. It would be easy to find yourself lost amongst forgotten items, old memories housed inside a building. When you walk around you can still feel the once buzzing atmosphere that would have filled the rooms, everyone would have been running around to fulfil the growing orders and demands of a business from it's humble beginnings.

Wiper Blades || Why and When you Should Change Them

6 months ago 873 Views No comments

The windscreen wipers on your car, van or commercial vehicle are very important in providing the driver with a clear view, quickly working to remove the obstructions, whether it being rain, snow or even sleet and dust. Taking the time to do a weekly assessment may avoid further damage to your windscreen glass. Replacing your glass is a much bigger cost than replacing your wiper blades.

Lifespans of windscreen wipers vary on the quality of the blade and the conditions they are put through. The lifespan of a wiper blade could be roughly 6 to 12 months and regular servicing should give the owner an idea when they are worn out and when it is appropriate to change them. Worn blades can eventually cause damage to the glass and may even cause an MOT servicing failure. Be sure to check your front and rear wiper blades for obvious signs of wear.

Firstly, streaking blades are a common sign that your wiper blades are due a replacement. This means that when using your wiper blades, there should be no streaks of water where the blade is not making contact with the glass, this happens as a result of the blade being damaged.

VW Van and Travelling the Country || 1970

By Haliena Brown 6 months ago 530 Views No comments










This week we're going to be looking at the times Alan + Wyn would spend in their van when they first started to grow as a business. As well as offering their services from the several buildings the company resided in they would often travel across the country to take their spare parts business to old and new customers.