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How to || Store your Battery Properly

By Haliena Brown 2 years ago 175 Views No comments

With the colder months upon us it is well worth thinking about how you are going to be storing the batteries from your cordless machines. Proper handling and storage of a battery can ensure an extended life.

“How should I store my batteries”

● Before you store your machine it is important to wipe down the machine and battery with a slightly dampened cloth. This will remove the dirt that has built up while in use, this could prevent signs of wear occurring whilst stored.

● If you are planning on storing you cordless machine for any length of time it is important to remove the battery. This will prevent further damage being caused if the battery were to malfunction in any way.

● Make sure your battery is charged above 40%. For Lead Acid, and Nickel Based batteries the effects of storing without use remain the same at any charge level. However, if you are storing a Lithium-ion Battery it is important not to fully charge your battery before storing it. Doing so will lead to an elevated loss of “self-discharge"

● When storing you battery you should try and avoid moist / damp areas or areas that are in direct sunlight. The best way to protect from both of these is to store the battery in a cool dry closed box. Storing your battery in a hot / heated environment could reduce the life of your battery by 50%. The ideal temperature is between -10C to +50C.

Stihl have prepared a handy checklist that you can print out and keep in your work area:

“My machine has an integrated battery, how do I store this”

If you have a machine with an integrated battery you do not have to remove this. However, you should still follow the steps above but for the complete machine.

Two extra steps to take into account with integrated batteries are:

● You should make sure to switch off the device and completely remove the activation key. This will avoid the device running itself down whilst stored. Also, this could prevent any accidents.

● Remember to store the activation key separately from the cordless power tool.

Top tip!

When you are ready to use your machine after it has been in storage charge the battery / tool for a short period of time. This will help preserve battery life and extend the service life of your cordless tool.

We have a wide range of spares and accessories for cordless power tools. Visit our website and find spares for Stihl, Paslode Makita & more cordless machines and batteries.

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Chainsaw Season || Get Prepared

By Alex Wise 2 years ago 689 Views No comments

With Autumn just around the corner, we are close to entering chainsaw season! (However there maybe some of you out there who have been using them ahead of the season).

Before you get to work on that list of jobs you have for the season it’s time to dust off the cobwebs from summer and spring. You don’t want to end up damaging the chainsaw, or putting yourself in danger, so here is a list of things you should check before using your chainsaw:

If you are unsure on any of these tips please consult a trained professional. Please follow all safety requirements when following any of the tips below.

Going Back to Basics

First, it’s important to check the most consumable components of the machine.

  • Locate your air filter, make sure it is still intact and has withheld its goodness. A poorly functioning air filter can be detrimental to the machine. If it looks worse for wear then it should be replaced. At the same time you should also check the pick-up filter in the fuel tank, make sure that’s still in good condition, if not then it’s best to replace this.

  • With the chainsaw sitting in the shed through seasons past, it’s more than likely the chain oil isn’t what it was when you stored it away. If this is the case don't use it! Empty the tank and treat your chainsaw to a fresh serving 2-Stroke Chain Oil and fill to the appropriate line.

  • Something which often gets overlooked, but should never be underestimated as a potential problem is the recoil rope. If the shed has been damp, it could have affected the rope making it weak and prone to breaking. Also if the rope is frayed and damaged it’s more than likely on its way out. Bite the bullet and get it replaced and have peace of mind it won’t break mid-pull, it can be a tricky one to replace, but overall it’s worth it.

  • Finally you should check the chain and bar. While it’s been sitting in the shed collecting dust there’s a chance that the chain has started to rust and the bar has been affected as well. If your chain is blunt then you will end up putting more pressure on the saw itself. When you have a fresh chain it will cut easier, with less effort. Replace this if necessary. If you would rather not replace it, you can always sharpen your saw using a chain file kit.If you choose to do this then you want to make sure the task is carried out correctly, please consult a trained professional for this task.

Quick Check: You need to test the chain brake to make sure the stop switch is working correctly, this is key to making sure the machine is in working order.

**Before using the chainsaw re-acclimate yourself with the safety manual if you feel you need to. Also before using, make sure you’re wearing the correct safety gear, that is intact and not damaged.**

So you have your chain up and running, is there anything else to consider? Yes there is.

Cutting the Wood

To ensure further safety, there are elements you can check just before cutting something. Here’s a few things you should be aware of before starting the job.

Make sure the wood is secured. If the wood is consistently moving you won’t guarantee a clean cut, this can also make the job increasingly difficult.

Don’t overreach! Trying to overreach when cutting can be one of the worst things to do when using a chainsaw. You’re not only ruining the cut, but you’re heightening the risk of you dropping the machine and causing damage to yourself, your surroundings or the chainsaw.

Have good footing. Be sure you have good footing, if not you could easily lose balance and the outcome could be fatal if you were to fall. When it’s safe to do so move as close to the log with a safe distance between you. This will give your more control, and prevent overstretching.

We hope you found this quick guide helpful, happy cutting!

For more information please see stihl’s official site where they have expert advice on everything chainsaw - https://www.stihl.co.uk/starting-a-stihl-chain-saw.aspx

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Paslode || 10 facts you may not know

By Alex Wise 2 years ago 802 Views No comments

Paslode are the market leader for nail guns, this comes after keeping their reputation over so many years as being the go to brand for the tools. This doesn't stop them though, Paslode continue to expand and grow their range of nail guns. At L&S we're proud to stock a wide range of genuine Paslode spare parts for their range of nail guns including; IM65 Lithium & NiCD, IM50 & the IM360Ci. Did you know we have a category for each of their most popular machines making it even easier to find the the parts you need!

Paslode has become a household brand within the UK (you may even own a Paslode nail gun within your own arsenal), but do you know much about the brand? As you may have seen from our previous posts on Yanmar, Stihl and other brands we think it's important to know about the brand behind the machine too! It's always interesting to know about the brand that fills your toolbox, it gives the tools a story of how they came to be. We have had a look into the history of Paslode to uncover these 10 facts you may not have known:

- Paslode first started out in 1935 when JW Leslie founded the company.

- The brand is an acronym of Packing, Shipping, Loading and Devices.

- Paslode were responsible for creating the first ever stapling hammer back in 1940. Innovation has always been one of the brands greatest assets.

- The brand specialises in roofing & carpentry, the range of nail guns create ease of use for any job you need speed and efficiency when handling nails.

- The stapling hammer in 1940 was not the only product they created first! They were also the first to develop the Pneumatic Nail Gun in 1959 along with the first cordless framing nailer, and the first cordless finish nailer in the years that followed.

- In 1986 Paslode were purchased by ITW (Illinois Tool Works), however the brand is still known as Paslode to this day.

- Paslode are one of the seven companies which make up the ITW North American residential businesses.

- In 1986, Paslode released their Impulse range of tools. This range was the world's first cordless gas powered framing nailer!

- The majority of Paslode products are produced in the USA, they have four manufacturing plants there. This reflects the fact Paslode continues to be the leading manufacturer of nail fastening systems and tools.

- Paslode joined up with French company SPIT in 2002, making them both part of ITW.

- In 2013 Paslode launched a range of Lithium powered gas tools, these have a temperature intelligent fuel injection system.

If you're looking for Paslode spares make sure you to visit our Paslode category on our website, we have a wide range of genuine parts available here!

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Stihl || Throughout the Years

By Haliena Brown 2 years ago 929 Views No comments

Stihl was founded in 1926 in Waiblingen, Germany by Andreas Stihl. Stihl was founded with one machine, a HP Two-Man electric saw. The company as we know it today was started as one man with a vision, now in it's 93rd year the company has amassed over 12,000 employees, including 400 expert designers and engineers. What once started in Germany has become a globally recognisable name within the industry and beyond.

You may be wondering how the business grew to what it is today. Well we have had a look through the history of Stihl to bring you some interesting facts through the years.

In 1927 just one year after it's founding Andreas Stihl moved the company to a factory in Bad Cannstatt, near Stuttgart. Sadly this building was severely damaged in the war, and another move was made to Waiblingen where production remains to this day.

1930, the company was still expanding at a rapid rate. A focus was created around "developing good people" within the business. This aim promoted the creation of an Apprentice training scheme. The 1930's also saw the launch of the first petrol-driven two-man Stihl chainsaws.

As you may know Stihl offers a wide range of machines and tools, well this began in 1954. In this year they built an attachment for their BL chainsaw, this attachment transformed this machine into an earth auger. This would be the first of many diversification projects for the company.

In 1959, Andreas Stihl realised his vision to create a revolutionary "lightweight" portable chainsaw for the tree work industry.

The 1970's brought more innovation for Stihl, the production process across the business became more mechanised. This era was also the start of the Stihl logo as we know it today. The logo began to diversify as the company did, a once forestry themed logo became the sleek design that can be seen on machines across Stihl's complete range.

In 1992 Stihl acquired VIKING an Austrian based garden company, this acquisition saw VIKING rapidly expand under the Stihl group.

The new millennium saw Stihl launch it's multi-tool concept. One engine with a splitting shaft capable of powering a range of tools. Today this machine is known as the Kombi system.

2009 came and Stihl entered the cordless power tools market. This venture began with two models of standard-setting hedge trimmers. These soon became praised by gardeners for the portability and power and are still popular to this day.

2010 saw even more innovation as Stihl launched their MS range of chainsaws that are self-tuning, a "chainsaw with a brain."

As well as being global name within the industry, Stihl continues to create innovative product ranges. We have a wide range of genuine Stihl spares and machines available. If you haven't already why not check out our parts diagrams for Stihl's popular machines, including chainsaws, hedge trimmers and more!

Stihl Chainsaw Spares

Stihl Brushcutter Spares

Stihl Hedge Trimmer Spares

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Holden the Quality Engine Specialists.

By Laura Bateman 2 years ago 762 Views No comments

Wyn has been digging through his old green filing cabinet again, where he came across this old Holden (Leicester) Limited leaflet. The registration plate on the van in the image below is a ‘G’ registration, which dates back to around 1989/ 1990 - making this leaflet up to 30 years old!

Holden Limited was the Midlands leading supplier of small petrol and diesel industrial engines and genuine replacement parts. As you can see on the leaflet below, there are also some logos on the leaflet that are still popular engine brands now. These brands include: Lister Petter, Briggs & Stratton, Villiers, Kubota and Robin. Did you know we still sell vintage spare parts for some of these, including Lister Petter and Villiers?

Our full range of vintage engine parts can be found here: https://www.lsengineers.co.uk/lister-petter-villiers-engine-spare-parts.html

As always Wyn is on the lookout for new old stock for Vintage engine spares, so make sure you contact us if you have any laying around!

Wyn's Wickham Story

By Laura Bateman 2 years ago 3296 Views No comments

During my [Wyn] working life I have always been involved with Wickham pump spares. We have been selling the four lug diaphragms for over 45 years! One of our customers, John Hayes the owner of JFH Plant in Bristol would buy 20 diaphragms at a time as he had a large fleet of these four lug Wickham pumps.

I recall him telling me about a steel processing company, and how he hired this type of pump/ machine (Wickham 3-4” Lift and Force) on a permanent basis. The liquids that the machines pumped would attack the main castings after a couple of months, making them porous and unsuitable for use. As a joint venture the steel company and John Hayes had some of these main castings made from a phosphor bronze material - solving the problem!

This leads us onto D Wickham (the founder of Wickham Engineering Co Ltd) they originally made bottle equipment for the brewing industry. They then went onto making hoists and pumps for the construction industry and other contractor plants. Wickham were also known for cranes and trains ‘the Wickham Trolley’ on the British Railway.

Wickham was then brought by Benford - the dumper and mixer manufacturer, located in Warwick.

Images found on Graces Guide (https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Main_Page)

We were looking through our archive when we came across this Wickham Lift & Force Diaphragm Pump instruction manual.

We still have stock of some of these parts for the pump unit! Including part numbers: 38 (P25), 50 (WE900), 55 (P21).

On the Wickham Lift & Force Double Diaphragm pump there were a variety of alternate engine types that were attached onto the machines. This includes popular brands including: Petter/ Lister Petter, Ruston and Wolesely as shown in the images below.






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Back in History || Villiers Price List

By Laura Bateman 3 years ago 1835 Views No comments

Recently Wyn found this first edition Villiers retail price list in our archives dating all the way back to 1958! So we sat down and dived into the history of an iconic vintage engine brand. The first thing you may notice is the book is back from when pounds, shillings and pence were used. Just in case you wanted to know (or even if you don’t!), in old money pence was referred to as ‘d’ which comes from the Roman word ‘denarius’.

When looking through the book it’s easy to see that times have changed since 1958, especially the prices!

In 1958 you could buy a complete engine for just over £11, which would now be worth approximately £254.87! Are you blown away? Well during this time you could also buy a loaf of bread for 4p, six eggs for 8p and a house for just £2000!

Unbelievably spare parts for Villiers engines started at just 1 pence (‘d’), and carburettors started at just £2 - wouldn’t that be nice nowadays!

Did you know we still sell Villiers engine parts? Why not have a look at our range here.

Wyn is always interested in new old Villiers engine spares, please contact us regarding this.

Altrad Belle || A Construction Brand Through the Years

By Haliena Brown 3 years ago 661 Views No comments

Belle is an iconic brand within the construction industry, the brands orange colour has become synonymous with their range of lightweight equipment.

The company was founded in the 1950's by Doug Blackhurst when he was looking to build a new house. When on the look out for a cement mixer he found that there were no small portable mixers on the market. This sparked the idea to create his own, so he started to design one. The result of these events was the now famous Belle Mini Mixer.

Similar to the beginning of L&S, when Wyn Lees and Alan Shaw would engineer and manufacture their products for local customers, Doug Blackhurst first began manufacturing the Belle Mini Mix for local tool hire shops. This was at a time when tool and plant hire services were just taking off within the building and construction industry.

After the success of the Mini Mixers, the company began to branch out into other areas of construction. Belle began producing a range of generators, and in 1990 production of the Skid Steer Loader commenced.

Rapid growth of the company came after 1995 when Doug Blackhurst's son Ron became Chairman of the Belle Group. With this change several acquisitions were made to drive the company forward. This lead to the increase in product range including machinery for compacting, mixing, concreting, cutting, breaking & moving.

From it's very beginning a strong technical foundation was crucial to the companies continued to grow, both in the UK and globally. Belle, though ongoing investments in CAD technology has been able to create "one of the most advanced engineering centres in the industry." In 2008 Belle was rewarded for it's success in the export market, the company was presented with the highly coveted Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade.

A new beginning for the company came in 2009 when the Altrad Group completed the purchase of the Belle Group. This ended over 50 years of Belle being independently owned by the Blackhurst family. From this moment the company became Altrad Belle a brand that is still very much a major supplier within the construction industry.

Don't forget we offer a wide range of Belle spares including mixer, trowels, power screeds and many more!

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Common Troubleshooting Issues for the Belle Minimix 150 Mixer

By Laura Bateman 3 years ago 7918 Views No comments

The Belle Minimix 150 is a common mixer used for construction projects across the UK. The mixer hasn't changed substantially since it first went into production. However, as with all working machines that are in constant use, you may from time to time encounter issues. Correctly identifying the problem can save time and money when repairing these mixers.

Here are some common issues you may face with the Belle Minimix 150 (and how to troubleshoot and fix them!)

Snapped Belt

It may seem obvious but, a snapped belt is one of the most common issues. It’s also one of the easiest to identify on these machines, as the motor will run without the drum spinning. This is due to constant use, meaning the belts are worn down. It's always worth having a few spare belts so you don’t get stuck!

The Machine Runs then Stops

If your Belle Minimix 150 runs when it is first switched on, it suggests that the switch and the capacitor are working. A common cause for the machines to stop running at this point could be that the motor fan is broken or missing blades. This fan is designed to take the warm air away from the motor, so with this element damaged after a few minutes of running the motor can overheat and shut down. These fans are available separately.

Blown Capacitor

Holding the start button for too long can blow the capacitor. If the mixer won't start and you can't hear a buzz when you press the start button, it could be either the switch or the capacitor. A simple way to identify what is causing the problem is to try spinning the drum in the direction it should turn whilst pressing the start button. If the mixer then starts, this will indicate that the capacitor is no longer working and needs replacing.

Broken Switch

If you have tested the mixer by spinning the drum and it still does not run it could mean that the switch is broken or not working properly. In this case it is worth testing the switch to see if it needs replacing before moving to other more costly parts of the machine.


The gearbox also causes a few common problems on the Belle Minimix 150. Without regular servicing and greasing (EP90 oil is available here) the gears can be worn down over time, due to friction. You will be able to hear if the gearbox has worn down as this will create a grating noise. Any grating or abnormal noise coming from the gearbox should be dealt with before causing further damage. In extreme cases, if left without maintenance the mixer motor / engine will start but the drum will not spin. In this case, it may be because the worm gear and the drive gear have worn down and no longer are in contact with each other.

We hope you found our common troubleshooting tips helpful. Please note that although the tips above can be used they will not always fix the problem, as every machine and problem has different factors attached to it.

Did you know we stock a wide range for the Belle Minimix 150 parts aswell as offering a parts breakdown for the complete machine making it even easier to find the part you need. For our range of Belle Minimix parts please click here.

Petter PH and AVA Engines || Wyn Lees

By Laura Bateman 3 years ago 2450 Views No comments

Last week I had an interesting conversation with Laura (who works in the marketing team) regarding our vintage engine spares. We then got onto talking about my history with the PH engines and my interest towards them. After finding the PH operations handbook, she wanted to source some information to create a blog.

I [Wyn] said to her, ‘I have a story to tell and here we go’...

When I was a lad in the 60’s (can you hear the violins playing?), I worked for Bill Langston, (an ex Petter field engineer) on the counter at Reliant Plant Services. I remember the fitters coming in and I would serve them spare parts for Petter, Lister and Villiers engines. The PH1 was a very popular engine, as it was the upgrade from the Petter AVA1.

From a distance the parts for both the PH and AVA engines looked identical. However, the parts had their own distinctive features, once you had a closer look at them. I could always recognise the difference between the two cylinder’s due to their cooling fins. They were slightly tapered on the PH, but, on the AVA they were straight. Also, the PH engine had a larger bore - another way to tell them apart!

(PH Operations Handbook)

There were balance weights that fitted onto the crankshaft, they were plain on the PH engine and grooved on the AVA.

(PH Operations Handbook)

There were numbers stamped onto the fuel pump which helped to distinguish the difference between the two engines. I knew how to identify them, as the PH engine finished with 80 whereas the AVA engine ended in 70.

We had Bryce reconditioned pumps that came back from their agents after they had been repaired.The PH pumps had green plastic protection caps and the AVA would have had red.

I can still recognise most of the part numbers that are in the operators handbook even now, 50 years on!

We used to receive reconditioned engines directly from Petter’s. When they arrived on the lorry we would lift them off by using chain blocks. We would unscrew the rocker box nut until it came off, then screw on our modified rocker box nut that had a lifting ring welded onto it. Bear in mind the rocker box stud was only ¼” BSF and the PH was a heavy lump! (But, we never lost one!)

Petter's PH1 engine fitted with a Newage PR 40M gearbox and a Borg & Beck clutch, was especially popular back in the day! You would find it on most 15 & 22 CWT (hundred weight) dumpers!

At Reliant I found the main dumpers fitted with PH engines were:

- Winget 2S 15 CWT (Slater and England)
- Benford
- Thwaites
- Liner
- Barford

Other machines with PH engines fitted to them were:

- ACE Comet 10 cwt platform hoist
- BHC Ant Queen platform hoist
- 3” Wickham pumps
- Drilling Rigs
- Saw Benches
- And many more!

P.S. I [Wyn] is always looking to buy job lots of Petter PH1 spares, as well as PR 40M gearbox spares in small or large quantities.

If you are looking for any vintage spare parts for your engine, we have a wide range of genuine parts available. If you cannot find the spare part you need on the link below, please call or email our sales team and leave a message for Wyn to contact you!


‘Graces Guide to British Industrial History’ is full of interesting history about companies and products, particularly in British engineering. Please find their website link below.