Lighting installers hail tool that drills square holes

A REVOLUTIONARY tool which drills perfect square and rectangular holes has been unveiled.

The £350 Quadsaw power drill attachment is set to dramatically speed up the installation of square downlights, wall lights, switches and sockets.

A new generation of LED downlights, driven by the iGuzzini Laser Blade, has popularised the square format over the traditional round one. Pic: Gordon Routledge

Designed by a London start-up, the Quadsaw uses a patented technique to convert rotary motion into linear motion – in all four planes at once. It means that perfect square holes can be cut in seconds rather than minutes, saving the construction industry millions of hours of labour annually.

Currently electrical contractors create square holes with rulers, pencils and handsaws, which is time consuming and inaccurate. The innovation solves this problem thanks to its unique four-blade technology that enables users to cut the holes with minimal dust and absolute precision.

In a trend that’s often seen with new technological introductions, the Quadsaw could also see a fashion trend towards square, rather than round, downlights.
 
The device has a built-in spirit level and the blades can be changed at the push of a button enabling the user to switch between single and double socket sizes. 

 Mike Perkins, an electrician from Maidenhead with over 40 years experience, was one of the first to trial the new Quadaw. ‘It’s precise, limits dust, has fantastic build quality and is going to save me and many other electricians a lot of money.’

Inventor Michael Sebhatu, who developed the first prototype in 2016, told Lux: ‘Working as a kitchen fitter whilst finishing my masters degree in product design, I watched an electrician sawing the opening by hand to fit an electric box to a wall and wondered why he didn’t use a cutter.  

That’s how the idea was born. The unique thing about this product is that it’s giving a better life to the person using it. It’s quick and efficient, and there’s no making good afterwards or returning to site to fix things up.’

Designed by a London start-up, the Quadsaw can cut perfect square holes  in seconds rather than minutes, saving the construction industry millions of hours of labour annually.
The front of the Quadsaw showing the patented technique which converts rotary motion into linear motion – in all four planes at once.

 


 

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