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Trinity College maintains its campus with supplies from joinery specialist Quest

Trinity College in Oxford was founded in the sixteenth century as a training house for priests. The site was originally chosen for its quiet, rural location. The college now, in the present day sits very much in the city centre, but still enjoys a rural aspect through well maintained gardens within the grounds at the rear. Trinity College has an onsite workshop, with 7 people who maintain the buildings, including  Maged Alyas, Workshop Supervisor who has been working at Trinity College for over 20 years. The onsite team work together to keep the buildings in immaculate condition, preserving the historic buildings for the current 475 students and future generations. The college buildings have 18 staircases in total, these...

5 Reasons to Sign Up For a Trade Account on the new Quest Hardware Website

You may have already noticed that Quest has a fantastic new website, but have you signed up for your trade account? Online customers that don't have a trade account can log in and pay online in the regular way, but if you have registered for a trade account you can now use all these benefits online as well.  1# You can buy on account and settle your purchase using the terms you have with Quest. After the purchase you will recieve an invoice from Quest, so no need for putting items on credit cards. 2# When you log into your account you will see your trade discount prices online, our linked order processing system will look up the prices in your account and offer them to you online, you must be logged in to see this....

Meet The Team : Richard

Richard has many years of experience in hardware. He’s had two stints at Quest, over the past year and back in 2014. Richard is an important contact for many customers, providing advice on a wide range of ironmongery, sliding door gear and consumables. Richard is also a key contact for advising on our Multirail system, which is used by joiners in their spray booths when spraying window units. Richard commented “We work with lots of joiners that make timber windows, this involves a spraying process, applying coats of paint or vanish. Multirail allows the windows to be hooked into a rail system and sprayed and then moved and hung to dry”. Richard added “The main advantage of Multirail for joiners is...

New Quest Product: Reliance Ultima

New Quest Product: Reliance Ultima Quest has launched a new product as part of the Reliance range. The Reliance range includes a selection of high quality multipoint locks, door hardware and window espanolettes and now also offers heavy duty, high performance hinges for sash windows.  The Reliance Ultima is suitable for casements up to 50kg in weight and up to 1000mm sash width and 14mm stack height. The stainless steel corrosion resistant construction complies with the followoing building regulations; Part B BS9991:2005 and BS8213-1:2004 and is tested for over 30,000 cycles at maximum load. The Reliance Ultima high performance friction hinge is also Secured By Design accredited and has a metal, easy clean release button.&nbs...

Greenoak Save Valuable Time with Multirail™ Overhead Runway System

Greenoak is an Oxfordshire-based construction and joinery business working on all types of buildings from new build to listed. Greenoak has been in operation for the past 11 years and has always had an in-house joinery workshop to process all woodworking requirements for their construction projects. The woodworking workshop also provides solely joinery work for enquiries that come through their website, through word of mouth and repeat work. The type of work that is completed in the joinery workshop is varied, including timber windows, doors, cabinets, wardrobes and other bespoke furniture. Eleven months ago Greenoak installed a Multirail™ overhead runway system in their spray booth, supplied by Runners Sliding Systems. The s...

Buckingham Trade Counter: Ask Roy #7

Q: I’ve got a problem with timber splitting when I’m putting in screws, what can I do? A: Quest sell Optimaxx screws at the trade counter, online and through phone sales, this very popular range of screws are self countersinking and self cutting. The sizes are from 3.5 x 20mm to 6.0 x 180mm. Optimaxx screws have a razor sharp point, a sharp sawtooth, a deep wide thread and 24 unique grooves on the head. With a specifically positioned long thin groove that reduces the pressure build up on insertion by dispensing wood fibres. The sharp saw-tooth formation cut out of the bottom threads bites into the timber reducing torque and resistance, enabling penetration without a pilot hole. Quick Order Now! Q: It’...

Meet The Team: Dave

Dave is the warehouse and logistics manager at Quest, he manages the team who operate across 13SF of warehouse. As orders come into the sales team they are placed on the system and then processed by the warehouse. Orders placed by local businesses are shipped out through our fleet of vans, orders placed further afield are delivered through a network of couriers. Dave’s role is to manage the Quest staff resources and ensure that all orders are correctly picked and dispatched from the warehouse and delivered on time. Dave commented “Each day is different for me, the only consistent is that we have a quick huddle meeting each day in the morning where I relay any feedback or delegate tasks that need addressing” Dav...

Buckingham Trade Counter: Ask Roy #11

Q: I’m chiselling a lock, what options to do have at the trade counter? A: We sell the Ox Pro chisels in various sizes including 6mm,10, 13mm 16mm, 19mm, 22mm, 25mm, 32mm and 32mm. The chisels are made from hardened & tempered high grade steel for durability, with a soft grip, non-slip handle with a strike end cap. The size of each chisel is etched into the blade. Ox Pro chisels are available individually or as a set. Q: I need to work up a ladder with tools, do you have any solutions to make it easier? A: In the Buckingham trade counter we have range of Makita tool belts that suit right and left and users. They are made from hard wearing materials and feature leather interior. Various sizes are av...

Product Focus: Trend Professional Cement Sawblades

Trend have introduced a specialist saw blade that can cut cement fiberboard cladding that’s used in construction. This Polycrystalline Diamond (PCD) saw blade can cut through products such as Hardie-Board cladding®, Aqua board®, Minerit® and Marley Eternet® . These ultra-durable blades are also perfect for laminate flooring, MDF, Gemnstone worktops, wood-based material and plastic with up to 60 times longer life when compared to TCT blades when cutting laminate flooring. Using a 12- degree hook angle flat top with chamfer design tooth blade that ensures a faster, cleaner cut across all materials, with less dust when compared to a continuous diamond blade. The blades have laser cut hardened bodies with anti-kickba...

Buckingham Trade Counter: Ask Roy #10

Q: It’s so cold in the workshop at the moment, do you have any thing that can help me keep warm? A: We offer Ox Heavy Duty Thermal Socks (HTD627) in size 6-11, with maximum cushioning around the foot, Achilles and leg. You can pick these up from our Ox tools stand.   Q: Do you have a simple light that I can use to look at my tools in the back of my van? A: We offer a 3W LED Swivel light with a magnet base so you can attached it to a surface in the van and find the tool you need. (SEM414) Q: I’m cutting kitchen work tops, what is the best jigsaw blade to use? A: There is a wide range of Jigsaw blades at the Quest trade counter in Gawcott, Buckingham. It is best to use downward cutting blades for a clean cut o...