What sizes do hole saws come in?

Hole saws are available in a large range from 14mm up to 210mm, length is also important, depending on the depth of the cut.

What is a hole saw commonly used for?

Hole saws are commonly used by electricians for cutting down-lighter holes in ceilings, metal back plating and glanding. Plumbers use hole saws extensively for drilling joists, pipe-work and kitchen fittings.

What is the best hole saw for cutting through metal?

An M3 grade of hole saw is suitable for drilling any material up to the hardness of steel. M42 grade 8% cobalt hole saws are suitable for material up to the hardness of stainless steel. Mandrex also offers the M42 12tp fineXcut range which is perfect for sheet metal as it doesn’t grab during cutting!

How do you enlarge a hole?

A hole can be enlarged using the Mandrex hole enlargement kit (MX2P0052HEB) which enables the user to put 2 x hole saws on the same arbor using the smaller as a pilot guide.

How deep can a hole saw cut?

Most brands of hole saw are 38mm deep. Mandrex hole saws are 45mm, 60mm, 165mm and 300mm deep.

What are hole saws made from?

Most hole saws are made of M3 grade of steel and M42 8% cobalt. Mandrex offer both of these types of hole saw.

What are the different hole saw sets?

Hole saw sets are normally formulated for Electricians , Plumbing, Heating & Ventilation Engineers.

What is a hole saw arbor?

A hole saw arbor is a spindle to which one can attach a hole saw to a power drill. Mandrex offers a one-click solution which is interchangeable with any brand of hole saw.


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Using Mandrex M42 8% cobalt speed cut hole-saws and hole enlargement kit (Product code MX2P0052HEB) which enable two hole saws to be mounted on the same arbor. They are also using a UK Electricians hole saw kit (Product code MHSE1003H) M42 8% cobalt saws including 20mm, 25mm, 32mm,38mm,51mm and 73mm hole saws, including the Mandrex one-click arbor and spare pilot drill.




International Hardware Fair – Cologne

INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR – The number one industry event worldwide

The Apex team are heading out to the big Eisenwarenmesse International Hardware Fair – Cologne, Germany which is being held from the 1st to the 4th March 2020.

We’ll be joining the Mandrex Team from Holland on their stand in Hall 10.2 Stand: E030 at various intervals on the 2nd and 3rd March.

As the UK distributor for the Mandrex range of cutting and drilling tools we would love to meet you! So if you’re going to be there, drop us a line and we can arrange to meet at the International hardware Fair – Cologne.

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Continuous Improvement & New Products

At the same time, our team will be meeting up and continuing our relentless quest for the latest tools and equipment in this ever quickening market, to help you and your team get stuff done more effectively, with better results!

Whether you are reading this as an established distributor, a professional tradesman or a weekend warrior, you can get in touch with us to discuss your needs and we’ll be very glad to hear from you.


HPS Crawley breakfast morning

Mandrex breakfast morning at HPS Crawley

It was a pleasure to showcase the Mandrex hole saw system to HPS Crawley customers on Tuesday the 6th of August. It was also excellent to have such a positive response; a plumber who had brought the TCT hole saws early that morning, came back and commented on how fast they were -

"I bought the 44mm TCT and 51mm TCT hole saws with the standard arbor. Brilliant! I've used Bosch hole saws my entire career, and am proud to say I'll be using Mandrex from hear on out"

Reference from Luc.

It's always good to get feedback about the Mandrex hole saw system, especially when you find the products are helping plumbers be fast and efficient - the very thing that Mandrex stands for.


Another product that didn't have to try at all hard to grab attention, was the Starter Kit - the simplest one-click hole saw arbor on the market, coupled with 5 innovative adaptors. The Starter Kit allows for any brand, type, or size of threaded hole saw to be turned into quick release, a total game changer for removing the core after cutting, and also meaning you can switch between different size hole saws with just a click. As shown in the image above, please visit HPS Crawley to purchase the Starter Kit, as well as other Mandrex products.

Although Apex UK was mostly showcasing new and innovative products, like with the Starter Kit, its always good to put on some of your well known favourites - and so consequently there was a free breakfast - consisting of tea/coffee and bacon butties - a regular with Apex UK.

We would like to thank HPS Crawley for their cooperation in making the breakfast morning a huge success, and also a massive thank you to all those that attended.



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Mandrex Breakfast Morning – Electric Center Poole

Come and meet us at Electric Center Poole Branch on Friday 26th July!

Electric Center Poole are pleased to be stocking the fantastic range of Mandrex Hole saws and ONE-CLICK quick release adapters come and see for yourself and grab a tasty hot snack and a coffee while you’re there.

Contact the branch for more information, and we hope to see you there!


Mandrex at Tool Fair & ELEX Show – Alexandra Palace

Mandrex at Tool Fair & ELEX Show – Alexandra Palace

January 30th & 31st

A busy couple of really cold days (and the run up to them!) for the team at Apex UK, our second presentation of the wonders of the MandreX Hole Saw System to the masses of tradesmen, hobbyists and everyone in between at Tool Fair & ELEX at Alexandra Palace on the 30th & 31st January 2019.

Following the success of our first showing at Sandown Park, since bringing the MandreX Hole Saw System to the UK in 2017, we are proud to say it has taken the market by storm!

Our favourite catch-phrase over the two days was unanimously decided as "Cor! Yeah! I like that!"

With a huge number of end users, especially from the Electrical trades, instantly falling in love with this innovative system and the wide range it offers.


Apex UK secured an excellent position straight down the main walkway, it was great to meet with all kinds of tradesmen and hobbyists to discuss their needs and find out more about the experiences and issues these guys face when out on site or with their project.


The location was fantastic too! Alexandra Palace is in a great spot high up on the hill overlooking the great city of London, where this photo captures the essence of a busy construction industry with numerous tower cranes gracing the horizon!


Are you a potential re-seller looking for innovative tool solutions? Apex UK has just the answer for you with the Mandrex Hole Saw System. Its clear from the feedback we got at this show that the industry is crying out for Power Tool Accessories just like ours!

Call us to find out more and be a part of it on 01444 628 277 or use our contact form!