Troy Means Business – TMB Show – Thursday 23rd March 2023

Having become an approved supplier of the Troy/THS Group this year, Apex UK is delighted to finally be able to attend its first-ever TMB Show.

This year’s event took place at the national home of the British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire. Members of the Apex UK team thoroughly enjoyed making new acquaintances and demonstrating our fantastic array of innovative cutting tools to this group of some the UKs best industry specialists!

Troy represents the UK’s leading group of industrial engineering supplies, and works in partnership with many market-leading manufacturers and specialist suppliers, ensuring members benefit from high quality products at highly competitive prices.

TMB is the hallmark event for this leading industrial engineering buying group, and is an exclusive opportunity for members and suppliers to network, do business and make friends. As first time exhibitors, we gained a lot from the experience, finding Troy members to be a welcoming, friendly group of people and learning about new products on the market that we wouldn’t otherwise have known about. So a huge thanks to all those who took the time to stop by and chat to us!

There was a steady footfall of Troy members throughout the day, all showing keen interest in our products, from the humble hole saw range with our flagship One-Click Quick Release Arbor, to our newly launched Flat bit and Auger range, we’re sure that all members were very impressed with Mandrex and a strong market brand and we look forward to forging strong working relationships with members of the group.



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!