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Sky-Rocketing Your Business’ Productivity with FEIN 

Henwood Engineering, a specialist in total traction engine restoration, which supports clients globally in the general engineering and the heritage sector has turned to FEIN to help simplify its processes and drive efficiency.  

Based out of its southwest England workshop in Newquay, Cornwall, the company restores steam traction engines from around the world and is led by founder and managing director, Sam Henwood.  

After completing his apprenticeship in 2009, steam engineer Sam took the plunge to go self-employed. After quickly building a loyal customer base, he set up Henwood Engineering, which has since become one of the busiest ‘one-stop shops’ for steam engine renovation and rebuild in the UK.  

Henwood Engineering takes derelict traction engines and restores them, completing all required restoration on everything, from the boilers and mechanical elements of the engine, to the vehicle’s wheels and the paintwork. Having opened its doors 13 years ago, the business now operates UK-wide as well as internationally, moving into the New Zealand market in 2014.  


On any given day’s work, drilling on curved surfaces, namely when restoring boilers, presented several challenges for the business’ team of engineers. In order to make a connection to the rounded surface, a secondary plate to the magnetic drilling system being used previously was required, with engineers having to manually hold it securely in place when drilling.  

This caused issues for both end-users and the business – impacting safety, as well as efficiency and productivity, due to the time required and dangers associated with fixing/holding the secondary plate in place. 

Hoping to improve efficiency within the business, Henwood Engineering connected with FEIN which delved into specific applications and processes that could be improved with the use of better tools for the job in hand.  

FEIN’s solution 

Upon further exploring Henwood Engineering’s work, FEIN’s team of metalworking experts recommended the AKBU 35 cordless universal magnetic core drill.  

A small yet powerful single-speed tool with forward/reverse running, MT2 tool mounting and a permanent magnet with magnetic bias, the AKBU 35 enables maximum functionality for mobile working in the workshop, as well as on construction sites.  

The AKBU 35’s special base configuration allows the engineers to drill on curved surfaces without the need for any additional attachments. To top that, FEIN’s HighPower Li-ion battery provides continuous high-power output with 75% higher current rating than a regular Li-ion battery for good work progress.  

The tool’s extremely low-wear design with swivel-mounted motor cable protection hose equips it for tough use in both industry and manual trades, and its added proficiency, thanks to the tool’s electronic speed setting with memory function, helps save even more time. 

Benefits of the AKBU 35 

Thanks to the AKBU 35 cordless universal magnetic core drill, Henwood Engineering has been able to considerably improve safety, while driving efficiency and boosting productivity. Key benefits the business has been able to capitalise on include: 

• The convenient magnetic holding force display, in addition to the extra narrow permanent magnet with magnetic bias, which mean the AKBU 35 cordless universal magnetic core drill is safer and more secure than the tool being used previously; 

• These features also enable the magnetic core drill to be left in position overnight/during breaks from use, making it quick, easy and efficient to pause then pick back up right where the job was left; 

• The drill’s compact and lightweight stature, which makes it less laborious for the end-user, further increasing productivity while reducing the risks associated with operating heavier machines; 

• Improvements to efficiency and productivity have also enabled the business to increase profit margins, resulting in cheaper prices for customers and making the business more competitive in the market; 

• The cordless option further supports safety, by reducing the risk of tripping – particularly while the drill is magnetised. 

Sam Henwood comments:  

“The AKBU 35 has several features that make it a game-changer for us. Being able to drill on curved surfaces and leave the drill magnetised during breaks has enabled us to completely transform the way we work, while improving everything from safety to efficiency, productivity and ultimately profit margins. FEIN came into a very unique environment and quite a niche area of the broader metalworking sector, but provided a revolutionary yet simple solution that has enabled us to considerably progress the way we operate.” 

Gavin Cartey, technical manager at FEIN UK, adds: “As Sam mentioned, Henwood Engineering is operating in a somewhat niche space. So, at FEIN, we bring our experience from working with all aspects and levels of industries together to provide practical solutions that help drive innovation and are beneficial to the way the business’ we work with operate.” 

If you’d like to check out the AKBU 35, you can do so here, or you can check out FEIN’s website to explore their wide range of power tools. 

How could your business’s productivity sky-rocket? Is it a magnetic core drill you’re missing? Get in touch in the comments below and let us know. 

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