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Draper tools are to be found in most British tool kits. Root around and chances are you will pull out a tool emblazoned with the iconic Draper logo.
Search the Rapid website and you will get a similar result, due to Rapid's partnership with the hand and power tool manufacturer. As an approved trade stockist, Rapid can offer thousands of Draper tools, catering for the needs of professionals in the automotive, engineering, construction, electrical, plumbing and many other industries - as well as gardeners and DIY enthusiasts.
The range of Draper power tools at Rapid include angle grinders, hammer drills, sanders, band saws, routers, riveters, cordless drills, bench drills, thicknessers and jigsaws. Draper hand tools include screwdriver sets, wire strippers, hammers, tool kits, spanners, hack saws and chisels. Also available at Rapid is Draper cleaning equipment, decorating products, fasteners and fixings, gardening tools, health and safety, service aids, storage and packing equipment.
Bert Draper began selling government surplus tools from a hand barrow in Kingston-upon-Thames in 1919. The company's first warehouse was soon purchased, which launched the Draper Tool Company Limited. Norman Draper, Bert's son, was a key figure in the development of the business and the brand from the 1950s. Through a policy of importing quality tools from overseas he built the 'Draper' brand into the global enterprise of modern times.
Draper Tools is now run by Bert Draper's grandson, from 400,000 sq ft. premises in Hampshire. The degree to which the founding family are still so closely involved at boardroom level is rare in UK industry, but anyone familiar with the Draper history will not be surprised, considering the unique nature of the company. Renowned for exceptional standards of design, efficiency and durability, Draper tools represent the best of British hardware.
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