Rapid Tool: Equipping the World for Smarter, Faster, Safer Work

Rapid Tool is a private owned distributor of specialist construction tools and equipment. We continue to pursue excellence and establish the Rapid Tool brand as the market leader in sourcing and providing high quality, innovative concreting construction solutions to the world. Our company focus from the outset is to be on the forefront of the international concrete tool and equipment market and in turn share this knowledge with the local industries.

 I became frustrated with the local availability, quality and price of innovative construction tools sold in Australia. As a Project Manager and Construction Engineer I realise the importance of maximising efficiency and production on the construction site through having the right tools and equipment. It was then I decided local communities need a brand they can trust, a brand that made new technologies affordable and available locally - this was the birth of Rapid Tool.
- Rapid Tool founder Ashley Cottle

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Rapid Tool are proud to be the Exclusive International Wholesaler for specialist Rebar Cutting and Bending Machine Brand REO-MECH. Rapid Tool are also the Exclusive International Wholesaler for specialist Rebar Tying Machine Brand RAPID TOOL AUSTRALIA. REO-MECH and RAPID TOOL AUSTRALIA lead the concreting industry in quality and performance.

As a company Rapid Tool implements strict quality controls and has warranties to support this. With a growing network of global distributors, we build quality, lasting relationships within the International Construction Industry. Rapid Tool is about efficiency, innovation and quality and more importantly providing local communities with that competitive edge.

Here at Rapid Tool we are confident the product you purchase will add significant value to your business. Contact us now for a free trial or consultation before purchasing any of our products.

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Why choose Rapid Tool?

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Service from people who understand the industry

Rapid Tool is founded and directed by construction engineers and managers. Our day to day service staff have extensive experience within the construction industry and are still actively employed in construction roles. For example, our range of rebar cutters and tie wire machines are sold through Australia's largest and most well respected reinforcing distributors. Being privately owned and operated means we not only pride ourselves with having significant experience in the construction industry but also with having local knowledge and a large network of respected contacts in the industry.  
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Rapid Tool means quality

Every product supplied by Rapid Tool has passed strict in house quality control checks. As a minimum all products come with a one year warranty. We are also heavily involved in the manufacturing process and have international agents that carry out quality checks as required. Here at Rapid Tool we pride ourselves with supplying superior quality products and will continue to ensure this is maintained.
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Specialist tools

Our primary focus here at Rapid Tool is to make the newest and most innovative concrete construction products available and affordable to local communities. We are constantly researching and attending global conventions to ensure we lead the market in innovation and technology. We are here to provide hard working people with easy and safe construction alternatives. If Rapid Tool does not appear to stock a tool you deem to fit this category, please let us know and chances are through our global contacts and quality systems we can help.

What people are saying about Rapid Tool

Rapid Tool has given me quality tools that I used in laying the slab for our shed. The max rebar tier was easy to use and support was second to none.

The Rapid Tool RT-40 rebar tie machine has enabled my concreting business to tie steel in under half the time with no effort. A must have for any steel fixer/concretor!!

I can’t work without the RT-40 rebar tie machine. This tool is irreplaceable!!!!

The CR-100 cordless rivet machine makes my life so much easier! A must have for any metal worker.. Gone are the days of manual riveting.

The RT-40 Rebar Tying Machine has saved my back. As an owner builder doing a very unique project home we have used the RT-40 for the floor slab, retaining walls and wall panels. It hasn’t missed a beat and has enabled us to complete the project very quickly!! Highly recommend!!

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Exclusive International Agent – REO-MECH

Rapid Tool are proud to announce we are now the Exclusive International Agent for superior quality REO-MECH & RAPID TOOL AUSTRALIA Brand. REO-MECH supply industry leading Rebar Cutters & Rebar Benders whilst RAPID TOOL supply industry leading Rebar Tying Machines. We pride ourselves as a one stop shop for all of your quality rebar machinery. Please contact us now for any queries related to REO-MECH or RAPID TOOL AUSTRALIA products.


Electric Rebar Bender vs Manual Bending – Pros & Cons

Here at Rapid Tool, we know from experience that rebar bending can be very tricky without the right equipment.

Rebar can be bent and shaped according to the needs of the structure. However, because the steel reinforcing is made to be durable, it can be a challenge to do it quickly and cleanly.

There are two ways of bending rebar – manually or using an electric rebar bender.

Electric rebar benders are by far the easiest way of bending rebar, however contractors are still using a variety of manual rebar cutting and bending techniques. We weigh up some of the pros and cons of these techniques below:

Manual rebar bending & cutting

Rebar cutting:

Bolt cutters – While primarily used for cutting padlocks and chains, bolt cutters can also be handy when it comes to snapping of rebar. Extraforce still needs to be applied however and is a slow way of working. It can also lead to repetitive strain injuries for workers.

Bending rebar by hand

Manual sawing – Very crude, time consuming, and labor intensive but it gets the job done.

Torching – Torching rebar is not really cost-effective and can also take time. But again, it gets the job done if you have one handy. Torching rebar can also be dangerous and requires hot works permits on most commercial sites

Angle Grinding – This method is dangerous, uncontrolled and emits sparks. In fact angle grinders cause one of the highest levels of injuries of all power tools. Angle grinders also require hot works permits on most commercial sites.

Rebar bending:

Rebar Hickey – Because a rebar bender is not always available, bending them manually using rebar hickeys while rebar is secured is sometimes employed.

Torching – As mentioned above, this method is not very cost effective but still gets the job done. Do note however, that this can also compromise the build quality of the rebar. Torching rebar can also be dangerous and requires hot works permits on most commercial sites

Electric rebar benders

The manual method of bending rebar may be used to do the job in cases where a rebar bender is unavailable, however using a dedicated cordless, electric, or industrial rebar bender is much more cost-effective and rewarding for the contractor as well as for the customer.  These dedicated tools provide significant time and cost savings through power and efficiency.

RB-16An Industrial Rebar Bender can be used for longer times without the contractor worrying about overheating and over-usage. With its maximum  bending capacity of 32mm and bending Angle of 0-180°, this equipment cuts cost and time in the long run because it can easily cut differently-sized rebar in less time and is very accurate.  This is especially useful for large-scale tasks. For lightweight options, contractors can use the Electric Rebar Bender 16mm which weighs only 15kg and with bending capacity of 4-16MM and bending angle of 0-130°.

An Industrial Rebar Bender and Cutter  has a maximum bending capacity of 25mm and cutting capacity of 25mm. This a great option if a contractor wants to work on rebar bending and cutting without worrying about losing charge while working on a task.

Budget constraints may have held you back from purchasing an electric rebar bender in the past, meaning you’ve had to get the job done manually. However, when it comes to rebar bending, nothing compares in terms of their safety, reliability, quality, consistency, and accuracy.

Click here for more information on our range of electric rebar benders and cutters.

Why You Need a Cordless Rebar Cutter

In the old days, cordless power tools were just too heavy and could only be used for short periods of time. However, advances in battery technology have given tools like the cordless rebar cutting machine the power to cut with as much efficiency as its electrically powered counterparts. A single charge is enough to complete up 100 cuts on 12mm rebar before being recharged again. It can cut 4-16mm rebar in as fast as 5 seconds with ease.

textRTUsing a cordless rebar cutter, a person no longer needs to hunt around for electrical outlets, trip on electrical wires, or have to be restricted to a certain area just to do the job. The cordless rebar cutting machine offers convenience and power that is small enough to carry around anywhere, but is powerful enough to pull off the most grueling of tasks.

The cordless rebar cutter is powered by a lithium-ion battery which offers the best energy-to-weight ratio and has a slower charging loss when not in use as compared to its NiCad counterparts. A typical Li-Ion battery, when not in use, self-discharges at a rate of 1.25% to 5% per month which is significantly lower than the 10% to 30% self-discharge of a NiCad power tool. Therefore, a worker has more power for the longer periods of time. This means that contractors can get more jobs done with fewer charge times. This leads to improved productivity which benefits both the customer and the worker.

Another advantage of a Li-Ion-powered cordless rebar cutter vs its NiCad powered counterparts is that Li-Ion power tools do not experience a dip in performance near the end of its battery discharge cycle. This tool offers the same consistent level of performance whether it has been recently charged or is nearing its discharge cycle.

In terms of safety, battery powered rebar cutting machines have the huge advantage of being cordless. Because not all jobs can be done near a wall socket, using power tools with cords could mean having to use extension cables. Having those wires trailing all over the workplace is a hazard to everyone, especially in high traffic areas. Workmen often lose time putting up warning signs and safety covers in walkways–time that could have been spent working on the project.

Another safety concern is accidentally cutting a cord while working on a job; or a worker having to maneuver with a cord always in the way.
Cordless rebar cutters offer a very unique advantage of being portable and can be carried anywhere. It is very ideal in areas or sites where access to electricity is restricted or limited. And because it is cordless, a worker can access areas that would have been impossible or very difficult for corded tools to work on.

See more details about our cordless rebar cutter below:

If you are interested in our range of industrial or portable electric rebar cutters or benders, please see the links below: