Introduction – Cobra Scraper
This is a review of the V-TUF Cobra Tungsten Carbide Scraper. The product is available from major suppliers listed at v-tuf.com/services
What they say
The Cobra dust extraction scraper accessory allows for connection to your rated extraction vacuum hose, giving built in extraction through the handle. With an ergonomically grooved grip and curved push down pad on top of the accessory, comfort and speed will no longer be an issue during those longer preparation stages.
Saving you both time and money on every job, the industrial strength tungsten blades are reversible, meaning your Cobra will give you the extra mile right when you need it.
- Reduces the presence of dust and lead contaminants
- Saves energy and time during preparation and clean up phases
- Reduces fatigue during long periods of use
- Cleaner work environment
I have found this to be an interesting product. From the moment it arrived I wasn’t overly sure where I could use it. Most of my work tends to be new build or fit out, so scraping isn’t often part of what we do on a daily basis. First impressions it does give off the slightly gimmicky feel. In the hand it does feel very comfortable, and it is very light. I was slightly concerned by the strength, as the handle is hollowed out to allow the extraction to work. The blade itself looks good quality.
I managed to put this to use on an exterior job with lots of flaking paint and old filler. I was pleasantly surprised by the ease of which it stripped the surfaces back all whilst being very comfortable and light. I used without extraction for the most part due to being outside and not wanting to drag the extractor around, but I must say it does work better than I’d imagined and does suck up a large majority of the dust and debris.
After a few hours use I did notice the blade moving around a bit and realised the 2 screws holding the blade in had gone. The plastic had started to chew up a bit where the blade was cutting into it without being held by the screws, but it was still doing the job. This was a particularly rough job so it was definitely put to a rigorous test. I have no doubt it would perform much better on timber windows etc.
I’m not sure on the retail price of the Cobra, but I would say if it was something that could be used and replaced once or twice a year without denting the wallet too much it’s worth having in your kit. For me personally I don’t think I’d get use out of it purely down to the type of work I do, but it’s a tool definitely worth trying if you do a lot of refurb work.
About Citywide Painting Contractors
Citywide Painting Contractors are a Kent based Painting and Decorating Contractors who cover London, Kent and the South East. Our work include Luxury New Builds as well as Office Fit-Outs and Refurbs. We offer an extensive list of services including on and off site spray painting and spray plaster, as well as the usual services expected of a painting contractor. For more information please see our website www.citywidepaintingcontractos.co.uk