In the full SCC clause 44 appears clear in respect of hand tools. But these can be small screwdrivers to £600 110v reciprocating saws or angle grinders. If a contract is tendered on a design and demolish basis, a tenderer may not know precisely what tooling he will require to this level of accuracy. So do we apply the rule exactly as it reads? The Contractor is saying that hand tools not powered by compressed air (under clause 44) relate to the very minor tools e.g. tools that fit in a tool belt, lump hammers, spirit levels and the like not larger grinders etc. which indeed may not be “powered by compressed air”.
Also are consumables part of the working area overhead percentage that is tendered in Contract Data Part 2? What constitutes consumables under the NEC as specific explanation is missing? Hacksaw blades, utility knives, tape measures, grinding disks, hammer drill bits, cordless stihl saws? It appears a never ending list. I am inclined to impose the reasons under the Guidance Notes document for clause 44 in respect of consumables being under the WAOH as the effort to forecast or price is disproportionate to value.
Your thoughts are welcomed, thank you.