Grinding concrete can be messy business no question. One of the first grinders that was specifically designed for the task was the Bosch 1773AK($398) which added a wraparound handle, fully enclosed dust shroud with one of the first vacuum ports to come standard plus some additional modification to help this grinder handle working in the harsh silica dust. It was truly top of the line when it launched but of course other have done similar designs and with Bosch’s advancements in grinder performance it is naturally time for an upgrade. The new Bosch CSG15($399) fills its shoes nicely with a bump in power from 10 AMP to 12.5 AMP, sealed bearing system, better gearing for concrete removal and a new adjustable guard with allows for grinding against a wall.
For those that aren’t familiar with the Current Tool brand they are a relatively new manufacturer (little over 15 years) focused on tools for professional electricians. Several reasons we’ve found many pros like the brand; first almost everything they make is built in USA Greenville, SC. Second they are very responsive with customer service and rarely ever back orders. Third even though they make the product in the USA they are very competitively priced vs Greenlee or Gardner Bender. Fourth many of their parts/components such as shoes, punch, dies, etc are interchangeable with other brands. Finally the quality has been very good.
Recently Current Tool launched their new Omni Bender 747($6299) and while this production isn’t going to win them any Oscars (please at least turn the camera horizontal) the video does do a nice job of showing the benefits and features.
When it comes to concrete demo and construction Chicago Pneumatic has been a leader in the industry for many years. To further expand their offering coming Spring 2015 CP is launching 3 new concrete trowels the STG245, STG365 and STG465. These new trowels will feature Honda engines, compatible trowel blades and new safety features to protect workers on the jobsite. You’ve probably seen the “Concrete Buffer Gone Wild” video below, as 7 million + others have already. This demonstrates a very real safety risk, although attempting to be comical in this video (luckily nobody was injured) it represents a problem which the new CP trowels have fixed.
All of the information on the new Bosch REAXX table saw, which we mentioned previously, is available now. Price came in slightly higher for the GTS1041A-09 ($1499 includes stand) than the SawStop Jobsite Unit ($1399) which was a little suprising for us. The Bosch does offer several advantages with the smart phone integration and of course the REAXX does not ruin the blade when the safety is triggered which is a pretty big deal. We will keep an eye out for any additional information and should expect this saw to be available, hopefully in fall 2015. For more on Bosch Tools, additional info on the REAXX from the Bosch press release below video.
When cutting concrete you’ve got some choices to make, first is are you going to cut wet or dry? In most situations wet cutting is the recommended choice because this will keep dust down and the blade from over heading. Of course wet cutting is messy business and slurry gets everywhere. In block or other less dense material dry cutting is a good option but you’ll create huge clouds of silica dust which is not safe to breath. To get a useable depth of around 5” you’ll need a larger saws with a 14” blade which are most commonly gas powered to get enough ass behind it. These are ok for working out in the open but never fails we constantly hear of people using these in poorly ventilated areas and breathe in dangerous levels of carbon monoxide fumes. Diamond Products new Core Cut Electric Saw C14($699) looks to address many of these concerns and possibly change the way many cut concrete. Continue reading →
We all know the story of SawStop with its patented technology to stop a table saw blade once it touches your skin. It’s a wonderful technology, we are very happy was invented and think this was a great leap forward. SawStop has a very nice line of stationary table saws and recently also launched a portable jobsite table saw for $1399 (Amazon) which is priced significantly higher than other jobsite table saws but if it saves a finger or two, worth every penny. For the first time since SawStop hit the market however they will have some competition in this super safe saw space as Bosch is also launching a new super safe jobsite table saw with flesh detecting technology called the Bosch ReaXX GTS1041A. Continue reading →
When the Makita 36V circular saw XSH01Z($219) hit the market it was the first time Makita or any major tool brand had built a 36V tool specifically to run off two of their more popular 18V batteries. Now they’ve gone back and converted all their 36V tools to this platform which we think is a very smart move which allows more flexibility for users on the same battery platform. The one complaint is however they didn’t make the XSH01 saw brushless so runtime still leaves a little to be desired. With the new brushless circular saw XSH03Z($219) coming very soon Makita hopes to level the playing field a bit more.
Recently Hougen overhauled their line of magnetic drills with updates to most of their models and the addition of the new HMD905($1185). We thought this new mag drill had the potential to becoming their most popular drill as it is about the same size/weight as the HMD904 and while it doesn’t add a ton of capacity it does add 2 speed for more precision in drilling. It also features a very slick built in coolant tank which is normally a $100 add-on to the HMD904($845) however the bottle currently comes FREE from Ohio Power Tool. Continue reading →
For those that know the Jet and Powermatic brands they have come to love and count on the annual 15% off woodworking equipment sales available through select dealers. All the prices on Ohio Power Tool during the sale reflect the 15% off sale price for any item that qualifies. After Monday, March 9th pricing will return to everyday sale price.
Free Shipping is also available for most of the stationary machinery, see individual items to confirm. If you have specific question on any of the woodworking equipment or accessories give these pros a call 800-242-4424 and they will be more than happy to help. Continue reading →
If you are looking to shed weight and go with a thin profile screwgun that might fit into a holster or tool belt look no further than the Bosch Screwgun SG182-101 ($349). This new Bosch 18V EC brushless screwgun may look like a toy but don’t let the compact size fool you this is a tough workhorse with all the power and runtime you would expect from a Bosch. With a 4.0Ah battery it can drive up to 3400 screws on a full charge. Attach the Bosch MA55 ($129, sold separately) and you’ve got a perfect solution for a cordless auto-feed screw gun.
This new screwgun will join the Bosch 18V Cordless lineup shortly and should be a very nice compliment to some of their other cordless tools. For more information on the SGH182 see the full Bosch Press Release below. Continue reading →
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