Ridgid SeeSnake Monitor CS65 Full Keyboard & 1 Terabyte Hard Drive

Ridgid CS65

Some time ago the good folks at Ridgid launched a brand new 200’ SeeSnake reel RM200 ($6217) which promised to create an all in 1 portable cordless system for doing pipe inspections. Unfortunately at the time they did not launch it with any monitors that could be mounted on board so the initial response was a little weak. More recently the CS6 ($1951) monitor came out which bolted right on the top and powered everything with the onboard 18V battery and all was good. There were however still a goofy looking pair of tabs on top (see below) which served no purpose until now. With the launch of the Ridgid SeeSnake CS65 Monitor ($3906) that includes a full QWERTY keyboard and 1 TB internal hard drive these tab serve to lock the monitor in place for easy transportation.

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Bosch 50’ Laser Distance Finder GLM15 vs Standard Tape Measure

Bosch GLM 15

Recently Bosch announced a new 50’ distance range finder GLM 15 ($49) which has a very specific purpose, simplicity. The unit has only 1 button so it doesn’t calculate volume, measure angles, won’t connect to your phone or play your favorite songs. All the bells and whistles have been stripped out beyond saving just the previous measurement. What the unit does focus on however is dead-on accuracy; at $49 you can buy other lasers which claim more features but may leave you wondering.

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GreenLee 18V Gator Crimping Tools – Dieless VS Die

Greenlee dieless crimp tool

When it comes to crimping tools for professional electricians Greenlee has been one of the industry leaders also since the process was invented. They have a wide range of manual and hydraulic tools but more recently the trend has been moving toward cordless tools (technically these are still hydraulic tools but powered by a battery).

Another trend we are seeing more often is dieless crimping tools which don’t require carrying a case with various sized dies which can easily get lost. The dieless system offers some advantages as well as some disadvantages and has not been fully accepted in the industry. To take a closer look at two of Greenlee’s most popular cordless crimping tools we asked Blake from Greenlee Tools to stop in and help shed some additional light on the subject. The first is the die crimp tool EK628L11 ($1639) which doesn’t include any dies as well as the EK06FTL11 ($3699) for dieless crimps.   Continue reading

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Makita FREE 18V LXT 4.0Ah BL1840 Battery with Combo Kits

Makita 4.0Ah BL1840

To kick off the launch of the new Makita 4.0Ah and move through the remaining 3.0Ah kits, Makita is offering a Free BL1840 ($100) with most of their 3.0Ah combo kits. This includes Makita Brushless combo kits like XT248 ($329) which are now available in 4.0Ah kits as well (as XT248M) but doesn’t qualify for this FREE 3rd battery deal. See the MAIL-IN REBATE FORM for full list of qualified combo kits and rules. The offer expires September 30th, 2014 so still plenty of time left to take advantage. Continue reading

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Milwaukee Tool 2014 New Product Launch Event in Videos

Milwaukee Crew 2014

Last week Milwaukee Tool had their annual “New Product Symposium” media event where they showcased many of their latest and greatest tools that had either just launched or will be available in the next 3-6 months. This event starts at 6:45am and packed the day full with never before seen (by the public at least) tools and accessories. We wanted to hit the new product highlights and have left out most of the items we’ve already covered in previous posts such as M18 Band Saw, Pressing Tools, etc. not to discount these products in anyway.

Below are some of the YouTube Videos we managed to put together pretty quickly (pardon the shaky camera work and choppy edit job). We will follow up with more in-depth reviews, videos and comparison testing for many of these products. We really just wanted to let you know what new tools are coming as well as the promise Milwaukee is making for each of these new tools. What better way to do that than get a few clips from the Milwaukee Team pitching it themselves.

These products should all be available soon, if not already, on the Milwaukee Tool page of Ohio Power Tool. Feel free to contact the experts 800-242-4424 on any existing Milwaukee Tools and certainly they will do their best to get you info on any products not yet available. For more pictures also check out our Facebook Photo Album with an additional 120+ pictures from the event. You can also search the hashtag #NPS14 on other social media networks for coverage from a wide range of quality news outlets.  Continue reading

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Milwaukee M18 FUEL Circular Saw 7-1/4” Faster Than Corded 2731-22

M18 Cordless Circular Saw

Sometimes we don’t think anyone is listening, other times we think perhaps they are. We previously posted this Cordless Circular Saw Article comparing the 18Vx2 Makita 7-1/4” with the M18 Milwaukee 6-1/2” cordless circular saws and gave props to the Makita because we found professionals demanded a full 7-1/4” saw which could use the 7-1/4” blades they’ve got piled up on the jobsite. Perhaps they listened or more likely they saw sales leaving to the Teal Team, regardless Milwaukee now has an answer in the 2731-20 ($219), or 2 battery kit 2731-22 ($429) and it’s a pretty compelling answer.

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Makita Compact Power Cut-Off Saw 61cc EK6101

Makita EK6101

Makita has just launched a new compact cut-off saw in the EK6101 ($889) which offers several advantages over their other models. Earlier this year Makita launched the first ever 4-stroke cut off saw EK7651H ($1199) which looks to be the way all portable saws will headed eventually but it’ll be a few years. In the meantime while 2-stroke saws are still permitted Makita is continuing to improve upon their designs. This new saw is roughly 10% lighter and 20% better on fuel consumption before. It shares several of the new features of the larger 73cc Makita EK7301 ($869) which will of course offer more power. The new compact saw can certainly keep up however for many routine jobs these saw will have pretty similar cut performance.

The complete new line of Makita Cut Off Saws offers a saw for any application. From 61cc to 81cc, 2-stroke or 4-stoke Makita has options no other handheld saw manufacturer can offer. For more information on the new compact 14″ saw see the full press release below.     Continue reading

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Ingersoll Rand 2235 Series 1350 FT-LBS from 1/2” Impact

Ingersol Rand 2235timax

Just announced and planned to be on shelves shortly Ingersoll Rand will be adding some new 1/2″ titanium impact to their lineup. The 2235 Series will feature the 2235TiMAX ($299), 2235TiMAX-2 ($309), 2235QTiMAX ($309) & 2235QTiMAX-2 ($319), all of which will product 1350 FT-LBS “Nut Busting” torque at 8500 RPM. Starting at 4.6 lbs the new 2235TiMAX will be slightly heavier than the 2135TiMAX at 3.95 lbs and about 1/4″ longer but for an extra 250 ft-lbs torque probably worth the slightly larger size. These new Ingersoll Rand Impact Wrenches are available to order on Ohio Power Tool with the 2135 series tools at serious discounts. More info to follow!

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Dewalt Adds New Heated Hoodies & Jackets for 2014-2015

Dewalt heated vest

Recently we announced the new line up of Milwaukee Heated Gear for the 2014-2015 season and it looks like Dewalt is following suit with their own expanded lineup which will mirror the Milwaukee offering pretty closely. Dewalt will now have their own options for a woman’s jacket, Safety Class 3 jacket and 3 hoodie versions. Dewalt will however be the only one to offer a stand-alone heated vest as Milwaukee’s new heated vest will be bundled in their new 3-in-1 Camo jacket unit.

It sounds like the Dewalt jackets that were carried over from last year will also receive some construction updates you can read about in the official Dewalt press release below. See current Dewalt Heated Jacket options.   Continue reading

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Makita 18V Brushless String Trimmer XRU04Z

brushless string trimmer

We recently got our hands on a competitor to this unit, the EGO String Trimmer and made some pretty bold statements. First was that that it was the best battery powered string trimmer we had ever used and second that there was no reason for a home owner to ever go back to a gas string trimmer. Both of those statements are still true but that may just be because we have yet to get our hands on the new Makita XRU04Z unit.

We are pretty excited to see what the performance of this unit is and there are a couple of reasons we are confident they can deliver on the performance, even with an 18V platform vs others using 36V, 40V or 56V. Since Makita has had great success with their duel 18V battery to 36V platform the fact that they didn’t go that route with this unit probably means they didn’t need to. Also since they will be launching an 18V Brushless Hammer Drill XPH07M with 1090 in lbs of torque in the very near future it would seem they may have cracked the code for delivering on a lot of power from a small 18V brushless motor. If this unit can deliver the power we hope it can it would most certainly be the lightest unit to do so at only 8.6lbs. Continue reading

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