Automatic Mag Drill 1-1/2″ AutoMAB 350

AutoMAB 350 Mag Drill

The mag drill has been a critical tool for creating extremely accurate holes in thicker metal for many years now. Over the years there have been many improvements such as swivel bases, variable speed, integrated cooling, reversible as well as automating the process of actually drilling. The BDS / CS Unitec AutoMAB 350 ($1499) in a 1-1/2” mag drill that can be used automated for drilling in as well as automatically retract the bit completely. So why pay more than double of their own MABasic 200 ($599) for an automatic mag drill? Continue reading

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SawStop Router Tables & New Saw Options

SawStop Coming Soon

We always wondered how SawStop might expand upon their brand, we all first got introduced to them for their innovative safety feature that prevents table saw injuries. Overtime however people have come to associate SawStop Saws not just as a safety feature, but for very high quality professional table saws. Already they have expanded to every type of table saw market from large industrial saws to the portable jobsite table saw JSS-MCA, which after a quick bout of competition is again the only portable table saw option with a flesh detecting technology. So where can they expand from here? Continue reading

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Self-Retracting Lifelines – Class A or Class B?

When you or your workers are up in the air working at a height, it is imperative to ensure not only that you use fall protection equipment, but that you use the right fall protection equipment. A fall prevention system is composed of an Anchor, a Body harness, and a Connector, often being a lanyard with a deceleration or energy absorbing mechanism. In this article we will discuss some of the differences among SRLs (self-retracting lifelines), how to go about choosing the proper one for the job and the differences between Class A & Class B in SRLs. Continue reading

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Metabo 7.0Ah & 3.5Ah LiHD Cordless Coming Soon!!

Metabo LiHD 7.0Ah

While Metabo does not yet have a very large market share for cordless tools in the US they have been extremely aggressive on cordless product development globally. They were first to launch 5.0Ah several years back, then first to use new 20700 cells with LiHD batteries and now first to launch a 7.0Ah (sneek peak from Metabo Germany info)! Next month Coptool will be headed to visit the Metabo home office to get hand-on time with some of the new tools and technology. There are some interesting new Metabo Cordless Tools in the video below (hedge trimmers, rotary drills, etc) but will they make it to the US? Certainly there will be some exciting things to come, stay tuned.

Most importantly how do we get our hands on the giant Metabo Battery Scooter!!!

Metabo 7.0Ah Battery Pack

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National Lineman Appreciation Day 4/18/17 #ThankALineman

Thank A Lineman

National Lineman Appreciation Day (April 18th) is a time to express our utmost appreciation to the great men and women that work so hard for us every day. It’s our honor to celebrate the hard work, innovation, and dedication of Electrical Lineworkers. #thankalineman

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Makita 18V Recip Saws XRJ05Z vs XRJ06Z

Makita Cordless Recip Saws

A little over a year ago Makita relaunched 3 new cordless reciprocating saws that would work on their 18V LXT platform in the XRJ04Z ($119) which was utilizes a brushed motor and designed as entry level price point cordless recip. To compete with the Milwaukee M18 FUEL Sawzall, Dewalt FlexVolt, Hilti and others to come they needed a powerful brushless model that had corded power and solid runtime. Do they use their 18Vx2 platform or use a single battery that’ll be a little less powerful. In this case Makita said let’s do both and let the people choose between the very similar 18V XRJ05Z ($199) and 18Vx2 XRJ06Z ($219).

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Milwaukee HEPA Vac for Silica Compliance

Milwaukee 8960 Vacuum

With the new OSHA Silica Dusts rules getting ever closer there has been a lot of scrambling for manufacturers and users to get the right solutions in place. The good news is the June 23rd deadline has been pushed back 90 days to September 23, 2017 allowing for some more solutions to hit the market. Milwaukee Tool has just announced it will have a new 8 gallon HEPA dust extractor vacuum with self-cleaning filters and 148 CFM out well before the new deadline. Continue reading

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New Empire Digital Levels e105 & em105 Magnetic

Empire EM105.24

Empire has had digital levels for some time as the e100 series but these new series e105 and em105 bring some nice improvements which really make these arguably some of the best digital levels around. Historically digital levels have been required to verify grade for certain tasks such as setting ADA pads on sidewalks or wheelchair ramp spec in a project. We are however seeing digital levels becoming more and more common place simply for accuracy of any task, setting hand rails on stairs, putting a slight slope on a floor, looking for perfect .00 level, etc. It’s a digital world, if you are looking for accuracy in a level and willing to spend $99-$199 range, certainly you should consider going totally digital.

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Behind The Scenes Tour – Milwaukee Sawzall Manufacturing U.S. Plant

Coptool had the privilege in touring Milwaukee’s Sawzall manufacturing facility in Greenwood Mississippi. We had the opportunity to see their manufacturing processes, printing capabilities, engineering processes as well as understand the culture in Greenwood. Produced in the same facility, we saw step by step, how their world class Hole Dozers were made and engineered. Being the first time Milwaukee invited media guest to Greenwood, Milwaukee’s president of Power Tool Accessories, Scott Griswold kicked off the event in style!

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OSHA Silica Deadline Pushed 90 Days, 9/23/17

Bosch Silica Training

The original deadline for issuing OSHA fines was June 23rd however with that deadline very near the amount of unanswered questions and many tasks that still not having good solutions OSHA has announced everyone will get an additional 90 days before fines will begin. (OHSA full press release) This is good news, manufacturers of solutions to control silica dust are just now finishing testing, releasing products and as they come out are seeing immediate back orders. Training thousands and thousands of effected workers is also not an easy task and will take some time, even with the extra 90 days it will be a challenge. Continue reading

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