New Ridgid SeeSnake CS12X Is Here!

Work smarter, not harder on the job site with the new RIDGID SeeSnake CS12x Digital Recording Monitor 57278 ($3,950). It delivers a large screen for easy viewing, dual battery functionality for maximum runtime and Wi-Fi connectivity for simple footage sharing.

This latest generation digital recording monitor streams and records inspections to any iOS or Android mobile or tablet device with the free HQx Live companion app. The app can be downloaded through the iOS App Store and Google Play for immediate sharing of inspection footage. The CS12x also allows saving images to a USB drive for simple post-inspection transfer to clients and team members.  Continue reading

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Red vs Green Line Lasers, You Have A Choice

Red vs Green Laser

The battle of Red Laser Vs Green Laser rages on, clearly Green is easier to see with the human eye than Red but there are other factors that need to be considered, mainly cost and runtime. Good news is the cost on green lasers has come down dramatically so it is easier to build lasers such as the Bosch GLL 100 G ($229), the other good news is that Red Line Lasers continue to fall as well with some cheaper options even below $40 like the Bosch GLL 2. This certainly doesn’t make the decisions easier but good news is pretty much anyone can afford a laser level. Runtime is the other important consideration while Bosch does not give their specs, PLS does provide estimates of 35+ hours with PLS180 RED ($282) but only 2-6 hours with PLS180 GREEN ($479) which is probably very similar ratios across other brands.

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2017 Makita Holiday Deals for the Pros

Leftover turkey is wrapped up and stowed in the fridge, Thanksgiving pies have been devoured, and you’re ready for a long nap. Unfortunately, the holiday shopping kicks off with a vengeance even before you’ve had time to make that cold turkey-stuffing-cranberry-sauce sandwich. In this article, we’re focusing on Makita’s holiday deals including hot buys, free tools and more! We of course are focused on professional users and the deals on the good stuff and try to stay away from the gimmicks. Stay tuned for more holiday deal posts coming for other top tool brands!

While there are many great Makita deals this holiday season, one of their bests is the on the 2-PC Combo Kit (XT268T, $429.97) and receive a free 6.0 battery (BL1860B, $159.95) AND your choice of a free bare tool. Free bare tool options include a circular saw (XSS02Z, $119.95), recip saw (XRJ04Z, $119.95), multi oscillating tool (XMT03Z, $119.95), the new compact router (XTR01Z, $149.97) and a dual port charger (DC18RD, $129.95). If you’re looking to upgrade your equipment, this is a professional brushless combo kit, loaded with power, speed, options and a lot of battery life. Continue reading

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You Already Have Makita Sync Lock 18V Security

Makita Battery Security

There have been some struggles for both the Milwaukee ONE-KEY and Dewalt Tool Connect platforms as Theft Deterrent Systems and Makita feels they’ve got a strong agreement for their new Sync Lock Security System. These other systems offer multiple features, App connectivity and a lot of Bells and Whistles however in many small, mid-size and larger companies we’ve talked with they are looking for simple to use, low cost solutions for just theft deterrents for their tools and batteries. The Makita Sync Lock takes a much different approach and we think have really nailed an easy to use straight forward solution that will be exactly what some companies are looking for and the best part is it works with all the batteries you currently own!

What is Makita Sync Lock?

The Sync Lock Battery Terminal BPS01 ($199) is all you need to access it and get going, a very simple device (along with free software anyone can download) which allows you to very quickly set up your terminal (or multiple terminals) for your company. Then any Makita 18V battery that goes on the terminal is set exclusively to just your company and needs to be reset on one of your company’s terminals at an interval which you determine either in hours, days, weeks, months, years or whatever you want. When time expires that battery does nothing (not even charging) until it is put back on one of your companies terminals! The terminals themselves work in about 2 seconds and use a standard alkaline battery that’ll last 2+ years so very trouble free to operate.      Continue reading

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Milwaukee Tools 2017 Holidays for the PROs

Each year we work to cut through the holiday hype and find the tool deals for professional! There are plenty of promotions out there for $99 cordless drill kit, they have their place but there are also some great deals to be had for professional tools as well from the top brands, today we are just looking at Milwaukee Tools (other brands coming very soon)!

Milwaukee Holidays 2017

One of the Big Deals this season is for FREE Tools, 2 Tool FUEL Combo Kits (2897-22 or 2796-22) as well as the M18 FUEL Miter Saw 10” 2734-21HD and you get your choice of a Free FUEL Tool: M18 Grinder 2780-20, M18 Mid-Torque Impact 2861-20, M18 7-1/4” Circ Saw 2731-20, M18 9.0Ah Battery 48-11-1890,
M18 Rocket Light 2130-20 or a M18 Sawzall 2720-20 which is the most common choice at a $199 value. Continue reading

At 9:26 AM | Posted in Milwaukee, Top Deals | 2 Comments

Southwire’s LED Jobsite Lighting Systems

We all know Southwire is the market leaders in electrical wiring and quickly becoming one of the biggest players in extension cords, electrical tools & equipment as well. Really it should not come as a shock to anyone that they are quickly becoming very strong in jobsite LED lighting as well. Their NEW energy saving, maintenance-free LED lighting systems provides electricians and contractors the performance they demand and expect. Take for instance, their LED String Lights system (7164SW, $116.87) (50′) or (7165SW, $207.87) (100′), each light is 800 lumens so 4000 and 8000 lumens respectively. Since these are LED you can daisy chain up to 1000′ together for a total of 80,000 lumens! Of course they do still have traditional light strings as well like the 100′ 7145SW ($59) which the price is right but   Continue reading

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Milwaukee M12 Cordless Soldering Iron 2488-21

2488-21 M12 Soldering Gun

There has not been much innovation in the soldering iron category recently however that is all about to change with the launch of the Milwaukee M12 Cordless Soldering Gun 2488-20 ($69, bare) and 2488-21 ($129, kit). With this tool you get 18 second heat up time and up to 40 minutes runtime with an M12 Compact Battery which is pretty increasable. We had a brief chance to use this tool at the New Product Symposium, see video below, but it will be hitting the market this month (November).

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Bosch Colt Router 1.25 HP Variable Speed GKF125

Bosch Colt GKF125

The Bosch Colt Palm Router for the longest time was really the only trim router you would see out there, people loved it so much we started seeing all sorts of customer adaptations, mini router tables and other accessories people hand built or from 3rd party manufacturer’s. A few years back Makita and Dewalt jumped into game with palm routers with plunge bases and now we even have a 18V cordless versions from Ridgid and Makita XTR01 palm router. Not to be out-done Bosch has now revamped their classic Colt with the new GKF125CE ($129) adding more power with 1.25 HP motor (up from 1.0 HP) but also more control with Soft Start and Constant Response circuitry.

There is also a Kit version GKF125CEK ($139) which adds a straight guide and a case. For more info on the new Colt check out the full Bosch Press Release below. These units should be shipping early November and should be in high demand this Christmas season. Check out all the corded Bosch Routers unfortunately no word yet on an 18V cordless router unit… fingers crossed it will happen at some point. Continue reading

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SKILSAW WormDrive 10” Table Saw SPT99-12

Skilsaw Table Saw SPT99

The team at SKILSAW has been very focus on innovating in corded power tools, which has gone mostly overlooked by other big names in power tools that are consumed with moving everything cordless. The SKILSAW power trains for the most part use high performance motors and WormDrive system are the foundation of most innovation and really work to squeeze every watt of possible power out of your standard 110V service. This new SKILSAW 10” WormDrive Table Saw SPT99-12 ($499) features the most powerful jobsite saw motor we’ve come a crossed, a very nice cart as well as some other nice features which we think will make this saw a very popular jobsite solution.

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New JET 5″x6″ Variable Speed Bandsaw HVBS-56V

The newest addition to the JET bandsaw family is here! Introducing the JET 5” x 6” Variable Speed Bandsaw HVBS-56V 414548 ($639.00). Built to be powerful and versatile as it’s big brothers, the exclusive 5” x 6” Portable Variable Speed Bandsaw includes a newly designed DC brushless motor with a 3-step gear transmission for unprecedented torque output and can be operated in either the vertical or horizontal cutting position. The improved stand and built in shelf is a great new feature as well as the portability. The new HVBS-56V Bandsaw is designed to serve in machine shops, automotive racing, technical schools and other fabrication needs.

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