At the recent STAFDA trade show we got to see several of the new blade in person and had the opportunity to make a couple cuts with each. While we would not consider this a full blow product test it does give you a fair idea of what to expect. These new Freud Diablo recip blade are designed specifically to cut thick metals such as high-strength alloys, cast iron, and/or stainless steel from 3/16” to ½” thick. We’ve used many bi-metal, carbide and diamond grit blades in the past to varying success but until now there really has not been anything that we would really consider a good replacement to traditional pipe cutting tools. We still are not convinced in a production situation plumbers are going to replace their larger electric or hydraulic pipe cutting tools with these blades but for small jobs or the occasional cut in various materials an $11 blade is a pretty inexpensive solution or at the very minimum a cheap insurance policy. Continue reading
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As the cold weather is hitting many of us for the first time you may have done what we did this morning and rummage around the basement looking for last year’s hat and gloves. If you can’t locate them or it’s time for upgrade here are a couple product innovations you may not be aware of in winter apparel. Probably better know for snowboarding and Ski gear Seirus has been making cold weather products for some time. On the leading edge of any technology that will keep you warm they have found their products have excellent applications on the jobsite.
Until the end of the year, Milwaukee is letting users build their own kit in the M12 cordless tool platform. This is kind of a complicated promotion, so bear with me while I try to explain it. Continue reading
When it comes to seriously heavy duty professional clothing Blaklader Workwear has been one of the fastest growing player for several years now. With good reason, beyond the basic novelty of built in kneepads or large external pockets the quality of these garments are designed for excessive abuse. Triple stitching, near tear proof Cordura fabric in wear spots and all around high quality have made their pants and jackets the preferred choice for many professionals.
There are probably few things on this planet that could make you feel as much like a man as firing up a big’ol gas powered concrete breaker and going to town until you are standing on a pile of rubble. The Chicago Pneumatic Red Hawk (and its sibling the Atlas Copco Cobra) have been the most popular of these types of breakers and with this latest update have made several improvements to compete more directly with electric, pneumatic and hydraulic breakers. Continue reading
When it comes to selecting the right walk behind concrete cutting saw there are a lot of important considerations including: costs (upfront, operating, repair), capacities/speed, reliability, features, maneuverability just to name a few. Below we’ve highlight a couple of what we think are very good options from a Small to X-Large size Walk Behind Saws for cutting concrete or asphalt. Continue reading
The NECA-IBEW Electrical JATC offers a five-year apprenticeship program, which combines both on the job and related classroom training. If accepted into the apprentice program, apprentices are assigned to an electrical contractor for a minimum of 8000 OJT hours; there is no guarantee of 40 hours per week. Apprentices will complete a total of 10 terms of school; classes are currently one day per week at the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center.
Every student is required to start the program with a list of hand tools that looks pretty much identical to the Milwaukee 15 Piece Electrician’s Hand Tool Set 48-22-0100 ($196). Partner that with the new Milwaukee Backpack 48-22-8200 ($99) and you’ve got everything an electrical apprentice would need in package that can also safely store laptops, books and other supplies. Above is the two together. Continue reading
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Between now and the end of October (10/31/14) use the Coupon Code BOSCHTOBER at Ohio Power Tool and receive $50 off any Bosch order over $200 on 18V Tools, Lasers, L-Boxx, 36V, Batteries, Dust Extraction and more!!! This means up to 25% off already minimum internet pricing including all the Bosch 18V brushless tools as well as the new Bosch 18V Wireless Inverter System! Continue reading
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