Coptool 2014 Holiday Power Tools & Gear Gift Guide

Holiday Tool Guide

We’ve put this list together to help find a great gift for any level of handyman (or women) from a beginner to seasoned professional as well as a few suggestions for any budget. Just because it’s inexpensive doesn’t mean it can’t be really cool. Even if you’re looking for that person whose got it all, not to fear there are plenty of new tools that just came out in time for the holiday season, which have never been available before now.

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Hougen Mag Drills Get a Full Line Redesign

HMD904 new vs old

Announced at the FabTech Trade Show recently Hougen Mag Drills are getting a full line upgrade. As the inventors of the portable magnetic drill press Hougen is dedicated to continue their tradition of high quality, built in the USA and innovation in the field. These new models feature some very smart upgrades which will take an already tough as nails design to the next level.

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Freud Diablo Thick Metal Carbide Tooth Recip Blades

Diablo Thick Metal Carbide

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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Seirus Innovative Winter Glove Technology to Help Battle Cold

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.

Seirus Xtreme

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2015 Miss Makita / Senorita Makita & New Makita Power Tools from STAFDA

Miss Makita 2015

Of course one of the time-honored Makita traditions at the STAFDA trade show is the unveiling of the next year’s Miss Makita & Senoirta Makita. If you’ve been wait for the announcement of the 2015 Makita gals, you should not be disappointed with their new representation, Miss Makita @JessHarbour and Senorita Makita @MonceMorales. Of course Makita also brought some new tools to show off at STAFDA which looked pretty promising as well.

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Milwaukee M12 Build Your Own Kit Promotion

m12 build your own

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

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Blaklader Hi-Vis Class 3 ANSI Work Jackets & Hi-Vis Pants


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.

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CP Red Hawk Road Gas-Powered Breakers

CP Red Hawk Road

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

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Which Walk Behind Concrete Saws is Right for You?

Core Cut Concrete Saws

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

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Milwaukee Backpack Ideal for Electrician Apprentices

Milwaukee Backpack

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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