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SawStop Acquired by Festool Parent Tooltechnic

Festool Acquires SawStop

You may be asking yourself like we are, if SawStop was up for sales why oh why didn’t Bosch Tools simply buy them out when they were in a loosing legal battle over the REAXX saw which they are now forced to mothball the entire line. We can’t answer that one… Anyway it looks as though SawStop will now join forces with Festool under the parent company Tooltechnic Systems, we will update you soon on what that means for the future of the line but it should be a very smart alliance for SawStop. See the press release below:  (more…)

At 1:13 PM | Posted in Festool, SawStop | Leave a comment

Brushless 18V Hammer Drill Fight – Milwaukee, Makita, Dewalt, Bosch, Hilti, Hitachi & Metabo

Oz Tool Talk 18V Hammer Drills

We recently had the opportunity to spend a few days from the guys from OZ TOOL TALK and were extremely impressed with their tool geek knowledge. They do great Youtube videos almost every week and some of the best in-depth cordless tool comparisons we’ve seen. Of course they are in Australia so models and brands don’t always line up but in the recently Brushless 18V Hammer Drill Fight – Milwaukee, Makita, Dewalt, Bosch, Hilti, Hitachi & Metabo all models do correlate to our numbers either directly or they give the North American versions. While they talk about all the testing in Kg, mm and Nm (for torque) at 2:47 they also provide the conversion to lbs, inches and in.lbs torque in their full spec sheet. Great video, awesome info, check it out!

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Metabo Rat Tail Grinders – Best Power to Weight

We recently had the opportunity to visit Metabo’s headquarters in Nürtingen, Germany for a full tour of how they whined the copper, assemble armature, electronics, housing, etc. It was very impressive and clearly, they are continuing to advance in corded technology, which it seems other manufacturers have forgotten. Of course in USA Metabo’s bread & butter is their Grinders and Slicer Wheels so we were not surprised they continue to advance their motor technology in grinders. Coming to market as we speak Metabo is launching their compact Rat Tail Grinders which have the highest power/weight ratio ever of any grinder and also offer all their safety features clutch, brake, tethering attachment and more!

Metabo Rat Tail Grinders

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Milwaukee Tool New Product Symposium NPS17

Milwaukee tool NPS17

Well 2017 marked the 10th year of Milwaukee Tool New Product Symposiums and the anticipation was very high. With tool competitors launching technologies with higher voltages, new cells and multiple batteries the expectation was that the red team might have something big to announce but alas no big news on the battery tech. When pressed why they have not gone to 20700 cells for their batteries the general consensus was the cells don’t offer enough performance gain over the 18650. Perhaps holding out for the new 2170 cells but that means at least another year before we might see something.

Tools we didn’t see: M18 track saws, M18 chainsaws, M18 table saws, M18 battery bank power stations or M18 (6”, 7”) grinders. Perhaps these are waiting on the new battery tech to catch up or maybe duel batteriers but certainly something has got to be in the works on these fronts. That being said we did see a ton of very exciting tools and accessories targeting many different trades and users. (more…)

At 10:44 AM | Posted in Cordless Tools, Milwaukee | 3 Comments

Makita Tools 2017 New Product Launch Event

Makita HQ

Makita Media Event 2017

We were honored to be invited to the first ever Makita Tool new product launch event were we were among the first to see many of the new tools and accessories that’ll be releasing later this year! Not only does this give us some great insights into tools we will be getting our hands on in the coming months but also gives us all a glimps into where the Teal Team is headed with their product focus.

What we didn’t see, while we saw some really cool stuff there were some things we thought might be coming but we’re not at this event. Makita does hold product launches a little closer to the vest than some other brands so most of what we got to play with is coming within a few months, not 6-12 months out. We did not see a 9.0ah or a 20700 cell battery or a Bluetooth battery (although there was other Bluetooth tech). We did not see a 110v power station or a 7” grinder. We also did not see a X2 brushless SDS-MAX rotary hammer which if any of these are in the pipeline coming soon it would have to be this one to compete with Flexvolt and Milwaukee M18. Again we will certainly see more from Makita in November at STAFDA and at World of Concrete early next years but no news to report today on these items.

What we did see was some very exciting stuff in a handful of different categories which it seems like Makita has been very strategic in there expansion. (more…)

At 1:01 PM | Posted in Construction Tools, Cordless Tools, Makita Tools, Wood Working Tools | 2 Comments

Is Milwaukee Getting into Dentist Tools?

Mechanics Pick Tools

It certainly looks like Milwaukee Tools might be going into dentistry but good mechanics have been using hooks & picks probably as long as dentists and look nearly identical. The above set is from the repair department at Ohio Power Tool and are one of their most frequently used tools. There is one big issue that they told us which causes them all to fail, pullout. The metal part is held in by cheap glue or a crimp and after a little use they fall apart. The above set has already been recrimped several times.    (more…)

At 4:07 PM | Posted in Automotive Tools, Milwaukee | 1 Comment

Milwaukee #NPS17 Sweepstakes & Event

Milwaukee Media Event

In just a few weeks (June 7th) coptool will be headed to Milwaukee Tool’s annual “New Product Symposium” launch event #NPS17 to see all the new red Tools and Accessories as well as get a glimpse of what’s coming for rest of the year and into 2018! Of course you can watch online for updates through out the event or you can enter to win an All-Inclusive Trip Milwaukee is Giving Away here – http://bit.ly/2q1kZqG.

This is their 10th event so there are high expectations, what new stuff might Milwaukee Tool launch? A new battery to offer different voltage like Dewalt? A cordless riding Lawn Mower like Ryobi? A Battery Wall like Tesla? We would love to here your ideas, hopes and wishes on our #NPS17 Facebook Post!

At 2:55 PM | Posted in Cordless Tools, Milwaukee | 1 Comment

It’s National Safety Stand Down Week, May 8-12

Safety Stand Down Week

This week is OSHA’s National Safety Stand Down Week, held each year to bring awareness to the leading cause of fatalities for construction employees, falls from elevation. This week, May 8th – 12th nationwide for more information visit OSHA.gov/stopfallsstanddown. (more…)

At 10:22 AM | Posted in FallTech, Safety Equipment | 1 Comment

Ladder Safety & Regular Inspections with Safex

Safex Ladder Safety Tips

The latest edition of On the Job Safety Tips with Safex is up and this time we took a look at Ladder Safety and Inspection tips. Ladders are on OSHA’s top 10 safety violations year after year which means you certainly want to keep up to avoid any citations but more importantly you want to stay safe and ensure others around are safe as well. Travis from Safex reviews some of the dos and don’ts of ladders as well as some tips on ladder inspections. Of course you should always contact a safety profession with any specific questions.

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At 2:39 PM | Posted in Louisville Ladder, Safety Equipment | Leave a comment

2017 Brushless Recip Saw Shootout – Bosch, Dewalt, Makita, Milwaukee

Sawzall Comparisons

A couple years ago we did the 2015 Recip Saw Shootout which was sort of a no contest because at the time Milwaukee was the only tool company that had a brushless recip saw. Naturally the only brushless saw won going against 4 brushed saws and we got accused of being on the Milwaukee Tool payroll. A few years later now that most of the other brands have brushless options its well proven brushless options outperform their brushed counterparts, Milwaukee was just well ahead of the curve in 2015. It’s now 2017 however so we’ve got new batteries and 5 new saws!

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At 4:22 PM | Posted in Bosch, DeWalt Tools, Makita Tools, Milwaukee | 6 Comments