Author Archives: Jay Amstutz
At the World of Concrete this week one of the big cordless launches from Makita Tools is their new Brushless 7-1/4” Circular Saw (XSR01Z bare & XSR01PT kit) which utilizes two 18V LXT batteries to produce 36V of power. This is the First Cordless Rear-Drive circular saw on the market, although not claiming a Worm Drive or Hypoid Gear system, it does offer more power, 5100RPM, better balance and larger capacity (2-9/16”) vs other corded and cordless competitors.
Today at the World of Concrete Bosch launched their new CORE 18V battery with a rated 6.3Ah and claiming 43% more power (per cell) for the packs 10 cells, than the Milwaukee 9.0Ah or Dewalt FlexVolt 6.0Ah which each use 15 battery cells. The result is more power from a battery pack that is 35% more compact and 24% lighter than either the larger Milwaukee or Dewalts. The new Bosch CORE is also claiming to be the Fastest charge time at 8 minutes per amp, faster than Makita, FlexVolt or Milwaukee Rapid Charger. All with 100% Bosch 18V Tool forwards & backwards compatibility. (more…)
Last week we mentioned the Milwaukee TICK which is a small black tracking device that can stick on to anything you want to track from ladders, generators, thread machine, press tools, gang boxes, pull behind compressor, dirt bikes, luggage, farm equipment or whatever, the possibilities are endless. To support the new TICK devices the ONE-KEY app is getting an upgrade, which is LIVE NOW! Some exciting new features have become available not just to support the new TICKs but for all your other ONE-KEY tools as well!
Our schools should teach shop class again.
Posted by ATTN: on Friday, December 16, 2016
When I was 13, in middle school we had shop class, everyone had to take it, everyone made a screw driver, wooden tool box and even an electric motor which I thought was pretty awesome. Now shop class is not even offered in many schools, even though it is proven many students don’t learn particularly well from text books. This seems very shortsighted, not everyone is going to go to college and certainly there are many paths to be very successful in skilled trades. It’s also ridiculous to think going to college means skills learned in shop class don’t offer a ton of benefits to compliment STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) curriculum. Our friends at TIME and FORBES do a lot better job of articulating the finer points, why we need these programs. But where do we go from here? (more…)
Ever had a $30/hour employee spend 2 hours tracking down a tool? For any company managing multiple crews and a variety of equipment tracking those tools can be a challenge. Power Tools, Ladders, Generators, Pipe Benders, Gang Boxes, Mixers, Mag Drills, Table Saws, etc, etc. There are systems which can cost tens of thousands to setup with annual fees that would make your head spin. The Milwaukee TICK is a one-time cost as low as $19.98, no additional fees ever!!
Milwaukee ONE-KEY app launched a little over a year ago with a handful of Milwaukee M18 Tools that offer ability to control how the tool functions, report on performance and track the tool’s last known location. The Milwaukee TICK uses the ONE-KEY app but is strictly for tracking the item’s last known location. (more…)
It looks like the shopping spree continues for Stanley Black &Decker, after dropping $2 billion on Lenox & Irwin and before the ink is even dry they are dropping another $900 Million on Sear’s Craftsman Tool brand. Sears has continue to struggle so selling off the Craftsman brand frees up some much needed capital, in addition to closing some stores and streamlining their business hopefully they will again become a successful retailer. (more…)
The new RIDGID SeeSnake Monitor CS65x ($3907) really provides a mobile workstation to document your inspections while you are working on them. Full keyboard allows you to type in all the customer’s info and make notes. You can record the inspection in several ways, photo, video or PhotoTalk which is a photo with audio commentary over them. Once everything is recorded onto the 128 GB solid state hard drive in HQ Software it can easily be sent to customer via email or put on a USB or sent off to be printed, added to DVD or any number of other formats. By utilizing WiFi or BlueTooth you can easily pair with any mobile device or network for internet connectivity.
It’s no secret among mechanics there is a large migrations away from air tools towards cordless options. New impacts can generate a ton of power in some case too much however they can also be bulky and don’t always offer enough control of the power. These new “Mid-Torque” M18 FUEL Impacts provide a solution with plenty of torque needed for most applications but much closer in size to their compact impacts with more options for control of the power. These new 2860-22 ($399, ½” pin) and 2861-22 ($399, ½” ring) both offer 450 ft lbs torque and should fill the need for many tradesmen.
Our friends at Southwire Tools have been on a bit of a buying spree over the last few years with Maxis Pullers, Coleman Extension Cords and now Sumner Equipment. While Southwire is focused on electrical trades and Sumner more on the welding & mechanical trades we see a lot of reasons this acquisition makes sense for both parties. Southwire has been aggressively pursuing product development as well with products like their SIMpull Fishtapes, Bluetooth Mulitmeters or partnering with Milwaukee Tool for Southwire crimpers using the M18 battery platform, coming in Q1. It would be our hope this pursuit of product development will translate to the Sumner product line as well moving forward. We will see where it all goes but it is pretty exciting news for fans of Southwire and Sumner, see full Southwire press release below. (more…)
From December 12th – 24th Ohio Power Tool is giving away a bucket full of random goodies everyday. All obviously include an brand new shiny Ohio Power Tool Bucket as well as his and hers Koozies, Ridgid Calendar as well as a tee shirt, some sort of hand tools and accessories. There are also several higher dollar items in there including a new M18 Surge Impact & Battery, Makita Brushless Drill & Impact, Metabo 50th Anniversary Grinder, Stilleto Hammer, Bosch heated jacket, Jet Air Tools and as the song says other random things. We are already 1 winner down but there are 11 more to go!!!