Author Archives: Jay Amstutz

Is the Tool Belt Dead?

Construction Workers

When I was younger all the dads had a mustache, they drank Budweiser and pretty much all had the same leather tool belt. Today there are a lot of options for carrying your tools with you no matter what your trade. The Tool Belt is not dead yet, it’s still the staple for keeping tools close at hand but they have certainly evolved and there are now lots and lots of other options, from tool vests, tool aprons, tool backpacks and much more!

Ergodyne recently launched their tool aprons, the most popular version 22 Pocket Canvas Apron 5704 ($23) abrasion resistant, pocket for everything and it distributes the weight much better than your standard similarly priced tool belt. (more…)

At 5:43 PM | Posted in Blaklader Workwear, Ergodyne, Southwire | Leave a comment

Cliff Claven Says #BringBackShopClass

Article Written by Jennifer Murphy from NetPlus Alliance (Where all the Top Tool Brands get together to become more awesome!)

Cliff Claven STAFDA

The theme at this year’s STAFDA convention in Austin, Texas was ‘Raising Leadership,’ and I was lucky enough to have my own future leader in tow with me at the show. It was an exciting moment when Georgia Foley, the Executive Director at STAFDA, gave my son Henry a shout-out during her opening address, welcoming him to Texas and to his first STAFDA show. Henry has wanted to come to STAFDA since he was little. The keynote speakers, usually retired NFL players and coaches, or the Shark Tank stars were always a draw, but also my stories about the tool displays and the big parties hosted by the major construction manufacturers also fueled his interest. (more…)

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Milwaukee DUST TRAP Keeps it Simple

Milwaukee Dust Trap

In 2017 we say a lot of excitement around the new OSHA Silica Dust regulations which we think is a great move forward for everyone’s safety. Silicosis is serious business but it does not necessarily need to be a complex or costly solution. The new Milwaukee DUST TRAP employs the K.I.S.S. method, keep it simple stupid. For $19 the 48-03-3035 Drill Shroud is a universal fit to most rotary drills and does not require a vacuum. Because concrete drilling does not generate significant silica dust like cutting or grinding application might simply by containing the debris in the “DUST TRAP” this attachment can meet the objective data requirements (***Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) to 50 µg/m3 over an 8-hour period).

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At 5:40 PM | Posted in Demolition Tools, Dustless Technologies, Milwaukee, SILICA DUST TOOLS & VACUUMS, World of Concrete | Leave a comment

Top 10 Power Tool Innovations of 2017

It was actually pretty hard to narrow it down to just 10 as we saw a lot of innovations this year from many many manufacturers. We are sticking with tools that actually hit the shelves and were used by professionals in 2017, not launched at a trade show but won’t be here until 2018 or later. We are just going to do a quick rundown of each as well as talk a little at the end for hopes for this year’s (2018) tool innovations.

Milwaukee Modular Storage

10. Milwaukee PACKOUT Storage System – While storage solutions are nothing new for professional tool brands we do think the PACKOUT system has really changed the game and set the bar much higher for these systems. Much more tough and rugged than other popular systems from Dewalt, Ridgid and even Festool Systainer. The demand has been crazy with back orders possibly out until February. How is this a “Power Tool” innovation? We have seen some M12 FUEL Tools packed into the small PACKOUT already, M18 FUEL will be coming in Larger PACKOUTS very soon at aggressive pricing. Will it change the way we buy and store Power Tools? We have just 1 request for Milwaukee, please make an addition to the lineup with a Roller Cooler. Coptool Post on PACKOUT (more…)

At 10:19 AM | Posted in DeWalt Tools, Diamond Products, Makita Tools, Metabo Tools, Milwaukee | Leave a comment

Milwaukee M18 Cordless Heat Gun 2688-21

M18 Heat Gun 2688-21

The Milwaukee team has really been hard at work recently launching a number of products that are truly the first time on a battery platform. The Milwaukee M18 2688-21 ($239, kit) and 2688-20 ($119, bare tool) are perfect examples of this. Heat guns have always been corded solutions and very popular amount mechanics, electricians, plumbers and many other trades, all places where cords simply don’t make any sense. The first question we hear of course is can this stand up to the corded heat guns?

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At 5:13 PM | Posted in Automotive Tools, Electrician Tools, Milwaukee, Plumbing Tools | Leave a comment

CYBER MONDAY 25% OFF at Ohio Power Tool

Cyber Monday Ohio Power Tool

Looking to save an additional 25% off already low Sale Prices (add to cart to see final price) for Name Brand Professional Power Tools? Check out Ohio Power Tool’s Cyber Monday Deal Today Only 8am – 4 pm EST. Tools from Milwaukee, Bosch, Makita, Metabo, IR, CP, Jet as well as accessories, hand tools and apparel. Stock up on tools for yourself or the tool lover on your holiday list!

https://www.ohiopowertool.com/s-136-2017-Cyber-Monday-Deals.aspx

At 11:30 AM | Posted in Top Deals | Leave a comment

Stocking Stuff Idea – Mastery of Fire

TS8000 Hand Torch

Some great holiday stocking stuffer gift ideas that never seem to fail are LED Lighting and Pocket Knives but don’t underestimate the power of fire, sure to put a smile on anyone’s face! Hand torches are incredibly useful tools and not just for sweating pipe. The Bernzomatic torch TS8000 ($39) or as a kit with MAP/PRO gas TS8000KC ($54 + $10 off Black Friday deal) is pretty much the best option out there with all the bells and whistles, on/off trigger, swirl flame for maximum output and a super easy to use design. We just upgraded from our manual option and for the small price difference there is really no reason manual should even still even exist.

Hand Touch Automatic vs manual

If you’re still not sure why complete mastery of the flame is such a really cool holiday gift idea below are a few videos that’ll likely spark some project ideas from woodworking to corn on the cob. (more…)

At 12:32 PM | Posted in Easy Build Projects, Electrician Tools, Wood Working Tools | 1 Comment

Milwaukee Combination Wrench Sets with Max Bite

Milwaukee Wrench Sets

Got to give credit to the team at Milwaukee only a few short years ago they didn’t make 1 hand tools now they are quickly becoming the leaders in many hand tool categories. Combination wrench sets are a little trickier to improve upon as they have done in many other categories but it looks like they have added some nice features. Max Bite on the open end provides up to 25% torque improvement, rounded I-beam design is more comfortable to use, included trays are nice for tool chest storage and ink filled sizing makes identification fast. All around a nice package at a fair price with a life time warranty.

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At 5:40 PM | Posted in Hand Tools, Milwaukee | 1 Comment

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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At 2:38 PM | Posted in Bosch, Laser Levels | 1 Comment

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.      (more…)

At 5:10 AM | Posted in Cordless Tools, Makita Tools | Leave a comment