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Milwaukee PACKOUT Modular Storage System


One of the most impressive innovations that we saw at the Milwaukee 2017 New Product Symposium (#NPS17) was their new PACKOUT Modular Storage System. This groundbreaking new storage system seems to be generating a lot of buzz, and was somewhat unexpected by the Coptool crew. The new PACKOUT system does very well in addressing current issues with modular storage systems and introduces innovative and forward thinking solutions that will definitely please the Milwaukee Tool user base.

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At 4:19 PM | Posted in Milwaukee, Tool Storage, Tool Trade Shows | 1 Comment

Weather Guard Defender Series Truck Box

Weather Guard is a well-known name when it comes to tool storage. A quick glance in the back of trucks on the road and on jobsites will show that Weather Guard has a fair share of the field. Their reputation for high quality boxes and storage shows too, anyone that I have talked to about Weather Guard seems to be very impressed with their quality and strength. we recently obtained one of their Defender Series Saddle Truck Boxes ($729), and can say that the quality and look is a solid value.

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At 6:05 AM | Posted in Construction Tools, Tool Storage, Weather Guard | 1 Comment

Husky Pro 22″ Rolling Tote Tool Storage

To say the Husky 22” Rolling Tote ($129, Home Depot) is big is an understatement, this bag is massive. The 22” bag is part of the Husky Pro Grade line of tool bags, which are constructed from heavy duty, double walled nylon and feature higher quality stitching and zippers as well over their red-colored counter-parts. The Husky Pro Grade line is distinguishable by mostly black colored bags with red trim, while the home owner grade Husky bags are mostly red.

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At 5:38 PM | Posted in Husky, Tool Storage | Leave a comment

Self-Retracting Lifelines – Class A or Class B?

When you or your workers are up in the air working at a height, it is imperative to ensure not only that you use fall protection equipment, but that you use the right fall protection equipment. A fall prevention system is composed of an Anchor, a Body harness, and a Connector, often being a lanyard with a deceleration or energy absorbing mechanism. In this article we will discuss some of the differences among SRLs (self-retracting lifelines), how to go about choosing the proper one for the job and the differences between Class A & Class B in SRLs. (more…)

At 5:37 PM | Posted in FallTech, Safety Equipment | Leave a comment

Easy Build Project – Kentucky Stick Chair

Kentucky Stick Chair Build

In our recent project, the Cordless Circular Saw Shootout, we had the opportunity to put 3 great circular saws to the test: the Milwaukee 2731-22 ($429), the Makita XSH01X ($419), and the Dewalt DCS575T2 ($355). In this test we wanted to rank the three in power, run-time and several other parameters which naturally involves lots of wood cutting. We built a simple jig to rip 2X4’s in half, so we could run all 3 of these saws in nice long rip cuts to gauge power and see if any might bog down (no bogging down with any of these saws). And of course, after our test we had plenty of freshly cut 2X2’s which can be useful for building book shelves or framing basements or any number of other projects but we already knew what to do with them, we were going to build a Kentucky Stick Chair.

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At 10:26 AM | Posted in DeWalt Tools, Easy Build Projects, Makita Tools, Milwaukee | Leave a comment

Milwaukee M18 Cordless Outdoor Tools Are Here!

We discovered last year at the 2016 Milwaukee New Product Symposium that Milwaukee was planning on taking a jab at the landscaping industry with 3 key tools that will operate off their M18 platform. Demand for noise and emission reduction in landscaping companies has really pressed the need for a gas alternative. Many residential users also find it beneficial to be able to fire up a cordless trimmer or blower that they may use for 10 minutes once a month rather than mixing fuel and starting a gas one. While similar brands such as DeWalt and Makita have entered this market already, the introduction of Milwaukee’s 9.0 Ah High Demand Battery has really opened the door for them to compete very well as far as power and run time.

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At 2:10 PM | Posted in Milwaukee, Outdoor Power Equipment | 3 Comments

New Hougen HMD130 Ultra Low Profile Magnetic Drill

The inventors of the portable magnetic drill press continue their commitment to producing the highest quality USA made magnetic drills with the release of their new HMD130 Ultra Low Profile Magnetic Drill. The Hougen HMD130 ($837) is the ultimate combination of power and compact design.

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RIDGID One-handed PEX-ONE Press Tool

Ridgid PEX-ONE

RIDGID will soon be lightening tool bags and easing PEX connections with the release of the PEX-ONE Cordless Press Tool. Boasting a 30% lighter design, the RIDGID PEX-ONE enables quick and easy connections overhead and in tight spaces. Designed for one-handed use, the PEX-ONE weighs only 5 pounds, has a 5 second crimp cycle and MSRP is expected at $675 which is inline with other automatic options. Its 12V battery provides over 150 crimp cycles and the quick change head makes for quick die changes. It is compatible with ASTM F1807 copper crimp ring fittings and in the near future Viega PureFlow® fittings.

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At 11:17 AM | Posted in Plumbing Tools, Ridgid | 2 Comments

Milwaukee Introduces Industry’s First Utility Bucket LED Light

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Milwaukee expands on its commitment to utilities, linemen and innovates on its growing cordless lighting systems with their introduction of the new M18 Utility Bucket Light. The Bucket Light features a patented spring-loaded bucket clamp that fits all buckets and bucket liners up to 4” and allows for easy attachment, deployment, and movement and even works on the corner of the bucket.

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At 3:32 PM | Posted in Cordless Tools, Milwaukee | Leave a comment

JET Introduces New Web Strap Pullers

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Following their recent redesign of their top of the line JLH and JLP series lever hoists, JET is now introducing their new line of web strap pullers. There are 4 new models, either 1 or 1.5 tons and come in either single or double pull design for each tonnage. JET Web Strap Pullers are precision engineered and have several features to make pulling and tensioning applications safer and easier.

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