Author Archives: Zach Hamner

Milwaukee M18 Tower Light 2120-20 ONE-KEY IP67

Milwaukee has continued to drive their innovation efforts, by launching a new ONE-KEY M18 Rocket Tower Light 2120-20 ($599) & 2120-22HD ($899) check them out for pre-sale, shipping in October. This new product features their ONE-KEY technology, three-stage adjustable leg design, IP67 and can be adjusted to a height of 65″. The IP67 rating means it’s waterproof up to 3′ and completely sealed, clearly that level of durability adds to the price tag which maybe over built for many people’s budgets but that’s why Milwaukee has so many M18 Lighting solutions for every price point. Compare to the Streamlight Scene Light or Pelican 9480 or Pelican 9430 and the price is inline for the application. We are very interested to learn more about this prodcut ourselves and get to see a demo, in the meantime the full Milwaukee M18 Rocket Tower Light press release is below.  (more…)

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Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic vs. Conventional Motor Oil

Any more, having your oil changed seems like a commodity with prices advertised as low as $14.99. At that price, why would anyone want to change their own oil or use a premium oil? Conventional oil has been around for years, but like everything else in an ever-changing world, new products and technologies are introduced to improve inefficiencies. So we wanted to learn more about this synthetic oil, how it differs than convention oil and to use it while changing our own oil. Using the Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic (5W-30), not sure we’ll ever use conventional oil again!  (more…)

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Cool Down Your Crew Ergodyne SHAX Mist System

When it comes to providing innovative, cooling solutions for professional contractors, Ergodyne continues to prove their market leadership position. Products ranging from, cooling vests, to cooling bands, to cooling hats. Their wide range of cooling solutions make it easy for contractors to stay cool during the brutal summer months. One of their newest cooling solutions, is the Shax Misting System. We found this system to be innovative and a great way to cool off workers in the shade.  (more…)

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Makita Dust Collection OSHA Compliant Systems

There’s no secret that the new OSHA Silica Rule has consumers scrambling to invest in compliant products. We’ve seen a growing number of Makita products introduced and launched in the US market and appear to be one the industry leaders in providing silica dust extraction systems. Systems such as vacuums, accessories and attachments for concrete drilling, breaking surfacing and other cutting applications. The Makita OSHA compliant dust collection vacuums are amongst the best in the industry. Offering unmatched durability and performance, consumers enjoy Makita’s powerful motors that generate over 130 CFM of suction power and capable of handling the most demanding jobs. (more…)

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JET’S Annual Summer Woodworking 10% Sale

Every summer, JET Tools grabs the attention of woodworkers in providing at 10% off ALL woodworking machines & accessories! Which makes it a perfect time to buy and invest in your workshop. We all know investing in quality woodworking tools can be pricey, that’s why waiting for a deal is key! JET, one of the industry leaders in woodworking in machines and accessories, provides consumers with innovative solutions such their drill presses, band saws and lathes.

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Meet Southwire 2017 New Products & Media Event

For the first time in company history, the folks at Southwire Tool’s & Equipment, invited tool reviewers to visit their corporate headquarters in Carrollton, Georgia. We had the pleasure of meeting the staff, touring the factories, viewing their state-of-the-art training facility, hours of hands on product training and learned they had a high school internship program onsite. It was an eventful week, which proved their innovative thinking and understanding of the consumer in developing cutting edge products. While thinking Southwire was just a manufacturer who pioneer’s ground-breaking technology, we learned they pride themselves more on giving back and investing in the community. (more…)

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Easy Build Projects – Pallet Barn Doors

Pallet projects have been trending over the last several years, especially with DIY’ers. Plans are easily accessible through YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Google and more! With pallets typically free, there are thousands cool designs available; from furniture to wine racks to pallet doors, there’s no surprise these types of projects have been so appealing to our society.

We recently did a test of 5 Brushless Recip Saws Head to Head and instead of mindlessly killing a ton of 2x4s we decided to build a simple project that would require a fair amount of prep work. With tons of pallets available at our shop, we got the idea to spruce up our workshop doors and to fill it in with pallet wood. We quickly learned that not only was it much more enjoyable, the difficultly level was fairly low. Originally we were going after a herringbone design but after a little testing decided to move forward with a chevron configuration which looks nearly as great but even easier to line up. Good news is we have plenty of broken down pallet wood for future projects as well! (more…)

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Diablo’s Carbide Tooth Hole Saws Are Here


We’ve seen the market shift over the years from bi-metal to carbide blades, first with circular saws, then pretty recently with recip blades and now transitioning into the hole saw category. The new Diablo Carbide Hole Saws brings long life expectancy and faster cutting through wood and metal. Unlike other carbide hole saws we have seen just for wood which could also handle plastic and perhaps aluminum, these new Diablos can handle actual steel. We have been extremely impressed with the performance of Diablo Carbide Recip Blades in wood & metal and these new Diablo hole saws are very similar.

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Behind The Scenes Tour – Milwaukee Sawzall Manufacturing U.S. Plant

Coptool had the privilege in touring Milwaukee’s Sawzall manufacturing facility in Greenwood Mississippi. We had the opportunity to see their manufacturing processes, printing capabilities, engineering processes as well as understand the culture in Greenwood. Produced in the same facility, we saw step by step, how their world class Hole Dozers were made and engineered. Being the first time Milwaukee invited media guest to Greenwood, Milwaukee’s president of Power Tool Accessories, Scott Griswold kicked off the event in style!

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Cut Resistant Safety Glove Ratings ANSI or EN388

Are you wearing the right safety gloves for your job? Do you know what the ANSI/EN cut level rating mean or which you should be used? If not, hopefully this information will help explain and simplify so you can make the right decision for your application. There are three types of cuts that cut resistant safety gloves are engineered to protect against:

Abrasive cuts
Very common and many industries. A common example of an abrasive cut is the constant rubbing motion of a glove when handing components with a sharp edge (i.e. – metal stamping).

Slicing cuts (Laceration & Incision)
These are characterized by the “slipping” motion of a very sharp edge. The food-handling industry is exposed to much of this type of threat. Also any other industry where workers are using sharp knives.

Impact cuts (Contusion) 
While impact cutting is less common in the workplace than abrasive and slicing cutting, but this type of cut delivers a greater force. As an example of this type of cutting accident would be getting struck by a falling piece of glass or sheet metal. On a smaller scale, impact cuts can happen in the thumb area during the normal course of handling sheet metal or other sharp-edged materials.

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