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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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Cordless Circular Saws – M18 vs FlexVolt vs Makita

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The circular saw has been around for many years and offers many unique advantages. They are one of the most powerful handheld tools you can own for cutting, similar power to a small table saw but fits in your hands. Overall, they are easy to use, affordable, portable and practical for so many applications. In the days of NiCd battery technology they simply could not build a competitive pro grade circular saw to keep up with corded, however over the last several years, we’ve seen changes in cordless batteries with increased amps, performance, sizing, costs, etc. With the industry demanding longer lasting batteries and corded performance, we wanted to see how these cordless 7-1/4″ circular saws from the top professional brands would perform.

  • MakitaXSH01Z ($199.95 bare) XSH01X ($399 w/3.0) – 36V, brushed, 10 Ah (5.0 x2), 18650 battery cells
  • Milwaukee2731-20 ($229.95 bare) 48-59-1890PC ($249 w/9.0) – 18V, brushless, 9.0 Ah, 18650 battery cells
  • DewaltDCS575 ($179.00 bare) DCS575T2 ($355 w/ 2.0) 54V, brushless, 9.0 Ah, 20700 battery cells

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Milwaukee’s New Interchangeable Powered Auger System

Milwaukee is continuing to show its dominance in the marketplace by providing innovative, problem-solving solutions for professionals. Just announced, they introduced a a game-changing solution for unclogging toilets, urinals and floor traps for service plumbers and facility maintenance professionals. The new TRAPSNAKE Porcelain Auger System is scheduled to be released in March. Utilizing the M12 battery technology, professional plumbers will have the luxury using a powerful, yet compact tool , that is light weight and delivers superior results. While some plumbing tools may require the M18 battery, the  M18 chargers were engineered to all charge the M12’s at the same time.   (more…)

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Southwire Tools & Equipment Wire Strippers

Having the right wire stripper device is key when safely preparing a cable for installation. Southwire Tools & Equipment is one of leading manufacturers who offer superior wire stripping products for safer and faster wire prep. They provide a wide range of wire strippers in multiple sizes, also available in kits and new innovative products recently released in the market. Eliminate scoring on the conductor, reduce knife injuries and delivers a clean, flawless cut every time. (more…)

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Southwire Bluetooth Electric Meters

Standard electric reading multi-meters have been around for many years, but with recent development from Southwire Tools & Equipment, they have introduced new Bluetooth ready meters. Bluetooth ready meters are ideal for taking measurements on voltage, amps and temperatures. It allows users to view meter readings via their smartphone or tablet, can be shared and viewed on multiple devices and keeps individuals away from the “danger zone”. This system provides one of the safest and convenient ways for electricians to get the job done.

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Empire Industry’s First Auto-Calibrated Digital Level e105

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As part of the Milwaukee company, Empire has earned the trust of construction trades by engineering innovative solutions for over 90 years. Their “MADE IN THE USA” products are sold and recognized throughout the globe. Digital Levels are a true testament to Empire’s continued focus on developing advanced layout solutions that offer world class accuracy, performance and innovation. Recently, Empire has announced their largest breakthrough with the introduction of their new e105 Series True Blue® Digital Box Level. The e105 Digital Level offers Inspector Grade high-precision accuracy & is the industry’s first Auto-Calibrated Digital Level for immediate digital readouts when powered on.

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