Author Archives: Zach Hamner
Two big changes have been hitting the jobsite this year, we are seeing more heavy duty cordless tools taking the places of corded tools and clouds of silica dust are being eliminated. Unfortunately these 2 things don’t seem to work together as typical dust extractors turn on/off based off the tool plugged into them. Makita wireless AWS technology looks to change that, Auto-Start Wireless System (AWS), which uses Bluetooth™ technology for wireless communication between tool and vacuum/dust extractor to turn on/off makes a cordless vac system feasible from a power usage stand point. New AWS solutions announced was teased at their event last summer but fully launched last month at STAFDA including their first Cordless SDS-MAX hammer.
RIDGID® thermal imagers feature the latest technology, including the best image
resolution in their class and an easy-to-use interface, to help you efficiently predict
problems before they happen and prevent costly system downtime and keep buildings running at the highest performance with RIDGID Thermal Imagers (Pre-Sale Coming Soon). The new line features the latest technology, best images in their class and easy-to-use interfaces to predict problems before they happen. (more…)
Proudly made in the USA! That’s the theme of Southwire’s recently launched electrician hand tools. Many electricians proudly invest in American made products, so what does Southwire do? They blast the market with American made steel and “MADE IN USA” stamped on every hand tool. Not to mention that the new USA line-up incorporates red, white and blue on every tool! The company plans to grow their American made hand tools, so stay tuned!
Work smarter, not harder on the job site with the new RIDGID SeeSnake CS12x Digital Recording Monitor 57278 ($3,950). It delivers a large screen for easy viewing, dual battery functionality for maximum runtime and Wi-Fi connectivity for simple footage sharing.
This latest generation digital recording monitor streams and records inspections to any iOS or Android mobile or tablet device with the free HQx Live companion app. The app can be downloaded through the iOS App Store and Google Play for immediate sharing of inspection footage. The CS12x also allows saving images to a USB drive for simple post-inspection transfer to clients and team members.
Leftover turkey is wrapped up and stowed in the fridge, Thanksgiving pies have been devoured, and you’re ready for a long nap. Unfortunately, the holiday shopping kicks off with a vengeance even before you’ve had time to make that cold turkey-stuffing-cranberry-sauce sandwich. In this article, we’re focusing on Makita’s holiday deals including hot buys, free tools and more! We of course are focused on professional users and the deals on the good stuff and try to stay away from the gimmicks. Stay tuned for more holiday deal posts coming for other top tool brands!
While there are many great Makita deals this holiday season, one of their bests is the on the 2-PC Combo Kit (XT268T, $429.97) and receive a free 6.0 battery (BL1860B, $159.95) AND your choice of a free bare tool. Free bare tool options include a circular saw (XSS02Z, $119.95), recip saw (XRJ04Z, $119.95), multi oscillating tool (XMT03Z, $119.95), the new compact router (XTR01Z, $149.97) and a dual port charger (DC18RD, $129.95). If you’re looking to upgrade your equipment, this is a professional brushless combo kit, loaded with power, speed, options and a lot of battery life. (more…)
We all know Southwire is the market leaders in electrical wiring and quickly becoming one of the biggest players in extension cords, electrical tools & equipment as well. Really it should not come as a shock to anyone that they are quickly becoming very strong in jobsite LED lighting as well. Their NEW energy saving, maintenance-free LED lighting systems provides electricians and contractors the performance they demand and expect. Take for instance, their LED String Lights system (7164SW, $116.87) (50′) or (7165SW, $207.87) (100′), each light is 800 lumens so 4000 and 8000 lumens respectively. Since these are LED you can daisy chain up to 1000′ together for a total of 80,000 lumens! Of course they do still have traditional light strings as well like the 100′ 7145SW ($59) which the price is right but (more…)
Introducing the new Best in Class Milwaukee Jobsite Cooler 48-22-8250 ($49.99). This 11 x 14 x 13” may appear as a toolbox, but inside is loaded with insulation, storage for food, water, ice, tablets, paperwork and even medical supplies. Equip with its own bottle opener and tape measure clip, this Jobsite Cooler is good on or off the jobsite! Previously we would have thought $50 for a cooler was high but Yeti Softside Coolers are $200+ and flying off the shelves so would not be surprised to see these do very well.
- 2X the insulation
- Weather resistant base
- Dry storage pocket
- Holds ice up to 24 hours
- Food grade leak-proof liner – Eliminates leaking & sweating (no sweat exterior)
- Padded shoulder strap
- Ultimate storage – bottle opener, tape measure clip, tech pocket & sandwich pocket
- Heavy duty zippers
- Capacity: 21.65 Quarts
There’s no denying that the Ridgid Propress RP200 delivered professional results in a compact size, contractors reliability could depended on. A professional grade, powerful ram output of 5400 lbs, delivered over 100 presses per charge in 18V however as a compact option left a little to be desired, slightly heavier and larger than its competitors. Introducing the new Ridgid RP 241 ($1430-$1940 price depends on how many heads in kit), the next generation of compact inline pressing tool. The RP 241 uses the smaller 12V battery platform, same as the PEX-ONE tool. For Ridgid ProPress users on the 18V platform there is still the smaller press tool RP 210 ($1525-$2010) or heavy duty RP 340 ($2222 – $3169) both should remain for sometime. (more…)
Milwaukee’s new M12 3/8” Crown Stapler 2447-21 ($149) is almost guaranteed to satisfy remodelers, DIY’ers, residential HVAC and drywall contractors. The Crown Stapler delivers faster stapling. Up to 1500 staples per 1.5ah battery charge and requires 80% less force required than comparable hand tools! It eliminates repetitive motion and excessive force required of most hand tools. It’s 7.5” frame makes it easy to fit in everyday tool belts and ideal for use in confined spaces. This model is compatible with all Milwaukee 12 batteries and backed by Milwaukee’s 5 year limited power tool warranty.