Category Archives: Southwire
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…)
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!
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…)
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…)
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.
Southwire Tools & Equipment continues to demonstrate their leadership position with their recent introduction of SIMpull Fish Tapes. Their new line features a spiral extruded polymer design that reduces the amount of effort to push or pull fish tape through EMT or PVC conduit. Unlike competitive fiberglass products, the new design provides better flexibility and is kink resistant. SIMpull Fish Tapes are available in nine models, two tape diameters and various lengths to fit most applications.
Our friends at Southwire Tools have been on a bit of a buying spree over the last few years with Maxis Pullers, Coleman Extension Cords and now Sumner Equipment. While Southwire is focused on electrical trades and Sumner more on the welding & mechanical trades we see a lot of reasons this acquisition makes sense for both parties. Southwire has been aggressively pursuing product development as well with products like their SIMpull Fishtapes, Bluetooth Mulitmeters or partnering with Milwaukee Tool for Southwire crimpers using the M18 battery platform, coming in Q1. It would be our hope this pursuit of product development will translate to the Sumner product line as well moving forward. We will see where it all goes but it is pretty exciting news for fans of Southwire and Sumner, see full Southwire press release below. (more…)
We have heard many different questions about extension cords and GFCIs usage so when we had Travis from Safex in to talk about jobsite safety this was one of the first things on our list. We have also spoken with people who have had problems with OSHA because of cord usage so we wanted to see if we could provide some helpful guidance to help others avoid future troubles. We firmly believe everyone’s number one priority here is to keep people safe on the job! Turns out there is not much mystery, all the rules are right on the warning tag attached to every extension cord and GFCI. The other big part of the equation here is identifying damage and service issues which we will follow up shortly in our next video with Travis from Safex.