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Jobsite LED Lighting Is Now a Cheaper Option

LED Jobsite Lighting

Temporary jobsite lighting for tasks and larger areas has always had problems. In such a tough environment we have become extremely dependent on light sources that the lightest little bump will leave you in the dark. LED seems like the obvious solution but until now have just been far more expensive. LED lighting has now become much brighter and finally gotten to similar upfront costs of other lighting solutions. If you factor in the durability, bulb life, electrical usage, replacement frequency and lost time trying to get them working again we would argue LED is now the cheapest lighting option for the jobsite.

String Lights LED

Light strings are now available as LED 100’ 08-01188LED ($159) which includes 10 LED Bulbs (850 lumens each) for a total of 8500 Lumens. Compare that to other 100’ light strings $120ish without any bulbs and you are in the ballpark. Factor in cost of how often incandescent (even CFLs) bulbs get damaged/need replaced and that time savings knowing they will be ready to go for the next job. The LEDs are only using 1/4 electricity so save money and can be connected together for longer light runs. Add all these pieces together and it start to add up to real savings! (more…)

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CopTool Holiday Gift Guide for Power Tools & More 2013

Each year we work to put together a list of some of the most popular power tools and related gifts from the previous year as well as a few classic staples nobody should be without. This year has seen some great new products hit the market that we think would really get any tool nerd excited to unwrap this holiday. Here are just a few of the hot items which we’ve broken down to several different groupings. (more…)

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LED Floodlights Making their way onto the Jobsites

LED Worklights

About 18 months ago we reviewed the 180 LED Voltec LED Floodlight 08-00703 which was a great concept but put out a somewhat wimpy 450 lumens and sold for around $80. In comparison to the Voltec 500W Halogen Worklight 08-00609 ($12) it was pretty wimpy but it began to address the need for a safer, more impact resistant, less hassle, cordless worklight. Now that technology has continued to improve and the costs on these LED lights have come down we are starting to see all sorts of great options, we will take a look at some updated models from Voltec and the new Milwaukee M18 Floodlight 2361-20 coming this fall. (more…)

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Voltec 180 LED Cordless Work Light 08-00703 Review

We are all familiar with the 500w halogen work lights around that are the standard in lighting any unfinished space. These things are cheap, a heavy duty grade version goes for around $12 at Ohio Power Tool and certainly they can drop well below that for the lower quality units. The problem is these things get knocked around, become wobbly and quickly unsafe. Not to mention the flaming hot bulb inside that can start a fire within seconds of contact to anything flammable. Couple that with the bulbs that break if you sneeze too hard around them and it seems to be a pretty inefficient light source but cheap no question so we put up with it. The new Voltec 180 LED Worklight 08-00703 ($79, Ohio Power Tool) does offer some serious improvements over the status quo.

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Custom Extension Cords – Safer, Cheaper, Easier to Identify

 
It’s almost funny just how disposable extension cords are considered on large jobsites. Mostly due to these items just magically growing legs and walking off, never to make it back to the tool crib after even just 1 job. It is because of this many purchasers try to go as cheap as possible when it comes to extension cords. The result is this often means safety and efficient features such as GFCIs, lighted ends, 3-outlet, All-Flex insulation, E-ZEELOCK, etc might get skipped all together. What’s the point if they are only going to last a fraction of their life expectancy anyway?

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Selecting the Right Extension Cord for Your Power Tools

 

A very important part of any tool’s performance is getting it enough power to run correctly however it is a consideration which is sometimes overlooked. We wanted to quickly cover some of the basics and things to consider when purchasing and/or using extensions with various power tools.

Doing the Math

The simple calculation for figuring your power needs is Watts/110 = Amps (or Amps x 110 = Watts). Each power cord will have a maximum Amperage rating which is a function of gauge thickness (thicker the cord, lower the gauge number) and length. As electricity travels the length of the cord, power is enviably lost so it is critical to always get a cord rated higher than your tool requires. Another consideration is if you use 2 or 3 cords together the Amperage rating will drop noticeably, which seems to slip people’s minds from time to time. Here is a voltage loss calculator if you want to get real scientific but that is most certainly overkill.

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