Category Archives: Electrician Tools

Southwire Tools Acquire ProBuilt & WobbleLight

Southwire Wobble Light

If you can’t beat’m join’m they say. Southwire Tools has been growing both with aggressive product development but also with some very smart strategic acquisitions such as very recent purchase of Garvin Industries, to join Colman Cable for their Extension Cords, Maxis for Knockouts & Wire Pullers, Sumner for material lifts, material carts, pipe stands and the list goes on. Southwire is already a leader in LED jobsite lighting but with the addition of ProBuilt they will now one of the market leaders for construction temporary lighting. We have been very impressed with the investment they have made in the brands that join the Southwire family with lots of investment in R&D we thing they’ve made a lot of improvements along the way. Does this mean the Matte Black Wobble Light will be here soon, we hope so!! We will know more very soon in the meantime check out the Southwire Press Release below: (more…)

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The Husky 500-Lumen LED Dual Beam Unbreakable Aluminum Flashlight

The Husky 500-Lumen Dual beam unbreakable Flashlight is a… WAIT A MINUTE. “Unbreakable”? Sounds like a challenge. 🙂

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Bosch Starlock Oscillating Multi-Tools

GUEST POST – Dwain is one of the experts behind oztooltalk, from Australia . You can find more of their video tool reviews on their Youtube Channel.  

Most Coptool readers would know that Bosch and FEIN worked together to create Starlock, an innovative system for attaching oscillating multi-tool (OMT) blades and bits. Currently only Bosch and FEIN tools employ the the Starlock system, though it will undoubtedly start appearing on other brands in the near future.

Tool-less bit changes have already been increasing the flexibility of OMTs for a few years, making tradespeople more likely to use them for multiple tasks (like sanding). But apart from making the blade change even faster, Starlock makes a huge difference because users don’t have to handle the blades. Why is this this useful? Because OMT blades get hot! It’s quite common for users to want to rotate a blade several times, but the hot blades are painful to handle.

Coptool discussed the Starlock system was a while back – (previous coptool post). The new OMTs come in two variations, StarlockPlus and StarlockMax. A summary of the blade compatibility is listed below:

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Milwaukee M18 Cordless Heat Gun 2688-21

M18 Heat Gun 2688-21

The Milwaukee team has really been hard at work recently launching a number of products that are truly the first time on a battery platform. The Milwaukee M18 2688-21 ($239, kit) and 2688-20 ($119, bare tool) are perfect examples of this. Heat guns have always been corded solutions and very popular amount mechanics, electricians, plumbers and many other trades, all places where cords simply don’t make any sense. The first question we hear of course is can this stand up to the corded heat guns?

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Ridgid’s New Thermal Imagers – Predict, Prevent & Preform

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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…)

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Stocking Stuff Idea – Mastery of Fire

TS8000 Hand Torch

Some great holiday stocking stuffer gift ideas that never seem to fail are LED Lighting and Pocket Knives but don’t underestimate the power of fire, sure to put a smile on anyone’s face! Hand torches are incredibly useful tools and not just for sweating pipe. The Bernzomatic torch TS8000 ($39) or as a kit with MAP/PRO gas TS8000KC ($54 + $10 off Black Friday deal) is pretty much the best option out there with all the bells and whistles, on/off trigger, swirl flame for maximum output and a super easy to use design. We just upgraded from our manual option and for the small price difference there is really no reason manual should even still even exist.

Hand Touch Automatic vs manual

If you’re still not sure why complete mastery of the flame is such a really cool holiday gift idea below are a few videos that’ll likely spark some project ideas from woodworking to corn on the cob. (more…)

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Milwaukee M12 Cordless Soldering Iron 2488-21

2488-21 M12 Soldering Gun

There has not been much innovation in the soldering iron category recently however that is all about to change with the launch of the Milwaukee M12 Cordless Soldering Gun 2488-20 ($69, bare) and 2488-21 ($129, kit). With this tool you get 18 second heat up time and up to 40 minutes runtime with an M12 Compact Battery which is pretty increasable. We had a brief chance to use this tool at the New Product Symposium, see video below, but it will be hitting the market this month (November).

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Bosch 18V Brushless Recip Saw GSA18V-125

GUEST POST – Dwain is one of the guys from oztooltalk. You can find more of their videos at their youtube channel

Bosch has increased their cordless reciprocating saw range substantially over the last couple of years. From just a single (mediocre) 18V standard model, to compact, one-handed models in both 12V and 18V, and now the premium brushless GSA18V-125N.

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The times they are a-changin’ ONE-KEY

A quick history lesson in hand-held driving:

First hand-held electric drill: 1895
First cordless drill: 1961
Lithium-Ion battery tech: 2005
Brushless, 3-Speed impact driver: 2009

In the 2010’s we’ve seen: IP56 protection, self-tapping modes, a driver/wrench hybrid, lengths reduce to under 5″, improved bit-holders and raft of other minor improvements. It makes you wonder, what will an impact driver in 2025 look like? (more…)

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Bosch 18V Metal-Cutting Circular Saw CSM180

Metal-cutting circular saws are becoming more and more well-known by trades-people, and it’s easy to see why. Their ‘cold-cut’ produces little burring, fast cutting speeds, few sparks and of course, no heat.

It should be of no surprise then that Bosch have produced a cordless, light-weight metal saw for the job site. The CSM180 has a 5-3/8″ blade, with a cut depth of up to 2″. It weighs only 5.8 lbs with a high capacity 18V battery, and is extremely ergonomic in the hand. It is available as a bare tool CSM180B ($199) or in a kit with two 4Ah batteries CSM180-01 ($349).

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