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Article Written by Jennifer Murphy from NetPlus Alliance (Where all the Top Tool Brands get together to become more awesome!)
The theme at this year’s STAFDA convention in Austin, Texas was ‘Raising Leadership,’ and I was lucky enough to have my own future leader in tow with me at the show. It was an exciting moment when Georgia Foley, the Executive Director at STAFDA, gave my son Henry a shout-out during her opening address, welcoming him to Texas and to his first STAFDA show. Henry has wanted to come to STAFDA since he was little. The keynote speakers, usually retired NFL players and coaches, or the Shark Tank stars were always a draw, but also my stories about the tool displays and the big parties hosted by the major construction manufacturers also fueled his interest. (more…)
The 2017 Pro Tool Innovation Awards proved to include some of the toughest calls we’ve ever had to make. After all, innovation doesn’t squarely fall to the highest performing tools. It’s about making them better in small steps and occasionally giant leaps. But thanks to a team of judges spanning the trades and the country, we finally got it all sorted out. (more…)
Watching Shark Tank the other day and saw a couple of guys who were showing a new Tool Box called the “Cool Box”. First thought it might be a tool box with cooler built-in (and thought, genius) but then realized they just thought their product was so “cool” they needed to put it in the name. You shouldn’t have to call you own product “cool” especially if it doesn’t cool anything. Then they listed the features which all sounded good USB charger, power strip, Bluetooth radio/speakers, LED light, magnetic lid, bottle opener, etc. But then they came to the price tag $250 (on their site now $199). Huh… Does it come full of tools for that price? It is hard to imagine paying that price for an off brand tool box but on Indiegogo right now they are near a half million dollars in pre-order. WOW.
Our long time friend Rob Robillard, Concord Carpenter is a wealth of knowledge on home repairs, remodeling and prevention of potential home disasters. For our readers soaking up the Southern California sun, you can just skip right past this article. While this year has been extremely mild so far there is still plenty of winter left for an extreme cold snap in the North. Check out this solution for keeping pipes from freezing.
We’ve been following the PTIA (Pro Tool Innovation Awards) for several years now and they have certainly been growing the depth and breadth of their coverage each year. Lots of innovations launch each year in tools, accessories and their various other categories. We at Coptool try to keep our arms around the whole all the new products and it’s a challenge, trying to rate and compare them all across the board even tougher. We do not envy these guy’s job but after spending some time reviewing the various lists we’ve got to say we’d agree with many of their findings. Certainly we’d encourage every shopper to do their own research but the PTIA are a good resource and just fun to see all the new products in the industry. See the various Categories Below: (more…)
Curious what new products rate the best for 2014? Head over to the 2014 Pro Tool Innovation Awards and find out. Dozen of categories for everything from boots to blades to drills to lawnmowers.
We are always looking for better ways to organize our tools and accessories to make them there when you need them. A couple of our friends have recently posted some clever solutions you can most likely build from scrap material you have in your shop right now.
Quick Drill Slot Storage
When you need a drill/driver it seems like it can’t be close enough. Ours is often sitting very close on the work bench however that’s not a great place for it as it’s very easy to knock off the table or often in the way. This solution is very nice because it keeps it off your work surface but still very close at hand. I like the holster feel although I might waist too much time trying to improve my quick draw skills. Get the full How To on ToolBoxBuzz.com. (more…)
Contractor Supply Magazine is a terrific trade publication for all the companies involved in the manufacturing and distribution of power tools, accessories and other supplies. While the magazine is very focused on the distributor’s side of industrial and construction products we find it is also a great resource for new product reviews, industry trends and other insight that might appeal to all sorts of other professionals. In the current January 2014 issue there is an in-depth interview that takes a look under the hood of Ohio Power Tool as a brick & mortar store as well as OhioPowerTool.com as an ecommerce destination and how the two complement one another.
Contractor Supply Magazine – Cover Story: Ohio Power Tool – Live & Online
Recently we wrote an article for Pro Tool Review Magazine, “7 Dealdly Sins in Tool Repair and How to Avoids Them”. These are all based on thing we have seen over the years that are common tool problems or scary tool repair attempts that have seen come across the repair department counter at Ohio Power Tool.
To read the full story online head over to Pro Tool Review.