Ridgid StrapLock, Grip Plastic Pipe up to 8”

Ridgid Straplock Grips

Chalk this one up in the “why didn’t I think of that” category. The new Ridgid Straplock 42478 ($25) is an ideal tool for handling 3” – 8” PVC pipe and fittings. Super easy to adjust for different size pipe in seconds, just pull the slack. Ideal for aligning pipe, check out the video to see extended setup time, makes a lot of sense.

Check out all the Ridgid Plumbing tools and if you have any questions give the pros at Ohio Power Tool 800-242-4424 a call and they would be more than happy to help you find the right tool for the job.

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MAKITA and DOLMAR are Merging into One

Dolmar Makita Chain Saws

The Dolmar Outdoor Equipment brand has been owned by Makita for many years now (since 1991), which is why Makita does so well with gas blowers, gas concrete cutters and gas chain saws. Leading the way with the MM4 4-stroke technology but also continuing to innovative on the 2-stroke side with MM2.

Moving forward the Makita and Dolmar brands will become one under Makita Power Equipment, by integrating the two there will actually be a rather large expansion of the professional chain saw options for forestry and farm as well as occasional use. The deeper line-up of power equipment makes sense on both sides and will tie in nicely with all the 18V and 18Vx2 (36V) Lithium-Ion cordless chain saws, blowers, trimmers, etc. Below is a brushless 36v chain saw model currently selling in Japan, looks like it will hit US market soon as XCU03Z. Longer run-time, longer bar, better balance and more power!  

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Future of Cordless Power Tools, 10.0Ah and Beyond

Future is Here

A couple of years ago we went on a rant Future of Cordless Power Tools, 5.0Ah and Beyond where we predicted a bunch of cordless power tools we’d hope to see in the next couple years and whamo they almost all came true. Cordless SDS-Max hammer, cordless table saw, cordless trim router, cordless miter saws (full size), cordless HEPA vacs, battery to AC power inverters and more are all available at your local tool store today (or very very soon). Clearly we’re not psychic it’s pretty systematic as battery technology improves it’s logical all the next most popular, higher voltage tools will go cordless. So what might be coming next?

We just did a post about some of the new battery cell technology (18650 vs 20700) and how that plays into power tools with LiHD vs FlexVolt vs M18 and others, it got us think again. It seems like if we look 2, 3, 4 more years ahead, assuming the Tesla Giga-Factory continues to comes on line we should expect even bigger leaps forward and lower priced battery packs. We should expect cell improvements to continue on the 20700 standard, the typical 18v battery pack (10 cells) will hopefully be at least 8.0Ah capacity, larger packs 12.0Ah (15 cells), stack multiple packs and you’re talking serious juice, the possibilities are wide open. Continue reading

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Cordless Power Tool LiHD Battery Cells, 18650 vs 20700

LiHD 36V Cordless Grinder

We recently attended the Metabo media event and got our hands on the cordless 9” grinder running on their 36V LiHD which is roughly the equivalent to a 20+ amp corded power tool. No question it was the most powerful cordless tool we’ve ever used. So what’s different with LiHD technologies and how could a tool brand with such a small share of cordless market be ahead in battery technology.

18650 vs 20700

Before LiHD all lithium ion power tools (4v-80v) used some sort of configuration of 18650 li-ion cells, these cells produce 3.6V and measure 18mm x 65mm (hence 18650). There are hundreds of variations of these size of cells that can perform very differently but very few actual manufacturers, two of the most popular are Samsung and Panasonic/Sanyo. Most of the big name tool brands use Samsung but Metabo gets their cells from Panasonic/Sanyo who is focusing their efforts on a new cell standard, the 20700 cell, same 3.6V output but measures 20mm x 70mm.  Continue reading

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Metabo Tools 5 New Beveling Machines

Metal Beveling Tools

This week Metabo held a media event to showcase their current and upcoming tools. Of course we all know Metabo Grinders and Slicer Wheels as some of the best on the market for professional fabricators and metal workers. Metabo is known far less for cordless tools but we were incredibly impressed by their battery technology, which is very likely one of the best technologies around, granted a little pricier.

Building on their success in the grinder and metal working category Metabo is extremely focused on all tools related to metal working and bringing very specialized corded and cordless tool to market in this category. These new beveling tools are a great example of this coming to life.

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Makita 18V Black Sub-Compact Cordless CX200RB, the 12V Killers

Makita 18V Brushless CX200RB

Available Now in-stores and online! Makita Subcompact 18V brushless drill/driver and 18v brushless impact that are smaller but more powerful than most 12V tools. Makita lead the way in taking 36V tools and putting them on the Makita 18V platform with the 18Vx2 (using 2 18V batteries). These new subcompact tools much the same way now gives you the ability to have all your tools on a single 18V platform.

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That and they just look awesome blacked out, favorite nick names around here “Murder Edition” and “Vader Edition” neither Makita would probably put on the box but we have not heard any official trade names for the blacked out tools CX200RB ($229) other than 18V Subcompacts. Continue reading

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Field Test: Milwaukee M12 Cordless Drain Snake 2571-21

Milwaukee Drain Cleaner

The Milwaukee cordless drain snake has been a long awaited addition for many in the plumbing and maintenance trades. The M12 Drain Snake 2571-21 ($249) includes a 25’ x 5/16” bulb cable, battery, charger and 5 gallon bucket which is very handy for transport and storage. Some plumbers we talked with were concerned the M12 platform would not have enough power and were also concerned about what would the run time be like in the field. We gave the product to a plumbing professional and our friend, Tom from SewerQuest to try it out with his crew.

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Bosch Reaxx Strikes Back on Current SawStop Lawsuit

Lawsuit Sawstop vs Bosch

“Patent legal action is far from over” is how the Bosch Press Release below starts. The case is not expected to be over until January 2017 and the “initial determination” still has to undergo review and additional arguments from the parties. When we reported the information from SawStop’s Press Release earlier this week it admittedly sounded very much like judgement had been made and all that was left was to determine the punishment. That is not the case and we would agree with Bosch here, it was definitely a misleading press release. Continue reading

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Milwaukee Continues to Expand Cordless Lighting Solutions

Milwaukee’s expansion of their cordless lighting line has made them a major player in cordless L.E.D. lighting. They have continued their innovation with the introduction of their new cordless high output lighting systems. The lineup includes 4 all new cordless lights to suit a variety of workplace conditions and uses. Utilizing the M18 and M12 systems, these lights are designed to perform all day and offer unmatched true-color lighting.

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Judge Finds Bosch Reaxx Saw Infringes SawStop Patent

SawStop vs Bosch Reaxx

*** 9/15/16 Update – Bosch’s response to the below SawStop Press Release

SawStop just published a press release on Business Wire (see below) announcing that the Judge Thomas B. Pender has confirmed (at least the “Initial Determination”) that the Bosch Reaxx Saw has infringed the SawStop Patent. What does that mean for the Bosch Reaxx Saw, it is unclear at this point, but SawStop is asking ITC to exclude Bosch from bringing the saw into the US, including all parts and cartridges. This certainly looks like SawStop is one step closer to the Bosch Reaxx being dead in the water. If that is the case we would fully expect Bosch Tools to make good on products they have released.

If you are looking for a safer table saw with flesh detecting technology it looks like the SawStop Table Saws maybe the only option for the foreseeable future. Good news is they offer a full range of table saws from jobsite saws to large industrial saws.

Our friends at Pro Tool Reviews just did a nice comparison on the Bosch Reaxx and SawStop jobsite saws.

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