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. Continue reading →
CS Unitec has engineered a new Long-Reach Drywall Sander ELS 225.1($965, system with Vacuum) that prepares walls and ceiling seams that delivers flawless results. With this new system, users can create a smoother finish, quicker and cleaner that comparable products. In addition, this new system makes it easier, approximately 60% easier and less effort prior to painting, plastering and/or decorating. Not only can this product reach higher ceilings and up to 9 feet, is extremely low weight, making it easier to be used for ceiling applications. Its 9” flexible head is not only ideal for larger surface areas, it conforms to contours as well! Its ergonomic handle design provides superior balance, allowing it to be guided for longer periods of time and less operator fatigue.
From December 12th – 24th Ohio Power Tool is giving away a bucket full of random goodies everyday. All obviously include an brand new shiny Ohio Power Tool Bucket as well as his and hers Koozies, Ridgid Calendar as well as a tee shirt, some sort of hand tools and accessories. There are also several higher dollar items in there including a new M18 Surge Impact & Battery, Makita Brushless Drill & Impact, Metabo 50th Anniversary Grinder, Stilleto Hammer, Bosch heated jacket, Jet Air Tools and as the song says other random things. We are already 1 winner down but there are 11 more to go!!!
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.
We will continue to search out concrete tools and accessories to help our audience meet the upcoming OSHA Silica Dust standards, June 23, 2017. Cutting concrete outdoors with a gas cut-off saw and water hookup probably won’t change much however for indoor concrete cutting or dry cutting we will definitely see some new challenges. These new Core Cut C14($599) and C16($999) Concrete Saws are electric but offer serious power much closer to gas than we have seen in the past and can be used wet or dry. Many 14”+ electric saws currently don’t have water hookups or dust collectors and aftermarket attachments can be questionable. The new OSHA spec for dust collection require near HEPA filtration, automatic filter cleaning and 25 CFM per 1” of blade diameter in cutting. For a 14”saw that’s 350 CFM, you’re not going to find that at your local hardware store.
Milwaukee expands on its commitment to utilities, linemen and innovates on its growing cordless lighting systems with their introduction of the new M18 Utility Bucket Light. The Bucket Light features a patented spring-loaded bucket clamp that fits all buckets and bucket liners up to 4” and allows for easy attachment, deployment, and movement and even works on the corner of the bucket.
One of the biggest causes for injuries or even death on a construction jobsite are fall related accidents. A few simple steps can be taken with your fall protection harness to greatly reduce some of these potential risk. We were surprised to learn how big of a problem just proper fit for a Fall Protection Harness can be and how dangerous it is to improperly wear a harness. Our next installment of On the Job Safety Tips with Safex(Safety Consultants) video is on Proper Fit and Daily Inspection for your fall protection harnesses.
It was not been a secret that with Milwaukee’s acquisition on Empire Levels as well as another measuring tape manufacturer they had their eyes focused heavily on building a full range of measuring hand tools. With Empire already covering economic to mid-high range levels, squares, caution tapes, utility detectable tapes, measuring tapes, bobs, calipers, etc the only direction to go was up. Stabila has held the market for high end, extremely accurate levels for many years in US and Milwaukee has not been shy where the Milwaukee RedStick Torpedo & Box Levels will compete in the market (they even put it on their packaging).
We have been following the progress of Franklinton Rising program since the begin and have been very impressed with the mission, students and progress. The program takes homes that are falling apart in neglected areas and begins teaching teens the skills needed to renovate these properties. With 2 classes completed there are plans for more in 2017 with more home renovations already underway.
As Bluetooth speakers from BOSE, BEATS and many other have become much more powerful while actually shrinking in size we have wondered why so many of the jobsite radios have remained the size of 80’s Boomboxes. The new Milwaukee radio speaker, Pre-order Now 2891-20($149). looks to change the game with style, size and clarity that will make it competitive not only among jobsite radios but for anyone looking for high quality Bluetooth speakers.
Powered by either the Milwaukee M12 or M18 systems batteries, IP54 can handle jobsite or beach, 40W of power to 6 speakers for 119 decibels (Bose at 116 & Beats at 99), Total Harmonic Distortion of .28% (Bose at .31% & Beats at .50%), AC power option, 2.1 Amp USB output and compact design of only 14” which is still tough enough to get knocked around. Retail price will be around $150. Unfortunately this new radio is not going to be under any Christmas Trees this holiday as it doesn’t launch until January. For more info check out the official Milwaukee Press Release info below.
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