Milwaukee V28 FREE Batteries

If you are looking for cordless tools with real power behind them a great choice would be the Milwaukee V28 line of tools. Now is a great time to get a real deal on the V28 line of tools because Ohio Power Tool is offering a free 3rd battery with Any Tool Kit or Combo Kit. The high powered V28 battery’s current sale price is $150 but with good reason not only do they have superior power and capacity but they also carry a 5 year/ 5000 charge warranty, better than any other battery on the market. This deal is for an instant battery, NOT a mail-in rebate.

If you are looking for additional batteries for your existing V28 tools you may want to consider adding a new tool such as the ½” Impact, Grinder or Bandsaw which are all included in the FREE 3rd battery deal.

If you have any questions about any Milwaukee Tools please feel free to contact Ohio Power Tool at 800-242-4424 or email


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Top 8 of 2008 – Tool Blog Posts

2008 was definitely a big year for going from a few posts per month to almost everyday. Below are the top 8 most popular posts from 2008 based on page views, feedback & popularity. It’s pretty funny to read the older posts and see how things have evolved. Hopefully 2009 will be as kind to us as we hope to continue to grow and improve the website.

8. Guide to Buying Power Tools Online – This article is about buying power tools online and things to look for to make sure you are dealing with knowledgeable legitimate companies.

7. Milwaukee M18 Tools – Making the Switch – This article was written as the new line of Milwaukee 18 volt tools was being released. In the article it compares the new M18 to comparable models of Dewalt, Makita and previous Milwaukee V18 tools.

6. Power Tools From Around the World – The very first look at the possibility of Bosch (and/or Dremel) releasing a tool to compete with the Fein MultiMaster. The PMF 180 is a Bosch corded version of the tool which I would still like to see the Bosch release a corded version in the US.    

5. Ridgid Calendar 2009-2010 – This was intended to be a very short post simply letting everyone know the new Ridgid Calendars were available but the post received a tremendous amount of traffic. Who knew pretty girls would get traffic on the internet? P.S. There are plenty of calendars still available, free with any order, just ask.

4. Milwaukee Seesnake Micro Killer – The first article written about the Milwaukee M12 M-Spector camera and how it compares to the Ridgid Seesnake Micro (or at least how it was supposed to compare as at the time we had not gotten our hands on the model).

3. Ridgid Micro Explorer Digital Inspection Camera 30063 – The first look at the Micro Explorer and some of the advanced features it had over the first generation of micro Seesnake.   

2. Milwaukee 4201-22 vs. Bosch PS20-2 – This post was one of the first real comparison tests we did back at the beginning of the year. The post had a fair amount of pictures and really gave readers a good feel for the differences between these two products.

1. Some Fein Lookin’ Tools – Bosch PS50 & Dremel Multi-max – The most popular post of 2008 was not surprisingly the first official post announcing the new Bosch PS50 & Dremel Multi-Max tools. These tools were probably the most hyped tools for the 2008 holiday season and were also the topic of our most popular YouTube video from last year.  

Honorable Mention: Future of American Automakers – Congressional Motors – This was a pretty funny post which got an incredible number of hits unfortunately it was because we were credited as the authors for a short time on even though it clearly said we were not the authors.   


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Ohio Power Tool – Construction Distribution Cover Story

If you would like to learn more about Ohio Power Tool as a company read the cover story from Construction Distribution for the December/January issue. The article highlights some of the reasons we are different as a company and why you may want to do business with Ohio Power Tool. The “We Need it Now” article is a look at a few of the local customers and their perspective on what Ohio Power Tool does for them.

Distributor Spotlight: Be quick, be efficient! The future is now.
By A.D. "Butch" Horn

‘We need it now!’
By A.D. "Butch" Horn


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Custom Building Hydraulic Pumps

At Ohio Power Tool you can get a wide variety of Power Team Hydraulic Pumps powered by hand, air, electric or gas pumps. Pumps can be configured with small reservoirs, large reservoirs, single acting, double acting, different types of valves, remote control switches and so many other features. You can find many different model configurations available in the Hydraulic Pumps section which should handle most needs and is likely to be in-stock.


However if you need a pump to do something specific that is not handled by one of the standard models available do not worry. Everyday we work with factory to custom configure hydraulic pumps for customers with very specific needs. Large or small pumps, 1 unit or hundreds typically we can get these pumps built by at the factory within a matter of weeks. These would all include full factory warranties and are similar in price to equivalent models.


If you have any questions about hydraulic pumps, rams, tools, hoses, couplers, specific jobs, configurations or anything else related to hydraulic systems give Ohio Power Tool a call at 800-242-4424 or email Get pro help to custom configure the right pump and system for your needs.



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Ridgid SuperFreeze & Pipe Thawers

When it comes to pipe maintenance the easiest thing to do is obviously shut the entire system down and work at your leisure to fix any problems. Of course this not always an option. In some cases work needs to be done without shutting off the water supply. In these cases a very handy tool to have around is the Ridgid SuperFreeze. The SuperFreeze pipe freezer unit allows you to keep the water system operating while making repairs. The RIDGID SF-2500 is a mini-refrigeration unit that circulates self-contained refrigerant to its aluminum freeze heads. These heads form ice plug in as little as 5 minutes in copper tube up to 2 1/2" or steel pipe up to 2". The ice plugs remain frozen while the unit is on allowing ample time to repair any sprinkler head, valve, leaking pipe, etc. 
The Ridgid pipe thawers units KT-190 & KT-200 do just the opposite; they thaw pipes that may have frozen. Recently we’ve seen a bit of a spike in interest for these units with colder weather and ice storms shutting off power in some areas. Not a good combination for pipes full of water. Thawing Units provide continuous heating to quickly thaw 1/2" to 1 1/2" frozen metal pipes. With these lightweight, versatile units, there is no need to dig or tear apart walls. Simply attach the clamps to the metal pipe on each side of the frozen section and the pipe is thawed within minutes.  

Both of these types of units can be very handy for any contractors. For more information on these or any other Ridgid Plumbing Tools contact the experts at Ohio Power Tool (800-242-4424) and they will be happy to help you find the right tool for the job.  


At 9:21 AM | Posted in Plumbing Tools, Ridgid | 1 Comment

Workshop of the Future – Instructables

I have many regularly visited websites for tools, gadgets, projects and building stuff but one of my favorites has got to be Instructables. The basic idea of the site is it is a place where anyone can post a “How To” on building anything. It has a huge fan base of active uploaders for everything from fully working electric cars to simple cooking recipes.

Recently Craftsman sponsored a contest for the “Workshop of the Future” where the winner gets a $20,000 gift card from Sears to get all new tools for their workshop. Unfortunately the submission portion is over however the voting begins today, Jan 5th – Jan 11th. Help determine who should get the money from the 172 entries; there are some pretty good ideas here.    


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What’s New from STAFDA 2008? – Construction Distribution

Recently I had the opportunity to work with Construction Distribution Magazine and report on some of the new products that were featured at the STAFDA trade show. In total there were 6 of us “Roving Reporters” and it was interesting to see the different products that were mentioned in the article. I personally could have gone on forever with so many new products, if only I had the time and patience, there were easily 100 products which should have been mentioned.


Some of the products highlighted in the article are: Milwaukee M12 Cordless Tools, Spyder Scraper, Recipro Tools, Ridgid MicroExplorer, Malco TurboShear FC, Bosch Laser Levels, Dremel Multi-Max, CP Hydraulic Power Pack, Wright University Online Courses, Bosch Laser Range Finder, Concrete Destroyer from DiTeq Diamond, Joy Jaw saw guards, Grill-N-Chill tailgate BBQ, Gear Keeper Tethered products, Bosch PS50 Multi-X and portable CO2 tank from JacPac.  

Read the full article with pictures now on the Construction Distribution website, also the article will be in the December/January issue of the magazine which should be available this week or next.


At 10:14 AM | Posted in Bosch, Chicago Pneumatic, Construction Tools, Cordless Tools, Dremel, Milwaukee, Plumbing Tools, Ridgid, STAFDA, Wright Tool | Leave a comment

Around the World: Bosch Table Saw / Miter Saw Hybrid GTM12

How unfair… the Germans get all the cool toys before we do. I have no information on this as a US product yet and I’ve already seen everything from Bosch coming out for the first quarter. Hopefully we’ll see this gem at some point in 2009. I translated the stats below with BabelFish, which hopefully is pretty accurate. The blade is 12” (305mm) and at first glance it looks a little odd but the design is ingenious. The blade and motor can easily handle either job and with a few quick adjustments the tool transforms from miter saw to table saw.

Sorry to tempt you but for now you will have to be satisfied with the good old fashion separate Bosch Miter Saws & Table Saws available in the US. If these do come to the States trust me we’ll be right on top of it and let you know. With any luck it’ll make next years Christmas list.

Technical data
Cut capacity 0° 95 x 151 mm
Cut capacity 45° miter 95 x 90 mm
Miter attitude 48 ° L/48 ° R
Angle 47 ° L/2 ° R
Deep x length x height of 66 x 55 x 40 cm
Idling speed of 4,300 min-1
Saw blade diameter 305 mm (12″)
Saw blade drilling 30 mm
Weight without cable 22.0 kg


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Why Purchase Capital Equipment in 2008

Obviously I’m not an accountant and everyone’s situation is different but the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 provides significant tax advantages for capital equipment purchased before December 31, 2008. Equipment purchased before this deadline is eligible for up to 50% bonus depreciation, plus standard MACRS deductions that you would normally take.

1st Year Depreciation
Without Bonus
With Bonus
New Equipment cost
Less: 50% bonus
Less: Standard MACRS*
Total First Year Deduction

*5-year depreciation of 20% per year
This may benefit your company in 2008 if perhaps this was an overall good year but you are planning for a slowdown over the next year or two. There is still time to make a purchase and have the equipment by the end of the year if you know there is something your business needs.
Any specific questions on tools, air compressors, shop equipment or anything else you can always ask the pros at Ohio Power Tool but again talk to your accountant to see if this is something that would have tax benefits for your company.     

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Bosch Acquires Freud Power Tool Accessories

Bosch has been on a shopping spree in 2008 buying up laser brands and accessories companies all over the globe. Hopefully they will find a way to manage all these brands as many of the new brands will stay intact under the new ownership. Read the full Press Release below: 

· In the accessories business, Freud generated sales of 100 million euros in 2007

· Planned acquisition of the four Freud Group manufacturing sites in Italy, as well as of sales companies in North America, China, Italy, and the UK


· Freud power tool accessories business is an excellent regional and technological addition to Bosch portfolio

· Pozzo family will continue to be involved in the business following Bosch acquisition


Stuttgart – Bosch is to acquire the power tool accessories business of the Freud Group, headquartered in Milan, Italy. With this acquisition, Bosch is adding to its existing range of power tool accessories, especially high performance circular-saw blades and router bits. The acquisition is subject to approval by the authorities. The companies have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

The Freud Group is a global supplier of circular-saw blades, router bits, and cutters for enthusiast woodworkers, professional and industrial users. These products are mainly manufactured in four locations around the city of Udine in north eastern Italy. In this area of activity, the company employs some 580 associates worldwide, and generated sales of 100 million euros in 2007.


“Freud is an innovative supplier of high-quality circular-saw blades, routers, and cutters for professional users in trade and industry. The company is successful worldwide in these segments, especially in North America,” said Uwe Raschke, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH and president of the Power Tools division. “This makes Freud a perfect addition to our business, both technologically and regionally. As we further expand this business, we will build on the experience and extensive know-how of Freud associates and managers,” Raschke continued. “In our opinion, Bosch is the best possible partner for the Freud power tool accessories business, and will help it to continue its development worldwide and in particular in North America. Freud know-how and manufacturing competence will certainly strengthen the current Bosch position in this segment,” said Gino Pozzo, managing director of Freud SpA and son of the founder Gianpaolo Pozzo. Gianpaolo and Gino Pozzo will continue to accompany the development of Freud’s accessories business over the next three years as consultants. The family will be represented on various governing bodies and, together with Bosch, help to shape the company´s future.

Freud is Bosch’s fifth strategic acquisition this year to strengthen its Power Tools division. In January and July 2008, Bosch expanded its measuring-tools business by acquiring the Chinese specialist RoboToolz and the U.S. company CST/berger. A few weeks ago, Bosch also purchased parts of the garden irrigation business of L.R. Nelson Corporation, based in Peoria, USA, strengthening its range of garden irrigation products. In addition, it has acquired the majority shareholding in Sia Abrasives, a Swiss manufacturer of flexible abrasive systems.

With power tools, accessories, garden tools, and measuring technology, the Bosch Power Tools division generated sales of 3.1 billion euros in 2007. The division employs a global workforce of roughly 16,000 associates.




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