Power Tool Drag Racing

It’s hard to get any work done headed into the memorial weekend. I think everyone else has the same idea because not too many people are buying power tools today. Probably won’t get many readers on the blog either but there maybe a few people trapped at there desk for another few hours bored to tears searching the internet for entertainment.

I just spent some time checking out some of the sites dedicated to Power Tool Drag Racing. The Seattle guys http://www.powertoolracer.com/ (or http://hazardfactory.org/ think it’s the same people) and the guys in San Francisco http://www.powertooldragraces.com/. It looks like there are some events coming up in the next few months if you are in those areas.   

Unfortunately there are no brilliantly insane people in Ohio who have annual power tool races otherwise I would love to build some kind of fire breathing monster and race it. Probably unfair as there are pallets of used tools and several tool mechanics a few hundred feet away from me who would probably get a kick out of turning Sawzalls into drag racers.     

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Tanaka Gas Drills & Portable Concrete Coring

Tanaka Power Equipment is commonly known for their high quality gas powered landscaping equipment such as edgers, weed wackers, chain saws, pole saws, hedgers and backpack leaf blowers. The real secret is their ability to build extremely tough lightweight gas motors that just don’t quit. In fact they sell just their engines by themselves which make it into all sorts of RC cars, planes, high powered blenders and all sorts of other weird projects you can find around the internet.

At Ohio Power Tool you won’t find much in the way of lawn care products (…yet) but you will find several models of the Tanaka Equipment line of Portable Gas Drills. The TED-262R and TED262L are almost identical except the 262R featured a powered reversing switch that allows you to automatically back the drill out. These are used heavily by pole workers for drilling through utility poles with up to a 1” bit. The TED-262HS is designed more specifically as a concrete coring drill. Sold separately is a coring drill wet kit 29898 that helps reduce friction, dust and heat. This drill is ideal for road work, bridge installation, sewer, HVAC, plumbing, steel work and so much more.

All the Tanaka drills are real work horses and include a 2 year commercial warranty which is even good on rental tools. Ohio Power Tool also services these gas drills when they need repair. If you have any questions about the Tanaka Gas Drills or accessories, as always, call 800-242-4424 to talk to the pros at Ohio Power Tool.

Below is a Tanaka Drill demo video which I though was a pretty good sample of the different jobs these drills are built.     

     

 

At 8:00 AM | Posted in HVAC Tools, Plumbing Tools, Tanaka | Leave a comment

Ridgid Video Contest – 5 Finalists

If you didn’t know Ridgid has been holding a video contest for some time for faithful Ridgid fans. The contest entry deadline was April 30th so unfortunately you can no longer submit videos. However the winner has not been selected and you still have an opportunity to vote on your favorite video at www.teamridgid.com. You can watch the 5 finalists YouTube Video below and I think there are even some Videos that didn’t make the cut floating around YouTube in addition to the 5 finalists.

These guys are all winners already because they get an all expenses paid trip to Cleveland, Ohio (Only 2 hours away from Columbus & Ohio Power Tool) for the final judging where the winner will get $2,500 in Ridgid Tools.   

5 Finalist Videos 

Ode’ to the American Plumber

Roundup Preperations

Plumber’s Milkshake
(I pray this is a brand spanking new k-60)

Garbage Disposal Hero 

Get RIDGID!

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Milwaukee Seesnake Micro Killer

It’s no secret Milwaukee has been planning to come out with a similar product to the Ridgid Seesnake Micro. We mentioned this back when we did the Subcompact face off between Milwaukee 12v vs Bosch 10.8v. The target market should be a little different for these and I believe the new generation of Ridgid Seesnake Micro may focus a little more on plumbers where they have the strongest following. The new 9.5mm Ridgid camera heads available later this month are specifically designed with plumbers in mind. The Milwaukee model will find more broad appeal and working with the same batteries as the 12 volt subcompact tools is a huge advantage, as they will be adding more tools to this line. I like the added features of zoom and high resolution but it’s hard to believe there is not a model capable of taking some still shot images. Read the full Milwaukee press release below.

Milwaukee Introduces New Digital Inspection Camera

MILWAUKEE, WI – Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation introduces a breakthrough in professional inspection technology, the new Digital Inspection Camera. Designed for the professional trades, including plumbers, electricians, HVAC, and MRO professionals, Milwaukee’s Digital Inspection camera significantly enhances productivity by helping professionals quickly and accurately locate and evaluate common jobsite problems.

With advanced digital imaging technology and a 2.5” high-resolution color LCD display, the Digital Inspection Camera provides a crystal clear picture of tough to reach places such as inside pipes, drains and equipment and behind walls. Optimal image quality and control is achieved via an exclusive Image Zoom (2x) feature and LED brightness control. Equipped with a durable, detachable, 3’ water-tight flexible cable and a small camera head, the Digital Inspection Camera fits through holes as small a 3/4” and gets into, under and around tight spaces. An ergonomic handle, comfortable in any orientation, features up-front power and image controls for true one-handed operation. A power saving, auto shut-off feature preserves battery life.

The Digital Inspection Camera is available in 6-volt (Alkaline, model 2300-20) or 12-volt lithium-ion (model 2310-22) configurations. Both models are protected in a durable, impact resistant carrying case. Model 2310-22 includes one, 12-volt lithium ion battery and charger.

Features
•    Digital technology delivers superior image quality
•    Large, 2-1/2”, high-resolution (320 x 240) color LCD display
•    Exclusive adjustable image zoom (2x) and LED brightness control
•    Up-front camera controls for true one-hand operation
•    Rugged, detachable 3’ water-tight flexible shaft (3’ extension cables also available)
•    Small camera head and shaft diameter fit into holes as small as 3/4”
•    Handle designed for comfort in any orientation
•    Available: June 2008 (12-volt, 2310-22); July 2008 (6-volt 2300-20)

Specs
•    2.5” High-Resolution Color LCD display
•    0.7” (17mm) camera head diameter
•    Convenient adjustable Image Zoom (2x)
•    LED Brightness (3x) Control
•    320 x 240 display resolution
•    3’ expandable flexible cable
•    Waterproof camera and cable design
•    Power saving Auto Shut-Off feature
•    Run time: 8 hours (6-volt), 21 hours (12-volt) of operation
•    Available in 6-volt AA (Alkaline) (2300-20) or 12-volt lithium-ion (2310-22) configurations

 

Milwaukee Seesnake

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Top Deals Bosch Free 10.8V Cordless Tool

 

If you haven’t picked up one of the Bosch 10.8V tools yet, now is the perfect time because you will get a free tool! Purchase any of the driver kits PS10-2, PS20-2 or PS40-2 and you can mail-in to receive a FREE PS20. The free tool is a bare tool only so you don’t get batteries, charger or carrying case but it’s still a great deal. It’s a tough decision between the i-drive PS10-2 or Impactor PS40-2 they are both great tools but I would probably go with the Impactor. Bosch is planning to release additional tools expected to hit shelves soon which will work on the same battery system. I would expect to see some new cutting tools, drills and probably some different woodworking or craft type tools. The 10.8V battery is great but probably won’t be powering a 6.5” circular saws anytime in the future.

If you have any questions call the pros at Ohio Power Tool 800-242-4424.  

  

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Top Deals Free Milwaukee Tools & Accessories

There are two new Milwaukee Tool offers worth highlighting, good until the inventory is gone.


The first offer is for Milwaukee Accessories. Purchase one of these three kits: Big Hawg Hole Saw 7 Piece Kit, Bi-Metal Hole Saw 15 Piece Kit & Sawzall Blades 14 Piece Kit. And you receive a second of the same kit FREE instantly. This is not a Mail-in rebate and these are in stock so the free kit can be shipped or picked up at the same time. All 3 kits feature the new ice hardened blades, which is the new technique of manufacturing that significantly improves the strength and life of the blades. This is a great deal and if you don’t think you will need both kits these would make great gifts and Father’s Day is not to far away.


The second Milwaukee offer is for Free Tools. Buy 2 tools and receive 1 tool free. This is a mail-in rebate form so you will be waiting a few weeks on the free tool. Ohio Power Tool is stocked up on the following tools and the prices are really great already. Tools included in the offer Milwaukee Drill 0299-20 ($119.94), Drill 0302-20 ($149.04), Hole Hawg Drill 1675-6 ($321.00), Super Hawg Drill 1680-21 ($359.40), Right Angle Drill 3107-6 ($255.00) & New 15 amp Super Sawzall 6538-21 ($187.50). The free tool options include 0299-20 Drill, 6148-6 Grinder & 0621-21 Sander. There is also no limit on the number of free tools and you can order any combination of tools to receive the free tools. View the PDF for full details on this offer.

Obviously these two deals work together very well so if you are in the market for hole saws / drills or a few of the new Super Sawzalls this deal should make your day. If you have any questions on either of these Milwaukee Tool offers call the pros at Ohio Power Tool (800-242-4424) and they should be able to answer you might have.       

   

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Handheld Demolition Breakers Pneumatic vs Hydraulic vs Electric vs Gas Power

There are advantages and disadvantages for each type of breaking tool with a large variety of tools in each category. We wanted to do an overview of the main differences between these types of systems as well as highlight a few recommended products in each category.

Pneumatic Breakers are very common among commercial demolition. Common Pneumatic breaker sizes are 35 lb, 60 lb and 90 lb. We recommend Chicago Pneumatic for the air breakers themselves.  

PROS: These air tools are lightweight and relatively inexpensive for the tools themselves. Tools can last a long time and are fairly easy to repair.  

CONS: Pneumatic Breakers require a fairly large air compressor power source. They are loud to operate, inoperable at low temperatures and complete system can be pricy. Air tools also require a fair amount of up keep due to need to be oiled and fear of moisture buildup in the lines.      

Power Source: The recommended compressor would be a Chicago Pneumatic screw compressor or Ingersoll Rand Gas Compressor if you are going to be working away from an electric power source. Breakers require much larger compressors than that portable one you use to power your nail gun. You will need a large tank and serious power. The screw compressors are recommended because they provide more continuous air flow, last longer, run quieter and are more compact.     

Hydraulic Breakers work similar to the pneumatic systems where there is a power source completely separate from the operating tool. Our recommendation for a Portable Hydraulic System would defiantly be the Atlas Copco Power Pack (picture shown above) with the associated tools.

PROS: Hydraulic tools provide the most power and torque as the fluid can not compress like air, the tools will not freeze at low temperatures, hydraulic tools can work underwater, life span of the tool is very long, low maintenance as the parts are continuously lubricated and the tools are quieter than other options.

CONS: The main problem with the hydraulic system is the initial costs are more than other options and if the line ever breaks you have a big mess.

Power Source: The Atlas Copco Power Pack is fairly compact with wheels and handle for easy maneuverability. It can easily be lifted into a truck bed and is far more portable than an air compressor with comparable output. The Atlas Copco sytem is powered by a Honda 13 hp gas engine and works with a wide range of tools which can all work simultaneously off one unit.

Electric Breakers are probably the easiest out of the box breakers to use. Simply plug into an electrical outlet and the tool is ready to use. These are the most common for rental to take out the back patio or other one time jobs. Our Recommendations would be for the Bosch Breakers, specifically the Bosch Brute 11304 or new lighter Bosch 11335K (shown above).

PROS: Easy to use, no expensive external power source required, can use in cold temperatures, quieter to operate than other options, less expensive for complete system.

CONS: Not as powerful as pneumatic or hydraulic tools, lower power/weight, need to be near source of electrical power, shorter life of tool, more costly repairs and should not be operated around water.

Power Source: The most versatile as it can work with any electric power source with a plug. For mobile use they work with any heavy duty jobsite generator such as the Milwaukee Generators powered by Honda Engines, available in 4300, 5000, 6000 & 7000 watts.  

Gas Breakers (self contained) are the only completely independent breakers that don’t have a cord or hose which could easily be cut or broken. Chicago Pneumatic makes the Red Hawk Gas Powered Breaker, our recommendation for gas breaker.

PROS: Completely self contained, quick easy set up, no hoses or electric cords to be damaged and more versatile single unit.

CONS: Noisier, poisonous exhaust fumes, heavy unit, continuous maintenance, costly repairs, lowest power/weight ratio.

Power Source: Self contained gas engine makes this ideal for small jobs and remote locations.

   
Overall our recommendation for any serious demolition jobs done by hand is for the Power Pack from Atlas Copco. In addition to the several options of breakers this unit works with available core drills, large saws and many other tools. Hydraulic power is the most powerful, can be used underwater or in the cold and the Power Pack unit is portable enough for almost all jobs.       

  

At 2:47 PM | Posted in Air Compressors, Atlas Copco, Bosch, Chicago Pneumatic, Construction Tools, Demolition Tools | 3 Comments

Ohio Power Tool – Website Update

Some of you may have noticed that OhioPowerTool.com received a much needed update earlier this week. At first glance the visual changes seem modest which was the intention so current customers wouldn’t need to relearn the site. Some of the functional improvements include an easier to use navigation system, related products, international checkout, order tracking, a Top Deals section and many other features which shoppers are looking for from a professional ecommerce site. You may also notice the expanded product lines including Makita Power Tools, Simplex Hydraulic, Atlas Copco Construction, Tanaka Gas Drills among others. For the current lines such as Bosch, Milwaukee, Ingersoll Rand there have been significant increases to the number of products and accessories in-stock and sold online. If you have a minute I would encourage you to take a look.

What is in the future for Coptool.com? Any Blog is only as good as its last post and if the last post was a week ago you’ve got a problem. Coptool is committed to daily posts during the week and if you have any suggestions for posts please let us know. We are happy to have readers participate; send us questions to answer, ideas for tool comparison tests, post information about new tools, deals you found, projects you worked on or perhaps some other topic that might be relevant.

  

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Top Deals: Milwaukee Titan Work Cart $175

*** Update the Milwaukee Titan Cart is no longer available however Milwaukee is working on new Storage Solutions for 2015 and it’s possible we could see mobile storage solutions again. We will share more information as we hear it!  

The Titan Milwaukee Work Carts came out well over a year ago and has served many of us very well. Around the internet you will see these selling for $300-600+ depending on the model. The main difference in the two models is the 48-60-5015 has a lockable cabinet on the bottom shelf while the 48-60-5010 is open on the bottom. Both carts have a lockable drawer and work with the same add-on accessories. Milwaukee Tool made an entire site to showcase how these carts can be configured and videos to show how well these carts are built.

Ohio Power Tool is selling the 48-60-5010 cart for $175.00, which we can’t find anything for even double that on any site across the internet. These are brand new in the box from the factory and Made in the USA. Checkout the Google Shopping search on this product  for our everyone’s prices. These will move fast at this price. If you have any questions call Ohio Power Tool at 800-242-4424.

 

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Way More Than a Stud Finder

dmd4k multi-detector

The relatively new Bosch Multi-Detector DMD4K at first glance looks like a glorified stud finder but this little gizmo does way more than allow you to point it at yourself and make bad jokes. It does detect wood studs however it also can detect metal and let you know if the metal is ferrous (magnetic) or non-ferrous (non-magnetic). In addition it has a zoom feature which allows you to detect material that is deeper in the material (up to 4”). Recently during a job site demo we used the DMD4K to find rebar in concrete barriers several inches deep in concrete. There is a gauge to tell you how strong the signal is and coupled with the zoom feature it is pretty easy to exactly pin point any pipe, wire or stud. Once the material is located it is easy to mark it through the illuminated hole in the center of the detector, large enough for any standard pencil. Note, don’t use a mechanical pencil or metal pen as the metal next to the detector throws off your readings.  The detector also can detect live electric lines and has a separate gauge for the strength of line. This is a big convenience and an even bigger safety feature for demolition work.

The DMD4K is a great tool which you can get at Ohio Power Tool for $89.00. It is also available for free if you buy a Bulldog SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer 11255VSR ($239). It is shipped right with the tool smae day if ordered before 1:00pm EST, no mail-in rebate or anything like that. The DMD4K is very useful for any contractor, handyman, plumber, electrician, you name it.  

  

 

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