Small Family Business of the Year Award

Over the past few years Ohio Power Tool has been growing at a nice rate while making it a priority to maintain the same level of product knowledge and customer service.  We were lucky enough to be honored earlier this year as one of the Fast 50 (50 fastest growing companies in Columbus). More recently we have been honored as the Small Family Business of the Year. The Conway Family Business Center classifies small business as less than 20 employees and we were nominated with several other great Columbus companies. The profile below was featured in Business First.

Ohio Power Tool Inc.
Address: 1042 Dublin Road, Columbus
Phone: 614-481-2111
Web site:
Business description: Sales and repair of power tools and equipment
Top principal/officer: James D. Amstutz
No. of generations/Year founded: 2/1983
Family members working for business: James, Suzanne and Jay Amstutz
2007 revenue: Would not disclose 

What has been the depth of your succession planning? In the process of evaluating succession plan options since our son, Jay, has recently started working with us.

If you have developed a strategic plan, what has it meant to how the company operates? Excellent customer service, top-quality brands, and employee knowledge of product have always been part of our mission. Web site presence has been our strategy to stay competitive the past few years, and with our son Jay’s marketing background and Web site development experience, we have exceeded our goals.

What challenges does turmoil in the financial markets bring to your company in 2009? The current financial market has prompted us to be more discriminating in extending credit to our customers. We are also seeking better terms from our vendors and not taking on any debt. It will also provide opportunities to excel where other companies may struggle.

Describe the greatest challenge in working with family members and what you have learned from the experience: The greatest challenge is probably taking family members for granted. A lot is expected at the workplace with everyone helping where needed, which sometimes interferes with family life. Another aspect is spending too much time working and thinking about business during times that should be devoted to family only. We’ve been fortunate that we’ve been able to work together while respecting and recognizing our individual skills and talents that complement the work environment. My advice would be to define specific roles for the family members that they are happy with and respect those boundaries.

When family problems weave their way into the work place, how are they resolved? Our philosophy has been to discuss things at home and try to resolve things on a personal level, rather than involve the workplace.

Articulate the benefits of working with family members: The greatest benefit is that we are all seeking a common goal, which is to see the company succeed. We also offer each other support and encouragement during rough times, as well as require accountability with all our decisions.

Are you more or less optimistic about the coming year for your company? We had a record year in 2007, and as of October of this year, we have exceeded 2007 sales. Because of our marketing and Web site, we are reaching more customers and are optimistic that sales will continue to grow through 2009. Even though the economy may slow down, we are continuing to gain a market share of the tool industry.


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Bosch Laser Levels Coming in 2009

Several months ago Bosch acquired CST/Berger from the Stanley Works. Bosch has been looking to get into the laser business for some time and CST/Berger is probably the best name in the business so the purchase couldn’t have been a better fit. Stanley at the time was looking to diversify away from the construction business so it looks like this worked out for everyone. 

In addition to continuing to build the CST/Berger line Bosch has also decided to add several new products under the Bosch name. These new items include dot lasers, line laser levels and rotary laser levels. The Bosch specific products are aimed more toward the contractors and they will most likely never have the specialty products or survey equipment similar to the CST/Berger line.

Below is a list of all the new Bosch Laser Tools you will see the first quarter 2009.

Bosch GPL3T 3-Point Torpedo Laser Alignment Kit – Features include: dot lasers, plumb, level & square, aluminum body, tripod mount, bubble levels & v-groove for pipes. List: $152, OPT: $91.20

Bosch GPL3 3-Point Laser Alignment, Self Leveling – Features include: dot lasers, smart pendulum self leveling, plumb, level, 90 degree & grade points. List: $257, OPT: $154.20

Bosch GPL5E 5-Point Laser Alignment with Fully Automatic Leveling – Features include: dot lasers, motorized self leveling, plumb, level, 90 degree & grade points. List: $406, OPT: $243.60

Bosch GLL2-50 Crossline Laser, Self Leveling w/ Pulse – line lasers, vertical, horizontal & cross line modes, pulse mode for use with LR2 laser receiver. List: $384, OPT: $230.40

Bosch GLR145HV Rotary Level with Automatic Leveling – horizontal, vertical, 3 lengths, 3 speeds, remote control. List: $1040, OPT: $624.00

Bosch GLR145HVCK Rotary Level with Automatic Leveling Kit – includes GLR145HV with RCR2 receiver, tripod, measuring rod and more. List: $1172, OPT: $703.20

Bosch GLR160DHV Dual Axis Rotary Level with Automatic Leveling – horizontal, vertical, both together, 6 lengths, 3 speeds, remote control, self level. List: $1371, OPT: $822.60

Bosch GLR160DHVCK Dual Axis Rotary Level with Automatic Leveling – includes GLR160DHV with RCR2 receiver, tripod, measuring rod and more. List: $1503, OPT: $822.60


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Interview with Chris Grundy from Cool Tools

Recently we had a chance to ask Chris Grundy, host of DIY Network’s Cool Tools some power tool questions. We used some questions we had received by readers at as well as some questions about the show in general. Read a few of the responses below.   

Q: With the holiday shopping season coming up many people will be buying tools for their friends and family members. How do you discretely find out what tools they might need and do you have any suggestions for tools that might be popular this holiday season?
A: You wanna buy someone some tools – ask their friends, neighbors and co-workers what they’ve been borrowing lately. If they’ve been putting their paws on someone’s recip saw, impact driver or whatever— it’s probably time they get their own!
As for gift ideas, I think oscillating tools are going to be popular this season. They’ve got some pretty attractive price points with a variety of power options. I predict a lot of folks who didn’t even know oscillating tools existed will find they’re a must have. I can’t imagine doing a rehab job without one in my kit.

Q: A few years ago it seemed like all cordless tools were either 14.4 or 18v. Recently we have seen the addition of many tools with more power, such as 28 volt and 36 volt tools, while at the same time there are so many new tools at 12 volt of less. For your average do-it-yourself user who ideally would like all his tools to use the same batteries and charger, would you still recommend 18 volt tools or something else?
A: The 28 volt and 36 volt tools really supply the run time and power for pros on the jobsite. The new 12 volt Li Ions are great for pros and homeowners. Fourteen and 18 volts are great for serious DIYers because of a larger range of tools. I am personally fond of staying within a brand because chargers and batteries are usually compatible.  Chargers for the bigger batteries will do the lower capacity ones as well, and I don’t get stuck lugging around 17 chargers.

Q: Obviously the show is all about finding the Coolest Tools around, but in your search have you come across any real dud tools that are either impractical or just ridiculous? What are some of worst tools you have found?
A: I don’t like to dis innovators, but I have seen some multi-purpose tools that just do too many things and none of them well. People forget that the KISS rule applies to everything – even tool design. You know, Keep It Simple Stupid.  Oddball painting gadgets seem the hardest to use, unless you are the inventor.  To solve a problem, my advice is to think it all the way through and simply do one thing better than anyone else.

Q: When buying new tools we all want something that is going to last a long time for the best possible price. With such a wide range of products and pricing out there, how do you determine which tools are the best value?
A: I determine the value by my intended use. If I need the gizmo to complete a task that I am not planning on doing again I might skimp a little, but if it’s going to be a trusty sidekick, the old adage of “you get what you pay for” is especially true in tools. Quality is never cheep.

Also just a reminder; the Cool Tools Holiday Blitz is still going on and you can catch Cool Tools on the DIY Network every night in December at 8:00 pm est. New episodes are on every Thursday at 9:00 pm est. Also don’t forget to sign up for the Holiday Blitz Sweepstakes which runs through December 29th and is good for a $15,000 cash prize. Not bad for 30 seconds of typing. 

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Future of American Automakers – Congressional Motors

My buddy that works for one of the American automakers emailed me this. It’s pretty funny.  Couldn’t find the original author online anywhere. Please let me know if you have any idea.
   congressional motors

It’s in the way you dress. The way you boogie down. The way you sign your unemployment check. You’re a man who likes to do things your own way. And on those special odd-numbered Saturdays when driving is permitted, you want it in your car. It’s that special feeling of a zero-emissions wind at your back and a road ahead meandering with possibilities. The kind of feeling you get behind the wheel of the Pelosi GTxi SS/Rt Sport Edition from Congressional Motors.

All new for 2012, the Pelosi GTxi SS/Rt Sport Edition is the mandatory American car so advanced it took $100 billion and an entire Congress to design it. We started with same reliable 7-way hybrid ethanol-biodeisel-electric-clean coal-wind-solar-pedal power plant behind the base model Pelosi, but packed it with extra oomph and the sassy styling pizazz that tells the world that 1974 Detroit is back again — with a vengeance.

We’ve subsidized the features you want and taxed away the rest. With its advanced Al Gore-designed V-3 under the hood pumping out 22.5 thumping, carbon-neutral ponies of Detroit muscle, you’ll never be late for the Disco or the Day Labor Shelter. Engage the pedal drive or strap on the optional jumbo mizzenmast, and the GTxi SS/Rt Sport Edition easily exceeds 2016 CAFE mileage standards. At an estimated 268 MPG, that’s a savings of nearly $1800 per week in fuel cost over the 2011 Pelosi.

Even with increased performance we didn’t skimp on safety. With 11-point passenger racing harnesses, 15-way airbags, and mandatory hockey helmet, you’ll have the security knowing that you could survive a 45 MPH collision even if the GTxi SS/Rt were capable of that kind of illegal speed.

But the changes don’t stop there. Sporty mag-style hubcaps and an all-new aggressive wedge shape designed by CM’s Chief Stylist Ted Kennedy slices through the wind like an omnibus spending bill. It even features an airtight undercarriage to keep you and a passenger afloat up to 15 minutes — even in the choppy waters of a Cap Cod inlet. Available in a rainbow of color choices to match any wardrobe, from Harvest Avocado to French Mustard.   

Inside, a luxurious all-velour interior designed by Barney Frank features thoughtful appointments like in-dash condom dispenser and detachable vibrating shift knob. A special high capacity hatchback holds up to 300 aluminum cans, meaning fewer trips to the redemption center. And the standard 3 speaker Fairness ActoPhonic FM low-band sound system means you’ll never miss a segment of NPR again. Best of all, the Pelosi GTxi SS/Rt is made right here in the U.S.A. by fully card-checked unionized workers and Detroit’s famous visionary jet-set managers. Even if you don’t own one, you can enjoy the patriotic satisfaction that you’re supporting the high wages, good benefits, and generous political donations that are once again making the American car industry the envy of the world.

But why not buy one anyway? With an MSRP starting at only $629,999.99, it’s affordable too. Don’t forget to ask about dealer incentives, rebates, tax credits, and wealth redistribution plans for customers from dozens of qualifying special interest groups. Plus easy-pay financing programs from Fanny Mae. So take the bus to your local CM dealer today and find out why the Pelosi GTxi SS/Rt Sport Edition is the only car endorsed by President Barack Obama. One test drive will convince you that you’d choose it over the import brands. Even if they were still legal.


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Perfect Power Tools & Accessories for Stocking Stuffers

48-32-1500 Milwaukee 38 Piece Quik-Loc Kit – $30.94
This Milwaukee Bit Set is critical to get the most out of your hex shank driver. Many of the new 10.8V-12V compact tools use the hex bit system which can limit the tools use without the right accessories. This kit not only has a wide range of driver bits but also several sizes of drills and impact bits.   

290-05 Dremel Engraver – $19.95
At the lowest price we could find anywhere this tool is very handy if for nothing else simply to engrave your other tools so they don’t walk off. The kit comes with extra tips and stencil kit for a professional look. Next time you are in your brother-in-laws garage and you think isn’t that my hammer? Now you will know because it’ll have your name on it.

T308B Bosch Extra Clean for Wood Jigsaw Blades – $9.49 (5 pack)
Possibly the most excitement about a new Jigsaw blade ever the T308B has received a lot of attention this year. These saw blades make such a nice smooth cut it keeps cuts from splintering and eliminates the need for rough sanding. These are a perfect gift for any woodworker or carpenter.  

11075 Hougen Rotaloc Metal Cutters – $78.75
If you do any amount of drilling into metal you know how tough it can be and how quickly the bits dull. The Hougen Rotaloc bits are completely different. These hole saw bits are 4 times quicker and last 10 times longer.

2051100 Irwin 9 in1 Screw & Socket Driver – $8.40
So much more than a screw driver this little tool packs in multiple screw driver bits as well as 3 square drive socket adapters. At that price it’s a great deal for the bits alone.

GT3000 Bosch Glass & Tile Bit Set – $38.91
These specialty accessories are ideal for drill into glass or tile. Install tile perfectly around bathroom plumbing lines or hanging items over tile with ease. The kit features 8 different sizes and is ideal for crafts and other projects.

48-22-8510 Milwaukee Right Angle Attachment – $52.13
Now you can use your power tool to get into spaces with only 2” of clearance. This attachment lets you get the most out of your drills, corded or cordless. 

2078110 Irwin 10” GrooveLock Pliers – $13.63
The Irwin GrooveLock features press and slide size adjustment saving time and making it much easier to size to tool. The uniquely designed grooves allow for much better grip on round, square, hex or flat surfaces.

49-24-0145 Milwaukee M12 Work Light – $19.00
This 12v flashlight works with all the other Milwaukee M12 tools. The tool features a magnet on the back to hold in place while working and an adjustable head to focus on your work. Great for anyone who currently has M12 tools or that might be getting some this holiday season.


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Dremel Tool Closeout Deals & Great Gift Ideas

At Ohio Power Tool you can now get great deals on all Dremel tools in-stock. Supplies are limited, so when they are gone that’s it. Dremel tools make perfect gifts for woodworkers, craftsmen or any tool lover. Some of these units are currently at the absolute lowest prices on Google Shopping.

Dremel Electric Engraver 290-05 – $19.95
These tools are great for doing engraving on just about any surfaces. A great way to protect your other tool investments is simply to engrave your info on them.

Dremel Rotary Tool XPR 400-1/6 – $79.90
This tool comes with the right angle attachment and several accessories not included in the basic kit. This is one of the most popular Dremel rotary tools, if the there is someone on your Christmas list who doesn’t have one of these this should be an easy buy.

Dremel 10.8V Cordless Rotary Tool 8000-05 – $99.90
This cordless rotary tool provides the freedom to take it anywhere but still provides a long battery life with more than enough power to get the job done. Same great Dremel rotary tool, now cordless.


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Using a Skid Steer or Backhoe with Hydraulic Power Tools

Previously we had highlighted some of the advantages of the Atlas Copco CP Hydraulic hand held power tools. These types of tools have been very popular in Europe and other countries for year but are just now gaining ground in the US and Canadian markets. Hydraulic tools have several advantages over electric or pneumatic including more power, longer life span, compact power source, less maintenance, ability to work in colder temperature or even underwater and the list goes on. The main downside is in the higher initial price tag for the tools however when taken over the life of the tool the total cost is significantly less.

A common misconception is that a company would have a large startup cost associated with using hydraulic power tools because they would need to invest in the power packs to run the tools. With the current state of the economy and tight lending from the banks none of us are eager to make any large capital investments. Good news is you may have already made the big capital investment for plentiful hydraulic power supplies if you own any skid steers, backhoes or any other hydraulic powered carriers. Now it is time to get the most out of those investments. You can connect auxiliary hydraulic equipment to almost all of these machines. Atlas Copco has released the LFD 20 & LFD 30 Oil Flow Dividers specifically designed to regulate oil flow to all their hydraulic breakers, chipping hammers, concrete saws, water pumps, core drills and other tools.


If you have any questions at all, of course you can contact Ohio Power Tool and talk to their expert staff to help you determine which tool is right for the job. If you want to get you hands on some of these tools for a few days to try out, you can rent them through the equipment rental page.    


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Dremel Multi-Max Accessory Breakdown

The Dremel Multi-Max 6300-01 (avoid the Big Box 6300-02L) has been a huge seller over the past few month and it will continue through the holidays and beyond. This tool is very handy, has a great price and has been very popular with the tool press along with the other new oscillating tools.

While the oscillating tools have many possibilities obviously you need the right accessories to take full advantage of all that potential. Below is a quick reference for all the Dremel Multi-Max Accessories currently available, hopefully this will help you get the most of your new tool.

MM450 – 3” Wood & Drywall Saw Blade – $8.75
The round saw blade is really great for precise cuts in drywall, plaster and plywood. The MM450 is ideal for cutting openings in walls or floors for venting, repairing damaged floors or installing electrical boxes. Depth of cut is ¾”. One of the most popular blades so far this is included in the 6300-01 kit but not the 6300-02L sold at your local big box store.

MM440 – ¾” Wood Flush Cut Blade – $10.94
This blade is ideal for soft materials such as wood, drywall and plastic. Typical applications for this blade would be cutting doorjams, windowsill or trim work while installing flooring. Depth of cut is 1-1/4” giving it a full ½” over the MM450 or MM422. This is included in the 6300-01 kit.

MM422 – ¾” Wood & Metal Flush Cut Blade – $12.63
Very similar to the MM440 however this blade is also rated to cut non-ferrous metals such as aluminum, brass or copper. The blade also does a great job of cutting wood, drywall, etc however the depth of cut is only ¾”.

MM411 – 3/8” Wood Flush Cut Blade – $10.10
This blade is identical to the MM440 with a smaller width. Still a good choice for cutting doorjams, windowsill or trim work while installing flooring, this blade is better for the more detailed cuts. Best as a secondary blade.

MM500 – 1/8” Grout Removal Blade – $30.65
Oscillating tools in general have made the task of grout removal so much easier than this has ever been in the past. This blade makes it very easy to cut out and replace a broken tile in minutes. Watch Grout Removal Video

MM501 – 1/16” Grout Removal Blade – $30.65
Identical to the MM501 blade except it has a thinner cutting surface. Ideal for smaller grout lines common with smaller tiles or wall applications.       

MM610 – Flexible Scraper Blade – $10.10
The flexible scraper blade is ideal for removal of softer material such as caulk, glue, paint, etc. The scraper has rounded corners and blades on both sides so it is good at getting into hard to reach spaces. This is included in the 6300-01 kit.     

MM600 – Rigid Scraper Blades – $10.94
Similar to the MM610 but this blade has an even larger scraping area and as the name would indicate is much more rigid. This blade is a great option for removing vinyl flooring, carpet or tile adhesives which can be particularly difficult to remove.

MM11 – Hook & Loop Pad – $8.75
This pad is included in the 6300-01 kit so you will probably not need a replacement for a little while unless you accidentally loose it of course. It is an important item because it’s required for all sanding and grinding.

MM70W – 60, 120 & 240 Grit Sanding Paper for Wood – $5.24
This sand paper is for direct contact of bare wood, nothing stained or painted. Each pack includes 3 different grit sanding paper to take your raw wood from rough to very fine. One of each of these pads is included in the 6300-01 kits.

MM70P – 80, 120 & 240 Grit Sanding Paper for Paint – $5.24
Each pack includes three levels of sanding paper. The 80 grit is ideal for removing paint. The 120 grit is for sanding primer, removing brush strokes and paint runs or drips. The 240 grit paper is best for final sanding of primers before coating.

MM900 – 60 Grit Diamond Paper for Grinding – $38.52
The Diamond Paper is for rough grinding, shaping and smoothing of masonry, stone, cement, plaster and thin-set mortar. This pad is also good for preparing surfaces for tile replacement and other installations.  

I have been in contact with the nice people at Dremel and it looks like this list will possibly double by the first quarter next year. We can’t wait to see more accessories come out for the Dremel Multi-Max and make this tool even more multi purpose.    


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Win $15,000 Cash from Cool Tools & DIY Network

If you had a chance to watch any TV over the busy holiday weekend, hopefully you caught some of the Cool Tools Holiday Blitz Marathon that ran all day long Thursday thru Sunday. If you missed it, not to worry there will be a full hour of Cool Tools on each night at 8:00 pm est all December long.

In addition to being a great show to pick up some gift ideas for the holidays, Cool Tools would also like to put a lot of cash in someone’s stocking. Register on for free and you could win $15,000 cash. To increase your chances you can register once per day through December 29th.


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Bosch Holiday Deals from Ohio Power Tool

FREE SHIPPING ON ALL BOSCH TOOLS! Until December 31st you can get free shipping on all Bosch Tool orders over $100 by simply using the coupon code BOSCH at checkout. You can also call 800-242-4424 and simply say you would like the free shipping on your Bosch Tools. Good for free UPS ground shipping anywhere in the continental US.

FREE PS20-2A & PS40-2A! Buy 3 PS20-2A or 3 PS40-2A and get 1 free instantly. These make great holiday gifts for anyone and at that price with the free shipping deal you will not find a better deal on the internet for these tools. These are all brand new tools with full manufacturer warranty, in the box with batteries, charger and case. Offer good until December 31st or while supplies last, limit 1 of each tool per customer, applies to all orders worldwide.

FREE BATTERY ON 14.4V & 18V DRILLS! This is a Mail-in rebate good on all the new Bosch Lithium Ion Drills. The Compact Tough & Brute Tough tools have been incredible popular since their launch a month ago. At 650 lb torque the 18V Brute Hammer has highest torque of any 18v drill on the market today. These tools are all very high quality made in Switzerland and priced very competitively with the 14.4v compact at only $199.       


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