Each year we work to cut through the holiday hype and find the tool deals for professional! There are plenty of promotions out there for $99 cordless drill kit, they have their place but there are also some great deals to be had for professional tools as well from the top brands, today we are just looking at Milwaukee Tools (other brands coming very soon)!
We all know Southwire is the market leaders in electrical wiring and quickly becoming one of the biggest players in extension cords, electrical tools & equipment as well. Really it should not come as a shock to anyone that they are quickly becoming very strong in jobsite LED lighting as well. Their NEW energy saving, maintenance-free LED lighting systems provides electricians and contractors the performance they demand and expect. Take for instance, their LED String Lights system (7164SW, $116.87) (50′) or (7165SW, $207.87) (100′), each light is 800 lumens so 4000 and 8000 lumens respectively. Since these are LED you can daisy chain up to 1000′ together for a total of 80,000 lumens! Of course they do still have traditional light strings as well like the 100′ 7145SW($59) which the price is right but Continue reading →
There has not been much innovation in the soldering iron category recently however that is all about to change with the launch of the Milwaukee M12 Cordless Soldering Gun 2488-20($69, bare) and 2488-21($129, kit). With this tool you get 18 second heat up time and up to 40 minutes runtime with an M12 Compact Battery which is pretty increasable. We had a brief chance to use this tool at the New Product Symposium, see video below, but it will be hitting the market this month (November).
The Bosch Colt Palm Router for the longest time was really the only trim router you would see out there, people loved it so much we started seeing all sorts of customer adaptations, mini router tables and other accessories people hand built or from 3rd party manufacturer’s. A few years back Makita and Dewalt jumped into game with palm routers with plunge bases and now we even have a 18V cordless versions from Ridgid and Makita XTR01 palm router. Not to be out-done Bosch has now revamped their classic Colt with the new GKF125CE($129) adding more power with 1.25 HP motor (up from 1.0 HP) but also more control with Soft Start and Constant Response circuitry.
There is also a Kit version GKF125CEK($139) which adds a straight guide and a case. For more info on the new Colt check out the full Bosch Press Release below. These units should be shipping early November and should be in high demand this Christmas season. Check out all the corded Bosch Routers unfortunately no word yet on an 18V cordless router unit… fingers crossed it will happen at some point. Continue reading →
The team at SKILSAW has been very focus on innovating in corded power tools, which has gone mostly overlooked by other big names in power tools that are consumed with moving everything cordless. The SKILSAW power trains for the most part use high performance motors and WormDrive system are the foundation of most innovation and really work to squeeze every watt of possible power out of your standard 110V service. This new SKILSAW 10” WormDrive Table Saw SPT99-12($499) features the most powerful jobsite saw motor we’ve come a crossed, a very nice cart as well as some other nice features which we think will make this saw a very popular jobsite solution.
The newest addition to the JET bandsaw family is here! Introducing the JET 5” x 6” Variable Speed Bandsaw HVBS-56V 414548 ($639.00). Built to be powerful and versatile as it’s big brothers, the exclusive 5” x 6” Portable Variable Speed Bandsaw includes a newly designed DC brushless motor with a 3-step gear transmission for unprecedented torque output and can be operated in either the vertical or horizontal cutting position. The improved stand and built in shelf is a great new feature as well as the portability. The new HVBS-56V Bandsaw is designed to serve in machine shops, automotive racing, technical schools and other fabrication needs.
For several years now people have been asking us, when are we going to get a FUEL brushless version of the M18 Hackzall one-handed reciprocating saw. Finally we can say it has arrived, well at least the kit version 2719-21($249), hopefully the bare tool version 2719-20($149) to follow by the time you read this post. The new saw has more power, more runtime, smaller footprint and less vibration making it pretty much everything we’ve been looking for in a compact recip saw!
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Bosch are making some waves this year, putting out some seriously premium 18v tools. Most importantly they have released their CORE batteries with greatly increased power ouput, enabling a host of more powerful 18v tools. These include their incredible new sabre saw GSA18V-125K, their 1″ Bulldog SDS GHB18V-26K and now their first brushless grinder, the GWS18V-125SC (note that is the European model number, may not be same in the US when released). Bosch claim it has the power of a 1,000W electric grinder when paired with a CORE battery!
If you’ve even mixed concrete, morter, leveling compound, plaster or any dry bagged products you have probably been on the inside of a large silica dust cloud, it was nearly impossible to avoid with traditional methods. The new OSHA Silica Dust Rules, Table 1 applications don’t provide an exemption for mixing with bagged goods because staying under 50 PEL in this application has been very very challenging to do safely.
The CS Unitec Eibenstock TwinMix 1800($1584) is the first solution we’ve seen that virtually eliminates visible dust from this process for mixing mortar, leveler, plaster and other bag goods. It does need to be attached to a vacuum CS1445 H($599) or similar HEPA vac, not included. What we like most about this entire setup is that it actually improves efficiency on the job, as you can see in the video above, the cart easily detaches from the mixing station to get right where needed and easily pours. The system allows for continuous use with multiple carts going in succession, as we look to make these products safer for workers it is essential to see them become more efficient as well so they become welcome changes for the users. Continue reading →
The 2017 Pro Tool Innovation Awards proved to include some of the toughest calls we’ve ever had to make. After all, innovation doesn’t squarely fall to the highest performing tools. It’s about making them better in small steps and occasionally giant leaps. But thanks to a team of judges spanning the trades and the country, we finally got it all sorted out. Continue reading →
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