Cordless Quik Drive with 18V Makita Brushless XSF03

Cordless Simpson Quik Drive

The Simpson Quik Drive System can be adapted to many different brands of drills, impacts and screw guns. This is the first time however there is a cordless solution with locking trigger adapted to drive screws just as fast as you would with a locked corded screw gun using Quik Drive. With Makita’s XSF03MB ($339) PushDrive technology the motor doesn’t spin until the fastener is engaged so the battery can last up to 40 sheets of drywall per charge, or roughly 1800+ screws with a 4.0Ah battery. Partner that with the Quik Drive Makita 18V PRO200 ($141) and you’ve got the full setup.

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OSHA Silica Dust Rules for September 23, 2017

**** OSHA UPDATE 4/7/2017 – New OSHA Deadline is September 23, 2017 for Silica Dust Compliance as there was a 90 day extension added. 

OSHA rules Silica Dust

Crystalline silica dust is nasty business and can be incredibly harmful for employees who regularly breathe in the dust during their work day. Protecting workers from these hazards should be fundamental and these new OSHA rules should not come as much of a surprise. Most commonly silica dust is created from drilling, breaking cutting, tuck-pointing or grinding materials such as concrete, brick, rock and stone. June 23, 2017 is the deadline for construction (technically in effect June 23, 2016 but finable in 2017), other industries will be following in 2018 such as industrial, fracturing and maritime, this may seem like a lot of time but it’ll be here before you know it. We will try to give you a general idea what is coming, contact OSHA with any questions. 

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Makita Adds 12V CXT Jigsaw, Tile Saw, Light

Makita 12V Max CXT Jigsaw

Makita has recently announced the release of 3 new tools to be added to their new 12V CXT Cordless lineup: a Jigsaw, a 3-3/8” Tile/Glass Saw, and a portable L.E.D. flashlight. All of these tools utilize Makita’s new slide type battery packs that seem to be phasing out their older stick style packs. These slide battery packs come in 2.0 Ah & 4.0 Ah for extended run time compared to 12V MAX packs. Both feature L.E.D. charge level indicators.

Over last holiday season we saw the release of the first tools to utilize this 12V CXT system, their 12V Max CXT Drill/Driver Combo Kits, and it seems that they will continue to expand this lineup. Continue reading

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2016 Builders Exchange Craftsmanship Awards

BX Craftsmanship Awards 2016

Each year the Builders Exchange member nominate candidates for the Craftsmanship Awards based on the several criteria including: Nominees who are being considered for an individual award must be the craftsman who actually performed with his or her “hands on,” the particular piece of work nominated. Nominees who are being considered for a crew award must be for the craftspeople who actually performed the particular piece of work nominated, including the direct supervision of such work. A crew cannot exceed 5 individuals. Nominations must be for work in commercial, institutional or industrial projects within the past year. Nominations for residential work will not be accepted for judging.

Ohio Power Tool is very proud to be able to Co-Sponsor this annual award with Ice Miller because it is extremely important to recognize the highly skilled individuals and crews who work on our commercial projects! The winners will the announced in July and 2016 Craftsmanship Awards will be presented at the BX Annual Meeting.

And the 2016 nominees are… Continue reading

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The Epic Battle Between Red & Yellow Wages On!

M18 vs flexvolt

Back in 1990’s Dewalt owned 50% the professional cordless market which is a staggering thought. To get there they constantly came out with new tools, the deals were aggressive and market became saturated with yellow NiCd batteries. The downside for consumers of any power tool company getting too big is frankly that they get lazy, the deals become less aggressive and the new product development slows greatly or goes off in directions that don’t make sense. In the late 2000’s Milwaukee really reinvented themselves and their big investments in brushless technology paid off. Over the past 8 years the underdog in cordless tools became the leaders in technology, market share grew and their aggressive deals were very reminiscing of the yellow team from a decade earlier.

Up until yesterday it seemed as if Dewalt was going to simply sit by and let the Red team lead the way in cordless and be happy to release “me to” products a year later. With yesterday’s launch of Dewalt’s FLEXVOLT line of 60V brushless tools it seems like that is not the case anymore and they are again getting aggressive and ready for a head to head battle in brushless tools. Continue reading

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Dewalt FlexVolt Cordless 20V, 60V or 120V Power

FlexVolt 20V or 60V

Today Dewalt’s campaign for #WorldsFirst is officially underway and it delivers on its promise to be a pretty huge deal. The new 15 cell FlexVolt 60V/20V batteries DCB606 ($150) can go from 20V to 60V depending on the tool they connect to. Nominal voltage, that’s 18V to 54V if anyone is paying attention to that. These new batteries have the same number of cells as the Milwaukee 9.0Ah high demand batteries and are both intended to create long lasting power for tools you typically would need a cord to power. Dewalt isn’t hesitating on taking this platform and running with it by announcing a ton of new cordless tools all at once today!

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Ingersoll Rand IQv 20V Brushless Impacts W5132 & W5152

Ingersoll W5132

For the folks at IR the focus for their IQv cordless tools is clearly very much automotive. It’s no secret cordless tools are cannibalizing much of the pneumatic tool business so to stay competitive traditional air tool brands are going to need to figure out how to compete with products designed for the trade. We like what Ingersoll Rand has done with these new brushless impact tools, 3/8” W5132 & 1/2″ W5152 which will replace the W5130 & W5150 respectively.

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Milwaukee M18 FUEL 7” Variable Speed Polisher 2738-22

M18 Cordless Polisher

Once upon a time, many moons ago, I spent a summer as a car detailer for a high-end car wash. Just by chance the guy who had done their detailing for several years had quit and without any formal training I was head of detailing first week on the job, literally was detailing a new Porsche on day 1! (just a warning if you ever thought by paying $100+ meant you were getting a seasoned pro it does not). Detailing 5-6 cars/day was the expectation and everything from high end sports cars to rusted out station wagons that smelled like someone died inside. Burned a lot of paint that summer learning how to buff out scratches and what you can’t fix.

One of the big frustrations in detailing was the power cord, with the polisher/buffer the cord is possibly more of a problem than any other power tool we can think of. First the cord is getting dragged around the shop floor getting covered in dirt, grease, compound, wax, tire cleaner, etc. Then you’ve got to work over top of the car you are trying to keep clean so you keep the cord out of way by throwing it over your shoulder, now you’ve got the dirt stick cord rubbing on your neck… The M18 FUEL Polisher 2738-22 ($449) is a no brainer for those in the detailing business. Also available as a multi-pad kit 2738-22P ($499) or as a bare tool 2738-20 ($249), all available in July.

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The M12 Rover Compact Floodlight Is Made to Move

m12 flood light

The Milwaukee M12 LED Rover Floodlight is as powerful as a 250W halogen while being safer and more portable.

THe M12 floodlight is a great light for on-the-go use, perfect for replacing 250w halogen for the trades that go from jobsite to jobsite throughout the day like service MEP users and remodelers. The M12 Floodlight’s compact size paired with it’s variety of integrated hanging features allow the user to stick, clamp, hang, or carry it in multiple orientations. Continue reading

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The Milwaukee M18 Rocket Tower Is Also a Charger

rocket light

The new Milwaukee M18 Tower Light has integrated AC Power and charges batteries.

The older Milwaukee M18 Stand light was a reasonable success, largely due to its runtime, brightness, and the fact that it collapsed down into an easily transportable package quickly and without tools. In September of 2016, Milwaukee will be launching their update to this product with a couple of key feature changes. Continue reading

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