Ridgid New Professional Wet/Dry Vacuums Motor-On-Bottom 1650RV

Ridgid Wet/Dry Vacs

Ridgid has actually totally overhauled the Ridgid wet/dry vacuum line so there is a total of 12 new wet/dry vacuums in all (these are in addition to the Ridgid “Orange” vacs at home centers). The new Pro series offers several compact options in 4-6 gallon range as well as some nice specialty options for HEPA, stainless steel tank and a couple 2 stage options. One of the really interesting options that caught our eye was the 16 gallon Motor-On-Bottom 1650RV ($189) which has a couple of very nice features that make it a smart option for professionals.

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At 5:22 PM | Posted in Demolition Tools, Ridgid, Safety Equipment | 2 Comments

Klein Tools Electrical Trades, State of the Industry

Klein Tools recently did an online survey of professional electricians, 201 responded 40% union, 60% non-union. All with varying years of experience and were asked questions about skill levels they perceive in the work force and levels of training. It would appear for the majority the feeling is there is a need for more training and higher skill levels on the job-site.

One comment that caught our eye and we would agree with “Electricians are at a renaissance as new technology constantly replaces old standards and practices,” said Mark Klein co-president of Klein Tools. With rapid changes to tools, processes and building technology it’ll be more important than ever before to get proper training before these changes are made. The responsibility should fall in part on the manufacturers of the new tools and/or building products to ensure training on use and installation is readily available as well as effective.

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At 9:26 AM | Posted in Electrician Tools, Klein Tools | 2 Comments

Powermatic ICFF Future of Furniture Makers Contest

Powermatic Contest

Woodworking is a craft we’ve heard folks over the years show concern as to what the future might hold. With so many skilled craftsmen retiring from the trade, will there still be a anyone left in professional woodworking? Contests like this one from the Powermatic, ICFF and The Furniture Society generate interest and with a prize like a Powermantic PM1500 ($2899) will certainly help at least 1 woodworker tremendously. This is a People’s Choice contest so make sure to vote for your favorite, See Contest Entries Here! Continue reading

At 9:46 AM | Posted in Power Tool Contests, Powermatic, Wood Working Tools | 4 Comments

Milwaukee Tackle Box Tool Organizers to Take On Dewalt and Stanley

Milwaukee Storage

Milwaukee has made a commitment to expand their Storage Solutions and these tackle box style tool organizers are the next logical step. These are not going to be options for tool storage like the Bosch L-Boxx system but are very handy for storing a variety of nuts, bolts, fasteners, connectors, other odds and ends. You have probably seen similar Stanley or Dewalt boxes which are popular at the home centers for $20-$30. Looking to be more than just a “me too” product the Milwaukee Tool Organizer 48-22-8030 ($29) has made some compelling improvements they hope will make you go with the red ones over the yellow.

Milwaukee Tool Storage

Starting with the outside the Milwaukee boxes have reinforced ribbing for extra durability. A weather strip seal keeps moisture out of the box protecting the contents from rust and corrosion. One of the biggest problem with these style of organizers is getting to the goodies in the bottom boxes which can be a hassle. With the Milwaukee’s you can open the bottom boxes even when stacked multiple units. The boxes themselves are also 20% larger which makes the bins much more functional which was one of the largest complaints with other options on the market.

Storage Bins

Inside, the individual bins are pretty cleverly designed, they can be taken out and can hang on an edge or by screw slots. Each organizer includes 8 smaller 4”x4” bins and 2 larger 8”x4” bins which can be arranged in various ways. The lid forms a seal around each bin so there in no bin spillage when transporting even if flipped upside-down. Entire Rows of bins can also be removed to free up larger space for small hand tools or longer items but still keeps all the remaining bins from moving around. Very versatile design.

48-22-8030e

These new Milwaukee Tool storage solutions should be in-stores by the end of June and we fully expect to see more Milwaukee storage options to keep coming.

At 5:29 PM | Posted in Electrician Tools, Milwaukee | 3 Comments

Mechanical Knockout Sets for Cordless Drill/Drivers

Mechanical Knockout

For years electricians made large diameter holes in electrical boxes with knockout sets that were either manually cranked by a ratchet or hydraulically powered with a hand pump, hose and a lot of fussing. In recent years battery powered Knockouts have become much more popular because they are way more productive but a good GreenLee or Milwaukee tool set (even without any punch or dies) will put you back around $1300.

No questions these are the fastest, best option for high volume production but are a bit pricy for some to justify. We’ve seen the Mechanical Knockout tools growing in popularity in the last few years because they offer good performance, close to the cordless/hydraulic tools at a much lower cost. The Current Mechanical Knockout 163 ($549) is at a pretty attractive price point and with the full 1/2″-2” set Mechanical Knockout 162PM is only $779.

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At 5:12 PM | Posted in Current Tools, Electrician Tools | 2 Comments

Milwaukee M18 FUEL Cordless Mag Drill 2787-22

M18 mag drill

The news of the Milwaukee M18 FUEL cordless Mag Drills is official, targeting a July launch date there will be 2 models of these cordless drills the M18 FUEL 1-1/2” Mag Drill 2787-22 ($2299) and the M18 FUEL 1-1/2” Lineman’s Mag Drill 2788-22 ($2399) which the drills are identical, the “Lineman” version just swaps our the charger for an AC/DC vehicle charger. With the wide availability of the Milwaukee M18 batteries and impressive runtime the expectation is this will become the dominate cordless mag drill in the market.

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At 5:07 PM | Posted in Cordless Tools, Metalworking Tools, Milwaukee | 9 Comments

New Professional Quality Powermatic Bandsaws 18”, 20”, 24”

Band Saws 18, 20, 24"

When it comes to professional quality woodworking equipment Powermatic has truly set themselves apart and these 6 new Bandsaws really tell the story. Check out the Powermatic video and full press release below.

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At 8:55 AM | Posted in Powermatic, Wood Working Tools | 2 Comments

BIG ASS GARAGE LIGHT, Lives Up to Its Name with 13,000 lumens

LED Garage Light

The guys at Big Ass Fans have really changed the way we think of air moving in warehouses, gyms and large industrial spaces in general. They somehow gave the mystique of coolness to what had been a commodity and oh yeah made them way more functional. The guys at Big Ass headquarters have now set their sights on LED lighting and from the looks of it may change the way we illuminate our workshops and garages with the Big Ass Garage Light ($399).

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At 2:15 PM | Posted in Big Ass Fans | 13 Comments

ToolBoxBuzz 10” Sliding Miter Saw Head to Head with 7 Top Brands

10" Slide Miter Saw Showdown

We know the guys at ToolBoxBuzz have been hard at work on this 10” Sliding Miter Saw compareo with 7 of the most popular brands. We think it turned out very nicely. As an avid reader of any and all comparison tests, especially in the tool category, we always hope to come away with a better understanding of the differences in the various products but hopefully learn more about the options in the market in general. Very well done, but don’t take our word for it check out their video below then head over to their site for the full review.

At 11:38 AM | Posted in Bosch, Comparison Tests, DeWalt Tools, Festool, Makita Tools, Wood Working Tools | 5 Comments

Bosch Power Tools & Keen Utility Boots, A Win-Win

Keen Utility Boots

When you think of your most used tool on the job your first though might not be of work boots however think about doing your job bare foot and you might have a little more appreciation for just how much abuse you work boots take in a day. Keen Utility Boots have only been around a few years but have really made a name for themselves very fast and built a loyal fan base by taking all the comfort and technology of a hiking boot and adding all the functionality for professional trades.

Bosch BSS Dealers

From April – June Bosch Power Tools and Keen Utility Boots have teamed up to offer a FREE $200 Keen Gift Card (enough for about just any boot and then some) with a qualified in-store purchase at a Bosch System Specialist (BSS) Location. Find a BSS dealer near you, sorry online orders do not qualify! For those in Central Ohio visit Ohio Power Tool a BSS location for full details. Continue reading

At 5:33 PM | Posted in Bosch | 4 Comments