When it comes to seriously heavy duty professional clothing Blaklader Workwear has been one of the fastest growing player for several years now. With good reason, beyond the basic novelty of built in kneepads or large external pockets the quality of these garments are designed for excessive abuse. Triple stitching, near tear proof Cordura fabric in wear spots and all around high quality have made their pants and jackets the preferred choice for many professionals.
There are probably few things on this planet that could make you feel as much like a man as firing up a big’ol gas powered concrete breaker and going to town until you are standing on a pile of rubble. The Chicago Pneumatic Red Hawk (and its sibling the Atlas Copco Cobra) have been the most popular of these types of breakers and with this latest update have made several improvements to compete more directly with electric, pneumatic and hydraulic breakers. Continue reading
When it comes to selecting the right walk behind concrete cutting saw there are a lot of important considerations including: costs (upfront, operating, repair), capacities/speed, reliability, features, maneuverability just to name a few. Below we’ve highlight a couple of what we think are very good options from a Small to X-Large size Walk Behind Saws for cutting concrete or asphalt. Continue reading
The NECA-IBEW Electrical JATC offers a five-year apprenticeship program, which combines both on the job and related classroom training. If accepted into the apprentice program, apprentices are assigned to an electrical contractor for a minimum of 8000 OJT hours; there is no guarantee of 40 hours per week. Apprentices will complete a total of 10 terms of school; classes are currently one day per week at the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center.
Every student is required to start the program with a list of hand tools that looks pretty much identical to the Milwaukee Electrician’s Hand Tool Set 48-22-0100 ($249). Partner that with the new Milwaukee Backpack 48-22-8200 ($99) and you’ve got everything an electrical apprentice would need in package that can also safely store laptops, books and other supplies. Above is the two together.
*** July 2015, this Electrician’s kit 48-22-0100 was updated with 2nd generation hand tools and from 15 to 17 pieces. It now includes the Electrician’s Tool Pouch 48-22-8100 ($49). Continue reading
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Between now and the end of October (10/31/14) use the Coupon Code BOSCHTOBER at Ohio Power Tool and receive $50 off any Bosch order over $200 on 18V Tools, Lasers, L-Boxx, 36V, Batteries, Dust Extraction and more!!! This means up to 25% off already minimum internet pricing including all the Bosch 18V brushless tools as well as the new Bosch 18V Wireless Inverter System! Continue reading
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If you were to ask most people in a plant or on a job site how could manual and electric hoists be improved you first two answers are probably going to be make them safer and able to last longer. While Jet has not always been a product leader, over the past several years they have really begun to lead the way in innovating products for many categories and lifting systems is a shining example of that. The need for better safety in lifting systems have lead to several industry firsts from Jet.
On the Jet manual chain hoists L-100 series several new features really separate the Jet product from the rest of the professional grade competition of Harrington CB, CM (Columbus McKinnon) Cyclone 646 or Coffing LHH. Each of these brands has a mid-range less expensive unit as well as a higher-end offering. Many people, including myself at one point thought the higher priced units (L-100 vs S-90) simply meant better chain (100 grade corrosion resistant zinc coated vs 80 grade black oxide coated) which is true but that’s just the beginning. Another huge differentiator for Jet is the 1 piece fused brake design which is guaranteed for life and as of the publishing of this story they have not had to replace a single one of these breaks due to failure. The more traditional 3 piece break system is what is used by Harrington, CM & Coffing on all their hoists in addition to Jet’s mid-range S90 chain hoists. Continue reading
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Several years ago Makita launched their first cordless 18V LXT grinder and was disappointing to most to say the least. Even as a strictly cutting tool this first cordless grinder (like most other cordless grinders) was way under powered and a spot of much frustration to those who purchased them thinking they could get any serious work done.
We can unequivocally say the new Makta brushless grinders XAG03Z ($199, bare tool) / XAG03M ($409, kit 2 battery) are able to do the real work in both cutting and grinding applications. We were pretty skeptical (as we are sure many of you still are) having had much disappointment in the past with cordless grinders so we did this very quick and dirty video below just to show it in action. Continue reading
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It is no surprise, given their track record in electronics outside the world of power tools, that the Robert Bosch company will bring serious advances from the world of consumer electronics to the world of power tools. You may remember seeing items like the PowerMat for sale a few years ago, which offered you the ability to charge your electronic devices simply by placing them on a mat rather than having to plug a charger into a specific port. Bosch Tools has brought similar technology into its 18 volt cordless lineup of tools. These Wireless Charging tools rely on the scientific principle of inductive coupling, which allows the charger to begin charging the battery simply from having the battery placed on it. There is a better explanation of the science behind this in the press release from Bosch below, but the major benefit of this system is the ability to charge the batteries for your tools without actually having to remove the battery from the tool.
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Ridgid recently made a big splash with their 3-in-1 Electrician’s RE6 Crimper, Cutter, Knock-Out Tool but not Ridgid product could even be more anticipated than the Ridgid Calenders which come out every other year. For the last 80 years these famous pin up girl calenders have hung in shops and garages across the country. For the 2015-2016 calendar the Ridgid Girls are again holding the Ridgid Tools which is something these calendars got a way from for the last several prints. While the idea of draping a Seesnake cable over your shoulder sounds pretty gross to us, it seems to work perfectly well when you’ve got an attractive girl in a bikini doing it. Continue reading
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Curious what new products rate the best for 2014? Head over to the 2014 Pro Tool Innovation Awards and find out. Dozen of categories for everything from boots to blades to drills to lawnmowers.
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