New Hougen HMD130 Ultra Low Profile Magnetic Drill

The inventors of the portable magnetic drill press continue their commitment to producing the highest quality USA made magnetic drills with the release of their new HMD130 Ultra Low Profile Magnetic Drill. The Hougen HMD130 ($837) is the ultimate combination of power and compact design.

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Makita 18Vx2 Brushless Circular Saw XSR01PT

Makita XSR01Z

At the World of Concrete this week one of the big cordless launches from Makita Tools is their new Brushless 7-1/4” Circular Saw (XSR01Z bare & XSR01PT kit) which utilizes two 18V LXT batteries to produce 36V of power. This is the First Cordless Rear-Drive circular saw on the market, although not claiming a Worm Drive or Hypoid Gear system, it does offer more power, 5100RPM, better balance and larger capacity (2-9/16”) vs other corded and cordless competitors.

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Bosch CORE18V 6.3Ah, More Power than 9.0Ah

Bosch Core Battery

Today at the World of Concrete Bosch launched their new CORE 18V battery with a rated 6.3Ah and claiming 43% more power (per cell) for the packs 10 cells, than the Milwaukee 9.0Ah or Dewalt FlexVolt 6.0Ah which each use 15 battery cells. The result is more power from a battery pack that is 35% more compact and 24% lighter than either the larger Milwaukee or Dewalts. The new Bosch CORE GBA18V63 ($149) is also claiming to be the Fastest charge time at 8 minutes per amp, faster than Makita, FlexVolt or Milwaukee Rapid Charger. All with 100% Bosch 18V Tool forwards & backwards compatibility. Continue reading

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Southwire Bluetooth Electric Meters

Standard electric reading multi-meters have been around for many years, but with recent development from Southwire Tools & Equipment, they have introduced new Bluetooth ready meters. Bluetooth ready meters are ideal for taking measurements on voltage, amps and temperatures. It allows users to view meter readings via their smartphone or tablet, can be shared and viewed on multiple devices and keeps individuals away from the “danger zone”. This system provides one of the safest and convenient ways for electricians to get the job done.

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Milwaukee ONE-KEY 3.0, Remote Tool Shutdown

ONE-KEY Tool Shutdown

Last week we mentioned the Milwaukee TICK which is a small black tracking device that can stick on to anything you want to track from ladders, generators, thread machine, press tools, gang boxes, pull behind compressor, dirt bikes, luggage, farm equipment or whatever, the possibilities are endless. To support the new TICK devices the ONE-KEY app is getting an upgrade, which is LIVE NOW! Some exciting new features have become available not just to support the new TICKs but for all your other ONE-KEY tools as well!

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RIDGID One-handed PEX-ONE Press Tool

Ridgid PEX-ONE

RIDGID will soon be lightening tool bags and easing PEX connections with the release of the PEX-ONE Cordless Press Tool. Boasting a 30% lighter design, the RIDGID PEX-ONE enables quick and easy connections overhead and in tight spaces. Designed for one-handed use, the PEX-ONE weighs only 5 pounds, has a 5 second crimp cycle and MSRP is expected at $675 which is inline with other automatic options. Its 12V battery provides over 150 crimp cycles and the quick change head makes for quick die changes. It is compatible with ASTM F1807 copper crimp ring fittings and in the near future Viega PureFlow® fittings.

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Future of Shop Classes in High Schools

Our schools should teach shop class again.

Posted by ATTN: on Friday, December 16, 2016

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When I was 13, in middle school we had shop class, everyone had to take it, everyone made a screw driver, wooden tool box and even an electric motor which I thought was pretty awesome. Now shop class is not even offered in many schools, even though it is proven many students don’t learn particularly well from text books. This seems very shortsighted, not everyone is going to go to college and certainly there are many paths to be very successful in skilled trades. It’s also ridiculous to think going to college means skills learned in shop class don’t offer a ton of benefits to compliment STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) curriculum. Our friends at TIME and FORBES do a lot better job of articulating the finer points, why we need these programs. But where do we go from here? Continue reading

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Empire Industry’s First Auto-Calibrated Digital Level e105

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As part of the Milwaukee company, Empire has earned the trust of construction trades by engineering innovative solutions for over 90 years. Their “MADE IN THE USA” products are sold and recognized throughout the globe. Digital Levels are a true testament to Empire’s continued focus on developing advanced layout solutions that offer world class accuracy, performance and innovation. Recently, Empire has announced their largest breakthrough with the introduction of their new e105 Series True Blue® Digital Box Level. The e105 Digital Level offers Inspector Grade high-precision accuracy & is the industry’s first Auto-Calibrated Digital Level for immediate digital readouts when powered on.

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Dust Collection Vacuums for OSHA Silica Rules

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

As the OSHA’s silica June 23, 2017 compliance deadline is rapidly approaching, do you know which dust collection vacuum complies? Do you know how often filters need to be changed? Do you know the filter efficiency standard? If you answered no to any of these questions, don’t worry, in today’s Coptool post we will discuss OSHA’s silica regulation and approved products to ensure you’re in compliance!

OSHA has issued two standards in an effort to protect millions of construction workers from crystalline silica – one for construction and the other for general industry and maritime. Throughout this post, we will be focusing on the construction standard. OSHA recognizes that current silica regulations do not provide adequate protection for construction workers. With the new standard, OSHA is reducing the permissible exposure limit to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air over 8 hour time weighted average. Basically 1/5 of the previous standard of 250 micrograms per cubic meter of air over 8 hour time weighted average. Check out the Pulse-Bac Vacuum video above, they do the best job we have seen for outlining the basic details.

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Milwaukee TICK – Tool Tracking for Under $20

Tick Tool Tracking

Ever had a $30/hour employee spend 2 hours tracking down a tool? For any company managing multiple crews and a variety of equipment tracking those tools can be a challenge. Power Tools, Ladders, Generators, Pipe Benders, Gang Boxes, Mixers, Mag Drills, Table Saws, etc, etc. There are systems which can cost tens of thousands to setup with annual fees that would make your head spin. The Milwaukee TICK is a one-time cost as low as $19.98, no additional fees ever!!

Milwaukee ONE-KEY app launched a little over a year ago with a handful of Milwaukee M18 Tools that offer ability to control how the tool functions, report on performance and track the tool’s last known location. The Milwaukee TICK uses the ONE-KEY app but is strictly for tracking the item’s last known location. Continue reading

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