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Week In Review Ep. 137 | First Craftsmen Reviews & Hilti Goes Down Under!

The first Craftsmen tools finally arrive, and a great big tool cabinet gets reviewed by a tiny little man. We find out what Australians think of Hilti, and then we’re gonna give away a bucket of tools from OPT worth $400! It’s Friday December 7th, 2018! This is our CopTool Week In Review!

Join us every weekend for everything you should be paying attention to in the world of Power Tools! Sponsored by Ohio Power Tool, https://www.ohiopowertool.com

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Southwire Maxis 18V Circuit Puller XD1

Just announced at STAFDA last month we got a first look at the new Southwire Maxis XD1 Circuit Puller with 600 lbs pull / 1000 lbs peak pull force with ultra-portability. Shown with the Milwaukee M18 Hammer Drill 2804-22 ($299) NOT INCLUDED but works with about any professional 18V drill from Dewalt, Makita, Metabo, Bosch or any other pro brand. Price on this is around $1500 and will be available very soon, really the first of its kind and we think for some may be a very nice solution. (more…)

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Ohio Power Tool 12 Buckets of Christmas

Every year the jolly crew from Ohio Power Tool gather up 12 buckets full of tools and accessories and spread merriment and cheer all around, well at least to a dozen folks. This year is no exception and the fun is already underway. Enter to win here https://www.ohiopowertool.com/t-bucketsofchristmas.aspx also each day a new video will be posted with all the new prizes for that day’s Bucket. Entry will get you registered for that day and all the following days, with lots of bonus entries available. While all the buckets are full of great prizes we’ve been told there are some bigger prizes towards the end so stay tuned and check back each day! Don’t forget to share all the joy #12BucketsofChristmas

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Stabila Tech 700DA Digital Miter / Angle Finders

Stabila Tech 700DA

We’ve seen digital angle finders before but we have really been impressed by the new Stabila Tech 700DA digital angle / miter finder levels. The 18” level 39018 and 32” level 039032 really hit a wide range of applications and both feature IP54 durability for jobsite toughness. Rich from Stabila shows us how this is a digital speed square, digital miter finder, digital bevel gauge and duel bubble level all in one package.

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Southwire Digital CAT III Multimeters, Under $50

Southwire Multimeters

Just announced Southwire will be launching 2 new digital multimeters that pack a lot of professional features at a very aggressive price. Starting with the manual ranging 10031S ($25) which is rated up to CAT III 300V, AC/DC, includes test leads and the same tough housing that can take a 6’ drop like all their other higher end units. The step up auto-ranging 10041N ($45) is rated up to CAT III 600V, similar features but adds non-contact AC detector, frequency, temperature and duty cycle. For professionals doing mostly residential these meters may check all the boxes. For commercial electricians where higher voltage and/or CAT IV is required clearly these meter are not going to be the right solution for you.

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Skilsaw 12” WormDrive Slide Miter Saw SPT88-01

Skilsaw 12" wormdrive miter
For years we’ve battled bulky motors sticking out of the side of the miter saw and though why can’t they figure out how to get this thing out of the way completely. It just takes a Worm Drive and BOOM the motors way back there, which potentially more torque. The STAFDA launch was just a sneak preview this thing isn’t going to hit the shelves until April 2019 with a $579 price tag which makes it right up there with other premium miter saw options. It is very light for a 12″ at only 51 lbs and has all the bells & whistles you’d expect for that price. Check out SkilSaw on Ohio Power Tool, Pre-Sale options for the SPT88-01 will be available soon!

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2018 Builders Exchange BX Craftsmanship Awards

2018 BX Craftsmenship Awards

Each year the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio selects several of the area’s top crews and projects for the BX Craftsmanship Awards. With so many amazing projects completed each year this is truly a difficult decision for the judges. The team at Ohio Power Tool could not be more honored to continue to sponsor these awards each year. The recognition of these hardworking tradesmen is just a small token for all they do to shape our cities!

MidState Contractors Award    (more…)

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Makita 18Vx2 Cut-Off Saw 14” Brushless XWL01PT

Makita Chop Saw XWL01PT

Just announced from Makita Tools coming in early 2019 the world’s first cordless 14” chop saw for metal cutting. This saw uses 14” abrasive wheels so it is a “Hot Saw” with lots of sparks. At the same time they are also launching a new thin-kerf abrasive wheel (3/32” thick B-64705) which will give the saw & new wheel combo a 100+ cuts in double stacked 20 gauge metal studs (using 2x 5.0Ah). Total cut capacity is a full 5” with a 3800 RPM that really matches the power of their corded cut-off saws very closely. Rumored price of XWL01PT kit at $500 and bare tool version XWL01Z $350 which yes is much more than a corded $139-179 we typically see but likely there could be deals at launch or shortly after.

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Tool Prices on Rise with Tariffs, 25% More Coming

Tool Tariffs

*** We are not trying to be political here and we are not economists, life your life, vote for who you want, but there will be some price increases coming to pretty much all tools and accessories in the very near future so wanted to give everyone a heads up!!! How high will prices go?? How long will they stay?? Here’s what we know:  

With the first two rounds of Tariffs totaling about $50 Billion we’ve already seen a lot of sporadic price increases from 3%-10% on many products. Not all in the way you’d expect, domestically made fasteners for instance have jumped dramatically while import fasteners have remained somewhat flat. Cordless Tools for the most part have not been hit with tariffs yet however some components such as laser diodes have seen jumps as much as 20%+. In the recent Industrial Distribution article it would seem the next round of $200 Billion in Tariffs is about to hit (January 2019) which will certainly cover a lot more power tools, hand tools and fasteners hitting those products pretty hard. As we saw with some of the first rounds of tariffs these price increases could go into affect before the Tariffs actually hit, so if you’re think this is just a bargaining strategy it might not actually matter.

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Ridgid K-5208 Drain Cleaning Section Machine

Ridgid K-5208

If you’ve cleaned drains at any point in your career in the last 100 years, changes are good you are familiar with Ridgid Drain Cleaning machines. There also have not been a lot of design changes in recent years, however we are now seeing a little competiton coming from Milwaukee Tools and other cordless tool brands looking to take a piece of the pie. Ridgid of course has a big leg up here with many years of product development so we are excited to see a totally new design, built on what’s worked for them, with the K-5208 Section Drain Cleaners, available as machine only 61688, with 4x 15’ cable 61692 or 7x 15’ cables 62378. So how does this stack up to other Ridgid Dain Cleaner options?

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