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It may be too late to shop for Christmas gifts on the internet, unless you are willing to pay for overnight shipping but I got an email discount code to www.GMaccessoriesstore.com a few days ago and looking at their prices I think it’s a good deal. The coupon code OMKS9 is good for 10% off everything and lasts until the 31st. I can’t use it but maybe there is some people that can. They have all sorts of stuff for Hummers, Cadillac, GMC, Chevy, Pontiac and all the other GM brands. I actually don’t have a GM car or truck, I got on their email list from buying a trailer hitch bike carrier for my Jeep and they were the cheapest so you can probably find stuff for any car. Maybe they should change their name.
If you are looking for tools to work on your car, you can find those on Ohio Power Tool. Recently we created an automotive page specifically for these products. It’s funny because for the past 25 years our focus was always professional mechanics and we never went after home mechanic. Auto Zone, NAPA and others all sell cheap tools made for home users which we would never carry but now that we have many of our products on our website it’s really surprising how many calls we get from home mechanics that really want top of the line Ingersoll Rand or Chicago Pneumatic air tools. If you have any questions about power tools feel to give us a call and see if we can’t help you find the right tool for the job.
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What do you really want for the holidays? Here are some ideas for dream gifts for those who want to do a little more around the house… or perhaps build another house. Personally I’m obsessed with tools and I’ll look for any excuse to get all the new tools. The Micro Seesnake is a good example of that. How did anyone ever live without this thing? Some of the things on the list are defiantly overkill but for the most part pretty reasonable, in my mind.
First off everyone needs a good set of cordless power tools. The Bosch Litheon 36 volt 4 tool combo kit CPK40-36 should work nicely. At $642.50 with the $100 off tool trade-in deal, these tools are within reach. The Bosch 36 volt Litheon tools are some of the most powerful on the market today and with 2 FatPack batteries you’ll be able to work all day long without waiting for batteries to recharge.
In addition to a good set of cordless tools you’re going to need a really good saw that is portable enough to travel but still make extremely accurate cuts. Most likely you will already have a circular saw and reciprocating saw so the next step would be to get a miter saw and/or table saw. If you have a nice big work shop you might as well get both. On the other hand if you do need to do some work away from home base it’s great to have something that travels easily. In the past a table saw was not a good option for portability. This is not the case today, check out the Bosch 4100-09 10 inch table saw. It is extremely portable and sets up in about 5 seconds. Bosch also makes several amazing 12 inch miter saws checkout the 4212L and 5412L models.
For working at home an item many of us would like to have in their garage is a lift. Is that really out of the question? Not with the Norco 2.5 ton air lift jack. These fine lifts have wheels so you can store them away when not in use and move them into position when you are ready to turn your garage into a full blown mechanic shop. For $865.33 each these are a great investment for any garage.
Once you got that hot rod up on the lift you are going to need to get some work done. Ohio Power Tool sells a wide variety of other automotive tools and everything you might need to really make a lot of noise in the garage. Obviously the first place to start is a good air compressor to run all your new pneumatic tools. No need to mess around with a wimpy little compressor for the garage that can barely keep up. Ingersoll Rand makes a nice 5 HP, 80 gallon, two stage compressor that will ensure you never run out of juice. For only $1807.20 this monster will power your home workshop all day long.
For those people that really what to get serious the perfect gift to have under the tree would be a Power Team shop press. I don’t know if Santa can haul the 600 lb unit into my garage or shell out $3936 but it would make for one sweet Christmas morning. This unit is a 25 ton press with a 6.25 inch travel and provides plenty of punch for any home or shop.
These are just a few suggestions for under my dream Christmas tree. I’m sure I’m missing something obvious like a light weight portable magnetic drill and new 35lb jack hammer which I would easily find some uses. See some more reasonable gift ideas on Ohio Power Tool where they have a list of 12 more reasonable items and thousands of other tools that will make great gifts.
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This holiday season give the gift that keeps on giving, Power Tools. When it comes to power tools the most popular gifts and probably the most fun are cordless power tools. Cordless power tools are however a tricky gift to give. Many people are very loyal to their favorite line of tools (i.e. Bosch, Milwaukee, etc) and it’s not always the cheapest option on the list. Also there are a lot of discount cordless tools you can pick up next to the checkout at any big box home improvement store which aren’t even worth the plastic they are made of. Seriously be careful some cheap cordless saws can only make 3-5 full powered cuts on a charge? Who know why they even make these things other than to trick uninformed buyers. You would be much better off giving a nice quality corded model that will last for years. Power Tools are not like that store brand cereal that’s almost the same as your Lucky Charms you can buy for half the price.
Cordless drills are a safer bet as they normally hold a charge a little longer, but again don’t go cheap. There are several models of compact cordless drills that are relatively inexpensive, are very compact (i.e. Bosch Pocket Driver or Milwaukee Micro Driver)and hold a charge much longer than the discount brands. If you want to give a quality cordless tool gift at a low price this would be the way to go. If you have a little larger budget there are great deals on multiple tools and combo kits.
Visit Ohio Power Tool to see their top 12 holiday gift ideas as well as all the other thousands of tools they supply.
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Recently the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) made some significant changes to their website as well as launched a new site www.greenbuild365.org which is intended to make education that is accessible for all. The USGBC has been an incredibly successful non-profit organization responsible for the LEED certification program, the standard for rating Green Buildings today.
Why is this important to absolutely everyone in the construction industry? It is important because the U.S. market in green building products and services has gone from about $7 billion in 2005 to nearing $12 billion in 2007. I can tell you for certain the entire building industry has not gone up 40% over the same two years period. Consumers are demanding Green Buildings, which basically translates to LEED certified buildings. Large companies like Tuner Construction have lead the way in adoption and found ways to build green at equal or even reduced costs. The benefits of building green are huge; these companies receive tons of great PR, bid on project with less competition and make people feel good about helping to reduce effects on the environment.
Small and midsize construction companies should all be getting involved at this time. LEED certification is not just for “specialty environmentalist builders” this is the trend of the entire construction industry. In the next 10 years, it is likely every building will be given a ranking on the LEED standard. The USGBC currently offers several low priced ($80 or $200 for series) courses to educate industry professionals through seminars at the Green Building Expo or online courses you can find on their website. These courses also count towards continuing education for many professions.
This is the future of the construction business, time to get ahead of the competition.
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A little over a year ago Lincoln Lube introduced its line of PowerLuber, cordless grease guns. These tools have become incredibly successful and are now one of the favorite for many people. Designed for virtually any lubrication application, these professional quality tool features a two-speed switch for high-pressure or high-volume delivery and a cycle indicator pin to monitor grease output.
The PowerLuber 1444 features two long-lasting 14.4-volt batteries which provide maximum working time between recharges, and its “Smart” charging system recognize battery condition when not in use and keep the battery fully charged. PowerLuber’s balanced design and padded grip provide operator comfort during use, and its heavy-duty compact case is molded from impact- and stain-resistant plastic.
In addition, the PowerLuber has a built-in hose and coupler holder to keep the hose and grease coupler secure when not in use. Other features include a machined and hardened piston, Lincoln’s exclusive flip-over follower, an accessible check valve and a threaded opening to accept an optional filler nipple.
If you have any questions about any of the Lincoln Lube products, please contact the professionals at Ohio Power Tool.
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This is a list of the most popular Power Tool blogs on the internet today. Sure these guys are the competition (as they mostly represent retail sites) but they are all good resources for anyone interested in power tools, DIY projects and industry news. If you subscribe to RSS feeds we have put together a RSS Feed which includes all of these sites. VIEW THE ULTIMATE ALL-IN-ONE POWER TOOL BLOG RSS FEED
CopTool.com – Obviously you’ve already found us and know this is your number one source for power tool news. We focus on top manufacturers of professional tools and equipment so we don’t cover many of the discount DIY power tool lines. Blog posts have been every few days but we are adding some good people to the team and will be blogging daily very very soon. Visit Ohio Power Tool to purchase tools and equipment.
ToolMonger.com – Tool Monger is a great site! Multiple posts per day, good projects, and wide variety of topics covered. As far as I can tell there is not a close association with any one retail outlet so I feel they have fair reviews.
Ridgid Forum – This is a great forum for power tools and especially for plumbing tools (for those that don’t know more than the Home Depot line, Ridgid is king of plumbing tools). The power tool section is extremely useful as well on all makes and models; you can talk about whatever is on your mind. There is a blog section where users can create there own blogs which hasn’t taken off yet but could potentially be very interesting moving forward (similar concepts work well for careers like Real Estate Agents).
Power Tool Geek – The first really popular power tool blogger, Brian has been at it for several years. They represent ToolBarn.com so probably should be our mortal enemy but these guys are pretty good, although we haven’t seen many articles from them recently.
ToolCrib.com – Mostly focused on woodworking tools this blog is fairly well written and useful. It appears to have some active users who comment frequently. New posts every few days and they must have a referral account with Amazon because they have lots of links to Amazon to sell tools.
ToolSnob.com – This blog is alright but all over the place. Run by blogpire which appears to be a large network of random blogs, it looks like it writes about who ever is paying them at the moment. Never the less there are some good posts in here from time to time.
As I mentioned above, all of these blogs are available in a single RSS feed: Get it Here
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A common question with the Bosch 36v Litheon tools has been, which battery should I get the SlimPack or FatPack? Also, why are there two different batteries options? Both batteries provide 36 volts of power for the most heavy-duty applications and both batteries are lithium ion so there is little power fade during usage. However, there are some good reasons to have the two sizes.
The difference comes down to simply run time vs. weight. In the chart above you can see the SlimPack is tested to run about 15% longer than the Bosch 18v battery. (Remember the power of the 36V is still significantly greater) The FatPack has a 100% longer run time than the Bosch 18v battery. The down side to the FatPack is it weighs 1 lb. more and costs almost 50% more. Currently the SlimPack BAT818 is $99.50 and FatPack BAT836 is $142.50.
Clearly it comes down to preference but typically the SlimPacks are used more commonly with drill/drivers in applications where weight might be a concern. The FatPack is typically the battery of choice and our recommendation most of the time.
One final advantage for both of these batteries is Bosch’s Provantage warranty of 2 years. If you are going to rely on these tools this is a huge advantage. The warranty will replace the battery and will do so within 48 hours. Obviously no one has been using these for 2 years (they haven’t been around that long) but so far we have not heard any negative feedback on battery problems or fading battery life which we can’t say about the discount brands.
If you need help or have any questions please talk to the professionals at Ohio Power Tool.
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Below are the top 7 new tools of the year. Obviously everyone will have their own opinions but this is an overall composition of our opinions with customer reviews and insight.
1. Ridgid SeeSnake Micro – The SeeSnake Micro is not like any other tool you have in your garage. It’s a 3 foot long waterproof snaking camera with a light on the end. With it you can look into walls, ducts, heating & cooling units, engines, pipes, drains and any other confined space. Additional 3 foot extensions are also available. It would be nice if in the future you could take some kind of picture with this but that’s about my biggest complaint. This is a very handy tool and has a wide variety of uses. More than anything it is really just lots of fun to play with.
2. Bosch Breaker 11335K – The 11335K Breaker Hammer is the newest Bosch electric demolition tool. This is a great addition to the existing arsenal of SDS-Max hammer drills & Bosch Brute tools. At only 35 lbs. this jack hammer is very versatile with vertical, angled or horizontal positioning. I had to make this one of the top tools of the year because who doesn’t feel like a bad ass using a jack hammer horizontally? Like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall.
3. IR Mini Air Tools – Ok so this is really a whole line of air tools but I was having trouble picking just one of these new Ingersoll Rand tools and they are pretty cheap so buying the whole line is still very reasonable. These are great tools all around, perfect for home user or professionals looking for compact tools to fit into those hard to reach places. Mini Grinder – Mini Drill/Driver – Mini Sander – Mini Polisher
4. Milwaukee V18 Battery – How can a Battery be one of the top new tools for 2007? It is because the V18 Lithium Ion battery works with all your previous Milwaukee 18 volt Ni-Cad tools. If you already have several 18 volt tools or a combo kit you can upgrade to Lithium Ion for $179 (see previous article). Additionally the charger still charges your old batteries so you can use them as back ups.
5. IQv Cordless Impact – Ingersoll Rand’s new line of IQv cordless tools is pretty impressive. Everyone knows IR as the trusted name for air tools and especially impact wrenches but not necessarily electric or cordless tools. The IQv line really had some big shoes to fill and I think they did an excellent job. You have a wide selection of IQv impacts powered by Lithium or NiCd in either 14.4V or 19.2V. The IQv line also includes other tools common to IR users such as grinders, drills and ratchets which can use the same batteries and chargers.
6. Bosch 36V Circular Saw 1671K – Obviously everyone has seem a cordless circular saw before so why would I include the 1671K? Simply put this is the first cordless circular saw I would actually want to bring to a job site. In my mind cordless circular saws are still not an alternative to a good corded saw because saws need lots of juice. Previous cordless saws were good for 4-5 cuts which is a joke if you are building anything larger than a door stop. The 36 volt Bosch is good for at least 20 which if you have a few extra batteries and a good corded miter saw or portable table saw should be extremely useful on any jobsite. Around the house with an extra battery the 1671K by itself would get most jobs done without any down time.
7. Milwaukee 12V Micro Driver – There seems to be a theme here with the micro & mini tools. Everything gets smaller but at the same time more powerful and the 2401-22 is no exception. It’s not a secret Milwaukee created the Micro driver to compete directly with the very successful Bosch PS20-2 & PS40-2 (I’m sure we’ll see a micro impact shortly) and with good reason. The Lithium Ion tools have added seriously power and battery life making it possible to have small tools that can do big jobs. Plus I think this thing just looks cool.
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The Bosch 36V tools are arguably the best cordless tools on the market. Using Lithium Ion technology these tools can provide all the power needed to get the job done right. With two battery options “SlimPack” and “FatPack” you have the choice between light weight and longer battery life. The 36V SlimPack weighs less than a 14.4V NiCad. It delivers twice the voltage and up to 15-percent more runtime than competitive 18V tools. The pack’s lightweight design makes it perfect for one-handed and overhead applications with a drill/driver or hammer drill/driver.
The 36V FatPack delivers twice the voltage and runtime of an 18V NiCd battery without a weight penalty. These heavy duty cordless tools can even replace your corded tools normally used for jobs like forty-five-degree bevel cuts with a circular saw, reciprocating saw demolition work, and serious drilling into concrete.
Previously these tools were also fairly high priced when compared to other Lithium Ion tools and certainly NiCd cordless tools. This is not the case any more, for the most part the price on the Bosch 36V tools has come way down and during October Ohio Power Tool is offering a $100 trade-in instant rebate on any of your old 18v tools. This puts the 18636-03 drill/driver with 2 SlimPack batteries at $218.50 and the top of the line CPK40-36 4 36 Volt tool combo kit with two FatPack batteries at $642.50.
Check out all the Bosch 36v Tools and if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the professional staff at Ohio Power Tool. We will help you find the right tool for the job.
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Have you been waiting to upgrade your old NiCad tools but don’t want to shell out a bunch of money to replace everything. How about $179? If you are currently using Milwaukee’s 18 volt NiCad tools which have been leading the industry for years now you can upgrade for cheap. $179 will get you two new V18 Milwaukee batteries and a universal charger which can charge either a new V18 battery or your old 18 volt NiCad battery in less than an hour. V18 Milwaukee Upgrade Package
Why upgrade to the Milwaukee V18 Lithium Ion Battery?
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