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LEED Certified & Green Buildings: Sooner Rather Than Later

 Green Building

A very popular topic in the news recently has been environmentally friendly buildings and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for not only new buildings but existing buildings as well.
As more media attention is focused on these efforts a common question for almost any new build will be “Is it a green building?” and/or “Is it LEED certified?” As a large supplier of tools and equipment for the construction industry we are beginning to see what is coming down the pipe. As companies, especially the very public ones, build new spaces they are going to demand the construction be “Green” enough to meet the minimum LEED certification and they are going to want it at little or no additional costs. It is going to be increasingly important for builders and suppliers like us to be ever more conscious of this trend.
From our dealings with industry leaders it is clear not all LEED Certified Green Buildings are radically different from those constructed in past years. While some Platinum level buildings support solar panel roofs and wind turbines this is not required to obtain LEED certified status.
Many of the green products and materials are prices similar that of other products and work just as well. A good example of this would be switching cleaning and sanitation products to earn up to 13 LEED points in existing buildings. Visit Clean Innovations to learn more on that.    

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Ingersoll Rand – Mini Tools

 IR Mini Air Tools

The Ingersoll Rand family of mini air tools perfectly complements its existing lineup of full-size automotive maintenance and repair tools to provide you with a complete solution for all your jobs, big and small. Whether you’re working in tight spaces or doing finely detailed finish work, our mini tools deliver the power, versatility, and durability you want, in a conveniently smaller size.

This new line of tools is perfect addition for any garage whether a professional mechanic or working in your garage at home. There is a full line of these small but powerful new tools including:

3103K Mini Surface Prep Grinder Kit – Ideal for removing rust, surface deposits and welds in areas it may be hard to reach with a traditional grinder
3128K Mini Random Orbital Sander Kit – Works as good as any normal orbital sander but in a more compact design
3129K Mini Polisher Kit – Buff and polish metal, paint or plastic to a high gloss finish
2101K Mini 1/4" Impact Wrench Kit – Powerful Impact Wrench able to deliver 50 ft-lb of torque, this tool packs a lot of punch for its size.
7804K Mini 1/4" Drill/Driver Kit – Five vane motor delivers smooth but robust power to where you need it most.   

These mini air tools are exactly what you are looking for and each come with a complete kit which include all necessary attachments to get started. To learn more about any Ingersoll Rand Tools visit Ohio Power Tool and talk to the experts.

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Mityvac Product Line Acquired by Lincoln

Lincoln recently completed the acquisition of the Mityvac line of vacuum/pressure pumps, specialty tools and accessories for the automotive industry. The product line was acquired from San Antonio, Texas-based Prism Enterprises LP.

Mityvac products are used to diagnose problems and measure the effectiveness of many of the systems in automobiles and other engine-driven devices. Products acquired by Lincoln include: Mityvac Vacuum Pump; Silverlineñ and Silverline Plus Automotive Kits and Vacuum Pump; Universal Cooling System Test and Retrofit Kits and Radiator Adapter; AirEvac; and Ignition Trak.

Other products are: the Fluid Evacuator and Fluid Evacuator Brake Bleeding Accessories Kit; Fluid Transfer Pump Kit; Hydraulic Injection System Shooter; Brake Hose Clamp; Vacuum Gauge/Fuel Pump Tester; Fuel Injection Pressure Test Kit; Compression Test Kit; and Stem Compression Tester.

"Lincoln is pleased to add the Mityvac product line to our extensive product offering," said Lincoln President Mark Schroepfer. "These unique products are a natural fit with our existing products for the professional mechanic, auto repair shops and the skilled do-it-yourself individual. With this acquisition, two well-regarded brands ø Lincoln and Mityvac ø have been brought together under one management team."

Specials on Mityvac & Lincoln Lube Products

Select items from both lines of products will feature free gift card of $5-50 with purchase. The gift cards can be selected from any of the following stores: Applebee’s, Starbucks, Best Buy, Bass Pro Shop and several others. This deal is good thru June 30, 2007. For more information please visit



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Ridgid SeeSnake Micro – Cat #25643

Ridgid recently released a new product that is getting a lot of attention and generating a good amount of orders, currently on back order. These handy little seesnakes cost a mere $215 (from while their big brothers often cost in the thousands. The SeeSnake Micro will in no way replace the traditional SeeSnake used for pipe inspection however it will definitely come in handy in certain situations. This tool is also very versatile and can be used in other places including crawl spaces, attics, engines, walls, heating ducts, etc. This will most likely become a standard tool everyone will find useful. 

The new RIDGID SeeSnake Micro inspection camera allows you to easily perform visual inspections in hard to reach areas. Its lightweight, handheld design means that it can be carried anywhere – providing solutions when and where you need them, while allowing you to offer more services and increase productivity.

  • Display:  2.5" Color LCD (160 x 234 resolution).
  • Camera Diameter: 0.7" (17mm)
  • Lighting: 2 Adjustable LEDs
  • Cable Reach: 3′ (expandable to 30′ w/optional extensions)
  • Waterproof:  Camera & Cable to 10′ (when properly assembled)
  • Power Source: 4AA Batteries (3hrs. of continuous run-time)
  • Attachments:  Mirror, Hook & Magnet
  • Weight 1.2 lbs.

    Ridgid Micro SeeSnake Camera – 25643 
    Ridgid Micro SeeSnake 3′ Extention – 26658

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    Ingersoll Rand IQv Cordless Tool Series

    This new line of cordless tools from Ingersoll Rand really adds a lot of versitility to their world renowned line of pneumatic tools. By adding the ability to go cordless now you can take your tools with you anywhere. Of course Ingersoll Rand wouldn’t put their name on just anything, the IQv line really is build for an industrial grade work load. IQv Cordless Tools 
    iqv cordless


    Annandale, N.J. October 2, 2006 Ingersoll Rand, a recognized global leader in technology, tools and solutions, unveils a new series of cordless tools engineered specifically for professionals who demand peak power and durability.

    Featuring patented IQv technology, the IQv Series is comprised of a broad range of cordless tools, including the compact W040 1/4" quick-change Impactool, the versatile W150 3/8" Impactool and the powerful W360 1/2" Impactool. IQv Series tools also include two best-in-class drill / drivers the 19.2-volt D650 and 14.4-volt D550.

    IQv technology was designed to deliver improved performance and longevity of cordless tools and batteries, said Christian Corrigan, global marketing manager at Ingersoll Rand Productivity Solutions. For the customer, this means cordless tools that are lighter and more powerful, and batteries that require significantly fewer replacements over the life of the tool.

    Enhanced Performance
    Since 1934, when Ingersoll Rand developed the first pneumatic impact wrench, engineering expertise has focused on building durable impact mechanisms and geartrains to maximize power for reliable tool operation.
    The IQv Series cordless tools combine the same precision engineering with efficient battery technology to provide the best power per volt available. This means that more power is generated from smaller, lighter and lower voltage batteries. When compared to leading competitive brands, the IQv Series cordless tools have up to 110 percent better power-to-weight ratios and provide up to 40 percent better maximum reverse torque.

    Industrial-grade Tool Durability
    In addition to power, the new cordless tools match shop / plant requirements with industrial-grade engineering for tough, heavy-duty jobs. All IQv Series cordless tools are engineered with composite housings to deliver maximum structural strength with minimum weight.

    The composite housings protect against damaging chemicals and fluids common in shop or plant environments and are reinforced with a patented metal design that provides extra strength for excellent drop resistance.

    We spent a lot of time trying to understand both our customers and competitors in order to build the best cordless tools available, said Corrigan. In developing the IQv Series tools, we looked at products and programs that would change the way cordless tools are perceived and provide real value for our customers.

    Ingersoll Rand IQv Series cordless tools utilize a new battery interface to lock the battery securely in place. With competitive designs, batteries can be difficult to use and even fall out when mounts and clips become damaged. The new line of cordless tools employs the IQv Grip, a patent-pending twist-to-lock design that grips the battery into the tool, providing superior holding strength.

    Revolutionary Battery Technology
    To support the new line of tools, Ingersoll Rand partnered with global leaders in electronics and battery technologies to produce the IQv cordless power system, delivering the most advanced battery technology available. IQv technology makes it possible to have one charger that charges all voltages and chemistries, including nickel-cadmium and lithium-ion batteries from 7.2-volts to 19.2-volts.

    IQv technology gives cordless tool systems intelligence not found in typical systems, said Corrigan. The ability for batteries and chargers to communicate opens the door for dramatically improved performance, longevity and compatibility.

    The IQv charger automatically detects battery voltage and chemistry and chooses the correct charge algorithm. By reading the battery, the charger can optimize its charge to improve performance and longevity. The chargers renew feature deep cycle restores the battery to like-new condition and calibrates onboard battery electronics. For nickel-cadmium batteries, the renew feature eliminates memory effect, extending the usable battery life up to five times and significantly decreasing the number of replacement batteries over the life of the tool.

    Commitment to Customer Satisfaction
    Ingersoll Rand backs IQV Series cordless tools with the industry-leading IQV Warranty with registration. This includes a one-year, hassle-free tool and charger replacement; a two-year or 1,000 charges limited battery warranty; and a three-year limited warranty on tool and charger.

    We realize that our customers are professionals who need their tools to do their jobs, said Corrigan. The IQv Warranty is a way for us to share our confidence in the quality of our products and make sure we keep our customers satisfied.

    IQv Series cordless tools also offer convenience and savings. Unlike standard cordless combo kits, Ingersoll Rand offers the IQv Series cordless tools individually. Users may choose from an extensive line of cordless tools, batteries and accessories, buying only what is needed, which can dramatically reduce the cost of ownership.

    Ingersoll Rand Industrial Technologies provides products, services and solutions to enhance the efficiency and productivity of our commercial, industrial and process customers. Our innovative products include air compressors, air systems components, tools, pumps, material and fluid handling systems and microturbines.
    At 9:56 PM | Posted in Automotive Tools, Ingersoll Rand | 1 Comment

    Milwaukee Tools Introduces ICE EDGE Reciprocating Saw Blades

    MILWAUKEE, WI – Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation introduces ICE EDGE

    ice edge bladesA new generation of reciprocating saw blades specifically designed to handle even the toughest metal
    cutting applications that HVAC, automotive, plumbing or maintenance/repair tradesmen demand.

    Featuring a bi-metal construction with 8% cobalt, ICE EDGE blades are flexible to prevent shock, fatigue and shattering. The completely redesigned blade optimizes metal cutting
    with precision-ground teeth and a radiused back face that increases tooth strength, resulting in faster cuts and longer blade life. The positive rake on the cutting edges removes chips aggressively, and deeper gullets help keep the cut clear and cool to ensure optimal heat resistance.

    Milwaukee’s cryogenic heat treat process induces a permanent change in the microstructure of the high-speed steel cutting edge, and because it penetrates to the full depth of the blades, this treatment improves the hardness, wear resistance and dimensional stability of each blade.  

    Key Features/Specs
    • Cryogenic heat treat process improves hardness and wear resistance
    • Precision-ground teeth for optimized metal cutting
    • Radiused back face for increased tool strength, faster cuts, longer blade life
    • Positive rake on cutting edges removes chips
    • Deeper gullets help keep the cut clear and cool
    • Bi-metal construction with 8% cobalt
    • 1⁄2” universal tang fits all SawzallsTM and competitive models

    About Milwaukee Electric Tool
    Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation, a Brookfield, Wisconsin-based subsidiary of
    Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd. (TTI) (HKEx stock code: 669, ADR symbol: TTNDY) is an
    industry leading manufacturer and marketer of professional and industrial heavy-duty portable
    corded and cordless power tools, accessories and safety equipment. Products include the
    legendary Sawzall® reciprocating saws, V28 and V18 lithium-Ion Cordless tools, Hole-Hawg®
    drills, portable band saws, circular saws, driver drills, hammer drills, rotary hammers,
    pneumatic nailers, grinders, sanders and the new Trade Titan series of heavy duty work carts
    and accessories. 

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