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Hitachi becomes Metabo HPT and HiKOKI

The brand Hitachi is a huge corporate conglomerate with power plants, trains, computers and tools was only a small part of the overall company. Now that that’s been sold off the tool division had a limited time to change the name. With the new owners also owning Metabo Tool there seemed to be some good reasons to bring the two together build off each other’s strengths and have one tool brand that made the best grinders, hammer drills, nail guns and much more. However easier said than done when one company is in Japan and another in German, both with strong presence all over the globe. So what’s the result, HiKOKI becomes the name in Europe, Asia and other markets while the same tools get the name Metabo HPT in North America… Huh?

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At 10:01 AM | Posted in Construction Tools, Cordless Tools, Metabo Tools, Metalworking Tools, Tanaka | 1 Comment

Southwire Tools Acquire ProBuilt & WobbleLight

Southwire Wobble Light

If you can’t beat’m join’m they say. Southwire Tools has been growing both with aggressive product development but also with some very smart strategic acquisitions such as very recent purchase of Garvin Industries, to join Colman Cable for their Extension Cords, Maxis for Knockouts & Wire Pullers, Sumner for material lifts, material carts, pipe stands and the list goes on. Southwire is already a leader in LED jobsite lighting but with the addition of ProBuilt they will now one of the market leaders for construction temporary lighting. We have been very impressed with the investment they have made in the brands that join the Southwire family with lots of investment in R&D we thing they’ve made a lot of improvements along the way. Does this mean the Matte Black Wobble Light will be here soon, we hope so!! We will know more very soon in the meantime check out the Southwire Press Release below: (more…)

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Inside Look | Milwaukee M18 FUEL Hammer Drill 2704-22 vs 2804-22

M18 FUEL Hammer Drills

Well the Red team is at it again updating their FUEL brushless Hammer Drills for the 3rd time, they say 3rd time is the charm! The 2704-22 generation 2 was a huge leap forward on the power side GEN 1 was 750 in-lbs to 1,200 in-lbs for GEN 2. When we look at the power change GEN 2 to GEN 3 2804-22 specs are pretty flat, with the same 1,200 in-lbs stated. That being said we weren’t really looking for more power here, already one of the most powerful in the market the 2804-22 really focuses on some other areas for improvement, going more compact and some other improvements.

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Dewalt 20V Woodworking Tool Expansion

Dewalt 20V Woodworking

Dewalt jumped right in with an impressive upgrade to their cordless woodworking arsenal, new brushless jigsaws (top handle & barrel grip) are a no brainer but also now had 5” random orbital sander, planer and trim router which we’ve found to be extremely handy cordless tools. None of these are new to the cordless world but for those on team yellow these are a very welcome addition. We are excited to get our hands on all of these, some launching pretty quickly, others early 2019. Check out the full Dewalt press release below, more info to follow!

Dewalt 20V Wood Working
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Toler Tools – The New EveryDay Carry Multi-Tool

Toler Tools Everyday Carry

Most of the folks we talk to on a daily basis have some sort of everyday carry knives and/or multi-tools. Leatherman, the leader and trade name for the pocket multi-tool offers several very handy options from the very tiny to fairly large. We’ve seen many other brands now get into the pocket Multi-Tool market Gerber, Klein and others so have we seen all the innovation possible in the category? Talking with Michael from Toler Tools he really pointed out a lot of features that would be super useful but just were not available. So what’s a mechanical engineer left to do but invest a few years of time, lots of savings and build it right! Just posted on KickStarter a few days ago the Toler Union Pocket Multi-Tool is past all the prototyes and ready for full blown production.

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SCAM – Popup Tool Sales Websites

Power Tool Scams

If you’re just about to buy a $1200 cordless 10 tool combo kit from Dewalt, Makita, Milwaukee, etc for $137 bucks online and you think wow this deal is too good to be true!!! Trust that voice in your head and do a little research. Popup websites selling tools super cheap are coming up faster than wack-a-moles and blasting social media with links to the sites. (We don’t know the Youtuber below but he makes a video almost everyday on all these different SCAM websites that pop up) 

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Cordless 9” Grinders: M18 FUEL 2785 vs Makita 18Vx2 XAG13

Cordless 9" Grinders

We’d had a few opportunities to run the Makita 9” cordless grinder 18Vx2 LXT XAG13PT1 ($419), both in metal cutting applications as well as in concrete cutting and concrete grinding applications. It has done fairly well for cordless grinder, very close to a large corded grinder. Milwaukee has now launched its own 9” cordless grinder in the 2785-21HD ($399) but with only 18V we look to see if it can keep up with Makita’s 36V grinder.

There is also a 3rd option for cordless 9” grinders worth mentioning in the Metabo WPB 36-18 LXT BL ($699, bare) which is a nice tool however at double the price, once batteries are factored, this puts is pretty far out of range when compared to the other two. (more…)

At 1:30 PM | Posted in Cordless Tools, Makita Tools, Metalworking Tools, Milwaukee | 2 Comments

Self-Retracting Lifelines SRL, Going Leading Edge

FallTech SRL Leading Edge

Fall protection equipment is an essential part of any jobsite when it comes to working at heights. Crazy to imagine 11 people died building the Golden Gate Bridge and that was celebrated as a huge safety accomplishment. In the 1930’s the rule of thumb was 1 death per $1 million of project cost, at $35 million total the expectation was 35 people might die to get the job done (history.com). Today thankfully 1 death is too many when it comes to preventable injuries and as we learn more the technology improves. Leading Edge technology for SRLs is where many companies are headed to keep workers safe. (more…)

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Milwaukee M12 FUEL Stubby Impact Wrenches

M12 Stubby Impact Wrench

The biggest thing to happen to Air Impact Wrenches over the past few years has been the stubby! We’ve seen the top air tool lines from IR, CP and other launch these compact tools with big success but nothing in a cordless versions, Until Now! Welcome the M12 FUEL Stubby Impact Wrenches in 1/4”, 3/8” and 1/2″ versions. Super compact size at 5.1” with impressive torque at 250 ft-lbs, these are going to lead to even less air hoses on the shop floor.

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Ingersoll Rand W7152 IQv20 ½” Impact 1500 ft-lbs.

W7152 IR IMpact

Clearly Ingersoll Rand has a focus on mechanics, being the name brand in air tools for many years we were not surprised when their first cordless impact W7150 hit the market years ago it was truly innovative. Even years later when we compared high torque impacts (see post here) it held its own pro cordless brands with Milwaukee, Makita, Dewalt and others. With a narrow focus on mechanics IR wants to be the leaders in Impact wrenches, Air Tools or Cordless so we were not surprised they would come out with the new W7152 which promises best in class 1500 ft-lbs Nut Busting torque.

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