Author Archives: Jay Amstutz
*** 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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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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Last week we hosted the “Tool Test Raw” between VCG Construction and Tool Review Zone where Vince from VCG used the Milwaukee 2804-22 Hammer Drill to go against Clint from Tool Review Zone with the New Ridgid Octane GEN5X. Before all the fun began the VCG crew did a full live walk through of the Ohio Power Tool showroom, taking live questions, video above. But the question your’re probably asking, who won the competition? (more…)
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The Milwaukee M18 Chainsaw was one of the most anticipated new tools for 2018, certainly not the first cordless chainsaw to hit the market but the first to do it with just 18 volts, as competiton is at 36V, 54V, or even as high as 80V. Could Milwaukee deliver a professional 16” chainsaw and still make it compatible with the hundreds of other tools? We originally posted on the 2727-21HD in May (Coptool post) but now that we’ve got it out in the field with professionals at Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation we wanted to take a closer look and see if it’s lived up to the hype as well as how they might hold up under wear.
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Just announced is Dewalt’s new vacuum that checks all the boxes for those working with Silica. It’s cordless running off the Flexvolt 60V platform, its wireless using a remote control (included) to turn on/off with any tool (not fully automatic but better than walking to the tool each time), filter cleaning mechanism is automatic so compliant with Table 1 (29 CFR 1926.1153), it has a full 125 CFM so works with 5” grinders, tuck pointers and concrete cutters, HEPA rated filter and fits into the T-Stak Storage System. Capacity is 2 gallons and includes an 8” hose plus a fleece bag for properly collecting all the silica dust. For more info check out the full Dewalt press release below.
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Our friends at Makita have built a wide offering around cordless solutions for specific concrete applications, many things that are simply not offered by Dewalt, Hilti, Milwaukee or any other major cordless platform. The launch of the XRT01 Rebar Tie tools makes a lot of sense adding to the 2 rebar cutting options XCS02T1 ($1095) and XCS01Z ($1999), also 18V concrete vibrators, along with one of the most powerful cordless SDS-Max in the XRH07PTU ($699) and a handful of other concrete specific products. So what makes this rebar tie gun so special?
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With a continued focus on user safety Bosch has announced a larger addition to their growing lineup of vacuums & dust extractor accessories. As companies have become compliant with the OSHA silica standards the Bosch VAC090 and VAC140 have been extremely popular. Both feature auto-cleaning, tool power management and 150 CFM which means they meet requirements up to 6” cutting & grinding tools. For professionals however there continues to be a big demand for a dust collection solution for use with larger equipment 7”, 9”, 12” and larger (cutting/grinding). The GAS20-17AH ($1500) is a heavy duty monster that’ll collect dust at a rate of 300 CFM so more than enough to use with larger grinders and cutters all the way up to 12” under Table 1 (possibly even on 14” or higher but would require testing). (more…)
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The Tool Brand Acquisition train continues full steam ahead, just announced Imperial Blades, makers of high quality Made in USA oscillating tool accessories has been purchased by Milwaukee Tool, a Division of TTi. This is a slam dunk for team red as the Imperial factory is only about an hour away in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and it gets them into the oscillating accessory category in a much larger way with a premium lineup. (more…)
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Several years ago now Makita built a revolutionary 36V circ saw XSH01 that ran off 18V batteries. The traditional 28V and 36V platforms are all but extinct at this point because they required such massive batteries which made them annoyingly heavy for the more common tools such as drills and impacts. It was a great run but we are finally seeing a brushless upgrade for the 18Vx2 with the same 7-1/4” capacity, the XSH06PT kit and XSH06Z bare tool. So we put the saw in the hands of some professionals on the jobsite and actually took them apart to see what sort of improvements have been made.
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