Author Archives: Jay Amstutz
When you think of your most used tool on the job your first though might not be of work boots however think about doing your job bare foot and you might have a little more appreciation for just how much abuse you work boots take in a day. Keen Utility Boots have only been around a few years but have really made a name for themselves very fast and built a loyal fan base by taking all the comfort and technology of a hiking boot and adding all the functionality for professional trades.
From April – June Bosch Power Tools and Keen Utility Boots have teamed up to offer a FREE $200 Keen Gift Card (enough for about just any boot and then some) with a qualified in-store purchase at a Bosch System Specialist (BSS) Location. Find a BSS dealer near you, sorry online orders do not qualify! For those in Central Ohio visit Ohio Power Tool a BSS location for full details. (more…)
This is possibly one of the most aggressive promotions we’ve ever seen from Milwaukee, more so than any previous mail-in rebate and even more so than the $100 trade-in. For any Milwaukee accessory purchase over $50 you’re going to get Milwaukee swag. For every accessory order over $250 you are getting a FREE Milwaukee Bluetooth Radio! So… most 100 Pack of Sawzall Blades YOU GET A RADIO. Any bulk pack of bandsaw blades YOU GET A RADIO. Couple of metal saw blades YOU GET A RADIO. We’re not sure how you can give away a free bluetooth radios (plus battery & charger) with a 100 pack of Sawzall blades and still make any money but if the goal is to put a FREE Milwaukee Radio on every jobsite in America this is a great first step. (more…)
Last September Ridgid launched the innovative RE 6 Tool System for Electricians which can cut cable up to 750 MCM (Cu/Al), crimp without needing dies and punch holes into electrical boxes up to 3.5”. While Ridgid has made a name for themselves with innovative products in the plumbing and mechanical trades they have always had a much smaller offering for professional electricians. While the Ridgid RE 6 had great response and a lot of interest, the price has been user’s main objection.
Many people looking for a new tool simply didn’t need to replace all 3 tool at once so there was not an immediate saving vs buying just a new less expensive single function tool which might need replaced, like a GreenLee Die-Less Crimp ($3699), GreenLee Cable Cutter ($1349) or Milwaukee M18 Knockout Set ($1549). For the time being, at least until end of June, the new RE 6 kits drop in price, $800 drop for the 3 Head kit, $600 on 2 Head Kits and $400 for single head kits.
We originally posted on the Milwaukee M12 Circular Saw a while back but wanted to put it in the hands of a friend and craftsmen who would have the opportunity to really use this tool on a daily basis and see what he thought.
GUEST BLOGGER: My name is Matt Bowman, and I’m excited to have been asked to write a review for the COPTOOL blog. I work at a small fabrication shop called Griffen Hollow Studio, and our scope of projects spans from laser engraving and custom woodworking to full scale interior builds. We are located in the cultural mecca known as Columbus, Ohio.
The Milwaukee 5 ⅜” circular saw 2530-21XC ($229) is the newest addition to the M12 cordless product line. Like the other tools, it features a 12-Volt 4 amp-hour battery that integrates Milwaukee’s REDLINK internal electronic regulation system, which provides automated protection against overheating of the motor and unnecessary drain of the tool. The new brushless motor design promises extended tool life, better battery use, and superior performance on the jobsite or around your hobby shop. The tool is ergonomic, reasonably priced, and a perfect choice for both the tradesman and casual user. (more…)
Grinding concrete can be messy business no question. One of the first grinders that was specifically designed for the task was the Bosch 1773AK ($398) which added a wraparound handle, fully enclosed dust shroud with one of the first vacuum ports to come standard plus some additional modification to help this grinder handle working in the harsh silica dust. It was truly top of the line when it launched but of course other have done similar designs and with Bosch’s advancements in grinder performance it is naturally time for an upgrade. The new Bosch CSG15 ($399) fills its shoes nicely with a bump in power from 10 AMP to 12.5 AMP, sealed bearing system, better gearing for concrete removal and a new adjustable guard with allows for grinding against a wall.
For those that aren’t familiar with the Current Tool brand they are a relatively new manufacturer (little over 15 years) focused on tools for professional electricians. Several reasons we’ve found many pros like the brand; first almost everything they make is built in USA Greenville, SC. Second they are very responsive with customer service and rarely ever back orders. Third even though they make the product in the USA they are very competitively priced vs Greenlee or Gardner Bender. Fourth many of their parts/components such as shoes, punch, dies, etc are interchangeable with other brands. Finally the quality has been very good.
Recently Current Tool launched their new Omni Bender 747 ($6299) and while this production isn’t going to win them any Oscars (please at least turn the camera horizontal) the video does do a nice job of showing the benefits and features.
When it comes to concrete demo and construction Chicago Pneumatic has been a leader in the industry for many years. To further expand their offering coming Spring 2015 CP is launching 3 new concrete trowels the STG245, STG365 and STG465. These new trowels will feature Honda engines, compatible trowel blades and new safety features to protect workers on the jobsite. You’ve probably seen the “Concrete Buffer Gone Wild” video below, as 7 million + others have already. This demonstrates a very real safety risk, although attempting to be comical in this video (luckily nobody was injured) it represents a problem which the new CP trowels have fixed.
All of the information on the new Bosch REAXX table saw, which we mentioned previously, is available now. Price came in slightly higher for the GTS1041A-09 ($1499 includes stand) than the SawStop Jobsite JSS-MCA ($1399) which was a little surprising for us. The Bosch does offer several advantages with the smart phone integration and the REAXX does not ruin the blade when the safety is triggered which is a pretty big deal. We will keep an eye out for any additional information and should expect this saw to be available, hopefully in fall 2015. For more on Bosch Tools, additional info on the REAXX from the Bosch press release below video.
Power – 15 AMP, 4.0 HP
RPM – 3,650
Capacity – 25″ ripping
Blade Size – 10″
Weight – Saw, 78 lbs Stand, 45 lbs
Cut Depth – 3-1/8″ at 90 degrees
Arbor – 5/8″
Price – $1499 (more…)
When cutting concrete you’ve got some choices to make, first is are you going to cut wet or dry? In most situations wet cutting is the recommended choice because this will keep dust down and the blade from over heading. Of course wet cutting is messy business and slurry gets everywhere. In block or other less dense material dry cutting is a good option but you’ll create huge clouds of silica dust which is not safe to breath. To get a useable depth of around 5” you’ll need a larger saws with a 14” blade which are most commonly gas powered to get enough ass behind it. These are ok for working out in the open but never fails we constantly hear of people using these in poorly ventilated areas and breathe in dangerous levels of carbon monoxide fumes. Diamond Products new Core Cut Electric Saw C14 ($699) looks to address many of these concerns and possibly change the way many cut concrete. (more…)
SEE OUR FULL DETAILED POST ON REAXX SAW HERE
We all know the story of SawStop with its patented technology to stop a table saw blade once it touches your skin. It’s a wonderful technology, we are very happy was invented and think this was a great leap forward. SawStop has a very nice line of stationary table saws and recently also launched a portable jobsite table saw JSS-MCA for $1399 which is priced significantly higher than other jobsite table saws but if it saves a finger or two, worth every penny. For the first time since SawStop hit the market however they will have some competition in this super safe saw space as Bosch is also launching a new super safe jobsite table saw with flesh detecting technology called the Bosch ReaXX GTS1041A ($1499, Shipping as of 6/1/2016). (more…)