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When the same tool is the preferred choice for users and the safety director there is harmony across the jobsite. Unfortunately this is not always the case but Milwaukee is working hard to make it a more common occurrence. There is no mistaking angle grinders can be very dangerous tool but several key features make them much less dangerous. OHSA and safety directors are continuing to work to push safety forward. Grinder guards are a huge one, while many individuals still remove them in their own garages, on any large jobsite you’ll see almost every grinder has the guard on. Side handles, Lock-on switch vs paddle, dual actuated start, kick-back clutch, brakes, vibration control, cordless are all features being looked at for safety requirements. Coming late July, the Milwaukee M18 FUEL Kit 2783-22 ($449 with 5.0Ah batteries), or bare tool 2783-20 ($219) look to cover all these concerns, not only very powerful cordless grinders but it also features their RAPID STOP brake making them one of the safest grinders available.
As cordless landscaping equipment become more powerful there have been many professionals who are very interested in ditching the gas engines and going cordless. Businesses and affluent customers want less noise and less emissions when the lawn care service is being performed. Operators also want less hassle and maintenance, just slapping the battery in and go. Of course the tools need to perform at professional level and until recently the battery landscaper tools were consumer grade at best.
Makita feels they have really gotten to the next level with their 18V X2 LST (36V) platform combined with their brushless motor technology. The Makita platform is a terrific option as they are so widely available and compatible with other power tools they may need. The 36V brushless trimmer ZRU07Z ($279) is truly a professional grade tool and the first of its kind with a 13-3/4” capacity and 60 minute runtime (with 5.0Ah batteries). The 36V brushless blower XBU02Z ($279) puts out 473 CFM of force to really move some debris but thanks to the brushless motor can outlast other blowers in its class.
Each year Milwaukee Tool brings in a large group of media folks from various magazines and tool focused blog sites. They really gear their following 9 months of product launches around this annual event so they invest the time and energy into making the event a big deal. This year was again bigger than ever before and the Red team really showed us some impressive leaps forward in cordless tools as well as expanding their trade focus for hand tools and accessories.
For our “predictions” post we missed the mark completely still no M18 FUEL Hackzall or M18 10’ Mitersaw or Remote Controlled Cooler… at least not for the rest of 2015. Great news is our hope for events several years from now cometh early with the launch of the 9.0Ah High Demand battery. We thought that might be 2017 or 2018 before we would see cordless tools with demands of higher outputs and run-times. The 9.0Ah battery makes possible the first ever cordless 1-9/16” SDS-Max Rotary Hammer Drill which can chip non-stop for 20 minutes on a single battery. This thing uses the same front end as their corded model and hits just as hard, incredibly impressive!
On M18 FUEL 7-1/4″ circluar saw or M18 FUEL Sawzall this battery will go all day long. Charge time with the new M12/M18 RAPIDCHARGE charger can fill these huge fuel tanks in about 90-100 minutes which is certainly reasonable. (more…)
We’ve all hit an off-ramp going a little faster than you’re supposed to and been startled by the rumble strips. It really is the best way to alert drivers there is a change in the roadway ahead and you need to slow down. Have you ever wondered how those rumble strips get put there? Recently we had an opportunity to work with our friends at our regional DOT as well as Diamond Products who makes a nice converts kit for their most popular walk behind concrete saw Core Cut CC6571. The kit very easily turns the saw into a transverse rumble strip machine with a 4” width capacity.
The Core Cut CC6571D-36 large concrete saw from Diamond Products is a powerful, full sized self-propelled concrete saw that gives maximum large saw performance and output at the lowest price in its class. The very smooth running, liquid cooled, four cylinder Kubota diesel engine is very powerful yet has moderate fuel consumption, and can be used in a wide range of contractor and industrial applications. Easy to fit into a trailer with water tank and other necessary accessories. This unit definitely has the power needed for installing the 4” wide rumble strip.
Transverse rumble strips, also referred to as bar markings, are placed across the traffic lane to make sure motorists are alerted to hazards ahead, such as areas of pedestrian activity, bends in the road or intersections. They are typically useful where drivers have been travelling continuously at high speeds for a long period of time.
The 4” blade spacing kit (6010632A) can be added to the standard saw with very little additional work. The kit includes a wide guard to accommodate the four inch wide stack of blades and spacers. The (16) 12”x.250” blades and (15) spacers that go between each blade are added as shown below. Finally, the guard is installed. Now you are ready to install precision 4” transverse rumble strips.
The next step is to determine transverse rumble strip layout. Touch the diamond blade head to the roadway surface with the engine off and set the depth indicator to 0”. Now, start the engine and lower the diamond head down until the depth indicator reads the depth specified for your rumble strip. Set your depth stop on the saw so the head can go no deeper than the amount required for the rumble strip specification. Finally, begin your pass, making sure your travel speed is slow enough that the saw does not ride up and give you inconsistent depth.
The CC6571D-36 concrete saw has a transverse mounted Kubota diesel engine. It is rated at 66 horse power and its transverse mounting makes this saw the most maneuverable of other large saws. The engine is protected by an advanced cyclone air filter system for maximum engine life. The liquid cooled, four cylinder engine is a very smooth running power plant ever on such a large saw.
This saw includes a hydraulic raise and lower system for precise depth control and a dash mounted depth indicator for improved operator control. The saw features self-propelled operation with an Eaton transmission and two position handle bars for increased operator comfort.
The blade guard and blade can be mounted on either the right or left side for sawing in difficult to reach or tight areas. The saw is generally used with water, but may be used in dry applications with the correct type of blade. This Core Cut large saw has an oil bath blade shaft which means your operators won’t have to grease any grease fittings, leading to dramatically longer blade shaft bearing life. Finally, it has a belt tensioning system that is superior to any other large saw belt tensioning system, which means more power to your blades as well as longer belt life.
For any questions on walk behind concrete saws, the rumble strip kit or diamond blades in general contact the experts at Ohio Power Tool 800-242-4424. These guys have extensive training in cutting a wide variety of materials and applications.
The video below popped up on YouTube last week on the Bosch UK. The GSR 18 V-EC FC2 comes with several heads for a variety of drilling and fastening applications. Festool has offered this for years in the premium tool category and more recently we’ve seen less expensive options that can interchange out all kind of saws, sanders and other types of tool heads. It looks like this is definitely a trend that is not going away so it’ll be nice to see other professional brands get involved so the tools actually perform and it’s not just a gimmick that make a nice infomercial.
When you’re in the market for an air compressor there are many sizes and options to choose from. Makita has continued to expand their offering and the Makita compact 1 Gallon AC001 ($179) is the latest edition. With only a 1 gallon tank this unit isn’t going to your best option for a general purpose air compressor but its compact lightweight design (23.1 lbs) makes it an ideal option for a single user doing trim / finish carpentry. The image on a website doesn’t do it justice because it looks similar in size to other portable twin tank and pancake compressors. That is not the case, for frequent in and out use on jobs this compact unit is going to be much easier to manage along with all the other tools/supplies you’ll need. (more…)