Category Archives: Current Tools

Mechanical Knockout Sets for Cordless Drill/Drivers

Mechanical Knockout

For years electricians made large diameter holes in electrical boxes with knockout sets that were either manually cranked by a ratchet or hydraulically powered with a hand pump, hose and a lot of fussing. In recent years battery powered Knockouts have become much more popular because they are way more productive but a good GreenLee or Milwaukee tool set (even without any punch or dies) will put you back around $1300.

No questions these are the fastest, best option for high volume production but are a bit pricy for some to justify. We’ve seen the Mechanical Knockout tools growing in popularity in the last few years because they offer good performance, close to the cordless/hydraulic tools at a much lower cost. The Current Mechanical Knockout 163 ($549) is at a pretty attractive price point and with the full 1/2″-2” set Mechanical Knockout 162PM is only $779.

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Current Tools 2” Pipe Bending Machine 747 Omni Bender

Omni Bender 747

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.

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