Category Archives: Automotive Tools
Finally, GearWrench was running around SEMA, STAFDA and other trade shows last year demoing these Bolt Biter Sockets but were not available in stores until just recently! They are here now as a Bolt Biter 8 Piece Set 84782, 15 Piece Set 84783 ($85) or a full 28 Piece Set 84784 ($169) which all sets include ¼” and 3/8” sockets, see the difference between the sets below. We’ve been very impressed by the functionality and versatility of these new Bolt Biters!
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Many of us have multiple socket sets, perhaps even full drawers of them, SAE or Metric, 6 point or 12 point, standard of deep, chrome or impacts, all with various drive sizes ¼”, 3/8”, ½”, etc. Over the years we’ve seen lots of All-in-One solutions for sockets but we would not consider many of them for professionals. The Grey Pneumatic Duo Sockets would be one exception there, impact rated sockets with thin wall design that allow them to perform exceptionally well as a hand ratchet set. Could you really have just one sockets set? (more…)
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The Milwaukee team has really been hard at work recently launching a number of products that are truly the first time on a battery platform. The Milwaukee M18 2688-21 ($239, kit) and 2688-20 ($119, bare tool) are perfect examples of this. Heat guns have always been corded solutions and very popular amount mechanics, electricians, plumbers and many other trades, all places where cords simply don’t make any sense. The first question we hear of course is can this stand up to the corded heat guns?
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Last week the Coptool crew headed off to Nashville, Tennessee to visit the DeWalt Tough in the South Experience where we got a good look at some of the up and coming DeWalt tools and accessories. We saw some new designs on some classic DeWalt tools that shows their commitment to their users as well as their determination to stay ahead of the game. We were very impressed by some of their advancements in jobsite connectivity technology that reflect the rapidly changing dynamics of jobsite productivity.
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Any more, having your oil changed seems like a commodity with prices advertised as low as $14.99. At that price, why would anyone want to change their own oil or use a premium oil? Conventional oil has been around for years, but like everything else in an ever-changing world, new products and technologies are introduced to improve inefficiencies. So we wanted to learn more about this synthetic oil, how it differs than convention oil and to use it while changing our own oil. Using the Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic (5W-30), not sure we’ll ever use conventional oil again! (more…)
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It certainly looks like Milwaukee Tools might be going into dentistry but good mechanics have been using hooks & picks probably as long as dentists and look nearly identical. The above set is from the repair department at Ohio Power Tool and are one of their most frequently used tools. There is one big issue that they told us which causes them all to fail, pullout. The metal part is held in by cheap glue or a crimp and after a little use they fall apart. The above set has already been recrimped several times. (more…)
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It’s no secret among mechanics there is a large migrations away from air tools towards cordless options. New impacts can generate a ton of power in some case too much however they can also be bulky and don’t always offer enough control of the power. These new “Mid-Torque” M18 FUEL Impacts provide a solution with plenty of torque needed for most applications but much closer in size to their compact impacts with more options for control of the power. These new 2860-22 ($399, ½” pin) and 2861-22 ($399, ½” ring) both offer 450 ft lbs torque and should fill the need for many tradesmen.
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Jet just launched 2 new compact impact wrenches which has been a very popular trend with Ingersoll Rand, Chicago Pneumatic, Proto, AirCat and others all with great options. The JET R8 JAT-106 ($159) 3/8” impacts and the JAT-107 ($165) ½” impact have some tough competition but took a little different approach to give them more power which should make them popular with some users. (more…)
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For the folks at IR the focus for their IQv cordless tools is clearly very much automotive. It’s no secret cordless tools are cannibalizing much of the pneumatic tool business so to stay competitive traditional air tool brands are going to need to figure out how to compete with products designed for the trade. We like what Ingersoll Rand has done with these new brushless impact tools, 3/8” W5132 & 1/2″ W5152 which will replace the W5130 & W5150 respectively.
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Once upon a time, many moons ago, I spent a summer as a car detailer for a high-end car wash. Just by chance the guy who had done their detailing for several years had quit and without any formal training I was head of detailing first week on the job, literally was detailing a new Porsche on day 1! (just a warning if you ever thought by paying $100+ meant you were getting a seasoned pro it does not). Detailing 5-6 cars/day was the expectation and everything from high end sports cars to rusted out station wagons that smelled like someone died inside. Burned a lot of paint that summer learning how to buff out scratches and what you can’t fix.
One of the big frustrations in detailing was the power cord, with the polisher/buffer the cord is possibly more of a problem than any other power tool we can think of. First the cord is getting dragged around the shop floor getting covered in dirt, grease, compound, wax, tire cleaner, etc. Then you’ve got to work over top of the car you are trying to keep clean so you keep the cord out of way by throwing it over your shoulder, now you’ve got the dirt stick cord rubbing on your neck… The M18 FUEL Polisher 2738-22 ($449) is a no brainer for those in the detailing business. Also available as a multi-pad kit 2738-22P ($499) or as a bare tool 2738-20 ($249), all available in July.
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