Category Archives: Electrician Tools
Just announced at STAFDA last month we got a first look at the new Southwire Maxis XD1 Circuit Puller with 600 lbs pull / 1000 lbs peak pull force with ultra-portability. Shown with the Milwaukee M18 Hammer Drill 2804-22 ($299) NOT INCLUDED but works with about any professional 18V drill from Dewalt, Makita, Metabo, Bosch or any other pro brand. Price on this is around $1500 and will be available very soon, really the first of its kind and we think for some may be a very nice solution. (more…)
Just announced Southwire will be launching 2 new digital multimeters that pack a lot of professional features at a very aggressive price. Starting with the manual ranging 10031S ($25) which is rated up to CAT III 300V, AC/DC, includes test leads and the same tough housing that can take a 6’ drop like all their other higher end units. The step up auto-ranging 10041N ($45) is rated up to CAT III 600V, similar features but adds non-contact AC detector, frequency, temperature and duty cycle. For professionals doing mostly residential these meters may check all the boxes. For commercial electricians where higher voltage and/or CAT IV is required clearly these meter are not going to be the right solution for you.
If you can’t beat’m join’m they say. Southwire Tools has been growing both with aggressive product development but also with some very smart strategic acquisitions such as very recent purchase of Garvin Industries, to join Colman Cable for their Extension Cords, Maxis for Knockouts & Wire Pullers, Sumner for material lifts, material carts, pipe stands and the list goes on. Southwire is already a leader in LED jobsite lighting but with the addition of ProBuilt they will now one of the market leaders for construction temporary lighting. We have been very impressed with the investment they have made in the brands that join the Southwire family with lots of investment in R&D we thing they’ve made a lot of improvements along the way. Does this mean the Matte Black Wobble Light will be here soon, we hope so!! We will know more very soon in the meantime check out the Southwire Press Release below: (more…)
The Husky 500-Lumen Dual beam unbreakable Flashlight is a… WAIT A MINUTE. “Unbreakable”? Sounds like a challenge. 🙂
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?
RIDGID® thermal imagers feature the latest technology, including the best image
resolution in their class and an easy-to-use interface, to help you efficiently predict
problems before they happen and prevent costly system downtime and keep buildings running at the highest performance with RIDGID Thermal Imagers (Pre-Sale Coming Soon). The new line features the latest technology, best images in their class and easy-to-use interfaces to predict problems before they happen. (more…)
Some great holiday stocking stuffer gift ideas that never seem to fail are LED Lighting and Pocket Knives but don’t underestimate the power of fire, sure to put a smile on anyone’s face! Hand torches are incredibly useful tools and not just for sweating pipe. The Bernzomatic torch TS8000 ($39) or as a kit with MAP/PRO gas TS8000KC ($54 + $10 off Black Friday deal) is pretty much the best option out there with all the bells and whistles, on/off trigger, swirl flame for maximum output and a super easy to use design. We just upgraded from our manual option and for the small price difference there is really no reason manual should even still even exist.
If you’re still not sure why complete mastery of the flame is such a really cool holiday gift idea below are a few videos that’ll likely spark some project ideas from woodworking to corn on the cob. (more…)
There has not been much innovation in the soldering iron category recently however that is all about to change with the launch of the Milwaukee M12 Cordless Soldering Gun 2488-20 ($69, bare) and 2488-21 ($129, kit). With this tool you get 18 second heat up time and up to 40 minutes runtime with an M12 Compact Battery which is pretty increasable. We had a brief chance to use this tool at the New Product Symposium, see video below, but it will be hitting the market this month (November).