Category Archives: Electrician Tools
An update on the Ridgid Roadshow stop for Columbus, Ohio on Friday, August 14th. Possibly the most important detail for some… Who is the Ridgid Calendar Girl that will be there? It has been confirmed CJ Perry (January/February 2009) will be at Ohio Power Tool signing free Ridgid calendars. I googled her and found her Model Mayhem profile. Apparently she is also very accomplished in all types of dance and being insanely hot is just a way to pay the bills. Below is a little about her and a youtube video of her “Reel”. We look forward to having her out to visit.
A little about myself, I am Portuguese but grew up in a little country called Latvia which is the Former Soviet Union. That is where I got my professional ballet training and danced with the Latvian National Ballet Company and a Professional Modern Dance company starting at the age of 14. At 17 I moved to NYC where I danced with Ballet Hispanico and Alvin Ailey. Major in Dance at Florida State University in Dance and Acting.
In College I started break dancing which lead me to tour and work with artist such as Keri Hilson, T.I, Rich Boy, Akon, Bow Wow and Paula Deanda.
I love modeling, singing, acting and dancing and take my career very seriously. I am very passionate about my work and I am easy to work with!
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Another addition the ever expanding Milwaukee M12 Tool line is the LED work light 49-24-0146 ($39). The xenon incandescent M12 work light 49-24-0145 ($19) will still be available, you will simply now have a choice between the two. Both models share a similar design with 90 degree movable head and magnet for hands free work. The new LED M12 is promising double the run of the traditional M12 flashlight however it is also packing double the price. The battery is an LEDs so traditionally lasts 10x longer as well as giving a more natural white light (5600K).
It’s a tough call price vs runtime, you will need to make that decision for your own but I am happy we at least now have the option. Check out all the Milwaukee M12 tools at Ohio Power Tool.
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I know you probably have not been waiting on the edge of your seats in anticipation for new driver bit technology to hit the street but the new Bosch P2R2 bit is a pretty nice addition. It works extremely well on both Phillips P2 and Robertson R2 (square drive) screws, saving the time and frustration of switching bits, loosing bits and/or digging in the tool box for the other bit. We have already put these bits to the test and the shop guys said they pass the test, which doesn’t always happen. The bits are a few pennies more but for the convenience and time savings very much worth it.
We continue to be impressed with Bosch’s constant innovation to simple accessories were you couldn’t imagine seeing anything new. The P2R2 bits will be available around Mid June; you will be able to order them shortly on Ohio Power Tool in packs of 15, 1” bits for $4.43.
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The Milwaukee M12 Sub-Scanner 2290-21 is due out in July and will be able to detect wood studs, pipes, AC wires and rebar in concrete up to 6” deep. Currently the closest competing product would be the Bosch DMD4k Multi-Detector which can also detect various types of materials but only detect rebar in concrete 4” deep. The design of the Milwaukee is also much easier for scanning large areas with the 4 wheel design, it will role across a surface with ease, perfect for mapping out & drilling large areas of concrete.
The M12 Sub-Scanner looks very much like another Bosch detection tool I found on the German site called the D-Tect 100 Wallscanner (see here http://www.wallscanner.de/). This gadget shares the 4 wheel design of the Milwaukee Sub-Scanner but has a much larger display which displays the objects graphically similar to how a fish finder works. It gives a very good representation of where objects are, how deep and continues to show items you already passed over. This product of course is not available in the US and there are no expected dates but hopefully we will see this item in the US down the road.
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The New surface temperature Temp-Guns from Milwaukee are available as part of the M12 system or available for use with standard Alkaline batteries. All of the available units are built for professional use with 1.5% accuracy range, K-Type thermocouple input and <500ms response time. There are however several differences in the models other than the power system.
Laser Temp-Gun 2266-20
At a lower price the 2266-20 Temp-Gun has a temp range from -20 to 932 F, a 12 to 1 distance to spot ratio and a slide rail system that allows accessories such as the voltage detector / light tool to be attached and used as part of the Temp-Gun. This gun meets and/or beats basically every competitor even up to the $200 price range and with the added accessories can offers features well beyond anything else.
M12 Laser Temp-Gun 2277-21
The M12 2277-21 Temp-Gun is truly in a class by itself. With an expanded temperature range of -40 to 1472 F and a 40 to 1 distance to spot ratio, you get improved safety and accuracy in even the most demanding situations. The M12 unit also features built-in LED work light and non-contact voltage detection. The cherry on top is that the M12 Temp-Gun 2277-21 features humidity and dew point measurements. If you currently own other M12 tools and don’t need the additional M12 battery, case and charger, you can also get the M12 Temp-Gun as a tool only, see 2277-20.
Hopefully this helps clarify the difference between the Milwaukee Temp-Guns. These tools are not only convenient and a really cool technology they are also an important safety tool which might warn of potential electrical problems. If you have any questions about the new Milwaukee Test & Measure tools please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org and the guys at Ohio Power Tool will be happy to help.
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As you may have already seen from the two posts yesterday Milwaukee has a lot of new test & measure tools coming in July. Just to clarify these are not some re-branded cheap import items painted red. Milwaukee has been working on these new tools for some time and has hired industry leaders, in some case from top competitors, to build these new test & measuring tools from the ground up. The group systematically looked at each tool individually, compared it with all the competition and found new ways to improve the functionality through extensive interviews with real professionals in the trade.
Digital Multimeter 2217-20
The new digital multimeter 2217-20 from Milwaukee has several features most competitor models do not currently offer. One problem Milwaukee looked to combat is the “Ghost Voltage” phenomenon where energized lines create a magnetic field affecting other wires in the bundle resulting in higher voltage readings than actually exist in the individual wires. The Lo-Z feature eliminates this problem and gives accurate readings to the user. In addition to stronger more durable housing, easier one handed controls and larger clear displays the 2217-20 also features a slide rail system to add proprietary accessories, such as the Volt Detector / Work Light mentioned in our previous post, for additional functionality.
Fork Meters – Electrician 2205-20 & HVAC/R 2206-20
Both of the new Folk Meters incorporate several features most competitors do not such as non-contact voltage detection and LED work lights. Some differences in the two models are the 2205-20 electrician’s model features the Lo-Z measurement, mentioned above to eliminate “Ghost Voltage”, while the HVAC/R 2206-20 feature DC microamps & contact temperature reading more commonly used in those industries.
All 3 of these tools are part of the Milwaukee Alkaline Test & Measure tools which basically means they use standard batteries vs the M12 Test & Measure tools also available. If you have any questions about any of the new tools contact the pros at Ohio Power Tool at 800-242-4424.
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Another new Milwaukee tool that is part of the new Test & Measure line is the 2201-20 Voltage Detector. You may think voltage detectors are all the same but the Milwaukee features options not available with most competitors. The 2201-20 features a built in LED work light which is 3 times stronger than the closest competitor with a light. The unit will also slide into the Laser Temp-Gun and Digital Multimeter to increase the tools performance and usability. I haven’t seen these units in person so I’m not sure how that works yet but will be happy to report more on how exactly that works once I get my hands on one.
This unit is relatively inexpensive at $25, available for PRE-ORDER now on Ohio Power Tool. Check out the full line of New Milwaukee Test & Measure tools which fall into two general categories based on their batteries M12 Test & Measure or Alkaline Test & Measure. Expect to see these units on the shelf sometime in July.
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As part of the new Milwaukee Line of Test & Measurement Tools there are 4 different options for Clamp Meters. The M12 Clamp-Gun meters are two of the new meters that work with the M12 battery system. The gun design makes the display easier to read the display in many situations. The 2238-21 unit is specifically designed for HVAC/R use with the main differences of Amps AC = 600, Microamps DC = 600 & Contact Temperature reading. The 2239-21 unit which is designed for Electricians features Amps AC = 1000, Amps DC = 1000 and Frequency readings. These M12 Clamp-guns come with a charger, battery and case but are also available as tool only options for those that already have existing M12 tools and charger – 2238-20 HVAC & 2239-20 Electrical.
The other 2 Clamp Meters have a more tradition design that work off standard alkaline batteries. The HVAC/R model 2236-20 and the Electrical model 2237-20 are more similar than the M12 Clamp-Guns with the only difference that the HVAC unit has Contact Temperature reading while the Electrical unit features Frequency reading.
All 4 new Milwaukee Clamp Meters feature a LED work light, true RMS, Continuity and Capacitance. The difference between the M12 & Alkaline other than the obvious shape most notably include CAT III 1000V / CAT IV 600V (M12) vs CAT III 600V (Alkaline) and Jaw Size, 1.57” (M12) vs 1.3” (Alkaline).
All the new Milwaukee Test & Measuring tools are expected out sometime in July 2009 after the current M12 Free Tool promotions have ended but it is possible new promotions could be available at that time, although we haven’t heard anything yet. PRE-SALES on the units are available now for Ohio Power Tool. If you have any questions on any of the new units for Milwaukee Test & Measure Tools you can email email@example.com and they will do their best to get an answer for you.
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