Category Archives: Electrician Tools
The NECA-IBEW Electrical JATC offers a five-year apprenticeship program, which combines both on the job and related classroom training. If accepted into the apprentice program, apprentices are assigned to an electrical contractor for a minimum of 8000 OJT hours; there is no guarantee of 40 hours per week. Apprentices will complete a total of 10 terms of school; classes are currently one day per week at the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center.
Every student is required to start the program with a list of hand tools that looks pretty much identical to the Milwaukee Electrician’s Hand Tool Set 48-22-0100 ($249). Partner that with the new Milwaukee Backpack 48-22-8200 ($99) and you’ve got everything an electrical apprentice would need in package that can also safely store laptops, books and other supplies. Above is the two together.
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***** UPDATE POST 4/2/2015 – RIDGID RE 6 PRICE REDUCTION
For 75 plus years Ridgid has made tools focused on the plumbing trades however many of those tools have a wide range of uses for electricians as well as other trades. The Ridgid RE 6 Full Kit 44383 ($4637) is really the first of its kind aimed specifically at the Electricians and we think this could be a big savings (both dollars and time) for the professionals. Clearly they think this is going to be a big hit as well judging on the production value of this YouTube video!
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When it comes to crimping tools for professional electricians Greenlee has been one of the industry leaders also since the process was invented. They have a wide range of manual and hydraulic tools but more recently the trend has been moving toward cordless tools (technically these are still hydraulic tools but powered by a battery).
Another trend we are seeing more often is dieless crimping tools which don’t require carrying a case with various sized dies which can easily get lost. The dieless system offers some advantages as well as some disadvantages and has not been fully accepted in the industry. To take a closer look at two of Greenlee’s most popular cordless crimping tools we asked Blake from Greenlee Tools to stop in and help shed some additional light on the subject. The first is the die crimp tool EK628L11 ($1639) which doesn’t include any dies as well as the EK06FTL11 ($3699) for dieless crimps. (more…)
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Greenlee has been the industry leader in electrician’s knockout tools and accessories for many years and until a few years ago remained moderately unchallenged. In the last few years however hole making has opened up to several new players and techniques that are testing their supremacy in this category. Several competitors, most notably Maxis, GB & Current Tool 162PM ($899) all very similar in operation, have hit the market with some slightly less expensive mechanical solutions that adapt to your 18V drill.
In addition Milwaukee Tool has announced their dedicated M18 Knockout Tool ($1549 for 1/2″-2” kit) which should be launching in the next month or two. One positive outcome of all this competition is if you are looking for a great deal on a Greenlee Gator 18V Cordless Knockout Kit LS50L11A ($1299) there’s never been a better time to get in! (more…)
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Well cat is out of the bag, Milwaukee has officially launched their M18 Force Logic Knockout 2676-23 ($1899) Kit. Several months ago we had the opportunity to visit Milwaukee Tool home office where they showed us their new Exact Punch & Dies but it seemed silly to us that they would launch a set of accessories to fit onto the competitor’s tools. The new M18 Force Logic tool utilizes an interesting looking new “quick connect draw stud” setup which we can see in action below.
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In May of this year Milwaukee is planning to expand their hand tool line with several new types of drivers for a variety of applications. These hand tools continue to support their commitment to stay focused on professional trades and offer unique features to help electricians, plumbers and facility maintenance professionals. Here is a look at a few of the unique tools and features. (more…)
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Time is money. It is a simple phrase heard often enough, but in the world of professional contracting it can take on new and very real meanings. Whether you are trying to improve your labor cost to increase your bottom line or simply trying to get a job done faster so you can make it home for dinner or a hockey game, the time you spend in each part of you work process is a very real factor in the performance of your business. Greenlee is ever the tool manufacturer for the professional electrical contractor, and with the needs of this group in mind they have introduced the Speed Punch. (more…)
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Here is another nice example of a Milwaukee M12 cordless tool really aimed at the professional tradesmen. With only a ½” capacity this rotary hammer drill is ideal for installing tappers and other small concrete fasteners. A single M12 XC battery is good for about 60 holes per charge (we should see that jump to about 80+ with RedLithium 4.0). That being said, in our opinion, the 2412-22XC ($249, Ohio Power Tool) is really a very narrowly focused tool for pros as most do-it-yourselfers, myself included, will make do with a typical cordless hammer drill for small fastening jobs. For this tool to make sense you really need to do a lot of repetitive small hole drilling. In that case, however, this tool is going to make a lot of sense, and will speed up production significantly. (more…)
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