Category Archives: Metalworking Tools

Bosch & Dremel Accessories – Free Shipping in May

For the month of May you can get FREE GROUND SHIPPING on all Bosch and Dremel accessories from Ohio Power Tool. This applies to all orders over $55 within the continental US. If you want to take part in the free shipping deal and meet the minimum order, simply use COUPON CODE "MAY" in the checkout and when you get to the shipping options Ground will be FREE and overnight, 2 day, etc will all still be available with pricing attached.

This is a great time to stock up on accessories like Dremel Multi-Max Blades, Dust Collection Guards, Brute Bits, Bosch Multi-X blades, T308B Jigsaw blades, Dare Devil Spade Bits, Multi-Construction Drill Bits, Speedwave Diamond Blades, Cup Wheels, Rebar Cutter, X5L full head carbide, etc. Visit the Bosch and/or Dremel pages on Ohio Power Tool for full list of all available accessories.

Don’t Forget to use the COUPON CODE "MAY" or you won’t get free shipping! Don’t want to mess with using a coupon code… just call 800-242-4424 and say give me the Bosch accessory free shipping deal.

        

At 7:21 AM | Posted in Bosch, Construction Tools, Cordless Tools, Dremel, Fein Tools, HVAC Tools, Metalworking Tools, Plumbing Tools, Railroad Tools, Wood Working Tools | Leave a comment

Community Workshop – Columbus Idea Foundry

Do you wish you had your own workshop full of all the tools you might need for woodworking, welding, electronics and CNC fabricating? Of course you do but many times this just isn’t feasible from a space and monetary stand point. Your in luck, across the country there are great communities you can join to get access to tools you might not have hanging around your garage. Beyond just access to fun toys, you get so much more from access to really smart people willing to share their ideas with each other. In Columbus, Ohio one of these community workshops is the Columbus Idea Foundry. The Idea Foundry was started by Alex Bander a short time ago but since then has built a great group of people who volunteer their time to keep the shop open each night 6-9pm and on the weekends 12-5pm at a minimum.

If you are interested in a visit to the Idea Foundry please go to the Contact Us page and fill out the form. The Idea Foundry is currently open to new members as well as joint projects with other groups. One of the upcoming joint efforts is the Power Tool Drag Races on June 20th at the Idea Foundry. For this event they have teamed up with The Fuse Factory an art & technology initiative with weekly educational workshops.       

   

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CP Pneumatic Belt Sanders CP7858 & CP7859

Chicago Pneumatic has recently introduced two brand new pneumatic belt sanders for getting into the tightest spots. The CP7858 uses a 3/8” x 13” belt while the CP7859 uses a ¾” x 20.5” belt. Both units feature higher RPM (20,000-22,000), 180 degree arm and belt pivot, compact design, powerful motors as well as quick and easy belt changing features.

Along with these impressive features and benefits, perhaps the most important is the quality and durability built into these new CP belt sanders. These new sanders are built to withstand the most demanding tasks and environments. In addition, these new sanders boast a value and price point well within the reach of professional technicians looking for the right tool for difficult applications.

Ohio Power Tool carries the CP7858 3/8” and CP7859 ¾” pneumatic belt sanders as well as a wide range on United Abrasive (SAIT) belts for these models and many others ranging from ¼” to 1” width. If you have any questions about the Chicago Pneumatic tools or sanding belts please do not hesitate to call 800-242-4424 or email sales@ohiopowertool.com.   

 

At 8:52 AM | Posted in Automotive Tools, Chicago Pneumatic, Metalworking Tools | 1 Comment

Get Your Free Bosch Edge Recip Blades

You have probably heard about the new Bosch Edge reciprocating saw blades by now. Perhaps you registered to win the Bosch Ax and Stub Hub gift card. If you haven’t, it’s free, do it. Hopefully you read about the launch on Coptool.com or another blog like ToolSnob.com who did a pretty good test against the Lenox Gold Blades, Lenox got smoked.

Ohio Power Tool and Bosch Tools would like to do more than tell you about them, we would like to get these in your hands so you can try them for yourself. Ohio Power Tool will give you a 5 pack of 6” Edge Blades of your choice for free, with any Bosch order over $129. If your order is over $199 you have a choice of any 6” or 9” blades. Simply email your name, order number and requested Edge Blade part number to sales@ohiopowertool.com and these will be shipped with your order for free. The only request is that you use them and if possible, email us a line or two about what your thoughts are on them.

     

At 10:24 AM | Posted in Automotive Tools, Bosch, Construction Tools, Demolition Tools, Metalworking Tools, Plumbing Tools | Leave a comment

Bosch Multi-Construction Hammer Drill Bits Go through Everything!

 
These new light blue drill bits work in your standard ½” chuck hammer drill. I have been a fan of the Bosch Blue Granite bits which has a similar carbide tip and are great for going through not only concrete but also masonry, stone, tile and other similar materials. The new Bosch Multi-Construction Bits go even further, in addition to concrete, masonry, stone & tile the new bits also go through metal, plastic, wood and even glass! Basically all the materials you might want to drill it can handle it. Ideal for say attaching a wood stud to concrete, pre-drill a hole into both at once without switching the tool or bits, big time saver.

The Multi-Construction bit also steals some technology from the Bosch Tile & Glass Bits and will make perfect holes in ceramic tile or glass. The bits work in both rotary or hammer mode depending on the material you are going into. It might get ugly if you are in hammer mode when you try going into glass for the first time so make sure you check your tool.

Checkout Ohio Power Tool if you are interested ordering some of these new drill bits, they are in-stock and available to ship now! Read the full Bosch Press Release below.   
    
   

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Power Tool & Equipment Rentals

 

Renting vs Buying

It can be difficult to predict the future and determine what is going to be best for your needs in the long run. There are a few basic things to look at which will help guide you in making the right financial decision for what is right for you personally or your business.

Frequency – How often will you need this item, what is the likelihood the usage could change in the future?
Urgency – When you need this item is it for something urgent or can usage be planned and therefore group projects together.
Versatility – Can this equipment do multiple jobs; are there different options that you might want down the road?
Availability – Is this item even available in your area to rent? It might answer your question real quick if you can’t even rent it.
Maintenance – Do you have someone to maintain/repair the equipment, what are the typical repair costs; could there be problems if the item sat dormant for the winter?
New Business – Is there additional business you could do if you had this new equipment? Are you missing opportunity on current jobs where you refer business to others?
Technology – How quickly does the technology change? In 2-4 years will something better be available and you will need to upgrade?

Using Rentals to Grow Your Business

Renting is a great way to expand your business without the costs of additional equipment. For instance if a plumber who owns his own business wants to do pipe and drain inspections he might look at adding a Ridgid SeeSnake for a cost of $4000-$10,000. Then the risk is the equipment might go unused for weeks at a time until he builds that part of his business. On the other hand he could offer these services and simply rent a SeeSnake (from $125) as needed until the frequency goes up and buying becomes more attractive. Additionally rental equipment is a great way to supplement your current inventory. You may already own a mag drill but an upcoming job requires a few hundred holes drilled. It might make sense to rent a second or third drill for the job and speed up that step of the process. Often times this will more than pay for itself when consider man hours and project bottle necks.

Financing & Economic Slow Downs

During slower economic times it can become harder to secure financing and/or justify purchasing new equipment but the absolute worst thing you could do is turn away business. Shop your local rental house and know what inventory is available and what the rates are so you can speak confidently about your capabilities and build those rates right into any quotes. Also most places will offer discounts if you are planning to rent the tools several times per month.

March Rental Madness Deal – Ohio Power Tool

If you are near the Columbus, Ohio area and looking to rent any tools or equipment in the near future you might want to check out rental tools & equipment from Ohio Power Tool before the end of the month. Any rental items checked out before the last day of the month will be eligible for 25% back in free good which can be used on any new tools or accessories. At minimum it should cover the costs of any accessories you might need, such as saw blades or drill bits but the savings can add up quickly into free tools.

Outside Central Ohio you can still rent from Ohio Power Tool on a weekly and monthly basis if you would like to take advantage of the 25% in free goods offer. Shipping rates will apply so some items may not be cost effective but on weekly or monthly rental there are defiantly items which can be pretty reasonable to have shipped direct to your jobsite. If you have any questions call 800-242-4424 or email sales@ohiopowertool.com.    

     

At 1:02 PM | Posted in Automotive Tools, Construction Tools, Cordless Tools, Demolition Tools, Hydraulic Equipment, Metalworking Tools, Plumbing Tools, Railroad Tools, Rental Equipment, Wood Working Tools | 3 Comments

Cash Back on Ingersoll Rand Air Tools

Ingersoll Rand is arguably the strongest name in automotive air tools. Obviously there are cheaper tools in the market place that discount suppliers will push on you but how long does it last with regular use and can you even get simple maintenance parts for it? That being said everyone wants to save some cash on anything they are buying!

Currently you can get Ingersoll Rand Air Tools at some of the lowest prices online from Ohio Power Tool. After you get a great price you will get up to an additional 15% of the purchase price of the tools, back to you in cash money. This is part of the IR Stimulus Plan, not that we haven’t seen enough “Stimulus Package Sales Promotions” but anytime you can get a great deal and then get a check on top of that I’m happy.

The Deal is good on most of the IR air tools (see all included models below): Impact Wrenches, Ratchets, Sanding & Polishing, Drills & Drivers, Grinders, Hammers & Scalers, Saws & Shears. If you have any questions on any IR air tools, uses, specs, repairs, parts, etc call the pros at Ohio Power Tool 800-242-4424 or email sales@ohiopowertool.com and you will have the answers!     

Download a PDF of this Ingersoll Rand Rebate

    

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Home of the FREE Battery Deals


Ohio Power Tool has become the home of the Free Battery Deals. Some people do free shipping but that’s only good for a couple bucks, these free battery deals can save you up to $150. Nothing is more annoying or a bigger waist of time than running out of battery power. Make sure it never happens to you again! Here is the full list of all the free battery deals currently available at Ohio Power Tool:

Milwaukee M12 Tools – Mail-in Rebate (until 4/30/09)
M-Spector w/free MicroDriver – $249
M12 Micro Driver – $116
M12 Impact Driver – $179
M12 Copper Tube Cutter – $219
M12 Hackzall – $179

Bosch 12V Max Tools – Instant Rebate (While Supplies Last)
PS10 i-Driver – $139
PS20 Pocket Driver – $114
PS30 Drill/Driver – $147
PS40 Impactor – $159
PS50-2A Multi-X – $179
PS50-2B Multi-X – $199

Milwaukee V28 Tools: – Instant Rebate (While Supplies Last)
V28 4 Tool Combo Kit – $699
V28 3 Tool Combo Kit – $576
V28 Hammer Drill – $419
V28 Right Angle Drill – $389
V28 SDS Rotary Hammer – $728
V28 ½” Impact Wrench – 473
V28 Bandsaw – $451
V28 Sawzall – $419
V28 Circular Saw – $419
V28 Metal Circular Saw – $496
V28 Grinder – 348

Bosch 36V Litheon Tools – Instant Rebate (While Supplies Last)
4 Tool Combo Kit CPK42-36 – $549

If you are looking for 18V tools from Bosch or Milwaukee there are also special deals right now for them just not free batteries. Bosch 18V Tools have a trade-in deal which could save you up to $100. Milwaukee M18 Tools include a free Impact Drive tool, a $179 value, with some of the tools and combo kits.   

   

At 11:06 AM | Posted in Bosch, Construction Tools, Cordless Tools, Demolition Tools, HVAC Tools, Metalworking Tools, Milwaukee, Plumbing Tools, Tool Deals, Wood Working Tools | Leave a comment

Selecting a High Speed Diamond Saw Blade

 

In this post we are just going to look at selecting portable wet/dry cutting Diamond Saw Blades which would typically go on a handheld gas saw such as the SpeediCut Core Cut 12”, 14” or 16” saws. One would think this would be very simple right, possibly 3 or 4 options but you would be very wrong. In a 14” x .125 size alone we are looking at over 50 options so with the different sizes there are hundreds of possibilities. Why so many options… it comes down to money, after all we are talking about real diamonds.

Diamond Quality – Just like gemstone diamonds there are quality grades to cutting diamonds. High quality solid diamonds are more expensive than “flawed” diamonds with lots of carbon imbedded; they also cut better, longer. Diamond Quality is the main factor in pricing any diamond blade, without the diamonds these are basically just big pieces of sheet metal.
 

Segment Height – The metal in the segments are used for one basic thing to control the cut rate of the diamonds. The segment metals are far less expensive than the diamonds baked into them and really play little significance in the price; often the taller segments are used with lower grade blades. This seems counter intuitive because there are more diamonds in a larger segment, but often these are lower quality diamonds. Since the lower quality diamonds have more flaws they will not last as long and the metal needs to wear quicker exposing fresh diamonds to make more cuts.

Material Being Cut – It is very important to match the right blade with the right material if you have any intention of preserving the blade and getting the most value for your dollar. The basic rule of thumb is you want a harder blade for softer material and softer blade for harder material. This of course has everything to do with controlling the rate the diamonds are exposed. Asphalt is very soft, a hard segment will hold the diamonds in place and allow them to cut much longer. Cured reinforced concrete would be much harder and in ture use a soft metal for the blade, if an hard blade was used it would hold the diamonds in place too long and you would end up trying to cut with very dull diamonds. Good news is if you went back to asphalt or other soft material the blade would eventually recover provided you hadn’t pushed it and burnt the blade up. A hard concrete blade on the other hand will work like butter in asphalt because the soft segment in the soft material wears away quickly exposing new diamonds constantly. The bad news is the blade will be used up very quickly.

Blade Size & RPM – Each size saw spins at different speeds, 12” have the highest RPM while the 16” spin the slowest. The 14” saws spin at 5400 RPM for instance so all the 14” blades are made for that speed. The 12” blades are will work on the 14” saw because they are being used at a slower speed which may not be ideal but work just fine. Never however use a blade above its max RPM rating. The blades have a concaved shape and spinning them faster will cause them to heat up and potentially be very unsafe.       

Wet vs. Dry – All the dry high speed blades can be run wet or dry for most applications. With large surface area and intermittent cutting the saw blades are constantly exposed to plenty of air cooling the blade. If the same saw blade however were used in a walk behind saw, half buried in concrete for continuous use water would need to be applied or the blade would over heat.    

Hopefully this will help when you make your next diamond blade selection. Typically if you are working with a knowledgeable company, like Ohio Power Tool and have a general idea what you will be cutting they will be able to help you select the right blade at the right price. Everyone’s situation is different if these blades are going to be used by new employees with little training the inexpensive Star Blue blade with high segment and low quality diamonds will ensure limit risk due to improper use. For the professional with many years of experience cutting the same material a Heavy Duty Orange or Premium Black blade will be a better value in the long run, lasting longer and cutting faster.  



At 12:43 PM | Posted in Construction Tools, Demolition Tools, Diamond Products, Metalworking Tools | 2 Comments

New Milwaukee M18 Cordless 3/8” & ½” Impact Drivers

In addition to the new M18 Jig Saw & Grinders, Milwaukee very quietly introduced two other new M18 18 volt tools as well. Now available are the 2651-22 3/8” square drive ring type anvil which puts out 2000 in-lbs torque and the 2652-22 ½” square drive detent type anvil that puts out 2200 in-lbs torque. Both of these tools are similar to the ¼” hex impact in size, weight and price but they put out significantly more torque, typically need for these larger applications. All the M18 impact driver kits sell for $299 with 2 XC batteries on Ohio Power Tool. These new impacts can also work with the slim pack M18 batteries as well.



Milwaukee
M18 Cordless ½” Impact Driver 2652-22
– 1/2" Detent Type Anvil
– Torque of 2200 in.-lbs.
– Fastest speed – 0-2200 RPM, 0-3200 impacts/minute
– Compact – 5-3/4" length, 4.1 lbs. weight w/ battery
– Milwaukee 4-Pole Frameless Motor-Maximum Efficiency and Run-time
– Powered by 18V lithium ion batteries
– Comes with: 2652 Impact Driver, (2) XC Batteries, Charger, Carrying Case



Milwaukee
M18 Cordless 3/8” Impact Driver 2651-22
– 3/8" Ring Type Anvil
– Torque of 2000 in.-lbs.
– Fastest speed – 0-2200 RPM, 0-3200 impacts/minute
– Compact – 5-3/4" length, 4.1 lbs. weight w/ battery
– Milwaukee 4-Pole Frameless Motor-Maximum Efficiency and Run-time
– Powered by 18V lithium ion batteries
– Comes with: 2651 Impact Driver, (2) XC Batteries, Charger, Carrying Case

     

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