Category Archives: Safety Equipment
Well no surprise here, SawStop who seems to get more press coverage for involvement in lawsuits than their actual saws is now filing another lawsuit, this time with Bosch over their REAXX Table saw GTS1041A ($1499). Timing falls just days before the largest national Woodworking Shows AWFS, July 22nd-25th where both companies will most likely be displaying their latest products to dealers and professionals alike. (more…)
When it comes to jobsite work lights it seems there has always been a frustration to get a decent quality light source that can handle the abuse of the job. Halogen work lights have been the staple because they are cheap and put out a lot of light. Unfortunately the bulbs also break super easily and the whole units get so hot they cause hundreds if not thousands of fires and injuries each year. These are also mostly for task lighting when it comes to portable lighting for an entire shop or jobsite there are even fewer options. The IN360LIGHT ($249-269) was developed by a team with over 25 years of construction background with the simple goal to make a light that is bright, easily portable and can hold up to tough jobsite conditions.
All of the information on the new Bosch REAXX table saw, which we mentioned previously, is available now. Price came in slightly higher for the GTS1041A-09 ($1499 includes stand) than the SawStop Jobsite JSS-MCA ($1399) which was a little surprising for us. The Bosch does offer several advantages with the smart phone integration and the REAXX does not ruin the blade when the safety is triggered which is a pretty big deal. We will keep an eye out for any additional information and should expect this saw to be available, hopefully in fall 2015. For more on Bosch Tools, additional info on the REAXX from the Bosch press release below video.
Power – 15 AMP, 4.0 HP
RPM – 3,650
Capacity – 25″ ripping
Blade Size – 10″
Weight – Saw, 78 lbs Stand, 45 lbs
Cut Depth – 3-1/8″ at 90 degrees
Arbor – 5/8″
Price – $1499 (more…)
SEE OUR FULL DETAILED POST ON REAXX SAW HERE
We all know the story of SawStop with its patented technology to stop a table saw blade once it touches your skin. It’s a wonderful technology, we are very happy was invented and think this was a great leap forward. SawStop has a very nice line of stationary table saws and recently also launched a portable jobsite table saw JSS-MCA for $1399 which is priced significantly higher than other jobsite table saws but if it saves a finger or two, worth every penny. For the first time since SawStop hit the market however they will have some competition in this super safe saw space as Bosch is also launching a new super safe jobsite table saw with flesh detecting technology called the Bosch ReaXX GTS1041A ($1499, Shipping as of 6/1/2016). (more…)
A 2014 study published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cited ladders as being a leading cause of all workplace injuries. According to the study, an estimated 81% of construction related falls treated in the US emergency rooms involved a ladder. Large General Contractors like Turner Construction have created programs such as “Ladders Last” hoping to remove ladders complete from their job-sites or at least reduce the numbers dramatically. This trend is picking up with more and more companies, at a minimum, requiring Platform Ladders instead of Step Ladders as these have been shown to be safer and less fatigue on the user.
The big difference in platform vs step ladders is instead of standing on a thin 3” ladder rung the user has both feet firmly planted on a 1’x1.5’ (or larger) platform. While the price is a little higher for the platform ladder it is a bit misleading when you compare the step ladders vs platform ladders because they are measured differently. Folks using a standard 8’ Step Ladder rated IA FS1508 ($127) then price out an 8’ Platform Ladder rated IA FP1508 ($212) and there is naturally a bit of a sticker shock. (more…)
Most well known for their heavy duty floor and transmission jacks Gray Manufacturing has recently updated their wireless lifting systems. Gray was the first to market with these a wireless system over 10 years ago and has made a significant number of improvements which make these new models not only very easy to operate but also the safest we have seen. The two new models WPLS-135 (13,500 lbs per column) and the WPLS-185 (18,500 lbs per column) are sold in sets of 4 but can be bought/easily used in pairs of 2, 4, 6 or 8 depending on application and weight of the vehicles you plan to service. (more…)
This brand new addition to the Blaklader lineup brings the same high quality we have come to expect from their work pants. It is a Windproof and Waterproof soft shell jacket 4939 ($109) with a very similar fit and style to like shells you’ll find from Marmot, North Face or Arcteryx. While it is very stylish jacket and you may never want to use it under grueling conditions it is 100% designed and built for a demanding jobsite with full integrated hood, lower cut back and breathable 3 layer engineering to keep out the elements. (more…)
As the cold weather is hitting many of us for the first time you may have done what we did this morning and rummage around the basement looking for last year’s hat and gloves. If you can’t locate them or it’s time for upgrade here are a couple product innovations you may not be aware of in winter apparel. Probably better know for snowboarding and Ski gear Seirus has been making cold weather products for some time. On the leading edge of any technology that will keep you warm they have found their products have excellent applications on the jobsite.