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Each year the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio selects several of the area’s top crews and projects for the BX Craftsmanship Awards. With so many amazing projects completed each year this is truly a difficult decision for the judges. The team at Ohio Power Tool could not be more honored to continue to sponsor these awards each year. The recognition of these hardworking tradesmen is just a small token for all they do to shape our cities!
*** We are not trying to be political here and we are not economists, life your life, vote for who you want, but there will be some price increases coming to pretty much all tools and accessories in the very near future so wanted to give everyone a heads up!!! How high will prices go?? How long will they stay?? Here’s what we know:
With the first two rounds of Tariffs totaling about $50 Billion we’ve already seen a lot of sporadic price increases from 3%-10% on many products. Not all in the way you’d expect, domestically made fasteners for instance have jumped dramatically while import fasteners have remained somewhat flat. Cordless Tools for the most part have not been hit with tariffs yet however some components such as laser diodes have seen jumps as much as 20%+. In the recent Industrial Distribution article it would seem the next round of $200 Billion in Tariffs is about to hit (January 2019) which will certainly cover a lot more power tools, hand tools and fasteners hitting those products pretty hard. As we saw with some of the first rounds of tariffs these price increases could go into affect before the Tariffs actually hit, so if you’re think this is just a bargaining strategy it might not actually matter.
Most of the folks we talk to on a daily basis have some sort of everyday carry knives and/or multi-tools. Leatherman, the leader and trade name for the pocket multi-tool offers several very handy options from the very tiny to fairly large. We’ve seen many other brands now get into the pocket Multi-Tool market Gerber, Klein and others so have we seen all the innovation possible in the category? Talking with Michael from Toler Tools he really pointed out a lot of features that would be super useful but just were not available. So what’s a mechanical engineer left to do but invest a few years of time, lots of savings and build it right! Just posted on KickStarter a few days ago the Toler Union Pocket Multi-Tool is past all the prototyes and ready for full blown production.
If you’re just about to buy a $1200 cordless 10 tool combo kit from Dewalt, Makita, Milwaukee, etc for $137 bucks online and you think wow this deal is too good to be true!!! Trust that voice in your head and do a little research. Popup websites selling tools super cheap are coming up faster than wack-a-moles and blasting social media with links to the sites. (We don’t know the Youtuber below but he makes a video almost everyday on all these different SCAM websites that pop up)
The newest member of the Ryobi ONE+ family is the Ryobi ONE+ 6 Gal. Wet/Dry Vacuum. It’s a sleek-looking shop vac that definitely sucks – this mighty cordless vacuum has a powerful 80 CFM! (more…)
Yesterday our good friend and Skilled Carpenter Rob Robillard from Tool Box Buzz posted this video “Thinking About Learning A Skilled Trade?” which is directed at high school aged kids. College is a fine path for many people but if you’re not sure what you want to do there are a ton of opportunities to make great money in the skilled trades. When taken seriously young apprentices can easily outpace their friends in earning even well after they graduate.
For the parents of these kids here’s another great bit of advice from Mike Rowe, “Stop Lying to your Kids” most parents really push college on their kids but in a lot of cases this is just bad advice. A communications degree with no experience and $80k of debt at 23 years old is not a sure ticket to financial freedom, quite the opposite.
National Lineman Appreciation Day (April 18th) is a time to express our utmost appreciation to the great men and women that work so hard for us every day. It’s our honor to celebrate the hard work, innovation, and dedication of Electrical Lineworkers. #thankalineman
The Milwaukee 9.0 batteries have been a hot topic of discussion among fans of their M18 lineup this summer, and it’s safe to say that they have an official release date.
The Milwaukee 9.0 Ah batteries (48-11-1890) with 162 Wh are scheduled to ship on September 1st and will be available for $199 alone or $$249 as a starter pack (48-59-1890) that includes the new Rapid Charger. These are probably the most highly sought after batteries in this release. The $199 price point is a little steep, but I expect them to be available as kits with some of their newer, higher powered tools (like the miter saw) which would make it much easier to add the high demand batteries to your arsenal. With double the gas tank the charge time is of course also greater which is why you’ll want to get that rapid charger for a 95 minute charge time, 180 minutes on a standard M18 charger. (more…)
For a limited time, Ohio Power Tool is selling Milwaukee Heated Gear at deeply discounted prices.
While supplies last, Ohio Power Tool is offering $60 off in-stock Milwaukee Heated Hoodies, $80 off in-stock Milwaukee Heated Jackets, and $120 off in-stock Milwaukee Heated 3-in-1 Jackets. Because it is Christmas in July, Ohio Power Tool is also offering free shipping on the orders, as a special gift to you. This is the Season 6 version, so none of the updates that were discussed in the earlier blog post are present on these jackets. Why wait until September for the Season 7 stuff when you can get Season 6 for a steal now! Check out all the different jackets that have a discount here, and be sure to check back in the fall for the Season 7 gear here.
Most Stock Currently in these SKUs and Sizes:
2369 Grey Hoodie Kit with M12 Battery & Charger – L, XL, 2X, 3X
2381 Black Hoodie Kit with M12 Battery & Charger – XL, 2X, 3X
2171 RipStop 3-N-1 Kit with M12 Battery & Charger – 2X
2395 Black Jacket Kit with M12 Battery & Charger – S, 2X, 3X
2385 Camo Hoodie Kit with M12 Battery & Charger – L
2393 Camo Jacket Kit with M12 Battery & Charger – XL
Limited Stock Remaining in these SKUs and Sizes:
2392 Camo Jacket Only – L, XL, 2X, 3X
2382 Camo Hoodie Only – XL
2390 Red Jacket Only – XL, 2X, 3X
2399 Women’s Black Jacket Kit with M12 Battery & Charger – S, M
2387 Camo 3-N-1 Kit with M12 Battery & Chager – S, M
Other SKUs and Sizes still available in very low quantities Call Ohio Power Tool 800-242-4424 to confirm availability. Should go without saying but if you purchase a size that says SOLD OUT the item will not ship…