New Bosch 12V Max – PS30 Drill/Driver

There is a new addition to the 12V Max Litheon line. The PS30-2A which is a drill/driver with a 3/8” three jawed chuck, instead of the hex type that is on most other models. The obvious advantage is that this will use any standard drill bit, hole saws in addition to all the standard driver bits. I am happy to see this option finally available in the line up. These ultra compact are certainly powerful enough to handle basic drilling and consumers having been waiting for a compact drill like this for some time. The advertising from Bosch last holiday season said “4 now, 12 models in 2008” with the flashlight FL11 and this new PS30 drill we now have a total of 5 by my count so hopefully we will see some additional tools periodically through the end of the year. Ohio Power Tool has the new 12V models available now: Pocket Driver PS20-2A, i-drive PS10-2A & Impactor PS40-2A. Read the full Bosch PS30 press release below.   

Bosch Press Release

The latest foray into ultra-compact tool design from Bosch Power Tools and Accessories has yielded what may well become the ideal do-it-all tool for users looking for maximum versatility in a small package. Bosch’s new PS30 12V Max Litheon™ Drill/Driver takes the company’s successful ultra-compact platform one step further with best-in-class speed and torque and a host of new features.

The most immediately noticeable feature is the PS30’s 3/8” three-jawed chuck. The new single sleeve chuck is designed to accommodate almost any need a typical user might encounter in a day’s work – simple drilling, drilling with spade bits, cutting with hole saws, socket fastening, screwdriving and more. To keep users moving in all of those applications, the PS30 delivers a robust 220 inch-pounds of torque, more than twice the torque of any other ultra-compact drill/driver on the market. And, to keep all of that torque under control, Bosch utilizes a 20+1 clutch.
Bosch’s PS30 also offers users the flexibility to choose between speed and precision based on their specific needs. The tool’s two-speed drivetrain delivers between 400-1,100 rpm. At full speed, the tool delivers 2.2 times the speed of any other drill/driver in its class.

With a weight of barely 2.4 pounds, an ergonomic soft grip and a profile that is 50 percent slimmer than a standard 12V drill/driver, the PS30 is both maneuverable and comfortable. The tool is small enough to reach into tight areas and corners with ease and light enough for all-day use and sustained overhead work. In cramped quarters, a robust built-in LED light offers outstanding visibility.

As with Bosch’s previous ultra-compact tools, users can count on quick 30-minute charge times and unparalleled battery life from the proven 12V Max* Litheon battery platform. Bosch’s 12V Max Litheon batteries are compatible with all other Bosch Ultra-Compact tools (PS10, PS20, PS40 and FL11).

The PS30 Two-Speed Ultra-Compact Drill/Driver comes with two 12V Max Litheon batteries, a 30-minute quick charger and a sturdy canvas carrying bag. The PS30 is covered by Bosch’s standard cordless power tool warranty and is eligible to be registered in the Bosch ProVantage Protection Plan. It will be available through authorized Bosch distributors nationwide this fall.

* Bosch now refers to its ultra-compact Litheon battery platform as “12V Max.”  The change is due to lithium ion battery voltage ratings that have been adopted in the marketplace since Bosch first introduced its ultra-compact Litheon products in 2006. The new terminology, which replaces 10.8V, is meant to reduce confusion in the marketplace by clearly identifying tools that are rated at maximum voltage (i.e. 12V) rather than nominal voltage (i.e. 10.8V) by using the “Max” designator. Bosch’s 12V Max Litheon batteries are 100% compatible with all past and future Bosch ultra-compact tools..





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Superjacks from Simplex

Simplex is a very well known brand of hydraulic systems but they are also the top manufacturer of mechanical jacks. There are many cases you might choose a mechanical jack over a hydraulic system. Mechanical jacks by design are simpler machines. They require no power source, there is little maintenance, easy to repair and typically last a long time in rough environments. The line of SuperJacks is one of their most popular lines of mechanical jacks for many good reasons. To start there is absolutely no creep and they can hold a load for days, weeks or indefinitely. These jacks are popular among bridge builders, structural steel work, shipbuilding, and any other industry where powerful, all-position jacks are required.

The Superjacks are made to take abuse you wouldn’t dream with other heavy lifting equipment. Extended outdoor use or near weld splatter these jacks can handle the toughest jobs. Lifting from 15 to 50 tons and models available with 4” to 9” travel.


Above is a look inside the jacks to their simple mechanics. Obviously these jacks have their limits and there is a good amount of manual labor in continued use. In most cases a hydraulic system will easily out perform the Super Jacks but if you need bulletproof tough this is it.

Ohio Power Tool carries many of the Simplex Mechanical Jacks, including the Superjacks, in-stock. This is important because due to high demand these jacks can often be hard to obtain on short notice.     


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Champion Cutting Tools Titanium Coated Carbide Burs

For any detailed work on metal applications you absolutely need at least a few of these carbide burs. Used in virtually every industry, burs are used in mold and pattern making, die sinking, tool making and maintenance. They are used widely in the automotive, aerospace, foundry, power station and engineering industries. These burs hold up incredibly well, titanium nitride coated, solid carbide burs offered in over 240 different shapes and sizes for both ferrous and non-ferrous materials.

Champion solid carbide burs are manufactured in the USA from C2 tungsten carbide. Completely machine ground for consistently high performance, Solid carbide burs feature double cut flutes for efficient machining of cast iron, steels, titanium, brass, bronze, and copper. Non-ferrous burs feature deep, single cut flutes and are recommended for use on aluminum and softer alloys. Automated brazing and fluting on state of the art equipment make our burs a cut above the rest, assuring increased productivity, product consistency, and increased tool life.

Ohio Power Tool offers a wide range of single bur shapes including SA, SB, SC, SD, SE, SF, SG, SH, SJ, SK, SL, SM, SN, as well as the 8 piece carbide bur kit ($125). In addition to carbide burs you will also find other quality products from Champion Cutting Tools.



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Around the World: Bosch 18 Volt Lithium Ion Tools

It has been a constant question for some time now. When is Bosch going to release 18 volt lithium ion tools? With the incredible success of the 10.8 (now 12 volt max) and 36 volt litheon tools it seems like a natural leap to add 14.4 and 18 volt lithium ion tools. Many people were surprised when the Bosch released a second generation of Blue Core (NiCd) tools were released but these tools are incredibly dependable in extreme conditions such as cold weather where the first round of lithium tools had some problems.

At this point there is really no question, professional grade lithium tools have worked out any possible problems. The Bosch 36 volt Litheon line has also become much cheaper with a 4 tool combo kit starting at $497 from Ohio Power Tool.

So when will Bosch release lithium tools in 14.4 volt & 18 volt? I have no idea but my guess is that they are coming soon to the US. The press release below has been available on since March and gives a June 2008 launch for these tools in Europe.

Since the 36 volt Litheon tools are well priced, most professionals are very happy going with these tools. The 14.4 and 18 volt tools will fill some additional needs of professionals and be a great option for serious do it yourselfers looking for the professional quality of Bosch Tools. Hopefully we will see something out for the holidays but I would love to see them out much sooner. 


Long distance runner drill/drivers from Bosch – Unmatched performance New cordless drill/drivers with 14.4-volt or 18-volt battery in lithium-ion technology

· Complete range of lithium-ion cordless drill/drivers 

· Premium Li-Ion technology enables a large number of screws per battery charge

· Electronic Cell Protection (ECP) for long battery lifetime

· Screwdriver motors with high degree of efficiency and high-quality bearings

Bosch is launching new drill/drivers with 14.4-volt and 18-volt battery in lithium-ion technology onto the market in June 2008. This makes Bosch the first to offer a complete range of professional drill/drivers with lithium-ion batteries in the voltage classes from 10.8 volts to 36 volts. Back in 2005, Bosch was the first to introduce lithium-ion technology in professional power tools: the cordless screwdriver GSR 10.8 V-LI defined a new class of power tools providing "full power at half the size". The next step Bosch took was to open up a new dimension for professional cordless tools with rotary hammers, impact drills and drill/drivers with 36-volt battery in lithium-ion technology. They were the first cordless tools with the same power as a corded tool.

The Cordless Drill/Drivers GSR 14.4/18 V-LI Professional work with a new "Li-Ion Premium" battery with a capacity of 2.6 Ah. They also have motors with a high degree of efficiency and high-quality bearings, as well as a particularly low-friction gearbox. Thanks to the high energy density of the Premium battery and the efficient design of the screwdriver drive train, one battery charge is sufficient to drive 210 screws, 6 x 60 millimeters in size, in softwood. The independent testing laboratory SLG Prüf- und Zertifizierungs GmbH, in Hartmannsdorf in Saxony, has found that: "this is the largest number of screwdriving applications in this cordless drill/driver class." Fast work progress is ensured by the powerful motors with speeds in first gear of up to 450 and 500 rpm respectively, in second gear of up to 1450 and 1600 rpm respectively. Together with the long lifetime of the Li-Ion Premium battery packs, this makes the tools extremely worthwhile investments for professional tradesmen.

The new Bosch Li-Ion Drill/Drivers GSR 14.4/18 V-LI Professional in the Standard-Duty class also have a 13-millimeter Auto-Lock toolholder system and an extremely resilient housing made of "Durashield" material. These cordless drill/drivers remain fully functional, even after being dropped onto concrete from a height of two meters. Further robust features are the two-speed gearbox with solid metal gear wheels and the torque setting wheel made of aluminum. The cordless drill/drivers also have a high level of ergonomics. The large softgrip coverings in the grip area ensure particularly fatigue-free working and a secure hold. An LED lights up the workspace. The recommended retail prices of the cordless drill/drivers are 299 euros and 349 euros respectively plus VAT.

Superior battery technology
The lithium-ion Premium technology from Bosch is vastly superior to other battery technologies. High-quality cells with low internal resistance ensure maximum power. Vibration-resistant connections both between the individual cells and between battery and drill/driver prevent transmission losses from occurring. The intelligent power management of the "Electronic Cell Protection" (ECP) optimizes the energy efficiency during charging and during operation. It protects the battery against overload, overheating and total discharge. As a result, the Li-Ion Premium battery from Bosch offers a lifetime up to 400 percent longer than that of other batteries. The electronically monitored charging process prevents any overloading of the cells and with the rapid charging process, the batteries are charged to 75 percent after just half of the charge time.
All lithium-ion batteries weigh 40 percent less than nickel batteries, while offering the same performance. At the same time, they have a low self-discharge and can be recharged in any charging state since there is no memory effect. There is also no deterioration in battery performance during operation.


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Ridgid Oil-Less Pipe Threading Model 1210

Typically when you cut and thread pipe you need oil to continuously pump to keep the pipes cool and cuts smooth. Ridgid has introduced the world’s first completely oil less threading machine. This is a big advantage because with regular oil threading the job can get very messy, so it must be done away from the installation. With the Ridgid Oil-Less threader 1210 you can now thread right where you are installing, in basements, on rooftops, even in finished rooms. To eliminate cutting oil, the Model 1210 combines specially-formulated Ridgid Thread Cutting Coolant and unique Ridgid Oil-less Gold® Dies. Ridgid Thread Cutting Coolant will evaporate on contact with the pipe and leave you with a clean, dry, extremely high quality thread that is ready for immediate installation. The coolant system can also sit idle for any amount of time and go into use right away saving valuable time in setup.

To promote this exciting new threading machine, Ridgid has decided to give one away along with some other great Ridgid products. 1210 Promotion Registration If you are not interested in waiting to see if you’ve won the contest you can always get the Ridgid 1210 Oil-Less Threader ($1,865) or any other Ridgid Plumbing Equipment at Ohio Power Tool. The portable stand is a good idea for most jobs which will run an extra $190.     


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Recycle Power Tool Batteries, Cheap & Easy

After using your power tools continuously for several years the batteries are probably more useful as a paper weights than they are at powering your tools. This is of course to be expected from any battery and even with longer running lithium ion technology; they will eventually stop holding a charge as well. At that point you may want to simply pitch the battery in the trash can and be done with it but there is a better option. I have yet to meet anyone who preferred Nickel Cadmium in their drinking water but maybe it’s delicious.

There are 30,000+ locations around the country that will take your batteries and recycle them for free. You are most likely going to need to pick up a new battery anyway so you might as well get it from a dealer who will take the old battery as well. Plus the spokesman is Al Borland from “Home Improvement” how could he steer you wrong? This program is also good for cell phones, laptops, cameras, camcorders and all other types of rechargeable batteries. The most common types of batteries are Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion) and Small Sealed Lead (Pb). Just make sure it has the RBRC recycle seal on the battery somewhere, which all major brands do.

If you are in the central Ohio area, you can drop your rechargeable batteries off at Ohio Power Tool and of course pick up a wide range of new batteries from Milwaukee, Bosch, Ingersoll Rand, Lincoln Lube, Makita and more.


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Can the Pro Series Xtend and Climb Replace a Traditional Ladder

There have been many different attempts at the compact ladders over the years but for the most part these simply can not stand up to industrial applications. For occasional use or changing a light bulb around the house that infomercial ladder you got a few years ago probably works well, but why can’t anyone build a compact ladder for real professional use? These are the people that would use the product every day but need something compact that will fit inside the van.


Well I think we have final found it in the Pro Series 780P. The Xtend & Climb ladders originally came out some time ago but it started with a consumer ladder with a 225 lb limit and was not built for heavy use. The original was light and compact and handy for apartments and other light applications. The nice folks at Xtend & Climb recently did a very smart thing and built a new professional grade ladder, the 780P. This new ladder is rated by Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (OSHA) as a Type IA, 300 lb, Extra Heavy Duty Industrial. I have had a change to test this ladder out and as a true skeptic from the beginning I am now a believer. I weigh about 225 and full extended there was no flex to the ladder at all and it just felt very sturdy. It is pretty light for a professional ladder at just over 30 lbs and very easy to carry around when collapsed.

As a previous skeptic myself, I understand most people think a compact professional ladder could never happen but it has. The professional 780P Xtend & Climb is available at Ohio Power Tool and you know those guys only sell true professional grade tools and equipment.


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Bosch Makes the Switch from 10.8V to 12V Max Litheon


It has been rumored Bosch was going to change from 10.8V to 12V for some time. Yesterday Bosch officially announced the launch the second generation of the PS20 which is a 12V Max tool, the new model number is PS20-2A. The upgrade for the originator of the ultra compact tool market features a 25% increase in power and speed to 100 inch-pound of torque and 500 RPM operating speed. Below is the explanation of the name switch from Bosch’s recent press release:

The new terminology, which replaces 10.8V, is meant to reduce confusion in the marketplace by clearly identifying tools that are rated at maximum voltage (i.e. 12V) rather than nominal voltage (i.e. 10.8V) by using the “Max” designator. Bosch’s 12V Max Litheon batteries are 100% compatible with all past and future Bosch ultra-compact tools.

So don’t worry, all your old 10.8V tools will work with the new 12V tools coming out, only a small marketing tweak to keep up with Milwaukee and Ridgid who decided to give the “Max Voltage Rates” and make people think their tools are more powerful. Basically all the ultra compact tools use almost identical batteries with equal number of lithium cells. Milwaukee has recent changed the name of their ultra compact tools as well to M12 Lithium Ion tools. Hopefully everyone has settled on their new names and we can stop confusing everyone. Personally my favorite of all the ultra compact tools remains the Impactor now also a 12V max PS40-2A , still more powerful than any of the competitors with the conservative numbers.      

In addition to the PS20-2A Bosch also announced the launch of a 12V Max flashlight, model FL11. The unit is sold without batteries as an add-on unit to your other Bosch tools. Both new models will be available on Ohio Power Tool shortly, under Bosch Litheon 12V Max.


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Electric Cars: 1962 Bel Air V28 Battery Powered

It seems more and more people are getting excited about electric cars these days. With cars like the new Tesla Sports Car which does 0-60 in 3.9 and can drive 220 miles on each charge I’m pretty excited about the idea myself… although the 6 figure price tag slows that excitement down pretty quick. How far away are we from plug-in cars that are affordable and priced reasonable? Are the “evil” oil companies really buying up all the new technology, slowing the progress, so they can keep oil above $4 gallon? I don’t know and after watching too many movies I partly believe men in black suits are out there and might find me “expendable” if I start theorizing about that. I will tell you there are many people, tired of waiting for Toyota or GM to figure it out, are building their own electric cars and motorcycles. All over the country people have formed Electric Car Clubs while others share their projects on websites like Instructables or make their own sites like probably isn’t the first stop for most people when they are planning their great EV build. We do however get many questions about the Monster Garage episode which ran a few years ago where Jesse James and the guest crew turned a 1962 Chevy Bel Air into an electric car drag racer which ran solely off Milwaukee V28 Lithium Ion Batteries. Unfortunately there is no footage from that show on youtube. Here is Milwaukee’s short clip of the show (If anyone knows where the full show can be watched online let us all know). Some quick math on the cost; 384 V28 Batteries at $150 each from Ohio Power Tool = $57,600 for the batteries alone but I’m sure you can get a volume discount if you call.      

This type of build might be out of your price range but there are dozen’s of applications power tool batteries do prove very useful. The Milwaukee V28 ($150) and Bosch 36 volt ($142.50) are good candidates, also there is a Milwaukee V18 kit with 2 batteries and charger for $179.   
For more info on the Milwaukee V28 Bel Air here is another good blog post with some details on the systems including pictures from Brian the “Power Tool Geek” View Post Here. Also the original Milwaukee Tool Press Release can be read in full below.

02/03/2006 – Milwaukee Press Release 

Jesse James and the Monster Garage re-power a 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air with Milwaukee V28™ Lithium-Ion batteries!

Milwaukee’s V28™ lithium-ion batteries are getting noticed in more than one way at recent trade shows. Contractors and builders from across the nation checked out Monster Garage’s latest mechanical marvel, a 1962 Chevy Bel Air that has been re-powered to run off of 384 V28™ lithium-ion batteries.

The car made its first public appearance at the International Builders’ Show held recently in Orlando and will be featured on the cable TV show, Monster Garage on Monday, April 10, 2006. (Show airs on The Discovery Channel at 9:00 PM Mondays, Eastern Time)

The car was designed and re-built in five days by cable TV’s car-star Jesse James and his crew at his Monster Garage in Long Beach, California. It did standing quarter-mile runs in 14.533 seconds at 93.3 miles an hour, says Jon Zick, Milwaukee’s chief engineer of new concepts. With racing tires, he says the Milwaukee-red, cool-looking car could do the quarter mile at over 100 MPH!

The batteries in the car were connected in series to produce about 336 volts at 3,000 amps. The batteries drive twin electric forklift motors.

In every day life, the batteries drive Milwaukee’s new line of V28™ cordless tools that includes a portable band saw, impact wrench, Sawzall® reciprocating saw, circular saw and hammer-drill. V28™ users can expect up to 40-50% more power and up to twice the run time when compared with 18-volt NiCd batteries.

Milwaukee will introduce a V18™ 18-volt Li-ion tool system later this summer that will retrofit on existing Milwaukee 18-volt NiCd cordless tools.

View Milwaukee’s original Press Release


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Milwaukee Sawzall Wins the Showdown Every Time

57 years ago Milwaukee invented the reciprocating saw so it is no surprise they still have the best tool in the game. The Milwaukee Sawzall has been copied by almost every competitor out there and although there are some other good tools, Milwaukee is still numero uno.

Popular Mechanic conducted the comparison below a few months ago which I though did a pretty good job creating real testing subjects with multiple materials. The two tests were named the “Nail Biter” and “PM House Sandwich”

The Nail Biter – Two 2 x 4 pieces hammered together with an entire box of 16d common nails.

PM House Sandwich – Smashed together 1/2-in. drywall, 2 x 6 lumber, 1 x 4 lumber, 1 1/4-in. PVC pipe, steel conduit, two 12-ga. cables, two pieces steel strapping, insulation.

Milwaukee 15 Amp Super Sawzall | $187.50,
Blade Damage: A /// Smoothness: A- /// Power: A- /// Overall: A-

The Nail Biter: Two pieces of wood and a whole pile of nails were no match for our winner—it took just 6 seconds to slice through the 2 x 4s with a remarkably smooth and straight cut.

PM House Sandwich: The Milwaukee ripped through all 10 layers in just 14 seconds. The almost-pristine blade that emerged impressed our team of testers.

Craftsman Professional 12 Amp Variable Speed | $110,
Blade Damage: A- /// Smoothness: B+ /// Power: B /// Overall: B+

The Nail Biter: In the showdown’s biggest surprise, a Craftsman bested a DeWalt saw across the board for the first time in recent PM history. Slicing the wood took just 8 seconds.

PM House Sandwich: Again, the Craftsman proved to be a pleasant surprise, carving through our sandwich in just 16 seconds with hardly more effort than the champion Milwaukee needed.

DeWalt DW311K Heavy-Duty 13 Amp | $170,
Blade Damage: B- /// Smoothness: B /// Power: B /// Overall: B

The Nail Biter: Cutting the lumber took 11 seconds—and required a fair amount of force to push the blade through the boards.

PM House Sandwich: The DeWalt split our sandwich in 23 seconds, and required far more muscle. The blade sustained about three times as much damage as the Milwaukee’s.

Black & Decker Firestorm 9.5 Amp | $80,
Blade Damage: C- /// Smoothness: D+ /// Power: C- /// Overall: C-

The Nail Biter: Our least expensive tool barely cut it, taking 25 seconds to complete the task—more than twice as long as the second slowest finisher—and requiring an enormous amount of effort.

PM House Sandwich: This saw is simply not powerful enough for most demolition jobs. It finished slicing in 29 seconds, but the rickety feel left our hands sore, and the blade was rendered unusable.

Test Results from Popular Mechanic 

No Surprise that the Milwaukee Super Sawzall took the prize. I wish these tests could be done over and over to see which tool lasts the longest and I’m sure the Milwaukee would stand completely alone on top.

The tools themselves are obviously the most important consideration to overall performance but do not overlook the importance of blades and accessories. See the Ice Hardened Sawzall Blade Comparison Video. These were both done using the same Sawzall, so keep that in mind next time you buy blades.

At Ohio Power Tool the primary focus is professionals that rely on their tools everyday to make a living. In an effort to provide the best deal, on the best tools with the best accessories the Milwaukee 15amp Super Sawzall 6538-21 is on sale for $187.50 (currently lower than any big box or well known internet retailers). In addition to simply providing a great price the deal also includes a free 14 Piece Ice Hardened Blade Kit 49-22-1131 ($29.98) which features six 9” Torch Blades.


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