Hitachi becomes Metabo HPT and HiKOKI

The brand Hitachi is a huge corporate conglomerate with power plants, trains, computers and tools was only a small part of the overall company. Now that that’s been sold off the tool division had a limited time to change the name. With the new owners also owning Metabo Tool there seemed to be some good reasons to bring the two together build off each other’s strengths and have one tool brand that made the best grinders, hammer drills, nail guns and much more. However easier said than done when one company is in Japan and another in German, both with strong presence all over the globe. So what’s the result, HiKOKI becomes the name in Europe, Asia and other markets while the same tools get the name Metabo HPT in North America… Huh?

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Power Tool Week In Review Ep123 | New Tools from Dewalt, Snap-On, Ryobi, Stihl, Milwaukee, Hitachi & More

Dewalt announces new 20V Max tools, Hitachi gears up to launch a new High Torque Impact Wrench, Snap-on Tools goes NEON and Dirt Monkey may just be Batman! View this and more on YOUR Power Tool Week In Review, Episode 123. Continue reading

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Southwire Tools Acquire ProBuilt & WobbleLight

Southwire Wobble Light

If you can’t beat’m join’m they say. Southwire Tools has been growing both with aggressive product development but also with some very smart strategic acquisitions such as very recent purchase of Garvin Industries, to join Colman Cable for their Extension Cords, Maxis for Knockouts & Wire Pullers, Sumner for material lifts, material carts, pipe stands and the list goes on. Southwire is already a leader in LED jobsite lighting but with the addition of ProBuilt they will now one of the market leaders for construction temporary lighting. We have been very impressed with the investment they have made in the brands that join the Southwire family with lots of investment in R&D we thing they’ve made a lot of improvements along the way. Does this mean the Matte Black Wobble Light will be here soon, we hope so!! We will know more very soon in the meantime check out the Southwire Press Release below: Continue reading

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Inside Look | Milwaukee M18 FUEL Hammer Drill 2704-22 vs 2804-22

M18 FUEL Hammer Drills

Well the Red team is at it again updating their FUEL brushless Hammer Drills for the 3rd time, they say 3rd time is the charm! The 2704-22 generation 2 was a huge leap forward on the power side GEN 1 was 750 in-lbs to 1,200 in-lbs for GEN 2. When we look at the power change GEN 2 to GEN 3 2804-22 specs are pretty flat, with the same 1,200 in-lbs stated. That being said we weren’t really looking for more power here, already one of the most powerful in the market the 2804-22 really focuses on some other areas for improvement, going more compact and some other improvements.

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Dewalt 20V Woodworking Tool Expansion

Dewalt 20V Woodworking

Dewalt jumped right in with an impressive upgrade to their cordless woodworking arsenal, new brushless jigsaws (top handle & barrel grip) are a no brainer but also now had 5” random orbital sander, planer and trim router which we’ve found to be extremely handy cordless tools. None of these are new to the cordless world but for those on team yellow these are a very welcome addition. We are excited to get our hands on all of these, some launching pretty quickly, others early 2019. Check out the full Dewalt press release below, more info to follow!

Dewalt 20V Wood Working
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Toler Tools – The New EveryDay Carry Multi-Tool

Toler Tools Everyday Carry

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.

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GEARWRENCH Introduces Customizable Mobile Work Station

To solve a problem, sometimes you need to think outside the box. In this case, premier hand tool brand Gearwrench actually went and built a better box. The Gearwrench 83169 42″ Mobile Work Station arrived at Ohio Power Tool recently and it’s a well built box with a load of features. Not to mention, the Black & Orange finish is awesome!  Continue reading

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Inside Look | Milwaukee M18 GEN 3 Impact Driver vs GEN 2 Impact Driver

We took an INSIDE LOOK at Milwaukee’s GEN3 1/4” Hex Impact Driver 2804-22. This latest addition to the M18 Fuel lineup is only 4 and a half inches in length and boasts 2,000 inch pounds of torque (which is a 200-inch-pound increase-in-power over the previous GEN2 model from 2017). So here’s a look at Gen 2 vs Gen 3 and see what has improved in a year, in terms of Milwaukee’s engineering, design, and performance.  Continue reading

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Power Tool Week In Review Ep122 | News on Makita, Ryobi, Bosch, Craftsman, Mafell, Echo + Giveaways!

Red Beard & The Den of Tools tells the origin story of DeWalt, Mark Thomas puts a circular saw on a long stick, Bosch is giving away 2,000 Impacts and we’re giving away a Milwaukee Gen 3 Hammer Drill! View this and more on YOUR Power Tool Week In Review, Episode 122.

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Milwaukee Tool | M18 Fuel 3-in-1 Backpack Vac

Our feed’s are filled with kids all suited up with backpacks, going back to school. I figured now is good time to show off Milwaukee’s backpacks too! The Milwaukee Tool M18 FUEL 3-in-1 Backpack Vacuum (bare tool) is shipping in a couple weeks (September 1st) and is available for pre order at Ohio Power Tool for only $299!  Continue reading

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