Tools and Equipment
Ideal introduced a professional-grade screwdriver featuring its new Grip-n-Twist screw-holding mechanism. This spring-action locking system engages and disengages screws with a simple thumb movement, letting you set, start and tightly fasten a screw with one-handed ease. Besides delivering speed, security and greater torque, the thermoplastic Grip-n-Twist runs the entire length of the 7-in. tempered steel shaft for improved durability. The screwdriver is available in Phillips (35-406) and Slotted (35-404) versions.IDEAL INDUSTRIES
The Knaack PowerCrew in-box power supply has four GCFI-protected electrical outlets providing 15 amps of power for operating tools or charging batteries. The power source comes via a standard three-prong/straight-blade extension cord that plugs into the outside of the box. PowerCrew includes an internal relay that senses an open neutral conductor in the power supply line. When this occurs, the relay remains open, thereby preventing electricity from reaching a person who might make contact with the broken wire. Another safety feature is the red LED that indicates the four outlets have power and are ready to power-up a tool or charger.KNAACK
The Hilti WSR 18-A CPC reciprocating saw is the newest addition to the company’s 18V cordless tool platform. Hilti boasts that, with a high-efficiency motor and eccentric gear (and when combined with Hilti’s CPC battery technology), the WSR 18-A performs more applications per charge than other cordless recip saws. Hilti suggests the saw makes a great tool for cutting EMT conduit, galvanized pipes, strut, threaded rod, anchor bolts and rebar. The saw is built with a keyless blade clamp for easy blade changes, as well as a variable-speed trigger for greater control. The WSR 18-A is also designed with a two-step, injection-moulded grip to increase operator comfort. With the purchase of a WSR 18-A, Hilti guarantees unlimited battery replacement for two years.HILTI CANADA
Reed Instruments has recently released its BS-150 video inspection camera, which you can use to get a glimpse into tight spots. The camera is capable of providing 2GB of memory for video or JPEG capture. The camera has a pistol-grip design and forward-facing controls; the colour TFT LCD screen measures 3.2 in. with 320x240 resolution, and the IP67-rated gooseneck imager head retains its configured shape. The BS-150 provides a viewing distance of 15-25 cm and a viewing angle of 0º to 180°. (Appeared EBMag August 2010, Products)ITM INSTRUMENTS
Lind Equipment has partnered with electrical distributor Westburne to distribute its LE1425LED heavy-duty LED work light. The LE1425LED operates as a dual-mode light, combining LEDs along the length of the light to operate as a work light with a high-powered LED on the top end for flashlight operation. Built with a replaceable polycarbonate lens and rubber end caps, the light is designed for heavy-duty use and can withstand drops and other kinds of abuse, says Lind. Despite the heavy-duty design, Lind says the worklight is incredibly light, with the light head weighing less than a pound. The product comes with 25 in. of cord and dual hanging hooks. (It is also available on a 40-in. auto-retracting cord reel under part number LE1440RLED). (Appeared EBMag June/July 2010, Products)LIND EQUIPMENT
Bosch says the key attribute of its new ultra-compact, cordless PS21 Pocket Driver is its ability to reach and maneuver in tight spaces. The driver features both a shortened head length (5.6 in.) and shorter height (7 in.) from base to top. Along with its compact size, the PS21 weighs 1.8 lb, making it the lightest in its class, says Bosch, delivering 265 in.-lb of torque. Other notable performance enhancements include a two-speed drivetrain (0-350 rpm / 0-1300 rpm) and an upgrade from a 10+1 clutch to a 20+1 clutch. Bosch says both improvements were direct responses to end-user feedback, and are designed to deliver precise control regardless of application. (Appeared EBMag June/July 2010, Products)BOSCH
Coleman’s Mini X-Treme temporary power box provides more compact and less costly worksite power distribution than Coleman’s full size models, says the company. Generator and dryer outlets (30A, 125/250V), and 50A, 125/250V range outlets can now be converted to a compact, portable GFCI and breaker-protected power distribution unit that provides standard, usable 125V power. The box is equipped with eight NEMA 5-20R, 20A circuit breaker and GFCI-protected outlets, split between the front and back panels, and one NEMA L14-30P inlet on the side panel.COLEMAN CABLE
Greenlee’s ES1000 comes with a 2 1/8-in. diameter blade opening, making it suitable for cutting jacketed underground cables. The cable cutter is equipped with a Forward/Reverse lever so, should you change your mind about the cable you’re cutting, you simply shift the lever to fully open the blades. The precision-ground blades are extra thick, meaning they shouldn’t flex during a cut. Greenlee says the ES1000’s light weight (7.5 lb) and small size (14 3/4-in. long) makes it easy to store on a truck, carry to the jobsite, and operate in tight spaces. The cutter uses a 14.4V battery that executes about 35 cuts in 1000 kcmil copper per charge (the battery itself takes about an hour to recharge). Each tool includes two batteries, a moulded carrying case and the choice of 120V or 230V charger. (Appeared EBMag June/July 2010, Products)GREENLEE
Hilti says it has introduced its most powerful breaker ever. The TE 1500-AVR combines “tremendous impact energy with the lowest vibration in its class”, boasts the company, for “exceptional demolition productivity”. It is suitable, says Hilti, for everything from concrete foundation removal and digging in clay to penetrations for pipes and electrical boxes. The breaker delivers 22 ft-lb of impact energy (generated by a 1800W motor) at a maximum 1950 bpm. An active cooling system reduces wear and tear on the motor, electronics and hammering mechanism, while three-chamber sealing keeps dust out of the tool. Plus, the TE 1500-AVR features a brushless SR motor. (Appears EBMag April 2010, Products)HILTI CANADA
Brady launched what is calls its most versatile portable printer. The BMP71 label printer boasts over 400 different label options and a fast print speed, and can print on more than 30 different types of label materials, including self-laminating sleeves and flag labels, indoor/outdoor vinyl up to 2-in. wide, polyester die-cut labels and more. The BMP71 labeller includes label design wizards for electrical, voice/datacom and safety/general ID applications. With step-by-step instructions and easy-to-use templates, these wizards provide a convenient shortcut for creating popular labels. Hundreds of symbols and graphics are available, and storage space to save more than 100,000 label files. The labeller’s full-colour screen shows a full-scale image of the label as it is being created, meaning there’s no need to create multiple ‘test labels’ to see how the label will turn out. (Appears EBMag April 2010, Products)BRADY CANADA
Greenlee has redesigned its entire line of holesaws to drill faster, stay sharp longer, and provide a cleaner and safer cut. The new design includes a fully hardened tooth for a stronger, longer-lasting saw, and come with 4-6 variable pitch for smoother cuts. The oxide finish resist rust and chip build-up for easier cutting; there’s also no paint on the saw to melt while you’re drilling, meaning no paint gum-up or possible smoke when hot. The holesaws can be used with the Greenlee removable depth-stop for added control and protection when drilling in areas where wires may be present. (Appears EBMag April 2010, Products)GREENLEE
Dynamic Systems has released CheckMate Contractors’ Suite, which integrates Toolroom Tool Tracking, Stockroom Inventory Control and Time & Attendance. This release allows the applications to share the inventory database and employee identification codes, thereby making it possible to track tools and documents without time-consuming data entry. Bar codes are printed on work orders or drawings, badges and labels for tools and inventory. Scanners then scan the bar codes during transactions to record the movement or use of the job, document, tool or other item. This information is transmitted to the job foreman, accounting or purchasing to provide the location of important tools, employee attendance information, parts reorder reports and more.DYNAMIC SYSTEMS
CBS ArcSafe circuit breaker remote racking system replaces the manual racking operation and removes operating personnel from manual contact with the circuit breaker, thereby increasing safety from arc flash hazards. Visit
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