Tools and Equipment
Lenox introduced the HT50 hacksaw frame and T2 hacksaw blade. The new frame design has the highest tension of any hacksaw (50,000 psi), boasts the company, while the T2 blade provides up to two times the life of existing Lenox blades. The hacksaw’s I-beam construction allows the frame to attain its tension, which maximizes blade life, says Lenox, while providing straighter cuts. The design also features a handle grip that absorbs shock and reduces discomfort in cold weather, says the company, and can be used by both right- and left-handed users. A convenient storage area inside the I-beam is opened without a tool and can hold up to five extra blades. The HT50 also convert to a jab saw. Lenox T2 hacksaw blades will be available March 2010. (Appears EBMag April 2010, Products)LENOX
Hilti says its newly renovated HILTI ONLINE features a fresh, user-friendly design, bringing modern, faster and easier online shopping to visitors. The site makes it simple for customers to manage their Hilti Fleet Management tools, says the company, as well as do business online with Hilti using their own, company-specific pricing. The Hilti E-Business and IT development group partnered with several providers for the site’s renovation, which employs the Google Search Appliance.HILTI
Greenlee has replaced its entire line of battery-powered crimping tools with a new line of Li-ion powered tools, all of which feature IntelliCrimp—a pressure sensor that notifies users with both a visual and audible alert when the crimping force is below spec for a good crimp. Most of the new models also have a new feature called Automatic Retraction Stop (ARS), which automatically retracts the ram just enough to get ready for the next cycle. The ECCXL and E12CCXL have Retraction Stop Repeat (RSR), which allows you to partially retract the ram, then the tool repeats the retraction for subsequent crimps. The LED provides you with the battery charge and tool maintenance status, and also provides a light for working in dark places. This line comes with 18V Li-ion batteries that provide, says Greenlee, 70% more cycles per charge.GREENLEE
Rubbermaid Commercial Products’ (RCP’s) line of heavy-duty material handling carts and trucks has been significantly redesigned and expanded, says the company, into new categories, products and innovations to help you work smarter, faster and safer. The line offers several solutions for moving heavy payloads in construction, from platform trucks and utility carts to the patent-pending convertible A-frame and platform trucks. Most of the units are available in different sizes to meet a range of needs, and employ Duramold technology for high strength-to-weight ratio. (Appears EBMag April 2010, Products)RUBBERMAID
Ideal says cutting thin-wall electrical conduit with a hacksaw leaves sharp, unfinished edges that can result in poor couplings, damaged wires and even injuries to the electrician. Its Twist-a-Nut conduit deburring tool safely deburrs 1/2-in., 3/4-in. and 1-in. thin-wall conduit tubing by reaming and smoothing both the inside and outside edges. The head of the tool can be rotated manually with its supplied cushioned grip, or it can be removed and installed in any standard drill or cordless screwdriver for added torque. In addition, there’s a universal Wire-Nut wrench moulded into the grip to tighten and loosen twist-on wire connectors. The tool also features a hooded tip to tighten EMT fitting set screws without slipping.IDEAL INDUSTRIES
Milwaukee’s Li-ion M12 cordless 2-beam plumb laser is the first, boasts the company, to operate on a power tool battery. The 2-beam category has been based on an alkaline platform since its introduction, says Milwaukee, and is now part of Milwaukee’s M12 rechargeable solution. The plumb laser’s key features include a self-levelling mechanism that will auto plumb up to 1/4-in. at 100 ft. In addition, an out-of-level indicator will blink when the levelling range exceeds 4º.MILWAUKEE
Milwaukee expanded its Li-ion system with the M12 cordless sub-scanner detection tool. The 2290-21 can detect rebar up to 6-in. deep in concrete, as well as the location and depth of materials beneath gypsum, ceramic tile and marble. It detects the location and depth of wood, AC wiring, PEX, PVC and metals. The tool was designed with a four-wheel design for smooth measuring, and boasts an ergonomic handle position for ease of use and a high-contrast, white-on-black display for clearer readings.CLICK HERE for VIDEOMILWAUKEE
Milwaukee introduced an M12 cordless power port that can charge up to five small electronic devices (two at a time) on a single battery pack. The portable charger and power supply is compatible with most small electronics, such as cellphones and MP3 players that draw up to 3 amps through a DC outlet, or 750ma via USB port. Like other products in this line-up, the power port is compatible with the entire M12 Li-ion platform.MILWAUKEE
Building upon the original M-Spector, Milwaukee’s M12 Li-ion line-up now has the M-Spector AV—a digital inspection camera allowing users to capture up to 12,000 photos and record up 90 minutes of audio/video. The M-Spector AV is comes with a 17-mm digital flexible camera cable (2311-21) for general applications, and features 4X LED brightness control, 4X zoom, and a 3.5-in. colour LCD. The unit also comes equipped with a 2GB SD card and USB port for downloading directly from the camera.MILWAUKEE
Milwaukee has added a jobsite radio (2590-20) to its M12 Li-ion line-up. At 10 1/2-in. and 3.5 lb, this radio boasts a digital processor—a first for jobsite radios, says the company—for better reception and sound. The radio features weatherproof aluminum speakers, ABS polymer and steel construction, and a weather-resistant MP3 player dock.MILWAUKEE
Milwaukee introduced a Li-ion cordless PVC shear—the first in the industry, according to the company. Specifically designed to replace manual cutting, Milwaukee boasts the M12 shear (2470-21) cuts fast, clean and close. Employing a sharp stainless steel blade for burr-free cuts, the shear can slice through 2-in. PVC in as fast as 3 sec, with as little as a 1/4 in. of side clearance. With up to 1900 in-lb of torque, the shear also can cut through materials such as PEX, CPVC, PVC electrical conduit, etc. Additional features include a variable speed trigger for a controlled cut in low temperature conditions, and an offset blade to cut PVC mounted to a stud or close to a wall.CLICK HERE for VIDEOMILWAUKEE
Part of Milwaukee’s Li-ion system is a new M12 cordless 3eighths right-angle drill/driver. With a head size of 3.75-in. and a 3/8-in. single sleeve ratcheting chuck, Milwaukee says the drill provides “maximum control and versatility” in tight spaces. The 2415-21 features an electronic clutch, fuel gauge, speed control and built-in overload protection.MILWAUKEE
Milwaukee expanded its Li-Ion system with the M12 cordless 3eighths drill/driver that, claims the company, is the only tool in its class with a metal locking chuck. The drill/driver features 0-1500 rpm (high speed), weighs 2.5 lb and produces 250 in-lb of torque.MILWAUKEE
Milwaukee introduced M12 and M18 AC/DC wall and vehicle chargers for its Li-ion batteries. Users can now buy and use just one charger for their M12 or M18 batteries, either on-site or on the road. The M12 charger has a 40 to 80-min charge time, while the M18 version takes the 30 to 60 minutes.MILWAUKEE
Milwaukee expanded its Li-ion system with the M12 3/8 impact wrench, which promises a lighter, more portable solution than 18V. The tool is designed for users needing smaller high torque tools for tight spaces. The 2.3-lb 2451-22 is small enough to fit in your tool belt, says Milwaukee, and delivers up to 1000 in-lb of torque.MILWAUKEE
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