Tools & Materials
Latest and Greatest: February 2018
CHANNELLOCK® Reversible Jaw Adjustable Wrench
CHANNELLOCK thinks that they’ve got the solution to help unclutter your tool belt. The new CHANNELLOCK Reversible Jaw Adjustable Wrench is just like a normal wrench, but also features a part of the jaw with angled teeth. All you have to do is reverse the jaw and the teeth will let you get a tight grip on objects that that a regular wrench would just slide off of. These new wrenches are available in 6, 8, 10 and 12-inch sizes. They are available in most major hardware retailers in the US and Canada. Price and availability will vary by retailer.
Protect under your deck with Fastendry
Deckorators, a manufacturer of all types of decking products, recently introduced a new decking system called Fastendry. It’s a weatherproofing material that fits into the slotted edges of Deckorator’s custom composite decking and forms a waterproof seal in the cracks of the deck. That means you can use the space under you deck for dry storage or for a place to hang out when it’s raining. For more information go to the Deckorators website.
Estwing New line of LFS Work Gloves
Work gloves are important. They need to be durable enough to protect your fingers, but not so stiff and bulky that you can’t get anything done when they’re on. Estwing, (yes, the hammer company), is now offering a line of premium work gloves in a partnership with LFS Glove. The gloves offer extra knuckle protection, an adjustable wrist guard to help keep out dirt and built in tabs so the gloves are easily pulled on. Plus, all of the Estwing gloves have a unique “wing thumb” design, which gives you much better freedom of movement and hand mobility. This new line of work gloves from Estwing is available at hardware stores and online starting at $12.95.
The Bosch BLAZE One and BLAZE Pro are the latest in compact lasers that don’t sacrifice precision for convenient size. Both offer real time measurement with easy, one button functionality. The BLAZE Pro, the more advanced of the two models, features real time point-and-shoot measurement plus area, volume, indirect measuring functions and a storage function that can store up to ten measurements. The BLAZE One is available online starting at $69.
Need a new pair of Dikes? Check out Klein’s Journeyman Heavy-Duty Diagonal-Cutting Pliers. The Journeyman features a design engineered to give the user high-leverage and, according to Klein, up to 46% more cutting power. Plus the grip is more comfortable. More power and more comfort, what’s not to love?
High Bay Light
Milwaukee has expanded their line of LED lighting with the introduction of the new RADIUS LED 70W Temporary Site Light. The RADIUS is easy to set up and illuminates jobsites with and impressive 7,700 lumens of light; and not just any old light; the RADIUS LEDs have been optimized for color temperature and produce a true representation of the colors. Perfect for you low voltage guy that need to tell the difference between a red and an orange wire. The RADIUS can be hung from virtually any overhead area using its hanging cable. The RADIUS LED 70W Temporary Site Light can be bough online and at tool specialty stores starting at $220.96.
Milwaukee Utility Pouches
Just because it works doesn’t mean it can’t be improved. Milwaukee is now producing both a Utility Pouch and a Compact Utility Pouch with new modern updates that might make an upgrade worth considering. Both pouches are made from tear resistant material and attach to your belt with a “quick-attach” system, so you can switch from one pouch to another as easily as you switch projects. These new Milwaukee Utility Pouches will be available soon starting at $24.99
The key to any demolition job is to wreck the stuff that needs wrecking and protect the stuff that does not, like your tools. The new Milwaukee Demo Driver should set your mind at ease. It’s specially engineered to withstand the rigors of demolition, with an all-metal core and multiple strike surfaces so you can bring as much force as possible when chiseling or prying. The Demo Driver also has a duct-piercing tip so you can go right through sheet metal without damaging the tool at all. The Milwaukee Demo Driver is available online and in home centers for $14.99.
Switch socket sizes handsfree
Klein Tools’ new Impact sockets save you time and space in your pouch. Each of the three new sockets is capable of switching between different size nuts and bolts—completely hands free. Klein Tools’ newest Impact sockets are available in three different models that cover 8 different head sizes.