Latest and Greatest December 2018

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Worker wearing a heated and reflective jacket | Construction Pro Tips

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High Visibility Heated Jacket

For pros who work in dark and cold condition, staying warm and visible are top priorities.  Makita’s latest Heated Jacket is a solution for both problems. The jacket has a bright, fluorescent color and silver reflective accents that provide maximum visibility, and a power source that heats the jacket in five “core heat zones”: left chest, right chest, back and both pockets. The jacket is made with a polyester shell for water and wind resistance and five pockets for storing tools, gear and maybe even a snack or two. Don’t worry about things getting too hot, either; the jacket's heat source has three heat settings (high, medium and low) so temperatures can be quickly adjusted based on the work environment or personal preference. The Makita 18V LXT® Lithium‑Ion Cordless High Visibility Heated Jacket can be bought online for $199.00 (jacket only, battery is required)

Orange RIDGID Butane Heat Gun | Construction Pro Tips

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RIDGID Butane 18V Heat Gun

RIDGID is heating things up this winter with the release of their new Butane 18V Heat Gun, which combines the benefits of natural gas with the convenience of a cordless tool. It’s built for the most demanding jobs, able to hold a temperature over 1200-deg. for up to 25 minutes. Plus it has a completely adjustable temperature output, as well as a cool-down mode that prevents wear on the motor and allows for the tool to be put away and stored quicker. The RIDGID Butane 18V Heat Gun can reach temperatures up to 1400-deg. F and will be available soon for $99.00.

A work light for construction pros and mechanics | Construction Pro Tips

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Big-Ass Light Bar

The idea for the Big Ass Light Bar was born when a Big Ass employee, a former auto-mechanic tired of work lights that just didn’t get the job done, wanted to create something better. Two years later and the Big Ass Light Bar is now available for purchase. With six brightness levels and a 5,000 lumen maximum light output, the Big Ass Light Bar is the brightest battery-powered LED work light ever made. On a full charge, the rechargeable battery provides up to 48 hours of runtime and is housed in a shock-absorbing construction. Clearly, this was a tool built by pros, for pros. The Big Ass Work Light is available now for $399, and you can add a second battery for just $75 more.

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Tapplock one+ work padlock | Construction Pro Tips

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Tapplock one+ fingerprint lock

Jobsite security is always a concern- no one wants their tools stolen. Tapplock has created a high-tech solution in the form of a smart padlock, the Tapplcok one+. The Tapplock one+ fingerprint lock can hold up to 500 unique employee fingerprints- all they have to do is scan a fingerprint to unlock equipment. The lock comes with a management platform that allows employers to grant and revoke access, set specific days and time when locks can be accessed, and track who is accessing which tools. For more information on how the Tapplock one+ Fingerprint Lock can improve jobsite security, click here.

Man dumping things from the Grabber Dump cart | Construction Pro Tips

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Dump Cart from Grabber

Demolition is typically pretty back-breaking work, so any product that makes things a little easier on the body is a product we here at CPT will gladly take a look at. Grabber’s new pro-grade Dump Cart is a seamless container made of durable, rugged materials so it can withstand the demands of demolition. The cart can hold up to ¾ yard of debris, and with the (optional) hinged lid that capacity goes up to a full yard. The big draw to this dump cart is its design, which combines back wheels on stainless steel bearings that can spin a full 360-degrees and large front wheels for easy dumping. The Grabber Dumper Cart’s patented handle makes it (relatively) easy for just one worker to empty the bin.

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Two sets of Senco construction staplers | Construction Pro Tips

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SENCO Construction Staplers

SENCO’s new construction staplers feature technology that they claim will virtually eliminate misfires and jams. The SENCO NS20XP and NS20BXP N-Wire Construction Staplers are 15 and 20 percent more powerful than competitive models, respectively. Both staplers feature an EZ-Clear latch that has an aggressive locking feature to eliminate skipping, jams or misfires. They are also both fairly light, weighing in at 5.1 and 5.8 pounds. These staplers drive both 16 and 17 gauge 7/16" crown staples and can be converted to vinyl siding staplers. Both the NS20XP ($219) and the NS20BXP ($289) will be available online and in stores soon.

A massive husqvarna chainsaw | Construction Pro Tips

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Husqvarna 572XP

Whether you’re a forestry pro or just looking to chop down a tree for the holiday season, the Husqvarna 572XP should be more than enough to get the job done. The 572XP boasts the best power-to-weight ratio of any comparable Husqvarna saw, with a weight of just 14.5 lbs. and a powerful 5.8 HP engine. Husqvarna has also added a new filtration system to this saw which they say will provide more efficient filtration, leading to a healthier engine and better overall tool performance. For more information on the Husqvarna 572 XP, check out this interactive website.

Work shoes from Reebok | Construction Pro Tips

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Astroride Work

It’s safe to say that the construction industry has never been the home of high fashion. But that doesn’t mean that pros can’t wear things that keep them protected, safe, and productive while also looking good. Reebok’s new Astroride Work shoe line combines a sleek, stylish silhouette with features built in for pros working in the field. Ghillie laces and a special heal design allow the shoe to be taken on and off easily, and the sole is made from slip-resistant rubber to help keep pros on their feet. Shoes in the Astroride Work line are lightweight, have MemoryTech insoles that adapt to feet, and are made with protective steel toes that meet or exceed industry safety standards. Work shoes from the Astrostride Work line are available now, with prices ranging from $97 to $105 depending on features.

A dril from DeWalt built for drilling in studs | Construction Pro Tips

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DEWALT In-Line Stud and Joist Drill

DEWALT’s new In-Line Stud and Joist Drill is a high-torque right angle drill capable of powerful drilling and a long runtime. The drill has two unique features:

  1. DEWALT’s E-Clutch System, which uses sensors to monitor tool motion and will cut the motor of binding is detected.
  2. DEWALT’s 2-speed Quick Shift, which lets users switch between two set speeds automatically without having to feather the trigger.

The In-Line Stud and Joist Drill also includes an LED light, a two-position handle, and a shallow nose so it can reach into tight spaces. The 60V Max* In-Line Stud and Joist Drill can be purchased online and in home centers now starting at $249.00 (Bare Tool).

Cutting through metal with Makita's newest metal saw | Construction Pro Tips

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Makita Brushless Cordless Metal Cutting Saw

With a 2-1/4” cutting depth and a powerful brushless motor, the new 18V Cordless 5-7/8” Metal Cutting Saw from Makita is built to slice through a variety of metals, including:

  • Thread Rod
  • Struts
  • Pipe
  • Tubing

Makita's Automatic Speed Change technology changes cutting speed and torque mid-cut for optimized performance. This saw has a chip collector box that collects metal debris created during the cutting process. One cool design aspect of this tool is that the collector box is transparent so that users can easily monitor how full it is and when it needs to be emptied.The 18V LXT Cordless 5-7/8” Metal Cutting Saw (XSC04Z) is available now for $199 (bare tool).

A red and black backpack vacuum from Milwaukee | Construction Pro Tips

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M18 FUEL 3-in-1 Backpack Vacuum

The M18 FUEL 3-in-1 Backpack Vacuum is an ideal tool for quickly cleaning up the jobsite after a long day’s work. It’s light, weighing just over 15 lbs., quiet, and according to Milwaukee provides up to two times the suction power of traditional jobsite vacuums. It's also completely cordless, running off of Milwaukee's M18 battery platform. The debris collector can hold up to 1-gallon of dirt and debris and the flexible hose and telescoping extension wand make it much easier to clean hard-to-reach areas. This vacuum doesn't have to be worn, either; the harness is fully removable so it can be stood up just like a regular shop vac*. The Milwaukee 3-in-1 Backpack Vacuum is available now for $299.

*Note: this is a dry vacuum only, not a wet/dry vac

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