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Latest and Greatest Tools & Gear from the Summer of 2018
Latest and Greatest Tools from Summer 2018
Here at CPT, we’re always on the lookout for new tool releases. Tool companies released a lot of great new tools and gear in Summer 2018. We’ve put together this compilation of all our favorites. So read on if you need to replace a trusty tool that’s seen better days, are trying to become more efficient on the job, or just like to check out new and innovative products and equipment.
Bosch GAS18V-02 Cordless Hand-held Vacuum
Shop vacs are great for sucking up dirt and debris, but not so great when it comes to lugging around and storing. Bosch’s new Cordless Hand-held Vacuum offers a lightweight alternative to the traditional jobsite vacuum. The whole device weighs only 2.9 lbs without a battery and can hold up to 61 cubic inches of debris. Plus the dust cup is transparent so you can always check how full you’re getting and avoid bogging down. The Bosch GAS18V-02 Cordless Hand-held Vacuum is available now for $99 in the US and $129 in Canada.
RIPMAX 7-1/4 Circular Saw Model C7UR
Here’s one for all you speed-demons out there: Hitachi Power Tools just introduced the “Ultra-Fast” RIPMAX 7-1/4” Pro Circular Saw. The C7UR uses a 15-Amp motor to cut at an impressive 6,800 RPMs. That’s more than enough to rip through the toughest LVL out there. One intuitive detail that Hitachi has added is a cord hook so you can tuck the cord securely out of the way while making a cut. The C7UR, along withHitachi’s dust collector set, can connect to dust collection systems that complies with OSHA regulations, perfect when cutting fiber cement. Look for the RIPMAX 7-1/4 Circular Saw Model C7UR online or in stores for $149.00.
Fiskars has been creating cutting tools since 1649, so it’s no surprise that they have the knowhow to produce a quality product. They recently announced a new line of utility knives that promise a few cool new features. The knives have an improved locking system that prevents accidental blade release, a smarter button placement, and maybe best of all, the guts of the knives won’t fall on the ground when changing a blade. The knife line includes a Folding Utility Knife, a Fixed Utility Knife, a Retractable Utility Knife, Snap-off Utility Knives, Drywaller’s Utility Knives, and Painter’s Utility Knives. Fiskar’s utility knives are available online now.
Electrician’s tool pouch
Cementex is a company built around providing industrial professionals with safety hand tools. Their new Basic Electrician’s 9-piece Service Tool Kit contains:
- 9” Linesman’s Pliers
- 7 ½” Diagonal Cutting Pliers
- 7” Needle Nose Pliers
- 9” Combination Stripper and Crimper
- #1 x 3” Phillips Screwdriver, Cushion Group
- #2 x 4” Phillips Screwdriver, Cushion Grip
- ¼” x 6” Slotted Screwdriver, Cushion Grip
- 3/16” x 4-1/2” Slotted Screwdriver, Cushion Grip
- 3/16” x 6” Slotted Screwdriver, Cushion Grip
Each tool is double-insulated, a Cementex signature, and complies with the IEC 900 and ASTM F1505 standards. This helps make sure that you are meeting all of your OSHA and NFPA requirements. Cementex double-insulated tools are tested to 10,000 VAC and rated for 1,000 VAC when working on live parts. The Cementex TR-9EK Basic Electrician Tool Kit is available now.
Laser Distance Measurers
Measuring distances on the jobsite over 100 feet used to be tricky. Distance measuring lasers changed that. Now all it takes to measure a long distance is the click of a button. Extech’s new DT-M series of laser distance measurers take convenience and safety to the next level. They are rugged, pocket-sized and only require one hand to operate, with an easy to read backlit display that measures up to 330 feet. They can be used to obtain Min/Max readings and indirect height measurements using Pythagorean calculations, all while storing up to 20 successive readings and easily adding and subtracting multiple measurements. Extech is a FLIR company, so you know the technology is cutting edge. So, if you need a quick and accurate measurement on the jobsite, this is a tool you should take a look at. Extech’s DT-M Laser Distance Measurers are available now online and in stores for $129.99.
Rugged reaching tool
Klein Tools’ Telescoping Magnetic LED Pickup Tool is the kind of tool that you don’t think you need until you do. The magnetic end is attached to a telescoping arm with an attached LED light so that you can easily see whatever small object you’re trying to snag. The telescoping arm extends up to 22 inches and has a gooseneck for added maneuverability. Plus, the whole tool has a ten-foot drop rating and is water and dust resistant. The Klein Telescoping Magnetic LED Pickup Tool is a smart addition to any tool box or bag and is available now in stores and online for $24.97.
You may have noticed that everything on the jobsite is going cordless. One unfortunate side effect of this is that air-compressors are slowly becoming a rare sight, so if you get a flat tire you may just find yourself in a bind. That’s where Milwaukee Tool’s Compact Inflator comes in. According to Milwaukee this is the first ever cordless inflator capable of filling a light truck tire from 0 to full in under 1 minute. One great feature is the “TrueFill Auto Shutoff Technology” which will shut off the inflator as soon as your tire reaches the desired pressure. The M12 Compact Inflator can be found in stores and online now starting at $69 for the bare tool.
Carbide Drill Bits
Drilling through concrete is tough work and a little bit of help can go a long way. Bosch designed their new SpeedXtreme™ SDS-max® Rotary Hammer Bits with that in mind. These bits are designed to punch through concrete, with a full carbide head with a four-cutter design. The four-cutter design gives you a 180-degree cutting diameter and 100 percent power transfer while drilling; basically, no energy is being wasted. The max bits come in sizes up to one inch in diameter, double the size of most other rotary hammer bits. Bosch’s SpeedXtreme™ SDS-max® Rotary Hammer Bits are available now.
New hammers and axes from Dewalt
If your trusty sledge is getting a little to worn out, or even if it’s not, now is a good time to upgrade. DEWALT recently introduced a new line of ExoCore Sledge Hammers and Axes that are designed to last. The sledges have a carbon fiber overlay to prevent handle damage. One side of the sledge is smooth but the other has a “concentrated strike face,” which is a funky waffle pattern that really packs a punch, especially when whacking a flat surface like a concrete slab. Also check out DEWALT’s new line of axes as well. The new DEWALT ExoCore Sledge Hammers and Axes can be purchased now with prices starting at $29.99.
Top of the line winch
A winch is one thing that you definitely don’t want to have fail while you are using it. Polaris went back and took a look at the winch on their Ranger, examining how they could improve. What they came up with is the Rapid Rope Recovery PRO HD Winch Technology. This winch is a redesigned model with the ability to re-spool rope five times faster than their previous winch’s lower gear. They also added a wireless remote so that you can guide the rope from the end as it re-spools, and an AutoStop so the winch stops when the rope is fully returned. On top of all that, the winch’s receiver box has been enhanced so that it will always work, even through water and mud.
The Polaris Pro HD Winch lineup is available in:
- PRO HD 6,000-pound Winch (RANGER®)
- PRO HD 4,500-pound Winch (RANGER, RZR®, GENERAL®)
- PRO HD 3,000-pound Winch (SPORTSMAN, ACE)
The Polaris Pro HD Winch Lineup is available in dealerships now starting at $549.99.
Klein Tools Pliers w/ Crimper
Klein Tool’s new Hybrid Pliers with Crimper frees up space in your tool belt by giving five functions in one multi-purpose tool. These pliers can be used to strip wire, twist wire, shear bolts, crimp non-insulated connectors and cut through hard wire using their full length induction-hardened cutting knives. They’re available online and in stores for $39.97.
Liquid spills can quickly go from annoying to expensive. So if your shop handles any liquids, check out SpillFix 2-in-1. It’s an All-Purpose Absorbent and Sweeping Compound that makes any spill clean up easier. The stuff is actually made from coconut fiber, so it’s safe to handle with your bare hands and can be disposed of just like any other garbage (assuming the spill was non-toxic of course). SpillFix 2-in-1 All Purpose Absorbent and Sweeping Compound can be purchased online or in Lowes for $11.98 per bag.
Milwaukee’s Tool Lanyard
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of having a power tool slip from your grasp and watching as if in slow motion as it plummets towards the ground. Milwaukee’s new Tool Lanyards help prevent these wince-worthy moments by attaching a direct line to tools between 20-35 lbs., keeping your expensive equipment from being dashed against the floor. They feature locking carabiners, best-in-class shock absorption and serial numbered ID tags for easy tracking through Milwaukee’s ever-growing One-Key platform. Check out Milwaukee’s new tool lanyards here.
New Battery and Charger from DEWALT
DEWALT has continued expanding their FLEXVOLT System with the dual-voltage 20v/60v Max which features a monster 12.0 Ah Battery. DEWALT recently announced a new 4-port fast charger that can simultaneously charge 4 FLEXVOLT batteries to a full charge in 120 minutes. This expansion pretty clearly shows that DEWALT is committed to giving the users of their battery platform as much power as possible. The new FLEXVOLT 12.0 Ah battery will be sold for $249.00, and the 4-Port Fast Charger will be sold for $199.00.
Tragically, people are injured or die every year of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by improper operation of portable generators. To combat this, Briggs and Stratton’s recently announced their new Carbon Monoxide Guard™ that will be rolling out on all new Briggs & Stratton generators manufactured for the United States over the next 18 months. The new CO Guard is a sensor that will shut down the engine if it detects high levels of Carbon Monoxide using the same technology as most household CO detectors.
“The announcement of CO Guard technology comes after several years of Briggs & Stratton dedicating resources to create the most comprehensive solution to reduce the number of carbon monoxide related injuries and deaths caused by improper use of portable generators,” said Mike Derra, Briggs & Stratton Corporation director of engineering. “Extensive modeling and testing confirms CO Guard lowers the risk of carbon monoxide deaths far more than existing technology on the market.”
GEARWRENCH Slugging/Striking Wrenches
GEARWRENCH’s new Slugging/Striking Wrenches are built for those times where elbow grease just isn’t quite enough to loosen (or fully tighten) those reluctant fasteners. They provide a large “striking surface” to whack at so that you get as much force as possible behind your efforts. These slugging/striking wrenches are designed with compact handles so they can be used in tight spaces. They are made in three styles (6 Point Slugging, 12 Point Slugging, and 12 Point 45 degree Offset Striking), each with a variety of size ranges. Look for GEARWRENCH Slugging/Striking Wrenches in home centers and hardware stores.
BOSS Drag Pro Back Blade Plow
CPT is based in Minnesota. Sadly, even in the middle of summer, we are a little obsessed with winter and the snow and ice that she serves up. Good news is that BOSS Snowplow recently introduced a super-wide snowplow that should be enough to tame even the harshest of winter storms. The Boss Drag Pro is a rear-mounted snowplow that uses a hydraulic wing system to cover an area up to 16 feet. That wide of a wingspan greatly reduces the number of passes needed to clear a dive or lot. If 16 feet. seems a bit much, the plow also comes in more manageable fixed wing and 8-12-ft. hydraulic wing sizes.
For a while now Festool’s Domino Joiner system has been a favorite among cabinetmakers and carpenters. Festool recently launched a new generation of Domino connectors that work with their DF 500 Domino Joiner. The new mechanical Domino connectors can be used to create tight, seamless connections between flat or corner joints with just a hex wrench. They eliminate the need for gluing and clamping without giving up any connection strength. Whether you are making cabinets in a workshop, working on site as a carpenter or just trying your hand at furniture making, Festool’s new Connectors are a great way to make strong and fast joint connections. The connectors come in a variety of styles and package sizes with prices starting at $35.00.
Bobcat Rear Camera Kit
The Bobcat Company has introduced a Rear Camera Kit for their skid-steers and compact track loaders. This camera’s 118-degree horizontal viewing angle and 89-degree vertical viewing angle make it easy to see what’s going on behind the machine, which will definitely help prevent collisions. The camera feed is sent to a 4.3 inch LCD color monitor that can be mounted anywhere in the cab of your compact loader. And of course, the camera and its hardware are built to withstand the rugged conditions of the jobsite. The Rear Camera Kit camera is compatible with any M-Series or newer Bobcat loader and be purchased online for $689.74.
Klein Tools Clamping Light
Klein’s newest addition to their growing line of jobsite lighting is their Clamping Worklight. The Clamping Worklight has a 2-inch clamp that can be mounted anywhere that you need hands-free illumination and a 360-degree rotating head, making this a flexible and versatile lighting solution. On top of all that, the light has a run time of eight hours while putting out 250 Lumens of constant light, so you could run it for an entire workday on one charge. The Clamping Worklight from Klein Tools is available online and in store for $39.90.
Eaton Home Automation Hub
The idea of a connected and automated “smart home” may be intimidating to some, but it’s definitely a trend that construction pros need to be aware of. Eaton is looking to make the whole concept a little simpler with their Home Automation Hub, a one-stop device that can control an “eco-system” of smart home devices. Eaton’s smart home technology allows you control thermostats, security systems, lighting controls, surround sound speaker system and more all from the same device. This in turn can save you money on energy costs and give you an added layer of security. Go here to find more information on the Eaton Home Automation Hub.
HOVER 3D Modeling Software
Gone are the days of climbing around the exterior of a home trying to get measurements for window, roofing and siding projects. Using HOVER, a new 3D modeling system, contractors can turn eight photos into full, accurate 3D renderings of home exteriors. But don’t worry about being a techno-wizard. All you have to do is snap the photos; the team at HOVER does the rest. They will send you a 3D rendering along with measurements for which ever surface you plan on installing, including roofing, trim, siding, windows, and more. You can also use the 3D model to help your clients visualize which materials and colors will work best on their project.
HOVER reports start at $20.
Funky New Design
Bosch’s new 12V Max Palm Edge Router just looks… different. That’s because it is. Bosch built a compact grip that resembles a jigsaw more than a router. It feels more natural unlike other palm routers that can feel like trying to cut with a jar of pickles. Also, this cordless router weighs just 2.2 lbs., which is almost half as much as comparable models. The Bosch GFK12V-25 12V Max Palm Edge Router is available online and in stores for $149 (bare tool only).
One Wrench, One Driver, One Tool
Bosch’s new 2-in-1 Hex and Square Drive Socket-Ready Impact Driver can handle both standard hex bits and sockets. The square drive simply has a hole in it that accepts the hex bits, so there are no parts or attachments to swap out and keep track of. This is the perfect tool for building decks or any project that requires switching from screws to bolts/ lags. You can buy one online or in home centers for $199.00 (bare tool).
Handy Cord And Hose Management
Rockler’s new Ceiling Track System is a great way to get cords and hoses out of the way when working in a garage or shop. The track system provides ring and hook attachments that move along the ceiling mounted track. Just position the hook above your workspace and hang up the cord or hose. Now they’re out of the way but still easy to move around, and thanks to adjustable stops in the track they’ll only travel as far as you want them to. Each section of track, sold in 4-ft.-segments, is rated to hold up to 60 pounds. The Rockler Ceiling Track System starter kit costs $69.97 and additional components can be purchased here.
Safe Measuring Tools
Arc flash, is often caused when a metal measuring tools inadvertently comes in contact with an energized conductor. To eliminate this scenario, and the serious injuries that can accompany arc flash, Cementex has created a line of fully non-conductive fiberglass measuring tools. The line includes a 33-inch measuring tape and a 6-foot measuring stick. Both tools are constructed with fiberglass instead of wood in order to eliminate any potential warping. These non-conductive measuring tools will be available soon.
Portable Ice Chest
When it’s hot out having cold beverages on the jobsite isn’t just a luxury- it’s a safety concern. Heat strokes are no joke. DEWALT’s ToughSystem Cooler will keep your beverages cold throughout the work day. It’s IP65 rated to keep unwanted water and dust from getting in and boasts five days of ice retention to keep the cold from getting out. The 27-quart storage space stacks on top of any other ToughSystem module and has a lid with two cup holders and a bottle opener. The ToughSystem Cooler is available now anywhere DEWALT products are sold for $149.99.
No More Frigid Fingers
For those of us who live in places that get battered by harsh winters, Milwaukee has us covered- or our hands covered at least. Milwaukee Tool’s new USB Rechargeable Gloves will keep your hands nice and toasty during those long winter months with three heat settings and up to six hours of run time. These gloves are powered by the same technology that Milwaukee uses in their rechargeable flashlights, REDLITHIUM USB, and can reach full heat in just 2.5 minutes. Made of GRIDIRON Ripstop Polyester, Milwaukee’s USB Rechargeable Gloves will be a great way to keep those digits heated even in the tough conditions of the winter jobsite. They will launch in September 2018 for $179 a pair.
For an easy way to recharge via USB on the go, check out Milwaukee’s power bank.
Cool Light Meter (It measures hot as well)
For a lot of pros, dealing with exposure to UV rays and excessive light is just part of the job. Extech recently released a Pocket UV-AB Light Meter (UV505) designed to monitor sunlight levels, letting you know if you are getting too much sun exposure over the course of the day. Anything over a “seven” on the UV Index Scale is potentially dangerous, so keeping on eye on UV levels is an essential and necessary part of jobsite safety.
Extech is also launching a Pocket Light Meter (LT505) for testing light levels during a new lighting installation. This tool is a great way to find out if the lights being installed are performing as advertised. And you may impress the GC, Architect, and or customer with your professionalism and technological savvy. The UV505 costs $199.00 and the LT505 costs $129.00. Both are available now online.
Channellock’s new line of Insulated Pliers are built for you electrical pros who needs high-quality, precise pliers that are also OSHA-compliant. They feature laser-treated cutting edges that will last for a LONG time and are made from high carbon U.S. steel with a rust-preventative coating. The insulation is impact resistant and flame retardant, and the entire product line complies with IEC 60900-2012, ASTM F1505-16 and NFPA 70E standards. The line includes an 8-in. Long Nose Plier, 7 and 8-in. Diagonal Cutters, and an 8-in. Combination Plier. These Insulated Pliers will be available soon.
DeWALT’s first stud finder
DEWALT is finally getting into the stud finder game with two new models. One has a depth-detection of 3/4-in., and the other can detect studs that are buried 1-1/2 inches deep. Both of these stud finders feature DEWALT’s one-step Center Find Technology, which finds the center of the stud instead of just the edges. Kind of a no-brainer, eh? Also, both models do not need to be calibrated all the time, which definitely speeds up the process. The DEWALT ¾-In. Stud Finder (DWO100) is available for $17.99 while the 1-1/2-In. Stud Finder (DWO150) is available for $19.99 online and in stores.
High-tech distance measurer
Bosch continues to add to and improve on their line of laser measurers with two new lasers, the Outdoor Connected Laser Measure with Viewfinder (GLM400C) and the Outdoor Connected Laser Measure with Camera (GLM400CL). Both of these new lasers use a 5.0-megapixel camera with adjustable zoom to find the distance to anything targeted within 400 ft. They work in bright conditions, large indoor spaces and even against busy backdrops. The best part about these levels is the easy-to-read, full color display, showing real-time, accurate measurements (+/-1/16-in.) that adjust automatically if you move around. Plus, any measurement recorded on these lasers can be sent directly to Bosch’s MeasureOn smartphone app, which organizes and documents them for later use. The Bosch Outdoor Connected Laser Measures are available now online and in stores starting at $229.00.
More for the PACKOUT system
Milwaukee’s PACKOUT Organizing system is already a great way to keep all of your tools in order. Now they’re adding even more organization options with their new Low-Profile Organizers and Tool Bags. The Low-Profile Organizers are half the height of Milwaukee’s previous model but still have the same durable, impact resistant body. Each Organizer comes with removable bin dividers and bin seals that keep everything from sliding around. They are also IP65 rated to keep water and debris from getting in and potentially harming whatever is inside.
The Tool Bags are a brand-new addition to the PACKOUT system and come in 15-in. and 20-in. sizes. They have cushioned shoulder straps, top and side handles, and a large open space for your tools to lay in. Each tool bag is made from tear-resistant ballistic material and have a durable polymer base that will protect tools from water, abrasion, and impact.
Both the Tool Bags and the Organizers work just like any other part of the PACKOUT system, attaching and detaching from the PACKOUT module easily and efficiently. For more info on the entire PACKOUT system, click here.
Powerful, battery-powered mowers
Greenworks Commercial recently unveiled their new Lithium Z Zero Turn Mowers, the first (and only) lithium-ion battery powered commercial grade mowers to be UL-certified for safety. The Lithium Z line will be made up of a 48-in. stand-on mower and a 60-in. ride-on mower at launch. Both will feature zero-turn radius maneuverability, zero gas, and zero emissions. The ride-on model will be able to cut for up to five hours on a single charge and the stand-on model will last for six hours. The Lithium Z Zero Turn mowers are available through the Carswell, Carswell OEI, Conniff, Edney, and Pace and Steven Willand independent dealer networks.
Milwaukee Stubby Impacts
An impact wrench that can fit into all sorts of nooks and crannies? Sign us up! Milwaukee Tool’s new M12 Fuel Stubby Impact Wrenches are an industry first. They combine the power of the M12 platform with a small, compact design so they can fit into tight spots you may have not been able to reach with a bulkier tool. But the compacted design doesn’t mean that you are going to sacrifice power- these impact wrenches still boast 250 ft.-lb. of breakaway torque. That should be more than enough to remove even the stickiest bolts and fasteners.
The M12 Fuel Stubby Impact Wrenches will be available September 2018 in ¼”, 3/8”, and ½” sizes. They will be sold online and in stores starting at $149.00 (bare tool).
Canvas Bags from Klein
Make it clear which tools on the jobsite are yours with Klein Tool’s Signature Series Canvas Tool Bags, now with custom labeling. The custom labels look great, embroidered on the front of the bag in big, bold font that stands out. You can use up to 15 characters to spell out whatever suits your fancy, whether it’s your name, your company’s name, your favorite team, or a meaningful catch phrase. The bags themselves are the same high quality that you would expect from Klein Tools, with stitched and riveted leather handles, tough canvas sides and a moisture-resistant bottom. Klein Tool’s Signature Series Canvas Tool Bags come in four sizes (12-in., 14-in., 16-in., and 18-in.) and are available only at the Klein website, with prices starting at $99.99.
Bosch Cordless Wet/Dry Vac
Bosch’s new Cordless Wet/Dry Vacuum Cleaner is great for pros who recognize the value of cleaning their jobsite at the end of the day but are tired of lugging around a cumbersome corded monster of a vacuum. This vac from Bosch is completely cordless and only weighs 10.2 pounds. Combine that with high-powered suction and a washable HEPA filter and you’ve got a powerful but maneuverable cleaning tool. The vacuum also has plenty of space, with a 2.6 gallon tank giving you more than enough room for all of the debris you’ll suck up over the vacuum’s 24 minute runtime (runtime based on high-power vacuuming using Bosch’s 18V 6.0 Ah battery). The Bosch Cordless Wet/Dry Vacuum Cleaner can be purchased now online and in stores for $121.98.
OLFA Safety Knife
OLFA’s new fully-automatic Safety Knife with Blade Guard puts an emphasis on safety. These knives are designed to make cutting through cardboard, shrink wrap and other packaging much safer with a simple blade retraction system. If a thumb is on the blade slide during a cut, nothing happens. But if the thumb is removed from the slide the blade will retract as soon as it loses contact with the cutting surface. That way the blade is only out in the open when it is actually needed, lowering the potential for accidents. Safety features aside, the OLFA Safety Knife is also just a quality knife, with a compact and comfortable grip that fits both right and left-handed users and is a bright, hard to miss yellow color. The OLFA Safety Knife can be purchased online and in stores for $12.67.
Makita Cooling Jacket
“Put on a jacket” is not a typical solution to escaping a hot day. At least it wasn’t until Makita unveiled their new Lithium-Ion Cordless UV Resistant Fan Jacket. The jacket is made from a light, titanium-coated polyester that protects against the sun’s rays. What really makes it special, though, is a power source that accepts Makita batteries and powers two fan units in the left and right side of the jacket. These fans provide 15 hours of air circulation inside the jacket, keeping you cool and fresh-feeling over the course of a work day. For maximum cooling Makita has also built-in two ice pack storage compartments on the back of the jacket. As an added bonus the jacket has an on-board USB power port for convenient, in-pocket device charging. The Makita Lithium-Ion Cordless UV Resistant Fan Jacket is available in stores and online for $242.15.
Greenworks Solar Truck
Thanks to a partnership between Greenworks Commercial and Super Lawn Technologies, solar power is now portable. The new “Solar Lawn Truck” is a vehicle lined with solar panels. The idea is that professional landscapers would use this truck just like any other to haul around all of their equipment. The truck would then act as a portable charging station on the job, using the power of the sun to provide every-day energy to landscaping tools Being able to charge equipment while in the field without worrying about outlets or gas cans is a huge advantage.
And the coolest thing is you might get the chance to try it out for free. Super Lawn Technologies is inviting professional landscapers with a 2-3 person crew and at least three years of business experience to apply to become testers of the new Solar Lawn Truck and Greenworks Commercial’s 82V tool system. Plus, landscapers who are accepted into the Beta Testing Program and then decide to buy or lease the Solar Lawn Truck will be provided with $6,000 worth of Greenworks Commercial tools. To apply visit www.solarlawntruck.com.
Olfa Rolled Material Cutter
Olfa’s new Rolled Material Cutter is perfect for anyone who spends a lot of time cutting carpet or any other rolled material. It’s designed with a solid base that prevents the cutter from damaging any other surfaces. The cutter has an enclosed 45mm rotary blade that easily and effectively slices through anything on a roll, including paper, linoleum carpet, and turf. Plus, a comfortable, ergonomic handle means that users can make plenty of cuts without hand fatigue or cramping. Olfa’s Rolled Material Cutter is available now in stores and online for $29.99.
Klein Metal Cutting Tools
Klein Tools are not just for electricians anymore. The 150+-year-old company recently launched a complete line of duct and sheet metal tools that includes a new Duct Cutter with Wire Cutter, HVAC Hand Notcher, Tins Snips, and a Hole Cutter. Like all Klein Tools these duct and sheet metal tools are durable and well-crafted, with all-steel construction and nickel-chrome plated hardware. Each tool also features a contoured grip and a convenient self-opening latch for easy, one-handed operation. For more information and prices on each individual tool, click the links above.
DEWALT Corded Grinders
DEWALT recently announced the launch of five corded grinders with efficient brushless motors that combine durability with intuitive safety features. Each of these new grinders comes with DEWALT’s E-Clutch System and Kickback Brake technology. The E-Clutch System shuts down the motor of the grinder automatically as soon as any wheel pinch is detected, and works with the Kickback Brake to shut the tool down if a pinch or stall is detected. In addition to the E-Clutch System and the Kickback Brake, these grinders are all part of DEWALT’s new PERFORM AND PROTECT line of tools. Every tool in the PERFORM AND PROTECT line is designed to provide more control, dust containment or low vibration (or a combination of these three things). The Brushless Corded Grinders are available now anywhere DEWALT products are sold and include the following tools:
DWE43214N: 5” Brushless Paddle Switch Small Angle Grinder, Kickback Brake, No Lock-On – MSRP $209
DWE43231VS: 5” Brushless Small Angle Grinder, Variable Speed Slide Switch, Kickback Brake – MSRP $219
DWE43265N: 5”/ 6” Brushless Small Angle Grinder – MSRP $229
DWE43244N: 6” Brushless High Performance Paddle Switch Grinder – MSRP $229
DWE43840CN: 7” Brushless Small Angle Grinder – MSRP $259
Cordless Arborist Saw
You tree guys already know this, but many occasional-chainsaw-operators may not. Regular chainsaws typically have their handles on the end of the tool and on top, which makes it a two-handed affair. An arborist chainsaw has just has a handle on the top. A top-handled chainsaw is ideal for landscaping professionals who spend a lot of time trimming branches because maneuvering a one-handed saw is much easier.
Greenworks Commercial’s new GS 110 10 Inch Top Handle Chainsaw has a compact and light design, which is combined with the convenience of a lithium-ion. Also, no more standing on one foot, patting your head, and rubbing your stomach at the same time in order to get the motor to start. This powerful brushless motor starts with just one push of a button. For more information or to find a local dealer that carries the GS110, click here.