June 2003

Tool Time
Spotlight on Tools and Supplies
Penny Beverage

Does anyone know what time it is? It hasn’t been time for “Home Improvement” for several years now, but it’s still tool time here at SHELTER magazine. Read on to learn about some of the latest tools and supplies to become available to the industry.  

BAHCO Releases New Catalog
Scranton, Pa.-based BAHCO North America has released a new 188-page catalog containing its entire line of tools designed to ease work. The catalog contains 18 categories of tools comprising handsaws, specialty saws, files and power tool accessories. In addition, the catalog features several products that are new to BAHCO, including wrenches, sockets, pliers, ratchets and screwdrivers. There is also a special safety section in the catalog that points out proper attire and rules to protect tool users and bystanders.

DeWALT Offers Router System
Baltimore-based DeWALT has introduced a new router system, which features a pair of heavy-duty motor packs and three interchangeable base options. The system includes a 1 ¾-horsepower 11-amp fixed-base router (DW616K), a 2 ¼-horsepower 12-amp electronic variable-speed fixed-base router with soft start (DW618K), three modular router bases consisting of a fixed base, plunge base and D-handle base, and two complete fixed-base/plunge-base router combination kits. Both routers have the power to cut through tough hardwoods smoothly with precision and are equipped with micro-fine depth adjustment rings with 1/64-inch increments to allow for minute depth adjustments while keeping the cordset and switch in a fixed positions.

Stanley-Bostitch Expands Tool Line
Stanley-Bostitch of Chicago has introduced a new family of oil-free trim and finish tools, including the BT200K-2 brad nailer kit, BT125K-2 brad nailer kit and the SX150K-1 narrow crown stapler kit. 

The line offers a light magnesium frame brad and narrow crown finish staple nailers that weigh as little as 1.9 pounds, due to their magnesium housing and new design. In addition, the company’s oil-free engine features an ultra-quiet rear exhaust that delivers excellent driving power. Finally, the Bostitch nailers also feature an open-nose design, which offers complete access to the drive channel for fast and easy jam clearing.

FCI-RACINE Offers Hydraulic Impact Wrench
FCI-RACINE Hydraulic Tools of Racine, Wis., offers the improved RACINE hydraulic impact wrench with enhanced speed, operational flexibility and efficiency. According to the company, the improved wrench utilizes the company’s Tri-ball Quik Chuck™, which allows fast bit changing and reduced wobble. In addition, the wrench is open and closed easily with a dual-action spool and features a trigger spring, which provides for reliable and complete shutoff.

Paslode Introduces R175-C
Vernon Hills, Ill.-based Paslode has developed a roofing coil nailer to drive nails flush into all roofing materials consistently. According to the company, the nailer features a carbide tip nose, hardened steel driver blade and housing wear plates. The R175-C weighs only 5.8 pounds and drives up to eight fasteners per second and accepts fasteners ranging from 7/8 to 1 ¾ inches in length and .120 in nail diameter. The tool also offers an adjustable shingle guide that keeps roofing shingles straight and aligned properly.

Milwaukee Introduces Lok-Tor™ Series
The Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp., which is based in Brookfield, Wis., has introduced the new Lok-Tor series of 14.4-volt and 18-volt cordless driver/drills and hammer drills. The rugged Lok-Tor series drills deliver high torque, high speeds, long run-time and durability and quality, according to the company. The Lok-Tor drills feature an all-metal, single-sleeve ratcheting chuck with Milwaukee’s own carbide jaws.

Hankuk Introduces Prime Hammer
Atlanta-based Hankuk Enterprise LLC offers the prime hammer, which it says drives nails effortlessly into wood and concrete. According to the company, the prime hammer works by inserting a nail into the cylinder of the piston head. Then, you hit the piston head with another hammer, and the nail is driven directly into the necessary material straight and accurately. The company’s prime hammer can also be used as a regular hammer, screwdriver, pliers, pipe wrench, pinchers, nail puller, broken nail puller, wire tightener and cutter.

DEWALT Laser is Easy to Use
DEWALT’s new DW077 heavy-duty, 18-volt, self-leveling cordless rotary laser is accurate to 1/8-inch per 100 feet and runs off the company’s standard battery system.

According to the Baltimore-based company, the fully automatic DW077 is designed for interior contractors, concrete workers, deck builders, masons, remodelers, glaziers and general contractors who want a self-leveling rotary laser that’s accurate, easy to use, durable and equipped with a bright beam.

Wolfcraft Unveils 6132 Work Station
Wolfcraft Inc. of Itasca, Ill., has introduced the 6132 Work Station, a sturdy platform that supports up to 330 pounds. The unit has strong, rust-resistant powder-coated steel legs that form a sturdy base for two wood top boards. The boards are adjustable, providing a variety of configurations to accommodate many different types of bench top power tools. Then, tools can be clamped onto or screwed into the boards. A lower shelf also is included for convenient storage of accessories. Four slip-resistant pads are included, and a leveling skid device is incorporated into one of the pads to adjust the work station to be level with the floor. 

Penny Beverage is the managing editor of SHELTER magazine.


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