Volume 415, Issue 6 - August 2006

Product Focus

Lift Loads Faster and Easier
The new universal Multi-Tool from inventor Dan Langsford of Saskatchewan, Canada, allows one to lift and carry all types of objects that are heavy and hard to grip. The tool is designed to save time, space and money.
The tool is a one-handed device that grabs and grips firewood, car batteries, cement blocks, and other building materials that are hard to grip and carry. It can be used indoors or outdoors all year long and can be used as a gripping tool. 

Cross Joint Milling from STEGHERR
STEGHERR, a company based in Germany, has developed the Cross Joint Milling Machine with six milling spindles. The new machine can perform end-scribing of the sash bars, cutting to length of sash bars, glazing bars and sash bar frames. It can also drill fastening holes and classic cross joint.
The different work stations can be mounted horizontally or vertically. The new machine control ensures easy operation, both in the manual and in the online mode, according to the company. 

Ensure a Grand Finish with Stairtek
Stairtek, a company based in Newport, Ky., is offering homeowners unfinished stair treads, risers and trim in many exotic species, including standard red oak, white oak, black walnut, hickory, Santo mahogany, hard maple, Brazilian cherry, American cherry, white ash and quarter-sawn oak. The company sorts treads and risers by grain patterns so each component for a project appears similar. 
The company also provides pre-finished stair systems, as well as unfinished stair systems, which include regular treads, return-mitered treads, starting treads, risers, nosing and cove mouldings.

Fastener for Fast Tightening
Zipbolt of Australia has developed a new fastener for the stair industry which is being distributed by Horner Millwork of Somerset, Mass. 
Zipbolt Rail Bolt uses the same configuration for bolts commonly used in the industry, with the added use of a heavy-duty threaded insert, bolt and a gear driven nut assembly that simplifies joining parts together. Using a gear driver, the installer no longer has to fit a nut and wrench into a 1-inch hole. The gear driver is inserted into any ratchet-style handle that makes tightening the bolt into position easy.
Any 8 millimeter hex key or 8 millimeter hex tip that fits into a drill may be used to tighten the insert.

Keeping it Simple
Wausau, Wis.-based Kolbe Windows & Doors’ new push-out casement window is based on classic simplicity in window design. The new window swings open with a simple release of a lever.
The window features an optional interior-swinging wood framed screen with hinges. A stainless steel four-bar friction hinge allows the window to open to a full 90 degrees for room-side cleaning of the exterior glass surface. It is available with a single- or multi-point lock option. 
The new product is available in the company’s all-wood and extruded aluminum exterior in various wood species and finishes.

Get Knotty Alder Doors in the Estancia Series™
GlassCraft Door Co. has unveiled its Estancia Series™ of knotty alder doors. The door series offers a rugged look with a natural woodgrain, enhanced with rich wood knots combined with the aesthetic elegance and rustic charm to complement a range of architectural styles.
The company says its new series has an impressive range of options and finishes, including six finish colors in both standard and distressed finish options. Some of the doors offer a selection of decorative beveled insulating glass, while others may be ordered with handmade wrought iron grilles.

Get Started with Starter Stair Shop Program
Merrick Machine Co. (Triad/Ruvo) of Alda, Neb., has introduced its new Starter Stair Shop program for the component industry. The program is comprised of the Template Stair Router (TSR) and Staircase Assembly Clamp allowing current non-stair builders to get into the business.

The TSR is designed to provide years of service with simple operation. An operator can load two 2- by 10- or 2- by 12-inch stringers, set up the adjustable rise, run, and nose clearance quickly and start routing. Two heavy-duty 3 ¼-horsepower, single phase routers can cut both stringers simultaneously with the template-guided stair profiles, or the operator can choose to cut the top or bottom stringer only. Triad’s TSR can accommodate standard profiles, no riser profiles and split stringer configurations. It features mechanically-aided material indexing, quick changing templates and composite followers.

Also from the company is the new Ruvo 930 Hercules Door Machine. The door, hinge jamb and strike jamb are all machined simultaneously with this new interior/exterior door machine.

An interfaced touch screen allows for a quick change to machine doors of different dimensions. The touch screen reveals the cycle time for each function performed, and monitors the status of the bits. Lineal bearing on the router bar and router delivers a consistent smooth operation, according to the company.

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