Volume 47, Issue 5 - June 2008

The Next Big Thing

For Pre-Hangers
Door-Specific Software
Door pre-hangers need good pre-hanging software. WoodWare Systems of Memphis, Tenn., has a new graphical module that offers a door-specific solution. WoodWare is designed especially for companies that pre-hang doors and handle special-order doors, windows and other millwork products. Configured Order Entry allows for point-and-click selection of pictures and options for door units, window units and other products. It’s available on WoodWare’s Version 6 relational database system. 

WoodWare manages inventory control, purchasing, production, accounting, quoting, order entry, warehouse management, dispatch and delivery, document management and more.  www.woodwaresystems.com

Hardware
Lock it UpThe 
“Manhattan,” a new handle that is designed to work with the Roto TITAN™ sliding patio door locking system, is now available from Roto Frank of America Inc. 

The Manhattan handle features an ergonomic design for maximum comfort and inside mounting screws that are side mounted for a cleaner appearance. An optional exterior locking escutcheon that offers enhanced security is also new to the TITAN line. It is available with the new Manhattan handle as well as the “Malibu” style handle that’s offered currently by Roto. 

TITAN, which meets AAMA specifications, is available in three standard colors, G2 white, blue white and almond, as well as seven architectural finishes including brass, antique brass, chrome, brushed chrome, oil rubbed bronze, pewter and brushed nickel. Custom colors, custom handles and custom logos on the escutcheon are available upon request.4 www.rotohardware.com 

Historical Style—
Modern Construction
Shutters are a big part of historical architecture. But homeowners aren’t interested in ancient materials and the associated upkeep. Next time one of your builders drops off a set of plans for a historically-styled project, introduce them to Atlantic Premium Shutters™. These historically accurate shutters have earned approval from review boards in historically sensitive areas like Charleston, S.C., and Baltimore’s Ft. McHenry.

They are built from marine-grade fiberglass, high density PVC and proprietary composite wood. The Wixom, Mich.-based company’s info says its shutters won’t crack or rot, and there’s no sanding, repainting or termite worry. The finish is backed by a 15-year warranty, and storm-rated options are available.4 www.atlanticpremiumshutters.com 

Tools
Tough Cutting
Cutting cured and reinforced concrete, roofing tile, brick and masonry materials requires a tough blade. Bosch’s SpeedWave™ Diamond Blades are designed for the job and the company recently expanded its offerings. Now the Mount Prospect, Ill.-based company is offering a 7 ¼-inch blade with a diamond arbor knockout that allows users to not only cut with an angle grinder, but also with any worm drive circular saw. So what makes this company’s blades so special? Company officials say it’s due to unique features, including a wave-shaped ridge along both sides of each segment that significantly reduces blade friction and drag. The design also helps clear dust faster for better overall performance. There’s a center Cooling Disc that uses the blade’s rotation to draw in air and then evenly distribute it, allowing the blade surface to cool, increasing its life.4 www.boschspeedwave.com

Give Them What They Want
DeWALT 
conducted jobsite research that showed your customers want more options in handle design and grip. So the company went back to the drawing board and designed the DWD110K and DWD112—two versions of its 3/8-inch drill, one with a mid-handle grip and the other with a pistol grip.

Company information says these corded drills are designed to provide professional contractors with increased levels of power, durability and comfort to complete heavy-duty applications. DeWALT equipped the drills with a larger, more powerful motor than past models and 0- to 2,500-RPM settings for increased reliability and performance. A DWD115K model offers 8.0 amps of power and features a durable all-metal keyless ratcheting chuck offering users effective bit retention.4 www.dewalt.com 


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