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Plasma Cutter Lunchbox

December 4, 2009 3:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. (Appleton, WI) introduces the Spectrum 875, a compact plasma cutter in the 60-amp category, weighing in at just 52 lbs. and with dimensions of 13.75” by 8.5” by 18”, no more than a lunch box. Despite the compact size, the 875 offers a cut rating of 7/8” on mild steel at 10” per minute (ipm).

Keep Your Welding Fingers

December 4, 2009 3:23 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The MagTab from Strong Hand Tools (Pico Rivera, CA) is designed to hold tabs in place before tack welding. The magnetic, adjustable V-shaped base of the MagTab allows the tool to securely hold against round, square, or angled surfaces, allowing any small metal part to be held in place.

Magnetic Drilling With Safety In Mind

December 1, 2009 6:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hougen Manufacturing (Flint, MI) has launched a new line of portable magnetic drills, upgrading the long-standing HMD914 with a lightweight body and an ergonomic handle. In addition, the HMD914S features a swivel base drill-to-magnet coupling that provides versatility and precise positioning, which makes it ideal for challenging fabrication or jobs involving horizontal or overhead drilling.

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Not A Spark In Sight

November 30, 2009 10:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

The non-sparking, non-magnetic Hand Tools from CS Unitec (Norwalk, CT) are manufactured from aluminum-bronze or copper-beryllium and meet ATEX regulations for safe use in areas where hazardous, flammable, or combustible vapors, liquids, dusts, or residues may be present.

Adjustable Angle Grinder

November 30, 2009 10:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

FEIN Power Tools (Pittsburgh, PA) has recently launched its new line of WS 14 compact angle grinder, including a feature called TipStar, which offers a switchless power option. The range of WS 14 range grinders covers the 5” to 6” grinding bandwidth. The WSG 14-70 E can be easily adjusted between 2,500 rpm and 7,000 rpm.

Keep Rust At Bay

November 23, 2009 5:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Birchwood Casey (Eden Prairie, MN) now offers a full line of aqueous and solvent-based inhibitors and sealants to prevent rust and corrosion on metal surfaces. The solvent-based inhibitors offer 50 to 300 hours of salt spray protection, making it ideal for raw steel/casting inventory, in-process parts, or parts in long-term storage.

Spray Can Tools

November 23, 2009 5:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CAN-GUN1 from SafeWorld (Ashland, OR) is a new spray can tool that features the FullGrip trigger. The CAN-GUN1 has earned a 97 percent approval rating from National Street Machine Club members and a 99 percent approval rating from the Handyman Club of America, making it the only spray can handle to ever receive the “Handyman Member-Tested Seal of Approval.

Spray Can Tools

November 23, 2009 5:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CAN-GUN1 from SafeWorld (Ashland, OR) is a new spray can tool that features the FullGrip trigger. The CAN-GUN1 has earned a 97 percent approval rating from National Street Machine Club members and a 99 percent approval rating from the Handyman Club of America , making it the only spray can handle to ever receive the “Handyman Member-Tested Seal of Approval.

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Pulling Is A One-Man Job

November 16, 2009 10:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Industrial Pulley Puller (Marion, IA) is the portable, one-man hydraulic tool that removes any object from a shaft in minutes without torches, hammers, or crowbars. According to the company, the Hydraulic Industrial Pulley Puller makes the entire process an easy job for just one person.

Tough Cyanoacrylate

November 16, 2009 10:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Permabond’s (Somerset, NJ) 791 adhesive is a surface insensitive cyanoacrylate, ideal for applications involving close-fitting components, and meets the specifications for Commercial Standard A-A-3098 Type II Class I. Permabond 791 has a high tensile strength and a very high shear strength, lending it to applications that previously required a slower-curing structural adhesive.

Durable Electronic Cutters

November 16, 2009 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Techni-Tool (Worcester, PA) announces the Tec-Cut Infinity Elite fine electronics pliers and cutters. The six new micro-cutter models can cut electronic wires from 18 to 20 AWG, and have a micro-sized head for fitting into tight spaces. Cutter heads are available in oval and tapered styles, with a choice of semi-flush, flush, and full-flush cuts.

Oxygen-Safe Sealing

November 12, 2009 6:14 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The MH052 pipe sealant from Permabond Engineering Adhesives (Somerset, NJ) has BAM approval for use in oxygen-rich environments (up to 145 psi and 140°F) due to its unique, stable formation. Normally, anaerobic sealants cannot be used in oxygen-rich environments due to instability, which could cause fire or explosions.

As Clear As Grease

November 12, 2009 6:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lubrication Engineers, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX) adds to its growing arsenal of reliability solutions with its new Clear Grease Guns, a simple, cost-effective solution for avoiding costly grease cross-contamination errors. Clear Grease Guns ensure 100 percent visual grease identification.

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Protect Your Conduits

November 6, 2009 10:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

The OCAL-BLUE Form 8 PVC-coated cast-iron conduit body from Thomas & Betts (Memphis, TN) now carries the UL Type 4X and NEMA Type 4X ratings on sizes up to two inches. These ratings assure conduit protection and corrosion-resistant performance in wash-down areas and outdoor environments.

Labeling Is OK

November 3, 2009 9:40 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Brady Worldwide, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI) is releasing its new 5S Marking Supplies, designed to help lean manufacturers organize their workplace, control space usage, and manage inventory. According to the company, its marking tools can help a company improve workflow and reduce downtime by giving every tool a clearly designated location.

High-Pressure Pipe Cleaners

November 2, 2009 7:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Two new Typhoon 10 rotating water jet nozzles from NLB Corp. clean pipes as small as 5/8” in diameter. The 24-10 is ideal for applications requiring water pressure of up to 24,000 psi, while the Typhoon 15-10 is for pressures up to 15,000 psi. These self-propelling nozzles rotate at up to 7,000 rpm with a maximum flow of 10 gpm.

Truly Mobile Cleaning

November 2, 2009 7:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hosty (Camas, WA) introduces the Trail Blazer mobile cleaning trailer for on-site or in the field cleaning. The Trail Blazer is a rugged single axle trailer unit with a 200-gallon water tank. Users can select from over 10 gas-powered pressure washers, ranging from 3 to 5.

Harness The Power Of Water

November 2, 2009 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Guardair Corporation (Chicopee, MA) have announced the addition of two new sizes to their HydroForce Power Wash Gun family: 1/2” and 3/8”. The HydroForce combines compressed air and water, resulting in an air/water jet stream perfect for heavy-duty cleaning. The power washer is designed to operate on compressed air supplied by either an in-plant or 185 tow-behind compressor, and standard municipal utility water.

Get Coupled

November 2, 2009 3:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new EZ-Lock Spindle Coupling Kits from Brookfield Engineering (Middleboro, MA) are now available for the Helipath Stand, DIN Adapter, Thermosel, and the Vane Spindle Set. The Spindle Coupling allows technicians to easily attach and detach spindles, and features of the individual kits include: A UL Adapter for low viscosity materials.

Look Cool While Welding

November 2, 2009 3:02 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Kimberly-Clark Professional (Roswell, GA) has added four new graphic designs to its Jackson-brand Halo X welding helmets. Welders can select the helmet design, auto darkening filter, and graphics to meet their specific needs and preferences. According to the company, individualized choices can help improve compliance, helping to ensure worker safety, maximizing performance, and enabling workers to exhibit a personal style on the job.

Designed To Be Struck

October 29, 2009 7:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Snap-On Industrial (Kenosha, WI) has expanded its lines of heavy-duty striking wrenches and 1” Drive Flank Drive impact sockets. The striking wrenches range from 13/16” to 4-5/8” and feature the company’s Flank Drive design. A dense, rectangular beam helps maintain rigidity and transfers more power.

Lock Any Thread

October 27, 2009 9:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Loctite 2047 is a new high lubricity threadlocker from Henkel Corportation (Rocky Hill, CT), and has been designed to ensure maximum performance on fasteners greater than 7/8” in diameter. 2047 works both as a lubricant that reduces friction, and as an adhesive/sealant that eliminates loosening, maintains clamp load, and prevents corrosion.

Playing Fetch With Magnetics

October 27, 2009 9:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Industrial Magnetics, Inc. (Boyne City, MI) has added the HDR3045 heavy-duty magnetic retriever to its line of products. The HDR3045 has been designed for retrieving broken drill bits from oil or water wells, but captures metal objects from any wet or dry area that requires large lifting capacity in a small package.

Cleaning The Toughest Tubes

October 26, 2009 10:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The automated water jet system from NLB Corp. (Wixom, MI) features five rigid lances, each with a specially-designed nozzle to deliver high-pressure water (up to 20,000 psi) to clear tubes of hardened debris. The powerful hydraulics on the ATL-5000 inserts the five lances at a rate of 39” per second.

Belt Drive Is Better

October 26, 2009 10:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Steam Jenny (Somerset, PA), a division of Jenny Products Inc., has introduced four new models of belt-drive cold pressure washers, which provide a longer pump life than direct-drive units. The washers are powered by 9 or 13 horsepower Honda GX Series engines, with pressure ratings between 3,000 and 4,000 psi and flow rates between 3 and 4 gpm.

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