Power Tools

Machines do the bulk of the work, but every fabricator relies on hand-held power tools too. This technology area has information on hand tools for many tasks, from simple to complex.

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Power Tool Institute launches website

January 28, 2016

The Power Tool Institute (PTI), a Cleveland-based organization for power tool safety resources, information, and education, has launched a new website at www.powertoolinstitute.com. Features include mobile compatibility and access to specific safety information for various tool types, including...

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Pneumatic hand tools deliver turbo power to deep recesses in workpieces

January 21, 2016

Suhner offers LRC 20 pneumatic hand tools for grinding, milling, and polishing difficult-to-access areas, such as the leading edges and corners of impellers and the insides of narrow pipes. The tools’ drive provides 20,000 RPM. Exhaust air is directed backwards, protecting the work surface...

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Power feed magnetic drill produces holes up to 1-5/8 in. dia.

January 19, 2016

Hougen Mfg. Inc. has released the power feed HMD927 portable magnetic drill. It drills holes up to 1-5/8 in. dia. and maintains a small, lightweight footprint while offering a high power-to-weight ratio. An LED light is built into the base of the magnet, allowing the operator to line up the...

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Drills can be customized with app

January 5, 2016

Milwaukee® Tool has introduced M18 FUEL™ drill drivers, hammer drills, and compact impacts that can be customized for better control over power, speed, and consistency through the ONE-KEY™ app. These new drilling and fastening systems connect wirelessly to ONE-KEY, allowing users to employ...

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Lightweight, cordless drill fits in tight spaces

January 4, 2016

Festool USA has introduced the lightweight, compact TXS cordless drill. Weighing less than 2 lbs., the tool features a T-handle design, built-in fuel gauge, LED to illuminate the work area, four-bit magnetic storage, removable reversible belt clip, high and low speeds, and multiple-position clutch....

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Compact angle grinder’s slim handle designed for continuous use

November 27, 2015

Fein has introduced the ErgoGrip (rat tail) compact angle grinders with a new, narrow handle, extended toward the rear to help prevent operator fatigue. The slim, convex handle is 4.75 in. long to allow operators to achieve comfortable control, even when wearing heavy welders’ gloves. The...

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Cordless cutoff tool performs grinding, notching

November 23, 2015

Hilti has introduced the third-generation AG 500-A18 cordless cutoff tool, featuring a 5.2-Ah battery and improved electronics for grinding applications. Featuring a keyless quick-change flange and a brushless motor, the unit is equipped with an electronic brake that stops the disc within 1 sec....

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Cordless 6-in. safety brake angle grinder powered by new 18-V battery platform

October 20, 2015

Metabo USA has announced the launch of the WPB18 LTX BL 150 Quick, which the company says is the world’s first 6-in. cordless safety brake angle grinder. The unit can produce nearly 1,000 W of power. Driven by the manufacturer’s second-generation brushless motor, it features an electronic...

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Backstand-style belt grinder offers multiposition contact

October 14, 2015

Kalamazoo Industries has introduced the model BG248 backstand-style belt grinder. It offers multiposition contact from vertical to horizontal and full work movement from left to right. The grinder features a 2- by 48-in. grinding belt with an 8- by 2-in. contact wheel work surface, a 2.75- by...

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Scissor shears’ swiping cut action seals material edges

October 8, 2015

Kett Tool offers the KD-441 scissor shears. The unit’s swiping cut action seals the edges of the cut material, reducing the likelihood of rust or corrosion. The shears use a 5-amp, pistol-grip, variable-speed electric motor that cuts through cold-rolled mild steel up to 24 ga., wire mesh to 18...

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Festool USA wins two Pro Tool Innovation Awards

October 6, 2015

Lebanon, Ind.-based Festool USA has won two Pro Tool Innovation Awards (PTIA) for the TSC 55 cordless track saw and the BHC 18 cordless rotary hammer. The track saw, which won in the 18-V cordless track saw category, can cut through 100 m of sheet goods on a single charge. The rotary hammer,...

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Sonic Tools announces partnership with Mattioli Automotive Group

September 30, 2015

Auburn, Ala.-based Sonic Tools has announced that California’s Mattioli Automotive Group and its Scuderia Corsa team have joined Sonic’s technical partnership program. The Sonic Tools liveried no. 64 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia will compete at the Petit Le Mans 10-hour/1,000-mile...

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Stanley Black & Decker named to the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Index

September 24, 2015

Tools and tool storage provider Stanley Black & Decker, New Britain, Conn., has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for North America for the fifth consecutive year. The company’s overall score increased from 71 last year to 75 this year, which places it above the 80th...

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Cordless grinders fit in compact spaces

September 23, 2015

Suhner Industrial Products has introduced four cordless, compact grinders. Each grinder features an electric motor and an 18-V battery pack with a total capacity of 4 Ah. A detachable particle guard protects the motor from coarse dust. The ASC 9 straight grinder is suitable for work with...

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Southwire acquires assets of Seatek Co.

September 22, 2015

Southwire Co. LLC, Carrollton, Ga., has purchased substantially all the assets of Stamford, Conn.-based Seatek Co. Inc., a manufacturer of hand tools and motorized equipment designed to cut metal-clad and armored cables. The acquisition includes substantially all of Seatek's manufacturing...

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