California-based robotics companying suitX recently introduced MAX, a Modular Agile Exoskeleton, to aid physical labor and reduce the risk of injury from the lifting, bending, pulling, and pushing common in many jobs. MAX consists of suitX’s backX, shoulderX, and legX modules working in conjunction to create full-body robotic exoskeletal assistance for industrial, construction, baggage handling, […]
Makita recently introduced Makita ImpactX insert bits and fastening accessories engineered for use with high-torque impact drivers. The new line-up consists of 80 heat-treated and impact-rated items for a total of 180 configurations of fastening accessories including magnetic bit holders, insert bits and power bits, magnetic nut drivers, socket adapters, driver bit sets, and Makita’s […]
We usually receive novel tool innovations from the big manufacturers because they have the resources and expertise to bring them to market. But those innovations that prove successful are judged on the jobsite by the folks whose livelihood is made with tools. Every so often, we run across an improvement that comes to us from […]
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Martin Product Designs (MPD) has introduced the FreeReel, a reel system designed to keep cords and hoses cleaner. It also promises to keep hoses kink- and tangle-free and allow them to rewind faster than other reels. The FreeReel is made for the mobile use, although a wall mount accessory is available. That’s not to say that consumers […]
DeWalt recently announced its new DeWalt BreakAway Reciprocating Saw Blades with a 2-blades-in-1 design that allows users to maximize blade use by breaking away the used section of the blade and reinserting the unused section into the saw. At 0.042-inches thick, the DeWalt BreakAway Reciprocating Saw Blades are engineered with a 14/18 TPI variable tooth pattern and […]
Fresh off our checking out Milwaukee SawZall blade manufacturing, Ryan Rudzinski started off our Milwaukee Hole Saw factory tour with a look at the Hole Dozer bimetal hole saws. In 1992, Milwaukee hole saws were made in their Brookfield, WI facility. During 2004, they moved manufacturing to their Greenwood facility. In 2015 the Hole Dozer was announced. It broke norms by including […]
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Freud recently introduced 7 new Freud CNC router bits optimized for smaller machines making signs, decorative carvings, and detailed inlays in hardwoods, softwoods, aluminum, and plastics. The new bits, which add to the company’s extensive 400-bit offering, feature unique cutting geometries and Perma-Shield non-stick coating. Freud produces carbide for its own bits. “We recognized the fast-growing […]
Bosch recently upgraded the design of its Bosch Impact Tough Bits to keep pace with ever more powerful impact drivers. The upgrade includes impact-rated screw driving bits, double-ended bits, nut setters, and sockets and bit holders. The bits feature Bosch’s Xtended Torsion Zone, designed to absorb torque peaks and reduce breakage by transferring torque stress at […]
The new Fastcap Quick Mandrel gave us and our colleague Tim Johnson of Shop Tool Reviews reason to pause. There have been several innovation changes in hole saw technology when it comes to the mandrel. Typically, mandrels will get stuck to the hole saw if they screwed down too tight, either by the force of […]
We recently made a head-to-head (or maybe tooth-to-tooth) comparison between several different circular saw blades across classes (framing and demo/multi-purpose) where I included the remarkably profound observation that blades are a significant contributing factor to overall saw performance (insert your own sarcastic response here). So it makes sense that we should know more about them to […]
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