We love seeing first-hand how tool manufacturers do things. One of the key functions of any manufacturer is distribution. While their Buford manufacturing and assembly plant might have been more tool-tastic, a visit to the brand new Makita Dallas distribution center was also appealing. Just how do you manage and ship tens of thousands of […]
Makita hasn’t traditionally done a lot of media-based events, but lately, they’re getting into the game in some big ways. Earlier this year they made a big debut of the Makita 18V X2 rear handle circular saw and Makita X2 chainsaw at the 2017 World of Concrete show in Vegas. This month, they treated us to some new tools in […]
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The Home Depot ProSpective media event marked the company’s first foray into bringing all their major manufacturing partners together under one roof for the media. Magazines, online publications, and bloggers from all over the country were brought in to check out some of the hottest tools on the market. Before this, we got a chance to see the Home Depot […]
Did you know that The Home Depot had a Home Depot Product Quality & Engineering Laboratory? We didn’t, though once we saw it, we’re not sure how any major retailer of power tools could do without one. Starting the Home Depot Product Quality & Engineering Laboratory Tour Our Home Depot Product Quality & Engineering Laboratory tour started off […]
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We’ve visited several manufacturing facilities over the years, and each gives us a new take on the tool industry. We recently got to check out Milwaukee SawZall blade manufacturing in Greenwood, MS. Of course, they also make Milwaukee Hole Dozer hole saws here and handle a myriad of other tasks. We hadn’t visited a reciprocating saw blade factory […]
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Last year we attended the Husqvarna Silent City 2 event in Sweden. It focused on a discussion of the future of urban parks and landscaping. It attempted to paint a picture of what urban parks and development might look like circa 2030. This Husqvarna Miami 2017 media event was the North America follow-up which brought much of […]
The Bosch Simply Connected Media event opened with a video on…you guessed it: Connectivity. Bosch wants its product lineup to include connected devices, but also so much more. Their tagline was clear: “Simply Connected” and it speaks to this cross-platform, connectivity they’re seeking to achieve. Bosch Simply Connected with Personalization Personalization is the next big part of […]
There’s more to managing a landscaping project than just sending your crews into the field. Are they on-time? Are they sticking to the prescribed limits for noise levels and vibration? Do you have enough tools in the field or too many? A set of apps, hardware, and sensors makes up the Husqvarna Fleet Services system. It creates a unique […]
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Husqvarna’s annual Silent City 2 meeting began with an expanded vision for the future or urban parks. This vision will no doubt grow, and could include rooftops, automated maintenance, and a greater community adoption and shared “ownership”. One thing is for sure, the look of circa 2030 urban parks could be a lot different than we imagine […]
This year, Festool brought their Festool Connect 2016 event back home to their renovated warehouse in Lancaster, Indiana. Festool Connect grew out of an event that initially only targeted dealers. In fact, their first ever event saw 40-80 attendees. Festool thought that perhaps end users might enjoy seeing their tools up close as well, so they expanded the event. […]