Tag Archives: News & Opinion

Is This the End of Sears? It’s a Cloudy Forecast

Is this the end of Sears? It’s the question on everyone’s mind who is keeping up the current news from the retail giant that has been in business for more than 130 years. It started with the closing of stores across the United States and the sale of real property to give the company the […]

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Gas Blowers Versus Battery Powered Blowers

It might not be that time of year yet, but you can see it from here: the time to move leaves, grass clippings, and general detritus from lawns, driveways, and sidewalks. What’s that? You don’t want to rake and sweep all day long for a week? Neither do we, and so joining that aversion with […]

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What Work Gloves Do I Need? A Pro’s Guide

Even though our hands are critical to our jobs, some of us neglect to protect them properly. Unlike exposure injuries like respirable crystalline silica to the lungs, injuries to the hands are immediately apparent. That’s because the hands are home to some of the body’s most dense clusters of nerve endings. These nerve endings allow […]

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Top 5 Tool Upgrades That Need To Happen This Year

There are incremental changes that happen every year. The cordless sector, in particular, has seen huge innovation and growth because of it. While there are some really smart people behind tool technology, I have to admit that I think they’ve overlooked a few areas. Here are my top 5 tool upgrades that need to happen […]

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Jobsite Fail: Contractor Guts the Wrong House

Mistakes and accidents are just part of the jobsite: if you’re going to work, they’re going to happen. We always aim to avoid overt negligence and carelessness, so we have workflow plans, safety procedures, and safety equipment. But that doesn’t cover all bases because a jobsite fail can still happen in communication with the client, […]

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Hitachi Power Tools Sold to Private Equity Firm KKR

We’ve been impressed with the quality and performance that Hitachi Power Tools has brought to the market recently and apparently, we’re not the only ones who’ve taken notice. That quality and performance translated into such robust business that private equity firm KKR recently announced a deal for a majority stake in Hitachi Koki, purchasing the […]

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Ford F-150 Hybrid To Roll Out By 2020

Ford recently unveiled plans to introduce the Ford F-150 Hybrid by 2020 as part of an expansion that will create 700 direct new jobs and is part of a $4.5 billion investment in electrified vehicles. Ford F-150 Hybrid Details The F-150 Hybrid, built at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant, will operate as a mobile generator and be […]

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Husqvarna Miami 2017 Media Event

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 […]

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How to Use a Concrete T Nailer Like a Pro

Pneumatic nail guns have been saving time (and thumbs) since 1950. They are common on jobsites from just after groundbreaking until the final punch list items are completed. Framing nailers build the bones; roofing (or coil nailers more generally) fasten shingles, wraps, and siding; and finish nailers drive the nails that hold trim. Whether any […]

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Why Use a Battery-Powered Chainsaw?

So why use a battery-powered chainsaw over gas or corded models? The reason battery-powered OPE tools are on the rise is because they are much easier, cleaner, and quieter to use than similar tools that run on gasoline or a gas and oil mix. There are obvious health risks related to handling petrochemicals, breathing toxic […]

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