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DeWalt adds Impact Ready accessories PDF Print E-mail

DeWalt adds six Impact Ready accessories optimized for use with DeWalt impact drivers:

• 18GA shear attachment for cutting metal

• Right-angle flexible shaft holder with easy bit change design

• Holder with a slim design for high visibility

• Carbide-tipped masonry bits with flute design for fast material removal

• Combination drill/tap bits

• Titanium bits that resist breakage and have a Pilot Point tip that drills on contact

Other new accessories:

• 10X carbide hole saws that cut stainless steel with a 10X longer life vs. DeWalt standard bi-metal hole saws in 16GA stainless steel

• XP ceramic thin and ultra-thin wheels

• XP ceramic flap discs

• Industrial Cobalt drill bits that combine optimized bit geometry with a Pilot Point tip and patented core for 4X longer life in stainless steel vs. black oxide bits

• Laminate saw blades with synthetic polycrystalline diamond-tipped teeth that provide 100x longer life on average when compared to competitive carbide tooth blades in laminate flooring


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Nonresidential construction improves for third month in a row PDF Print E-mail

Nonresidential construction spending expanded in October for the third consecutive month (September's estimate was revised higher than August's) according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) December 1, 2015. Nonresidential construction spending totaled $701.8 billion in October on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, a 1 percent increase on a monthly basis and an 11 percent increase on a yearly basis.

Private sector nonresidential construction spending added 0.6 percent for the month, reaching a total of $403.4 billion. Nonresidential spending in the public sector gained 1.4 percent from September, totaling $298.4 billion.

"The data tell a simple story: October was a strong month for nonresidential construction spending," says Anurban Basu, ABC chief economist. "Interestingly, in October, publicly financed construction spending expanded more rapidly than private construction spending, representing a stark reversal from prior years when construction's recovery was motivated almost exclusively by private spending growth. There is reason to believe that public finances will continue to improve, which should help bolster nonresidential construction's fortunes into 2016.


New anchors for concrete, wood PDF Print E-mail

Simpson Strong-Tie adds a Hollow Drop-In Anchor and a Wood Rod Hanger to its line. The Hollow Drop-In Anchor (HDIA) is an internally threaded, flush-mount anchor for use in hollow materials such as concrete masonry units (CMU) and hollow-core plank, as well as in solid base materials such as brick, normal-weight and lightweight concrete. It is suitable for suspending conduit, cable trays, pipe supports, fire sprinklers and suspended lighting into concrete, as well as handrails into CMU. The internally threaded design allows for easy bolt removal. Available in ¼” to 5/8” sizes.

The Wood Rod Hanger is a one-piece fastening system for suspending 1/4” or 3/8” threaded rod to suspend threaded rod in overhead applications from wood members; horizontal rod hangers are available for installation into the side of joists, columns and overhead members. They feature a Type 17 tip for fast installation starts with no pre-drilling, and also provide attachment points for use in pipe hanging, fire protection, electrical conduit and cable-tray applications. A custom-matched nut driver is also available as an accessory, which sets the rod hangers to optimal depth every time.

For more information, visit www.strongtie.com/anchors

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Exoskeleton boosts worker strength and stamina PDF Print E-mail

BAE Systems introduced the OLAD O-ARmX orthotic load assistance device at the 2015 STAFDA trade show. It features an Equipos ZeroG arm that offers a practical portable solution to carrying heavy loads or performing repetitive motions in jobs, transferring the tool or payload weight to the ground and minimizing worker stresses and strains.

The unit operates on two 28-volt rechargeable batteries and retails for about $15,000. BAE Systems representatives report their target audience is rental houses and distributors for customer rentals; but once production is established, it estimates costs could drop to $10,000/unit.

It claims the unit can help workers do jobs they are not physically capable of doing because it transfers the tool or load weight to the ground. It can operate nine hours in a stationary position or up to 2.5 hours in the mobile mode with a 100-lb. load


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Porter-Cable adds finish nailer and narrow-crown stapler PDF Print E-mail

Porter-Cable introduces its line of 20V MAX* Li-ion cordless finish tools that feature an 18 GA brad nailer and an 18 GA narrow crown stapler. These tools eliminate the need for big noisy compressors, hoses or costly fuel cartridges.

The tools are purpose-built to complete finishing applications ranging from baseboards and crown molding to cabinet and furniture assembly. The 18 GA Brad Nailer has a fastener length capacity of 5/8” to 2” and a magazine capacity of 100 nails. The nailer is capable of driving up to 1300 nails per charge using a 4.0 amp-hour Porter –Cable battery (sold separately), and up to 450 nails per charge using a 1.5-amp-hour Porter-Cable battery (included in kitted offering).



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