In the world of tools a saw that can sit on a workbench and has a handle to pull down for cutting, doesn’t make it a universal saw type. Did you know that chop saw and miter saw are not synonymous? That’s right! Each fills their own industry needs and cuts very different materials.
The Chop Saw
This tool, also known as a cut-off saw, was designed specifically for cutting metal. During its days of origin, professionals didn’t have much faith in a saw’s ability to cut through metal, but with a specific rotational speed and a uniquely designed blade, eventually, the chop saw became a metal industry standard for cutting. The chop saw is designed to cut straight lines and only moves up and down from its fixed position on the saw stand. When looking to cut at an angle, the fence that is fixed to the saw’s base is turned to determine the angle of the cut.
The Miter Saw
A miter saw, found often in woodworking is quite a versatile tool. Much like the name implies, this type of saw can create a miter – in many cases, these saws are dual bevel compound miter saws, which allows them to make many different adjustments to create combination cuts to the material. For example, you can tilt the saw leaning it both left and right creating an angled cut to the cut profile. You can also turn the saw, rotating it left or right away from the 90-degree starting point creating different cutting angles. And when you make adjustments to both the tilt and the rotation of the saw you are able to make a compound cut that is angled in multiple directions.
Though this type of saw is often found in woodworking, the ability to change the blade makes it useful for other materials as well. You can cut things like foam board, PVC, and even non-ferrous metals.
Both the miter saw and the chop saw have a similar design, in their abilities to be lowered to the material being cut, which allows the user a great amount of control. They both also allow for angled cuts, though the setup for creating an angle is done differently with each saw. Each saw serves a great purpose in their intended industry and though you may see both in a workshop, they will each have their own job to do.
Now, what was the difference between those other things?
Properly maintained equipment is important to your business’s operations and the safety of your employees. While your Minnich concrete equipment is built to handle tough and demanding tasks, it still requires attention on a regular basis.
As we grind through the hot summer months, one of the most important things you can do is prepare your concrete dowel pin drills and vibes for next season. Prioritizing equipment maintenance helps to ensure safe and trouble-free operation and can prevent larger repair costs in the future. Keep your equipment in top form with these tips:
PERFORM REGULAR MAINTENANCE
Performing regular maintenance to your concrete drill and vibe will help to minimize repairs, reduce downtime, and help lengthen equipment life.
To maximize operating efficiency, be sure to check the following during maintenance:
- Check the drill oil level. Just like your automobile, proper lubrication is vital to prolonging the life of your hammer drill. Knowing which type of lubrication and how much to use is essential to maximizing performance. There are two ways to check for proper lubrication:
- Rub your finger inside the exhaust deflector of the hammer drill. You should feel a fine oily film.
- There should also be evidence of oil around the collar of the drill steel. Oil shouldn’t be covering these areas, only the fine oily film should be evident.
Minnich dowel drills have adjustment screws to regulate the flow. Please reference your drill product page on our website to watch short instructional videos on how to do this. For additional oil fill tips, Minnich Manufacturing provides step-by-step instructions.
- Inspect hydraulic vibrator motor housings. During an inspection, look for unusual wear patterns. Often, these wear patterns will create pinholes, which allow concrete to enter the vibrator housing and seizes the vibrator head permanently.
- Check hydraulic vibrator’s speeds. These speeds can be checked via a Paving Vibrator Monitoring system or digital tachometer. If your vibe is not performing well, sending the vibe to an authorized repair shop to be checked for slippage would be beneficial. Slippage happens after long exposure to hydraulic pressure. The path of hydraulic fluid could wear a slight groove in the aluminum motor housing which would allow hydraulic oil to slip past the gears in the motor. Another possibility for reduced performance would be if a motor seal wears out. Either way, an authorized repair house would be able to test the amount of slippage, repair the hydraulic motor, and offer a warranty on the vibrator.
- Clean dust collector filter regularly. Cleaning out the system’s filter will help to ensure optimum engine performance. Minnich Manufacturing has incorporated a purge button feature on the dust collection system, which reverses the airflow and blasts air through the filter to help keep the filter clean. Use of the dust collection system in wet environments is not advised as the fine dust on the filter and inside the system will gel and harden.
- Reduce downtime
Potential red flags are often uncovered during maintenance tasks that can be repaired or replaced before it becomes a larger issue. To keep your equipment in top condition, follow the recommended maintenance procedures found in your owner’s manual for your specific drill and vibe. For additional help, or to replace parts, contact your local dealer.
Consider sending in your paving vibrators to your manufacturer for repair early in the winter. Minnich Manufacturing has the expertise and tools to service concrete equipment to help lengthen product life span, helping you get the most from your equipment.
Inspect the saw
Before each use, check the saw over for any damage or defects. Look for issues with the power source, the blade, base plate, and blade guard. If your saw is cordless, make sure you have a fully charged battery.
Check the blade
The blade you are using will depend on the type of material you will be cutting. Regardless of the blade type – check for chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. Never use a blade that is broken, rusted, or dull. If you are replacing the blade, be sure to disconnect the saw from its power supply before you make any changes to the saw blade.
Use a speed square (framing square) as a guide for making crosscuts. Place the blade of the saw at your cut mark, then place the square against the edge of the base plate. Using the square as your straight-line guide, start the saw, bring it to full speed and begin to cut while the base plate travels against the edge of the square.
Kickback from a saw can be very dangerous. The chances of kickback happening are much higher when the material being cut is not supported and causes the material to pinch the saw blade. To reduce saw blade pinching, give your material extra support by placing supports under either side of your cut to prevent the material from falling and creating a pinched space.
Creating a rip cut can often be a much longer cut than a crosscut, this is because a rip cut runs parallel (in the same direction) to the wood grain. Much like using the speed square as a guide for a crosscut, a ply-wood board or even a level clamped to your material can be an ideal guide for making a rip cut. Like the crosscut, line up the saw blade, then place the guide against the base plate to create your cutting guide. The clamps will allow your guide to remain in its place while allowing you to use both hands for handling the saw.
Splintering in wood, when cut happens due to the spin of the blade when the saw is cutting. A circular saw spins from the bottom up, this would create splintering on the side of the material facing up while cutting. To avoid creating splinters in a material of high quality or value, place the backside of the cut facing up so that any splintering will happen on the side of the material that is not visible. If the material being cut will be visible from both sides, place the more visible side down, then for the opposite side, score along the cut line with a utility knife to create an edge that will be free of splinters.
WASHINGTON, March 31—Associated Builders and Contractors and leading tool manufacturer Milwaukee Tool, headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, today announced a strategic partnership that will provide ABC chapters and contractor members with solutions for a safer, profitable and more productive jobsite. Milwaukee Tool is the only manufacturer of power tools, hand tools, storage and accessories to be named as an ABC strategic partner.
“As ABC’s newest strategic partner, Milwaukee Tool joins a group of hand-selected, trusted resources that help ABC members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work,” said Michael Bellaman, ABC president and chief executive officer. “ABC looks forward to working alongside Milwaukee Tool and our six other fantastic strategic partners to further advance the construction industry. This company believes in investing the time to work side by side with contractors to understand the demands of their constantly changing workplace and deliver best-in-class solutions for a safer, more productive jobsite.”
“One-third of ABC chapters already partner with Milwaukee Tool, making this strategic partnership between ABC and Milwaukee a smart one,” said Darrell Hendrix, president of sales for Milwaukee Tool. “For nearly 100 years, it has been our mission to deliver advanced, trade-specific solutions to professional contractors. Through this partnership, we will have even more opportunities to work with ABC members to better understand their needs to continue improving workplace safety and enhancing productivity.”
Not only will Milwaukee Tool collaborate with ABC, its 69 chapters and its six other strategic partners to advance the industry, but the company will also continue as the official tool sponsor of ABC’s National Craft Championships, a relationship begun in 2019. The annual NCC competition celebrates lifelong learning in the merit shop construction industry, with craft trainees from chapter and member training programs across the country competing for national recognition in more than a dozen crafts during the ABC convention.
Associated Builders and Contractors is a national construction industry trade association established in 1950 that represents more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 69 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Visit us at abc.org.
Milwaukee Tool, founded in 1924, is a global leader in delivering innovative solutions to the professional construction trades that offer increased productivity and unmatched durability. Whether it is through their world-leading M12™, M18™, and MX FUEL™ cordless systems, the ground-breaking performance of their M12 and M18 FUEL™ products, jobsite lighting, time-saving accessories, or innovative hand tool and storage products, Milwaukee® is dedicated to delivering a steady stream of advanced, trade-specific solutions. Milwaukee Tool is a Brookfield, Wisconsin-based subsidiary of Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd. (TTI) (HKEx stock code: 669, ADR symbol: TTNDY). For more information on the full line of Milwaukee® products, please call 1-800-SAWDUST or visit www.milwaukeetool.com.
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Husqvarna Group is further expanding its offering in surface preparation through the acquisition of Blastrac
Husqvarna Group’s Construction Division has signed an agreement to acquire Blastrac, a leading provider of surface preparation technologies for the global construction and remediation industry.
“The acquisition of Blastrac strengthens and complements our organic growth ambitions, as we are further expanding into complementary surface preparation solutions. This will enable us to provide customers with a complete range of solutions for any given surface preparation task,” said Henric Andersson, President & CEO, Husqvarna Group.
The Blastrac product portfolio includes high-quality and efficient solutions for shot blasting, scarifying, scraping, grinding & polishing and dust collection. Blastrac’s net sales during last 12 months amounted to approximately SEK 600m. The company has 380 employees globally with manufacturing and sales offices in North America, Europe and Asia with sales in more than 80 countries.
“The acquisition aims to further build and expand our offering in the market for surface preparation. Blastrac’s business fits well into our growth strategy and will enable us to expand to our existing and new customers,” said Karin Falk, President, Construction Division. “In addition, the Blastrac team will bring extensive product and market expertise with these complementary solutions.”
The parties aim at closing the acquisition by the end of 2020. The acquisition is subject to approval by relevant competition authorities.
With many different options on the market, it can be challenging to know what features to look out for when selecting an impact wrench. This guide provides a brief overview of the technology and outlines some simple steps to help you get started.
Get familiar with the mechanics
An impact wrench, also known as an impact driver or an impact gun, is designed to tighten or untighten bolts. It is commonly used in mechanical and industrial applications, for example when changing tires and disassembling car wheels, or performing maintenance on oil platforms. There are electrical, battery-powered, or pneumatic options available, each associated with different benefits and challenges.
The operating principle is relatively simple. An impact mechanism composed of an anvil, an impactor (hammer) and a spring, enables the wrench to tighten and untighten as required. The tool accumulates energy by the hammer cage over one or more revolutions and once the hammer hits the output shaft (anvil), it creates the tightening or untightening torque.
Assess your requirements
It is good to bear in mind that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The desired torque range, power requirements and the impact mechanism’s design may vary depending on the job. As the latter affects the weight, vibration, speed and durability of the tool, it can have a considerable impact on user comfort and suitability for the task. To start the selection process, first consider:
- What are you looking for in a tool: is it power, efficiency, ergonomics, freedom of movement, or multi-purpose use?
- Your environment: how are you going to power the tool?
- The torque: range and precision, what does your application require?
- The ergonomics of the product: are the vibration and sound levels, the tool design and the proposed accessories a good fit for the job?
- The clutch type: is the mechanism capable of delivering the power you require?
- The weight and material of the tool: will it be easy to use over long periods and is the material a good match for your working environment?
Take a closer look at tool design
The design of the tool can play a key role in improving productivity. For example, a well-positioned center of gravity is a great benefit, as it enables better support over extended periods, while different handle shapes and trigger positionings can improve user comfort.
Remember that material matters
The material of the tool is another critical consideration. Metallic tools are usually more robust, but also heavy to use over long periods. Composite tools, on the other hand, are much lighter, enabling better maneuverability, but the material has made them less durable. Fortunately, advancements in material development over the last decade have improved the mechanical resistance of composite, improving its strength and making it a good alternative to metal in many applications.
It is good to remember that the clutch housing and the body of the tool can be made of different materials. When you compare tools, make sure you check which part is composite and which is metal. As a rule of thumb, impact wrenches larger than ¾” tend to be made of metal.
Christophe Roland, Product Marketing Manager at Chicago Pneumatic
Get the torque level right
Always choose a tool with a maximum torque that is superior to the torque needed for your application. This will reduce the time you spend using the tool and the vibrations you are subjected to. The graph below illustrates the different torque values commonly found in manufacturers’ catalogs.
Do you use the right impact wrench?
- Tool torque range
- Optimal torque: Looking at this torque range, this tool is the best choice, ensuring the best productivity ratio. Ideal for intensive use.
- Working torque: Make sure the torque you need for your application is covered in the tool’s working torque range.
- Maximum torque: For a frequent use at this torque level, we recommend choosing a more powerful tool for more productivity and operator comfort.
Beware of overtightening! In some applications, for example when changing tires in small vehicles or trucks, tightening requires precision and torque control. Using tools with torque limited functions, coupled with a torque wrench, will optimize the application without overtightening and damaging the studs.
Christophe Roland, Product Marketing Manager at Chicago Pneumatic
Review bolt size
You can identify the ideal tool square by looking at the size of the thread. If the square is too small compared to the thread, it will not be suitable and is likely to break. However, if the square is too large, it will be too strong and break the screw when tightening it.
Do not ignore ergonomics, sound and vibration
It is vital to pay attention to factors that affect user safety and ergonomics, such as the sound level and vibration. The sound level is usually governed by the ISO15744 standard and the lower the value, the safer the user experience. The same goes for vibration levels, usually governed by ISO28927: lower vibration levels equal a safer and more comfortable user experience. Some impact systems are designed to enable low vibration levels and safety and comfort can also be further enhanced with the use of vibration-absorbing gloves.
By considering these seven points you will improve safety associated with using tools in the workplace, therefore protecting operators. An additional benefit to these responsible practices is that you will improve efficiency too!
Noise and vibration levels are factors to consider when choosing the tool to use for your application. Usually, when using keys below ¾”, operators are more sensitive to noise. However, above 3/4”, vibrations are more important to ponder.
Christophe Roland, Product Marketing Manager at Chicago Pneumatic
Try it out
Knowing what you need to consider when looking for the right impact wrench for your application is a good start, but sometimes reviewing technical values is not enough to enable a well-informed purchase decision. To ensure the tool can meet your needs, it is always a good idea to discuss your requirements with the manufacturer and request a trial. Trying the tool out in your target application will give you confidence that it is a good fit for the task, the environment and ultimately, the way you work.
JET® is announcing the launch of the next generation of Air Tools. This launch encompasses nearly 2 years of research and development to give you a line of Air Tools you can be proud to own.
Here are some of the features of the New JET Air Tools:
- Improved ergonomics
- Higher torques
- Expanded Die Grinder line with updated features
- Fresh offering of Angle Grinders with improved features
- New catalog
- Updated website
Stop in at The Power Tool Store to check out some of these great new products once they are released in mid-October.
Originally posted on ToolNerds.com.
There is growing demand for cordless alternatives to gas-powered outdoor power equipment. Makita is meeting demand with an expanding line of cordless OPE, including the 18V X2 LXT® (36V) Cordless 14” Top Handle Chain Saw Kit (model XCU08PT). With zero emissions, lower noise, and considerably less maintenance than gas-powered chain saws, the XCU08PT is a welcome solution for cutting and trimming applications. The compact top-handle design makes it ideal for the professional tree care industry.
Powered by two 18V LXT® batteries for maximum power, speed and run-time, the XCU08PT is easy to start by simply loading the 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion Batteries and powering on. The XCU08PT has a variable speed trigger and high chain speed (0-4,720 FPM) for increased cutting speed, with torque boost mode for cutting dense material.
It has zero emissions and reduced maintenance: there’s no engine oil to change, no spark plug to replace, no air filter or muffler to clean, and there’s no need to drain the fuel for storage. With the Makita® Outer Rotor Brushless Motor with direct-drive system, users get high power efficiency. Other convenience features include adjustable automatic chain lubrication, built-on lock-off lever to help prevent the chain from accidentally engaging, an electric brake for maximum productivity, and more.
It’s part of Makita’s expanding 18V LXT System, the world’s largest cordless tool system powered by 18V lithium-ion slide-style batteries. Makita® 18V Lithium-Ion Batteries have the fastest charge times in their categories, so they spend more time working and less time sitting on the charger.
For improved tool performance and extended battery life, Makita created Star Protection Computer Controls™. Star Protection is communication technology that allows the Star Protection-equipped tool and battery to exchange data in real time and monitor conditions during use to protect against overloading, over-discharging and overheating. For increased versatility, the tool can also be powered by Makita 18V LXT® and Compact Lithium-Ion Batteries with the star symbol on the battery indicating Star Protection inside.
- Makita-built Outer Rotor BL™ Brushless Motor direct-drive system provides power equivalent to a 30cc gas chain saw
- Variable speed trigger and high chain speed (0-3,940 FPM) for improved cutting performance
- Torque boost mode powers through thick or hard branches
- Two 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion batteries deliver 36V power and performance without leaving the 18V LXT® platform
- Includes 14″ sprocket nose guide bar and 3/8 pitch, .043″ gauge chain
- Captured bar nut and lateral chain tensioning for convenient operation and maintenance
- Adjustable automatic chain lubrication with large oil reservoir
- Large oil filling port with view window allows operator to easily add and check bar oil level
- Built-in L.E.D. on/off switch with auto power-off function; automatically shuts the saw off after 60 seconds for extended battery life
- Built-in lock-off lever helps prevent the chain from accidentally engaging
- Low noise level and zero emissions for operator comfort
- Rubberized soft grip top handle is engineered for the user to more easily apply even cutting pressure
- Equipped with Star Protection Computer Controls™ to protect against overloading, over-discharging and over-heating
- Features Extreme Protection Technology (XPT™) which is engineered to provide increased dust and water resistance in harsh job site conditions
- 3-year limited warranty on tool, battery and charger
- Only use genuine Makita batteries and chargers
It may be the first day of Fall here but that only means Winter is around the corner. Extreme weather, whether it be thunder/lighting storms or blizzards can occur when you least expect it. Download our Emergency Preparedness Checklist to ensure you are ready no matter when an emergency strikes. Click here to download the checklist now.
M18 FUEL™ is engineered for the most demanding tradesmen in the world. Delivering unrivaled performance in a compact structure, all M18 FUEL™ products feature three MILWAUKEE® exclusive innovations – the POWERSTATE™ Brushless Motor, REDLITHIUM™ Battery Pack and REDLINK PLUS™ Intelligence Hardware and Software – that deliver unmatched power, run-time and durability. Simply put, The MILWAUKEE® M18 FUEL™ Outdoor Power Equipment delivers the best combination of power and run-time, outperforming higher voltage platforms.
MILWAUKEE, WI- By harnessing the portable productivity, performance and run-time that they can deliver through M12 FUEL™ technology*, Milwaukee introduces the M12 FUEL™ 1/4″ Right Angle Die Grinder. The first cordless right angle die grinder that delivers the size and performance professional service mechanics demand, this new tool offers up to 0.3 HP performance, 4-Mode RPM control, and the mobility to fit in the tightest spaces.
As with all M12 FUEL™ products, the new tool features three Milwaukee®-exclusive innovations — the POWERSTATE™ Brushless Motor, REDLITHIUM™ Battery Pack and REDLINK PLUS™ Intelligence Hardware and Software— to provide users with the ability to remove material faster, and with more power, than pneumatic.
Milwaukee’s POWERSTATE™ Brushless motor delivers 0.3 HP motor output, making this tool more powerful than the most common 0.25 HP pneumatic die grinders. A 4-Mode RPM control and responsive variable speed trigger allow users unmatched control. In addition, the cordless technology in this tool removes the need for compressors and hoses, and their associated daily maintenance.
Without the constraints of hoses or compressors, users can utilize this tool almost anywhere they can fit it – providing unparalleled mobility and overall productivity.
The new M12 FUEL™ Right Angle Die Grinder joins the M12™ Cordless System, the largest sub-compact system on the market, focused on delivering industry-leading durability and power in the tightest spaces. Currently the M12™ System is made up of more than 90 solutions.
*M12 FUEL™ power tools are designed, engineered, and built to deliver extreme performance and productivity. All M12 FUEL™ products feature three Milwaukee®-exclusive innovations—the POWERSTATE™ Brushless Motor, REDLITHIUM™ Battery Pack and REDLINK PLUS™ Intelligence Hardware and Software—that deliver unmatched power, run-time and durability on the jobsite. Simply put, M12 FUEL™ tools are the most powerful sub-compact cordless tools in their class.
M12 FUEL™ 1/4″ Right Angle Die Grinder Kit (2485-22)
- RPM: 0 – 24,500
- 4-Mode RPM Control
- Power Output: 0.3 HP
- Collet Size: 1/4″
- Length: 4.5”
- Weight w/ battery: 1.7 lbs
- 5-year tool warranty, 2-year battery warranty
Includes M12 FUEL™ 1/4” Right Angle Die Grinder, (2) M12™ REDLITHIUM™ CP2.0 Battery Packs, M12 Charger, (2) Wrenches, and Contractor Bag.
*Also available as bare tool (2485-20)
About Milwaukee Tool
Milwaukee Tool, founded in 1924, is a global leader in delivering innovative solutions to the professional construction trades that offer increased productivity and unmatched durability. Whether it is through their world-leading M12™ and M18™ cordless systems, the ground-breaking performance of their M12 and M18 FUEL™ products, jobsite lighting, time-saving accessories, or innovative hand tool and storage products, Milwaukee is dedicated to delivering a steady stream of advanced, trade-specific solutions. Milwaukee Tool is a Brookfield, Wisconsin-based subsidiary of Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd. (TTI) (HKEx stock code: 669, ADR symbol: TTNDY). For more information on the full line of Milwaukee® products, please call 1-800-SAWDUST or visit www.milwaukeetool.com.
In this new video from ChemMasters, find out how to solve some of the most common problems when dealing with decorative & stamped concrete.
The experts at ChemMasters includes:
- Best practices for fixing common sealing problems on decorative & stamped concrete
- Repair bubbles & Whitening
- Repair uneven application including roller marks and sprayer marks
- Repair over application of solvent based acrylic coatings.
Contact us at The Power Tool Store for more information on ChemMaster products.
A new product we’re very excited to introduce at The Power Tools is the Cuz-D Straight Flush Saw. The Cuz-D Straight Flush Saw not only cuts straight and flush, it can multi-task like a contractor on his fifth cup of coffee. It can undercut, plunge cut, bevel cut, nose cut, and much more. It can even tackle a 6-inch beam in two passes. If only every helper on the job site worked this hard. Check out the video below to see this incredible tool in action.
The Cuz-D SFS-85 is a “Worm” drive saw that:
- Can be used as an undercut saw
- Has the most versatile bevel range (Max 65 degrees; Min: -5 degrees)
- Can lock & rotate the rear handle (45 & 90 degrees)
- Has a trigger activated lower guard
- Has a retractable front deck
- Has a built-in rip guide
The Cuz-D gets jobs done faster. It’s that simple. It’s more versatile, higher performing, and can do the work of seven different saws. The result? You cut your work time in half, saving you time and money.
Contact The Power Tool Store at 920-336-7440 or email us at [email protected] for more information and pricing on this fantastic tool.
As is often the case, when you upgrade a Makita cordless power tool you’re inevitably left with old batteries. Sometimes you can solve this issue by modifying your new tool to accept the old battery, but do you really want to be doing that to your brand new tool. Instead, you can very easily modify the old battery so it will work with your new tool, keep it in the great condition you have it in plus the benefit of having additional power sources available from your old batteries.
Check out the below step by step guide on how to convert those old batteries.