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Chop Saw vs Miter Saw

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.

Milwaukee cut off saw, in use

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Milwaukee Miter Saw in use

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?

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.

Black Friday Sales & Savings

It’s that time of the year again & while this Black Friday may look a lot different than past ones, we still wanted to make sure you had the opportunity to get in on some great deals! We have featured discounts and deals on:

  • Powermatic & Jet Woodworking
  • Laguna
  • Dewalt
  • Milwaukee
  • Makita
  • Husqvarna
  • …and MORE!

Check out the full details below and if a particular deal isn’t offered online, simply give us a call or send an email and we’ll make sure you’re taken care of.

2020 Great Tool Festival

Week Long Sales Event – October 5th – October 9th

Factory Reps in Store Thursday, October 8th

The Great Tool Festival & Open House is the biggest event we hold at The Power Tool Store. We will be doing things a bit differently this year in that instead of just two days of deals, you’ll be getting an ENTIRE WEEK of great deals and savings from October 5th to October 9th. Additionally on Thursday, October 8th we will have select factory reps in the store.

During this week long event we’ll have some of the best deals you’ll ever see on everything from drills to generators and circ saws to snow blowers. You’d be hard pressed to find better deals on power tools and equipment from leading manufacturers like Milwaukee, DeWalt, Generac, Makira, Husqvarna, Paslode and others anywhere else in the Northeast Wisconsin and beyond during this event.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we are encouraging customers to order via phone, email or online. As always, the safety of our staff AND customers is our foremost concern however we still wanted to be able to hold this event to offer you these phenomenal deals and savings. Further information will be coming so keep an eye out in our newsletter, on our website and social media channels.

Click here to view the event brochure and all the savings/deals available.

New At The Power Tool Store – Xenon Fever Defence

Xenon Fever Defence quickly measures skin temperature and detects potential fever and elevated skin-surface temperature. Advanced infrared thermal imaging cameras combined with AI detection technology measures skin temperature in less than one second with accuracy up to ±0.3°C. With a user friendly interface featuring an LCD display and simple red and green light stop-go system, Xenon Fever Defence provides an effective temperature screening solution.

  • Screens Users in just a second – No congestion at School Entrances
  • Self Explanatory – No Need for User Training
  • Screens Teachers & Students of different heights effectively
  • Standalone – Don’t Jeopardise the safety of Other Staff During the Screening Process
  • Accurate to +/-0.54°F
  • No need for facemasks to be removed during the screening process
  • No Internet Required
  • Install in Just 15 minutes
  • Plug & Play

Click here to download the full brochure.

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Updated Covid Policy

10/2020

The safety of our employees and customers is of our utmost concern. Due to the continued spread of COVID-19 we have updated our policies:

  1. Face Masks/Coverings are required when entering the store.
  2. Please follow Social Distancing policies of keeping 6 feet apart from others.
  3. No Groups of more than two are allowed
  4. No one under the age of 16 is allowed in the store
  5. Do not enter if you have any of the signs of COVID-19 or the FLU
  6. During the COVID Pandemic, our hours may change.

We value your business and your safety so if you do cough or sneeze, you will be asked to leave.

New from Radians – Tether Vests & Retractable Tethers

Falling Objects Account For

Radians has entered a brand new protection category with the introduction of their tether ready vests and retractable tool tethers. The Radians tether vests feature a patented integration system for attaching the tethers to heavy-duty anchor pockets inside the vests, keeping tools easily accessible and safely contained.

 

 

Guide to Cleaning Power Tools – To help control the spread of COVID-19

Should a tool, battery or charger need to be cleaned to help control the spread of COVID-19, care should be taken to ensure that it is carefully performed to increase effectiveness and prevent damage to the product. This guidance is provided to assist in the safe cleaning of a product.

When cleaning a product, there are a few important things to remember:

  • Always unplug any devices and remove batteries prior to cleaning.
  • There are different recommendations for batteries compared to tools and chargers. Be sure to follow the correct advice for the product you are cleaning.
  • Products should be cleaned in accordance with the cleaning instructions provided in the operator’s manual for the product and then left to rest for 72 hours. This is based on CDC advice that the virus may live on plastic surfaces for up to 72 hours, which suggests that the virus would no longer be harmful after the resting period.
  • For tools and chargers only, if the user cannot wait for 72 hours to use the tool or charger, it can first be cleaned in accordance with the cleaning instructions provided in the operator’s manual and then cleaned with a cloth or sponge dampened with a diluted bleach solution* and allowed to air dry. This method is consistent with CDC advice. It is important to adhere to the warnings below:
    • Do not use bleach to clean batteries.
      Observe the necessary precautions when cleaning with bleach.
    • Do not use the tool or charger if you detect degradation of the housing, cord or other plastic or rubber parts of the tool or charger after cleaning with the diluted bleach solution.
    • The diluted bleach solution should never be mixed with ammonia or any other cleanser.
  • When cleaning, dampen a clean cloth or sponge with the cleaning material and ensure the cloth or sponge is not dripping wet.
  • Gently wipe each handle, grasping surface, or outer surface with the cloth or sponge, using care to ensure liquids do not flow into the product.
  • Electrical terminals of products and the prongs and connectors of power cords or other cables must be avoided. When wiping batteries, be sure to avoid the terminal area where contact is made between the battery and the product.
  • Allow the product to air dry completely before reapplying power or reattaching the battery.
  • People cleaning products should avoid touching their face with unwashed hands and immediately wash their hands or use a proper hand sanitizer before and after cleaning to help prevent contamination.

*A properly diluted bleach solution can be made by mixing:

  • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water; or
  • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Please note: This guidance does not apply for cleaning products where there is a risk of other health hazards, such as blood, other blood borne pathogens or asbestos.

Please note: This guidance is for information only and is further subject to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”), OSHA, and those of State and Local health departments. Please follow applicable guidelines of these agencies.

 

Power Tool Institute (2020). Power Tool Institute Guidance on Cleaning of Tools to Help
Control the Spread of COVID-19. Text retrieved from www.powertoolinstitute.com
Link to document and disclaimer.

Bosch Rotary Lasers

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JPW Industrial Summer Rebate Program

All through the remainder of the Summer you can receive up to $500 in rebates on JPW Industrial products. Rebates will be in the form of a Visa Giftcard and products included in this promo include great offerings from JET, Edwards & Wilton.  Call or email us here at The Power Tool Store for more details. You can also CLICK HERE to download a catalog of products eligible for this rebate program.

LDP7300 Series LEANSAFE X3 Dual Purpose Leaning Ladder Series

The WERNER LDP7300 Series LEANSAFE® X3 is a professional 3-in-1 multi-purpose ladder that seamlessly changes from a step to straight ladder in one adjustment. With a duty rating of 375 pounds, the LEANSAFE® ladder is uniquely designed to securely lean against flat wall surfaces, wall corners, poles, and wall studs and perform as a standard stepladder. A two color design and highly visible LEANSAFE® logos to make this ladder easily distinguishable from a standard stepladder. The all in one top secures tools and accessories. The single latch design stays engaged when needed and is centrally located to easily open and close. LEANSAFE® ladder front feet have non-marring rubber foot pads that maximize the surface area in both the step ladder and leaning ladder modes.

CONTOURED TOP
Designed to lean up against walls, corners, studs and poles.

SECURE RAIL LATCH
Single latch locks the rear rail to the front rail to keep the ladder in leaning mode.

NON-MARRING FOOT PAD
Curved non-marring foot pad is designed to maximize surface contact with the ground in both standard stepladder mode and leaning mode.

 

How to choose the best impact wrench for your application

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:

  1. What are you looking for in a tool: is it power, efficiency, ergonomics, freedom of movement, or multi-purpose use?
  2. Your environment: how are you going to power the tool?
  3. The torque: range and precision, what does your application require?
  4. The ergonomics of the product: are the vibration and sound levels, the tool design and the proposed accessories a good fit for the job?
  5. The clutch type: is the mechanism capable of delivering the power you require?
  6. 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?

Legend:

  1. Tool torque range
  2. Time
    1. Optimal torque: Looking at this torque range, this tool is the best choice, ensuring the best productivity ratio. Ideal for intensive use.
    2. Working torque: Make sure the torque you need for your application is covered in the tool’s working torque range.
    3. 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.

Orange Thunder™ with KO-20™ Technology

Introducing a revolutionary new tool from Kraft Tool Company, Orange Thunder™ with KO-20™ Technology will change the way you float concrete. KO-20™ is an engineered material designed to be a tougher, lighter, longer-wearing alternative to traditional tool material. A low coefficient of friction allows the blade to move quickly and seamlessly across the surface opening up the surface and keeping it open longer. Engineered curved surface channel lines evenly distribute the paste and level the surface. Superior slide abrasion and blunt impact resistance provide long term performance in repetitive applications. Concrete doesn’t adhere to this material making clean-up a breeze. The traditional bright orange of Kraft Tool makes these tools easy to spot on the jobsite. Proudly made in the USA.

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SPEED TO PERFORMANCE
Low Surface Friction
Engineered, Curved Surface Lines
Machined Beveled Edges

EASE OF USE
Less Drag on Float
Self-Lubricating Surface
Lightweight Material
High Visibility Color

WEAR LIFE
Blunt Impact Resistant
Superior Slide Abrasion
Less than .01% Liquid Absorption

New JET Planer Accessories

JET 15″ Planer Roller Table
Maximize your efficiency with the JET 15″ Planer Roller Table for your JET 15″ Planer (JWP-15B or JWP-15HH). The galvanized aluminum table and square steel tube support legs give the support you need when returning large boards for multiple passes. Double steel rollers move boards along for faster and smoother repeat passes. The JET 15″ Planer Roller Table easily bolts to the machine. Adjustable glides allow for leveling the table.

JET Carbide
Two-Sided Helical Inserts (10 ct.)

 

JET Carbide Two-Sided Helical Style Inserts are an instant upgrade to the JET 13″ Benchtop Planer. Carbide lasts longer, creating more economy in planing. A 30% reduction in vibration over traditional high speed steel. The JET 13″ Planer cutter head is incredibly easy to change out blades, simply remove the dust chute to access the cutterhead.

2020 Milwaukee Blitz

One of our most popular events is back with the Milwaukee Summer Blitz! We will be doing things a bit differently this year in that instead of just one day of deals, you’ll be getting TWO WEEKS plus a special sales day July 1st with additional savings available.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we are encouraging customers to order via phone, email or online. As always, the safety of our staff AND customers is our foremost concern however we still wanted to be able to hold this event to offer you these phenomenal deals and savings. Further information will be coming so keep an eye out in our newsletter, on our website and social media channels.

Download the full flyer here

National Woodworking Month: Saw Buying Guide

From Makita check out this handy saw buying guide & the different types of power saws, perfect National Woodworking Month.

Circular Saws

The circular saw is one of the most versatile tools for any shop. For the woodworker, a circular saw can be adapted for everything from simple crosscuts and rips for sizing lumber, to making jigs, to even making dados and rabbets in a pinch.

Miter Saws

When it comes to making highly-accurate straight, bevel, miter and compound cuts in narrower or longer lumber, it’s hard to beat a miter saw. A miter saw’s ability to rapidly change blade orientation and cut depth make it extremely useful for small trim, like moldings and picture frame components, drawer sides, and regular board cuts in larger dimensional lumber.

Plunge Saws

Cutting sheet goods can be a cumbersome task, particularly for those for whom either don’t have the space, or prefer to not use table saws. With that in mind, we engineered our plunge saw and guide rail system (also referred to as a “track saw”).

Paired with a guide rail, plunge circular saws are a great alternative to table saws for getting accurate longer cuts. Plunge saws are ideal for cutting large wood panels and other wood materials including melamine and MDF, aluminum, and Corian®.

Jig Saws

One of the best tools in a woodworker’s arsenal is the jig saw; with its versatility to cut everything from wood to plastic to metal, it’s a must-have in any shop. The smaller form factor, blade size and wide availability of blade types give jig saws the ability to do everything from freehand cutting intricate shapes for patterns and jigs, to creating large circular cuts, to even trimming delicate veneers.

Don’t Wait, Get Your Tune-Up In Early!

As the weather is turning warmer, now is the time to get your outdoor power equipment in for a tune-up to keep your lawn green and lush this Spring & Summer. Even with the tough times we’re all facing, the Dr. Tool Service Centers at The Power Tool Store are still up and running and ready to help prep your equipment for lawn care season. Call 920-336-7440 or email [email protected] to schedule a pick-up or just load your mower, tiller, tractor or whatever and being it on down.

 

 

The Power Tool Store WBAY Home & Garden Show Specials

The Annual WBAY Home & Garden Show will be this weekend from February 28th through March 1st (times below) at Lambeau Field. The WBAY Home & Garden Show is the area’s largest home & garden show. It offers one-stop shopping to attendees to meet with professionals in all areas of home building, remodeling, landscaping, interior design, pools & spas, bedding & bath and so much more.

Two floors of exhibit space filled with the area’s best professionals to complete your home and garden projects no matter how large or how small. This is the region’s largest and longest running home and garden show event! In fact, this is the 57th annual event! Save time and money by shopping for all your home improvement needs in one convenient location.Understand how affordable it is to improve your home while visiting with local and regional experts covering every topic on your “to do” list.

The Power Tool Store will be at the show with our booth featuring Husqvarna outdoor power equipment as well as Generac generators. Besides being able to check out products in person, we will also have some great show specials going on. Check out the gallery below to find see all the awesome savings or click here to download a .pdf version of the show flyer. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

Show Hours:

February 28, 2020 – 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
February 29, 2020 – 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
March 1, 2020 – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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Concrete Curing Blankets for Wisconsin Winter’s Make All the Difference

As those of in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest can attest to, simply because the weather gets colder and snow starts to fly, that doesn’t mean the work can stop. Pouring concrete in cold weather can present a special set of challenges. Concrete needs to dry and cure properly in order to maintain safe levels of strength and integrity, which means it needs to be protected from freezing shortly after pouring. Here is where the concrete blanket comes into play.

According to the American Concrete Institute, concrete is exposed to cold weather conditions whenever the average daily temperature is below 40ºF and the air temperature doesn’t rise above 50ºF for more than half of any 24-hour period. In these conditions, the concrete may be in danger of freezing and the cold weather can interfere with the setting and curing process. If local weather trends indicate you might be facing these conditions as you pour or manage the concrete, you should plan to take precautions against cold weather.

While there are many ways to keep curing concrete at an adequate temperature, concrete blankets are one of the easiest and most cost efficient ways to insure you get the results you’re looking for. Along with other concrete supplies, The Power Tool Store & Bay Verte Machinery is proud to offer Grib-Rite concrete curing blankets for those working in the Wisconsin Winters.

Product Features:

  • Grip-Rite concrete curing blankets provide proven jobsite performance in maintaining heat of hydration, particularly during the critical early stages of concrete curing
  • Available in three styles, Grip-Rite is the only blanket on the market with a low 0.87 Perm rating, providing superior vapor block during curing
  • Each blanket individually wrapped in weather resistant poly tarp and secured with banding
  • These blankets stack, ship and store better than any blanket on the market

Call 920-336-7440 or email [email protected] for more information.