Klein® Tools Partners with IBEW-NECA and The Electrical Training Alliance for Training and Educational Programs

September 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Over the next five years, Klein Tools will invest $2 million to train the next generation of electrical workers

September 19, 2016 (Lincolnshire, IL) – Klein Tools (http://www.kleintools.com) announced today a continuation of its long-term partnership with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) investing $2 million over the next five years in training and educational programs. These organizations formed The Electrical Training Alliance, a joint program aimed at training the best electrical workers in the industry. The pledge will develop programs leveraging the unique capabilities and resources of IBEW-NECA and The Electrical Training Alliance, including scholarships and tool endowments for apprentices.

The $2 million Double-Down pledge follows Klein Tool’s original and highly successful 5-year “Million Dollar Pledge”, which provided resources and support to IBEW-NECA and The Electrical Training Alliance training centers.

“We have doubled down on our commitment to support IBEW-NECA, The Electrical Training Alliance and apprentices across the country,” said Mark Klein, co-president of Klein Tools. “Our original pledge was highly successful and we are motivated to do even more to help men and women who are working hard to enter this challenging industry. Our support of IBEW-NECA, The Electrical Training Alliance and apprentices ensures that students receive the necessary tools and hands-on training to have a successful career.”

IBEW-NECA and The Electrical Training Alliance’s training programs use classroom learning, interactive simulations and virtual exercises to efficiently prepare students for the industry. Students will now train with Klein Tool’s high-quality professional-grade tools and materials to receive the highest possible educational experience.

For more information, visit our website at www.kleintools.com.

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About Klein Tools

Klein is a registered trademark of Klein Tools, Inc. Since 1857 Klein Tools, a family-owned and operated company, has been designing, developing and manufacturing premium-quality, professional-grade hand tools. The majority of Klein tools are manufactured in plants throughout the United States and are the number one choice among professional electricians and other tradespeople. For more information, visit www.kleintools.com.


About International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

A union of 750,000 members, the IBEW is the largest organization of electrical workers in North America. Our members work in nearly every part of the economy: construction, utilities, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroad and government. Formed in 1981, IBEW has earned the reputation as the oldest, largest and most professional electrical union in the world. For more information, visit http://www.ibew.org/.


About National Electrical Contractors Association

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the nationally recognized voice of the electrical construction industry, comprising more than 80,000 electrical contracting firms, employing over 750,000 electrical workers and producing an annual volume of over $130 billion in electrical construction. NECA contractors nationwide are involved in specialized construction work related to the design, installation and maintenance of electrical systems. For more information, visit http://www.necanet.org/.


Klein Tools creates fan vote to help decide Electrician of the Year

September 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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For the first time Klein Tools has created a fan vote to help decide the Electrician of the Year! Starting Friday, September 16, fans can vote at kleintools.com/eoyvotenow<http://www.kleintools.com/eoyvotenow> until Tuesday, September 27. The grand prize winner will be chosen from six regional finalists from across the country. Fans can learn more about the regional winners, who were selected for their processional achievement, commitment to safety and community service, on the Klein Tools website.

On October 8th, the Klein Tool’s Electrician of the Year will receive $2,500 a year in free Klein Tools products for 10 years, totaling $25,000 worth of premium-quality, professional-grade hand tools. Please help us spread the word and encourage the vote!

OX Tools Brings Bamboo to its new Masons Level

September 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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ox-t500912-tools-of-the-tradiesCRANFORD, NJ (September 12, 2016) – Accuracy and durability are the most important hallmarks of a mason level. OX Tools has addressed both of these with the introduction of their new Bamboo Masons Level.

Bamboo has a tensile strength comparable to steel and when combined with lamination, the level provides exceptional durability and makes clean up easier. In addition, they added extruded aluminum bindings for protection and strength.

Bamboo is not affected by heat or cold like aluminum or plastic levels which tend to expand or contract with the cold, which affects the accuracy of the level.

This 48” level features two plumb vials and a level vial. The vials are constructed from solid block acrylic vials for increased accuracy over traditional curved vials

“Solid block acrylic vials are close to unbreakable – it is literally a block of acrylic with the vial tube machined or cast into the block. The blocks are permanently calibrated and set in the factory eliminating the need for future calibration,” says John Diplock, managing director for OX Tools.

For added protection OX has included shock-absorbing rubber end caps that can be easily replaced. For easy transport the level showcases two smooth and ergonomic hand holds.

To find a local OX dealer, please visit: http://us.oxtools.com/stores/pages/view/

About OX Tools

Since 1974 Ox Tools has been delivering high-quality professional tools to the general construction, masonry and tiling trades. The company has grown steadily based on the quality of its products and its determined pursuit of service excellence. Ox Tools’ commitment to research and development is combined with a willingness to listen to the people who everyday depend on their tools. By relentlessly researching and introducing new materials and new features, the company is proud to say it has positively impacted the lives of the professional contractor.

Bosch GTS1041A-09 REAXX Flesh-Detecting Jobsite Table Saw with Gravity-Rise Wheeled Stand

August 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Carpentry, Finish, Manufacturing, Table Saw 

Bosch GTS1041A-09 Tools of the Tradies 1Went by the Lowe’s store in Burbank, Ca and saw a Bosch GTS1041A-09 REAXX table saw on display (not on Lowes.com yet). If you’re not near the Burbank store (other stores may have them), you can order it here.

For more info: Bosch Tools

To buy: Amazon.com


Klein® Tools Announces 2016 Electrician of the Year Regional Winners

August 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Six regional winners recognized for their dedication to improving the trade and their communities Grand prize winner receives free Klein Tools products for 10 years

August 24, 2016 (Lincolnshire, IL) – Klein Tools (http://www.kleintools.com), for professionals since 1857, has selected six regional winners for its annual Electrician of the Year award. The finalists demonstrated professional achievement, safety excellence and community dedication.

On October 8th, the grand prize winner will receive $2,500 a year in free Klein Tools products for 10 years, totaling $25,000 worth of premium-quality, professional-grade hand tools. Each of the remaining regional winners will be awarded Klein Tools’ Ultimate Garage Package and other Klein Tools products. The six winners were selected by a council of Klein Tools employees who voted on a winner from each of the Northwest, Southwest, Central North, Central South, Southeast and Northeast regions.

“Each year we are amazed at the quality of applications we receive for the Electrician of the Year contest,” said Greg Palese, vice president of marketing at Klein Tools. “We are pleased to recognize these six men as people who give back to the trade in profound ways, prioritize safety and training and make a meaningful impact on their communities. It’s never easy to pick a winner because each of these men, and all of our applicants, do such a great job representing Klein Tools on jobsites every day.”

The 2016 Electrician of the Year Regional Winners are:


Region 1 “Northwest”
Shelby Kytola is an electrician from Albany, Oregon who loves challenging himself with new tasks and prioritizes careful planning. He determines the steps, equipment and the risk involved with both the environment and tools needed to keep himself and others safe on the jobsite now, and in the future, by ensuring the work is properly and safely completed.

When he is not at work, Shelby and his family improve and help the lives of children in Oregon through foster care and adoption. He also spends time working with Habitat for Humanity and volunteering at church.


Region 2 “Southwest”
Eric Simmons has been an electrician for more than 20 years and is currently licensed as a master electrician, electrical contractor or electrical administrator in 15 states. Currently, he resides in Las Vegas, Nevada where he works for one of the largest electrical contractors in the nation as a senior project manager. Eric is regularly called on to run the most complicated and technically challenging projects and has had several of his projects win regional and national awards.

Eric dedicates a significant amount of time to learn and apply proper safety practices as well as teach others about safety. He is certified by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) as both a Safety Trained Supervisor-Construction (STS-C) and as a Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST). Eric is also an authorized OSHA outreach trainer for construction, MSHA Surface Miner Safety Trainer and an American Heart Association First Aid/CPR/AED instructor. Eric regularly teaches safety classes for his employer as well as for other organizations throughout the community.

He also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and the Associated Builders and Contractors apprenticeship program, where he is an instructor and guest speaker. Eric enjoys judging various competitions where apprentices and students display their job skills. He has also led several collection drives for Street Teens, a nonprofit organization that helps homeless and at risk teens in the Las Vegas area.

Region 3 “Central North”
Bill Budz of Schaumburg, Illinois is an electrical instructor at HVAC Technical Institute in Chicago, Illinois. After 15 years as a journeyman electrician, he joined the school at the inception of the electrical program and helped develop its curriculum and program. Bill has also earned his master electrician license and certificates for commercial maintenance, electrical maintenance, refrigeration and air conditioning service. He is also OSHA 500 trained.

Throughout his career, Bill learned to view safety as a creed. When he was on job sites, he was often named the steward and was responsible for all safety related-issues. As an electrical instructor, he ensures students understand the hazards and dangers of electricity and the necessity for safe work practices.

Outside of the electrical industry, Bill volunteers at the local branch of Feed My Starving Children. He is also a substitute teacher in his local school district and enjoys speaking to all students about a job in the trades.


Region 4 “Central South”
John Ellington is an electrician in Chatfield, Texas (near Corsicana, Texas) where he successfully completes a wide range of jobs from wiring difficult boat docks to wiring entire commercial buildings. On top of being a journeyman electrician, he works on sprinkler systems, installs Excede Satellite internet and video surveillance systems. With his many different projects, John places a priority on safety for himself and his team and provides multiple safety devices to ensure everyone is safe while on the job.

John is also a volunteer fire chief and a member of the Corsicana Emergency Corps. He is a former fireman and police officer.

Region 5 “Southeast”
Randall Summers from Arthurdale, West Virginia has been in the electrical field for over 29 years and holds his master electrician’s license. After completing electrical trade school, he started his own electrical company. After three years of running all aspects of his business, Randall wanted to expand his knowledge of the electrical system and finally found his true calling as a lineman. He is most proud that even though the job of a lineman is extremely dangerous, he has never had a lost time accident. He enjoys working safely alongside his coworkers in order to complete each and every job without injuries or accidents. Randall has received the Excellence of Safety award every year from his employer for the last 10 years.

He has also done a great deal of volunteer work in his community such as helping in the restoration of Arthurdale’s historic buildings, improving the local school gym and updating the elementary school playground to make it a safer place for kids. One of his favorite volunteer activities has been demonstrating the art of blacksmithing to local school children and tourists.

Region 6 “Northeast”
John Levesque has been a licensed journeyman and master electrician for 37 years and owns an electrical contracting business in Adams, Massachusetts. He works on all projects including residential, commercial and industrial including medium and high voltage. He values education so that jobs are done right and makes sure his employees and himself are trained and certified in the many different safety aspects of the electrical industry. This ensures his employees return home safe to their families at the end of each work day.

When not running his business, John volunteers his time with Habitat for Humanity providing his electrical expertise building new homes and remodeling old for local families. He also volunteers with his church to help raise money for the homeless and disadvantaged, both locally and internationally, who cannot afford sufficient meals for themselves and their families.

More information on the Electrician of the Year award and all the regional winners is available at http://www.kleintools.com/eoy.

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Klein is a registered trademark and Journeyman is a trademark of Klein Tools, Inc.

About Klein Tools
Since 1857 Klein Tools, a family-owned and operated company, has been designing, developing and manufacturing premium-quality, professional-grade hand tools. The majority of Klein tools are manufactured in plants throughout the United States and are the number one choice among professional electricians and other tradespeople. For more information, visit www.kleintools.com.


Portamate PBR-001 Lumber Storage Rack

Portamate PBR-001

Review in progress!


  • Perfect for storing wood / lumber in your garage, shed, workshop, or even outdoors
  • Wall mounted, with six levels of storage, which increases your overall storage capacity
  • Each level can support up to 100 lbs., making for 600 lbs. of total storage
  • Powder-coated 1-inch steel tube construction means it’s extremely strong
  • Convenient, space saving footprint – 41″ height x (up to) 72″ wide x 12 ½” shelf depth
  • Also perfect for any storage – gutters, pipe, molding, sports equipment, and much more


For more info: portamate.com

To buy: amazon.com

Bosch GLI18V-420 18V Worklight

Bosch GLI18VThe Bosch GLI18V-420 18V Worklight Provides Outstanding LED Illumination Virtually Anywhere on the Jobsite

Small size, nine-position bracket ensures illumination is go anywhere on the job or at home

Mt. Prospect, Ill., August 9, 2016 There’s no place where light is more important than on the jobsite. At 420 lumens, the Bosch GLI18V-420 18V Worklight provides the brightest illumination in its class with a three LED-design. In addition, it can brighten dark work areas at different angles and offers an adjustable light beam for spot/flood applications.

The three LEDs in this worklight offer the best illumination for a pocket-sized unit so users can light virtually any hard-to-reach, dark-corner work area on the jobsite. And the Bosch GLI18V-420 Worklight provides a dial to adjust light diffusion. Users are able to shine a high-intensity spotlight on a specific area where it’s most needed or can turn a control dial to diffuse light in illuminating a larger area.

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The Bosch 18V worklight comes with an adjustable bracket, which provides users with nine different light-angle settings. It also includes a hard rubber strap for mounting the worklight to enable targeted illumination of the work area.

“The Bosch GLI18V-420 18V Worklight is a jobsite advantage in a convenient package,” said Jim Stevens, product manager, lighting tools, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation. “Good lighting is an asset on any jobsite. Bosch GLI18V illumination adds an extra level of versatility that sets it apart from other lighting options.”

The Bosch GLI18V-420 18V light works with the Bosch 18V battery system, which provides outstanding continuous runtime of up to 13.5 hrs on the 6.0 Ah battery. The unit is jobsite ready thanks to a tough exterior housing and an aluminum heat sink.

To learn more about the Bosch GLI18V-420 18V Worklight or to find a local dealer, visit www.boschtools.com or call 877-BOSCH-99. Check out www.bethepro.com for additional tips and videos.

Bosch DDS183 18V EC Brushless Compact Tough™ 1/2″ Drill/Driver and HDS183 18V EC Brushless Compact Tough™ 1/2″ Hammer Drill/Driver Deliver Great Performance with Added Safety

HDS183Bosch’s proprietary Kickback Control helps protect users in bit bind-up situations


Mt. Prospect, Ill., August 9, 2016 – When drilling gets tough, it’s nice to know you have one of the best drill/drivers for the task – a tool that’s rugged, compact and brings the added advantage of technology designed to help reduce wrist/arm injuries. The Bosch DDS183 18V EC Brushless Compact Tough™ 1/2 ” Drill/Driver and HDS183 18V EC Brushless Compact Tough™ ½” Hammer Drill/Driver deliver all of the performance professional users expect in a go-anywhere design combined with best-in-class safety technology.

Both the Bosch DDS183 drill/driver and HDS183 hammer drill/driver feature Bosch KickBack Control, an integrated acceleration sensor that virtually stops the drill’s rotation during bit bind-up situations. This capability helps reduce the risk of user injury. The Bosch drill/driver also boasts an efficient EC brushless motor that provides longer tool life, great tool runtime and no maintenance. The Bosch Compact Tough design ensures a short head length and light weight. A built-in LED offers improved visibility in dark work areas.

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The drill/driver and hammer drill/driver are engineered with an upgraded, heavy-duty all-metal chuck that offers increased robustness and great gripping power for better torque transfer. The single-sleeve, keyless 1/2″auto-lock chuck delivers quick bit changes.

“Out on the jobsite, professionals need to have absolute trust in the tools they use,” said Tim Truesdale, product manager, cordless products, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation. “The Bosch DDS183 drill/driver and HDS183 hammer drill/driver represent those trusted tools: Great power, brushless motors and the added safety layer of KickBack Control. If you’re a pro, these tools have the best combination of performance and safety available.”

The Bosch DDS183 18V EC Brushless Compact Tough 1/2″ Drill/Driver and HDS183 Hammer Drill/Driver deliver powerful performance with 531 In.-Lbs. of torque and two drilling speeds (0-1,900 rpm high speed; 0-600 rpm for torque). In addition, the drill/driver offers 20+1 clutch settings to reduce fastener damage and cam out. A motor brake on the tool provides an immediate stop for fast repetitive driving jobs. In addition, the hammer drill features 28,500 bpm.

Both tools feature an ergonomic grip zone and Bosch-exclusive Electronic Motor Protection and Electronic Cell Protection to protect the tool and batteries from overload and overheating.

The Bosch Flexible Power System is one of the most versatile Lithium-ion battery platforms available. The system offers complete compatibility by allowing 18V FatPack and SlimPack batteries to be used with any tool. And Bosch 18V 2.0 Ah and larger batteries feature CoolPack™ technology, which offers a heat conductive housing to keep batteries cooler for superior runtime and up to 2X longer life. All Bosch batteries provide cold weather performance to -4°F. Each battery includes a fuel gauge.

To learn more about the Bosch DDS183 18V EC Brushless Compact Tough 1/2″ Drill/Driver or the HDS183 18V EC Brushless Compact Tough™ ½” Hammer Drill/Driver, or to find a local dealer, visit www.boschtools.com or call 877-BOSCH-99. Check out www.bethepro.com for additional tips and videos.

SKIL 89033 33 Piece Screwdriver Bit Set

SKIL 89033 33 Piece Screwdriver Bit Set

This is a fantastic set!

Review in progress

For more info: Skiltools.com

To buy: Amazon.com

SKILSAW SPT67WM-22 Magnesium Sidewinder Circular Saw, 7-1/4-Inch


Review in progress

For more info: Skilsaw.com

To buy: Amazon.com

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