DEWALT Manufacturing Plant Produces 10-Millionth Tool

DEWALT Charlotte, N.C. manufacturing plant has celebrated a milestone, as the professional tool brand’s 10-millionth tool rolled off the production line. Company executives were on hand to build the 10-millionth tool, a 20V MAX XR Lithium Ion Brushless 3-Speed Hammer Drill (DCD996P2).

Across its seven U.S. manufacturing plants, the brand produced more than 90 million individual products made in the USA with global materials in 2016, an almost 50 percent increase from the 62 million individual products in 2015, just one year earlier. This is an accomplishment towards the brand’s effort to expand its domestic manufacturing using global materials, an effort that began in 2013. In addition to Charlotte, DEWALT operates manufacturing facilities in New Britain, Conn.; Greenfield, Ind.; Hampstead, Md.; Shelbyville, Ky.; Cheraw, S.C.; and Jackson, Tenn.

Frank Mannarino, president of DEWALT Professional Products Group says, “Year after year, DEWALT has increased its production of tools made in the U.S. with global materials. We have worked hard to drive productivity and efficiency at our manufacturing facilities, delivering products with the same guaranteed quality customers have come to know and expect from the brand. We are a global brand proud to have been founded in the U.S. and proud to continue to manufacture in the U.S.”

DEWALT understands that buying American products and building the American economy are important to its customers. Connie Grant, an employee at the Charlotte plant states, “It makes me proud to work for a company that values the American workforce.”

DEWALT is committed to crafting tools as strong as its American pride. Visit the website to learn more about DEWALT products.

Shear Cuts Metal while Conserving Materials and Costs

Kett Tool Co.’s KD-400 18-Gauge Double-Cut Shears help manufacturers and contractors conserve materials and cut costs. The shears deliver precision cuts in cold rolled (C.R.) mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum, plastic and Formica without warping or bending the original material or the finished piece.

Kett Tool Co.’s KD-400 18-Gauge Double-Cut Shears help manufacturers and contractors conserve materials and cut costs.

Kett Tool Co.’s KD-400 18-Gauge Double-Cut Shears help manufacturers and contractors conserve materials and cut costs.

The Double-Cut Shears’ dual blades transfer any distortion produced in cutting to a small 7/32-inch waste strip, leaving behind material edges that are not hardened or burred to allow maximum use of sheet material. The blades’ swiping action also seals edges of coated metals.

Kett’s KD-400 shears use a 5-amp, variable speed, 2,500 RPM electric motor to produce straight or contoured cuts in C.R. mild steel (up to 18-gauge), most grades of stainless steel to 20-gauge, aluminum to 0.080 inches, and plastic or Formica up to 3/32 inches thick—all at speeds of up to 300 inches per minute. The lightweight, maneuverable shears easily follow a scribed line, capable of cutting a radius as small as 6 inches.

The KD-400 Double-Cut Shears are also available with a contour cutting blade 60-21C to cut tighter curves and the HS blade 60-21HS for cutting foam filled doors. All shear heads are precision made in the U.S. featuring A2 tool steel blades for prolonged durability.

The KD-400 Double-Cut Shears are available through authorized dealers.

Gear Keeper Offers Tool Tethering Solutions

Literature from Gear Keeper offers convenient tethering solutions that will safely secure an “untetherable” tool while still retaining the benefit of extending and retracting the tool as needed. Within the company’s free 16-page Safety Engineer’s Guide to Tool Tethering is a multi-page section, “How to attach lanyards to tools that don’t have attachment points,” which contains more than 50 demonstration photos. The section covers tethering commonly used tools, such as hammers and other tools that lack the necessary geometry or don’t have built-in attachment points required for tethering. Workplace considerations, such as tethers designed to anchor a heavy tool to a structure, and common workplace objects, such as hard hats, cell phones and more, are covered in the guide.  

Construction Companies Can Manage Tools via Mobile App

Tool management startup WiiN Solutions developed an app specifically for construction companies that allows them to manage tools via mobile device.

Tool management startup WiiN Solutions developed an app specifically for construction companies that allows them to manage tools via mobile device.

Construction companies spread across multiple job sites will no longer need to ask “where is it now?” Tool management startup WiiN Solutions LLC developed an app specifically for construction companies that allows them to manage their tools within seconds via mobile device.

Industrial grade QR labels and cloud-based inventory allow authorized user to search, locate, request and returns tools within the app. Administrators are able to regulate user access, respond to pending tool requests and manage tool inventory, whether in the field or the office.

Companies can eliminate waste by spending less time searching for tools and less money replacing lost ones. They’ll also be able to improve efficiency by quickly locating and accessing their tools from job sites.

Since the WiiN app is downloaded and accessed on smartphones, no bulky scanners or extra devices are needed to manage tool inventory. Currently, WiiN is available on iOS devices, with Android capability in the testing phase. Pricing is based on inventory size, with monthly and yearly subscription options.

Ergonomically Designed Tether Secures Tools and Prevents Injuries

The objective of personal tool tethering is to secure tools to prevent injury and damage to people and equipment below. At the same time, however, it is equally important the tether be ergonomically designed to maximize worker safety, productivity and convenience.

The new ergonomic Gear Keeper, model no. TL1-3014 tether for tools up to 15 pounds, employs a very low stretch force so as not to cause fatigue at full extension while providing the proper degree of comfortable recoil.

The new ergonomic Gear Keeper employs a very low stretch force so as not to cause fatigue at full extension while providing the proper degree of comfortable recoil.

The new ergonomic Gear Keeper, model no. TL1-3014 tether for tools up to 15 pounds, employs a very low stretch force so as not to cause fatigue at full extension while providing the proper degree of comfortable recoil. Delivering more than three times the stretch of competitive bungee-type tubular tethers, the Gear Keeper TL1-3014 elastic provides a gentle, low-resistance 61 percent stretch that minimizes a worker’s fatigue while maximizing his or her reach. This is achieved by having the elastic material sewn directly into the webbing during the manufacturing process.

The Gear Keeper tool tether also has a short retracted length (33 inches) and long extension (53 inches). This is a significant safety issue that helps avoid entanglement issues when climbing or working in close quarters. Additionally, to protect against “drop shock”, Gear Keeper tool tethers are load-tested with a built-in safety margin beyond the breaking point.

The TL1-3014 specifications include a fixed loop tool attachment lanyard constructed with a Spectra core inside of a tightly woven nylon cord. Tight weave means less chance of wear and snagging during use and easier threading through the tool’s lanyard loop. The tool attachment cord is typically the failure point of other lanyards. The TL1-3014 comes standard with an aluminum carabiner or with an optional stainless-steel carabiner (model no. TL1-3024).

The Gear Keeper tool tether also has a short retracted length (33 inches) and long extension (53 inches).

The Gear Keeper tool tether has a short retracted length (33 inches) and long extension (53 inches).

Learn More

Visit GearKeeper.com.
Call (888) 588-9981.

This “Roofers’ Choice” was determined by the product that received the most reader inquiries from the March/April issue’s “Materials & Gadgets” section.

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Secure Pneumatic Tools

Pneuhook provides an instant hook for any pneumatic tool.

Pneuhook provides an instant hook for any pneumatic tool.

Pneuhook, which was created by a construction worker for construction workers, provides an instant hook for any pneumatic tool. The hook ensures workers are able to focus on the immediate task without worrying about a tool sliding off the roof, falling from a precarious balancing position, or holding onto it between legs or with a foot. Like a tape measure, Pneuhook is a personal tool that will make any roofing worker safer and more productive and efficient.

Illuminate Dark Job Sites with LED Spotlight

DEWALT introduces its new 20V MAX* CORDLESS Jobsite LED Spotlight – model DCL043

DEWALT introduces its new 20V MAX* CORDLESS Jobsite LED Spotlight – model DCL043

DEWALT introduces its new 20V MAX* CORDLESS Jobsite LED Spotlight – model DCL043 – offering three LED Lights and one Red LED light to illuminates dark job-site work areas.

On the job site, commercial uses include working in dark areas for site inspections, and searching for leaks in roofs and ceilings. The Spotlight is IP54 rated with a water and dust resistance seal to help protect the Spotlight from water or weather damage for protection on the job site as well as for outdoor recreational use. The LEDs are encased in an over-molded, non-marking lens cover that provides protection.

The LED Spotlight features two lumen settings. On the1,000 light output setting, the Spotlight provides maximum brightness for up to 508 yards or 1,525 feet. The 90 lumens red light setting preserves battery life even longer.
The red LED light preserves night vision when using the spotlight outside or in dark buildings. The rods in your eyes are responsible for night vision, the red light from this Spotlight is good in situations where you need to keep your night vision from being compromised.

A pivoting head pivots 0 to 90 degrees for directing light where it is needed most to illuminate surfaces above or below the work area. A hanging hook and belt hook allow the Spotlight to hang in multiple locations hands free. Rubber over-molds offer a sure grip when hand-held or stationary on flat surfaces.

The DCL043 20V MAX* Lithium Ion Jobsite LED Spotlight will retail for approximately $89.00 (without battery or charger) where DEWALT products are sold. The DCL043 comes standard with a three-year limited warranty, one-year free service contract, and 90-day money-back guarantee.

*Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.

Plug Tools into Retractable Tethers

Gear Keeper’s line of option-rich retractable tethers

Gear Keeper’s line of option-rich retractable tethers

Gear Keeper’s line of option-rich retractable tethers come standard with patented Q/C fittings. When a tool (weighing up to 2 pounds) is unplugged from the tether, the user selects the next tool to use, plugs it in and returns to work. Designed for maximum productivity, the tethers keep tools close to the body when stored while still allowing complete accessibility when in use. For example, the “Multi-Mount” clamp-on tool retractor for web belts (up to 2.25 inches) is designed for tools up to 36 ounces. Each tether in the series comes complete with a two-axis, rotating clamp-on belt clip that offers complete range of motion for any job.

Mobile Workstation Transports and Stores Large Tools

DEWALT's Multi-Level Workshop

DEWALT’s Multi-Level Workshop

DEWALT introduces the new Multi-Level Workshop—model DWST20880—a 4-level, mobile workstation ideal for transporting and storing large tools, as well as organizing hand tools, accessories and other job-site necessities.

The Multi-Level Workshop allows contractors to roll over rough job-site terrain right to up their work area. In one seamless movement users can open and extend the workshop for visible access to four levels of storage. This rolling workshop delivers 90 pounds of load capacity and 22.5 gallons of storage space.

Large power tools can be stored in the oversized bottom bin while hand tools and other odds and ends store easily in the middle section or top tool box. The middle section includes 8 compartments with removable dividers for customization of storage needs. Additional tools and job-site necessities can sit on the open lid for grab and go convenience.

The Rolling Workshop features a single pull-up latch for quick and easy opening. A reinforced telescopic metal pull handle offers easy maneuvering and comfortable grip allowing the user to pull or push the workshop, as needed. Heavy-duty 8-inch rubber wheels offer easy steering and maneuverability on job sites. Ball bearing slides provide smooth opening of the cantilever system.

When finished with your job, with one movement all storage compartments close and you are ready to wheel the Multi-Level Workshop away.

The Multi-Level Workshop is built in the USA with global materials.

Transport Tools to Locations Inaccessible by Vehicles

DEWALT introduces the new Tough Chest Mobile Storage – model DWST38000 – and 15 Gallon Chest – model DWST33090.

DEWALT introduces the new Tough Chest Mobile Storage – model DWST38000 – and 15 Gallon Chest – model DWST33090.

DEWALT introduces the new Tough Chest Mobile Storage – model DWST38000 – and 15 Gallon Chest – model DWST33090. Not all areas of a job site are accessible by truck or vehicle. The new Tough Chest Mobile Storage and 15 Gallon Chest help organize, store, protect, and transport tools and other job site necessities so you can roll up to your specific area and get to work. Both chests easily store in vehicles and are time-savers eliminating multiple trips from truck or vehicle to the job at hand.

DEWALT Tough Chest Mobile Storage introduces steel top rails for top loading. Tool boxes, saw horses, and other items can be secured to the top of the Tough Chest Mobile Storage with bungee cords. It features heavy-duty 8-inch rubber wheels for maneuverability over the rough job site terrain and includes a water seal and durable, corrosion resistant metal latches. Tough Chest Mobile Storage delivers 110 pounds of load capacity and 63 gallon useful volume.

Today 50 gallon mobile tool chests are a popular storage option for power tools and other job site materials. DEWALT is adding 13 more gallons of storage space to make Tough Chest Mobile Storage 63 gallons. Tough Chest™ Mobile Storage also features IP53 water resistance seal to help protect contents from water or weather damage.

The 15 Gallon Chest features a telescopic metal pull handle and heavy-duty 7-inch rubber wheels for maneuverability over the rough jobsite terrain. A one-touch latch allows for quick and easy opening with one hand. A 3-position tray provides organization of small parts inside or outside on the extended handle. The 15 Gallon Chest is water resistant, with IP43 rating and capacity load is up to 90 Lbs.

Tough Chest Mobile Storage and 15 Gallon Chest are also ideal for storing and transporting sporting goods and camping equipment.