Back in September, Dewalt announced a pending release of a battery adapter that would allow users of the older, but still functional, 18V line of tools with 20V batteries. Originally set to release in October, it will now be available for purchase some time in January, but, although a lot of eager 18V tool users excitement, it hasn't been very clear which 20V batteries will work with it.
Dewalt’s current catalog of 20V batteries are available in several different varieties: 1.3Ah, 1.5Ah, 2.0Ah XR, 3.0Ah, 4.0Ah XR, and 5.0Ah XR, as well as a few with Bluetooth capabilities that are remotely accessible with the use of the new Tool Connect application for iOs and Android. After the adapter was added to DeWalt's website, a part of the description caused a lot of concern. The very last line reads, "Use only with Compact DEWALT Batteries (DCB201 and DCB203)." Those are the 20V 1.5Ah and 2.0Ah batteries and neither of them are Bluetooth! Oh no!
Well, it turns out that there's no reason to be alarmed. We contacted DeWalt and their PR department confirmed that the 1.3Ah, 1.5Ah, 2.0Ah XR, 3.0Ah, 4.0Ah XR, 5.0Ah XR, and the 2.0Ah and 4.0Ah Bluetooth batteries will all be compatible with the adapter, which is great news. So now, if you're an 18V DeWalt Tool user, you can gain all the advantages of the newest 20V battery technology, without having to buy a new tool.
I’m a firm believer that before robots start taking over construction jobs, we’ll first be working with robotics to make workers more efficient and our job sites more functional. Instead of using 3D printing robots to build an entire project, why not use them first to create intricate details and bring character back to buildings? Instead of pushing human labor out of the way, why not use robotics to enhance the abilities of our workers, to improve their health and productivity? With rise in development commercial exoskeletons, workers will soon be able to harness additional strength by just slipping on a suit.
Two of the most critical concepts of construction safety are the ability to see what you’re doing and to also be seen by others around you. Construction workers rely heavily on their employer providing lighting systems when working in low light conditions, but those systems are not always adequate.
The world’s first 3D printed excavator was not the only piece of construction equipment to hold that title at this year’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG in Las Vegas. LiuGong, an international construction equipment manufacturer founded in China, also unveiled the world’s first vertical lift wheel loader at the event.
In 2015, Milwaukee released their robust smart tool management platform, ONE-KEY. The smartphone and web application allows users to not only keep data of their tools spread across different users and jobsites, but it also offers tool customization and tool tracking, for tools that are enabled with ONE-KEY. Earlier this year, the platform got a major upgrade with the release of added tool security, which allow users to hide tools, lock the trigger or footpad, or completely render the tool useless remotely if lost or stolen.
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The Bosch REAXX Jobsite Table Saw has been on a bit of a roller coaster ride since it was announced in 2015. SawStop, the first company to market with a table saw that detects flesh and stops the blade, filed a lawsuit against Bosch for patent infringement in mid-2015. That lawsuit delayed the release of REAXX to 2016, a year after the company planned to release it. The ruling in that case has put another speed bump in the rollout plans for Bosch.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of a Craftsman portable table saw, sold exclusively by Sears Holdings from April 2014 to October 2016 for around $200. The specific saw was manufactured in China by Rexon Industrial Corp, Ltd. of Taiwan.
With Sears and Kmart stores slowly closing across the country, Sears Holdings had to sell off their longtime brand of tools, Craftsman to generate cash flow. The buyer turned out to be Stanley Black & Decker (SBD), who also runs DeWalt, Black + Decker, Porter Cable, Bostitch, and others. Late last week, their deal to purchase the tool icon was officially finalized.
An acquisition of Interline, a home repair and maintenance products firm, and a 2 year trial run of delivery services has positioned The Home Depot (THD) to begin offering same day deliveries for professionals.
Daqri, an augmented reality technology company, made waves throughout the industry when they released the heir apparent to the trusty hard hat last year. The Daqri Smart Helmet is part head protection, part computer and is littered with sensors and gadgets that can make a construction job site completely interactive. The helmet puts 3d models, plans, and even a thermal imaging camera on your head and overlays that information onto your real life project. At 3.3 pounds, the helmet is a pretty hefty object, so that’s one of the reasons the company decided to create a lighter, more mobile version of their technology in the form of Smart Glasses.