DeWalt is killing the power tool battery game right now, there’s no doubt about it. With the recent release of their new flagship product, FLEXVOLT, which consists of a line of 60V and 120V cordless power tools and batteries, their mission is to turn every jobsite into a mobile jobsite. Now, their doubling down on battery solutions with the announcement of a portable power station that can power most corded tools by plugging into a series of batteries.
The new FLEXVOLT system is great for contractors that are in the market for a new tool, but many of those who have already invested in previous versions may not be so willing to shell out some extra cash for a new version of a tool. This new 1800 Watt Portable Power Station (model DCB1800) gives you the ability to use your existing tools, while also getting the convenience of battery power. Think about it, a job site under construction may leave you a hundred feet away from the closest working electrical outlet and your job site riddled with extension cords that probably should have been thrown out 3 jobs ago. Other times, you’re stuck using a gas powered generator to power your job site, which is not only extremely loud, but release dangerous carbon monoxide into the air. DeWalt has done good job recently in not alienating their long time customers with older tools. They have also recently released an adapter for the older 18V tools that allows the newer and more efficient 20V batteries to be used with them.
With a peak power output of 3600 watts, the Portable Power Station uses the juice of (4) DeWalt 20V batteries. For additional ruggedness, the power solution is equipped with a heavy-duty roll cage and a cooling fan to reduce heat. Total weight without the batteries hooked up will be about 18 pounds, making it easy to move from room to room as needed.
The bare power station (DCB1800B) will retail for around $399* and will also be available in a kit (DCB1800M3T1) with 4 batteries included*, (3) 20V MAX 4.0 Ah (DCB204)* and (1) 20V/60V FLEXVOLT 6.0Ah (DCB606)* battery for around $599.
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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.
With the increased push from nearly all major tool manufacturers to ditch the cords and convert your toolbox to battery power, it’s important and interesting to learn about where all that lithium is coming from. Not only are lithium ion batteries in power tool batteries, but, as you probably know, they also power smartphone batteries and electric cars.
Announced at the start of the new year, FLIR has released specs on its new and updated line of thermal imaging devices and accessories. We have talked about the many reasons that contractors should use a thermal imaging camera and the FLIR ONE mobile accessory in the past and it has returned in 2017 with a new Gen 3 Pro Model. They have also announced their FLIR C3, which is the size of a standard digital camera, offering great accuracy and detail in a compact form. Lastly, FLIR is also offering the FLIR Duo, which will remind you of an action camera. Intended to be used on that fancy new drone quad-copter you got your kids for Christmas.
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For decades and decades, construction and technology didn’t mix. In recent years, companies have been flocking to the underutilized construction industry to try and offer the newest solutions. When we talk about technology, we’re not just talking about computer work, there are tons of new products out there that are challenging the way our industry thinks and acts.
Many of the items on our 2016 technology list are still very much conceptual and will undergo plenty of testing over the next few years, but that’s one of the beauties of technological advances: many are extremely forward thinking.
Until recently, I had no idea that Nike even made field boots, especially ones that could be used on a construction site. The men's Special Field boot is designed by Nike for first responders, military, rescue, and law enforcement, but if you ask me, it would be perfect for the jobsite. Some of the key features of this boot are its lightweight design, flexibility, and breathable materials.