Accidents happen when you least expect them and many times they’re caused by tools and equipment you use every day on the job. All it takes is a split second before disaster can strike, so every one of them counts. That’s where technology can step in and prevent major injuries before they happen and that’s exactly what Bosch is hoping to accomplish with the pending release of their new flesh detecting table saw.
The Bosch GTS1041A REAXX Jobsite Table Saw was initially announced to the public early last year, but after being locked up in an apparent legal battle with competitor SawStop, the release of the has finally been announced for June 1, 2016. The REAXX table saw is a fully mobile, saw/stand combination that can detect human flesh and activate Bosch’s proprietary Active Response Technology, which drops the blade below the table top if flesh gets too close. The best part about it is that the blade is not damaged when the system is activated and only takes about a minute to flip the cartridge, re-install the blade, and get back to work. That really sets this new saw apart from the SawStop ($1,399 on Amazon), as the competitor’s version destroys the blade to stop it in 1/1000 of a second. The Bosch REAXX is expected to retail at $1,499 (preorder on Amazon here). The technology is really cool to watch activate and the video below, from ToolEditor, shows you how the saw reacts to a hot dog coming close to the blade:
The flesh detecting technology is a bonus on top of an already powerful table saw, which boasts a 15 amp, 4.0 HP motor that generates 3,650 RPM. With a 10” blade and a 25” ripping capacity, the saw can handle most of the tasks on a job site. The incorporated Bosch Gravity-Rise stand allows you to roll the saw into place and start using the tool in seconds. Here’s an overview video of the saw from Bosch:
The Active Response Technology isn’t the only technology that the saw has incorporated into it. Once released, users will be able to download the REAXX app on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The app isn’t required to operate the saw, but will allow you to troubleshoot issues you might have, limit the use of the saw to authorized users, and find service locations. Below is a quick overview of the app:
One of the most highly used and versatile pieces of equipment on any construction site is a compact loader, also known as a skid steer, or by the name of one of its common manufacturers, “Bobcat.”
Late last year, CAT Phones released their first ever smartphone on a US carrier network, the S48c. The phone is currently available on both the Sprint and Verizon Networks and I was recently able to test out the phone to get some better insight into how it operates. Overall, it offers the toughness to hold up to a jobsite at a reasonable price, but continue reading to hear about all of the details.
It seems weird to be talking about new step ladder designs. Other than moving from wood to aluminum to fiberglass, the form and function of a stepladder hasn’t really ever changed. One of the biggest opportunities has always been the gap between how step ladders were designed to be used as opposed to how people actually use them. 3 major manufacturers now have a solution to at least some of those problems.
The World of Concrete is a massive industry event hosted annually at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For those who have never been, it’s an endless sea of exhibitor booths, training sessions, and even a bricklaying competition. Every Year, Concrete Construction Magazine organizes a Most Innovative Product competition for many of the new products that are highlighted at the show.
When it comes to head to head tool battles, I can’t think of anyone that does a more comprehensive job than the team over at Tool Box Buzz. In the past, the TBB Crew has tackled in-depth comparisons ½” cordless hammer drills, portable jobsite table saws, and tape measures, among several others. Most recently, the team compared 8 different benchtop thickness planers in a variety of tests and determined the overall winner.
Having an inflator can be a real lifesaver in any car or truck, you’ll never know when you’ll need it, but you’ll be happy you have it when you do. Since I’ve been driving, I’ve kept a 12V DC corded inflator in my trunk, which has saved me a tow several times. Recently, several major tool manufacturers have released their own versions of inflators and DeWalt is one of them.
Welcome to the first edition of Tool Junkie, which will be a regularly occurring feature on Construction Junkie in 2019. It’s important for everyone in the construction industry to keep up with new tool developments, from the trades to those in charge of purchasing. Our goal is to better highlight noteworthy tools throughout the year. We’ll start with a familiar brand to our readers: Milwaukee Tool.
Almost 3 years ago, Milwaukee Tool rolled out its tool tracking application called ONE-KEY, which is available on Apple, Android, or the web. The tool manufacturer has an ever-expanding line of tools that are ONE-KEY enabled, which not only let users edit the settings of their tools through an app, but they also allow them to lock out a tool, rendering it useless in case it’s lost or stolen.
There’s perhaps no more important tool for those in the construction field than a good pair of boots. Walking, crouching, climbing, and lifting for a full day can certainly take a toll on your body, causing achy feet, a sore back, and other ailments.
Another year is about ready to wrap up as the holiday season is upon us. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it can be stressful for those in your life that are hard to buy for, especially those in the construction ideas. Our goal is to make that process easier for you or your loved one with our top picks for gifts every year!