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.
Electric car batteries use a much larger amount of lithium than power tool batteries and smartphones do and, as that technology begins to get more and more popular, lithium mines may struggle to keep up with demand. As you’ll see in the video, the Chilean government are putting pressure on the mines to keep up with demand and they may even need to more than double their capacity within the next 4 years. Australia and China are also major producers of the lithium the world uses.
Environmental concerns, as with any mining operation, are always factors, as well. For the Chileans, keeping the flamingos safe is a major concern, because of the large amount of water needed to operate the lithium ponds are taken from lagoons that some flamingos inhabit. I’m not sure a perfect substance that can keep everyone happy exists yet, but it will be interesting to see how long lithium will continue to dominate the battery market.
Enjoy the video below from Bloomberg's Ashlee Vance:
Drones are used for a variety of different tasks on construction sites, like for tracking employees, calculating the volume of on-site stockpiles, or even performing OSHA inspections, but I’ve never actually seen any tools attached to them before. Well, engineers recently strapped a nail gun to one to see if it could potentially perform roof shingle installation.
For the past few years, tool manufacturers have been making cordless tools possible that no one thought could be done. We now have battery powered table saws, 12” miter saws, even battery powered pipe threaders. But one thing that no one has done yet, until now, is a battery powered worm drive circular saw.
If you are looking for the right scaffolding for your construction project, you will need to consider the choice of scaffolding available to you. However, there is one type of scaffolding that is chosen for a number of different projects because of the benefits that come with it. This kind of scaffolding is Mobile Scaffolding and regardless of whether you are working on a roof or working on the brickwork of a building, they are often a great choice.
For years, Milwaukee has made it very clear that they will continue to keep their M18 platform as their core system. Cordless tool users spend a ton of money into batteries these days, and the company’s goal is to not force them into investing into a new cordless system. That means that Milwaukee has to come up with innovative ways to provide the tools users want while being limited to 18 volts.
In 2015, Milwaukee announced the release of their digital tool tracking platform: ONE-KEY. The company has since released dozens of ONE-KEY enabled tools to manage them using Bluetooth, an inventory management system, and tool reporting functionality. Yesterday, the company announced several enhancements to the platforms inventory and reporting interfaces.
The team at Tool Box Buzz (TBB) is at it again with another super comprehensive tool comparison video and, this time, their focus is on 4-1/2” to 6” angle grinders.
Summer is officially upon us and beating the heat will keep you healthy and productive. There are many summer dangers on construction sites, but OSHA maintains that water, rest, and shade are the most important factors to avoiding heat illness. Here are a few products to help keep you and hydrated on your jobsites this summer.
Last week, Milwaukee Tool hosted dozens of construction media representatives at their headquarters for their yearly New Product Symposium (NPS). Over 100 new products were announced in the one day event and Construction Junkie was there to catch a glimpse of what is to come from the red brand over the next year.
Father’s Day 2019 is June 16, so you better get started on gift ideas if you want to impress dad this year. Whether your father is contractor, handyman, or DIYer, we’ve got a lot of great ideas for him this year.
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.”