Fiskars was first founded as a Finnish Ironworks company in 1649, making it one of the oldest companies I have heard of that is still going strong. Recently – relatively speaking - in 1967, Fiskars made a name for themselves with their orange handled scissors. Noted for their build quality, sharpness, and durability, these scissors quickly became an industry standard and a leader in the category. Since then, Fiskars has expanded into other areas of the home and outdoors. You may also recognize the name Gerber, as this is one of the brands Fiskars sells under.
Fiskars is now expanding their product line into the construction industry; bringing their durability, ergonomics, and, of course the trademark orange, with them. Spearheading this new product line is the IsoCore Hammer. Fiskars put a lot of time and effort in the vibration dampening in the handle and shaft. The handle is made with dual-layer insulating materials for comfortability and reduction of shock. Fiskars says that the new IsoCore hammer transfers 4x less shock and vibration than wood handles. The hammer comes in a range of options, including weight, smooth or milled face, and magnetic nail setter. The hammers in this line range in price from $44.99 to $64.99 and can be purchased from Fiskars.
Also included in Fiskars new line up are their new PowerArc cutting tools. These cutting tools are where Fiskars shines. This is where they have more experience than anyone else and have elevated a simple tool, like scissors, to the next level. They have beefed up their steel blades in order to power through thick materials without the blades separating. Many times when we are out in the field and we encounter a thick material like carpet, cardboard, plastics, or rope where our scissors will typically fail us, we resort to using a utility knife and end up with a wavy cut. These new PowerArc scissors by Fiskars stand up to this test, and the most impressive thing to me is that they still cut even that the tip of the blade i.e. cutting tight zip ties. The Easy Action 10” shears are the perfect all around scissors whereas the Utility Snips are perfect for heavier materials like light gauge metals. The PowerArc line ranges in price from $22.99 to $49.99 and can be purchased at Fiskars.
Fiskars has paid attention to the small details of their cutting tools shoot to the top of the line. The Easy Action Shears boast a large enough spring to open up the handles, even if you get glue or tar on the blades, yet soft enough to not fatigue your hand during heavy cutting. The Utility Snips and Shears include an extended blade tang to improve leverage and strength, and keep hands away from the materials being cut. Additionally the heavy-duty stainless steel blades won’t rust, even after years of use in the elements or the tool box.
Don’t count Fiskars out just because you haven’t seen them on the job site before. They are producing high quality and durable cutting tools that can’t be beat. If you are in the market for a new hammer give the IsoCore a swing. It’s a durable hammer that will reduce fatigue on those large framing jobs. Hey, and if you own a bunch of Ridgid tools already, these will match!
I’ve written about Hand Tool Rescue’s Youtube channel a couple times before and the reason I like it so much is that it’s not only entertaining and therapeutic to watch, it also informs me about tools I never even knew existed.
There is an opportunity to revolutionize the way we protect construction workers from fall hazards while dramatically reducing waste and inefficiency in the construction industry. The Hilmerson Safety Rail System™ was designed and engineered with feedback from industry experts with one goal in mind: Reinvent the guardrail to eliminate inefficiencies, cut costs, send zero waste to landfills, and improve workplace safety.
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On August 18th, around 200 new tools were showcased at the annual DeWalt Media Event. This particular event was held in Nashville, Tennessee, where you can’t escape country music no matter how hard you try.
Below are what we thought were the highlights of the event. Let us know what new release you’re most excited about!
In June, Milwaukee Tool hosted its annual New Product Symposium, which gave members of the media a sneak peak of the new products the red tool manufacturer would release the rest of the year. One of the highlights for us in the M12/M18 category was the ultra-portable and convenient 7 ¼” Cordless Miter Saw.
I’ve recently been following a channel on Youtube called Hand Tool Rescue and it’s been fascinating to learn the history of antique hand and power tools. I didn’t realize how long ago many power tools – most of which we still use today – were created. It’s perhaps even more fascinating to watch a rusty old machine that hasn’t been used in decades be completely restored to working condition. His videos don’t have voice overs, so you have to pay close attention to his methods, but every step of the process is shown.
Many contractors and repair technicians live out of their truck and Milwaukee Tool knows this. That’s why they’ve just released an M12 and M18 battery charger that plugs into the c12V DC outlet in your truck or van! As added security, the charger will automatically shut down if it senses that your vehicle’s battery is getting too low. Smart and ultra-convenient.
We know a lot of you out there could use this charger, so we teamed up with Milwaukee to give YOU the chance to WIN one! There are 4 ways to enter below!
It’s pretty amazing all of the things that smartphones can do right now. While some wish phones would go back to “just making dang blasted phone calls, like the good ole days,” it’s clear that phone’s will always be more than that moving forward. Through apps and other attachments, phones can now turn into a thermal imagine camera, an x-ray vision scanner to see what’s behind walls, a laser measure, and now an augmented reality tape measure.
For many construction superintendents and project managers across the world, tablets are becoming one of the most important tools on the job site. They’re great for looking at plans, taking pictures, making notes, and running your favorite construction apps. Carrying a tablet does take up at least one of your hands, however, so it can be a hindrance if you need to help a co-worker lift material or climb a ladder.
In today’s race for most powerful cordless tools, it’s important to remember the humble beginnings of hand tools, especially those with mechanical parts. Much like cars of the early 20th century, mechanical and power tools were simple machines, as opposed to the heavily electronic tools that are becoming popular now. Easy to understand and easier to repair.