As technology is slowly but surely creeping into construction job sites across the world, power tools are no exception. Not only are they becoming lighter, more powerful, and cord free, they’re also beginning to interact with smartphones and applications. In 2015, Milwaukee Tool jumped head first into the industry’s most comprehensive smart tool application, ONE-KEY, and it’s still continuing to develop with new upgrades.
The are 4 key benefits of the ONE-KEY system: tool customization, tracking, and management. ONE-key enabled tools can be located using Bluetooth technology when within distance and remembers the last known location. The ONE-KEY app allows you to change tool settings with the click of a button and save profiles for specific tool functions. The tool and equipment management software is a free, digital catalog for all of your company’s or your personal tools, no matter if they’re the red and black brand or not.
In January, Milwaukee announced it’s newest addition to the application: Integrated Tool Security. With the new update, your tool can be remotely rendered completely useless if it ever gets stolen. If the tool comes within Bluetooth range of any open ONE-KEY app, a remote signal will be sent to the tool to lock itself out. Another added benefit of tool security is that you can hide your tools from other ONE-KEY users so only you can see your tools. At the end of the day, you can lock the trigger or the footpad to prevent others from using the tool or changing your settings.
The update adds some nice features, which allow you to take back control of your tool security. Check out the infographic below or the ONE-KEY website for some additional information.
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!
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of 3 different drills manufactured by Black & Decker due to safety concerns.