Dewalt Introduces the New Age of Jobsite Connectivity

Dewalt’s new Jobsite WiFi System was just announced in a live stream led by by Tony Nicolaidis, Dewalt’s VP of Connected Systems, and Procore, leaders in construction management software.

The WiFi “Tool Connect” is Dewalt’s three-part inventory management solution, to “connect, track and customize your tools across multiple jobsites.” With the mobile app, this new technology has been designed to increase connectivity and improve asset management on the jobsite. It’s also a “closed system,” for added security.

According to the brief press release we received, “data from the mobile app will automatically update into your Inventory Manager portal at the office or tool crib to give you real-time information.”

In 2018, Dewalt will be launching a Construction IoT platform that will integrate sensors to give real-time data and will be built into the core Dewalt cordless drills.

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Bosch Power Tour 2017 – Recap

Earlier this week, Bosch came out to talk about the dangers of respirable crystalline silica dust and their PRO+Guard solutions that I’ve written about before.

Side note: Have you heard that employers covered by the construction standard now have until September 23, 2017 (previously June 23) to comply with OSHA’s new standards?

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Cool to the CORE

Not long ago, Bosch announced their new GBA18V63 CORE18V Battery. GBA18V63_heroAnd it’s out!

This 6.3 Ah battery is the “best-built battery on the planet,” according to Bosch.

So where does the name come from?

Bosch states that this is the “core” of an end-to-end product system that offers superior performance than previous generations of Bosch batteries, with advanced lithium-ion technology delivering 80% more power. The 10 high-density battery cells ensure lower internal resistance, which means that higher currents can be drawn from the cells over a longer period of time.

“Bosch looks at battery power from the user perspective. What do users want? They want greater power and more runtime in a compact size, which is what CORE18V is all about. “CORE18V represents a big piece of the Bosch effort to build end-to-end product systems that offer superior performance, no matter what the job is. Based on increased power and runtime, plus backward compatibility across the full power tool lineup, we feel this is a step beyond battery power systems that are currently available.”

-Theron Sherrod, Product Manager, Robert Bosch Tool Corp.

Our Bosch rep. told us that this battery is part of the “running change” to transition older 18V batteries to this newer model. So newer kits with batteries will come with the CORE18V, rather than the older models, as they phase the older batteries out.

Some key points:

    • High-power cells – deliver up to 1,440 Watts of power, 80% more than previous-generation 6.0 Ah batteries
    • Enhanced cell design – provides up to 20% longer run-time than previous-gen 6.0 Ah batteries

      CoolPack Technology
      CoolPack Technology
    • Bosch-exclusive CoolPack 2.0 technology – provides up to 35% more cooling effect than the first version of CoolPack and up to 135% more battery life than batteries without CoolPack
    • Lightest high-power battery – weighs only 1.8 Lbs., but provides performance comparable to batteries that are up to 35% larger
    • System compatibility – features backward and forward compatibility with all Bosch 18V tools and chargers
    • Fast recharge – charges to 80% in only 41 minutes and 100% in only 55 minutes using the optional Bosch BC1880 18V Fast Charger
    • Cold weather operation – works in cold weather conditions down to -4° F

These batteries are compatible with all of Bosch’s 18V lithium-ion tools and chargers.

OSHA’s 2017 Silica Dust Rule – Bosch Concrete Chiseling and Demolition

I’ve been writing posts about power tools and accessories that will help HDC300_attached_11264EVSworkers comply with the new requirements issued by Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) regarding their amendments to the existing standards for occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica (found in asphalt, brick, cement, concrete, drywall, grout, mortar, stone, sand and tile, just to name a few). Employers covered by the construction standard have until September 23, 2017 (this recently changed!) to comply with most of these new requirements.

Now I’ll breakdown the systems for Bosch PRO+GUARD Dust Solutions for concrete chiseling and demolition.

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BREAKAWAY Reciprocating Saw Blades?

Sick of throwing away half-used reciprocating saw blades? Well, you’re in luck, because Dewalt has a solution for you!

Introducing the new Breakaway Reciprocating Saw Blades…

Dewalt’s new Breakaway Blades include an innovative 2 blades-in-1 design, allowing the user to “break away” the used section of the blade, and reinsert the unused blade section back into the saw, allowing for maximum blade use without compromising the performance.

The Breakaway Blades will come in two lengths: 6″ and 9″

The 6″ blades break into 4″ blades, and ideal for cutting materials that are 1″ in diameter, and the 9″ blades break into 6″ blades, which are ideal for cutting materials that are 2″ in diameter.

These blades are made best for anyone cutting galvanized pipe, copper pipes, conduit, metal studs, EMT and other metals.

These blades are being made at the Dewalt plant in Shelbyville, Ky. with global materials.

Dewalt said they are planning to release these in the Spring of 2017! And since it’s already Spring, we’re hoping to see them soon. We’ll keep you updated.

Dewalt 20V MAX Brushless Compact Recip. Saw

Dewalt came out with their 20V MAX Brushless Compact Reciprocating DCS367D1_1Saw in December. So it’s been out for several months now. But I think it’s still a relatively new tool that’s worthy of a blog post.

You might know that this is Dewlt’s second 20V MAX Compact Reciprocating Saw on the market. But their first, the DCS387, is not brushless.

Is it worth the $10 difference? (It’s on sale now…online only!… There’s normally a $30 difference!)

We think so, and not just because we’re in the business of selling tools.

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OSHA’s 2017 Silica Dust Rule – Bosch Masonry Tuckpointing and Concrete Cutting

I’ve been writing posts about power tools and accessories that will help workers comply with the new requirements issued by Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) regarding their amendments to the existing standards for occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica (found in asphalt, brick, cement, concrete, drywall, grout, mortar, stone, sand and tile, just to name a few). Employers covered by the construction standard have until June 23, 2017 to comply with most of these new requirements. (The rule will become enforceable June 23, 2018 for the maritime and general industries.)

Now I’ll breakdown the systems for Bosch PRO+GUARD Dust Solutions for masonry tuckpointing and concrete cutting.

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Milwaukee’s Coolest Release Yet…

As I’m writing this blog post in South Florida, it’s 92 degrees outside and the sun is just blaring down.

If you’re working on a jobsite, doing landscaping or even working in an environment with little or no air conditioning (such as a warehouse), I would think that one of your biggest struggles on a day-to-day basis is battling the heat. But Milwaukee has a new product that should help!

Introducing WorkSkin Performance Shirts by Milwaukee: A light-weight performance shirt made up of “COOLCORE” fabric with a three-yarn construction that wicks moisture away from the body, keeping the garment up to 30% cooler when working in the heat. The shirts have sweat zones that extend down the back and under the arms to accelerate drying in high-sweat body areas. Cool, dry shirts can reduce fatigue from hard work in the heat. Plus, the fabric protects against UV rays.

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OSHA’s 2017 Silica Dust Rule – Bosch Concrete Surface Grinding

I’ve been writing posts about power tools and accessories that will help attach_18SG-5Eworkers comply with the new requirements issued by Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) regarding their amendments to the existing standards for occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica (found in asphalt, brick, cement, concrete, drywall, grout, mortar, stone, sand and tile, just to name a few). Employers covered by the construction standard have until June 23, 2017 to comply with most of these new requirements. (The rule will become enforceable June 23, 2018 for the maritime and general industries.)

Now I’ll breakdown the systems for Bosch PRO+GUARD Dust Solutions for concrete surface grinding.

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Cutting Strut? Wilton Has the Tool for You

Cutting strut can be a real drag. Sure, some ways are easier than others. But what if I told you there was a way to cut strut with the simple press of a button?

Introducing the new Wilton Strut Cutter, a portable hydraulic tool designed to cut strut products cleaner and faster than any other method.

Want to see just how easy and effortless this thing really is? Sit back, crack open a cold brew and see for yourself:

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