New products to notice

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Ball bearing hinges
A.J. Doors –  /www.ajdoor.com/
A.J. Manufacturing introduces a ball bearing hinge available on its steel or aluminum frame walk doors.  The optional upgrades of ball bearing hinges are recommended for high traffic applications doors with full view glass, panic hardware, door closer, kick, push or pull plates, those over 3’6” or are subject to rough service.

Pipe freeze unit
Ridgid Tool Co.  – www.ridgid.com/
Ridgid’s SF-2500 SuperFreeze pipe freezing unit quickly isolates sections of copper or steel pipe with ice plugs, eliminating complete system shut-downs and draining.  The SF-2500 forms ice plugs in as little as five minutes in steel pipes up to 2 inches and copper tubing up to 2 ½ inches. One or two plugs can be formed with a single unit at the same time. The unit operates automatically once the freeze heads are attached to the pipes and the unit is turned on. The unit continues to run during repairs, insuring the ice plugs do not melt. The SF-2500 does not use any hazardous refrigerants, CO² or nitrogen. Its specially designed compressor has quick restart capabilities and overload protection.

Compact utility loaders
The Toro Company – www.toro.com/index.html
Toro Company’s latest additions to its Dingo compact utility loader family are the narrow and wide track TX 427 models. Both feature 27-hp Kohler engines for increased pulling and digging force and come standard with heavy-duty 2-stage air cleaners for superior dust and dirt filtration. TX 427 compact utility loaders are successors to Toro’s popular TX 420 and TX 425 models. With four independent hydraulic pumps, TX 427 compact utility loaders deliver 16.9 gallons per minute (gpm) of flow to each track, 11.4 gpm to the auxiliary hydraulics, and 6 gpm to the loader arm. Auxiliary hydraulics pump 19 hp flow to the attachment for increased productivity.

Window well system
Bilco Company — www.bilco.com/foundations/store/shopdetail.asp
Bilco Company has enhanced its stakWell Window Well System, a modular system of units that are stacked together to accommodate virtually any foundation depth. The new design features high-density polyethylene inserts to add strength and rigidity to withstand adverse freeze/thaw and site settling conditions. Inserts also simplify the back-filling process and lock modules together to create a cohesive window well assembly.  Modules slide and mate together and feature a slot and tab interface that ensures proper alignment and secure installation. The system can be used with both utility and egress windows and offers a maintenance-free alternative to builders and homeowners.

Deck, fenceline lighting
TimberTech — www.timbertech.com
TimberTech, manufacturer of decking, railing and fencing products, has introduced DeckLites, an extensive line of deck lighting solutions. With post cap lights, baluster-mounted accent lights, post-mounted accent lights and stair riser lights, DeckLites offers a completely customizable lighting solution for any type of application. TimberTech’s post cap lights and baluster mounted accents lights are specifically designed to fit with their RadianceRail and ornamental rail systems. The company also offers post cap lights that work with TimberTech’s composite fencing product, FenceScape. This application is ideal for adding accents to landscaped areas or to provide a decorative border around the yard.

Cordless rotary hammer
Hitachi Power Tools — www.hitachipowertools.com
Hitachi Power Tools offers two new SDS plus lithium ion cordless rotary hammers, the DH 18DL and DH25DAL. The 18-volt 18DL is a compact and powerful addition to the 1V interchangeable battery platform. The 25DAL is powered by a 25.2-volt btter that is 35 percent lighter than other 36-volt bateries. With their advanced lithium ion battery technology, these hammers have features to maximize durability, user comfort and convenience, offered in dual speed modes, idle strike restrictors, tool-less chucks and accessible carbon brushes.

Metabo angle grinder
Metabo —  www.metabo.com/International-Homepage-english-The-craftsman-s-brands-world.2786.0.html
Metabo Corporation has introduced the new Stone Master WE14-125VS 5-inch angle grinder built with Metabo’s VTC (Vario Tacho Constamatic) electronic speed stabilization, making the grinder ideal for heavy operating conditions such as grinding, cutting and finishing granite, marble or concrete countertops as well as grinding and finishing specialty metals.

Digital camera goes micro
Ridgid Tool Co. —  www.ridgid.com/
Ridgid’s microExplorer Digital Camera is a visual inspection tool with new technology that allows users to view small spaces, take digital quality images, record video/audio then transfer the images back to the shop or customer. Plus, it features unique self-leveling technology which helps users perfect their image because it turns the image upright, no matter how the camera head is positioned. The camera includes a 3-foot cable with the option of ordering accessories for deeper jobs such as a 3-foot or 6-foot cable up to 30-feet. The micro-Explorer camera is the “next generation” of the SeeSnake micro Inspection camera which was one of the most successful product launches in Ridgid’s history.

Snow blades innovations
Worksaver, Inc. —  www.worksaver.com/product/SnowBlade.html
Worksaver introduces snow blades for skid steers (SBS Series) and tractor loaders (SBFL Series) for snow removal in driveways, parking lots or other large areas. The blades are able to angle left  or right and feature a 90-inch width and 3/8 x 6-inch cutting edge of 1044 steel. Features include a reinforced 27-inch high 10-gauge moldboard, free floating blade to clean uneven surfaces and adjustable depth skid shoes that come standard.  A “universal” quick attach mounting system in skid  steer models offers easy access to the operator’s seat.

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