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It’s Offical! Ideal Industries buys SK Tools

August 23rd, 2010

It’s officially official, Ideal Industries has gone through with the purchase of SK Tools.  The sale is expected to finalize on Wednesday, with Doug Spitler tapped to head the new company.  Doug is currently managing IDEAL’s Retail and Industrial Divisions so he should be a good fit to run the new company.  SK has said that they are dedicated to keeping SK Tools made in the US, however they haven’t decided if that will be at a brand new facility, the current SK facility, or a current Ideal facility.  They expect to release a manufacturing plan in about a month.  No word on existing warranty issues, however it sounds like Ideal will probably honor them in some fashion.

Source: Ideal

Dewalt Introduces two new Chipping Hammers

August 17th, 2010

Dewalt recently announced two new chipping hammers, the D25831K and D25851K.  Chipping hammers are the jack hammers little brother, and make short work of small amounts of masonry or even wood.  Dewalt hasn’t released much information on their hammers yet, however they are claiming that with their new active-vibration damping system, they reduce overall vibration by 50%.  If this claim is true, that would be a huge boon, as the vibration from this type of tool causes lots of fatigue and discomfort.  The new hammers should be available later this summer, and hopefully we’ll get some detailed specifications soon.

Update: Got word back from Dewalt, the Specs for the chipping hammers are below:

D25831K – SDS Max Chipping Hammer

  • Weight: 13.6 lbs.
  • BPMs: 1,430-2,840
  • Impact Energy: 9.5 ft-lbs.

D25851K – Round Hex Chipping Hammer

  • Weight: 14.0 lbs.
  • BPMs: 1,430-2,840
  • Impact Energy: 9.5 ft-lbs.

Milwaukee Transitioning from V28 to M28 Batteries

August 4th, 2010

Milwaukee has announced the new M28 Lithium-Ion batteries will soon be standard across their product line.  The M28 batteries will replace the 5 year old V28 battery line, and will be backwards compatible with the old batteries, which means you’ll still be able to use the old ones in your new tools.  Both batteries have the same capacity at 3.0 Amp-hours so you won’t get any inherent run-time, however the new batteries feature more sophisticated charging electronics, so that should allow the batteries to keep their peak capacity for longer.  In addition Milwaukee claims that the new batteries are more durable than the old V28’s, although the rated drop height is still 10 ft.  Prices should stay the same, and the new batteries will be available this summer.

New Ryobi Door Lock Installation Kit

July 26th, 2010

Ryobi has started offering a new door lock installation kit.   The model #A99DLK2 Kit runs just $30 but has some nifty features.  Like most typical door lock jigs, this one properly aligns the handle holes and the lock so that everything fits properly.  What struck me as unique about the Ryobi one however is the ‘Auto-strike-locator’.  This little tab hangs out for the jig, and with the door almost closed rests in the strike plate.  The holes can then be drilled and the lock will align perfectly with the strike plate.  A nice simple way to eliminate any need for measuring.

Ideal Industries to buy bankrupt SK Hand Tools

July 12th, 2010

Ideal Industries has agreed to buy the bankrupt SK Hand Tools for $3.25 million according to the bankruptcy filing that was submitted to the northern Illionis Bankruptcy court.  According to the filing SK Hand Tools will go up for auction as soon as July 26th, and if no other higher offers are received it will be sold to Ideal.  Ideal has recently been buying up a few other smaller tool companies, and seems to leave them generally intact, so that is likely to be the case if their purchase of SK goes through.  SK currently has more than $10 million in debt, with at least $9 million being owed to Webster Business Credit.  They also have more than $10 million in assets.

Source: Bloomberg

Recall Notice: Southern Technologies Drill Press

July 1st, 2010

Southern Technologies has just announced a recall on its Powertec 8” Drill Press.  About 500 drill presses were produced that have faulty wiring in the motor, which may pose an electrical shock hazard.  The only model affected is the DP800, which were sold at Blain’s Farm and Fleet stores in the last few years.  If you have one of these drill presses, either return it to the store, or contact Southern Technologies at (877) 393-7121.

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Stanley’s Father’s Day Contest

June 11th, 2010

Want free stuff?  Of course you do, its free!  Well not technically free, you have to give them your e-mail address so you’ll probably end up getting some spam, if you want a chance to win, head on over to the entry page.