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Best New Tools for the Trade: Construction, Plumbing and More

Whether you’re in the business of solar installation, renovating homes or constructing new homes, the right tools help make your business work, improve productivity and improve efficiency. As a professional, you know how important it is to keep up with the latest gidgets and gadgets available, but who has time to scour endless product pages on top tool manufacturer websites? We’ve done the work for you, providing you with a few selections that will make your work faster and easier- and even a bit safer.

Greenlee Steel Fish Tape

Running wires through conduit is an almost daily task for an electrician, so why not make it a bit easier? With oil-tempered steel and rapid pay-out and rewind, the Greenlee steel fish tape helps you do just that. It features a dirt-free finish as well, which keeps your hands cleaner while you use it.

For portability, this tape comes in a rugged plastic case with a no-slip, comfortable handle. The case boasts a viewing port that lets you see how much tape is left and also remove any debris that might have accidentally gotten in. The fish tape comes in a number of different lengths, including 50, 65, 125 and 240 feet.

Fugz Ear Plugs

While not technically a ‘tool,’ these ear plugs are a must-have on the job site. They come in a small container that you’ll need to fill with warm water. After microwaving the container (with the ear plugs and water in it) drain off the water, then let the plugs dry. You can then insert the plugs into your ear, and they will mold into shape.

What makes these plugs effective? They boast a noise reduction rating (NRR) of 21, which helps seal your ears off from the harsh sounds of the job site and protect them from damage.

Klein Non-Contact Voltage Tester

When it comes to reliability and toughness, there’s one tool manufacturer you reach for: Klein Tools. Their non-contact voltage tester is the ideal tool for utility linemen, electricians and contractors in home construction. This type of voltage tester lets you measure voltage easily, but doesn’t require the contact of other testers, making it safer and easier to use. It’s small as well, about the size of a large pen, making it easily portable from job site to job site. The best part? It’s really inexpensive at only $25.00.

Pasloade TetraGrip Fastening System

Tired of getting complaints and callbacks from customers reporting squeaky subfloors? Try the Paslode TetraGrip fastening system next time. This pneumatic coil nailing system fires a TetraGrip nail, which twists as it drives into the floor. Aside from its superior driving down force, it also provides excellent grip and staying power, eliminating those squeaky floors and earning you newfound respect among your clients.

Bosch Worksite Table Saw

Power doesn’t always come in a large package. In fact, the Bosch GTS1031 is relatively small and compact but features a 4hp 15-amp motor and a has a rip-cut capacity of 18 inches. This saw weighs only 52 pounds however, making it extremely lightweight. It has a steel roll cage as well that not only helps protect it from damage on the job site, but also lets you carry this amazing saw around with only one hand.

Bona Recoat System

Home renovation specialist know that ripping everything out of a home isn’t always the best solution. Sometimes you can simply restore certain pieces to their former glory. This is especially true when it comes to hardwood floors. With the right tools, even the worst floors can be refinished. The Bona Recoat system does this in three steps:

• Loosen and get rid of in-the-way contaminants using the Bona Remover.
• Clean the floor thoroughly with the Bona Rinse.
• Apply the Bona Traffic wood finish to restore the floor to its former appeal.

M18 Force Logic 6T Utility Crimper

Joining wires together or joining wires to fittings has never been easier thanks to the M18 Force Logic crimper. Crimping a joint takes only three seconds, and, thanks to the innovative hydraulics and electronics within this tool, it’s done safely and easily. This tool is best used when working with high-voltage connections that need reliable and secure crimping.

Sharpdraw Pencil

Tired of replacing your carpenter’s pencil or having to sharpen them over and over again? Save time and effort with the Sharpdraw Mechanical Pencil from Speedtac. This pencil boasts a thumb latch, that when pressed, feeds a fresh bit of lead into the metal tip of the tool. The lead is made of carbon fiber, making it easy to sharpen if you happen to break off the tip.

Rigid 18-Volt Hammer Drill and Impact Driver

Drilling and driving fasteners quickly is essential to your productivity on a job site. These Rigid 18-Volt tools help you get the job done with long-lasting batteries and maintenance-free brushless motors. Rigid offers an impressive lifetime warranty on the tools as well, making them an ideal buy.

Generac Inverter Generator

Power your job site efficiently with the Generac iQ2000. Featuring variable engine speed and a DC alternator, the generator offers sufficient electricity for powering all your cordless tools and lights. It’s compact as well, weighing only 46 pounds. For long-lasting use, it’s able to operate for up to 7.7 hours at 25 percent load. Keep track of how much gas you’ve used using its digital display.

Bostitch LPF-21PL Low-Profile Pneumatic Framing Nailer

Let’s face it, job sites can be cramped. There’s not always wide-open spaces available for large tools, and that’s where this Bostitch nailer comes into play. Weighing on 7.6 pounds, this small angle nailer fits easily into compact spaces, like between studs and joists, making it easy to drive nails into lumber. Despite its small size, it packs a lot of punch. It’s powerful enough for nailing laminated veneer or engineered lumber. It also offers two firing options: sequential firing and rapid-bump firing.

Which tools of the trade can you not live without? There are plenty that should make your list that make your job easier, faster and a little safer.


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