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Arrow Fastener introduces elite T50 staple gun

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Saddle Brook, N.J.-based Arrow Fastener Co. introduced its new T50 Elite professional manual staple gun and 1-in. (25mm) brad nail gun.

The most recent evolution of the company’s best-selling T50 heavy duty staple gun, the T50 Elite staple gun will arrive in stores in July.  

The T50 Elite staple gun is one of the first manual tackers on the market capable of firing up to a 1-in. (25mm) brad nail. It features patented Drive Technology that enables the user to set a staple or nail right on virtually any surface. The company said the product, introduced at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, also offers up to 60% more power than the T50 staple gun, which makes it more versatile on the job site.  

“It is a sleek, attractive product that elevates the chrome look of the classic T50 to a new level with patented drive technology, more power, easier squeeze and more versatility," said Bill Sokol, VP marketing for Arrow Fastener.

A jam-resistant mechanism means less downtime, and an ergonomic soft rubber grip delivers the highest standard of comfort.

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Kobalt to launch improved Mechanics Tools line in June

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With a little help from Nascar champ Jimmie Johnson’s team of mechanics, Kobalt is launching what it calls a "new and improved" Kobalt Mechanics Tools line in June at all Lowe’s stores nationwide.

Lowe’s tools merchandising VP David Vaughn said Kobalt started as a mechanics tools brand in 1998, and the launch marks a return to its roots. The No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team was involved in the redevelopment process, he said. “We leaned on our friends and ultimate car experts over at Team 48 to tell us what we could improve, and we made changes that will help take the Next Generation of Tough Tools to the next level of quality and greatness," Vaughn said. "We’re very proud of the new line.”

A few of the key features consumers will see in the new line include:

• Ratchets upgraded to 72 teeth count with 5 degrees of arc, recommended by Team 48 for ease of use in tight spaces;

• Each socket has the size laser etched on the socket, and each one is also color-coded with a red (SAE) or blue (Metric) band to delineate between Standard (SAE) and Metric (MM) sockets;

• Ratchets featuring new quick-release function for quick swap-out of sockets and accessories; and 

• Upgraded cases with improved tool retention and increased durability

Kobalt is a brand of Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s and is sold exclusively at Lowe’s.

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Consumer sentiment pushes upward

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The latest monthly update from the Home Improvement Research Institute shows a planned home improvement project incidence of 50.4% among consumers in April. That’s up 2.8% from the year-ago month and the second month in a row of year-over-year increases.

After a sharp drop in December, the first four months of planned project incidence have been mostly up, or very slightly down compared with last year, according to HIRI’s Monthly Sentiment Tracking.

The estimated cost of planned home improvement projects in April increased 1% from a year ago to $493.

HIRI is the home improvement industry’s foremost source for original research. It is an independent, not-for-profit membership organization comprised of more than 80 leading companies.

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