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Black + Decker rolls out sanders

BY HBSDealer Staff

Towson, Maryland-based Black + Decker introduced a newly updated Mouse Sander as well as new 1/4 Sheet and Random Orbit Sanders. 

The 1/4 Sheet Sander and Random Orbit Sander are each the shortest sanders in their class, the company said. This brings the DIYer close to the work surface, which affords them premium maneuverability around their projects.

With a compact and ergonomic design, Black + Decker’s best-selling detail sander, the Mouse, is now improved. The 1.5A Mouse Sander can be gripped in three ways that provide maximum versatility. Palm grip is ideal for sanding surfaces, precision grip provides extreme maneuverability, and handle grip allows you to get into ultra tight spaces. The Mouse Sander’s handholds make it easy and comfortable to sand on a flat or raised surface – even horizontally or vertically. Its compact body, low-profile legs, and see-through dust canister make it great for all types of sanding projects around the home.

The company is also introducing the 2.0Ah 1/4 Sheet and Random Orbit Sanders. The 1/4 Sheet Sander is best for finish sanding and detail work while the Random Orbit Sander provides fast, efficient material removal. 

Both sanders feature paddle switches instead of the traditional flip switch. The paddle switches are located on top of each sander and are activated by pressing down naturally with the palm of the hand as if the sander is in use. The sander can then be locked in either the on or off position for one-handed use.

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Smoke your garden, and other outdoor trends

BY HBSDealer Staff

Garden Media Group released its annual garden trends report for 2015, which includes nine gardening and lifestyle trends influencing the industry.


Among them is the increased awareness of backyard cannabis. 


“First it was ‘eat your garden.’ Then it was ‘drink your garden.’ Now, it’s ‘smoke your garden,’” says Susan McCoy, president of Philadelphia-basedGarden Media. “Marijuana is going to become a great ornamental plant as people continue to customize their garden and outdoor space to meet their needs.”

• The New Consumers: The millennial generation makes up 25% of the population in the United States. This group – which is comprised of people ages 18 to 35 – is bigger than the baby boomer generation and continues to grow. In particular, young men are spending $100 more per year on plants and garden products than the average consumer. Hispanics, the fastest growing segment of the U.S., have a cultural tradition of growing food for their family and sharing with friends.

 • Wellbeing: Consumers want to make the world a better place – and they want brands to help them do it. Products that are environmentally friendly and safe for pets and children reign supreme. And blueberry plants, like the BrazelBerries Collection of edible berries, are good for health and wellness, ranking high on consumers’ eco-scale. 

• Garden-tainment: People are estimated to spend $7 billion on outdoor décor in 2015. They will use their outdoor spaces as an extension of their homes to entertain. By using ready-made containers, plants, and products like RESCUE!’s decorative OrnamenTrap for flies and yellowjackets, consumers can quickly revamp before a party. 

• Bite-Sized Decadence: Small container gardens will pack a lot of punch in 2015. Fill containers with Million Bells calibrachoa from Suntory Flowers or a mix of show-stopping plants from Longfield Gardens to make a luscious statement in a small space. No-fuss cacti and succulents are also the ideal starter plants.

• Rebel-hoods: Neighborhood residents are rebelling against and campaigning for the reversal of ordinances. They will work to transform the neighborhood to the agri-hood – complete with urban chickens, bee keepers and lawn-less landscapes. 

• Color Pops: This year, use trending color palettes – ranging from vintage to muted rustic to teal – to show off personality outdoors. Easy-to-grow flower bulbs from Longfield Gardens inspire people to mix and match colors that express their personality. 

• Portable Gardening: The rise of “NOwners”– those who prize freedom over homeownership— is fueling modular flexibility that allows for unique design and personalization. They are renting, sharing and bartering and want their gardens to travel with them. Adaptable and flexible planters with wheels, handles or other movable parts or lightweight durable products like NativeCast’s green concrete planters fit their needs.

• Bed Head Style: Purposefully un-styled outdoor spaces are the result of intentionally working within the natural landscape. This casual landscape style expresses an effortless personality with an “anything goes” attitude.

• Smoke Your Garden: With an increasing number of states decriminalizing marijuana, more people will begin growing their own and need seeds, plants and products. Garden Centers can capitalize on new laws by carrying products that help people cultivate these plants. 

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Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

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A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Nov. 7, 2014

*Western – regional species perimeter foundation; Southern – regional species slab construction.

Crow’s Market Recap — A condensed recap of the market conditions for the major North American softwood lumber and panel products as reported in Crow’s Weekly Market Report.

Lumber: Rumors of a significant chunk of business to China began to swirl Wednesday in the SPF market, and by Thursday, mills had indeed firmed prices and reported order files out at least until the latter half of the month. While overseas sales bolstered much of those order files, buyers closer to home also stepped in to purchase needs. In Southern Pine, buyers held off from purchasing whenever possible, many focused on thinning their inventories. Prices weakened further. Prices in the Coastal species market continued to sag, as demand remained a step behind supplies. Buyers remained cautious and purchased only enough volumes to get them through the near-term. Even thin production of Inland species has overtaken slim demand to produce some price softness. Fir-Larch narrows are especially vulnerable. Sluggish stud sales forced many prices lower. Mills struggled to find trading levels. Prices of 2×4 9’ led declines. Last week, the price of Radiata Pine finger joint blanks fell to $1260, C&F US ports. This week, they close at $1245. Ponderosa Pine and other domestic species of industrial lumber remain firm in both Mldg&Btr and #2 Shop. One obvious reason for modest sales in 4/4 Common is the increased production of Ponderosa Pine boards, especially in both #3 and #4 Common. In addition, more imported material destined for millwork is entering the US from South America. Idaho White Pine Standard, for instance, shows softening. Eastern White Pine is modestly weak in all Industrials, especially 1×12. Inland Cedar is generally weak in 1×6 and 1×8 but has little energy, overall. Western Red Cedar buyers continued to purchase light volumes to fill in inventories. Moderate sales at yards prompted those buyers to replenish with specific lengths in an effort to keep inventories light.

Panels: OSB activity was so faint this week that sources reported sideways movement in pricing for most regions as a default position. Most business was of the “onesie-twosie” variety, with customers filling basic needs. The tone seemed to follow that of lumber and plywood — uneventful. Most Southern Pine plywood producers remained in a strong position regarding prices, describing them as “firm.” Order files ran from the week of November 17 all the way out to Dec. 1. The cracks in Western Fir sheathing prices opened a bit further, as mill order files continued to erode. Mills often reported lead times into the week of November 17, but quicker shipping volumes were available. Activity eased a little more this week in the Canadian plywood market given the time of year and weather concerns. But, pricing remained fundamentally level from last week. Buyers largely purchased particleboard at a consistent pace, with no significant variations from mill to mill regarding volumes sold. Buyers in the West perceived a slightly weaker tone to MDF, although prices maintained their prior levels.

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