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Black & Decker unveils motion-activated screwdriver

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Black & Decker has introduced the GYRO 4V MAX Lithium-ion Rechargeable Screwdriver (BDCS40G), a motion-activated screwdriver that controls variable speed and direction. The variable speed feature and direction change that occurs with a twist of the wrist provide improved control.

With the screwdriver’s gyroscopic technology, users only need to rotate their wrist one-quarter turn to the right for forward or left for reverse. 

"We’re taking a technology people are familiar with using in motion-sensing video games, smart phones, and even toy helicopters and using it in a new and innovative way to create a unique power tool," said Matt Nestorick, product manager for consumer power tools at Black & Decker. "The new GYRO screwdriver harnesses the latest technologies to provide consumers with a unique DIY experience." 

With lithium ion battery technology, the screwdriver holds a charge up to 18 months.

The 4V MAX Lithium Rechargeable Screwdriver joins Black & Decker’s lineup of Lithium products, including the existing range of drill/drivers and Black & Decker’s extensive Lithium outdoor lineup featuring a string trimmer/edger, hedge trimmer, sweeper, cultivator, pole pruning saw, pole hedge trimmer, chain saw and powered lopper.

The 4V MAX GYRO will be available October 2012 for $39.97 at Lowes, Walmart, Amazon and Blackanddecker.com. 

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July housing starts drop 1.1%

BY HBSDealer Staff

Housing starts fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 746,000 in July, down 1.1% from the revised June estimate of 754,000, according to the Residential Construction report from the Commerce Department. This is 21.5% above the July 2011 rate of 614,000. 

Single-family housing starts in July were at a rate of 502,000, which is 6.5% below the revised June figure of 537,000. The July rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 229,000.

Housing completions in July were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 668,000; this is 7.1% above the revised June estimate of 624,000 and is 5.4% above the July 2011 rate of 634,000.

Single-family housing completions in July were at a rate of 448,000, which is 5.9% below the revised June rate of 476,000. The July rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 209,000.

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Whirlpool, Honeywell introduce energy-efficient insulation in refrigerators

BY HBSDealer Staff

Whirlpool and Honeywell have announced that all Whirlpool U.S.-made refrigerators will begin incorporating Honeywell’s Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent. This includes future product lineups from Whirlpool Brand, Maytag, Amana, Jenn-Air and KitchenAid brands.   

Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA) has the lowest Global Warming Potential (GWP) available among non-ozone depleting substitutes, outperforms commonly used hydrocarbons such as C-Pentane, and provides better low-temperature insulation performance and higher energy savings, according to the announcement.

Honeywell Solstice LBA offers an 8% to 10% improvement in efficiency over refrigerator platforms tested with hydrocarbon blown foam insulation, and a 2% improvement over 245fa, which is the most widely used foam blowing agent in the United States.

"Whirlpool Corp. is an environmental leader, developing high-quality products that offer both efficiency and low environmental impact," said Ludovic Beaufils, general manager refrigeration and sustainability lead for Whirlpool North America.  "Through this collaboration with Honeywell, we are once again leading the way with the most advanced materials that offer the greatest benefits to consumers."

Honeywell Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent has a 100-year global warming potential between 4.7 and 7, a 99% improvement over 245fa. In addition, it offers cost benefits and is non-flammable.

Whirlpool will begin production in late 2013.

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