DeWalt demolition hammer offers versatility
Towson, Md.-based DeWalt launched a new 40-lb. demolition hammer (D25960K), which has been designed to offer contractors elite performance, comfort, durability and ease of use. The D25960K is made for a variety of professionals, including electricians, waterproofers, and mechanical, concrete, demolition and general contractors.
“Our new demolition hammer combines the power that contractors need for heavy-duty applications with a lightweight design,” said DeWalt product manager Jeff Beck. “We believe the D25960K exceeds contractors’ expectations specific to performance, comfort and portability. Through the implementation of specific innovative features, the D25960K is sure to be a leader in this market.”
Contributing to the comfort and control contractors can expect when using the new DeWalt demolition hammer, the D25960K features Shocks – Active Vibration Control, a soft-start control and a large rocker switch. The two-piece Shocks – Active Vibration Control system includes a counter balance mechanism and shock-mounted floating handle that helps to dampen vibration levels. Thanks to this innovative feature, the D25960K boasts a 6.8 m/s² vibration level, which is significantly less than competitive hammers on the market.
The soft start feature that is incorporated as part of the D25960K aids in the prevention of bit walking. An electronics package also eliminates the high current spike on start-up, which therefore provides consistent power under load.
A large rocker switch allows for the tool to be turned on and off easily without contractors needing to hold the power switch down when the tool is in use.
City of Hope gets Home Depot grant
The City of Hope has received a three-year, $535,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation that will enable it to remodel the main facilities office of Hope Village, a housing complex located on the cancer center’s campus.
Hope Village provides residential units for 40 patients and their caregivers while they are undergoing cancer treatment. The grant will help upgrade electricity and plumbing and bathroom fixtures in the office, which provides shared facilities for those staying at Hope Village.
City of Hope is one of the few cancer centers in the country to offer temporary housing for patients and their families. Service and amenities include fully equipped kitchens, 24-hour tram service, and a computer and lounge area for patients and their families. In addition, an exclusive RV park containing six spaces with full hookups to water, electricity and disposal is available to all families.
This is the third grant from The Home Depot Foundation, which has awarded City of Hope nearly $3 million in grants for the past nine years to be used for improvements at Hope Village. These include the installation of solar panels on the Michael Amini Transfusion Medicine Center. These solar panels contributed to the Amini Center becoming the first green-certified building at City of Hope, receiving the Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating.
“City of Hope delivers advanced medicine in a caring and compassionate environment, and The Home Depot Foundation is honored to be able to support their mission,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “We are pleased to once again help City of Hope provide that nurturing home environment that allows patients and their caregivers to stay close to the hospital, yet decompress in a setting that is closer to the comforts of home.”
Irwin Tools rings the bell for tradesmen
Executives of Irwin Tools and assorted tradesmen collectively rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange Thursday morning, promoting National Tradesmen Day, which is slated for Sept. 16.
“Tradesmen aren’t typically the focus of the Stock Exchange, yet they are a vital part of our lives every day," said Ross Porter, president of Irwin Tools. "That’s why we invited several tradesmen to be a part of the notable tradition that opens the U.S. trading markets. If we don’t have a strong work force, America can’t function and thrive as it has for the last 200-plus years. We applaud what these skilled men and women contribute, often without the thanks that they deserve.”
Irwin is a division of Newell Rubbermaid, shares of which were trading on the NYSE at just under $14.
Among the honored tradesmen at today’s ceremony was Delwyn Thornton of Brandon, Miss., the North American Champion of the 2010 Irwin Tools Ultimate Tradesman Challenge. In ringing the opening bell, Delwyn stood shoulder-to-shoulder with tradesmen from across the nation, as well as leaders of Irwin Tools.
The inaugural National Tradesmen Day will celebrate the role of tradesmen in events across the country, with cookouts at local job sites and recognition at retail locations and schools, according to Irwin.