Diablo rolls out new blades, new promotion
Freud America has added to its line of high-performance Diablo reciprocating saw blades with two new specialty blades: a flush cut blade and a pruning blade.
The new Diablo Flush Cut Blades are designed to handle nail-embedded wood and metal. These Bi-Metal Reciprocating Saw Blades come in 9-in. and 12-in. lengths (product numbers DS0194AFC and DS1214AFC) and feature the optimal flex body height for flush cutting.
They have a unique tooth configuration for smoother cuts with less vibration and deliver up to four times longer cutting life than standard bi-metal blades, saving both time and money. As with most other Diablo reciprocating blades, the new Flush Cut Blade features the company’s exclusive Perma-Shield non-stick coating that reduces heat, gumming and corrosion, according to the company.
Freud America also launched its new Diablo website (DiabloTools.com) with enhanced functionality, including a comprehensive “Keyword Search,” a “Quick View” on each product, with a “Learn More” button so visitors can delve deeper into product specifications.
There also is a “Compare” button that allows visitors to view four products at one time to find out which one makes sense for their application.
Diablo is also running the Dare To Compare Reciprocating Saw Blade Giveaway promotion.
Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index
A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Sept. 27, 2013
*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: Market momentum carried over from the week prior prompted SPF lumber mills to increase prices early. Extended order files at mills prompted buyers to look elsewhere for coverage, which led to solid and steady sales at the secondary level but slower sales at mills. After a somewhat sluggish start to the week, Southern Pine lumber trading improved moderately, providing enough momentum to keep most dimension prices moving higher, although some discounts remained in the mix. The sales pace in Coastal species lumber slowed, but momentum continued to press prices higher. Distributors sold steady volumes and purchased to fill-in inventories, but hesitation to buy back in kept some customers on the sidelines. A limited amount of mill offerings continued to keep the Inland species lumber market on an upward trend. Some producers reported a quieter pace than last week, but most felt it was due to a lack of offerings rather than a slowdown in demand. Radiata Pine traders reported a solid market, with some saying they had Mldg&Btr order files out to the end of the year. Inquiries for Ponderosa Pine #2&Btr Shop were most prevalent, with most coming from door and window manufacturers and cut stock plants. Producers of Ponderosa Pine Selects and Commons reported strong demand in all but a couple of grades and sizes. Idaho White Pine producers reported light offerings. ESLP producers continued to hold prices firm while quoting shipment times well into October. Buyers’ needs, consisting of minimal volumes but covering a broad range of Western Red Cedar items, generated highly mixed orders at mills. Buyers kept a close eye on inventories and inbound shipments, not wanting to carry any idle volumes.
Panels: The OSB market remained on firm ground with producers in control. Western market continued to lead the rally with mill order files out 2-3 weeks or more. Moderate sales activity in the Southern Pine plywood market left prices firm or edging higher. Producers reported order files mostly in the weeks of October 7 and 14. Buyers often steered toward the quickest shipping volumes. “Steady and unspectacular,” was how one producer described sales activity in the Western Fir plywood market. Steadiness in the market allowed producers to raise prices moderately. Order files moved solidly into the week of October 7, extending in some instances into the next week. A mild uptick in activity on Thursday was not enough to move Canadian plywood prices up, but was enough to add to mill order files and pull a few buyers off the fence. Other than the Thursday action, the overall tone of the market was a quiet one. With particleboard and MDF markets about to begin October, most producers are somewhat disappointed with the amount of business brought their way in September.
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