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Hitachi Koki recalls pneumatic nailers

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Norcross, Georgia-based Hitachi Koki is recalling its Pneumatic Nailer over an injury hazard, citing a tendency for the nailer to jam and override the safety switch that keeps more than one nail from firing at a time.

The affected products bear the model numbers NR83A2(Y) and NR83A3, which are printed on a label on the side of the nailer and the outside of the box. Units with a letter "R" decal next to the model number (as well as an engraved "R" near the serial number) are not included in the recall.

They were sold at independent home improvement and building supply stores (as well as online at Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com, Lowes.com, Walmart.com and Grainger.com) between May 2012 and M

Consumers are advised to immediately discontinue use and to contact Hitachi Koki U.S.A. for instructions on how to return the product for a free repair.

The recall affects about 25,000 units in the United States and 300 in Canada. At the time, no incidents or injuries have been reported.

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Kwikset adds re-key technology to SmartKey line

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Spectrum Brands’ Kwikset is updating its SmartKey Padlock line with the addition of SmartKey re-key technology.

Now, customers will be able to use the same key to unlock their home and their SmartKey padlocks. In just three steps, homeowners can re-key their padlocks to work with any Kwikset Smartkey lock.

"Having just one key to lock and unlock your home, shed, toolbox, locker and other secure spaces eliminates the worry of keeping track of multiple keys, solving an inefficiency that most people deal with daily," said Matt Richman, director of marketing. "Homeowners have enjoyed the superior security and ability to easily re-key their locks with SmartKey for many years, so we’re thrilled to expand the feature to our new SmartKey Padlock line."

The SmartKey Padlock is made with a hardened molybdenum shackle, as well as dual ball bearing locking, to stand up to potential tampering. The trademarked BumpGuard also offers protection from lock bumping, and a new feature holds the key in the padlock until it’s closed to help make sure it’s not left unlocked (or that the keys aren’t locked inside the home).

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LMC hosts industry events

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Lumbermens Merchandising Corp. announced a slate of upcoming events, including dealer exchanges, expos and golf outings.

The events include: 

• July 26th, 2014, LMC’s 33rd Annual Golf Outing, at Linfield National Golf Club in Limerick, Pennsylvania;
•Aug 13, 2014, LMC Hardware Express at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois;
• Sept 10 – Sept 11, 2014, LMC Dealer Exchange, Marriott Providence Downtown in Providence, Rhode Island;
• Nov 11 – Nov 12, 2014, 2014 Forest Products & Building Materials Expo at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and
• Mar 4 – Mar 6, 2015, LMC 2015 Annual Meeting at the Sands Expo Center & Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For more industry events, visit the HCN event page.

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