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Makita introduces Impact Gold insert bits

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Touting an ability to last up to 10 times longer than standard insert bits, Makita has announced its new Impact Gold insert bits collection, designed for use with high-torque impact drivers.

“Insert bits are clearly lagging behind the increased fastening power of high torque impact drivers, and the result is more broken bits and more wasted time for contractors,” said Brandon Stover, accessories product manager. “Makita has delivered a solution with new technology that revolutionizes fastening applications with up to 10-times longer bit life and superior fitment to prevent ‘cam-out’ and stripped screws. Impact Gold is the new gold standard in impact driving.”

The collection includes insert bits, bit holders, double-ended power bits, nutsetters, sockets and socket adapters, all made with high-quality steel and Xtreme Torsion Technology, which provides greater flexibility within the torsion section of the bit and decreased pressure on the bit tip. The end result is an increased ability to withstand high-torque settings.

The inserts are also designed to maintain their fitment via a five-stage manufacturing process that includes a correction stage for consistency: machining, hardening, correction, burr removal and coating.

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Klein Tools rolls out Open Jaw Cable Cutter

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Klein Tools has announced the addition of the Open Jaw Cable Cutter to its product line, a ratcheting cable cutter with front-loading jaws designed for tight spaces.

“Klein Tools’ new Open Jaw Cable Cutter offers the best of both worlds,” said Klein Tools product manager Ben Bainter. “It has the open jaw design of traditional ‘lopper’ cable cutters as well as the compactness of ratcheting cable cutters.”

The specially designed jaws are made to wrap around cable in confined spaces. Additionally, the high-leverage ratchet mechanism makes single-handed, clean cuts possible for 600 MCM Copper and 750 MCM Aluminum.

A spring release lever resets the blades from streamlined cutting, and plastic-covered handles with hand guards offer comfort and grip.

The Cable Cutter can also cut 1-1/8" communication cable, but it is not designed for cutting steel or ACSR.

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Huttig reports sales growth

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St. Louis-based Huttig Building Products reported sales growth of 9% in the third quarter ended Sept. 30.

Huttig reported income from continuing operations of $3.2 million in 2013 compared with $3.7 million in 2012, which included a $2.4 million gain on disposal of assets.

"We are pleased with our continued financial improvement in the third quarter,” said Jon Vrabely, Huttig’s president and CEO. “It is our tenth consecutive quarter of improved net income over the comparable prior-year period, excluding significant special items.”

Huttig distributes its products through 27 distribution centers serving 41 states. And the company’s new agreement with CPG Building Products was hailed as a positive factor.

"We continue to focus on executing our profitable growth strategy, which we believe will be aided by the recent execution of a supply agreement with CPG Building Products that authorizes Huttig to distribute the entire line of AZEK and TimberTech decking, railing and trim products in 13 locations through the east region. We are generating positive cash flow from operations and positive earnings, which increases our ability to pursue growth opportunities as the market recovers." 

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