Metabo launches new hammer drills
Metabo Corp. has unveiled two new 1/2-in. hammer drills that promise to increase productivity on the job site. The SBE710 and the SBE 1100 Plus can be used on various construction materials, including concrete block, solid concrete and brick.
The SBE710 hammer drill features the company’s Variospeed electronic speed control, which allows users to regulate the speed from the lowest value to the highest. The hammer drill has a maximum impact rate of 59,000 bmp, is rated at 5.8 amps and provides a maximum drilling diameter of 3/4-in. concrete, 1/2-in. mild steel and 1-and-9/16-in. softwood.
The two-speed aluminum die cast gear box in the hammer drill offers a no-load speed of 0 rpm to 1,000 rpm in first gear and 0 rpm to 3,100 rpm in second gear with a maximum tightening torque of 248 in.-lbs.
The SBE710 features a 710-watt motor and a ‘LongLife’ motor design that withstands abuse from dust and overload conditions.
The SBE 1100 Plus hammer drill features Metabo’s Vario Tacho Constamatic (VTC) speed stabilization that increases efficiency by working at nearly 100% of the no-load speed up to the full-rated amp load of 9.6 amps. The tool’s ‘LongLife’ motor has 1,100 watts of power.
In addition, it features a two-speed die cast aluminum gear box and offers a no-load speed of 0 rpm to 900 rpm in first gear and 0 rpm to 2,800 rpm in second gear with a maximum tightening torque of 389 in.-lbs.
Safety features for both hammer drills include a rubber coated grip, safety non-slip side handle, Metabo’s safety slip clutch, auto-stop carbon brushes and winding protection grid.
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Atlas releases 12-ton portable air conditioner
A portable air conditioner that provides 144,000 BTU/hr of cooling yet rolls through a standard doorway is being brought to the market by Atlas Sales & Rental. Only 34 ins. wide, the 12-ton Atlas PACslim can be used in offices, computer server rooms, event tents and other indoor/outdoor locations.
High-efficiency radial blowers with built-in variable speed motors provide uniform airflow across the evaporator coil of the portable cooler, according to Atlas. The blowers are designed to operate at higher pressure with less turbulence and noise than standard fans. Combined with the use of acoustical insulation in the evaporator section, the blowers ensure a low sound level for a unit of this size.
The PACSlim-12 portable air conditioner has an operating range of 45 degrees Fahrenheit to 115 degrees Fahrenheit. It is manufactured in the United States and is available exclusively from Atlas for rental or purchase.
Atlas Sales & Rentals is a national distributor of portable cooling and heating products. It maintains company-owned, full-service offices around the country, each stocked with a wide inventory of equipment available for sale or rental.
Investment holding company formed for cabinetry shops
Building Industry Partners, a private equity investment firm focused in the U.S. building products industry, has sponsored a newly formed entity, United Cabinet Holdings, to invest in and/or acquire niche-leading North American regional kitchen and bath cabinetry manufacturers. Partners in the firm, whose chairman is Matt Ogden, are longtime kitchen and bath cabinet industry veterans Terry Dickey and Michael Arnaud.
Dickey is serving as CEO of United Cabinet Holdings and Arnaud as executive VP sales. Consistent with BIP’s investment structure philosophy, Dickey and Arnaud are both significant shareholders in United Cabinet Holdings, which will be headquartered in Greensboro, N.C.
Dickey most recently served as president and CEO of Marsh Furniture Co., a leading regional kitchen and bath cabinetry manufacturer. Previously, he served as COO of Cardell Kitchen and Bath’s El Campo division, president of Brammer Manufacturing Company and VP manufacturing for Norcraft/MidContinent Cabinetry.
Arnaud has worked for a number of the industry’s leading manufacturers. He served as VP sales and marketing for UltraCraft Cabinetry, a division of Norcraft Cos. Previously, he served as VP sales for Republic National Cabinet Corporation, a HIG Capital-sponsored buy-and-build platform in the cabinet manufacturing segment that owned Republic Industries, Cabico Custom Cabinetry, Sunshine Kitchens and Legacy Cabinets. Earlier, Arnaud worked for Kitchen Craft and Cuisine Expert.
United Cabinet Holdings completed its inaugural investment, Touchstone Fine Cabinetry, with the recapitalization of Geppetto Kitchens, a Rutherfordton, N.C.-based manufacturer of semi- and full-custom framed and frameless cabinetry, in partnership with existing Geppetto management and shareholders. Touchstone will operate out of Geppetto’s 200,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility and initially employ 85 people. BIP and United Cabinet Holdings intend to bring substantial strategic, management and financial resources to support Touchstone’s long-term business plan.
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