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Porter-Cable rolls out oscillating tool line

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Towson, Md.-based Porter-Cable introduced a line of corded and cordless oscillating multi-tools.

The units incorporate the patent-pending Tool Free System accessory change, which gives users the ability to quickly change the tools’ accessories without bolts, washers and wrenches.

“The introduction of our two new oscillating tools represents Porter-Cable’s commitment to job site innovation that is fueled by field research with contractors,” said Derek Vlcko, senior product manager. “I am confident that we’re well positioned to enter the oscillating power tool market due to the positive feedback we have received from contractors on the innovative Tool Free System.”

The 36-Piece Corded Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit allows contractors to cut, sand, grind and scrape. Available in April 2011 at Lowe’s, Amazon.com and other fine retailers, the product will retail for about $149. Available in April 2011 through Lowe’s, the independent channel and Amazon.com, the 12-Volt MAX Lithium Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit is expected to retail for approximately $159.

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New Product Showcase: Going to the Show

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The National Hardware Show has a reputation as the place for retailers of all sizes and affiliations to scout out new products, many of which won’t be unveiled until show time (May 10 to 12). But Home Channel News editors made a few calls to put together this new product showcase — from the garden to the grill.

Outside-in Designs
(Booth #10430)
Outside-in Designs’ clocks can be displayed inside the home or outside in the garden. The varied designs have a British feel, according to the company, which is currently working on a new clock that can be branded with a company name or message. Display stands are available in different sizes for small shops up to large garden centers. The company supplies the U.K. gift and garden center market with a number of other European countries, and distributors are now being sought in North America. (westmeters.co.uk/outside.htm)

One2products
(Booth #2724)
The new and improved One2flush’s dual flush design helps save 30 gallons a day for the averagefamily. The chamber knows how much water to use during each flush based one which way the handle is pushed — one way for liquids and the other way for solids. The new version is now easier to install. (one2flush.com)

Intertape Polymer Group Bloc-it Painter’s Tape
(Booth #3734)

Intertape Polymer Group’s Bloc-it, a professional-grade painter’s tape prevents paint “bleeding” and is specially treated to repel paint and prevent bleed-through, allowing the painter to achieve a clean, smooth paint line when the tape is removed. The tape has UV resistance for performance up to 14 days of direct sunlight and longer when used indoors. It also has a specialty fine crepe-paper backing that conforms around difficult areas, such as light switches, moldings, window sashes and door frames. (bloc-it.com)

Channellock High-Leverage Linemen’s Plier 
(Booth #7226)

Channellock has introduced its new 8-in. 368 high-leverage linemen’s plier, with high-leveragecapability that is achieved by positioning the rivet fractions of an inch closer to the laser heat-treated cutter. Measuring 8.38 in. in length and weighing less than 1 lb., it also features knife-and-anvil cutters to ensure proper cutting edge alignment. The bottom line: Less force is required to cut through high-tensile-strength fish tape or wire. The tool is built with high carbon C1080 steel and an electronic coating for rust prevention (www.channellock.com)

Laura Ashley Garden
(Booth #10436)
Catering mostly to women, Laura Ashley Garden products feature stylish prints with exclusive Laura Ashley patterns or a coordinating color. Products include Wellingtons, gloves, garden aprons, kneeling cushions, trugs, hand tools, hammocks, picnic baskets, barbecue sets, colored screening and edging, outdoor casual seating, umbrellas, hanging baskets, garden features, patio sets and metal decorative ornamentation. (lauraashley.com)

Jordan Manufacturing Co. Eco-Friendly Wooden Patio Furniture
(Booth #12203)
Jordan Manufacturing Co. guarantees its Eco-Friendly Wooden Patio Furniture will not decay for 15 years. The flexible, strong furniture is made in the U.S.A., FSC-certified and built from Mid-Western Hardwood. The furniture features knock-down construction for reduced shipping costs and drop-ship availability. (jordanmanufacturing.com)

Lokkii Insta-Light Infrared Heat Diamonds
(Booth #11675)
Made from 100% natural ingredients and infused with a plant-based accelerant, Lokkii Insta-Light Infrared Heat Diamonds charcoal briquettes are nitrate-free, low VOC and ozone friendly.  And because Lokkii products do not contain petroleum, chemical residue is not transferred during the grilling process. Lokkii products are made from wood waste and recycled materials. Lokkii Insta-Light Infrared Heat Diamonds are available in 7.2-lb. and 13.5-lb. bags. (lokkii.com)

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Hyde Tools offers display kit for its 14-in-1 tool

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Southbridge, Mass.-based Hyde Tools introduced a point-of-purchase display for a product it calls "the ultimate junk drawer tool."

The 10-5/16 in. by 9-3/16 in. cut-case style merchandiser shows a full-size diagram of the 14-in-1 multi-tool’s functions — including the storage and use of four screwdriver bits in the handle.

“According to the Retail Hardware Association, adding shelf merchandisers in a key area increases sales substantially,” explained Corey Talbot, Hyde’s VP marketing and product development. “Combine that statistic with the growing demand for multi-tools — which account for 30% of sales in the putty knife category. It only makes sense to create a display that helps retailers increase sales and educate customers on the many benefits of what we call ‘the ultimate junk drawer tool.’ ”

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