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A storage bag that’s on the level

BY HBSDealer Staff

Early this year, Milwaukee Tool introduced the Redstick Box Levels and Compact Box Levels. Now comes the new Redstick Storage Bags.

Available separately, or as part of Starter and Master Sets, the new storage bags are constructed of water-resistant 600D Nylon and 1680D Nylon on the backside for maximum durability when sliding in and out of areas such as truck beds. All-metal integrated tool loops and a carrying handle provide added versatility and easier transportation.

Each bag features storage options for multiple lengths of levels. The 48” Storage Bag has 3 pockets that fit 24” and 48” Redstick Box Levels or Compact Box Levels, while the 78” Storage Bag has 4 pockets that fit 24”, 48”, and 78” levels. Each bag also has external storage to give users and extra option for storing miscellaneous building materials or small layout tools, such as the Milwaukee Pocket Level and Block Torpedo. A debris vent on the bottom of the bag ensures any dust or refuse left on the box level when stored has a place to escape and doesn’t build up.

The 48-inch Level Storage Bag carries an MSRP of about $70. The 78-inch version sells for about $100.

 

 

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Safety First, Second and Third

BY Ken Clark

You would like Chris Falcon if you met him. You’d probably want to hire him. He is a combination of polite, serious, professional, friendly and knowledgeable. He was on our cover back in December 2010 when we wrote about the Home Depot’s distribution strategy (see picture).

I was reminded of Falcon when our staff was researching ideas for a safety-related story by typing the words “forklift accident” into a popular internet search engine. Even though our editors have been desensitized by the violence of “Game of Thrones,” we were shocked by what we saw on the small screen.

[Note: You can take the forklift accident video poll at HBSDealer.com. Better yet, turn to the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association forklift safety program. Recorded in an actual lumberyard environment, the best-practice-rich program has trained thousands of employees across the country, and offers steps towards compliance with OSHA standard 1910.178.]

The accident videos demonstrate that this stuff can’t be exaggerated. And companies at the top — such as Home Depot, which ranks No. 1 on our Top 300 Industry Scoreboard — embrace that attitude. 

That brings us back to Chris Falcon and the time I visited Lake Park, Ga., to tour one of the retailer’s modern distribution centers. 

The massive facility was carefully designed — even the tools on the pegboard were outlined to show what tool goes where. More to the point, lines were painted on the floor to guide the paths of foot traffic and forklift traffic. At intersections of these paths, the word “stop” was written for the pedestrian to obey.

During the morning rush, Falcon would stop at these lines, look left, look right and proceed safely.

Now picture this place at lunchtime. Nothing moving for miles. No sound of whirring machinery. And here’s Falcon leading our group to an intersection in the empty building. I wondered if he would stop at the line and look both ways.

Let me emphasize: There’s neither machine nor soul for seemingly miles around. The only sound was our footsteps in this huge, empty space. 

Here’s what happened: Falcon walked to the line, stopped, looked left and right, and proceeded safely. 

Point made. If you’re going to follow safety best practices only when it’s convenient, then you might as well not follow them. 

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Fueling the propane movement

BY HBSDealer Staff

Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power engines are now available for propane conversion through Propane Power Systems. The EPA-certified conversions are available for 11 Vanguard and Commercial Series engines, ranging in displacement from 205cc single-cylinder horizontals up to 993cc BIG BLOCKTM V-Twin engines.

“Briggs & Stratton’s expansive commercial engine lineup that is convertible to propane is yet another sign that propane-powered equipment is taking hold,” said Jeremy Wishart, deputy director of business development at the Propane Education & Research Council.

These certified converted engines allow equipment manufacturers to offer propane to customers looking to take advantage of the benefits of propane-powered equipment, the company said.

Propane Power Systems, a division of R&R Products, worked on Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power engines and leading equipment manufacturers’ products to develop the fuel system and mounting conversion kits. The Propane Education & Research Council provided funds to support technical training for Briggs & Stratton dealer service personnel.

“The propane trend is growing in many commercial markets, especially in landscape and light-construction,” said Jim Cross, Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power marketing manager. “Propane Power Systems’ development of conversion kits for our Vanguard and Commercial Series engines provides OEMs a wide array of certified solutions for their customers who want propane.” 

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