The Tool Report
DeWalt, of Baltimore, introduces its Crosscut Positioning System (XPS) worklight, which can be easily mounted onto the cutting head of the DW713, DW715, DW716 and DW718 miter saws, offering the user an additional light source to help increase productivity and cut alignment. The XPS worklight is designed with a Crosscut Positioning System, offering a blade shadow cut line indicator and helping users make fast and accurate cuts to materials of different widths. The worklight is powered by a separate power supply so the light can be used with or without blade operation. The encapsulated LED lamp ensures that the worklight is moisture resistant and weather tolerant. In addition, the worklight is not vulnerable to vibration. For more information, visit www.dewalt.com or call (800) 4-DEWALT.
Irwin, of Huntersville, N.C., announces its Vise-Grip Quick Adjusting Wrench, which features a lever that adjusts the jaw two times faster with a single motion than a traditional thumb-wheel. The jaw locks into place, so the tool won’t strip nuts, bolts or fasteners. The grooved internal jaw slides forward manually for quick, one-handed sizing and locks in place for leverage and repeated use. The wrench is available in metric and SAE versions. For more information, visit www.irwin.com or call (800) GO-IRWIN.
ARROW FASTENER: Staple gun
Arrow Fastener, of Saddle Brook, N.J., introduces its new CT50 Professional Cordless Staple Gun, which shoots up to 1500 staples per charge. It comes with a 10.8-volt lithium-ion battery pack that is integrated into the staple gun’s profile. A depth-of-drive control allows the user to adjust for the material being stapled. A built-in LED light illuminates the work area and indicates where the staple legs exit the stapler, and a staple supply window alerts the user when the staples are running low. The staple gun also comes equipped with a quick-release battery and easy-release staple pusher, so less time is spent changing batteries and staples. In addition, a built-in battery meter indicates when the battery should be changed or recharged. The CT50 holds two strips of Genuine Arrow T50 Staples. For more information, visit www.arrowfastener.com or call (201) 843-6900.
HILTI: Decking tool
Hilti, of Tulsa, Okla. , introduces its DX 860 ENP-L Stand Up Decking Tool, which doesn’t need leads or compressors to attach metal deck to structural steel. The tool requires little set-up time and has a fastening speed of up to 1,000 fastenings per hour. With an extended, redesigned baseplate assembly, the decking tool has increased resistance to wear and better access to deck flutes on almost all types of deck. For more information, visit www.us.hilti.com or call (866) 445-8827.
CST/BERGER: Rotary laser
CST/berger, of Watseka, Ill., announces its ALH Pro-Grade Horizontal Single-Slope Rotary Laser, featuring cross-Axis Leveling that allows grade matching for basic slope work while maintaining accuracy in the cross-slope. It offers the user fully electronic self-leveling and accuracy of 1/16-inch at 100 feet and a range of 2,800 feet. The Pro-Grade Horizontal Single-Slope Rotary Laser is designed with co-molded waterproof rubber housing. The ALH model is available in two packages. Both have the new LD440 Electronic Rotary Laser Detector with a Strobe-Shield feature to prevent erroneous readings on construction sites. In addition, the water and dust proof ALH laser is useful for exterior jobs such as grading, concrete forms, machine control, site prep, marking elevations, leveling and alignment. For more information, visit www.cstsurvey.com or call (800) 435-1859.
RIDGID: Plastic cutter
Ridgid, of Elyria, Ohio, introduces its RC-1625 Ratcheting Plastic Cutter, which can cut through plastic pipe and tubing, such as PVC, CPVC, PEX, polyethylene and rubber hose. A quick-change blade pin allows users to quickly change blades by hand. The blade profile and ratcheting mechanism operate together to reduce the amount of hand force needed to cut through hard plastic. The cutter also features a quick-change blade pin that assures no clips or screws get lost during a blade change and an easy-turn thumb latch that holds the cutter closed to protect the blade. In addition, the ratcheting plastic cutter is made of light weight, high-strength aluminum and has a 1/2-inch to 1-5/8-inch O.D. capacity. For more information, visit www.ridgid.com or call (800) 4-RIDGID.
Third-quarter earnings up at 3M
St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M had record third-quarter sales and earnings, with earnings growth of 7.4 percent to $960 million compared with $894 million in the same period last year.
The company had net sales of $6.2 billion, up 5.8 percent from $5.86 billion last year.
George Buckley, 3M’s president, chairman and CEO, said the company saw gains across all its business segments. In consumer and office products, 3M saw sales grow 5.9 percent to $898 million compared with $848 million in the same period last year. The company’s safety and security products business saw sales rise 10.9 percent to $766 million from $691 million last year.
“The strength of the 3M portfolio was evident in the third quarter as we again generated record sales,” Buckley said. “Geographic diversity was also an important factor. We continue to accelerate investment in research and development, sales and marketing and in simplification of our supply chains.”
3M has business offices globally, with operations in other industries including industrial and transportation; health care; display and graphics; and electronics and communications.
Weyerhaeuser to shutter three iLevel plants
Federal Way, Wash.-based Weyerhaeuser will “indefinitely curtail” operations at three iLevel building products plants because of “slow customer demand.”
The curtailments include an oriented strand board (OSB) plant in Drayton Valley, Alberta; an OSB plant in Wawa, Ontario; and a laminated strand lumber plant in Deerwood, Minn. Work will halt at the plants before the end of the year, the company said.
“The decline in North American housing starts has reduced demand for wood products, requiring us to rationalize our supply of OSB and engineered wood,” said Steven Rogel, chairman, president and CEO of Weyerhaeuser. “We remain committed to these markets. This move enables our remaining plants to better execute our customer strategies.”
The Wawa and Drayton Valley plants are two of nine OSB mills in the Weyerhaeuser system. Wawa has an annual production capacity of 470 million square feet of OSB, while Drayton Valley has a capacity of 415 million square feet annually, the company said.
The Deerwood plant can produce six million cubic feet per year of engineered strand lumber and is one of three such plants owned by Weyerhaeuser.