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Empire’s new True Blue square lineup

New squares include permanent laser etched markings, advanced scribing features.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Empire Level has introduced the next generation of its True Blue Rafter, Framing, and Combination squares. The new squares are designed with an array of best-in-class enhancements, such as permanent laser etched markings and advanced scribing features, for maximum life and accuracy.

“The launch of these next generation squares demonstrates our commitment to innovation and user-driven product designs that improve the overall layout experience. Each square includes thoughtful new feature improvements and durable construction in a highly precise design,” said Rick Gray, senior vice president and general manager of Empire Level. “As we move into our 100th year as a company, we’re proud to build upon our rich history of product innovation with these newest solutions, all of which are designed and manufactured in the United States.”


The next generation 7” and 12” High-Visibility Laser Etched Rafter Squares feature Scribe-Guide, a uniquely designed scribe notch pattern for marking at ½ and ¼” increments. Permanent laser etched markings provide superior readability in any light condition, and a 15% wider heel than other rafter squares on the market which allows for better hold and stability on materials during marking and cutting applications. The Rafter Squares are produced using an extruded aluminum design which provides superior durability when compared to other rafter squares available today.

The next generation Laser Etched Framing Square features Arc-Scribe, a new-to-world feature that provides common radiuses for marking window and door arches. The square is also designed with permanent laser etched markings for superior readability in any light condition, graduation marks at 1/8”, 1/10”, 1/12”, and 1/16”, and convenient conversion tables for common rafter and brace cuts.  In addition, the square is made of lightweight anodized aluminum which will not rust.

The next generation 6”, 12”, and 16” True Blue Combination Squares are redesigned with an improved Blade-Lock™ for faster adjustments and a more secure hold, a Dual-Pitch vial for checking 1 and 2-degree slope, and rational head dimensions for quick checks of common dimensions; this combination of features makes them the most versatile and easy-to-use combinations squares on the market. They also feature an etched stainless-steel blade and onboard storage for a hardened scriber.

Based in Mukwonago, Wis., Empire products are made in the United States. The company sells its products in over 50 countries worldwide.

 

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New Skilsaw Worm Drive Miter Saw

The saw features lightest-in-class design, enabling easy cutting on the jobsite.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Skilsaw has introduced its new 12-Inch Worm Drive Dual Bevel Sliding Miter Saw.

The miter saw is ideal for cutting crown molding and trim and features worm drive gearing with lightest-in-class design, enabling easy, accurate, cutting on any jobsite.

Building on Skilsaw’s original Worm Drive Gearing technology, the new 12-Inch Worm Drive Dual Bevel Sliding Miter Saw delivers relentless power and performance for maximum productivity. In addition, the saw’s 15 AMP Dual-Field motor is specifically designed to keep the saw motor cool on the job, enabling pros to tackle the toughest jobs.

Skilsaw has included numerous features to enable precision cutting, flexibility and capacity for professional applications. A LED shadow light casts a shadow to accurately align with the cutline. Adjustable 0° and 45° bevel stops allow for quick and accurate cuts right out of the box. Dual bevel cutting capacity for both left and right cuts gives users greater flexibility and cut control. The saw also features an impressive 4×4 cross cut capacity.

“The existing miter saw market is an extremely crowded category,” said Joe Turoff, Chief Marketing Officer. “However, after extensive research, including working with pros across the country, we’re excited to give users a best-in-class, powerful, precision tool that allows them to work smarter, not harder, on today’s demanding jobsites.”

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Readers Respond: Midterm Predictions

Results of reader survey reveal expectations for a Republican surge.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Here’s the current state of things in Washington, D.C. There are 435 seats in the House, and all of them are up for election on Nov. 6. In the senate, 35 out of the 100 seats are being contested in the midterm elections.

The Senate is controlled by Republicans. The House is controlled by Republicans. And the White House is controlled by the Republican Donald Trump.

The president is safely in position until at least 2020, but there’s some possibility that the Nov. 6 midterm elections will change the balance of power to some degree. The latest HBSDealer poll question asked readers to forecast how Congress will look on Nov. 7 — who will gain seats, and who will lose them, and where.

Readers expect gains for Republicans. Here’s the breakdown:

• Gains for Republicans in both houses: 54%;
• Gains for Republicans in Senate, Democrats in House: 22%;
• Gains for Democrats in both houses: 21%;
• Gains for Democrats in Senate, Republicans in House: 2%;
• Gains for third parties in both houses: 1%

The poll remains active and available on the right side of the page (or scroll down your mobile device). Also, HBSDealer invites your midterm-election commentary. Share with us here.

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