Milwaukee’s claim: more torque
Milwaukee Tool is again targeting the professional trades with the introduction of 7-piece and 15-piece Combination Wrench Sets. These new wrenches offer higher torque due to an anti-slip Max Bite open-ended grip, as well as an I-beam handle design so users can apply additional leverage.
According to the Miwaukee-based manufacturer, the Max Bite open-ended grip features a geometry that improves the wrench’s grip on nuts and bolts, providing 25% more torque than smooth open-ended wrenches. This geometry also reduces the pressure from corners of bolts to help prevent fastener rounding and stripping.
To alleviate the frustration caused by some wrenches with flat and thin frames that dig into users’ hands, the new Milwaukee Combination Wrenches are designed with an I-Beam handle for superior user comfort, even while applying high torque.
Because wrench sizes can often be hard to see on chrome and can fade more quickly when laser etched, size labels on each of the wrenches are ink-filled for easy identification and readability from multiple angles. These ink-filled labels are also different colors to differentiate SAE and metric sets (red for SAE and black for metric). For further utility, the seven-piece set comes in a portable, locking storage tray for better organization on and off the jobsite. The 15-piece set comes in a storage tray that’s designed for long-term storage, and easily fits into any of Milwaukee’s steel storage units.
The wrench sets will be available in September 2017.
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Product Central: GCI Outdoor Slim-Fold Cook Station
Like a perennial shrub, the outdoor living category crops up on the retail radar with seasonal regularity. But as homeowners begin to spend more and more of their time outside, the entire concept of “outdoor living” has become more literal.
The demand is solidly in place for trimmings and products that allow homeowners to enjoy the same comforts of a kitchen or a living room on their deck or patio.
Here’s a smattering of products that can arguably play a role in creating this atmosphere. From the beer koozie to the treated decking that one drinks it on, these products all come together to form an experience that directly speaks to lifestyle trends in 2017.
GCI Outdoor Slim-Fold Cook Station
For tailgating needs (and all those other times when outdoor living is done on the fly), the Slim-Fold Cook Station can be assembled and broken down at will. It features an aluminum counter top, lower storage rack, four plastic fold-out side tables with beverage holders, stem glass holders and hooks for garbage or utensils. (gcioutdoor.com)
Check out other products featured in the March 2017 issue of HBSDealer.