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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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REPORT: Builders FirstSource exiting New England

The Dallas-based pro dealer is closing its branch in East Haven, Conn.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Builders FirstSource is closing its branch in East Haven, Conn., according to a report by HartfordBusiness.com.

In a filing with the Department of Labor, the Dallas, Texas-based pro dealer said the location will begin letting employees go as early as Dec. 26, including drivers, sales personnel, and drywall carriers.

The move will mark Builders FirstSource’s departure from the New England region. The dealer operates more than 25 locations in New York and New Jersey but none north of the Tri-State region.

Builders FirstSource operates more than 400 locations in 40 states.

On Nov. 1 Builders FirstSource reported third quarter 2018 net sales increased more than 12% to $2.1 billion from third quarter 2017 net sales of $1.87 billion. The dealer also posted a net income of $73.3 million for the quarter, nearly doubling a net income of $39.8 million in the third quarter a year ago.

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