Lightweight and easy to use, Warn's electric, handheld PullzAll lifts or pulls up to 1,000 pounds. The unit features a strong motor and variable speed for smooth, precise lifting. Details include push-button switching from forward to reverse, a brake system, and an electronic load limiter. It's available as a 110-volt AC tool or as a 24-volt nicad cordless unit. Price (corded model): $282. 800-543-9276. www.warn.com.
At 3.7 pounds and 10-7/8 inches long, Makita's HR1830F rotary hammer is the lightest and most compact available, the firm says, yet tested 70 percent faster than competitors when hammerdrilling with an 1-1/16-inch bit. The tool delivers 0–5,000 bpm and a no-load speed of 0–1,500 rpm. It features two modes, a lock-on button, and an LED work light. Price: $169. 800-462-5482. www.makita.com.
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High-Wind Framing Connection Guide
Simpson Strong-Tie has released the "High Wind Framing Connection Guide," a companion to the AF&PA Wood Frame Construction Manual that provides detailed proscriptive solutions for meeting uplift and lateral load requirements in areas with wind speeds of 100 to 140 mph. The guide includes a schedule of recommended connectors that meet or exceed tabulated load requirements. Cost: Free Contact: Download at www.strongtie.com/hw.
Through a grant awarded by OSHA, the NAHB Research Center will administer a fall protection training program. The Research Center will offer free, four-hour classes in English and in Spanish from April to September to production builders, their employees, and trade contractors who are often at risk of injury during daily construction activities. The Research Center is seeking participation from production builders and local HBAs interested in hosting classes for 40 to 50 employees and/or members. Contact Shelton Cartwright at 800-638-8556 ext. 6232 or firstname.lastname@example.org.