By TOOLS OF THE TRADE Editors
The new DBI-SALA 50-Foot Sealed-Blok SRL is a fall-arrest device designed with several industry-first safety features. It is the first self-retracting lifeline to achieve IP68 certification, based on its ability to withstand harsh environments and seal out dirt, dust, water, and chemical contaminants. Its field-replaceable lifeline also helps to lower the cost of ownership. Other features include an optional integrated retrieval winch and dual-mode rescue capability, which allows users to choose between automatic self- lowering rescue mode and standard fall-arrest mode. Its 420-pound weight capacity is the highest of any self-retracting lifeline on the market, says the manufacturer.
¦ Price: $1,500. 800-328-6146. www.capitalsafety.com.
The compact pneumatic 1-1/2-inch Tico Nailer (DF150S-TC) is designed to make fastening metal hangers to wood framing with framing-bracket nails faster and more efficient. Unlike tools that use nails to locate holes in the hangers, it has a locator probe that lets workers quickly and easily position nails in the metal hardware. Features include a built-in rafter hook, adjustable air exhaust, a cushion grip, and dry-fire lockout. The tool is designed
to use paper-tape collated, bright, or galvanized nails in .131- and .148-shank diameters, and its single-strip magazine makes it more maneuverable in tight spots.
¦ Price: $360. 888-631-2020. www.duo-fastconstruction.com.
New Diablo Demo Demon 7-1/4-inch circular-saw blades are designed to provide superior cutting ability and durability for both routine and extreme construction tasks, including demolition, siding and subfloor removal, and framing, says the maker. The 24-tooth blades have
a radical Lock Tooth design and proprietary-composition carbide teeth. A high-performance three-tooth grind sequence provides superior tracking control and enables the blades to withstand impact from embedded nails and other obstructions, according to the company.
¦ Price: $15. 800-334-4107. www.diablotools.com.
A new compact cordless 18V Impact Wrench (SSW18) has been added to the PowerMaster series of 18-volt lithium-ion tools. Fitted with
a 1/2-inch chuck, it produces up to 1,947 inch-pounds of torque and has three electronic variable speed ranges: 0-1,600 rpm, 0-2,150 rpm, and 0-2,650 rpm. The tool weighs just 4.1 pounds and measures 6-13/16 inches long. It has a die-cast aluminum gear housing for optimum heat dissipation and durability and is ergonomically designed, says the maker. Two 2.6-Ah battery packs with battery-life indicators and an air-cooled rapid charger are included with each tool.
¦ Price: $399. 800-638-2264. www.metabo.us.
The Flexeel Curly Coiled Pigtail strain-relief accessory protects pneumatic-hose couplers from damage due to vibration, bending, flexing, and routine wear, prolonging the life of supply hoses during normal use. Available in 1/4- and 3/8-inch MPT sizes, the hose section has a 5/16-inch inside diameter and is manufactured of high-grade polyurethane. It is designed for use with impact guns and other industrial- or contractor-grade pneumatic hand tools with up to 200 PSI working pressure.
¦ Price: $25. 800-526-2100. www.coilhose.com.