Product Briefs

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    Milwaukee Clamp Meter

    Clamp meters let electricians measure current in a live wire without stripping the insulation or touching the conductor, but the calculator-like display can be hard to read in dark basements or outside in the sun.

     
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    Launch Time 2009: Milwaukee Sub-Scanner Cordless Detection Tool

    The 12-volt Sub-Scanner Cordless Detection Tool (model 2290-21) is an extra-heavy-duty 'stud finder' powered by Milwaukee's M12 rechargeable batteries.

     
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    Launch Time 2009: General Tools & Instruments Digital Franctional Callipers

    General Tools & Instruments' lightweight 3-inch and 6-inch nonmarring, nonconductive carbon-fiber-composite Digital Fractional Calipers provide precision measurements in three digital-readout modes.

     
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    Launch Time 2009: Bosch GTL3 Tile Layout Laser

    The GTL3 tile layout laser can display 45-degree lines, which means that users can align layouts at zero, 45, 90, and 135 degrees from a single setup and view straight-line and diagonal alignments simultaneously.

     
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    Launch Time 2009: Trimble Spectra Precision Laser

    The Spectra Precision Laser (HV301G) is an automatic self-leveling laser that offers superior green-beam visibility for horizontal, vertical, and plumb applications, says the maker.

     
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    M.Power Flat Lying Trammel Heads

    M.Power's Flat Lying Trammel Heads have a pivoting point for fine adjustment and come with pencil and knife attachments.

     
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    Bosch GTL3 Layout Laser

    Part of Bosch's new laser line, the GTL3 layout laser projects 90- and 45-degree lines on a floor or wall.

     
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    DeWalt DW030 Laser Distance Measurer

    Laser distance meters allow one person to quickly measure a space with the push of a button, and they make area and volume calculations too.

     
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    Hilti PR26 Green Laser Level

    According to Hilti, the new PR26 self-leveling rotating laser level's green beam is easier to see than the standard red.

     
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    Hilti PMC 36 and Agatec CPL 50 Lasers

    The two new lasers I tested for this article — Hilti's PMC 36 and Agatec's CPL 50 — combine features not usually found together on one tool.

     
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    C.H. Hanson Precison Ball Level

    Inspired by the horizon- indicator instrument found on airplanes, C.H. Hanson's new Precision Ball Level uses a weighted floating ball to find level, plumb, and any angle or slope in between.

     
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    Tajima Tool Chalk-Rite Jam-Free CR301JF

    Tajima's Chalk-Rite Jam-Free CR301JF holds 3 1/2 ounces of chalk — enough to snap 689 feet of lines, says the maker.

     
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    Kapro 303 Hole Marker

    The easiest way to avoid inaccurate measurements is to not measure at all.

     
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    Wixey WR 525 Remote Digital Readout

    There's a better way to measure bit height than balancing a ruler on end above the hole in your router table.

     
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    Fluke 566 Infrared Thermometer

    If several thousand dollars for an IR camera isn't in this year's tool budget, consider an infrared thermometer like the Fluke 566.

     
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    Flir Systems BCAM SD Infrared Camera

    One of the most important diagnostic tools in the building-forensics toolbox is an infrared camera.

     
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    Greenlee Fish Stix

    Still using that curly steel fish tape? Try the sectional fiberglass rods now favored by electricians and telecom contractors.

     
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    FLIR 15 Professional-Grade Thermal Imaging Camera

    The FLIR 15 professional-grade thermal imaging camera uses an advanced infrared detector to quickly scan large areas to reveal energy leakage, missing insulation, radiant tubing embedded in floors, and anywhere heat is present. The tool is lightweight, compact, and easy to operate, and its 2.8-inch...

     
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    Product Watch: Starrett ProSite Combination Protractor

    From the historic company that brought us the Combination Square comes the ProSite Combination Protractor (CP505A-12), a 5-in-1 layout device designed for measuring and transferring angles.

     
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    Product Watch: C.H. Hanson Slide Square Layout Tool

    C.H. Hanson introduces a compact, new multifunction layout tool made of tough polystyrene that'll make a nice addition to your tool pouch.

     
 
 
 
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