by Pat Goss
This time we’re going to talk about some items that will make the life of the professional technician and the weekend racer easier. We’re going to start with a new line of tools from Ingersoll-Rand. Now these are air tools, and their claim to fame is that they’re composite. Now composite materials make the tool lighter, they absorb vibration, and they make it very durable. They’re available for grinders like this, reciprocating saws, a complete line of air impact wrenches, ranging from 3/8ths up to 3/4ths of an inch. And there’s even one that has titanium incorporated in it to make it ultra-light and ultra-powerful. These are really great tools.
Now here’s something that isn’t new, but it can save your head. This is a tool that clamps onto struts on hoods and hatches. So if you’re working on it and it happens to have a weak strut, well they have a habit of coming down and bonking you in the head. With this clamped onto the strut, the hood or the hatch is not going to come down.
All right, here’s something brand new. This is the Haulz-All, and to explain this to us we have Lee Wishard. He’s the inventor of this piece of equipment. Lee, tell us about the Haulz-All.
Lee Wishard:Well, the Haulz-All is designed to be a safety drive system for moving today’s larger toolboxes. Toolboxes today have grown and grown and grown to the point where they weigh almost as much as an automobile.
Goss: Okay, now in big shops, for instance, toolboxes have to be moved around on a regular basis sometimes, and this is going to be the answer to that. Battery-powered…
Wishard: That’s correct.
Goss: It comes with a charger.
Wishard: Yes, it does.
Goss: But what about the installation?
Wishard: Installation is designed to be very, very simple. It’s designed to be fitted as a retrofit kit where you simply remove your existing casters, your fixed casters from the box, mount a piece of steel underneath of the box and bowl it right up and it’s ready to go.
Goss: And it’s available for all the popular makes and models of toolboxes.
Wishard: Yes, for Mac, Matco, Snap-on, Craftsman, just about any box you could think of.
Goss: Okay, what about chopping up the box? I see you’ve got a controller on the side here.
Wishard: It’s on a magnet.
Goss: It’s on a magnet, so there’s no damage to the box.
Wishard: None whatsoever.
Goss: Now, this would also be great for the weekend racer where they go through all the struggle to get the toolbox back on the trailer. This would just wheel it right up there.
Wishard: It would be ideal for that application.
Goss: Thank you, Lee.
Wishard: Thank you, Pat.
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