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Product Picks: August 2018

Product Picks: August 2018

Tando graphite stain

New color for Signature Stain by Tando

Tando’s Signature Stain has added a new color–Graphite–to its cladding line. Manufactured by Derby Building Products Inc., Graphite expands the stained shake line beyond current wood-like browns to an earthy, deep gray. Graphite joins Signature Stain’s original colors of Fawn, Bark and Acorn, capturing the natural hues and variations of stained wood. Signature Stain’s Graphite is designed to offer the beauty and authenticity of stained wood but without the continuous maintenance or upkeep. Tando’s Signature Stain is recommended for home exteriors, with a lightweight design for one-person installation. Signature Stain incorporates a semitransparent wood stain into its patented process, designed for a realistic stained wood look. Signature Stain by Tando products are said to be impervious to moisture, and ideal for roofline or ground applications. www.tandobp.com

Dewalt stud finder

DEWALT Stud Finders

DEWALT has introduced its first Stud Finders, offering automatic calibration developed for accurate stud detection in wood, metal, and AC wiring. The 3/4″ and 1-1/2″ Stud Finders provide depth detection up to each of their respective model name’s measurements. Featuring Center Find Technology, they locate the center of a stud for a more efficient read, even when held at a sub-optimal angle. DEWALT Stud Finders also automatically calibrate. Two AA batteries included. The Stud Finders come with the standard DEWALT 3-year limited warranty, 1-year free service, and 90-day money back guarantee. www.dewalt.com

Schweiss lift straps

Schweiss garage door Lift Straps

Schweiss has introduced a way to retrofit any cable garage door with its new Lift Straps. The design eliminates cables and the tendency for them to fray over time. According to Schweiss, Lift Straps solve the issue that cables require more servicing, and are difficult and expensive to replace. Straps are longer lasting, the company says, and they never rust, never tangle, are flexible, open a door faster, and are quieter than steel-on-steel cables. Lift Straps can also be used on any other brand’s bi-fold doors, regardless of the make or model. Lift Straps carry a 10-year warranty. www.bifold.com

m18fuel miter saw

Milwaukee Tool’s M18FUEL Miter Saw

The M18 FUEL 7-1/4″ Dual Bevel Sliding Miter Saw is said to be the industry’s lightest weight cordless miter saw. At 28lbs with battery, the Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw is designed for easy transportation on, off, and around the jobsite. The new Miter Saw is also the only 7-1/4″ solution in its class with the ability to bevel both left and right. With a max bevel angle of 48° both left and right, users can quickly and easily make angled cuts. An adjustable stainless steel detent plate includes 11 detent stops. The new Miter Saw has the capacity to complete a range of core finishing applications, including 3-1/2″ vertical capacity for cutting base up against the fence, 2×8 horizontal capacity, and 3-5/8″ crown nested for cutting crown molding in position. When equipped with Milwaukee’s M18 REDLITHIUM XC 5.0 Battery Pack, it can power to complete over 600 cuts in 3-1/4″ base board and up to 300 cuts in 2×4 on just one charge. www.milwaukeetool.com


Strong-Drive WSV subfloor screw from Simpson Strong-Tie

Simpson Strong-Tie has re-engineered its popular subfloor screw to reduce driving force and increase installation speed. The new Strong-Drive WSV subfloor screw has been developed for fastening subfloor sheathing using the Quik Drive auto-feed screw driving system. Key Features include a redesigned tip and thread pattern said to provide easy starts and up to 25% less torque while driving. A deep 6-lobed recessed ribbed head is designed to provide clean countersinking and more secure bit retention for fewer cam-outs. WSV screws are designed to reduce the gaps between the joist and subfloor that cause floor squeaks. www.strongtie.com

kingspan optim-r

Kingspan OPTIM-R insulation

Kingspan OPTIM-R is a next-generation insulation comprising rigid Vacuum Insulation Panels (VIP) with a microporous core, which is evacuated, encased and sealed in a thin, gas-tight envelope. The company says this gives the insulation outstanding R-values and an ultra-thin insulation solution. The high level of thermal efficiency—up to R-28 on 1″ and R-57 on 2″ using calculated edge thermal resistance properties—combined with minimal thickness, has been developed to provide a solution for applications where a lack of construction space or depth is an issue, such as commercial roofing for single-ply low slope and IRMA systems. The product is more than 90% (by weight) recyclable. www.kingspan.com


Bosch 12-V Max Planer

The Bosch GHO12V-08 12V Max Planer is designed for easy, balanced operation in a compact design for a cordless planer. At about the same size as a hand plane, the GHO12V-08 power planer has 2.2″ of planing width and a single-pass planing depth of up to 0.08″. The tool is said to accommodate a runtime planing up to 33′ of 1″ wide hardwood per amp hour. The planer offers fast planing speed of up to 14,500 rpm, and with constant speed circuitry, it monitors and maintains speed under load designed for consistent performance. And because it’s a cordless planer, there’s no possibility of running out of cord in the middle of a pass. Depth adjustment is said to be quick and easy. The tool can create rabbet cuts of up to 0.7″, and provides switchable right or left shavings extraction, as well as a collection bag for shavings and a vacuum hose adapter. www.boschtools.com