5 newest tools on the market and why we love them
The trades are like any sector in this current information age – simply exploding with new ideas, innovations, and devices.
There are regular conventions and conferences around the world dedicated to such updates within the construction sector, each with a seemingly endless supply of the latest gadgets and tools.
As much as we’d love to attend them all, sometimes we have to stick to finding these new toys online.
Here are 5 of the latest and greatest tools to hit the market!
1. Bosch TrackTag
This very recent development has only been announced in Europe so far, but we can imagine that it won’t be long before it either makes its way to our shores, or another company comes up with something similar closer to home.
The TrackTag is a Bluetooth device that you can attach to your tools, toolbox, and other pieces of equipment (such as PPE) to keep track of it. You download the app and when you’re within 30 metres of the device, the app will be able to pick up the signal. The idea is to keep an eye on inventory, report any issues with the gear or sort out replacements.
2. Centipede Work Support Systems
The Centipede Work Support Systems has been described by the Woodworkers Journal as a cross between a fold-out camp chair and a sawhorse – which is actually surprisingly accurate.
These systems are lightweight, easily portable, and take up little room when you fold them down. When unpacked, it’s a heavy duty workbench that you unfold within seconds and that can support either 1,500 pounds or 3,000 pounds, depending on the model.
3. Makita Brushless Circular Saw
Makita is celebrating its 100th year in the business this year, and has announced a handful of innovative tools to mark the occasion.
One of these is the Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless 6-1/2” Circular Saw. It comes with automatic speed change technology to make the most out of the tool, a single battery system, and a brushless system.
4. The Skudo Tack-Mat
The Skudo Tack-Mat took out this year’s award for the industry choice of new products in the concrete construction materials category.
The idea is simple: This heavy-duty mat sticks to your concrete flooring and protects it from everything from foot traffic and machine wear and tear to paint splatters and dropped bits of mortar or other materials. It’s slip-resistant, easy to apply and hard-wearing, making it ideal for any project that requires concrete surface protection.
5. Hilti Breaker TE 1000-AVR
We’re big believers in products from power tool brand Hilti, so we’re excited to see a fantastic new tool on the market in their range.
This tool offers as much as a 50 per cent increase in demolition performance when you use it with the Wave Chisel TE-SP, and it also has the lowest vibration in its class. You’ve got stable performance, a longer lifetime and awesome productivity.
There are countless great new tools coming out all the time, so we can’t wait to see what’s next!