Tools & Equipment

GEARWRENCH® Develops Products to Make Hard-Working Mechanics More Comfortable

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Sparks, Md.—Standing, sitting, kneeling, crouching and crawling are all part of everyday life for a mechanic. Mechanics contort themselves in all manner of ways to get the job done, often at the expense of muscles and joints. That’s why GEARWRENCH®, a premier brand of hand tools and accessories in the Apex Tool Group, took the time to develop comfort-focused accessories that help mechanics overcome the physical demands of the job.

“Doing the job takes skill but being able to do it for a lifetime means making sure your body can handle the constant strain that comes with the job,” said GEARWRENCH Senior Product Manager Paul Steinweg. “Pain from years of working in a garage can ultimately lead to long-term injuries. So we developed these accessories to take some of the stress and strain out of the job.”

GEARWRENCH® Introduces Customizable Mobile Work Station

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Sparks, Md.—To solve a problem, sometimes you need to think outside the box. In this case, premier hand tool brand GEARWRENCH® actually went and built a better box.

GEARWRENCH, part of Apex Tool Group, recently unveiled its new Mobile Work Station, built to addresses common pain points from plant maintenance professionals across a wide range of industries. The innovative design blends practical functionality and durability with customizable features that give professionals the freedom to make the Mobile Work Station work for them.

“One thing you notice in working with maintenance professionals their boxes often are being used in a way that’s far from what they were initially designed for,” said Paul Steinweg, Director of Marketing. “So, we wanted to create something that anticipated and met those needs in advance.”

GEARWRENCH Extends Industrial Offerings with New Chrome Ratchets, Sockets and Accessories

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Sparks, Md.—For tough industrial-grade jobs, tool strength is paramount. The new line of GEARWRENCH ¾-inch and 1-inch Drive Industrial Chrome Ratchets, Sockets and Accessories are built to handle those tough jobs and offer a variety of features. GEARWRENCH is a brand of professional tools within the Apex Tool Group, a premier manufacturer of tools and accessories.

The new ¾”-inch drive ratchet features a full-polish chrome finish, quick-release drive tool retention that reduces time needed for removing sockets. The heavy-duty 1” drive round head ratchet offers that same chrome finish with a knurled grip to provide a non-slip surface.

¾-inch drive accessories include:
• Flex Handle Breaker Bar with ergonomic handle
• Sliding T-Handle
• 5, 8 and 16-inch Extensions
• Universal Joint
• Adapters for ½-inch and 1-inch drive sockets

New GEARWRENCH Diamond Tip Screwdrivers Are a Tool User’s Best Friend

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Sparks, Md.—When improving on a classic tool, it’s the littlest details that make the biggest difference. The new GEARWRENCH® Diamond-Tip Screwdriver Set gets to the nitty gritty of this iconic tool to make it better and more durable for those that use screwdrivers every day. A part of the Apex Tool Group, GEARWRENCH is a brand of professional hand tools and accessories.

The GEARWRENCH Diamond Tip Screwdrivers are engineered with tri-lobe ergonomic handles for optimal strength and comfort, and a Speed Zone for fast turning in low-torque applications. The dual-material handle is oil and solvent resistant, providing better comfort and performance. Manganese phosphate coated blades provide superior corrosion resistance, and the diamond-coated tips provide up to four times the gripping power while reducing cam-out and slippage compared to non-diamond-coated tips.

See It, Do it: GEARWRENCH Lighting Accessories Help Users Get the Job Done in Dark Spaces

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Sparks, Md.—Navigating hard-to-reach places isn’t just a challenge for tools. It’s also tough for light to get in there. Mechanics and techs have enough challenges to get the job done, and lighting should not be one of them. GEARWRENCH®, a premier manufacturer of hand tools and accessories within the Apex Tool Group, developed lighting solutions that keep tool users working comfortably and efficiently.

The GEARWRENCH Rechargeable Head Lamp, Flashlight and Penlight provide users with reliable, easy-to-use light sources for whatever the job calls for with the durability that it demands.

GEARWRENCH 83137 Rechargeable Head Lamp can run up to four hours, shining powerful dual 100 and 200 lumen rating LEDs with COB technology. The two-way expandable head strap with security clips for work helmets keeps your hands free do work.

Stubborn Fasteners are No Match for the New GEARWRENCH Bolt Biter Extraction Sockets

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Sparks, Md.—Tradesmen don’t like to be slowed down by anything, and that goes especially for old worn fasteners. Difficulty removing, weathered, rounded or damaged fasteners can keep techs from moving on to the next phase of a job, costing time and money. GEARWRENCH®, a premier manufacturer of hand tools within the Apex Tool Group, developed its new Bolt Biter Extraction Sockets to provide an uncommonly simple solution to this common problem.

GEARWRENCH Bolt Biter Extraction Sockets don’t cut and dig into rounded fasteners using sharp one-direction spiral design blades as other extraction sockets do. Instead, the tapered internal flutes of incrementally-sized Bolt Biter sockets fit snugly over stripped or corroded fasteners, gripping even the most rounded shapes to turn and remove them. Because Bolt Biter sockets grip instead of cutting and digging, there are four major benefits:

All Work and No Play? Not So with New GEARWRENCH Bluetooth Speaker/Radio

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Sparks, Md.—Mechanics and tradesmen put in long hours in the garage or the shop, working hard without a lot of stops and starts to relax. Radios have been used for decades to help the time go by a little faster. GEARWRENCH, a premier brand of tools and accessories within the Apex Tool Group, has put the same thoughtful and innovative design it puts in designing tools into designing its new Bluetooth Speaker/Radio.

The rechargeable GEARWRENCH 86997 Bluetooth Speaker/Radio has a full, rich sound and a list of versatile features, all housed in a compact package that is built for the toughest shop or worksite conditions. It provides the entertainment options and connectivity users expect from their phone, tablet or smart speaker, with the durability of a shop tool.

KEN OH USA UNVEILS A NEW LED LIGHT BAR WITH BUILT-IN COVER THAT DOUBLES AS A DIRECTIONAL FLOOD LIGHT (SOLVING COMMON LIGHT BAR ISSUES AND ADDING EXTRA UTILITY)

Ken Oh USA is proud to showcase this new (US patented) product, "The KO Automotive LED Light Bar", to the Automotive Lighting Industry, at this year’s 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas (Booth #53028). This product will knock out all your old light bar problems. It’s the only one on the market that solves common light bar issues while providing added utility.

Our product is the first ever multi-purpose LED Light bar that features an adjustable flip cover with an energy saving, low-wattage, LED flood light built-in. This allows for controlled lighting in desired areas for a longer duration, which is useful when lighting camp/work sites while minimizing disturbance to others.

The strong cover also protects against dust, flying debris, weather and sun damage. It’s aero-dynamic design is built for reduced wind-resistance. And most importantly, it

NRD, LLC Offering Static Solutions to all of 2018 SEMA’s Attendees and Exhibitors

Grand Island, NY – October 24, 2018 – NRD, LLC – NRD® will be exhibiting their products at the SEMA Show, October 30 - November 2, 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center located at 3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

Static attracts dust and unwanted particles, making it very difficult to keep surfaces clean, causing blemishes in paint finishes and other work surfaces. In the automotive industry, reworking is not an option, it’s absolutely essential to eliminate static from the environment–at every stage of painting–in order to avoid this costly reworking. Whether creating custom paint jobs for one’s automobile or final repairs from an accident, electrostatic discharge is a constant challenge in the world where perfection is the only option.

3M AUTOMOTIVE AFTERMARKET DIVISION CONTINUES INNOVATION IN PAINTING

3M™ PPS™ Series 2.0 Spray Cup System with Quarter-Turn Lid Locking System
Improves Cleanliness, Provides Simplicity and Increases Peace-of-Mind

ST. PAUL, MN (October 30, 2018) – 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division continues to innovate the vehicle painting process with the 3M™ PPS™ Series 2.0 Spray Cup System. The 3M PPS Series 2.0 Spray Cup System dramatically improves the painting process with a revolutionary spray cup design that delivers advanced performance, efficiency and cleanliness.

The 3M™ PPS™ Disposable Paint Cup System was developed in 1996 in England by 3M engineer Steve Joseph, reinventing how painters in the collision repair industry managed the paint process. And in doing so, reduced solvent use by up to 70 percent and decreased prep time by up to 50 percent. It quickly became the standard for painters around the world.

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