Sheet Metal Today: April 2009

In these pages, Contracting Business provides information on sheet metal products, news, and features for sheet metal fabricators and HVAC contractors.

Grinder Has Several Motor Protection Features

The WE14-150 Quick from Metabo Corp., West Chester, PA, is a 6-in. compact angle grinder with several advanced motor protection features.

These include:

  • current interruption protection
  • thermal overload protection
  • electronic speed stabilization
  • an electronic soft start, to significantly extend tool life.

The WE14-150 is powered by a long lasting 12.2amp motor, the most powerful available in the new Metabo small angle grinder line.

Metabo sources say the grinder is ideal for heavy duty cutting and grinding applications in the metal working and mechanical maintenance industries. Metabo's Cool Flow technology uses an improved and sonically balanced fan coupled with better venting and more efficient internal ducting. Sources report these features have resulted in a 15% increase in air flow over the motor, contributing to its long life.

The Quick has a toolless wheel change system, which saves time when replacing wheels. The Metabo Vibratech (MVT) side handle reduces vibration up to 60% for exceptionally increased user comfort over long work periods, and reduces the risk of white finger syndrome. Dual grip zones and a racket-grip design ensure secure operation at all times. — Metabo Corp.
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5-Blade Crimper is Powerful, Easy to Use

The 5-blade crimper from Klein Tools, Chicago, IL, offers a compound-leverage mechanism that produces factory precision indentations in stove pipe and round duct with just a squeeze. The crimper features a compound-leverage mechanism and heavy-duty jaw/handle linkage and closing stop, for easy operation and consistent crimps for virtually leak-proof connections. The tool crimps 24 gauge CSRM and 28 gauge SSSM sheet metal.

The hardened steel handles include hand guards and are covered with vinyl grips for added comfort and easy operation. Made of all steel construction and nickel-plating, for provide long life and consistent crimp profile. — Klein Tools
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