The proliferation of lithium-ion powered cordless tool models continues to hold the attention of tools buyers, including electricians. However, electricians still turn to an old staple to do theire work: manual hand tools.
The evolution of Basic tool types occurs slowly (think screwdrivers and measuring tapes). Then there are times when a new tool technology (or the advancement of an old approach) rapidly changes a market segment (e.g., lithium-ion batteries for professional hand tools).
Most successful companies today—including those that manufacture the tools used by electricians—say they are market-driven. That means while sales are essential, the products or services a company offers must be driven by need.
In 1997, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began a nationwide program targeting electrical merchandise with counterfeit Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) certification marks being imported from Asia.
Some contractors buy as few tools as they possibly can while others consider tools an investment to enhance their productivity, so they embrace them,” said Jim Eisele, Greenlee Textron product manager. To a large extent, tools are necessary to perform electrical jobs.
Like most professions, electrical construction requires attention to proper selection and care of tools. Tool safety for electrical work has many facets. The wrong tool or a tool in disrepair can lead to injury. In addition, certain tools used by electricians serve as a form of protective gear.
Manufacturers of manual and power hand tools strive to develop products that help users be more efficient and productive. In recent years, efforts have centered on making tools that are versatile, user-friendly and durable. The variety of multipurpose tools is growing.
The tools electricians use every day pose the risk of injury-ranging from banging a thumb with a hammer to serious accidents with power tools. And when projects require working near live conductors or circuit parts, using the wrong tool or making a simple mistake can have fatal results.
The electrical contractor's job on a typical construction project goes beyond the scope of traditional electrical installations. It's a two-part responsibility that includes the construction or renovation of electrical systems for the structure.
It can save hours of work and a lot of money While doing some construction work recently, I needed a tool that was in my truck, but didn’t feel like going to get it. So I tried to “make do” with what I had in my toolbox.
The basis of grounding and bonding starts at the connection of a bonding jumper or an equipment-grounding conductor to a box, an enclosure or other electrical equipment and ends at the point of connection to the service-grounded conductor in a grounded system or at the service-equipment enclosure fo
A new wave of hand tools has arrived For years, hand tools improved gradually, evolving yearly. Today’s hand tools are decidedly different—the new changes are revolutionary, rather than evolutionary. Take Stout Tools’ X-Band Heavy-Duty Cordless bandsaw, for instance.
If you’re reading this, chances are you have enjoyed the sense of accomplishment that comes from driving an 8-foot long, mostly steel rod into the earth and connecting a ground wire to it. It’s tough work.
Keeping track of company-owned tools has never been an easy task, even for very small firms. And for large organizations, effectively managing tools is a huge undertaking. “I started with our company as a driver,” said Rob Cherry, president of Osborne Electric in Oklahoma City.