Every month, dozens of new products are introduced by manufacturers serving the rental industry. Here is a look at some of the latest offerings.
Designed for use in offshore, construction or pipe welding operations, the Activ8 portable wire feeder from Lincoln Electric offers a modular design that is small and lightweight enough to carry around the jobsite. The portable wire feeder is capable of feeding self-shielded FCAW or FCAW-G and GMAW gas-shielded wires at 50 to 800 inches per minute. The Activ8 is rated at 330 amps at 60-percent duty cycle and weighs 27 pounds.
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Wagman Metal Products adds a new 180-grit rotary bristle to its line of rotaries for the Wagman Revolution Rotary System. This passive planetary rotary processing system turns a power trowel into a floor or pavement scrubbing and stripping machine. It features a variable-length 180-grit silica carbide-impregnated bristle that is suitable for use on smooth and uneven surfaces like architectural concrete.
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Thermal Arc launches its Fabricator 252i three-in-one MIG-stick-TIG welding system. Weighing 66 pounds and with an output range of 5 to 300 amps, the Fabricator is a multi-process, fully integrated, portable welder. Thermal Arc designed the Fabricator 252i for light industrial fabrication, mechanical contractors, farm/ranch, maintenance/repair and light construction applications.
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Topcon Positioning Systems announces a new larger-screen data collector — Topcon Tesla, which features the advantages of a tablet PC and a rugged hand-held computer. Tesla features the Windows Mobile 6.5.3 operating system and operates with Topcon's software suite, Pocket 3D, Layout and soon-to-be released Magnet. All three Topcon Tesla units — Standard, Geo and Geo G3 — come with WiFi and Bluetooth wireless technology.
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Pelican Products introduces the 2710 LED headlight, which features a white light with night-vision-friendly red and green LEDs, and high and low modes. The headlight offers usable light for two hours in high mode and five hours in low mode. It weighs 2.8 ounces and comes with two AAA batteries.
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Pirtek USA introduces the Pirtektor Cover for high-pressure hoses that have specific compounds added to the rubber cover at the time of manufacture. The Pirtektor increases abrasion resistance of Pirtek PFMU hoses and extends the life of the hose on equipment.
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Ditch Witch offers TriHawk downhole tools designed to enhance the efficiency of directional drilling, including a square drive spline that enables operators to quickly and easily change tooling as downhole conditions change. Another patented feature is a boltless, pinned-lid system that provides protection and easy removal of the tracking electronics. With its high-flow design, TriHawk has the power and volume to also run two other types of trenchless systems: mud motors and air hammers.
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