2008 Tool & Equipment Guide
November 1, 2008
Welcome to Walls & Ceilings’ Second Annual Tool & Equipment Guide, a showcase of product availability from companies catering to contractors in North America. Presenting new and existing product lines, the following showcase displays a collective assortment of the tools of the trade within all realms of the wall and ceiling community. To receive additional information on a product or company, circle the reader action card included in the back of this issue. For more information on suppliers, manufacturers and distributors, visit W&C’s 2008/2009 Industry Blue Book online at www.wconline.com/bluebook.
ABC Supply Co. Inc.One ABC Parkway
Beloit, WI 53511
608-362-7777; Fax: 608-362-2062
ABC Supply offers a wide assortment of exterior building products, including windows, siding and gutters, as well as the tools and equipment that professional contractors need. Through its Catalog Division, contractors have access to more than 6,000 items, including hand and power tools, fasteners, caulks, sealants, ventilation equipment and specialty materials.
Adapa Inc.P.O. Box 5183
Topeka, KS 66605
800-255-2302; Fax: 785-862-4444
For 45 years, Adapa has been leading the industry with solutions for material handling. Carts are built to be tough by people who know the daily requirements of tradesmen who must use these carts everyday. When you have a material handling need look to Adapa.
Aerosmith Fastening Systems5621 Dividend Road
Indianapolis, IN 46241
800-528-8183; Fax: 317-390-6980
Aerosmith offers the next generation in fasteners for present day construction needs. The company’s fasteners are designed to fasten plywood, OSB, composite siding, metal lath, concrete to steel, CFS to CFS and cement fiber board to concrete.
AGATEC Construction Lasers2202 Redmond Road
Jacksonville, AR 72076
800-643-9696; Fax: 501-982-0880
AGATEC manufactures a complete line of interior measuring solutions. Products for leveling, layout and measuring include rotating lasers with built-in wall mounts, cross-line and pointer lasers, and laser distance measurers. The full-featured 510 rotating laser offers a great value, and the new CPL50 is the only cross-line laser with built-in plumb beam.
Al's Taping Tools & Spray Equipment2941 Comstock Ln.
Plymouth, MN 55447
800-458-7895 or 763-559-8169; Fax: 763-550-1341
Al’s Taping Tools & Spray Equipment is proud to announce TapeTech Taping Tool Sets. Full sets start at $3,099. Buy now from Al’s and receive more than $1,000 in free tools and parts.
Ali Industries Inc.747 East Xenia Drive Fairborn,
OH 45324 800-255-4748;
Ali Industries, a producer of commercial and consumer abrasive products, has added the Zip Sponge Holder to its Zip Sander line of products under its Gator Finishing Products brand. The Sponge Holder features a rigid, durable plastic holder base that snugly grips the sanding sponge and its ergonomically shaped handle eliminates scrape and wear on hands.
Alimak Hek Inc.8400 Villa Drive Houston,
TX 77061 800-886-1724;
Alimak Hek, a manufacturer of rack and pinion-driven equipment for vertical transportation, introduces its new HEK Modular System product line. Ideal for any construction application, the HEK Modular System is offered in three ranges and utilizes a component modularity concept that offers customers flexible options for assembling several models of mast climbing work platforms and transport platforms in their rental fleet.
All-Wall Equipment Co.12700 N.E. 124th Street, #8
Kirkland, WA 98034
800-929-0927 or 425-823-7022
Providing taping, hanging, texture equipment/automatic tool sales and repairs. All-Wall is the preferred dealer among drywall tradesmen and many other top manufacturers of drywall products and equipment. The company delivers high-quality tools, backed by a superior level of service.
American Spray Technologies1502 22nd. Street NW, Unit A
Auburn, WA 98001
877-833-4342; Fax: 253-833-4329
Since originally patenting the hydraulic control spray system almost 40 years ago, American Spray Technologies has been making dramatic and industry changing improvements to their equipment. Offerings include portable spray machines, gas spray rigs, diesel spray rigs, electric spray rigs and split skid spray rigs, all engineered for easy use and low maintenance.
Architectural Products by Outwater LLC24 River Road
Bogota, NJ 07603
800-835-4400; Fax: 800-835-4403
Intended to not only enable one to easily create radii to suit almost any inside, outside or arch radius application without profile deformation or causing excess stress to the mounting surface, Outwater’s Flexible Polymer Moldings can be installed using typical woodworking equipment, and do not require priming before painting or finishing.
Atova International Inc.2452 N. Harlem Avenue
Elmwood Park, IL 60707
866-452-9982; Fax: 708-452-8331
Atova International is currently a source for Pavan Professional Plastering Tools. With the largest selection of Tools in the U.S. from Pavan, Atova is sure to have what you are looking for.
BETA MAX INC.P.O. Box 2750
Melbourne, FL 32902-2750
800-233-5112; Fax: 321-768-9517
Beta Max offers its durable mud tubs for transporting mud, plaster, or tools on construction job sites. Featuring a strong plastic composition, the mud tubs can withstand inclement weather conditions and harsh industrial environments. These plastic containers are reusable and easy to clean, and can be used with the company’s wide range of portable hoists for transporting materials to workers on scaffolding.
Blue Line Drywall Tools LLC1250 South Wilson Way, Suite B-10
Stockton, CA 95205
800-423-1806 or 209-942-1351; Fax: 209-942-2817
Loop Springs are now fitted to all Blueline USA flat boxes. The new springs feature an extended loop allowing the spring to slide as the lid is opened. Close the lid down and the new loop style springs will slide back into action.
Bosch Power Tools & Accessories1800 West Central Road
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
877-BOSCH-99; Fax: 224-232-2368
This new drill/driver may be a do-it-all tool for users looking for maximum versatility in a small package. The PS30 12-volt Max Litheon Drill/Driver takes the company’s ultra-compact platform one step further with best-in-class speed and torque and a host of new features, including a two-speed drive-train and a 3/8 inch three-jawed chuck.
The C. H. Hanson Co.2000 N. Aurora Road
Naperville, IL 60563
800-827-3398; Fax: 800-827-5834
SpeedRocker-SS is a heavy-duty fixed blade knife with ScorSlot, which allows a tape measure to snap directly into the knife over the blade. Itís the first fixed blade knife with three positive-stop blade positions, according to the manufacturer. A center channel retracts, without tools, to change blades and provides on-board storage for two additional blades.
Demand Products Inc.1055 Nine North Drive,
Alpharetta, GA 30004
800-325-7540; Fax: 888-534-8383
Demand Products has tools for EIFS, foam cutting, stucco, AAC, ICFs, SIPs and CNC Foam Cutting and coating machines. 25 years of serving contractors worldwide. The company offers same day shipping and free catalogs.
DeWalt Industrial Tool Co.701 E. Joppa Road, TW425
Baltimore, MD 21286
The DW079KD self-leveling rotary laser, powered by DeWalt 9.6- to 18-volt cordless batteries, offers a private mode to eliminate remote control interference between multiple users. The new laser delivers accuracy at plus or minus 1/8 inch per 100 feet and has a 5mW beam.
Diamond WallP.O. Box 442
Canton, GA 30169
888-235-4397; Fax: 888-470-5252
The new clog-resistant sanding sponges’ adhesive is heat-resistant and when heated by friction will not become gummy, keeping the grit from sinking into the adhesive and allowing the product to last longer. The adhesive is flexible, allowing the cutting points of the grit to flex instead of breaking off.
Duo-Fast2400 Galvin Drive
Elgin, IL 60123
847-783-5518; Fax: 847-783-5501
The new cordless 20-degree Round Head Framing Nailer is cordless, enhancing worker productivity. This nailer is ideal for applications from joists and rafters to sheathing and decking-with a powerful motor that drives 2- to 3¼-inch length fasteners. It has a heavy-duty reinforced housing that comes with a five-year warranty.
ET&F Fastening Systems Inc.29019 Solon Road
Solon, OH 44139
800-248-2376; Fax: 440-248-0423
ET&F Fastening Systems’ pneumatic fastening tools and hardened steel pins allow split second fastening to steel and concrete substrates without the need for pre-drilled holes. The products have building code and building component manufacturer approval. The company offers engineering assistance, product training and national distribution.
Exaktime27001 Agoura Road, Suite 280
Calabasas, CA 91301
888-788-8463; Fax: 818-222-6148 www.exaktime.com
Designed for contractors, The JobClock System provides 100-percent accurate timekeeping and automates the payroll process. Rugged, weatherproof, and battery-powered, The JobClock System makes payroll preparation a snap. Easily generate customized reports organized by worker, jobsite, or activity and automatically transfer attendance records into popular payroll and accounting packages.
Falcon Ladder & Scaffold Mfg.222 Adams Road
Kelowna, BC V1X 7R2 CANADA
800-522-3313; Fax: 250-765-4228
The home of the Original Trigger Bench announced the opening of its Atlanta, Ga. manufacturing and distribution center in November 2007. Get all your favorite Falcon products quickly: Scaffolds (indoor and outdoor), ladders, trigger benches, extension planks, drywall carts, and more.
Full Circle International Inc.1850 121st Street East, Suite 113
Burnsville, MN 55337
952-545-2401; Fax: 952-545-2405
Full Circle International is focused on creating high quality and highly productive sanding tools for the contractor. There is a proper tool for each part of the finishing process. With the Radius 360 and the introduction of the Flex Edge sander, Full Circle International now offers a system of tools that will finish sand at a higher level than ever before.
Hilti Inc.5400 South 122nd East Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74146
800-879-8000; Fax: 800-879-7000
Ideal for various repetitive fastening jobs, the Hilti GX 120 drives nails into concrete, masonry, block and steel with ease. With no battery to charge, electronically controlled gas injection and a gas level indicator, this reliable and efficient system takes productivity to new heights.
Hyde Tools Inc.54 Eastford Road
Southbridge, MA 01550-1875
508-764-4344; Fax: 508-765-5250
These contractor-quality finishing trowels are available with both flat-blade and curved-blade options. The curved trowels are designed to help drywall installers quickly mud and feather taped seams without removing too much compound from the seam. Sizes available in high carbon steel are 11 inches and 14 inches for both flat and curved styles.
Hydro Mobile Inc.125 de L’Industrie,
L’Assomption, Quebec J5W 2T9 CANADA
888-484-9376; Fax: 450-589-0370
Hydro Mobile manufactures three lines of mast climbing work platforms, and provides training and technical support to contractors to help them increase their productivity, reduce workers’ fatigue and decrease the risk of injuries. With over 6,000 platforms on the market, Hydro Mobile is a leader in the industry.
LG Industries Inc.1 JLG Drive
McConnellsburg, PA 17233
717-485-5161; Fax: 717-485-6417
JLG offers a wide variety of aerial work platforms including vertical mast lifts, scissor lifts and boom lifts including the world’s tallest electric boom lift, the 60-foot model E600. Other “green machines” include ES Series electric scissor lifts with five models offering platform heights from 18 feet, 9 inches to 31 feet, 9 inches including a 30-inch wide scissor lift with a platform height of 25-feet, 6-inches.
Knaack Manufacturing Co.420 East Terra Cotta Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-459-6093; Fax: 815-459-9097
The new Weather Guard Hi-Side Truck Boxes have been specifically designed for tool storage above the bed of trucks with a new three-point latching system that secures each side of the box with a strong seal against theft, vandalism and weather. The picture frame body design has an extra large opening for maximum utilization of storage space and tool accessibility.
Kraft Tool Company Inc.8325 Hedge Lane Terrace
Shawnee, KS 66227
800-422-2448; Fax: 800-985-7238
The EZY Deck Pro Gun & Hopper sprays overlay and decking material and features a built in downward hopper angle, ideal for decks and floors with flexible neck for variable positions. Features a built in fingertip handle and full grip trigger for ease and comfort. Comes with removable nozzle and three removable tips for easy clean up.
Leica Geosystems5051 Peachtree Corners Circle
Norcross, GA 30092
770-326-9500; Fax: 770-447-0710
The new Leica Builder RM power is specially designed for construction use. Equipped with an EDM and a mobile phone style keypad for fast data entry, users get a high degree of measurement accuracy, quality and reliability even under the toughest conditions. The four models are based on the same PowerSite Software.
Lenox301 Chestnut Street
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
413-525-3961; Fax: 413-525-8867
Lenox introduces its T2 Technology reciprocating saw blades, which feature optimized tooth geometry for each tooth per inch specification. The patent-pending design is optimized to minimize friction and heat build-up when cutting through the widest variety of metal materials. The company also offers power tool accessories, hand tools, torches, solder and band saw blades and more.
Midwest Tool & Cutlery Co.1210 Progress Street
Sturgis, MI 49091
269-651-7964; Fax: 269-651-4412
The company produces U.S.-made Midwest Snips brand of aviation and tinner snips at manufacturing operations in Michigan. The company also produces a full line of folding tools, cable cutters and other specialty tools for the HVAC/R, construction, siding, roofing and sheet metal industries.
The M. K. Morse Co.1101 11th Street S.E.
Canton, OH 44707
330-453-8187; Fax: 330-453-1111
The company is a manufacturer of professional quality power tool accessories and industrial saw blades. Its Metal Devil metal cutting circular saw blades are designed to cut quicker, cooler and cleaner than traditional methods. Additional blades include portable bands, hole saws, reciprocating and jigsaw blades and hacks.
Marshalltown Co.104 South 8th Avenue
Marshalltown, IA 50158
800-888-0127; Fax: 800-477-6341
The Enforcer portable texture sprayer features a unique power hopper design. A pressurized tank feeds mud through the new SharpShooter 2.0 gun ensuring a consistent spray. The Enforcer will spray several types of textures and materials: knockdown, orange peel, acoustics, EIFS, stucco, cement-based materials, waterproofing, pool deck sealant and most gravity-fed materials.
Mercer Abrasives, A Division of Mercer Tool Corp.300 Suburban Avenue
Deer Park, NY 11729
631-243-3900; Fax: 866-335-9700
The company’s Extra-Large Sanding Sponges (3⁵⁄₁₆ inch by 9 inch by 1 inch) are ideal for big projects and can be used wet or dry. With a long-lasting aluminum oxide resin bond, users can simply wash and reuse the sponges for multiple uses. Perfect for paint, drywall, wood, and plastic, the extra-large sponges feature four sides of abrasives, allowing the user maximum sanding capability.
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp.13135 W. Lisbon Road
Brookfield, WI 53005
800-729-3878; Fax: 414-783-8529
The Hackzall Reciprocating Saw is a compact, lightweight saw designed for powerful, versatile cutting in tight spaces. Featuring a 12-volt Lithium-ion battery, the saw can cut more than 80 pieces of 1½-inch PVC on a single charge. It delivers a 1/2-inch stroke 3,000 times per minute for a smooth yet aggressive cut, and utilizes a keyless blade clamp to ensure quick and easy blade changes.
Muro North America Inc.7 Tilbury Court
Brampton, Ontario L6T 3T4 CANADA
800-665-6876; Fax: 905-451-7936
Muro is a proven leader of Auto Feed Screw Driving Systems. The company’s tool line-up includes coil and strip feed systems, capable of driving a variety of fasteners from 3/4 to 3 inch, saving time for workers on the job. Muro represents quality, performance and durability for professional contractors throughout the world.
NES Rentals540 Lake Cook Rd
Deerfield, IL 60015
800-NES-RENT; Fax: 602-251-0555
NES Rentals provides contractors with extensive industry knowledge and one of the largest and best maintained aerial fleets in North America. The company’s staff will help choose the right lift for the job with timely service and delivery. Within its fleet, the company provides a vast selection of scissor lifts, articulating and telescoping booms, rough terrain forklifts and more.
Oneida Air Systems1001 West Fayette Street
Syracuse, NY 13204
800-732-4065; Fax: 315-476-5044
The Dust Cobra is a hybrid vacuum/dust collector that combines the benefits of both into one unit. The product works for high pressure applications that vacuums and dust collectors individually cannot perform, such as panel saws, small routers, Dremel tools, carving tools, scroll saws, band saws, mini lathes and miter saws.
PLS•Pacific Laser Systems2550 Kerner Boulevard
San Rafael, CA 94901
800-601-4500; Fax: 415-453-5768
Pacific Laser Systems has introduced its PLS 5 point to point laser layout tool, totally redesigned as smaller and more durable than its predecessor. Fully self leveling, with an accuracy of 1/8 inch at 100 feet, this laser runs on three AA batteries, is calibrated and assembled in the U.S. and carries a one-year workmanship warranty.
Palfinger North AmericaPO Box 846
Niagara Falls, Ontario L2E 6V6 CANADA
800-816-1858; Fax: 905-374-1203
Palfinger North America is a leading manufacturer of truck-mounted forklifts. These truck-mounted forklifts offer the speed, power, lift capacity and maneuverability to deliver wallboard over rugged terrain, to crowded work sites and tight spaces with ease and reliability and in fewer trips.
Paslode888 Forest Edge Drive
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
847-634-1900; Fax: 847-634-8091
The Model CF-325 Cordless Framing Nailer is a versatile tool designed to help contractors increase productivity. The new QuickLode Fuel System employs a completely redesigned “no-step” canister that eliminates pre-use snapping, twisting and aligning. Its Steel O-rings significantly reduce downtime due to maintenance.
PrimeSource Building Products Inc.2115 East Belt Line Road
Carrollton, TX 75006
972-417-3701; Fax: 972-417-8980
The Grip-Rite GRTFN250 16-Gauge Finish Nailer is engineered to work with Grip-Rite Collated Finish Nails designed for baseboard, cabinet, chair rail, trim, molding and finish work. The nailer has a 360-degree tool-free air exhaust and depth adjustment, and a nail capacity of 110. All Grip-Rite tools come with a limited 12-month warranty backed nationwide by the company’s authorized service centers.
Powers Fasteners Inc.2 Powers Lane
Brewster, NY 10509
914-235-6300; Fax: 914-576-6483
Fastening 2x4s into concrete has become faster and easier with the new C4 Trak-It tool, gas-fired with sufficient power for this important and common construction task.
Putzmeister America Inc.1733 90th Street
Sturtevant, WI 53177
800-884-7210; Fax: 262-884-6338
Featuring new hydraulic drive technology and a reverse pump feature, Putzmeister’s S5 GH 18 hp gas version is ideal for exterior plaster and stucco work, as well as pressure grout, vermiculite, fireproofing material, swimming pool finish and pipe line refurbishment. For more information, please visit www.putzmeister.com.
Ridgid400 Clark Street
Elyria, OH 44035
800-769-7743; Fax: 440-329-4551
The new Quick-Acting Vises offer durability and efficiency features designed to save time and money. A quick-action trigger allows users to effortlessly slide the vise jaws in and out for quick and easy adjustment to objects of all sizes. Available in two sizes, the vises feature indestructible forged steel construction.
Rodenhouse Inc.974 Front NW, Suite#100
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
800-249-4747; Fax: 616-454-0404
The Plasti-Grip CBW is a large plastic washer that secures commercial building wrap and seals around the screw penetration. The multi-use fastener applies house wrap, EIFS, stucco and rigid foam. This adds to the Grip-Plate plaster repair washer that applies diamond lath, stucco wire, and/or repairs old sagging plaster.
Simpson Strong-Tie5956 W. Las Positas Boulevard
Pleasanton, CA 94588
925-560-9000; Fax: 925-847-1597
Fastening drywall with Quik Drive auto-feed screw driving systems by Simpson Strong-Tie is fast and cost effective. Quik Drive’s precise countersink adjustment produces consistent dimples and its auto-feed mechanism allows fast, hassle-free driving.
Sto Corp.3800 Camp Creek Parkway
Building 1400, Suite 120
Atlanta, GA 30331
800-221-2397; Fax: 404-346-3119
The All Purpose Stucco Pump can spray most the company’s products, including Sto Powerwall Stucco and operates off of single-phase 230-volt power. It has a flow rate of 21 liters per minute and can spray up to 210 feet. Using the pump can help applicators complete stucco jobs faster and more efficiently.
Striker200 Overhill Drive, Suite C
Mooresville, NC 28117
Phone & Fax: 704-658-9332
The new Striker Folding Multi-Blade is designed to quickly and easily perform all the normal steps for cutting drywall but has features that eliminate the need to carry extra tools. It features an aluminum handle designed to fit in the user’s hand, a thumb stud to safely open and close the blade, and a spring steel lock to securely lock the blade open or closed.
Stud Chopper LLCP.O. Box 579
Slidell, LA 70459-0579
985-641-2753; Fax: 985-641-5945
The Stud Chopper is a portable metal stud shear system that cuts heavy gauge metal framing studs from 3⁵⁄₈ to 14 inches wide, and up to 12 gauge in thickness. It cuts any angles with up to 30 cuts per minute. There are four models available; three are mobile units. The product line was launched at METALCON in 2000. Stud Choppers have been helping contractors for the past seven years with their demonstrations of speed, safety and quiet performance.
Tools For TRADES Inc.335 Wilbanks Drive
Ball Ground, GA 30107
800-582-8665; Fax: 800-282-8665
Tools For Trades is a wholesale construction tool distributor specializing in drywall, acoustical, and various other trowel trades. Distribution centers in Georgia, Utah, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Florida provide unbeatable national delivery. The company represents major manufacturers, such as Diamond Wall, TapeTech, DeWalt, DuraStilts, Stanley, Kraft, Wal-Board and many more.
Topcon Positioning Systems Inc.7400 National Drive
Livermore, CA 94551
925-245-8300; Fax: 925-245-8599
The RL-100 series features a new encoding system that provides a grade repeatability of five arc seconds. Available in single slope (RL-100S1) and dual slope (RL-100S2) models both instruments feature up to 25 percent grade range and up to 2,500 feet operating range, plus the new Topcon LS-80 laser sensor and remote control operation.
Tramexc/o Black Hawk Sales Inc.
28 Pin Oak Drive
Littleton, CO 80127
303-972-7921; Fax: 303-972-7106
The company offers a powerful scanner for non-destructive moisture detection and leak tracing in the building envelope that includes EIFS, built-up, single-ply and modified roofing and foam insulation systems.
Triangle Fastener Corp.1925 Preble Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
800-486-1832; Fax: 412-321-7838
The company supplies standard and specialty fasteners, tools, sealants and accessories for the construction industry. A complete line of fasteners for metal-to-metal, metal-to-wood, drywall and concrete anchoring is available from each of our 24 locations. Triangle offers job site and technical assistance, Pak-One inventory management programs, and product development.
USG Sheetrock Tools550 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661-3676
800-USG-4YOU; Fax: 312-606-5598
USG has created its new tool business, Sheetrock Tools, with a focus on innovation, extensive product research, and field-testing to develop high-quality drywall tools. The Sheetrock Tools portfolio includes finishing knives, mud pans, a jab saw, mud mixer, corner rollers, and accessories that help professionals work comfortably and efficiently.
Vermont American1800 West Central Road
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
877-267-2499; Fax: 224-232-2425
The new Fiber Cement blade features precision-ground ultra-fine carbide that provides longer life and cleaner cuts. The blade is equipped with deep gullets engineered to minimize dust, increase material removal, and reduces heat build-up. The 7¼-inch blade has a 5/8-inch arbor to fit any standard circular saw and features a 13/16-inch diamond knock-out for worm drive saws.
Warner Tool Products13435 Industrial Park Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN 55441-3899
877-927-6371; Fax: 763-559-0613
For more than 80 years, the company has been a leader in the paint sundries industry. The Warner tool line-scrapers, knives, wallcovering tools and accessories-carries a reputation for high quality and customer satisfaction. Stop by a local dealer or distributor and let the company help complete your job.
Werner Co.93 Werner Road
Greenville, PA 16125
888-523-3370; Fax: 888-456-8457
The painter’s ladder is a fiberglass ladder that allows users to reach 11-foot ceilings. The new Ultimate Top with lock-in accessory sockets includes a cut-in pail to prevent spilling, liner, and ToolLasso system to secure tools from falling. Ladder also has bracing to enhance strength and durability and a pail shelf for additional work space.
The Wooster Brush Co.604 Madison Avenue
P.O. Box 6010
Wooster, OH 44691
800-392-7246; Fax: 330-263-0495
Made with a unique fiber blend available from Wooster, Avalon paint rollers reduce shedding by more than 50 percent compared to other high-production covers. In addition to heroic finish quality, Avalon offers 10 percent higher application rates with all flat and satin paints, stains, or waterproofing coatings.