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PTR New Product Spotlight – Week of October 28, 2019

It’s Halloween week and we have more treats than tricks! Here are the hottest new products to hit Pro Tool Reviews this week!

Milwaukee Axis Layering System with Gridiron Shell

Milwaukee has extended the M12 Axis Heated Jacket line with the new Gridiron Work Shell. When the weather gets particularly frigid, the Gridiron adds another layer of warmth under the Axis jacket.

The Gridiron Work Shell is constructed from Gridiron ripstop polyester that takes up 25% less space than cotton duck while also being 3x more durable. And, in terms of warmth, Milwaukee uses 60G insulation for the body and 40G insulation for the sleeve.

The Gridiron Work Shells are completely compatible with the M12 Axis heated jacket. When layered, you’ll still have pass-through access to the heat controls. Plus, the center zipper and snaps interlock the jacket to the work shell.

The Axis layering system with Gridiron shell runs $299.95. There’s also a HydroBreak version that has a rain shell starting at $269. Check out our video of that model here.

For more information about the Milwaukee M12 Axis Layering System, click here.


Cat D3 Series Skid Steer and Compact Track Loaders

Caterpillar recently announced their new line of skid steer and compact track loaders. The CAT D3 Series builds on the good work that the company has done with the D and D2 Series loaders.

Improvements with the D3 Series start with a wider door on the one-piece sealed and pressurized cab. Then, CAT improved operating stability with a sturdier undercarriage frame and torsion axels. Two-speed travel improves jobsite productivity, and the D3 Series includes CAT’s Smart Technology, which makes working with smart attachments streamlined and simple.

On a performance level, the CAT D3 Series has upped its game with a 110 gross horsepower CAT C3.8 engine. A 40 GPM high-flow/high-pressure auxiliary system produces 94 HP of hydraulic power.

You can check out our preview of the CAT D3 Series by visiting Or to hear about it straight from the CAT’s mouth, click here.

Empire Digital Level

Empire has released a 9″ Magnetic Digital Torpedo Level that provides clear and precise readouts. With the new level, you can measure, replicate, and inspect any angle from 0° to 90°.

The new 9″ level has an auto-calibration feature that fires up as the level turns on. This means that you can get a clear and precise reading immediately. Rare earth magnets keep the level securely in place on any metal surface.

It features 6 measurement display modes that let you complete the tasks of the standard torpedo, slope level, and angle finder. You can also make precise measurements in degrees, percentages, fractional, or decimals. There’s even an Inspection Mode that’s ideal for bending conduit and other replication applications.

Price: $69.99

To learn more about the Empire em105.9 9″ Torpedo Level, click here.


Cub Cadet Self-Leveling Seat

Cub Cadet air ride seat2

The popular Cub Cadet Pro Z 972 ZTR has an option for making hillsides and grades a more surmountable problem. Now, you can equip the Pro Z with a self-leveling air-ride seat that will automatically level itself up to 15° to either side.

The self-leveling seat maintains operator comfort on steeper inclines and minimizes the physical impact of mowing on a slope. You can lock down the seat if you want, or you can keep it unlocked for full travel and swivel capabilities.

Right now, it looks like the Pro Z 972 is the only model that has the self-leveling seat… which makes some bit of sense as this dual-rear-tired mower was built for hills. Still, we hope that this seat becomes an option on a wider array of Cub Cadets because it’s a pretty sweet upgrade.

Check out our review of the Cub Cadet Pro Z 972 here.

For more information about Cub Cadet’s self-leveling air-ride seat, click here.


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