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PTR New Product Spotlight Week of July 15, 2019


PTR New Product Spotlight is a weekly article highlighting some of the best new tools and gear on our radar. Here are the tools and gear we think you should know about for the week of July 15, 2019!

Milwaukee Power Utility Wrenches

Milwaukee is rolling out 4 new hand tools for linemen this July and September. Each one is built with forged steel and the design team focused on multi-function with high durability. Here’s the skinny on each one:

July Launches

Both Milwaukee Lineman’s Wrenches have a built-in surface for hammering. Milwaukee knows you’re going to do it anyway, so they’re owning it. According to Milwaukee, they have the most durable ratcheting mechanism available today.

  • Lineman’s High-Leverage Ratcheting Wrench (48-22-9213)
    • 3/4″, 1″, and 1-1/8″ square sockets
    • $99.99
  • Lineman’s 5-in-1 Ratcheting Wrench (48-22-9216)
    • 3/4″, 1″, and 1-1/8″ square sockets
    • 9/16″ and 3/4″ wrenches
    • $109.99

September Launches

Milwaukee Insulated Lineman’s Wrenches have the distinction of being the only 1000V insulated and UL classified wrenches available at the moment.

  • Lineman’s 2-in-1 Insulated Ratcheting Box Wrench(48-22-9211)
    • 9/16″ and 3/4″ wrenches
    • $44.99
  • Lineman’s 4-in-1 Insulated Ratcheting Box Wrench(48-22-9212)
    • 1/2″, 9/16″, 5/8″, and 3/4″ wrenches
    • $54.99

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Bosch Freak GDX18V-1800C

Bosch Brushless Connected-Ready FreakBosch’s upgrade to their original Freak impact driver keeps the 1/2″ square and 1/4″ hex hybrid drive with an upgraded motor. It adds an extra 200 in-lbs of torque, bringing it 1800 in-lbs. It’s also a Connected-Ready tool that you can make “smart” by popping a Bosch Connected module in the handle.

Price: $159–$299

Available: Now

Check out our review!

Hilti 22V Advanced Batteries

Hilti 22V Advanced BatteriesHilti is moving up to advanced batteries on their 22V platform. They have been running with a 6-cell system instead of 5, making their tools run at 21.6V nominal and 24V Max for a while. Now they run with 21700 lithium-ion cells, upgraded electronics, and upgraded packs for their 4.0Ah and 8.0Ah batteries.

Price: $109 (4.0Ah), $199 (8.0Ah)

Available: Now

Get more info here.

KALTGear Adaptive Work Pants Master Bundle

KALTGear Adaptive Work Pants Master BundleKALTGear Adaptive work pants are the foundation of an innovative system of pants, shorts, knee pads, and tool pouches that eliminate the need for a separate tool belt. They’re made from a cotton/polyester blend to make your movements easier with Cordura in high wear areas and pockets. The pockets take the concept of function to a much higher level with designs that look like they’re right at home carrying tools or tactical gear. That’s not a surprise from a designer with a military background. The pants are great on their own but the best way to get started is with KALTGear’s Master Bundle:

  • KALTGear Adaptive Work Pants
  • 2 x Close Top Tool Pouch
  • 2 x Open Top Tool Pouch
  • 2 x Fastener Pouch
  • Gel Knee Pads
  • Open Top Tool Bag

Price: $184.99

Available: Now

Check out KALTGear’s website here.

Painters Tradecraft from Titan

Painters Tradecraft from TitanTitan is teaming up with Pros like Chris Berry (Idaho Painter) and Nick Slavik (Ask a Painter) to create videos about everything from spray application and business practices to insider tips. Best of all, a big focus of the video series is focused on developing skills across all levels, giving Pros a resource to improve their craft.

Price: Free

Available: Now

Check out the website here.

Buck Knives Pursuit Hunting Knives

Buck Knives Pursuit Hunting KnivesBuck Knives’ new hunting line targets competitive pricing with 420HC steel models in fixed and folding styles. The handles are glass-filled nylon and each knife comes with a polyester sheath. The Pursuit series feature either clip point or gut hook blades in large or small sizes.

Price: $55–$75 ($45–$60 online)

Available: Now

Get more info here.

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Craftsman VersaSystem Garage Makeover Contest

Craftsman’s VersaTrack system is a great way to install customizable and adjustable storage around your garage or shop. With the track system in place, you grab the additional shelves and hooks to hold up to 75 lbs per linear foot. The VersaSystem also includes VersaStack portable tool boxes, a rolling tool box base, and organizers that can all lock together. You can supplement all that with any of Craftsman’s line of cabinets, workbenches, bins, and more.

None of this is really new, but the chance to win a Craftsman VersaSystem Garage Makeover is. From now until September 2nd, 2019, you can enter for a chance to win a makeover package worth nearly $5,000!

Price: Free

Available: Now

Enter for a chance to win here.

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