PRODUCT FOCUS: PLUMBING TOOLS SCREWDRIVERS IRWIN Tools’ adds numerous tools to its Performance Series screwdriver family. The extending driver has a shaft that can increase from 5” to 11” to access hard-to-reach places and tight spaces; the 8-in-1 ratcheting screwdriver features a three-way ratcheting mechanism and storage for two double-ended power bits; the 6-in-1 Nut Driver SAE and Metric provides six different nut-driver sizes with in-handle storage for double-ended sockets. IRWIN Tools. www.irwin.com PROPEX EXPANSION TOOL Milwaukee Tool’s electric M18 FORCELOGIC ProPEX expansion tool is designed to expand 2”, 2 1/2” and 3” Uponor PEX pipe for making ProPEX connections. The tool complements Milwaukee’s current offering of M12 and M18 ProPEX expansion tools for 3/8” through 1 1/2” Uponor PEX pipe sizes. The tool coincides with Uponor PEX pipe and ProPEX expansion fittings now being available in 2 1/2” and 3” sizes, offering professionals the ability to specify, design and install even more commercial plumbing and hydronic piping systems with PEX. The pipe offering, which includes Uponor AquaPEX for potable-plumbing applications and Wirsbo hePEX oxygen-barrier pipe for hydronic heating and cooling applications, is available in various coil lengths and straight lengths to meet any application need. Milwaukee Tool. www.milwaukeetool.com IMPACT DRIVER Porter Cable’s 20V MAX lithium ion brushless impact driver features more run time and shorter tool length. The brushless motor and transmission generate 1,400 in.-lb. of maximum torque for large fasteners and the variable-speed trigger delivers 0-2,700 rpm. The impact driver is equipped with a 1/4” quick chuck for fast and easy one-handed bit changes. It is 5.8” in length and 2.9 lb. With its battery. Designed with an over-molded grip and an LED work light, it also features rubber bumpers on the sides of the tool and a belt hook. Porter Cable. www.portercable.com NEW PRODUCTS SERVICE VALVE KITS Patented Isolator E-X-P service valve kits allow for quicker, consistent quality tankless water-heater installations with fewer leak paths. Now available with Pro-Connect Push ends for fully removable connections to copper, CPVC and PEX. The kits allow the user to clean, flush or diagnose any tankless water heater with ease, Webstone notes. Products are in stock for immediate shipment and are lead-free CleanBrass-certified to meet all low-lead laws, and are guaranteed for life. Webstone Valves. www.webstonevalves.com/push_exp HOUSE HYDRANT Aquor’s house hydrant is an eco-friendly, in-wall outdoor faucet compatible with any garden hose. The hydrant has a patented auto-stop seal mechanism that manipulates water pressure to keep all the water inside, making it completely leakproof, Aquor states. The hydrant boasts a sleek look designed to complement any home. Its durable exterior is engineered to resist natural waring from outdoor exposure, while its interior has a stainless steel body that offers freeze protection to -30° F. Aquor Water Systems. www.aquorwatersystems.com GAS PRIMARY CONTROL Carlin Combustion Technology announces the official launch of its new 60200FR gas primary control. The 60200FR now is standard on all EZGas Pro burners (previously only on commercial gas burners) and available as a service pack. New control features include a built-in LCD screen (eliminating the need for a separate tool), Xtreme diagnostics (flashing icons and messages clearly identify fault conditions), detailed operating and fault history (takes the guesswork out of burner troubleshooting), EZ-wire low-voltage terminals on front (featuring alarm and blocked-vent contacts) and easy programming (select the desired pre-purge, TFI, post-purge and more). Carlin Combustion Technology. www.ccowles.com PRESS-FIT VALVE Milwaukee Valve’s UltraPress press-fit valve convenience is now available in larger sizes to simplify installation and save time on almost any large commercial job. Available in 2 1/2’’, 3’’ and 4’’ sizes, UltraPress allows simple prep, press and crimp for wet/dry in-line installation and repair.No more threading, brazing, soldering, fabricating or mess. Every UltraPress is rated to 200 psig at 250° F, and annealed for strength, flexibility and sealing power. Designs are rigorously tested to exceed current MSS, ASTM and ASME standards for reliability the user can count on, Milwaukee Valve notes. Available in standard or no-lead UltraPure bronze alloys, the complete UltraPress line, full specs and features can be viewed at www.UltraPressValves.com. Milwaukee Valve. www.ultrapressvalves.com KITCHEN FAUCET Danze’s Foodie pre-rinse kitchen faucet features a spring-action wand commonly seen in commercial-grade kitchen environments, which provides flexibility and convenience. The scale of the faucet, however, makes it a great match for any sized home kitchen, Danze notes. The Foodie has a 20 9/16” high spout and an 8 7/8” spout reach. The faucet meets low-lead content requirements and operates at a water-efficient rate of 1.75 gpm. Danze. www.danze.com THERMOSTATIC TANKLESS WATER HEATERS The new Stiebel Eltron Mini E thermostatic tankless water heaters are an electronically controlled version of the company’s popular mechanical Mini water heaters and come with several additional features. The electronic control board and automatic flow control allow Mini E models to deliver water at the factory preset temperature of 100° F. Custom preset output temps also are available. The models maintain temperature even with pressure fluctuations in the water supply, which is ideal for installations where output temperatures are limited by code, Stiebel Eltron explains. The Mini E 6-2 can be plumbed to supply warm water to multiple sinks in warm climates. Stiebel Eltron. Www.stiebel-eltron-usa.com AUTOMATIC SINK FAUCET Sloan’s EFX380 BASYS automatic sink faucet with turbine energy harvesting technology has the versatility to meet any application with varying sensor types with flow rates ranging from 0.35 gpm to 1.5 gpm. The faucets provide interchangeability of components with a single tool and their turbine technology generates hydroelectric power that reduces demand on batteries, potentially extending battery life up to 10 years and lowering costs, Sloan explains. The faucet features single-hole installation, an integral water supply shutoff and flexible, high-pressure supply hoses with 3/8” compression connections. Finish options include polished brass, satin chrome and brushed nickel. Sloan. Www.sloan.com POWER DRAIN CLEANER General Pipe Cleaners’ new Model DRZ economical power drain cleaner quickly and cleanly clears clogs from 1 1/4” to 3” sink, tub and laundry lines. The patented Quick-Grip chuck lets the user quickly grip or release the cable with only a quarter turn. Three chuck jaws securely hold 1/4”, 5/16” and 3/8” Flexicore cable for a wide range of small-line jobs. The compact design allows the user to operate the machine horizontally on the kitchen counter or vertically on the floor next to the bathtub. The pneumatic pedal keeps hands free to control the feed and guide hose. The drum carries up to 50’ of 1/4” or 5/16” or 35’ of 3/8” Flexicore wire-rope center cable. General Pipe Cleaners. Www.drainbrain.com VAN SHELVING PACKAGES Hackney’s aluminum shelving line extends its reach into select Sprinter van models. Standard kits are available for quick delivery and installation, but modifications can be requested to better accommodate an operator’s business. The shelving is lightweight with adjustable shelves designed to hold storage trays or tools. Driver-side and passenger-side kits can be purchased separately or as one package with top shelf storage for ladders and pipe. Introductory packages provide open areas for bulky items, such as water heaters. VT Hackney. Www.vthackneyparts.com TETHERED TOOLS KNIPEX Tools introduces 24 tools with tether attachment mounts for its Tethered Tool Pliers Program. The attachment point is a plastic bracket with a closed-wire clamp securely welded to the multi-component handle of the tool. KNIPEX Tools. www.knipex-tools.com WORK LIGHTS The Bosch GLI18V-1900N and GLI18V-1900C floodlights can illuminate every inch of a room in a tiny (3.5-lb.) package, the company notes. Both 18-volt work lights shine at 1,900 lumens, but also can run on a 50% mode and blast 1,000 lumens. Bosch Power Tools. www.boschtools.com RECIP SAW DEWALT’s 20V MAX* XR compact reciprocating saw measures 14.5” in length and its compact design allows it to fit between 16” on-center studs an in other tight spaces. A keyless four-position blade clamp is ideal for flush cutting and versatility. DEWALT. www.dewalt.com CONDENSING FIRE-TUBE BOILERS IBC Technologies’ all-new SL G3 series of condensing fire-tube boilers has inputs ranging from 115,000 to 399,000, and includes up to a 10:1 turn down. Features a five-year standard parts warranty and lifetime heatexchanger warranty. IBC Technologies. Www.ibcboiler.com STEM IDENTIFICATION TOOL Kissler & Co.’s Stem I.D. tool features a built-in steam gauge, easy-to-follow instructions, a ruler and actual size full-color photos to clearly identify more than 700 of the most popular replacement stems and cartridges. The tool (Part# KK-0412) is free with the purchase of a stem display. Kissler. Www.kissler.com STAINLESS FORGED PRODUCTS Since the early 2000s, all stainless forged shape products manufactured by Penn Machine are electropolished at no additional charge to its customers. This is a chemical cleaning process. Electropolished fittings are cleaner, more corrosion resistant and reduce weld prep time. Penn Machine. Www.pennusa.com REDUCING ADAPTERS Matco-Norca’s male standard thread-double male reducing adapters made of lead-free cast brass are in compliance with the federal SDWA and are available in six sizes ranging from 1” MNST x 1” MIP up to 2 1/2” MNST x 3” MIP. Matco-Norca. Www.matco-norca.com PALLET GENERATION SOFTWARE Schneider Packaging Equipment’s HMI-based pattern generation software automatically enables end users to create optimized patterns based on product and pallet dimensions without the need for an external PC or pendant. Schneider Packaging Equipment. Www.schneiderequip.com LAVATORY FAUCET The Olympia i2 lavatory faucet’s low-flow technology ensures it meets Water Sense and CALGreen criteria. Features a 1.5-gpm flow rate and is ADA complaint. Available in polished chrome and PVD brushed nickel. Pioneer Industries. Www.pioneerind.com REMOVABLE GRID STRAINER DRAIN Watco’s IdealLav drain includes a grid strainer and a stopper. The removable grid strainer is installed with an O-ring and is easily replaceable without removing the lav drain. The replaceable grid prevents hair and jewelry from entering the drain. Watco. Www.watcomfg.com BALL VALVES Viega’s ProPress Zero Lead ball valve press x hose thread for copper fittings features bronze ball valves that are full-port and designed for potable water applications. The valves are available in 1/2” and 3/4” press sizes and 3/4” hose sizes. Viega. Www.viega.us SCREW CHILLER Carrier’s AquaForce 30XV air-cooled screw chiller with Greenspeed intelligence serves applications from 140 to 325 tons. The chiller has the smallest footprint to exceed AHSRAE 90.1-2013 specification. Carrier. Www.carrier.com
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