Tool & Equipment Roundup
OMG Roofing Products
The AccuTrac Calculator measures the expected increase in productivity roofers can get when using the AccuTrac Insulation Attachment System rather than traditional loose or pre-assembled insulation fasteners. Estimators simply fill in the number of screws required for the project, their hourly labor rates, and the cost of the insulation fasteners and plates. The calculator does the rest, providing the time, labor and material cost savings expected with the AccuTrac system. The OMG AccuTrac is a stand-up insulation attachment system that helps the job foreman to redeploy labor, potentially increasing productivity by up to 40 percent. For more information, visit www.olyfast.com.
Cap Nailer System
The Duo-Fast® Cap Nailer System, Model DF175-CN, makes installing synthetic roofing underlayment and organic roofing felt simpler, faster, and safer than a manual application. The tool’s in-line design provides balance and consistent driving of nails and caps. It features bump-fire operation and a cap-feed shut off button for easy transition to nail-only fastening. For more information, visit www.duo-fast.com.
Screw Driving System
Simpson Strong-Tie has introduced the Quik Drive® PROPP150 auto-feed screw driving system for fastening standing seam metal roofing. The PROPP150 features the company’s patent-pending Precision Placement™ nosepiece, which enables fast, precise placement of collated screws in standing seam panel clips. Now you can fasten panels in about half the time of traditional fastening methods. For more information, visit www.strongtie.com/quikdrive.
Automatic Overlap Welder
Hapco Inc./BAK Tools
BAK Thermoplastic Technologies delivers the new RoofOn® Edge, the automatic overlap welder that eliminates time-consuming and backbreaking hand welding along parapet walls, skylights, etc. Increase your productivity, save your knees and give your roof inspectors the consistent, quality overlap welds the industry demands. For more information, call Hapco Inc. at 800-345-9353 or e-mail email@example.com.
Skylight Fall Protection System
Garlock Safety Systems
Federal OSHA regulations stipulate the duty to have fall protection devices installed on skylights, and ScreenGuard™ is a strong and economical system that provides compliance. The product clamps on to the skylight frame with no drilling required. A compression fit provides incredible strength, exceeding OSHA and Cal/OSHA regulations. For more information, visit www.railguard.net.
Developed by a roofing professional, Everhard’s new Wrist-Saver™ seam roller is a breakthrough in hand roller design. It helps you position your arm, wrist and hand in a natural way, giving you a more relaxed working position, using the power of the whole arm and conserving energy. For more information, visit www.everhard.com.
Drivable Debris Container
A self-propelled, drivable and compact debris container, the Equipter RB4000 streamlines shingle removal and jobsite cleanup. With more time to focus on installation, profits. The RB4000 minimizes landscape destruction and keeps lawns cleaner, a great sales tool to close bids and increase referrals. For more information, call 855-378-4783 or visit www.equipter.com.
The new DBI-SALA® EZ-Stop™ Lanyard offers the industry’s first modular lanyard designed with components that can be replaced individually when worn or damaged. It also features Hi-10 energy-management material, the smallest shock pack in the world, the lightest and strongest rebar hooks on the market, durable Repel webbing, and a rugged and durable soft cover with protected labels. For more information, visit www.capitalsafety.com.
This self-contained, truck-mounted lift conveyor mounts on any flatbed truck and allows one-man operation for all types of deliveries. The unit offers 360-degree rotation with 30-degree lock points, a spring-loaded safety brake and a leveling device for safe operation. Visit www.liftconveyor.com.
Pneumatic Shingle Remover
Rapid Roof Remover
The Rapid Roof Remover is a lightweight, pneumatic tool for shingle removal as well as removal of various types of flooring. This patented, American-Made machine, with its 30-inch, heat-treated, tear-off blade is powerful enough to remove up to five layers of shingles with fasteners in a single pass, greatly increasing productivity. For more information, visit www.rapidroofremover.com.
Portable Air Compressor
The W11HGB-30P is the newest addition to the line of two-stage, portable air compressors. This product features a powerful gas engine and high-capacity pump, and is built to withstand tough operating conditions. The compressor has two fully pneumatic tires and convenient lifting handles. For more information, visit www.jennyproductsinc.com.
Safety Rail System
Reeves Roofing Equipment
The Reeves GuardAll Safety Rail System will attach to a deck, parapet or slab. You can purchase the MultiPost that adjusts in 3-inch increments to allow for the height of the parapet. The MultiPost allows you to use two-by-fours or cable. For more information, visit www.reevesequipment.com.
This lightweight, ergonomic angle grinder is designed for applications in the field using AC/DC power sources. The grinder, also known as the Rat Tail because of its handle design, fits comfortably in the user’s hand and features a rubberized grip that dampens vibration and increases slip resistance. For more information, please visit www.metabo.us.
TTI Power Tool Group
Part of the new RYOBI 18V ONE+ System, TTI has introduced the 18V Cordless Brad Nailer. This nailer features AirStrike technology, which provides cordless convenience and eliminates the need for compressors, hoses or gas cartridges. Other notable features include a selectable drive switch, Grip-Light technology, tool-free depth-of-drive adjustment, dry-fire lockout feature, tool-free jam release and low-nail indicator. For more information, visit www.ryobitools.com.
Roper Whitney has introduced its No. 9 Universal Button Punch which can be used to indent several thicknesses of metal, forming a button or dimple that holds the pieces together securely. This tool can commonly be applied to standing seam roof panels to make a watertight seal. The head of the No. 9 rotates to any position. For more information, visit www.roperwhitney.com.
Senco is expanding its line of pneumatic construction staplers to include two new models: the SNS200XP and SNS200XP-BST. These new staplers have increased durability and power for everyday use in many construction applications. Both models are equipped with a high-capacity, all-metal magazine that holds 160 staples. For more information, visit www.senco.com.
Foam Cutting Tool
Assembly Supplies Co.
The new TC20 Thermocutter was designed for cutting expanded polystyrene foam (EPS), extruded polystyrene foam (XPS), polyethylene foam, styrofoam and many other materials. Press the trigger and the blades heat up instantly; the temperature is easily adjustable up to 1050 degrees. For more information, visit www.zts20.com.
Wood’s Powr-Grip Co.
The Panel Master Vacuum Lifters are designed to increase the productivity and safety of workers when lifting and maneuvering insulated metals panels. Flexible vacuum pads attach directly to the face of the panel, keeping edges free for exact panel placement. Adjustable T-arms accommodate a wide variety of insulated panel sizes and contours. For more information, visit www.powrgrip.com.
Sinclair Equipment Co.
Sinclair’s 110V Walkable Roof Welder provides greater performance compared to hand-held welding from an easily accessible power source (no generator necessary). Heat weld single-ply flat seams as well as edge metal flashing. Simple to operate, this product features temperature and speed controls, automatic start, front wheel guide, handle for stand-up steering, plus much more. Made in America with durability for roofing applications in mind. For more information, visit www.sineqco.com.
PORTER-CABLE has launched its Hex 4.3-Amp Impact Driver (PCE201): a compact, versatile driver ideal for deck builders and steel roofing installers. While compact enough to fit in small spaces, the PCE201 has a powerful motor and delivers 1,450 inch-pounds of max torque, enabling users to complete a wide range of fastening tasks. For more information, visit www.portercable.com.
Hitachi Power Tools
The Hitachi NV45AB2 Roofing Nailer is the roofer’s workhorse. The cylinder valve drive system provides a quick response, rapid driving and maximum durability. The NV45AB2 also features a pneumatic feed and return to resist dirt and tar buildup and provide consistent feeding. Rubber body pads prevent the tool from sliding. For more information, visit www.hitachipowertools.com.
Never again use the torch flame to warm up a frozen tank, or return a tank that still contains 20 percent of gas, or lug along back-up cylinders. With the VaporBooster heating belt, you will maintain top-level productivity with a powerful flame all the way to the bottom of the tank. The silicone heater is UV stable, non-flammable and waterproof. For more information, visit www.vaporbooster.com.
Edge Rolling Machine
FREUND’s Premium Edge Roller is a mobile edge rolling machine for the edging and bending of sheet metal on the jobsite or in the shop. It’s equipped with four guiding rollers, an easily readable scale in inches and a loop to hang from the user’s work belt. The hand grip offers several working positions. For more information, visit www.freund-cie.com.
Replaceable Blade Snip
Midwest Tool and Cutlery Co.
The Midwest Snips MagSnip® Replaceable Blade Snip is specifically designed for cutting metal roof panels, asphalt shingles, fiberglass shingles and a host of other sheet materials. The 3-inch blades require fewer hand strokes to complete the cut, and the lightweight, heavy-duty, magnesium handles reduce hand fatigue. For more information, visit www.midwestsnips.com.
Victor, a Victor Technologies brand, has launched its new 400 Series of oxy-fuel torches. These two-piece torches incorporate innovative handle and cutting attachment designs that offer better ergonomics, a clearer view of the cutting path, visual cues for easier use and enhanced safety. For more information, visit www.victortechnologies.com.
The isofast® system installation tool from SFS Intec is designed to save time and money. Operated from a standing position, this automated setting machine enables workers to attach insulation and membrane three times faster compared to conventional methods. With isofast, an installer stands upright, rolls the machine to the desired location and simply pushes down on a T-bar, which automatically feeds a belted screw through a stress plate and installs it into the deck. For more information, visit www.sfsintecusa.com.
Roofmaster Products Co.
Roofmaster has introduced its new Mini-Razer Tear-Off Bar. The improved design gives more weight distribution and better balance over the steel wheels for greater tear-off impact. The Mini-Razer is easy to handle and will save on labor. Just ram it under old, built-up roofing and press down to loosen old roof and insulation. PN 491910, 58 pounds, made in America. For more information, visit www.roofmaster.com.
The new UNIROOF E 40 mm provides greater power in the compact class of roofing robots. This product is best used for smaller roofs (less than 1,640 square feet). It is distinguished by controlled temperature and drive output, ergonomic operation and ample power reserves even at low temperatures. The newly developed, 40-mm nozzle, combined with an additional weight (positioned directly over the contact roller) ensures the highest quality on a mere 13-amp current. For more information, visit www.leisterusa.com.