Teflon wrap protects hoses
Prevent chafing on high-pressure hydraulic and other hoses with a line of spirally cut Teflon wraps. The Heli-Tube Teflon wrap applies like tape to protect against abrasion and provide color coding of hoses. The tape is expandable, chemically inert and nonflammable. It is available in seven sizes from 1/16 to 1 in. Prices range from $0.55 to $12.95/ft. Contact M.M. Newman Corp., Dept. FIN, Box 615, Marblehead, MA 01945, 781/631-7100, www.mmnewman.com.
If you're looking for a small but powerful plasma cutter, the new HTP MicroCut 380 may be your answer. This unit offers 30 amps for heavy work but can be dialed down to 15 amps for intricate cutting. It will cut any material that conducts electricity, from steel and aluminum to copper and brass. The new unit features instant arc starting without high frequency and will start the arc through rusty or painted surfaces. It draws 16 amps of 220v power. Weighing 25 lbs., it lists for $899. Contact HTP America Inc., Dept. FIN, 3200 Nordic Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005-4729, 800/872-9353, www.usaweld.com.
Safe electrical work
Work on an electrical outlet safely and easily with the new PlugGrip. The device plugs into any dual, 110 to 125v grounded outlet and provides a solid grip for installing or removing it. The PlugGrip grabs onto the outlet and holds it securely so that you can wire it and insert it into the box. The handle of the device keeps tools and fingers from touching potential live wires. You can easily maneuver a screwdriver around the PlugGrip. Once you turn the power back on, an indicator light notifies you that the outlet is correctly installed and power is present. The device is available at many hardware stores including Ace Hardware and Northern Tool stores. Price: $9.99. Contact PlugGrip Products, Dept. FIN, 133 W. Honolulu St., Suite C, Lindsay, CA 93247, 866/562-9363, www.pluggrip.com.
Protect and strengthen concrete feed bunks or barn floors with a new epoxy sealer from Vanberg Specialized Coatings. V-Seal CR's low viscosity and high solids resin will penetrate deep into the concrete and strengthen it. It can be applied without an acid etch step, making application easier than with other epoxy sealers. The company says the sealer will fill cracks less than 2 ml thick and reconsolidate them with the concrete substrate. Multiple coats will create a glossy cover. V-Seal CR costs $103 for a 2-gal. kit that covers 400 sq. ft. Contact Vanberg Specialized Coatings, Dept. FIN, Box 19414, Lenexa, KS 66285, 800/874-0631, www.vanbergcoatings.com.
Compact rotary hammer
Two new SDS rotary hammers from Milwaukee Electric Tool are really three tools in one: a drill, a hammer with drill, and a chisel. With a 7.4-amp motor, the compact 1 ⅛ -in. SDS rotary hammers can drill holes into concrete, masonry, wood, metal or plastic and can be used for light chipping or chiseling. Model 5359-21 lists for $595 and is three-wire grounded. Model 5360-21 is double insulated and lists for $645. Contact Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp., Dept. FIN, 13135 W. Lisbon Rd., Brookfield, WI 53005, 877/729-3878, www.mil-electric-tool.com.
A new, double-insulated, ½-in. Hammer-Drill easily drills small holes in concrete. The tool's 5.5-amp motor and dual-torque gearbox provide high-speed drilling with smaller bits and plenty of torque for larger bits in the low-speed range setting. The drill offers variable speed with reverse and a selector for hammer-with-rotation and rotation-only operating modes. Price: $335. Contact Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp., Dept. FIN, 13135 W. Lisbon Rd., Brookfield, WI 53005, 877/729-3878, www.mil-electric-tool.com.