“Demand gains for power tools, especially cordless battery-powered tools, continue to outperform other tool categories, because of their greater capacity for innovation,” said Brian Slayton, Business Unit Manager - Tools and Supplies for IDEAL. “More power tools equates to a heightened need for accessories. IDEAL has taken the lead in product development to address end-user concerns for accessories’ quality and value, raising the bar to exceed contractor expectations.”
Slayton points to recent examples of IDEAL innovation:
Quick Change Step Drill Bits (pictured): Double-fluted step drill bits feature ¼ in. hex shank, as well as aggressive split point tip that prevents skidding across surface and eliminates need to make pilot hole or punch. Each 1/16-inch multi-diameter step is radius-blended to smoothly transition from one step to next. Bits also have double-fluted design with secondary cutting edge to minimize vibration.
Power-Spade™ Spade Bits: Sporting a unique full-cone threaded tip, the Power-Spade operates fast, requiring up to 50 percent less force to achieve even faster cuts than other leading competitors’ spade bits. Self-feeding action promotes smoother, vibration-free drilling while the contoured paddle quickly removes chips from the hole, preventing lockup when boring through wood, cement board, composite enclosures, or ceiling tile.
Tri-Bore™ Hole Saw: This multi-purpose hole saw features a set of three Tungsten Carbide teeth for ultra-aggressive cutting action in HVAC, electrical, plumbing and maintenance/repair applications. It allows users to make faster cuts through virtually any construction material, whether its nail-encrusted wood, cement and plastic board, plaster, composite enclosures, or ceiling tiles for recessed lighting.
TKO™ Hole Cutters: Offering the superior accuracy and rigidity in hole drilling operations required for electrical, HVAC and maintenance work, TKO carbide tipped hole cutters are a smart alternative to knockouts or bi-metal hole saws. The cutters incorporate the exclusive SmoothStart™ pilot drill that guides the TKO into sheet metal to yield smoother, burr-free holes while also preventing damage to its precision-ground carbide teeth. An integral arbor assures improved control, while a flange is built-in to avoid over-drilling beyond the sheet metal.
When developing new blades and bits, IDEAL engineers visit numerous jobsites to research end-user cutting requirements, as well as to provide prototypes to contractors for real-world assessments. By utilizing contractor input IDEAL has consistently developed accessories delivering increased speed, cleaner cuts, and longer life compared to standard bits and blades.
To learn more visit www.idealindustries.com.