DEWALT® Announces the Six-Tool ATOMIC™ Compact Series

Lightweight and optimized for use in tight spaces, the ATOMIC Compact Series™ adds to the 20V MAX* System which now features 200+ products

DEWALT announces the ATOMIC™ Compact Series, part of the 20V MAX* System, available throughout 2019 and 2020.

New to the 20V MAX* System, which now features over 200 products, the ATOMIC™ Compact Series combines performance and durability in a compact format. It is optimized for tight spaces, overhead work, and for long periods of use. For general contractors, remodelers, electricians, mechanical and HVAC tradespeople, plumbers, cabinetry and furniture builders, these tools serve users in a wide variety of applications. The line will include the following tools:

Available Spring 2019

  • 20V MAX* Compact Drill/Driver

o   Kitted with two compact batteries: 

o   Bare  (without batteries)

  • 20V MAX* Compact Impact Driver

o   Kitted with two compact batteries: 

o   Bare (without batteries):

Available Fall 2019

  • 20V MAX* Compact Hammer Drill/Driver

o   Kitted with two compact batteries:

o   Bare (without batteries)

  • 20V MAX* Compact Circular Saw

o   Kitted with one 5.0Ah battery

o   Bare (without batteries)

  • 20V MAX* Compact Oscillating Multi-Tool

o   Bare (without batteries)

Available Early 2020

  • 20V MAX* Compact Reciprocating Saw

The Drill/Driver, Impact Driver, and Hammer Drill/Driver come equipped with efficient brushless motors that deliver long runtime, LED work lights for visibility in dark workspaces, variable speed triggers, and adjustable belt hooks for left or right attachment. The 20V MAX* Compact Drill/Driver has up to 13% more power on average, using a 1.3Ah battery (DCB207 sold separately) and is 25% more compact than the DCD771. The 20V MAX* Compact Impact Driver has up to 21% more max torque than the DCF885, on average, using 1.3Ah battery (DCB207 sold separately). Performance information is below.

  • The 20V MAX* Compact Drill/Driver achieves 340 UWO and 0-1650 RPM.
  • The 20V MAX* Compact Impact Driver achieves 1700 inch-pounds of max torque and 2800 RPM.
  • The 20V MAX* Compact Hammer Drill/Driver achieves 340 UWO, 0-1650 RPM, and 0-28,050 BPM for fast drilling in masonry materials.

The cutting tools included in the ATOMIC™ Compact Series also offer efficient brushless motors and long runtime. The 20V MAX* Compact Circular Saw has the power and depth-of-cut to complete 2×4 dimensional lumber at 90 degrees. With its extended reach, the rear-handle-design is maximized to rip sheet goods such as 3/4-inch OSB (oriented strand board). The circular saw also features a removable auxiliary handle, onboard dust port, electronic blade brake, and onboard blade key storage. The 20V MAX* Compact Oscillating Multi-Tool includes a Quick-Change™ accessory blade holder, bright LED work light, and ergonomic Dual-Grip™ variable speed trigger. The Reciprocating Saw also includes a bright LED work light, Quick-Change™ blade holder, an ergonomic variable speed trigger, and a pivoting shoe for cutting performance. The tools will come standard with a three-year limited warranty, one-year free service contract and 90-day money-back guarantee. For more information on the ATOMIC™ Compact Series, visit www.DEWALT.com.

*Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.

**Of the mass merchant retail stores.

About DEWALT

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GOMACO Xtreme Curb and Gutter Machine At Work

This three-track GOMACO Commander IIIx Xtreme paver is slipforming curb and gutter in residential and commercial areas of LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

  •   Xtreme Steering Capabilities‒The Commander IIIx is equipped with rotary-sensored slew drives, on each of the three tracks for extreme steering of the tracks.

– The extreme steering capabilities, combined with the Commander IIIx’s sensored All-Track Steering and sensored All-Track Positioning, make it the ultimate, intelligent slipform paver.

– The intelligent All-Track Positioning on the Commander IIIx includes a smart hydraulic cylinder on all three legs. The smart cylinders allow G+®to know the position of all three tracks and can make steering adjustments as needed.

  • Xtreme Intelligence‒Smart cylider sideshifting of the mold for repeatable mold offset.

– Intelligent offset is accomplished with smart hydraulic cylinders for telescoping the mold mounting system. This provides G+ the ability for repeatable mold off set. The trimmerhead and mold have independent vertical adjustments for raising and lowering.

  • Xtreme Hydraulic Package‒Independent hydraulic travel circuits to each track allow G+ to control each individual track speed through a radius.
  • Xtreme Radius‒Now the Commander III can pour a 24 inch (610 mm) radius.

– The Commander IIIx’s G+ control system easily interfaces with stringline or a 3D guidance system for curb and gutter and tight radius applications.

– The Commander IIIx now features the GOMACO three-sensor radius system for stringline. When paving with stringline, the lead steering wand is allowed to leave the stringline and reference is switched to sensor number two for traveling around the extreme radius.

– Individual track speed control provides smooth machine travel around a radius.

  • G+ Radius Software‒Pick your radius and G+ calibrates and manages all aspects of traveling around the radius, including track angles and individual variable track speeds.

– New G+ Radius Software for the control system allows the operator to program the size of the radius into the controller. As the Commander IIIx approaches the radius, with the values already dialed in, the operator activates the radius program, and the curb and gutter machine slipforms around the radius. It’s now easy for any operator to pour a radius.

  • The operator’s platform is isolated to reduce vibration for a comfortable day of paving.
  • A pivoting operator’s console allows the operator to have hands-on control and a clear view no matter where they are on the platform.
  • Excellent fuel efficiency combined with an increased fuel capacity allows for an uninterrupted day of paving on the project.
  • An optimized cooling package with a hydraulic fan that is controlled by G+ adapts the cooling needs to job-site conditions for both a quiet and efficient operation.
  • The G+ wireless remote control is an available option for the CommanderIIIx. The G+ remote control allows an operator to work from the operator’s platform or have the ability to move around the machine with hands-on control at all times.
  • CommanderIIIx is also available with GOMACO Remote Diagnostics (GRD) for machine troubleshooting, diagnostic reviews, software updates, and more.
  • G+ ConnectTM for accessories and guidance systems.
  • An optional on-board camera is available to monitor designated areas of the slipforming process. The camera can be positioned anywhere around the paver and feeds live video to the G+ display on the operator’s console.
  • Designed for high-volume curb and gutter.

 

 

 

Enerpac History: Connections to WWII  

Enerpac History: Connections to WWII  

Editor’s note: It’s interesting to look at today’s tools and equipment and reflect onthe roles it pllayed in history. Enerpac’s history takes us back to the days of WWII. We hope you enjoy this history lesson.

 With a rich history of company transition and growth, Enerpac has deep roots dating back well before the WWII era. Known then as Hydraulic Tool Company, Enerpac supplied devices and products that were used during and after the war. These remnants of the WWII era continue to be found across Europe to this day.

 Lugentz Florent of Belgium found a Simplex Model 29 Mechanical Jack, manufactured in Chicago, IL, in the middle of a Belgian forest in fall of 2016. The forest is close to where WWII battles took place, which means the jack had been sitting in the woods unnoticed for over 60 years.

Simplex RJ2029 15 Ton 18” Stroke Ratchet Jack

It turns out this jack is the “great-grandfather” to Enerpac’s Simplex Model RJ2029 Ratchet Jack. It has an 18-inch stroke, 20-ton support capacity, and 15-ton lifting capacity. The product number 29 transformed into RJ2029 over the years as the product line expanded. The Simplex Model 29 was used in Western Europe during WWII and after, for bridge repair, lifting and positioning operations.

Simplex developed this “no hydraulics” system at the turn of the 20thcentury, manufacturing these jacks for over 100 years. The product is still used today for work on railway track systems. In 2007, Simplex was acquired by Enerpac and continues to be a world leader in mechanical jack systems.

Not only have Enerpac’s products transformed throughout the years, but they have also been designed and created for specific solutions that were needed after the war.

In the years following WWII, Germany rebuilt their infrastructure and transportation systems. While doing road maintenance and building new bridges, embedded, unexploded ordnance left from the war were found. These munitions need to be defused before being removed from their locations to prevent personal injury and property damage. Enerpac was approached to create a special tool to diffuse the bombs by carefully removing the fuse device. This operation required precise control of the process and a high level of applied force to accomplish removal.

The Enerpac cylinder tool met both of these essential requirements.

The diffusion tool consisted of a small, high-pressure hydraulic cylinder mounted into a frame assembly that would attach to the nose of the bomb and remove the fuse. To create this device, Enerpac used a model in testing the design and safety of the tool. This model has remained in the Enerpac lab and is always a topic of conversation for visiting employees.

While this project occurred in the late 1980s, it is believed this tool is still in use today.

In addition to hidden munitions, an abundance of equipment and tools were abandoned across Europe after the war. Some have been recovered and preserved, and are now displayed in museums.

 The National War and Resistance Museum, located in Overloon in the Netherlands, is the largest WWII museum in Europe. There are over 200 pieces of military vehicles and equipment displayed. One of the largest tank battles of WWII Battle of Overloon took place here between September and October of 1944. The battle lasted nearly three weeks and resulted in the deaths of many soldiers. The Germans defended their occupation of this area by attacking the Allied Forces, but finally retreated and abandoned their equipment at the site. The city of Overloon built a museum around the discarded equipment and left most in battle condition to keep the memory of WWII alive.

In the room that displays the tank support vehicles used to perform field repairs, a Porta Power hydraulic tool can be found. This tool from Applied Power, the parent company of Enerpac, was used for maintenance operations requiring the application of high force, such as bending, straightening and pressing. These tools are still produced and used today, performing very similar operations.

Enerpac’s reputation as being a technology leader began back in 1910 and still remains as the company continues to develop innovative tools for thousands of applications across virtually every industry. Enerpac products made their way into the war and part of history and will continue to deliver impactful solutions for the future.

 

Utah Landfill Shuffles, Gains Space

GPS rover and level/slope measuring system help relocate garbage to gain 2.3 million yards of landfill space

By Jeff Winke

Ask the average person on the street where garbage goes after the garbage truck picks it up and takes it away, and most will likely say, “the dump.” At one time, most communities had a town dump located near the edge of town or just outside. That was where town-folk could toss out anything.

One can imagine Andy and Opie hauling an old chair that Aunt Bee wanted out of the house to the Mayberry town dump. Fortunately, in 1976, eight years after the last episode of The Andy Griffith Show aired, the United States government passed the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. This law put new rules into effect to protect water supplies and control how trash was thrown away. As a result, many dumps were closed or changed to follow the new rules.

There never was an episode showing toxic waste absentmindedly tossed into the Mayberry dump seeping into the ground and causing problems to underground water, streams, rivers, and the local “fishin’ hole.”

Today dumps are illegal, and trash is taken to a landfill. Modern-day landfills are sophisticated operations and are designed to receive garbage and keep the environment safe. A landfill has a liner system at the bottom to catch toxic waste that could pollute groundwater Trash is piled and smashed down to “fill” the landfill space.

Well before the federal law was passed, three forward-thinking cities near Salt Lake City, Utah came together in 1959 and decided to convert a popular dumping spot into a landfill. Slowly other local cities bought

into the project. Currently, the Trans-Jordan Cities Landfill is now owned and governed by seven cities with several other non-owning cities also bringing their Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) to the site. The once Mayberry-style community dump is now a technologically advanced, sophisticated landfill serving approximately 500,000 residents, as well as accommodating the commercial waste from the same south half of Salt Lake Valley region.

The Class 1, Subtitle D landfill is managed by Trans-Jordan, South Jordan, Utah. At the site, Trans-Jordan digs down a hundred feet from ground level and fills it up to a point higher than original ground level.

“Our company started with seven full-time employees and has grown to a staff of 39, plus five temps,” stated Jason Turville, operations supervisor at Trans-Jordan Cities Landfill.  “We take in 365,000 tons of MSW a year at the Trans-Jordan Cities Landfill with steady growth as the communities continue to build out and the demand increases.”

Since its start, the company has made conscious, concerted efforts to be a positive corporate neighbor. They offer an active Green Waste program where they accept, grind and mulch trees, brush and associated organic materials, which are converted into compost and chips that is sold to the public at a reasonable price. The compost is a high-quality product that meets the USCC (US Composting Council) certification for compost.

There is also a public convenience center (PCC) for residents to drop their trash on a hard, concrete surface with recycling of many materials including metal, carpet pad, Freon containing appliances, electronics, and second-hand store donations. Another service offered is a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection and processing facility–free to residents and fee-based for small businesses.

The Trans-Jordan Cities Landfill currently accepts 365,000 tons a year of MSW from the 7 member cities which are West Jordan, Sandy, Draper, Riverton, South Jordan City, Murray and Midvale, as well as local commercial contributions.

“The best way to describe our company is ‘we manage airspace,'” Turville said. “Our job is put as much MSW into as little airspace as possible to maximize the life of the landfill space we have available.”

That goal of maximizing space was behind a recent Trans-Jordan project. The landfill has six cells. The company determined that they could gain significant space by relocating 500,000 cubic yards of MSW from a corner of an old cell to the new active cell. The move would literally gain 2.3 million yards of future landfilling space.

“Our current lowest elevation for our operation in Cell 6a has us at an elevation 50 feet lower than the bottom of the old trash placed in the corner,” Turville said. ‘Therefore, by moving it into the active area of the landfill, we gain the 50 feet of depth directly underneath and also from where the natural earthen slope will be removed to maximize the depth and space of the area.”

For the Old Cell 6 Trash Relocation Project, Trans-Jordan used a Cat 349F excavator and two Cat 740B haul trucks. Digging a new cell with an excavator is common practice, but digging trash out of an existing cell is not. The trash had been sitting there for 20-plus years and was very compacted. Trans-Jordan claimed that it actually was harder to pull out than dirt.

Trans-Jordan does not employ GPS machine control on any of its machines; however, they do use a handheld Trimble TSC3 GPS controller for establishing design grades and top of waste (TOW) grades. The Trimble rover is used for site measurement, stakeout, and grade checking operations. The controller, which is paired up with a Trimble R10 LT Receiver uses Utah’s VRS wireless network. In conjunction, all machines use JohnnyBall 3D onboard measuring systems, which is designed to provide operators with real-time level and slope.

“We manually put out stakes to follow, then use JohnnyBall as a tool to accurately maintain a level working area and establish a 4:1 working face on a daily basis,” Turville said. “Our MSW side slopes are 3:1 and with us having many new operators it is a great tool to teach them and show them the exact slope required for the operation.”

Base cups for JohnnyBall have been mounted in seven Trans-Jordan machines–dozers, compactors, an excavator, and a motorgrader–which enables the four JohnnyBalls they currently own to be moved seamlessly from machine to machine as needed.

“The GPS rover gives us the ability to take the site design created in our office and implement it in the field,” Turville said. “JohnnyBall helps our operators to efficiently and accurately build slopes where staking is not reasonable or appropriate–and it keeps the machine operator accountable to me and the other managers. The GPS rover used with JohnnyBall is a powerful combination that has become essential to our success.”

The Old Cell 6 Trash Relocation Project was completed in two phases. The company cut half of the old MSW and relocated it from August 2014 through Sept 2015. Phase 2–the other half–started up in May 2017 and finished October 2018.

The project occurred while continuing to take in 365,000 tons a year of MSW from the seven member cities and commercial traffic. The MSW that was moved was added into the daily processing amount.

For processing the trash daily, Trans-Jordan employs two Cat 836K landfill compactors equipped with JohnnyBall 3D onboard measuring systems to maintain a level top, 3:1 side slope, and a 4:1 working face. The company operates a Cat D5 dozer equipped with a JohnnyBall for dressing-up side slopes and working on finish slopes for liner placement.

“JohnnyBall has become a necessary tool to ensure we maintain 3:1, 2.5:1, and 2:1 slopes in the various locations,” stated Turville. “It is simple, easy to use, and provides real time feedback to the operator, which means a lot to us especially since two-thirds of the crew are green and learning how to achieve the grades we need, while working on their own.”

With the Old Cell 6 Trash Relocation Project completed, Turville reflected: “For years we will be talking and reminiscing about moving ‘old Cell 6,’ how this project helped extend the life of the landfill, and how interesting it was to ‘mine’ old trash and see what did and did not decompose over the 20 years it was sitting. A worthwhile and interesting project, for sure.”

DEWALT® Announces 60V MAX* Mixer/Drill with E-Clutch® System Long runtime, cordless convenience, and a durable brushless motor achieve powerful mixing and drilling

DEWALT announces the 60V MAX* Mixer/Drill with E-Clutch® System (DCD130), designed for mixing a wide variety of materials from thin set to fiber-reinforced concrete. The Mixer/Drill can also be used for high torque drilling.

Using the DCB606 battery, the 60V MAX* Mixer/Drill with E-Clutch® System offers more than two times the power of DEWALT’s corded mixing drill DW130V, and it can mix up to 19 buckets of pre-mixed drywall buckets, 17 buckets of tile mortar, and 9 buckets of concrete**. For tile, drywall, flooring as well as metal drilling, and wood drilling applications such as 4-5/8″ Self-Feed Bits through 2x SPF#2, the 60V MAX* Mixer/Drill with E-Clutch® System offers a powerful brushless motor that allows the tool to maintain mixing speed in tough material and eliminates brushes and brush changes. The Mixer/Drill also offers long runtime and cordless convenience, operating off FLEXVOLT® Batteries that are compatible with most DEWALT 20V MAX* tools.

Key to the 60V MAX* 1/2″ Mixer/Drill is the E-Clutch® System, which senses tool motion and eliminates the torque when binding is detected by stopping the motor. The user is notified that the E-Clutch® System has been activated through an illuminated LED light. Additional features are the 1/2″ keyed chuck that accepts hex or rounded mixing paddles, a three-position side handle, a variable speed trigger, a Bluetooth® Tag mount, chuck key holder, rear-handle mount that is compatible with the DEWALT Spade Handle (DW130V sold separately), and an LED light to illuminate the workspace.

The 60V MAX* 1/2″ Mixer/Drill with E-Clutch® System is also a PERFORM & PROTECT™ tool. PERFORM & PROTECT™ tools are designed to provide a high level of one or more of the following: control, dust containment or low vibration, without sacrificing performance. Available where DEWALT products are sold in early 2019, it will come kitted with one DCB606 6.0Ah FLEXVOLT® Battery and Charger f (DCD130T1) and bare  (DCD130B). It will come standard with a three-year limited warranty, one-year free service contract and 90-day money-back guarantee.

* – Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 60 volts. Nominal voltage is 54.

** – 4.5-gallon buckets of pre-mixed drywall, 5-gallon buckets of tile mortar, and 5-gallon buckets of concrete

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