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Talbert Manufacturing Names Top 10 Dealers of 2016

 Talbert Manufacturing named Hale Trailer Brake & Wheel of Voorhees, New Jersey, as its top dealer for the ninth straight year. This award recognizes a Talbert dealer for high performance in selling trailers, service and parts.

“Hale continues to lead our North American dealer network year after year. They’ve earned the reputation as a leader in selection, service and customer satisfaction,” said Troy Geisler, Talbert Manufacturing vice president of sales and marketing. “When it comes to trailers, Hale is really a one-stop shop for their customers.”

Hale is a full-service trailer dealership that sells new and used trailers and related equipment. The dealership also rents trailers, sells commercial trailer parts and accessories, and provides general service and repairs to trailer equipment. Hale covers the East Coast, from Maine to Florida, with 12 dealer locations.

Talbert also named Freightliner, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, as one of the Top 10 dealers and its Most Improved Dealer of 2016.

“Freightliner is a perfect example of what we look for in a dealer,” Geisler said. “They care about the success of their customers, which aligns perfectly with Talbert’s values.”

Freightliner is a perennial top Talbert dealer that specializes in the construction, material hauling and agricultural trailer business. The company, which serves western Michigan, employs more than 30 highly experienced truck and trailer service technicians.

The remaining Top 10 dealers, based on sales in 2016, are in alphabetical order below.

Columbus Equipment Company, of Columbus, Ohio, is no stranger to Talbert’s Top 10 and is a leading heavy equipment distributor that serves construction, mining, aggregate, lifting, paving, forestry, biomass, waste recycling, compost and landscaping industries. Columbus Equipment Company includes 10 locations across Ohio.

Coogle Truck & Trailer Sales, of Otterbein, Indiana, features a wide selection of new and used trailers for sale or rent and a fully stocked parts department. The family-owned company also offers custom trailer modifications and full-service repairs.

Leslie Equipment Company, of Cowen, West Virginia, is a consistent top Talbert dealer that has provided quality construction, forestry, mining, and oil and gas pipeline equipment for more than 40 years. The company is an award-winning John Deere dealer with eight locations throughout Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.

Lucky’s Trailer Sales of South Royalton, Vermont, is a family-owned business that has been a top Talbert dealer for many years. The company features a complete line of construction trailers, a large, well-stocked parts department and a full-service repair facility.

Monroe Tractor & Equipment, with 11 locations throughout New York State, provides equipment, parts and service for the agriculture and construction industries. Monroe is a family-owned business that has actively supported the trailer industry since 1951.

Reno’s Trailer Sales, of Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, has more than 150 years of combined experience in the trailer industry. Reno’s has a fully stocked parts department and a full-service, on-site repair facility. The company features a full line of new and used trailers for sale or rent.

Royal Truck & Trailer Sales & Service Inc., with four Michigan locations, carries a wide selection of new and used trailers for sale. The company also offers wheel reconditioning, service and fabrication and has one of the largest parts departments in the industry.

West Side Tractor Sales Co. is a Naperville, Illinois-based provider of construction and forestry equipment. West Side Tractor Sales Co. and West Side Tractor Sales of Indiana Co. have 10 locations throughout Illinois and Indiana. Each location is a full-service provider of heavy equipment maintenance, repair and rental services.
Talbert boasts more than 80 dealers across North America. To find or learn more about Talbert dealers, check out Talbert’s dealer locator.

Talbert Manufacturing named Hale Trailer Brake & Wheel of Voorhees, New Jersey, as its Top Dealer for the ninth straight year.

About Talbert Manufacturing
Talbert has been building world-class heavy-haul and specialized trailers to rigorous customer specifications since 1938. The company offers complete lines of heavy-haul trailers and specialized transportation equipment for the commercial, industrial, military and government sectors. Its trailers and equipment are used in applications as diverse as renewable energy, aerospace, heavy construction, in-plant material handling, manufacturing and processing systems and much more. More information: www.talbertmfg.com.

Tom Ewing’s Environmental Update

*  July ended a NOAA public comment period regarding the North Pacific right whale, the start of a 5-year review under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.  The review “must be based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review.”  Whales have human friends but maybe not this particular whale.  NOAA’s docket presents just one public comment, which raises important issues about energy exploration, plastic pollution and over-fishing and loss of diet.  NOAA writes that they will continue to accept new information about “any listed species at any time.”  Peeps had better speak up.
*  Check this out: Federal Transit Administration (FTA) proposed new, experimental procedures to encourage increased project management flexibility, more innovation in project funding, improved efficiency, timely project implementation, and new project revenue streams.  What?  Make things quicker, easier and cheaper?  No way!  FTA is seeking comments on its ideas.  Wait a minute – if these revisions could work for FTA, maybe these ideas could extend all through DOT’s empire?  Stay tuned.

*  The Department of Commerce announced last week that US coal companies will supply coal to the Ukraine’s state-owned power generation company Centrenergo PJSC.  This is about power, and, of course, power, i.e., the military-political realpolitik of who is squeezing whom, and who or why they can get away with it.  If you’re a Mom in Kiev trying to keep your kids warm and the charming Mr. Putin is withholding Russia’s natural gas to teach you a lesson, well, you’re probably pretty glad to have a diversified fuel source.  In a way, it’s all still like that old Berlin airlift thing isn’t it…?  Sorry, drifting off topic…

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ArcReach® Technology Now Available on Additional Miller® Engine-Driven Welder/Generators

Remote control of the power source without a control cord expanded to Trailblazer® 325 machines and Big Blue® 600 Air Pak™, 800 Duo Pro and 800 Duo Air Pak models

Miller Electric Mfg. Co., a leading worldwide manufacturer of arc welding equipment, has expanded its ArcReach remote control technology to more engine-driven power sources in the Trailblazer and Big Blue families of products. ArcReach technology is now available on Trailblazer 325 power sources as well as Big Blue 600 Air Pak, 800 Duo Pro and 800 Duo Air Pak models, providing complete control of welding parameters at the weld joint — without a control cord.

With the addition, ArcReach capabilities are now available or standard on nearly all products in the Big Blue lineup and on Trailblazer 325 models. The expansion provides greater flexibility and fleet compatibility in heavy industrial applications, including maintenance and repair rigs, construction, mining maintenance, railroad maintenance and pipe welding.

The same ArcReach accessories that work on ArcReach-equipped XMT® and Dimension™ power sources are now also compatible with select Trailblazer and Big Blue engine-driven power sources — so companies can expand use of the technology with their existing accessories. In addition, legacy wire feeders and stick/TIG remotes will continue to work with the ArcReach-equipped machines, so companies can fully utilize their existing accessories and equipment until they are ready to replace or upgrade.

“Miller is the only welding equipment manufacturer to offer this type of remote control technology in an engine-driven power source, and we’ve added even more ArcReach-compatible engine-drive options for greater flexibility,” said Ben Froland, product manager, Power Systems Division, Miller Electric Mfg. Co. “The ability to adjust weld settings at the weld joint saves trips to and from the power source, and now more customers can realize the productivity, efficiency and safety benefits across their entire welding fleet.”

With several ArcReach accessories to choose from, welding operators can remotely set up and make process and parameter adjustments for stick, TIG, MIG, flux-cored and advanced wire processes all at the weld joint. This reduces the amount of time spent walking back and forth to the power supply to make changes, which significantly improves productivity while also providing benefits for welding operator safety on the jobsite.

Slip, trip and fall hazards are among the most common workplace injuries. Limiting jobsite movement by reducing necessary trips to the power source to make adjustments helps improve operator safety and save significant time.

For more information, visit www.MillerWelds.com/ArcReach.

Miller Electric Mfg. Enhances ArcReach® Technology With New Capabilities

New technologies automatically compensate for voltage drop in the weld cable and let welding operators adjust parameters while welding — for improved productivity, safety and weld quality.

Miller Electric Mfg. Co., a leading worldwide manufacturer of arc welding equipment, has enhanced its ArcReach technology with two new industry-exclusive capabilities that provide even more time savings to help welding operations lower labor costs and improve productivity and safety on construction jobsites.

“These innovations are game-changing and can save up to two hours per welder, per day — improving jobsite productivity and efficiency so companies can lower labor costs and meet critical project deadlines,” said Joe Ryan, infrastructure segment manager, Miller Electric Mfg. Co. “ArcReach technology lets operators make adjustments at the point of the weld using the wire feeder or remote without a control cable, which can save companies hundreds or even thousands of dollars every day in downtime. These new technologies add even more capabilities that will save significant time and improve operator safety.”

Cable Length Compensation (CLC™) technology makes proper setup of welding parameters faster and easier by automatically compensating for voltage drops in the weld cable. This ensures that the voltage welding operators set is the voltage they get at the weld — even up to hundreds of feet from the power source. With traditional machines, the welding operator must manually make adjustments for the voltage drop that occurs with the resistance in weld cables by setting the voltage higher than necessary at the power source to ensure they get the voltage they want at the feeder or remote. CLC technology eliminates the need to do this manually, saving time and providing greater accuracy in welding parameters.

Adjust While Welding (AWW™) technology allows for precise adjustments and parameter changes at the wire feeder or remote without stopping the arc, so operators can make changes during welding to compensate for heat buildup, changes in weld position or variations in part fit-up. This saves time by eliminating the need to walk back to the power source to make changes and contributes to improved weld quality, since each stop and start of the arc introduces the potential for discontinuities or quality issues.

These expanded ArcReach capabilities are available by pairing enhanced ArcReach accessories with the new XMT 350 FieldPro™ offerings from Miller. The XMT 350 FieldPro lineup includes a polarity reversing model that joins the larger ArcReach portfolio in late 2017.

XMT 350 FieldPro power sources are compatible with all ArcReach accessories, which include multiple feeder and remote options — to help efficiently meet evolving project needs on the jobsite. The accessories provide maximum flexibility, delivering remote control capabilities for stick, MIG, TIG and flux-cored welding. The ArcReach Smart Feeder also offers pulsed MIG and Regulated Metal Deposition (RMD®) welding processes. In addition, the power sources have a new case design for enhanced durability and reliable operation, even in the harshest jobsite environments.

“No other welding system in this class makes it easier for operators to accurately adjust parameters at the weld joint, so they can do their best work with more efficiency and safety,” Ryan said. “As our industry changes, investing in new technologies gives companies a leg up in today’s competitive environment, paying off through greater productivity, reduced labor costs and improved safety.”

Available now, the XMT 350 FieldPro power source delivers improved jobsite productivity and efficiency as well as exceptional arc performance for welding applications in structural steel, shipbuilding, bridge and commercial building construction.

The XMT 350 FieldPro with Polarity Reversing model — coming later this year — eliminates the need to walk back to the power source to switch weld cables. The welding operator selects the welding process with the push of a button, and the proper polarity is automatically selected by the system based on the welding process. This saves significant time in applications that require switching between weld processes for different weld passes. This model is designed to help maximize productivity and decrease rework for contractors in process pipe welding for refineries, power plants, petrochemical, HVAC and water pipe applications.

With the complete control at the weld joint provided by ArcReach technology, welding operators reduce the amount of time spent making trips back and forth to the power source to make changes. This not only significantly increases productivity, it also helps improve operator safety on the jobsite, since limiting movement limits exposure to slip, trip and fall hazards — which are among the most common causes of jobsite injuries.

In addition, the ArcReach family of products provides maximum fleet compatibility and greater flexibility, allowing companies to fully utilize their existing accessories and power sources until they are ready to replace or upgrade. ArcReach SuitCase® feeders are extremely versatile. They function as standard equipment (without remote control capabilities) when paired with standard power sources/engine-driven welders. They provide remote control functionality — without CLC or AWW — when paired with previous generation ArcReach machines or ArcReach-capable engine-driven welders. And they deliver the full range of ArcReach benefits when paired with XMT 350 FieldPro welders.

ArcReach accessories are also compatible with a wide variety of Miller engine-driven welder/generators — so companies can expand use of the technology with their existing fleet. Miller is the only welding equipment manufacturer to offer this type of remote-control technology without a control cable in an engine-driven power source.

For more information, visit www.MillerWelds.com/ArcReach


IRWIN Introduces Comprehensive Screwdriver Family

Innovative, Flexible, Multi-Tool Designs for Added Comfort and Torque Now Available

IRWIN® Tools, a leading manufacturer of innovative hand tools and power tools accessories for more than a century, has announced a comprehensive screwdriver family including: new multi-bit drivers, a Performance Series Screwdriver and Nut Driver family, a TorqueZone Screwdriver family, and a range of hex keys and accessories.

The new IRWIN® Tools screwdrivers will be showcased during the upcoming National Tradesmen Day Roadshow, scheduled August 14 – October 27, 2017 and visiting more than 100 cities throughout the U.S. The latest IRWIN® Tools screwdriver introductions extend the company’s design mission to make users more effective and productive on the  and include:

IRWIN Multi-Bit Screwdrivers: Designed to address a variety of requirements and challenges professionals face on the job, from quick change and access in hard to reach spaces  IRWIN® Multi-Bit Screwdrivers include:

Quick Change Driver (1948782) can also be used with any standard fastener bits and features a Lock-n-Load® mechanism that allows bits to be quickly and easily switched between hand tools and power tools and an increased hold of the fastener drive bit. Bit sizes included: Slotted 6-8, Slotted 8-10, Phillips #1, Phillips #2.

8-in-1 Multi-Bit Screwdriver (1948773) allows construction tradesmen and professionals to easily replace lost or misplaced bits with any standard fastener bits and is compatible with standard double-ended bits, power bits, and insert bits. It also features compact, in-handle bit storage for easy accessibility to 2 double-ended bits and1 insert bit. Bit sizes included: Phillips #1, Phillips #2, Square #2, T25, Slotted 8-10 and 3 nut driver sizes including 1/4”, 5/16” and 3/8”.

Screw Guide Driver (1948776) features a magnetic metal sleeve that extends out over the screw, which keeps fasteners straight, eliminates screw wobble and keeps the screw from falling off in long or out-of-reach fasteners. This driver is compatible with insert bits and power bits for convenient replacement. Bits included: Phillips #1, Phillips #2, Phillips #3, Slotted 6-8, Slotted 8-10.

IRWIN® Performance Series Screwdrivers and Nutdrivers: Featuring a 3-Zone Comfort GripTM for increased support and control as well as heat-treated precision tips, chrome-plated shafts and an acetate handle core for durability, the IRWIN® Performance Series delivers a wide range of fastener types and sizes that can adapt to a variety of applications.

  • Demolition Scratch AWL (item 1948719) crafted with an acetate handle for long lasting durability and feature a solid steel core and strike cap for heavy impact in demolition work. Scribes, marks, and starts screw holes in various materials.
  • Performance Series Demolition Screwdrivers featuring a slotted steel core and strike cap for heavy impact demolition work including:
    • Slotted Keystone, 4” shaft length, ¼” (1948695)
    • Slotted Keystone, 6” shaft length 5/16” (1948696)
    • Phillips, 6” shaft length, #2 tip (1948697)
    • 2 Piece Performance Series Demolition Set, 6” shaft length, 5/16” slotted keystone and Phillips #2 tip (1948789)
  • Performance Series Screwdrivers available in single and multi-size sets, as well as standard and stubby shaft lengths, IRWIN Performance Series screwdrivers feature a 3-zone Comfort Grip for maximum performance and comfort in high and low torque applications. These drivers are crafted with an acetate handles:
    • ​3″ shaft length, Phillips #1 tip (1948298)
    • 4″ shaft length, Phillips #2 tip (1948300)
    • 6” shaft, Phillips #2 tip (19486710)
    • 10” shaft, Phillips #2 tip (1948672)
    • 6″ shaft, Phillips #3 tip (1948673)
    • 4″ shaft, Slotted – Cabinet 1/8″ (1948677)
    • 3” shaft, Slotted – Cabinet 3/16″ (1948685)
    • 6″ shaft, Slotted – Cabinet 3/16″ (1948686)
    • 4″ shaft, Slotted – Cabinet 1/4″ (1948687)
    • 6” shaft, Slotted – Cabinet 1/4″ (1948688)
    • 3” shaft, Slotted – Keystone 3/16″ (1948692)
    • 3″ shaft, Slotted – Keystone 7/32″(1948689)
    • 4” shaft, Slotted – Keystone 1/4″ (1948691)
    • 6″shaft, Slotted – Keystone 5/16″ (1948693)
    • 8″ shaft, Slotted – Keystone 3/8″ (1948694 3
    • 4” shaft, Square #1 (1948674)
    • 4″ shaft, Square #2 (1948675)
    • 6” shaft, Square #3 (1948676)
    • Stubby Screwdriver, 1 ½” shaft, Phillips #2 tip (1948299)
    • Series Stubby Screwdriver, 1 ½ shaft, Slotted – Keystone 1/4″ (1948690)
    • 2 Piece Performance Series Screwdriver Set (1948785)
    • 6 Piece Performance Series Screwdriver Set (1948788)
  • Performance Series Nutdrivers: Feature a 3-Zone Comfort Grip for maximum performance to support high and low torque applications, IRWIN® Performance Series Nut Drivers are crafted with an acetate handle for long-lasting durability,  have a hollow 3” shaft to accommodate long bolts, and a 6-sided drive head to engage fasteners for less stripping and long life.
    • ​SAE 3/16″(1948704)
    • SAE 1/4″ (1948705)
    • SAE 5/16″ (1948706)
    • SAE 11/32″ (1948707)
    • SAE 3/8″ (1948708)
    • SAE 7/16″ (1948709)
    • SAE 1/2″ (1948710)
    • SAE 9/16″ (1948711)
    • Metric 5MM (1948712)
    • Metric 6MM (1948713)
    • Metric 7MM (1948714)
    • Metric 8MM (1948715)
    • Metric  9MM (1948716)
    • Metric 10MM (1948717)
    • Metric 11MM (1948718)
    • 2 Piece SAE Nutdriver Set: 4” Shaft with ¼” Slotted Keystone and Phillips #2 tip (1948793)
    • 8 Piece SAE Nutdriver Set: 3” Shaft, Hex Size 3/16”, ¼”, 5/16”, 11/32”, 3/8”, 7/16”, ½” and 9/16” (1948790) 7 Piece Metric Nutdriver Set, 5MM, 6MM, 7MM, 8MM, 9MM, 10MM, and 11MM (1948791)

IRWIN TorqueZone Screwdrivers are designed for optimal turning force and comfort, providing speed in high or low torque applications including:

  • IRWIN TorqueZone Magnetic Multi-Bit Driver (item 1948780) features a magnetized bit holder that holds insert and power bits securely, and features a TorqueZone™ handle design for optimal comfort and torque. Bit sizes included: SL 6-8, SL 8-10, Phillips #1 tip, Phillips #2 tip, Phillips #3 tip.
  • TorqueZone Screwdrivers (Standard) are available in a range of shaft lengths, tip types and multi-piece sets including:
    • ​3” shaft, Phillips #1 tip (1948720)
    • 10″ shaft, Phillips #1 tip (1948721)
    • 1-1/2″ shaft, Phillips #2 tip (1948722)
    • 4″ shaft, Phillips #2 tip (1948723)
    • 10″ shaft, Phillips #2 tip (1948648)
    • 6″ shaft, Phillips #3 tip (1948649)
    • 8″ shaft, Phillips #3 (1948731)
    • 4″ shaft, Square #1 tip (1948733)
    • 4″ shaft, Square #2 tip (1948734)
    • 6″ shaft, Square #3 tip (1948736)
    • 4″ shaft, Slotted – Cabinet 1/8″ (1948737)
    • 6”shaft, Slotted – Cabinet 1/8″ (1948738)
    • 3″ shaft, Slotted – Cabinet 3/16″ (1948739)
    • 6″ shaft, Slotted – Cabinet 3/16″ (1948740)
    • 8″ shaft, Slotted – Cabinet 3/16″ (1948751)
    • 10″ shaft, Slotted – Cabinet 3/16″ (1948753)
    • 12″ shaft, Slotted – Cabinet 3/16″ (1948754)
    • 3″ shaft, Slotted – Keystone 3/16″ (1948758)
    • 1-1/2″ shaft, Slotted – Keystone 1/4″ (1948755)
    • 4″ shaft, Slotted – Keystone 1/4″ (1948756)
    • 6″ shaft, Slotted – Keystone 1/4″ (1948757)
    • 6″ shaft, Slotted – Keystone 5/16″ (1948759)
    • 8″ shaft, Slotted – Keystone 3/8″ (1948760)
    • 10″ shaft, Slotted – Keystone 3/8″ (1948761)
    • 12″ shaft, Slotted – Keystone 3/8″ (1948762)
    • TorqueZone Screwdriver Sets (2, 4, 6, 8 and 10)
  • TorqueZone Demolition Screwdrivers feature a solid steel core and strike cap for heavy impact in demolition work. Ends of handles are stamped with tip type for easy identification, and a heat treated precision tip geometry for superior fitment, reducing stripping and cam-out. Sizes and specifications:
    • ​4” shaft, Slotted – Keystone ¼” (1948767)
    • 6” shaft, Slotted – Keystone 5/16” (1948768)
    • 8” shaft, Slotted – Keystone 3/8” (1948769)
    • 6” shaft, Phillips #2 tip (1948770)

IRWIN Folding Hex Key Sets: All square cut for a secure fit to help prevent slippage and stripping of fasteners, the sets are built with chrome vanadium steel for high strength and durability and include:

  • IRWIN® 7PC Metric Ball-End (item 2001402)
  • IRWIN® 9PC SAE Ball-End (item 2001401)
  • IRWIN® 8PC Folding TORX® Set (item 2001405)

IRWIN L-Caddy Hex Key Sets: feature ergonomic handles, providing comfort and strength for driving. IRWIN L-Caddy Hex Key Sets come in a durable plastic container that holds the keys securely in place and include:

  • 11PC Short Arm TORX® Set (item 2001396)
  • 13PC SAE Ball-End Long Arm Hex Set (item 2001397)
  • 10PC Metric Ball-End Long Arm Set (item 2001398)

IRWIN introduced a targeted offering of multi-bit drivers in late 2016 including:

  • IRWIN® Extending Driver (1948779)
  • IRWIN® 8-in-1 Ratcheting Screwdriver (1948774
  • IRWIN® 6-in-1 Nut Driver SAE and Metric (1948777 and 1948448

IRWIN® Tools Performance Series include the IRWIN® hand tools’ full lifetime guarantee and are currently available at construction and industrial tool suppliers, home centers, hardware stores, and throughout the U.S. and Canada. Warranty information, additional product details can be found at www.irwin.com.

About IRWIN Tools

IRWIN Tools manufactures and distributes a broad line of hand tools and power tool accessories under the IRWIN® brand including VISE-GRIP® pliers and wrenches, MARATHON® saw blades, QUICK-GRIP® clamping tools, SPEEDBOR® wood drilling bits, STRAIT-LINE® marking tools, UNIBIT® step drill bits, MARPLES® fine woodworking tools, and HANSON® taps and dies. IRWIN Tools is a part of Stanley Black & Decker. For more information, call 1-800-GO-IRWIN or visit www.irwin.com. IRWIN invites the nation to celebrate National Tradesmen Day, on Sept. 15, 2017.

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