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62 THE SHOP APRIL 2017 Locking Pliers Crescent, Sparks, Maryland, a premier hand tool brand from Apex Tool Group, introduces its redesigned line of Locking Pliers. Designed to provide durability and long-term performance, the pliers offer new features including a cushioned release lever, and two improvements to the jaw adjuster knob—a deep-rib knurl pattern that makes it easier to grip and turn by hand, and a hex key recess in the end of the knob that allows a hex key to be used to tighten or loosen the jaw. A narrow profile allows for work in tight and confined spaces. Shop Tools Holley Performance Products, Bowling Green, Kentucky, introduces a comprehensive line of new Shop Tools and related builders' products from Earl's Performance Plumbing. Available new tools include: professional- grade tubing benders; Super Stock hose clamps and pliers; Pro Hose shop tools, hardline tubing, benders and cutters; and stainless steel hardline tubing and AN adapters. New-Look Welders Chief Automotive Technologies, Madison, Indiana, presents its line of Welders featuring a new, unified branding scheme with bold red paint and large Chief-feathered C logos. New product labels identify the model and call out some of its distinguishing features, like the double-pulse advantage of the MultiMig 621 and MultiMig 522 MIG/MAG welders, and the MI200T spot welder's TrueAutoMode automatic welding system. The company also offers holding and frame-pulling systems. Cutting System Hypertherm, Hanover, New Hampshire, presents the new Powermax45 XP cutting system with added power and versatility. Delivering 6.5 kilowatts of output power, the new system cleanly cuts material up to 5/8 inches (16 mm) in thickness, and severs material nearly twice that thickness. A new, low-amp process makes it easy to mark, score and make precision gouges, while the lighter design makes it more portable. Eleven torch styles are offered for handheld and mechanized use, with a variety of consumable types for specialized cutting and gouging applications. Hub Abrasive Driver Ken-Tool, Akron, Ohio, offers the new Rust Hog Abrasive Tool for the removal of surface rust and debris on studs and flat mating surfaces of wheels, wheel hubs and brake rotor hats. The Rust Hog uses a dense, aluminum oxide-infused polypropylene abrasive material attached to a 4-inch (10cm) hub used with a 1/2-inch-drive electric or pneumatic impact tool. The Rust Hog hub body is 4.25 inches long, and the abrasive pads are 2 inches in diameter. It features a 2.25-inch-deep center hole for use on wheel studs. Computer Scales Longacre Racing Products, Monroe, Washington, presents new Pro Model dx3M Hybrid Scales that utilize a 10-inch, full-color tablet that shows all weights and percentages plus race notes at the same time. The app-based system comes ready to use and features controller cables that connect to the pads, while the tablet can remain with the controller or removed. The tablet display can be easily customized, and the car icon and weights can be rotated for easy viewing from any position. Other features include background skin options including one for bright sunlight. SHOP TOOLS & EQUIPMENT SHOP TOOLS & EQUIPMENT

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