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GIVEAWAY ENDED 12-21-2020 If you are interested in finding out more about these lades, visit LENOX LAZER LENOX® LAZER CT™ Reciprocating Saw Blades. Just in time for the holidays and we are in the giving spirit. Enter today and you could be one of 250 lucky entries that receive one of these new LENOX® LAZER Read more

GIVEAWAY ENDED 12-21-2020

If you are interested in finding out more about these lades, visit LENOX LAZER LENOX® LAZER CT™ Reciprocating Saw Blades.

Just in time for the holidays and we are in the giving spirit. Enter today and you could be one of 250 lucky entries that receive one of these new LENOX® LAZER CT™ Reciprocating Saw Blades.

The LENOX LAZER CT™ Reciprocating Saw Blades keep cutting after the rest call it quits.

  • UP TO 50X THE LIFE*
    High performance carbide welded to the cutting edge is designed to provide durability and helps to prevent tooth loss.
  • FAST CUTS IN DEMANDING METAL CUTTING APPLICATIONS
    The coating makes teeth wear-resistant so they stay sharp for quick cuts
  • STRAIGHT CUTS
    Tall, thick blade profile designed for straighter cuts in large diameter materials and a long life
  • ENGINEERED FOR OPTIMIZED PERFORMANCE
    Each tooth is precision ground to cut through steel pipe, cast iron, stainless steel, and more

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* vs. 10 TPI Standard LENOX Bi-Metal reciprocating saw blades cutting cast iron and rebar.
No purchase necessary. There is a limit of one (1) entry per person. To enter complete Mechanical Hub mailing form on our website. Promotion ends 12/18/2020. 250 eligible entries will be randomly picked and notified through our websites and social media announcements starting on December 22, 2020. Mailing will take up to 21 days for those randomly drawn to receive prize. Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) and Canada, 18 and older at the time of entry. Void where prohibited. LENOX and MECHANICAL HUB employees are not eligible to receive prizes. Sponsored by Mechanical Hub, LLC., Sycamore, IL 60178 USA.

Acceptable behavior. What exactly does it look like on the job? John & Devynn discuss acceptable behavior in terms of customers, employees and employers. How should one act on the job? https://youtu.be/NjJAQWgb4gs Read more

Acceptable behavior. What exactly does it look like on the job? John & Devynn discuss acceptable behavior in terms of customers, employees and employers. How should one act on the job?

Best Tool Bag

VetoProPac OT-MC

I’ve been going on and on for a couple years about my current tool bag, the Veto Tech OT-MC. Its an open-top model that’s compact but packed with features. The OT-MC is made by the now famous VetoProPac brand headquartered in Connecticut [most products made in China, some here in the US]. VetoProPac’s tagline is Read more

I’ve been going on and on for a couple years about my current tool bag, the Veto Tech OT-MC. Its an open-top model that’s compact but packed with features. The OT-MC is made by the now famous VetoProPac brand headquartered in Connecticut [most products made in China, some here in the US].

VetoProPac’s tagline is “Tool Bags That Work”. I have to agree 100%, I have been a Veto owner now for many years, my first bag was a huge OT-XL and its still kicking today. I chose the Tech OT-MC in December of 2017 for one main reason: I needed to lighten the load I was carrying on and off the truck, in and out of client’s houses and office spaces. The OT-MC allowed me to do just that. I must have shed nearly 20lbs of unneeded tools, I say unneeded because I wasn’t using them even once a week in some cases.

Shopping ButtonThe center compartment is a hard plastic bucket if you will, it accepts up to three of Veto’s reposition-able square insert box with lid (the bag includes one) and that’s where I keep larger tools like a copper tubing cutter, PEX cutter, pipe dope and a small socket set. With 28 interior & exterior pockets the VetoProPac Tech OT-MC has a spot for just about anything I need on a daily basis.

Often times during the heating season you’ll see me clipping their meter bag (MB, MB2) on either end via the stainless steel ring on the exterior. The MB/MB2 has my meters and manometer, clipping it onto the outside of the OT-MC immediately converts my setup into a no heat assault weapon.

I’ve used an abused my Vetos. I’m less of a fanboy than I am a true fan; these bags are built to last and last they do. Some of my friends have gone as far as getting Veto tattoos, I’ll just stick to loving my bag for what it does best…keeping me organized and helping me make money.

General Pipe Cleaners' Root 66

With the versatility to handle 1-1/4” to 4” drain lines, General Pipe Cleaners’ Root 66® is three machines in one. Designed to clear practically any inside or rooftop drain, the Root 66 sectional cable power drain cleaner uses 5/8″ or 7/8″ sections interchangeably. There’s no need for adapters or tools to switch from one cable Read more

With the versatility to handle 1-1/4” to 4” drain lines, General Pipe Cleaners’ Root 66® is three machines in one.

Designed to clear practically any inside or rooftop drain, the Root 66 sectional cable power drain cleaner uses 5/8″ or 7/8″ sections interchangeably. There’s no need for adapters or tools to switch from one cable size to the other!

General Pipe Cleaners' Root 66Need to clear sinks and other small drain lines? Get the optional drum with smaller 1/4″, 5/16” or 3/8” Flexicore® cables. Just slide onto the back of Root 66, and you’re ready to go.

A General exclusive, optional 7/8″ Proflex® sectional cables (15R10-P) sport an inner spring. It gives the cable greater strength to transfer extra torque down the line for additional cutting power.

And now you can quickly and cleanly use sectional drain cleaners in confined and hard-to-access areas with General’s new 5’ by 7/8” (5R-10) sectional cable. It offers better control to reduce the risks of spraying walls, floors, and furniture from exposed wet, spinning cables.

Operating Root 66 is easy, too. Depress the drive handle for plenty of cable torque from the 1/2 hp capacitor motor. Release the drive handle and the cable immediately stops rotating – for no additional torque build-up. A wide, four-point base adds greater stability, and an optional dolly offers easy transport over long distances.

Other accessories include cable carriers, the optional drum for small drain work, and a toolbox. Standard equipment includes a ground fault circuit interrupter, double palm leather gloves, rear guide hose, and General’s tradition of quality, performance and reliability.

For more information contact the Drain Brains® at General Pipe Cleaners at 800-245-6200 or 412-771-6300, or visit drainbrain.com.

Hilti NPR-32A Press Tool

Hilti Copper Press Tool Last week marked the third annual Hilti Innovation day for members of the media, including social media influencers. This was my third time attending the event and I can say it will go down as one of the best they’ve hosted. New tools, an inside look at what’s coming and lots Read more

Hilti Copper Press Tool

Last week marked the third annual Hilti Innovation day for members of the media, including social media influencers. This was my third time attending the event and I can say it will go down as one of the best they’ve hosted. New tools, an inside look at what’s coming and lots of product engineers and managers eager to hear what people are saying about the brand and others. Some notable introductions were the new 36V reciprocating saw, an eager beast of a tool surprisingly compact given its power and even more refined than most 18/20V saws already on the market. In addition to the recip Hilti is launching their most powerful cordless grinders and even a wet/dry electric corded concrete saw capable of gas saw performance nonetheless but without the fumes. Lasers, new batteries and some wicked firestop products were also announced but the main attraction for MH was the announcement of their first copper press tool.

Hilti’s new press tool (NPR-32A) will be sold as a bare tool (I’ve been told it’s $1269), jaws sold separately. Standard size jaws like the RIDGID RP340 or M18 jaws will fit this tool.

The NPR-32A is currently going thru third party ASTM testing to meet multiple fitting manufacturer’s specs, I’m told this is the only press tool to have the certification testing in North America.

It may look familiar, Klauke manufactures it but according to Hilti it’s not the exact tool you’ll see with other branding. Other tools with similar housing, features and action have been labeled NIBCO, Greenlee and Klauke [the manufacturer’s name].

They’re only listing copper fittings, size 1/2”-4” for piping systems. When I asked about MegaPress they didn’t say no but reiterated that it will press copper. It’s a 32kn (7200lb) tool putting it in the same class as the M18 or RP340 for pressing force.


The NPR 32-A22 is backed by Hilti’s 20-2-1 year warranty – 20 years of repair or replacement of defective parts; two years no cost repair including wear and tear; and a guaranteed one-day turn-around on repairs. Coverage is extended for the press tool to include free calibration at 15K press intervals. To see more from us and others who attended the event click the #hiltiinnovation tag for posts and videos on Instagram.

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32Kn (7200lb) full size press tool.

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