New KC Tool Website Launch!

Introducing the
NEW KCTOOLCO.COM

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Your Destination for German Tools
Get Precision. Get Experience. Get the Ability.
Enjoy 10% off all orders through October 31, 2016.
Enter Code NEWKCT at Checkout

After months of development, our new website has arrived.  It should be a seamless transition for you.  No messy domain changes or anything.  Bookmarks will all redirect for your convenience.  A few of the new features of our website include:

  • A more user- and mobile-friendly interface
  • Easier to view images and cleaner, more polished appearance
  • Fully transparent lead times
  • Unparalleled ability to filter by product attributes
  • Showcases the premium brands we carry more effectively
  • Intuitive order and re-order options

To have a proper German celebration without beer nor schnitzel is a mortal sin. To attempt to make up for it we are offering 10% off orders through October 31, 2016.  In order to take advantage of your discount please use code NEWKCT at the checkout. Limit two uses per customer.

We mentioned it briefly in the email announcement but we wanted to talk a little more at length about the order history migration here.  When the website launches it is going to take a little time to compile years of order history data and upload it into a database.  We are pleased to report that your order history will be available shortly (maybe a week or two at the most) through a link on your account page.

Our Assistant Manager and IT developer (Derek Tran) for the new website has this to say about the transition: “We are extremely excited to get the new site in the hands of our customers. We hope everyone will take advantage of the ability to look up and buy tools on a mobile device or tablet. Every aspect of the user experience has improved, start to finish.”

We are eager to hear feedback on any and all issues.  We are sure you will love it, but if you have any ideas on what we can do better for you please let us know with either comments below, on facebook or twitter, or direct email to customerservice@kctoolco.com.

 

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Noah H. wins $50 to spend at KC Tool

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Each month we give a $50 KC Tool gift certificate to one of our customers who left a product review in that month. The gift certificate is applied to the customer’s account so they can use it next time they make a purchase from KC Tool.

Strings? What strings? There are no strings attached. This is just a good old fashioned giveaway to thank those of you who leave reviews about the tools you buy from us. The more reviews you leave, the better your chances of winning.

Noah H., from Baldwin City, Kansas has luck on his side. He left eight reviews in the month of August and his winning review was for the Wera 8004 B Zyklop Ratchet 3/8″ Drive w/ Switch Lever

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Noah had this to say about the Wera ratchet he received:

“This ratchet has a great feel. Thinner and longer than most ratchets with a high engagement.

Congratulations, Noah! Thanks for leaving your reviews and your kind words about KC Tool.  KC Tool offers international shipping to over 12 countries.  If you do not see your country listed on our website, please contact sales@kctoolco.com (order minimums & restrictions may apply).

Wondering how we choose the winner? It’s nothing fancy. We export all of the reviews into an Excel spreadsheet and use random.org to generate a random number. The corresponding numbered line on the spreadsheet is the winner.

Good luck next month!

A Few New Knipex Items …

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New for 2016 – Knipex 91 13 250 Tile Breaking Pliers

Knipex recently introduced a number of new products in Europe that are beginning to make their way to the North American market.  One of the most interesting designs in my opinion is the new Knipex 91 13 250 Tile Breaking Pliers which is essentially a 10″ Pliers Wrench with a specialized soft plastic jaw (replaceable) to aide in breaking tiles and/or porcelain stoneware (after scoring with a tile cutter).

Knipex 91 13 250 Tile Breaking Pliers – Available at KC Tool

Knipex 91 19 250 01 Spare Jaw for Tile Breaking Pliers – Available at KC Tool

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Knipex 28 71 280 Long Reach Needle Nose Pliers
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Knipex 28 81 280 Long Reach Needle Nose Pliers – 45 degree bent nose

Knipex also introduced 2 new long reach needle nose pliers each of which are 280mm long (11 inches) and are great for mechanics or anyone who needs long reach pliers.

Knipex states these are good “for gripping, adjustment and assembly work in hard to reach areas thanks to slim, very long design deep parts can be easily reached using the slim, half-round tips.”

Knipex 28 71 280 – Available at KC Tool

Knipex 28 81 280 – Available at KC Tool

Last but not least is a new design from Knipex: Needle-Nose Combination Pliers.

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Knipex 08 22 145 Needle-Nose Combination Pliers – MultiGrip Handle
  • Handy use when working in confined areas thanks to slim head design and pointed jaws (anti-twist)
  • Gripping surfaces with special convex contour on one side for secure gripping of flat parts
  • Milled groove in the gripping area permits small parts such as nails, pins and bolts to be held and pulled
  • The reliable and diverse combination pliers when out and about
  • Easy cutting thanks to the high leverage joint
  • with cutting edges for soft, medium-hard and hard wire
  • long service life and stable tips
  • forged from special high grade tool steel, manifold oil-hardened

Currently only the MultiGrip model is available in the United States but the vinyl (plastic) grip handle version (08 21 145) should be available by mid-September 2016.

Knipex 08 22 145 – Available at KC Tool

Knipex 08 21 145 – Available at KC Tool September 2016

Stay tuned for more new Knipex tool announcements!

 

 

The New Wiha 26inOne Ultra Driver

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Wiha recently introduced their new “26inOne” Ultra Driver which includes 13 double-ended bits for a total of 26 different tip sizes. The bits are stored in the handle in a double layer pop-up carousel. There are three versions of the Ultra Driver currently available — each with a different selection of bits.

Wiha 77790 “Tradesman”

  • Torx: T10, T15, T20, T25
  • Phillips: #0, #1, #2, #3
  • Pozidriv: #1 & #2
  • Square: #0, #1, #2, #3
  • Slotted: 3.0, 4.5, 5.5, 6.5mm
  • Metric Hex: 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0mm
  • Inch Hex: 1/8″, 9/64, 5/32, 3/16″

Wiha 77791 “Technician”

  • Torx: T6, T7, T8, T9, T10, T15, T20, T25, T27, T30
  • Phillips: #0, #1, #2, #3
  • Pozidriv: #1 & #2
  • Square: #0, #1, #2, #3
  • Slotted: 3.0, 4.0, 4.5, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5mm

Wiha 77792 “Industrial”

  • Torx: T8, T9, T10, T15, T20, T25, T27, T30
  • Phillips: #1 & #2
  • Slotted: 4.0 & 6.0mm
  • Metric Hex: 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0mm
  • Inch Hex: 3/32, 7/64, 1/8, 9/64, 5/32, 3/16, 7/32, 1/4″

Both the handle and bits are made in Germany.  Wiha cautions users that these double-ended bits are only compatible with the Ultra Driver handle as well as the Wiha 76000 bit holder — they will not work in non-Wiha bit holders. Replacement bits are currently available in refill packs (pictured below) and there are plans to offer the double-ended bits in 2-packs if you are looking to just replace a couple.

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Refill packs: 77780 – Tradesman; 77781 – Technician; 77782 – Industrial.

The current MSRP on the three Ultra Drivers is $69.98 but can be purchased at a heavy discount while they are new.  These new Ultra Drivers make great gifts!  They are also great to keep in a junk drawer, glove box, boat, etc.

Deeps R. wins $50 to spend at KC Tool

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Each month we give a $50 KC Tool gift certificate to one of our customers who left a product review in that month. The gift certificate is applied to the customer’s account so they can use it next time they make a purchase from KC Tool.

Strings? What strings? There are no strings attached. This is just a good old fashioned giveaway to thank those of you who leave reviews about the tools you buy from us. The more reviews you leave, the better your chances of winning.

Deeps R.., from South Bend, Indiana has luck on his side. He left twenty-seven reviews in the month of July and
his winning review was for the Wera Kraftform Kompakt 25 Pouch Set

wera kc tool kraftform kompakt wera toolsDeeps had this to say about the Wera screwdriver set he received:

“These are fantastic to leave in a toolbox or office. One good set that can do a lot. A great gift for any tool guys.

Congratulations, Deeps! Thanks for leaving your reviews and your kind words about KC Tool.  KC Tool offers international shipping to over 12 countries.  If you do not see your country listed on our website, please contact sales@kctoolco.com (order minimums & restrictions may apply).

Wondering how we choose the winner? It’s nothing fancy. We export all of the reviews into an Excel spreadsheet and use random.org to generate a random number. The corresponding numbered line on the spreadsheet is the winner.

Good luck next month!

Ancient German Tools Discovered

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New research suggests intricately carved ivory tools recovered from a cave in Germany were used to make rope 40,000 years ago. Photo by University of Tübingen

We often get phone calls or emails asking us to help identify old tools.  In fact, it’s not that uncommon to see tools stamped with “West Germany” or “W. Germany” as was commonplace prior to the reunification of Germany.  One tool we have not seen is anything made out of bone or animal remains.

A recent discover in Hohle Fels Cave in southwestern Germany by a group of archeologists unearthed “a neatly preserved piece of mammoth ivory with intricate carvings” which after testing led scientist to believe this was to aide in rope making.  This tool help gives insight into how Paleolithic era civilizations lived & went about their daily routines.

It is neat to see the tradition of quality German tools evolve over time as new technologies and ideas are introduced.

For more information on this recent discovery please visit UPI and the University of Tübingen.

Jon B. wins $50 to spend at KC Tool

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Each month we give a $50 KC Tool gift certificate to one of our customers who left a product review in that month. The gift certificate is applied to the customer’s account so they can use it next time they make a purchase from KC Tool.

Strings? What strings? There are no strings attached. This is just a good old fashioned giveaway to thank those of you who leave reviews about the tools you buy from us. The more reviews you leave, the better your chances of winning.

Jon B.., from Sacramento, California has luck on his side. He left five reviews in the month of June and his winning review was for the Wera 851/4 RH #1 x 50mm Phillips Reduced Shaft Diameter Power Bit

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Jon had this to say about the Wera screwdriver bit he received:

“Wonderful unit — just what i was hoping for from kctoolco. thanks again.

Congratulations, Jon! Thanks for leaving your reviews and your kind words about KC Tool.  KC Tool offers international shipping to over 15 countries.

Wondering how we choose the winner? It’s nothing fancy. We export all of the reviews into an Excel spreadsheet and use random.org to generate a random number. The corresponding numbered line on the spreadsheet is the winner.

Good luck next month!

Andre R. wins $50 to spend at KC Tool

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Each month we give a $50 KC Tool gift certificate to one of our customers who left a product review in that month. The gift certificate is applied to the customer’s account so they can use it next time they make a purchase from KC Tool.

Strings? What strings? There are no strings attached. This is just a good old fashioned giveaway to thank those of you who leave reviews about the tools you buy from us. The more reviews you leave, the better your chances of winning.

Andre R., from Boca Raton, Florida has luck on his side. He left twelve reviews in the month of May and
his winning review was for the Wera 840/1 Z 1.5 x 25mm Hex Bit

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Andre had this to say about the Wera screwdriver bit he received:

“Good bits! Hex plus shape grips better than standard hex bit..

Congratulations, Andre! Thanks for leaving your reviews and your kind words about KC Tool.  KC Tool offers international shipping to over 15 countries.  If you do not see your country listed on our website, please contact sales@kctoolco.com (order minimums & restrictions may apply).

Wondering how we choose the winner? It’s nothing fancy. We export all of the reviews into an Excel spreadsheet and use random.org to generate a random number. The corresponding numbered line on the spreadsheet is the winner.

Good luck next month!

Wiha Pistol Ratchet

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Shown: Wiha 39210 SoftFinish Pistol Ratchet

Wiha Tools recently introduced their Topra 2k series pistol ratchet in the North American market (Wiha 39210).  This ergonomically designed tool features 72 teeth for a 5 degree switching angle and can even store up to six 1/4″ hex bits in the handle (bits not included) and is Made in Germany.  There are also additional models available as ratcheting pistol torque screwdrivers including one that is VDE rated for working on or near live electrical applications.

This pistol ratchet requires the use of one of four available adapters that are sold separately:

  • Wiha 39251 Pistol Ratchet Bit Holder for 1/4″ Bits – Magnetic
  • Wiha 39256 Pistol Ratchet 1/4″ Socket Adapter
  • Wiha 39257 Pistol Ratchet 3/8″ Socket Adapter
  • Wiha 39258 Pistol Ratchet Drive-Loc VI Blade Adapter

Torque spec models (also require use of above-mentioned adapters):

  • Wiha 28570 Adjustable TorqueControl SoftFinish Pistol Ratchet 17.5 – 70 in-lbs
  • Wiha 28510 Adjustable TorqueControl SoftFinish Pistol Ratchet 2-8 Nm
  • Wiha 28300 TorqueControl Insulated SoftFinish Pistol Ratchet 17.5 – 70 in-lbs

Wiha is planning to offer the non-insulated torque models in sets that will include an assortment of bits, sockets, and adapters — stay tuned for more details.

 

 

Mario R. wins $50 to spend at KC Tool

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Each month we give a $50 KC Tool gift certificate to one of our customers who left a product review in that month. The gift certificate is applied to the customer’s account so they can use it next time they make a purchase from KC Tool.

Strings? What strings? There are no strings attached. This is just a good old fashioned giveaway to thank those of you who leave reviews about the tools you buy from us. The more reviews you leave, the better your chances of winning.

Mario R., from Whittier, California has luck on his side. He left one review in the month of April and Read More »