Hurry! Wera Tools Fall Sale – Ends 12/31/2015

Hurry! The Wera Tools Fall Sale ends December 31, 2015.

Fall is in full swing and to mark the occasion what better than a sale on select Wera Tools?  From now until December 31st, 2015 you can take advantage of additional savings on featured Wera Tools including the popular Zyklop Ratchet with Metal Switch range.  Plus, there is free shipping on $50+ continental USA orders.
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Keep “Rust at Bay” with Wera Stainless Screwdrivers Sets.  Using a non-stainless tool on a stainless fastener can result in Read More »

Wera Tools Fall Sale

Fall is in full swing and to mark the occasion what better than a sale on select Wera Tools?  From now until December 31st, 2015 you can take advantage of additional savings on featured Wera Tools including the popular Zyklop Ratchet with Metal Switch range.  Plus, there is free shipping on $50+ continental USA orders.
Wera Tools Fall 2015 Sale KC Tool

Keep “Rust at Bay” with Wera Stainless Screwdrivers Sets.  Using a non-stainless tool on a stainless fastener can result in Read More »

New Wera Torque Tools

Wera Torque Tools

Wera Tools recently expanded their lineup of torque tools by adding several new models including the 7443 adjustable pistol grip screwdriver pictured above (4.0-8.8 Nm, #05074705001) which is compatible with all standard 1/4″ bits.  There are also several other new models including VDE insulated torque screwdrivers, pre-set (fixed) torque screwdrivers in both ESD and non-ESD versions, and expanded torque-ranges for many of the popular Kraftform handle models.

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New Wiha Precision Insulated Screwdrivers – Available Now @ KC Tool

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Wiha 32088 Set: 5 Slotted and 3 Phillips (#1, #0, #00)

Now available at KC Tool are the new Wiha Insulated Precision Screwdrivers.  These precision screwdrivers, also known as “tweakers” are similar in touch and feel to Wiha’s popular PicoFinish series with the added benefit of being electrically insulated up to 1000V (10,000 Volt Tested, 1000 Volt Rated).

This new series comes in 5 Slotted and 3 Phillips sizes and is also available in two different Sets (8 piece # 32088 seen above).

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A Guide to Knipex Diagonal Cutters

Wire cutters.  Dikes.  Diagonal pliers.  Known by many names and found in nearly every tool box is a pair of diagonal cutters.  This tool is used frequently by both professionals & DIY’ers for its simple yet effective purpose: to cut wire.

Knipex Tools are known for their craftsmanship & reliability.  Knipex is also an innovator having 4 different styles of diagonal cutters as seen below.

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L to R: TwinForce®, X-Cut®, High Leverage, Diagonal Cutter

The 4 styles of Knipex Diagonal Cutters: TwinForce®, X-Cut®, High Leverage Diagonal Cutter, and Diagonal Cutter.

The differences between the 4 series lie in the design of the joint — and subsequently the efficiency of how much hand force is transferred to the cut.  Lets begin by looking at the TwinForce® series.Read More »

Insulated Tools for Electrical Work

Insulated hand tools are used by electricians or anyone who is working near energized circuits.  OSHA created guidelines that require the individual testing and certification by manufacturers on insulated hand tools.  They must meet certain criteria in working conditions that involve electrical circuits.   1000 volts AC and 1500 volts DC is the maximum rated voltage for insulated tools and manufacturers do their own testing for compliance.  Insulated tools must comply with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), the Deutsches Institute for Normung (DIN-German Standard), and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) who set the performance requirements.

It is not advisable to use insulated tools on electric circuits.  They are important as a part of safeguarding the electrician or technician from accidental contact.

  • Each time that you’ll be using insulated tools for a job, take the time to visually inspect them first.
  • Insulated hand tools do not make you invincible! Insulated tools aren’t foolproof solutions for avoiding electric shock: they are simply designed to reduce your risk of electrical injury. In all possible situations, be sure to de-energize all lines and equipment before you begin working on or near them.
  • Think before you touch! Whenever you’re working with insulated tools, never touch their uninsulated portions, or any other object that might come into contact with an energized source.
  • Keep your insulated tools clean, dry, and contaminant-free.
  • In order to avoid insulation damage, always store insulated tools away from heat sources.

Most accidents happen because one or more safe operating procedures were not followed.

Please keep in mind that these are only general guidelines and tips.  For comprehensive Occupational Safety standards and other workplace safety information, visit the Occupation Safety and Health Administration website at http://www.osha.gov.

Please visit KCTOOLCO.com to check out our vast array of insulated hand tools.

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