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Insulated Tools

OEL launched an Insulated Tool series capable of doing both metric and standard applications. The double-insulated 1000V safety tools are designed and engineered to keep the user safe on the job.

The OEL Combination Tool wall drive profile was designed to provide a greater area of force application, compared with that applied by conventional tools. The tool in distributing the torque load to the fastener through the flats, not only achieves a greater force, but also lowers the possibility of distortion to the nut or bolt head. Having a thin wall is an advantage in every socket because with spanners and sockets the force is absorbed where the wall has its greatest strength.

The sockets are capable of exceeding the tightening torques specified in the DIN standard by 70 to 100 percent, depending on the socket size. Because with the OEL Combination insulated tool system each socket or spanner fits both a Metric and inch series fastener, fewer tools are required to perform a range of operations saving the installer the expense of only buying one set of tools instead of two. Linemen will carry fewer tools, have a lighter tool box, and have a much easier time finding the tool they need.

As an added bonus the OEL wall drive principle of applying pressure to flats of a nut or bolt makes it difficult to damage a fastener in a work situation. This allows installers to get more use out of fewer tools and save money. One set of tools does the job of both metric and standard, plus works on damaged fasteners with a no slip hold. No slipping means greater safety, and no more cut hands, banged up knuckles and elbows due to wrench slippage.

Every insulated hand tool OEL manufactures is rated for exposure up to 1000 VAC and dielectrically tested at 10,000 VAC. These tools meet or exceed ASTM F1505-01 and IEC 900 Standards for Insulated Hand Tools. These tools are necessary for compliance with OSHA 1910.333 (c)(2), and NFPA 70E 2004.

The insulating material used is impact resistant and flame retardant. Two-color insulation makes inspection easier, which adds to the overall safety. If the yellow under layer is showing, the tool may no longer be insulated properly and should be considered for replacement and removed from service. OEL is capable of customizing and supplying any tools that require protection up to 1,000 V. OEL will also customize sets to meet your unique tool needs.

Each insulated tool has a lifetime replacement warranty so if one of the tools should ever fail, OEL will replace it with a new one.

OEL Worldwide Industries www.oelsales.com

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