A Lightweight Wrench
Linemen always need a durable, handy wrench in their toolbox, and Lowell Corporation just came out with a new product. According to the company, the new 8D-QS Quad Square Lineman’s Wrench packs a number of features to make work easier and safer for high line workers. Weighing 1-3/8 lb. and measuring 13 in. long, the Quad Square is easy to carry up a pole on a tool-belt and is well balanced for easy and safe prolonged use. It has 200 lb-ft of torque, low profile steel sockets with 36 teeth, investment cast steel sockets, and a new ratchet engagement design.There are four square sizes in the two-sided socket: 1-1/8 in. for 3/4-in. hardware, 1 in. for 5/8-in. nuts, 13/16-in. opening for 1/2-inch hardware, and a 3/4-in. size to handle 1/2-in. lag bolts. The 8D Quad Square has a 13-in. ergonomic handle with a full length grip, which lets a worker grab the wrench at any point on the handle. High-Vis sockets and grips make it easy to find the tool on a worksite or in a toolbox. The wrench also features Lowell's Bolt-Thru design that lets workers engage nuts on long bolts or all-thread rod. For more information, visit the Web site.
A Single-Handed Cutter
Cable cutters are another must-have item for many line workers. Klein Tools' Open Jaw Cable Cutter, which won the 2014 EC&M Product of the Year award, was designed with a front-loading jaw instead of the common “hand-cuff” style jaw model. As such, it can solve the age-old problem of using cutters in low-clearance applications and without two hands. The tool, which is suitable for both overhead and underground line workers, features a high-leverage ratcheting mechanism allowing for single-handed cutting of 1 1/8 in. communication cable, 600 MCM copper and 750 MCM aluminum, without burrs or sharp edges. Weighing two pounds and measuring 11.5-in. long, the cable cutter has red plastic-covered handles with hand guards, a jaw made from hardened proprietary steel, and a one-year warranty. For more information, visit the Web site.
Flexible Work Gloves
When working long hours in challenging conditions, linemen need hand protection that is both comfortable and flexible. Salisbury Electrical Safety just introduced Electriflex, its most flexible rubber insulating glove. The Electriflex glove provides up to 30 percent more flexibility over comparable gloves currently being used on the job. Designed to give linemen both comfort and control, these gloves minimize hand fatigue, maximize performance, and provide protection. With greater flexibility and dexterity, linemen can optimize every part of their workday and take on tasks with less stress and strain, according to the company. To help amplify the flexibility of the Electriflex gloves, Salisbury has also redesigned its leather protectors. The Clute design offers a more customized fit with the Electriflex glove. Crafted from premium-grade leather, the leather protector uses a durable cowhide cuff for tough working environments. Goat skin hand protection ensures comfort, flexibility and better dexterity while linemen work. For rmore information, visit the Web site.
For over 150 years, Salisbury has been your trusted partner in safety and a true leader in innovation. Using the highest quality materials and small batch precision, our engineers invented a new flex formula in the ElectriflexTM gloves that you can put to work today.
To keep your lineman safe on the job, he or she needs safety tools and devices that can help detect voltages. HDE's Handheld Voltage Detectors consist of the LV-5 Stray Voltage Detector and the VP-1 Voltage Probe. These handheld voltage detectors are used to detect voltages starting at 5VAC. They give an indication of the presence of voltage with either a flashing light or flashing light and beeper. LV-5 detects voltages from 5VAC to 600VAC and detects stray voltage which may be present on electrically conductive surfaces. Its ultra bright, long -asting red LED indicates when voltage is present, and the rugged, utility grade design is waterproof. It is always on, and there is no on/off switch. A kit is available and includes a holster to store the LV-5 when not in use, and an integrated tester stored in holster, tests the LV-5 for proper operation.
The VP-1 (on the right) detects voltages from 50VAC to 600VAC and
detects the presence of voltage on underground equipment test points or other energized equipment. The flashing red light and beeper indicates when voltage is present, and it is always on with no on-off switch. A kit is available that includes a tester to test the VP-1 for proper operation.
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By properly brushing connections. linemen can decrease the number of outages and bad connections. MADI's DogBone Wire Brush can be used by crews in transmission, substation, or distribution environments. The product encourages linemen to brush because it is designed to make wire brushing easier and more convenient. The DogBone has two designated brushing surfaces, one side for copper and the other side for aluminum. The ends are color coordinated to allow lineman to keep one tool with dedicated brushing ends for two different surfaces. The round wire brush covers conductors up to 1590 MCM. This covers most conductors and both wire brushes are easily replaceable. The wire brush durable weighs less than ½ pound and is made of non-conductive material. The design of this tool eliminates lineman hand and leg discomfort currently experienced with other wire brushes. The built-in snap ring makes it easy to store on belts or in bucket trucks. For more information, visit the Web site.
Tool Set for Faster Connections
Created by a lineman for linemen, the Tri-Clamp secures bolts in accordance with NEMA spacing and clamps to the mounting pads for connecting jumper lines. Its sister product, the Boo-Sher starter socket holds a nut, lock washer, and washer in alignment enabling linemen to thread all three onto their corresponding bolt in one motion. Collectively, the tool set creates a new standard of installation that facilitates faster and more systematic connections thereby reducing linemen exposure and making an otherwise arduous task drastically safer. For more information, visit the Web site.
Headlamps and LED Flashlights
Lighting products, whether they are LED flashlights or headlamps, will help light the way when your lineman is called in to work a night shift. This non-rechargeable Dual-Light Multi-function Headlamp is cETLus, ATEX, IECEx and MSHA listed Intrinsically Safe Permissible for use in both above and below ground hazardous locations where explosive gases and dusts may be present. The headlamp features a multi-position tilt head design, a rear-mounted battery compartment and includes both an elastic head strap with a non-slip lining and a heavy-duty rubber strap for use with hard hats. The top mounted dual switches provide spotlight, full-power white floodlight, half-power white floodlight and red floodlight operation. Power comes from 3 AA premium batteries, which are included. For more information, visit the Web site.
When you ask linemen what tool they can't live without, nearly every single one says a pair of pliers. Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation 6 IN 1 Lineman's Pliers are the only tool of its kind on the market with an integrated reaming head to smooth out rough edges of metal pipe. They feature a high-leverage design for maximum cutting power and precision. Backed by Milwaukee's Limited Lifetime Warranty, the Milwaukee 6 IN 1 Lineman's Pliers feature six application specific designs (Reaming, Bolt Cutter, Wire Cutting, Nail Pulling, Pliers, Fish Tape Puller) that allows professionals to carry less tools and get more done.
Rope Snatch Block
The new Buckingham OX BLOCK is a rope snatch block with an integrated friction bar used for hurt man rescue, lowering loads, snubbing loads, and raising loads. It allows the rigging professional to handle loads with greater control. When lowering loads, tension is transferred from the worker to the OX BLOCK. The OX BLOCK replaces standard handline blocks, parted blocks, and various snatch blocks. The OX BLOCK also has greater Working Load Limits than blocks of similar size. For more information, visit the Web site
To allow your lineman to enjoy a longer career in the field with less injuries, he or she needs ergonomic tools. The Huskie SL-610 will deliver 15 tons of compression force and will use all industry standard “P” dies. The tool is capable of accepting lugs up to 1500MCM copper and 1250MCM Aluminum. Using the streamline design and replacing the traditional “C” head with a smaller, lightweight, latched head design makes the new SL-610 the lightest 15 ton tool on the market today, according to the company. The new housing design incorporates a rubber over-mold handle grip as well as optional handle allowing the operator better tool control. For more information, visit the Web site.