Finding the right tool or instrument can make all the difference for sheet metal and HVAC contractors. Whether it’s in the field or in the shop, Snips wants its readers to find the products they need. That is why Snips once again presents its annual tool and instrument product guide. Leading manufacturers and distributors specializing in test instruments and tools submitted their product offerings in an effort to educate readers on the tools that will make their next job more efficient and profitable. Take a look at the guide and find the tool that will make your next project a success.

ACR WHOLESALERS

1200 W. Commerce Road, Dallas, TX 75205

(214) 747-2428; fax (214) 747-3810

solderingironheater@yahoo.com

ACR has been furnishing soldering tools and supplies to sheet metal craftsmen for over 50 years. Our products include bench-type soldering furnaces (natural gas or propane); portable, tank-mounted soldering furnaces; “plumbers pot” propane tanks; portable, floor-style soldering furnaces with hoses (popular with roofers and gutterers); soldering irons (Nos. 1-10); solder and other supplies.

ARMSTRONG INTERNATIONAL

816 Maple St., Three Rivers, MI 49093

(269) 273-1415; marketing@armstronginternational.com

www.armstronginternational.com

Armstrong provides intelligent system solutions that improve utility performance, lower energy consumption, and reduce environmental emissions while providing an “enjoyable experience.”

B & K PRECISION

22820 Savi Ranch Parkway, Yorba Linda, CA 92887

(714) 921-9095; www.bkprecision.com

B&K Precision has provided test and measurement solutions to customers from wide-ranging fields including research and development, product design, industrial maintenance, electronic field service, production line testing, and the educational community, among others. Universities and technical schools worldwide have made our instruments standard equipment in their training programs.

BANNER SALES

P.O. Box 1453,

Covington, LA 70434

(800) 821-8487; fax (985) 893-8298; www.bannersalesco.com

Buy direct from the manufacturer: Lables, TDC and TDF corners, cleats, HVAC tools, Condu-Mate. Proudly made in the U.S.A. We have been serving the HVAC industry for over 25 years. See our ad in Snips.

BENOIT SHEET METAL EQUIPMENT INC.

19834 141st Place NE, Woodinville, WA 98072

(425) 481-4797; fax (425) 483-8085

www.benoitsheetmetal.com

Machinery, parts and tool sales and service. 

CAIN MANUFACTURING CO. INC.

2956 Highway 11 South, Pelham, AL 35124

(205) 663-2200; fax (205) 663-2298

sales@cainmfg.com; www.cainmfg.com

Manufacture HVAC products including duct connector, vane, rail, hardware and fiberglass vane. We also carry sheet metal tools, kerfing tools, staplers and equipment.

COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS GROUP (WARD INDUSTRIES)

815 Kimberly Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188

(800) 624-8642; fax (866) 466-9335; www.wardind.com

The Ward Corner Injector Tool dramatically speeds assembly of corners into flange assemblies by automating the tedious manual process and by injecting two corners at a time. Total cycle time is less than five seconds. The Ward Corner Injector Tool is adaptable for either Ward J or H flange styles.

CS UNITEC INC.

22 Harbor Ave., Norwalk, CT 06850

(800) 700-5919; fax (203) 853-9921

info@csunitec.com; www.csunitec.com

Manufacturer of metal working power tools for construction and industry. Extensive line of surface and fabrication tools for grinding, sanding, polishing, beveling and deburring stainless steel, steel, aluminum and other non-ferrous metals. Ideal for finishing flat sheets and round and square tubing. Full line of specialty abrasives and accessories.

DORAN PRECISION INC.

76 North Georges Hill Road, Southbury, CT 06488

(203) 262-8200; fax (203) 262-8206;

www.doranprecision.com

The Doran Super Air Hammer is the best choice for sealing Pittsburgh Lockseams. There’s no trigger. Lift the Doran Hammer from the work and the hammer automatically turns off. A truly industrial piece, this hammer will last for years and years. If your hammer does get worn out, it can be rebuilt at a fraction of the original cost. Call now or visit our website for more information.

DUCTMATE INDUSTRIES INC.



DURO DYNE CORP.

81 Spence St., Bay Shore, NY 11706

(631) 249-9000; fax (631) 249-8346

www.durodyne.com

The Duro Dyne hole cutter will cut holes in light gauge metal, aluminum, plastics and Formica up to a maximum hole diameter of 12 inches.  It has an easy read scale from 2 inches to 12 inches. It features a three fluted cutting bit that is designed to cut from the side.

DYNAMIC FASTENER



E INSTRUMENTS INTERNATIONAL

172 Middletown Blvd., Suite B-201, Langhorne, PA 19047

(215) 750-1212; fax (215) 750-1319

info@E-Inst.com; www.E-Inst.com

E Instruments manufactures and markets a complete range of innovative instrumentation solutions encompassing combustion gas analyzers, indoor air quality, calibrators, and test and measurement equipment specifically designed for the power, process, industrial, institutional, food and HVAC markets. Customer support and applications expertise are fundamental to E Instruments’ success.

EMPIRE MACHINERY & TOOLS LTD.



FLUKE CORP.

P.O. Box 9090, Everett, WA 98206-9090

(800) 443-5853; fax (425) 446-5116

Fluke-info@fluke.com; www.fluke.com

Fluke Corp. delivers compact, professional electronic test tools with capabilities that are critical to keep commerce and industry running smoothly. Technicians, engineers, electricians, meteorologists and building diagnostic professionals who install, troubleshoot and manage industrial, electrical and electronic equipment and calibration processes for quality control and building restoration depend on Fluke.

GENERAL TOOLS & INSTRUMENTS

80 White St., New York, NY 10013

(212) 431-6100; fax (212) 431-6499

gentools@generaltools.com; www.generaltools.com

Headquartered in New York City for nearly 90 years, General Tools & Instruments is the market leader in precision specialty hand tools and hand held instruments. General’s vast array of 1,500 products is widely used by contractors, technicians and other professionals in industrial maintenance and HVACR. Visit www.generaltools.com.

HIGHWAY PRODUCTS INC.

7905 Agate Road, White City, OR 97503

(800) 866-5269; fax (541) 826-3607

kc@800toolbox.com; www.highwayproducts.com

Highway Products Inc. (since 1980) has been manufacturing semi and pickup truck toolboxes, cab guards, headache racks, lumber racks, ladder racks, step boxes, flatbeds, RV tow bodies, and fifth wheel toolboxes, service bodies, sliding bed for pickups and pickup accessories.

HOLE PRO

7474 Leafwood Drive,

Prunedale, CA 93907

saleshp@holepro.com;

www.holepro.com

High performance economical professional hole cutters for sheet metal, gypsum wallboard, plaster engineered woods, fiberglass-FRP, fiber cement, concrete, brick. Adjustable shielded tungsten carbide cutters for 2-inch to 17-inch-diameter holes – meets EPA regulations. Ball bearing mount ABS shields for hole saws to 6.25 inches including our Metal Pro for stainless steel. 

HOUGEN MANUFACTURING INC.



INFICON

2 Technology Place, East Syracuse, NY 13057

(315) 434-1100; fax (315) 437-3803

reachus@inficon.com; www.inficon.com

Air-conditioning/refrigeration field service professionals depend on the superior performance of Inficon reliable, easy-to-use, and affordable service tools. The Inficon toolbox of market-leading products for service technicians includes innovative refrigerant leak detectors, combustible gas leak detectors, refrigerant recovery machines, refrigerant charging scales, vacuum pumps, and vacuum pressure gauges.

JMM'S 3RD HAND DISPENSER

110 N. Boxelder St., Norfolk, NE 68701

(402) 841-3956; www.3rdhanddispenser.com

Work smarter-not harder! Experience the ease and control that a 3rd Hand Dispenser will give you when working with your rolls of plastic hanger strap. 3rd Hand Dispenser works for you in two ways: by holding the rolls where strap is needed (no pre-cutting), or clip it to your tool belt.  Save time and money. 3rd Hand Dispenser is the extra hand you need to “take control of your roll.”  Order yours today!

KETT TOOL CO.

5055 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227

(513) 271-0333; fax (513) 271-5318

info@kett-tool.com; www.kett-tool.com

Kett Tool currently produces a line of electric and pneumatic portable power saws, shears and nibblers to cut a wide range of sheet materials used in many different applications and markets.

KIDDER METALWORKING

805 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446

(877) 294-1400; fax (877) 294-8600

sales@kidder-mfg.com; www.kidder-mfg.com

Kidder manufactures manual and hydraulic sheet metal notchers, presses and associated tooling. Additionally, Kidder offers complete toolmaking capabilities.

KLENK TOOLS



LEVEL RITE LADDER SAFETY TOOLS

3120 Foothill Blvd., Oroville, CA 95966

(530) 534-6000; fax (530) 533-1009; www.levelrite.net

Suspend your ladder from a roof ridge with four ladder roof anchors. A Portable Tether/Ladder Roof Anchor meets OSHA fall protection guidelines on a 12:12 roof or steeper. The Material Solar Panel Transport “rides the rails” of your ladder to carry materials.

LINDAB INC.

2600 Airline Blvd., Portsmouth, VA 23701

(757) 488-1144; fax (757) 488-5672; www.lindabusa.com

The SR Handle is a unique hand tool created with safety in mind. Handling sheet metal can pose risk for abrasions, cuts and back injury. The SR Handle eliminates these risks by providing an ergonomic method of carrying large diameter ductwork. Voted by contractors, the SR Handle won bronze in the ACHR News’ Dealer Design Award in 2010.

MA-LINE

P.O. Box 866, Arlington Heights, IL 60006

(800) 956-8220; fax (800) 336-8291

www.ma-line.com

The MA-Line offers over 9,000 top of the line items of specialized products for customers in the HVACR industry. The MA-Line supplies wholesalers throughout the entire United States, as well as countries world wide. The MA-Line prides itself on maintaining the highest level of customer service and quality products at competitive pricing.

MALCO PRODUCTS INC.

P.O. Box 400, Annandale, MN  55302-0400

(800) 328-3530; fax (800) 206-6760

custsvcs@malcotools.com; www.malcotools.com

Malco’s pioneering metalworking tools for the HVAC are joined today by hundreds of other specialty products including tools for installing fiberglass ductwork and laying out PEX for in-floor radiant heating systems. Trademarks include “Andy” snips, “Max2000” snips, “TurboShear”, “Redline” handles, “Connext” drivers, “Zip-in” screws and the “Mighty-Right” impact driver.

MCGILL AIRFLOW LLC

One Mission Park,

Groveport, OH 43125

(614) 829-1200; fax (614) 829-1291

www.mcgillairflow.com

McGill AirFlow introduces the Leak Detective Test Station, a new product for testing duct leakage. It features calibrated venturi/flow meters instead of orifice plates combined with all new state-of-the-art components, which are packaged in a compact, self-contained, wheeled station that is easy to operate, transport, and move around the jobsite.

METABO CORP.

1231 Wilson Drive, West Chester, PA 19380

(800) 638-2264; fax (800) 638-2261; www.metabousa.com

Metabo, a leading international manufacturer of professional grade portable electric power tools and abrasives for the industrial, construction and welding applications has international headquarters in Nurtingen, Germany, and U.S. headquarters in West Chester, Pa. The company has focused its product development on technological advancements in electronic circuitry and mechanical design, which has resulted in high performance, durable electric power tools.

MIDWEST TOOL AND CUTLERY CO.

P.O. Box 160, Sturgis, MI 49091

(269) 651-2476;

fax (269) 651-4412

www.midwestsnips.com

Midwest Snips new Model MW-P6516 PowerCutter Offset Longcut Aviation Snips Forged blades with 2-3/8-inch (60.33mm) length of cut. New Model MW-P87S Kush’n-Kote 8-inch Straight Tinner Snip has 25 percent less hand force than ASME standard performance requirements. New Model MW-M1200 MagSnip Straight Replaceable Blade Snip has optimum power range handle design. Midwest Snips metal cutting snips are made in the U.S.A. by Midwest Tool and Cutlery Co.

ONSET COMPUTER CORP.

470 MacArthur Blvd., Bourne, MA 02532

(800) 564-4377; fax (508) 759-9100

www.onsetcomp.com

Onset Computer produces battery-powered “Hobo” data loggers that measure and record temperature, humidity, light, energy and other parameters. Hobo data loggers provide reliable, accurate data under tough environmental conditions and can be deployed in a range of applications from measuring building energy performance to water and field ecology studies.

ORIFLOW

2112 Sunnydale Blvd., Suite J,

Clearwater, FL 33765

(323) 230-7589; fax (323) 230-6616;

www.oriflow.com

Oriflow is a provider of quality HVAC air leakage test equipment. Whether you are testing VAV boxes, duct systems, AHU enclosures or anything that can leak under pressure, Oriflow has a tester for your needs. Call Tracy at (323) 230-7589 for more information or visit www.oriflow.com.

RAPTOR CUTTING TOOLS INC.

6-130 Pennsylvania Ave., Concord, ON L4K 4A8

(905) 669-0992; fax (905) 669-0994

sales@raptorcutting.com; www.raptorcutting.com

A Canadian company that imports and sells various cutting tools and equipment used by the HVAC and plumbing contractors. We specialize in threaded rod cutters and pipe threading machines from Japan. Call for a nearby distributor.

SHOOK MANUFACTURED PRODUCTS INC.

1017 Kenmore Blvd., P.O. Box 15058, Akron, OH 44314

(330) 848-9780; fax (800) 733-3882

shookmfg@earthlink.net; www.shookmfg.com

50-year-old manufacturer of the original “Jiffy” chuck fasteners and tools. Products available in bulk and kits. Private label packaging also available.

SHORTRIDGE INSTRUMENTS INC.

7855 E. Redfield Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

(480) 991-6744; fax (480) 443-1267

www.shortridge.com

AirData Multimeters from Shortridge Instruments feature fast, accurate measurement of air flow, velocity, differential pressure, absolute pressure and temperature. The instrument features RS232 port for direct serial download to printer or computer, along with up to 2,000 reading memory, display of average, total, minimum, maximum, recall of individual readings. Electronic, digital readout, lighted display and NIST traceable calibration are also benefits.

SNAP-ON INDUSTRIAL BRANDS

2801 80th St., Kenosha, WI 53143

(800) 446-7404; fax (800) 877-5687

industrialbrands@snapon.com;

www.snapon.com/industrialbrands

The Snap-on Industrial Brands have earned your trust…each with a long tradition of quality workmanship, superior performance and constant innovation. The bottom line? Productivity. Williams Tools: our heritage, your future. Bahco Tools: work smarter –faster – better. CDI Torque Products – torque without compromise. Snap-on Industrial Brands are the tools you trust.

SOKKIA CORP.

116900  W. 118th Terrace, Olathe, KS 66061

(800) 4-SOKKIA; fax (913) 492-0188

www.sokkia.com

Surveyors worldwide rely on Sokkia for turn-key solutions. For more than 85 years, Sokkia’s complete line of surveying instruments, GPS products and accessories have provided our customers with quality found nowhere else. With Sokkia products, you will be sure to have precise instruments for many years to come.

SUMNER MANUFACTURING CO. INC.

7514 Alabonson Road,

Houston, TX 77088

(281) 999-6900; fax (281) 999-6966

www.sumner.com

Sumner is recognized as the leader in pipe and material handling equipment. Our product range includes equipment for a wide variety of contractors. All Sumner products are built with the concept of providing safe, common sense tools which are priced right.

SUPERIOR MACHINE WORKS LLC

P.O. Box 1395,

Kosciusko, MS 39090

(662) 290-0007;

fax (662) 290-0008

www.ductwrapcutter.com

Superior Machine Works LLC is a manufacturer and distributor of insulation cutting machines for the HVAC and insulation contractors. The Jerry Cutter XL is a patented portable duct wrap cutter which scores and cuts to length duct wrap.

SUPERIOR PNEUMATIC

855 Canterbury, Cleveland, OH 44145

(800) 521-2282; fax (440) 871-5127

www.superiorpneumatic.com

Model 261 Air Hammer Lock Seam Tools from Superior Pneumatic are said to cut finishing time up to 80 percent. These rugged tools can be used to fold over or seam metal 22 gauge and lighter on general fabricating. It runs Pittsburgh lock seams on ductwork, tubes, doors, panels, gutters and more.

SURPLUS CITY LIQUIDATORS

P.O. Box 607, Lebanon, IN 46052

(765) 482-7000; fax (765) 482-8740

info@surpluscityliquidators.com;

www.surpluscityliquidators.com

World’s largest distributor of excess air-conditioning, heating, refrigeration and home improvement items. New quality finished goods, controls and tools. Items arrive daily.

TRIANGLE FASTENER CORP.

1925 Preble Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233

(800) 486-1832; fax (419) 321-5000

sales@trianglefastener.com;

www.trianglefastener.com

Triangle Fastener Corp. supplies standard and specialty fasteners, tools, sealants and accessories for the commercial construction industry. Fastening solutions for metal-to-metal, drywall and concrete applications. Seven in-housing painting facilities available for painted fasteners. Jobsite and technical assistance and Pak-One job pack programs are available from 24 locations. Product development and technical assistance.

TRIMBLE NAVIGATION

10355 Westmoor Drive,

Westminster, CO 80202

(720) 285-7565; www.trimble.com

Trimble’s Building Construction Division provides solutions that target general, concrete, mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors on commercial jobsites. Trimble is focused on delivering solutions that tightly link office based process with the field crew-including taking BIM data to the field for highly accurate positioning and layout of foundations and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

TSI INC.

500 Cardigan Road, Shoreview, MN 55126

(800) 874-2811; fax (651) 490-3824

answers@tsi.com; www.tsi.com

TSI manufactures a wide range of precision instruments commonly used in the HVAC testing and balancing and IAQ surveys, including capture hoods, duct leakage testers, micromanometers, ventilation meters, air velocity transducers, IAQ meters and more.

WEISS INSTRUMENTS INC.

905 Waverly Ave., Holtsville, NY 11742

(631) 207-1200; fax (631) 207-0900

res@weissinstruments.com; www.weissinstruments.com

Manufacturers of industrial thermometers, temperature controllers and pressure gauges for the air-conditioning, refrigeration and heating industry. Our lines of electronic temperature controllers are fast becoming the OEM choice for quality and reliability. The Weiss commitment to quality extends well beyond the instruments we provide.

WOODWARD-FAB

P.O. Box 425, Hartland, MI 48353

(810) 632-5400; fax (810) 632-6640

sales@woodwardfab.com; www.woodwardfab.com

Manufacture and sell sheet metal working machinery including shears, brakes, roll, punching, deburring, presses, nibblers, beading.