New Product Announcements: 02/10/2010 Electric Cutting Shears: Tackles Heavy Materials The SoniShear is a new attachment for the Rockwell SoniCrafter high-frequency oscillation power tool. It is able to quickly cut through a wide variety heavy materials, including corrugated board, carpet, canvas, netting, vinyl sheet and rubber matting. The hardened-steel blades operate at up to 20,000 strokes-per-minute and can cut materials up to 5⁄16 in. thick. The 2.3-amp corded SoniCrafter tool has a soft-grip handle and is available in fixed- and variable-speed versions. Rockwell Power Tools; 866-514-7625; www.rockwelltools.com Drinking-Water Pipe Fittings: Pressed Connection ProPress 316 Stainless Steel pipe fittings are NSF 61-approved
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.