Sept. 1, 2004
Bosch Power Tools The 1297DK -sheet palm-grip finishing sander accepts virtually any type of sandpaper, and the 1297D has a fast and easy paper attachment

Bosch Power Tools

The 1297DK ¼-sheet palm-grip finishing sander accepts virtually any type of sandpaper, and the 1297D has a fast and easy paper attachment system that pulls regular sandpaper flat and tight for efficient, uniform sanding and longer paper life. The Microfilter dust canister provides up to 75-percent collection efficiency, which makes for a cleaner workspace and more pleasant work environment. The 1297D has a low-vibration, three-point interval counterbalance system, ergonomic soft-grip top for enhanced comfort and control and all ball-bearing construction for smooth operation and long life.
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Shindaiwa now offers 12- and 14-inch diameter heavy-duty diamond cut-off saw blades, engineered to deliver superior cutting performance in dry or wet applications. All four cut-off saw diamond blades feature superior-quality diamonds for excellent cutting performance, laser-welded segments, and the highest quality bonding method for maximum durability. A versatile diamond blade mounting system allows the operator to simply press in/press out arbors for installing Shindaiwa diamond blades on machines with 20mm, 22mm or 25.4mm arbors.

Jay Johnson, a foreman for Coast Paving in Portland, Ore., uses Shindaiwa diamond blades for cutting and replacing asphalt and says the blades get a good bite. “They're really smooth and they cut really well,” Johnson says. “They give a smooth cut with no chatter.”
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Wacker's diamond blades are offered in 136 combinations to meet dozens of applications and budgets. The line is color coded by quality, and each blade is clearly marked with the application for which it is designed. The diamond blade line can be generalized in four qualities: standard (red), heavy-duty (black), ultra (yellow) and extreme (blue). Wacker also has a line of 16 abrasive blades with the choice of 12- or 14-inch diameters for multiple applications.
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Diamond Products

Tyrolit Construction Abrasives, the abrasive products division of Diamond Products, offers a wide selection of high-speed abrasive wheels for high-speed saws. The company's Xpert-brand heavy-duty high-speed wheels are made for high-speed gas-powered saws. They come in specifications for metal, ductile/cast iron and masonry/concrete. They are available in 12-, 14- and 16-inch diameters. Secur-brand premium-grade high-speed wheels are designed for applications where higher performance is required and are also available in 12-, 14- and 16-inch diameter sizes.
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Hilti offers six dry sawing high-speed blades for handheld and low horsepower walk-behind diamond sawing needs. This line of Premium and Super Premium blades is color-coded for easy selection. The Super Premium blades include the turbo (continuous rim) and general purpose blades in three specifications: granite, general purpose/concrete and sandstone. The two Premium blades offer reliable cuttings for a wide range of general purpose applications. The blades are available in sizes ranging from 12 to 16 inches.
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The new Side Winder II diamond blades are available in 12- and 14-inch models and feature a ribbed core that reduces friction and heat while providing faster cutting and application versatility. The blades' T-shaped diamond segment design enhances fast cutting performance for cured concrete, brick, block, asphalt and green concrete as well as a variety of other materials. The T-shape design provides undercutting core protection preserving the integrity of the steel core while extending blade life and providing a greater return on investment, the company says.
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Metabo Corp.

Metabo expands its Choice Cuts line of job-matched cut-off wheels with a new aluminum oxide Type 1 cut-off wheel for extreme cutting applications. The Super-Slicer wheel provides maximum performance through increased cutting speed and minimal burr when cutting hard and heavy gauge metals, such as stainless or abrasion-resistant steels, high-tensile alloys, chrome and hastelloy. Available in 4.5- and 6-inch versions, the Super-Slicer is .045 inches thick and is coated with a blended, high-performance grain. The enhanced design helps to reduce tool vibration during operation and increase cutting efficiency, resulting in decreased operator fatigue.
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Dewalt offers new 12- and 14-inch dry/wet diamond blades designed for general purpose, cured concrete, asphalt, green concrete and fast-cutting applications using cut-off saws, block saws and walk-behind saws. The diamond cutting surface is optimized to maximize speed of cut and longevity. Diamond segments are laser-welded for durability while the blade core reduces vibration and distortion at high operating temperatures. The arbor diameter is adaptable for use on tools that have 1-inch or 20 mm arbors, while a pin hole on the 12- and 14-inch blades is used to hold the blade on walk-behind saws.
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