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New Welding Clamps and Magnetic Tools From Hobart

Hobart's new series of welding tools and accessories can help with most any metalworking job in the shop or garage.

Hobart Welding Products introduces a new series of heavy-duty welding clamps and fit-up magnets expanding its inventory of welding accessories.

Appleton, WI (PRWEB) September 3, 2008 -- A new line of welding tools and accessories from Hobart Welding Products allows welders to free up their hands for greater control and faster setup. A series of heavy-duty clamps and fit-up magnets vary in strength and function for most welding situations encountered in the shop or garage.

The new line includes:

Hobart's new series of welding tools and accessories can help with most any metalworking job in the shop or garage.
  • F-Clamps
  • 2-Axis Clamp
  • Locking Pliers /Welding Clamps
  • 360-Degree Swivel Magnet
  • Magnetic Ground Clamp
  • Quick Release On/Off Magnet

Hobart offers its tools & accessories through farm/ranch and hardware/tool retailers in the U.S. and Canada. Prices and availability may vary by retailer.

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Updated Motorcycle Oil White Paper Released

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AMSOIL INC. of Superior, WI has released an updated motorcycle oil white paper report. “A Study of Motorcycle Oils, Second Edition” is a 28 page document comparing the test results of 32 leading 10W-40 and 20W-50 motorcycle oils. Each oil was subjected to 12 tests conducted in accordance with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) procedures.

(Vocus/PRWEB ) July 28, 2009 -- AMSOIL INC. of Superior, WI has released an updated motorcycle oil white paper report. “A Study of Motorcycle Oils, Second Edition” is a 28 page document comparing the test results of 32 leading 10W-40 and 20W-50 motorcycle oils. Each oil was subjected to 12 tests conducted in accordance with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) procedures. The document also includes a concise informative introduction detailing the differences between motorcycle and automotive engine applications.

Comparison points addressed physical properties, performance and pricing. At the conclusion of all testing, each oil was assigned a score for each test result. Because a quality motorcycle oil must perform well in many different areas, results in all categories were added together to produce an overall total for each oil.

A free copy of the report is available by calling 1-800-777-8491. Ask for the motorcycle oil white paper, “A Study of Motorcycle Oils.” The document can also be downloaded as a PDF from http://www.amsoil.com/products/streetbikes/WhitePaper.aspx. Or write to AMSOIL INC., AMSOIL Building, Superior, WI 54880.

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What's in your tool box?

ClampTite Tool

The ClampTite Tool provides a means for tightening wires wrapped around an object and then locking it in place.  The tool can be used with various wire sizes, which eliminates space and strength issues often encountered with conventional hose clamps.

Just under 6 inches in length, the ClampTite tool is compact and easy to store. It is a versatile tool for quick and effective emergency leak repairs or a bullet-proof means for securing nearly any material from rubber hoses to spliced wires.

The standard ClampTite can use various sizes of wire, from .032 for small hoses to .062 for 3-6” diameter pipes.  Need a larger size?  There is a medium size for wire up to .125 or a large size for wire up to .25.  The ClampTite tool is designed to work with any solid core wire, not stranded or loose wire.  Stainless steel wire is preferred.

See more about the ClampTite Tool at: http://www.clamptitetools.com

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New Mechanic's Stool From TailBone

New, Radically Different Mechanic’s Stool Design!

Kent, OH—Dale Adams Enterprises, the manufacturer of the famous BONETM line of creepers has introduced The TailBoneTM, a mechanic’s stool that is different by design, and the company claims, a huge improvement over the common rolling seats that are the norm in shops all over the world!

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Welding Rod Numbers Decoded

This can be easily decoded.  Note:  A welding rod that does not have an "E" on it is classified as oxy-fuel welding rod; not for use with a "stick" or arc welder.

"E" stands for "Electrode"

The first two digits (or first 3 if it's a 5-digit number) are an abbreviation of the weld's strength. To determine the strength of the weld, take the 2 digits, in this case 60, and multiply by 1000 to get the weld strength in PSI.

So, if you had welded two plates together, with the weld covering one square inch (or even 1/4" x 4", that's still one square inch) that weld could take 60,000 pounds of pulling force.

Typical vales are 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 110.

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