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30th Annual International Lineman’s Rodeo

What exactly is a lineman’s rodeo? Well unfortunately, there are no bulls or rodeo clowns. Instead, the Lineman’s Rodeo attracts some of the most skilled linemen in the world to compete in a variety of events based on traditional lineman tasks and skills. While the “International Tree Climbing Competition” may have been a better way to describe this event, it really just doesn’t have the same ring to it as the Lineman’s Rodeo.

Over 200 teams of apprentices will be on hand to participate in the 2013 International Lineman’s Rodeo & Expo which kicks off this week just outside of Kansas City, Kansas. The expo portion of the event will be held on October 17-18 and will be located at the Overland Park Convention Center at 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS. The actual rodeo will be held on Saturday, October 19 in Bonner Springs, Kansas at the National Agriculture Center & Hall of Fame.

Born in the USA: An Inside Look at Klein Plastics

Klein Plastics in Rockford, MI was opened in 2005 and is one of Klein’s seven American manufacturing plants. One of the main functions of this plant is fitting handles inside of screwdriver blades and nut driver tubes that are shipped over from our corporate headquarters in Lincolnshire, IL. After this operation is complete, the finished products are shipped to our distribution facility in Cedar Rapids, IA. In addition to finishing screwdrivers and nut drivers, Klein Plastics manufactures our line of fish tape tools and through this operation the plant has developed a method to increase efficiency while decreasing waste. This process is outlined below:

STEP ONE: Cases and handles are manufactured

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Quick and Dirty Tool Tips

Sometimes when you’re on the job or working at home you may not have everything you need to get the job done. Ever drill a hole in the wrong spot? How about being short a wrench while helping a friend?  Instead of running out to the store, here are some quick tips for troubleshooting on the fly.

  • Say you’re working at home and accidentally drill a hole where you shouldn’t, to fix this take a wooden golf tee and put it into the hole as far as it will go.  Saw the tee off, sand the area and re-finish the wood.  Your wife will never know the difference.

Appreciating our Grandparents

klein tools electicalWhen you’re growing up your grandparents are usually your best friends.  All they want to do is play with you and make you happy.  There is usually a loving competition between grandparents from each side of your family to try and be the favorite, but the only winner in the competition is you. When my grandparents weren’t in full-blown spoil mode they were usually passing down their hobbies and interests.  Some of the best memories I have from my youth are those days I spent with my grandpa as he taught me how to play chess and showed me the greatness of baseball.  This early exposure to these hobbies meant that chess and baseball would become a permanent fixture in my life and shows just how much of an impact our grandparents can have on us. 

Counting Down To Hunting Season

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Preparing for a hunting trip can be both exhilarating and exhausting.  The primal rush that ripples through your veins as you clean your rifles and sharpen your knives is eventually replaced by an overwhelming feeling that you’re forgetting to pack an essential item.  What makes it worse is that the list of critical items seems to grow larger and larger with each hunting trip you take.  Even though you probably have more than enough gear, there’s always that one last trip to Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shops that results in buying a bunch of extra stuff that you just had to have. 

Klein Borescope Goes Above and Beyond The Call of Duty

borescope klein toolsThe Klein Tools ET510 Borescope is a specialty tester which allows you to see into inaccessible areas by utilizing a flexible gooseneck camera.   The camera is able to snake its way into places you would never normally be able to access.  There are many different industries that can benefit from this tool, from electrical to HVAC to plumbing or automotive, the list of applications goes on.  However, in our wildest imaginations we would never have thought that this device would be used in the way described in the testimonial below.    

Tough Enough To Be Called a Klein

tougher than logoAs a professional, an everyday reality of your job is to expect the unexpected.  You may be remodeling a bathroom and as you knock down the old walls, a river of water that has been building up from slowly leaking pipes bursts all over you.  Or maybe a mountain of mold and dust is lurking behind that old drywall, just waiting to shower you and your tools with debris.  The bottom line is you never know what challenges or surprises you’ll encounter on the jobsite.

Alternative Uses for Pliers

klein tools pliersPart of what makes working with tools fun is coming up with new ways to use them.  While beating the crap out of an old pair of cheap pliers by using it as a hammer can be fun, sometimes there are more uses than you may have imagined for one of your newer tools. 

Pliers have been around for centuries and various versions of pliers have been used throughout the ages for many different kinds of jobs, beginning as devices to handle materials during blacksmithing or casting.  Over time, new designs of pliers increased with the demand for different uses.  While today’s modern pliers have become very specialized, many can be useful beyond the tasks they were primarily designed for.  Here are just a few of the alternative uses for your pliers:

Get The Multi-Bit That Won’t Strip

A multi-bit tool is a wonderfully handy piece of modern engineering. At least that’s what you’ll think until over time your bit holder is stripped of its gripping power and starts dropping bits left and right.  You don’t need me to tell you how annoying this can be.  Luckily, Klein Tools has helped solve this problem with a multi-bit that won’t strip.

A multi-bit tool allows you to switch between screw bits to potentially handle any type of screw head. Switch from a flat blade screwdriver to a Phillips head by just a simple switch of your screw bit.  However, these tools often have one big downfall. Over time, the mechanism that holds the screw bits in place becomes strained and loses its ability to hold your screw bit tightly. Klein Tools addressed this issue and came up with a solution.

Our Secret Sauce: New & Improved Screwdriver Steel

As part of an ongoing effort to improve our manufacturing processes and ensure the highest quality products, our engineers have identified a new blend of steel for our Phillips tip and square recess screwdrivers.  This hard-hitting new steel was designed to strengthen the tips of our screwdrivers and create a superior level of toughness. 

You may be wondering, what makes this steel different from before?  While we can’t give away all of our secrets, we have increased the steel’s durability while reducing the likelihood that your screwdriver will cam out.  The end result is an enhanced screwdriver tip that will work harder and last longer than ever before.

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