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Macy’s Makes Magic With Klein

We’re just barely into November, and it’s already beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Stores are fully stocked with holiday décor, Christmas tree lightings are underway, and Starbucks is selling its popular holiday drinks. And we are happily jumping on the holiday bandwagon, because Christmas has come a little early here at Klein Tools.

Our classic Canvas Tool Bag has popped up in another unexpected place... the holiday window display at Macy’s in downtown Chicago, which was unveiled this past weekend.

With Great Work Comes Great Rewards

“For it is in giving that we receive.” – St. Francis of Assisi

We’re not big on bragging here at Klein Tools, but we’re pretty sure we have some of the best customers around. And we’re not JUST talking about the hard-working, dedicated-to-their-craft, tradesperson. We’re talking about the all-around good guys (and gals!).

Case in point: Gerald Schumacher.

Gerald entered our search for the World’s Oldest Pliers earlier this year. He didn’t have the oldest pliers, but at 89 years old, he was the Oldest Original User to submit an entry. This Navy veteran bought his first pair of “Klein’s” back in 1956. Even though he didn’t win the grand prize, we sent him some new tools for sharing his great story, which you can read here.

Tailgating — Klein Tools Style!

There’s nothing quite like tailgating with friends before a football game.  It doesn’t matter what the level of play is, whether it’s high school, college or the pros.  Getting up early, brewing a pot of coffee and hitting the pavement always feels better when you’re gearing up for football.  At Klein Tools, we share the same passion for pigskin and we have the tools to let you tailgate in style.

For that early morning coffee, nothing beats the Klein Tools Insulated Beverage Hauler.   The Beverage Hauler features double-walled stainless steel insulation, as well as the largest cushion grip handle you’ve ever seen.  With a stainless steel cap that doubles as a cup, your favorite beverage can be enjoyed in any setting.

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.

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