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Posted on:September 23, 2019

From concept to completion, our product development and manufacturing teams dedicate every day to coming up with breakthrough ideas, tools and technology to help professionals to do their jobs better, faster and easier. With all that hard work and dedication, it's awesome to see Klein Tools products continue to win awards among the discerning teams of reviewers in the industry. Check out these 8 award-winning tools from our innovative 2019 lineup!

Posted on:September 6, 2019

From the type of cutting edge to the handle design, there is a lot to consider when choosing the tool that is best-suited for the job at hand. Another important distinction includes whether the knife blades are shear cut or pinch cut. This difference in cutting capability largely affects the tool’s intended purpose and the materials it can successfully cut through. To help spread a greater understanding, here’s a closer look at where and how professionals can specifically use shear cut and pinch cut wire strippers.

Shear cut wire strippers feature two cutting knives that slide past each other when cutting, commonly recognized as stamped wire strippers. This design is intended for completing clean cuts with less force on copper or aluminum wire when compared to pinch cut, which is perfect for use when responding to typical residential calls.

Posted on:August 30, 2019

Klein Tools remembers the excitement of the first-ever Skills USA National Signing Day. On May 8, 2019, roughly 3,000 high school seniors were recognized for their commitment to pursuing a career in the skilled trades. Of the students honored, Ethan Harrison was the first to sign his letter of intent at Silicon Valley Career Technical Education in San Jose, California.

Since then, Ethan has had the opportunity of a lifetime, representing the United States in Cabinetmaking at the WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia. The four-day competition challenges the best aspiring professionals in the world to compete in more than 50 different trade skills. Ethan was one of 22 SkillsUSA members on the WorldSkillsUSA team.

Posted on:August 23, 2019

School is in session! Klein Tools needs your help finding the 2019 Electrician of the Year — Head of the Class.

Every year, hundreds of nominees compete for the title of Klein Tools Electrician of the Year. This year, the curriculum has changed. We’re searching specifically for electrical instructors who inspire and educate the next generation of skilled professionals.

Klein Tools understands the vital role instructors play in passing down the tips, tricks and tools of the trade. Now is the time tell us how you or someone you know betters the future of the electrical industry, based on the following three criteria:

  1. Master of the Craft

Years of hands-on job experience turn expert tradespeople into the most knowledgeable instructors. Top tier electrical instructors also exhibit an unwavering passion for the industry. Tell us how the nominee works to pass on their expertise to the next generation of skilled electricians. Focus on the impact the individual has on his or her students' and/or apprentices' achievements.

Posted on:August 16, 2019

Klein’s robust product development team is dedicated to understanding and meeting the needs of skilled tradespeople worldwide. Our team identifies new jobsite challenges as they appear, working to find innovative solutions that better equip professionals for their daily workloads. As efficiency remains a priority across all industries, demanding deadlines drive a universal need for more efficient, more ergonomic tools.

For line and utility workers specifically, working with heavy-duty materials becomes tiresome when using traditional, manual hand tools, which can cause fatigue after repetitive use. That’s why, nowadays, Klein’s commitment to providing high-quality, reliable tools goes beyond our traditional core products.

Check out the following #NewKleins – now available in the multipurpose and battery-operated product categories – to learn more about today’s newest jobsite solutions.

Posted on:August 9, 2019

From power outages due to heat waves to buckling pavement, rising temperatures can cause serious damage. Even as the summer months heat up, professional tradespeople remain committed to the job. Working through extreme heat, however, sparks a challenge of its own.

Some professionals, including seasoned pros and first-day apprentices, do not realize the severity of excessive heat. Although relatable hazards are preventable, many fail to recognize the early signs of heat exhaustion or stroke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in fact, says heat is one of the deadliest weather-related health outcomes with more than 600 fatal incidents in the United States every year.

No matter your profession, do not let the heat knock you off your feet. Remember the following five tips to stay cool through the summer on and off the job.

Posted on:August 2, 2019

The first steps in a new career require patience as it takes many years of experience to gain the skills and knowledge needed to be successful. Although unknown challenges along the way can cause hesitation, determination helps reach accomplishments far greater than ever anticipated.

The story of Klein Tools’ founder, Mathias Klein, encompasses this lesson. Here’s a closer look at Mathias’ voyage for success – the beginning of Klein Tools’ 162-year-old tradition of high-quality, innovative products. Hint: He never could have expected the impact his work would have on tradespeople worldwide for centuries to come.

Posted on:July 26, 2019

Although it can be uncomfortable to load up on extra gear, taking the time to dress properly and remain equipped for the day’s tasks is essential. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including eyewear, gloves, hard hats, knee pads and more, plays a vital role in minimizing exposure to hazards across all jobsites.

Keeping up with the past and present safety regulations also helps professionals stay in tune with best practices. For instance, the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard 1926.100 requires employees working in areas where there is a possible danger of head injury from impact, falling or flying objects or electrical shocks and burns to be protected by protective helmets.

Posted on:July 19, 2019

From the world’s first electromagnetic generator to modern electrical grids, power delivery has evolved greatly since early inventors first discovered electricity and its extensive capabilities. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), renewable energy now contributes to roughly a third of global power capacity – reflecting an ongoing shift towards sustainable power. Although many areas use on-grid electrical systems, individuals and remote communities turn to microgrid, renewable energy systems to save some green and maximize energy storage.

Posted on:July 12, 2019

There are many ways the world has evolved since the first pair of Klein Tools pliers was forged together for a telegraph lineman in need in 1857. Today, technology and innovation help professionals get the job done in new ways. When combined with skillfulness, and industry expertise, jobsite advancements lead to not only increased capabilities but also improved efficiency.

Check out a few ways technology continues to impact the skilled trades:

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