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Posted on:September 10, 2013 10:07 am CDT

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. 

Posted on:September 4, 2013 1:30 pm CDT

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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. 

Posted on:August 27, 2013 2:40 pm CDT

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.    

Posted on:August 21, 2013 1:26 pm CDT

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.

Posted on:August 14, 2013 11:39 am CDT

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:

Posted on:August 8, 2013 1:34 pm CDT

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.

Posted on:July 31, 2013 10:21 am CDT

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.

Posted on:July 23, 2013 9:49 am CDT

Do you ever wonder why it took so long for luggage manufacturers to throw a couple wheels onto the bottom of a suitcase?  One of the most obvious inventions of all time was staring potential entrepreneurs in the face for decades, yet travelers still lugged their baggage onto planes, trains and automobiles every day, never realizing what they were missing.  Finally in 1987 someone discovered that the old wheel invention may come in handy on a piece of luggage and since then, traveling has never been the same.  

Posted on:July 19, 2013 9:58 am CDT

It’s not hard to understand why you might need to clean your toolsPliers, wrenches, chisels, blades and so forth are all being used in dirty, greasy situations.  To get the best results from your tools every time you use them, it’s best to keep them clean and degreased.  Though some of your tools may require special cleaning instructions, most Klein products can be cleaned one of two ways.  To keep your tools in their best shape possible, here is a guide to cleaning your tools both ways.

Posted on:July 16, 2013 1:09 pm CDT

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Throughout his lifetime, Mathias A. Klein, founder of Klein Tools, worked hard to ensure that his family business offered the highest quality hand tools.  Mathias did not spend much time out of his workspace throughout the course of his life, working every day until his death at the age of 92.  He understood the traveling man though, whether it was a telephone repair man fixing power lines for an entire county, or a plumber running from house to house fixing leaking pipes.  This was the kind of man Mathias admired and wanted to serve: The Journeyman. 


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