Clip locks reinforcement
The MB Seismic Clip locks reinforcement to studs without welding. The clip attaches easily and will not disengage after it is installed. It is available in two sizes. It fits ½-, 5/8-, and ¾-in. studs. Meadow Burke. 877-518-7665. www.meadowburke.com.
Form works with less release agent
The Sharcote form creates a smooth concrete finish with no grain or patch transfer. The surface has ultra-low sugaring, so concrete is ready to paint without pre-washing. It works efficiently with less release agent and accepts biodegradable release agents. With its no-VOC and no-formaldehyde, fully cross-linked coating, it is more abrasion-resistant than traditional plywood forms. The product resists jobsite surface abuse and lays flatter than plywood. Grant Forest Products. 905-858-3200. www.sharcote.ca.
Lightweight sandwich wall connector
Aslan 700 Nue-Tie Connector is a fully insulated, thermally efficient wall panel. Its lighter weight allows for easier transport and more energy-efficient buildings. It features Aslan 100 glass fiber-reinforced polymer rebar connector truss elements. Wythe thickness is reduced, so less concrete is used. The product is configured for 2-, 3-, and 4-in. foam insulating panels, so there are only three items for order and stock. Hughes Brothers. 800-869-0359. www.hughesbros.com.
Rebar and wire mesh distributor
Penntech Industrial Tools Inc. has been named the exclusive North American distributor for the full line of TJK rebar and wire mesh process machinery. This includes automatic wire mesh welding systems, rebar shearing systems, rebar stirrup benders, rebar and wire straighten and cut-to-length machines, automatic pile cage fabricating and welding machines, automatic bar joist manufacturing systems, and automatic cold rolling wire and rebar machines. Penntech Industrial Tools Inc. 724-776-2477. www.penntechindustrialtools.com.
Business tool improves productivity
American Contractor 8.0 business management solution for contractors features a new user interface and includes significant enhancements to improve productivity. Features include an Outlook user interface to improve navigation and list sorting by simply double-clicking on a column heading. For estimating, RFIs, transmittals, and submittals are now available for proposals, which allows a seamless process and improved communication. Maxwell Systems Inc. 800-688-8226. www.maxwellsystems.com.
Concrete mixer attachment
The HookLift changes your truck into a multi-tasking machine. The fully contained, 3.5-yard concrete mixer is powered by a diesel engine. The attachment can be hoisted onto the truck within one minute, ready to be loaded. Marrel Corp. 866-822-3580. www.amplirollusa.com.
Footing bracket saves time and labor
The CCB-1600 concrete footing bracket is ideal for heavy-duty applications and is designed to save more than 50% in time, labor, and material during setting up and stripping foundation forms. The bracket closes to 36 inches and expands to 52 inches, allowing them to be quickly set, stored, and moved from site to site. Concrete Brackets LLC. 860-395-0847. www.concretebracket.com.
PVC panel cover
For precast and tilt-up applications, use PVC covers as bases that are cast into low-wall concrete panels. When the panels are built, their tops are left bare when the concrete is poured. After the concrete hardens, the panel covers stay in place and the panels are tilted into position using a crane. They are then welded onto anchors embedded in the concrete footing to form a structure's walls. Customize the length of the panels by increasing or decreasing the number of wall components. Octaform Systems Inc. 888-786-6282. www.octaform.com.
Bar for heavy towing
The Titan tow bar can handle up to 10,000 lbs. with its Class IV rating. The tow bar is made to fit larger vehicles, provides a tighter turning radius, and hauls heavy loads with ease. It is designed with a pintle coupler for an easy, safe, and sturdy hookup, and is backed by Class IV safety cables for a strong, durable connection. Its legs stretch to 46 in. when fully extended. Blue Ox. 888-425-5382. www.blueox.us.
Mixer uses less cement
The Ocmix RG Twin Shaft mixer saves on cement. Its belt reducer and two-stage planetary gearbox runs cool and does not require a separate oil cooler, even when running 24-7. Features include extra-hard wearing liner plates, positive shaft seals that can last the life of the mixer, plus easy-access single-day shaft and bearing replacement if needed. Sizes range from two to 10.5 cu. yds., giving 80 to 427 cu. yds. of concrete per hour. Scale-Tron. 800-632-7083. www.scaletron.com.
Cranes have new options
SL and ISL gantry cranes have a new wheel jacking application. A self-contained motor, pump and hydraulic reservoir can be hooked up to the crane's battery, a stand-alone 12v battery, or the battery of a service vehicle. The system drives the pump, actuating a hydraulic cylinder that is bolted to the wheel frame, raising the wheel off the ground. Also, automatic variable throttle adjusts engine speed to produce sufficient power to carry out the task. Shuttlelift. 920-743-8650. www.shuttlelift.com.