Utility tools: Greenlee Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, continues to drive innovation with its new line of Next Generation battery-powered hydraulic tools. The superior design of these new tools includes real-time communication technology, improved ergonomics, focused on optimizing the tool’s center of gravity for the comfort of the worker, and a longer battery life supplied by an enhanced Makita® platform.
“A lot has changed since Greenlee introduced the first battery-powered hydraulic cutters and crimpers back in 1995,” said Ryan Berg, Director of Product Management for Greenlee. “Today’s professional electricians want tools that have the latest in technological advances, such as a full diagnostic readout that prove the job was done correctly, a more ergonomic design and, of course, more power. Our new battery-powered hydraulic tools are packed with all of these features and many more.”
Tools in the new Next Generation line include 6-, 12-, and 15-ton crimping tools, as well as cable and bolt cutters, and a 10K PSI pump with removable heads that have the capabilities to do both.
Each product in this new line of tools features Bluetooth® communication technology. This allows electricians to wirelessly manage their tools, access tool history, monitor service timelines, and customize tool operation to suit their preferences. Each crimper is equipped with Intelli-CRIMP® technology, a unique pressure sensor that monitors the crimping process, ensuring the correct amount of pressure is applied to each crimp.
Crimpers equipped with this feature emit audible and visual alerts to notify the operator when a crimp is below specifications, giving assurance to the operator that the job was done right. Some tools are also equipped with Auto Retraction Stop (ARS) which retracts the ram just enough to prepare the tool for the next cycle, saving time and energy. Retraction Stop Repeat (RSR) is another feature which allows the operator to partially retract the ram and repeat that retraction for subsequent crimps.
Greenlee Next Generation battery-powered hydraulic tools offer robust reporting capabilities to help contractors improve on costs and maximize a work crew's performance.
The improved ergonomics of the Next Generation tools includes a reverse tapered hand grip for increased grip strength, and optimal hand positioning to help avoid user fatigue. The rugged housing construction protects internal components against dirt and water intrusion. There is also a larger hydraulic reservoir for increased oil capacity and application for in-line products. The enhanced tool design also features an LED display that exhibits real-time communication of tool details including: battery charge level, pressure sensor readings, and cycle information.
The new Next Generation tools also come with an upgraded high capacity Makita® battery platform that includes an active battery monitoring system for longer lasting productivity. The upgraded power capacity also provides more battery supply, protection, and a fuel gauge to inform the user of the battery’s remaining amount of charge.
The new Greenlee Next Generation battery-powered hydraulic cutter and crimpers offer a high-quality solution for Faster, Safer & Easier® wire and cable termination.
Greenlee Textron Inc.
Greenlee Textron Inc. is known as a global leader in the professional tool category. The Rockford, Illinois-based company develops high quality, innovative products distinguished by customer-driven design and differentiated by supply chain excellence. It also leverages its powerful brands such as Greenlee Communications and Greenlee Utility in the electrical, construction and maintenance markets worldwide.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial, and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Bad Boy Off Road, Textron Systems and TRU Simulation + Training.
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