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  • Gas Detection 101

    Gasses aren’t always at the top of mind when a project is being discussed or planned, but that doesn’t make them any less dangerous. When it comes to gas, the best way to be prepared is to know what you’re up against. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down gas detection and how you can accurately keep your crew safe no matter what gas is flying around the job site.

    Gas


     

    Let’s start with the basics. We are constantly inhaling and exhaling gas – the oxygen we breathe in, the carbon dioxide we breathe out, and all the other gasses that are around us every day. Not all gas is hazardous and not all hazardous gas is toxic unless enough is breathed in. Every job is different and that means the air around the structure and the gasses created by the environment and machines are different, too. Hazardous gas can be created by a long list of different things – from natural occurrences to man-made devices.

    Knowing that a hazardous gas is present is an essential part of job site safety. Some hazardous gasses smell – which means our noses can tell us when we are exposed to them. However, not every hazardous gas can be detected by human senses – at least, not until it is too late. On top of that, mixtures of otherwise harmless gasses can cause a whole slew of dangers like suffocation, explosions, and/or fires.

    Gas Detection


     

    We’ve already mentioned that there are some gasses that we can smell easily and some gasses that we cannot smell at all. So how do we know if we are being exposed to a hazardous gas? Or how do we know if there are two gasses present that can cause other issues (like an explosion)? That can be done with a gas monitor. A gas monitor, also referred to as a gas detector, is a device that detects the presence of gas in an area.

    The actual function of a gas detector is pretty simple. The device has sensors in it that are programmed to detect the presence of specific gasses. If that type of gas is detected, the gas detector will alert the user via an alarm. The most common sensors used in at-height, industry, and construction are Combustible (LEL), Oxygen, and Toxic.

    Combustible (LEL): Combustible (LEL), or combustible lower exposure level sensors, are designed to detect and monitor combustible hydrocarbon gases in the air. The most common combustible gasses are:

    • Methane
    • Butane
    • High Hydrogen Content (HHC)
    • Nonane
    • Propane
    • Hydrogen

    Oxygen: Oxygen sensors are essential for situations where having accurate oxygen measurements could prevent injury or death. Not all areas have safe oxygen levels, especially when in confined spaces.

    Toxic: Toxic sensors are pretty self-explanatory, but they measure the levels of toxic gasses. The most common toxic gasses are:

    • Carbon Monoxide (CO)
    • Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S)
    • Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)
    • Sulfur Dioxide (SO2)

    How the Sensors Work


     

    The way the sensors work varies depending on the type of sensor the manufacturer used. The most common types of sensors are:

    • Electrochemical Sensors – Most commonly used for toxic gas detection. These sensors use electrodes to send signals when gas is detected.
    • MOS (Metal Oxide Semiconductors) – Most commonly used for toxic gasses – carbon monoxide in particular. Metal oxide semiconductors use a gas sensitive film that triggers when the levels of gas become toxic.
    • Catalytic Sensors – Most modern gas monitors use catalytic sensors. Catalytic sensors have a platinum treated wire coil that heats up when exposed to gasses due to oxidation. When the resistance of the wire is changed, due to the heat generated by oxidation, a circuit detects this change and triggers the warning.
    • IR (Infrared Sensors) – This type of sensor uses a series of transmitters and receivers. The transmitters emit a light. If the receiver cannot “see” the light because of gas being in the way it triggers the warning.

    If you’ve got questions about which gas detection methods are right for your job site or if you’re looking for more information about gas detectors in general, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see our full selection of Gas Monitors

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any PPE is used.

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® will be coming to your ears in early 2019 and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show and sign up to get alerted when our first episode drops, head on over to gearexperts.com. There's a trailer there too, so you can get a sneak peek of the show.

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  • Thermal Gloves 101

    Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean the jobs stop. With low temperatures and frigid wind chills, it's more important than ever to protect yourself. Whether you are climbing towers, framing houses, or shoveling driveways your hands are two of your most important tools. This week our Gear Experts® are going to talk about thermal gloves.

    Thermal Gloves


     

    Protecting your hands in freezing temperatures isn’t always easy, but it is extremely important. Without proper protection, cold stress can start to set in and cause a whole slew of problems. That’s why we carry dozens of different styles of gloves specifically designed to handle anything winter throws at them all while keeping your hands warm and dry. Here are some of our favorite thermal gloves:

    Ergodyne 818 Pro Flex Performance Thermal Waterproof Utility Gloves


     

    The name might be a mouthful, but the Ergodyne 818 Pro Flex Gloves are no joke. They are made of dual zone 3M Thinsulate insulation for warmth and they have a waterproof/windproof breathable membrane to keep your hands dry. The weather-resistant ripstop outer shell is layered with a tena-grip palm and the fingers are touch screen compatible. The extended neoprene cuff with hook and loop closures provide added weather resistance and prevent dirt and debris from getting into the glove. This glove is available in both black and hi-vis orange.

    HexArmor Rig Lizard Arctic 2023 Gloves


     

    The HexArmor Rig Lizard Arctic Gloves feature a combination of H2X and C40 Thinsulate liners which provide excellent waterproofing and cold protection. In fact, the H2X barrier is so strong that it meets ASTM standards for resistance to blood-borne pathogens and fluid-borne viruses which means the chances of them being compromised by water is slim to none. The durability of this glove doesn’t stop there, though. The palm is made of a high strength TPX material that is rated to the highest level of abrasion resistance and oil resistant grip. This glove also features a hi-vis impact resistant exo-skeleton with IRX smash guards that provide greater impact resistance. Last, but not least, these gloves are also cut resistant meeting ANSI Level 3 (A3) cut standards.

    You can find out more about cut resistance in this previous blog post.

    PowerGrab Thermo Acrylic Gloves


     

    If you’re on a tight budget, but still need to keep your hands warm in the dead of winter, then the PowerGrab Thermo Acrylic Gloves are our go-to choice. These gloves have a seamless construction for comfort and a nearly one size fits all fit. The acrylic construction provides excellent cold weather protection and thermal insulation. The palms have a latex micro finish coating providing superior grip in wet or oily conditions. The inside is extra soft for added comfort and the knit cuff provides a barrier to prevent dirt and debris from entering the glove. Finally, this glove comes in three different colors: black, hi-vis orange, and hi-vis yellow.

    Got questions about our selection of gloves or need more information? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see our full selection of Thermal Gloves

    Click here to check out our blog post on cold stress

    Click here to check out our blog post on cut resistance

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any PPE is used.

    Thermal Gloves 101: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® will be coming to your ears in early 2019 and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show and sign up to get alerted when our first episode drops, head on over to gearexperts.com. There's a trailer there too, so you can get a sneak peek of the show.

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  • By the Numbers (2018 Edition)

    As we close the door on 2018 and look ahead to 2019 it’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone. If you’re anything like us, you feel like time is racing. But, every once in a while it’s good to reflect on everything that was accomplished over the course of a year.

    Every year GME Supply publishes a “By the Numbers”. It’s an opportunity for us to reflect on and celebrate being your Gear Experts® and it gives you a behind the scenes look at who we are. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

    1 // AD Member Ranking


     

    We were voted as Affiliated Distributors Member of the Year for 2018. The manufacturer members of AD stuffed the ballot box with our Gear Experts® name, putting us at the top of the list!

    3 // Number of Store Fronts Available


     

    This year we expanded again! Our Gear Experts® are now residents of the Lone Star State with our brand-new distribution center and storefront in Dallas, TX. 3 storefronts mean we can continue our commitment to timely service, but it also means we now have 3 places you can come to take in “The Safety Experience”. Stop by, chat with one of our Gear Experts®, and let us show you how we can keep your crews productive and safe.

    15 // Trade Shows Attended


     

     

    From NATE Unite and STAC, to Wireless West and AWEA, our Gear Experts® spent 2018 traveling across the country (and beyond) to meet you face to face and to preview the new innovative equipment coming to the industry. Next time you find yourself at a trade show, stop by our booth, say hi, and take a look at the latest and greatest gear for at-height workers.

    26 // Miles Gear Expert Michael O walked while on the phone with customers


     

    If you spend just a few minutes in our Columbia Corporate headquarters, you’ll see the perpetual pacing of our Southwest Regional Account Manager. Instead of writing the rest of this post, I should be shopping for treadmill desks.

    32 // Graphics Added to the Office


     

    An office is more than just a building. It is a representation of the company who owns it and the employees who work in it. Our graphic designers had a heyday creating a fun and energetic place to work with more than two dozen new images, designs, and graphics on the walls of our various facilities. Do you think you have what it takes to be a Gear Expert? Head over to gmesupply.com/careers for all currently available jobs.

    72 // % Growth in YouTube Subscribers


    Our YouTube channel is home to hundreds of hours of informational content, comparison videos, product overviews, how-tos, and unboxing videos – and people are eating them up like never before. Click here to see the latest from our production studio. Want to be first in line to know when new videos are available? Smash that bell to get notified each time we upload!

    141 // Pounds lost during GME Get Slim Challenge


     

    During the fall, a handful of our Gear Experts® banded together with the common goal to get slim. While the holiday season may not be the best time to drop some LBs, we should give them credit for losing a person’s worth of weight!

    2,240 // Ounces of salsa served during Lunch and Learns


     

    What makes learning so much easier? That’s right, salsa! And did we mention it’s free? While our Gear Experts® dropped some significant LBs, that doesn’t mean those that attended our Lunch and Learns in 2018 weren’t well fed.

    3,500 // Hours of Training


     

     

    Our Gear Experts® take training seriously. Luckily, our partnership with Safety LMS allows us to use any of their training facilities around the country for internal training or open to the public classes. Get your Competent Climber/Rescue Certification, NWSA TTT1/TTT2 Certification, or attend one of our Monthly Lunch and Learns. Can’t make it to a Lunch and Learn? That’s okay – we’ve got something planned for that. Keep an eye out for live streamed courses, coming in 2019!

    8,400 // Cups of Coffee


    It’s an understatement to say that we are a caffeinated bunch. With our rapid growth of the past year, we were required to upgrade our java production. We retired Mr. Coffee and brought on a larger rig to brew faster and keep multiple pots toasty. If we’re talking quickly on the phone, you know why.

    12,892 // Product SKUs added to our Inventory System


     

    We take the title of Gear Experts® as seriously as we take training. That’s why we are constantly pushing to expand our product offering to meet the needs of any and all our customers. From new manufacturers and product lines to new industries and categories, we can get nearly every piece of equipment for you. BOUNS: The net weight of all these new products? Over 186,912 pounds!

    50,000 // New Square Footage in Columbia, MO and Dallas, TX


     

    If it wasn’t for our customers, we wouldn’t be where we are. So, in order to serve our customers better and continue our commitment of keeping up with each of you, we’ve built more space! With expanded office and storage space in Columbia, and a brand-new location in Dallas, we’re guaranteeing we can keep up with the demands in the field to get you the gear you need when and where you need it. Fast.

    70,000+ // Amount of $$$ in Charitable Donations


     

    Community is an important part of GME Supply, both inside our company and outside in our communities. Our Gear Experts® take pride in giving back to the communities that they live in. With contributions to various foundations, time spent volunteering and purchasing gifts around the holidays we got our philanthropic fix this year. If you want to be a part of that, you can! We’ve still got some Limited Edition “Climb Higher” Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirts from our #RealTowerClimbersWearPink initiative available on our website. 100% of the proceeds of these shirts are donated to our local Susan G. Komen foundation.

    123,191 // Calls Made and Received


    Luckily our state-of-the-art phone system doesn’t require an operator – if it did, we’d need another building just to handle phone calls. Our phones were ringing off the hook in 2018 as our Gear Experts® helped find solutions to your at-height problems. Got a question, or need help finding a unique solution? We’re Available from 7 am to 7 pm at 718-210-3913!

    950,864 // SKUs Scanned in our Warehouse


     

    Our scanner guns were smoking this year, chewing through almost a million barcodes! Our Gear Experts® have made a promise to help you get the gear you need when and where you need it. We ship until 7 pm EST and, order anything with the Quick Ship logo to have your item shipped same day (as long as it is ordered by 7 pm EST, that is).

    1,166,786 // Total Contest Entries


     

    2018 was a whirlwind year here at GME Supply. In addition to everything else we did, we launched our Gear Expert Giveaway promotion and woah was it popular. It was so popular that the amount of traffic it drew to gmesupply.com/win nearly broke our website. Luckily, our IT team are Gear Experts® also.

    1,170,898 // Video Views on YouTube


     

    We already mentioned the percentage of subscriber growth on our YouTube channel, but percentages don’t always show the real number. So, to put a number on it, our channel received more than 1 million views! Subscribe here to keep tabs on all of our videos, plus keep an eye out for some exciting new things coming in 2019!

    3,600,000 – Pages of Catalogs Distributed


    Our Climb Higher catalog is the go-to resource for the most popular gear. Updated quarterly, we make sure it’s well-curated, up-to-date, and relevant for every at-height worker. If you’d like to request a catalog, head on over to gmesupply.com/catalog and request your copy today!

    3,671,676 // Website Page Views


     

    “We have a sneaky suspicion we’ll cruise past 3 mil next year” - Us, 2017. This year we did slightly more than cruise past… we had almost 3.7 million eyeballs on our website. We’re thinking we should do it again next year, what do you say?

    4,746,155 // Emails Sent


     

    For the second year in a row, we communicated more than ever. Our Gear Experts’ outboxes were busy confirming shipments, sending quotes, processing returns, and keeping you up-to-date on industry news. Think we can set another record in 2019?

    2018 By the Numbers: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® will be coming to your ears in early 2019 and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show and sign up to get alerted when our first episode drops, head on over to gearexperts.com. There's a trailer there too, so you can get a sneak peek of the show.

    Get Social


     

    2019 is right around the corner and one of the best ways to keep up with everything GME Supply’s got going on is to follow us on social media.

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    We’re Also on Snapchat


     

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  • Fall Protection Rescue Kit Buying Guide

    It’s no secret that climbing towers for a living is a dangerous job. While we would all like to believe that accidents don’t happen, we know they do. Being prepared for emergency situations is not only important but also required by law. Finding and sourcing all the equipment needed for your rescue “kit” can take up too much of your time. Here at GME Supply, we know your time is valuable. That’s why we carry a full selection of pre-assembled rescue kits. In this blog post, our Gear Experts® are going to go over what things you need to look for in a rescue kit.

    Rescue Kits


     

    Rescue kits are fantastic because they include everything you need to perform a rescue. One important thing to point out is that not every rescue kit is going to be right for every rescue. Beyond that, there may be special circumstances that require additional equipment or highly specialized kits. We will cover that in more detail later. For now, let’s focus on standard rescue kits.

    What’s Included


     

    Most rescue kits are going to come with a standard set of equipment. However, it is important that you check and make sure the kit has the equipment you need and that it meets your specifications. The standard items that will come in nearly every kit are a rope, a rope bag, a descender, carabiners, a pick-off strap (or haul system), and a sling.

    What to Look For


     

    What you need in your kit will be dependent on the situations you encounter the most. No two rescues are the same and that makes a kit that can cover every situation impossible to build. But, with a little help from our Gear Experts® we can have you in compliance and ready to go with a safety plan.

    When looking for rescue kits there are many things to consider. Let’s break down some of the key points that you need to consider before you purchase.

    Rope: When looking at the rope (lifeline) that the kit comes with some key things to look at are rope diameter, length, and color. For more about how to find the perfect rope, click here to check out our blog post all about rope.

    Rope Bag: Your rope bag helps you transport and protect your rope. Some things to consider about the rope bag are material, weather resistance, size, and color. We've got a blog post that covers rope bags, too. Click here to check it out!

    Descender: A descender is a convenient and intricate part of any rescue system. Some things to look for are features like anti-panic, rope compatibility, weight, and certifications.

    Carabiners: Carabiners are a versatile tool and have a range of functions. Things to look for in your rescue kit carabiners are gate style, size, certifications, and load ratings.

    Pick-Off Strap: Pick-off straps help you transfer a load during rescue situations. The most important things to consider for a pick-off strap is adjustable length and MBS.

    Haul System: A haul system can help prevent difficulties when performing a rescue. And when someone’s life is on the line ease of use can make all the difference. Some things to consider when looking at a haul system include ease of use, mechanical advantage, and details about the equipment utilized in the system.

    Specialty and Custom Rescue Kits


     

    Sometimes the jobs you perform are uncommon and require a specialty kit. We feature a selection of different rescue kits that are specialized for certain situations like self-rescues, wind rescue, and crane tech rescues.  If you have a specific type of kit that you need built – we’ve got you covered there too.

    Our state of the art account management system allows us to create custom kits, built specifically to suit your needs. The benefit of this type of system is that next time you call in; you have the same pricing and the same products every time. You don’t have to go through countless emails and talk to 5 different people to make sure that you are getting the exact same kit you got last time because we do that for you.

    Would you like to build your custom kit, looking to get some advice on which kit is best for your situation, or simply have questions? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any fall protection equipment is used.

    Click here to see our full selection of Fall Protection Rescue Kits

    Fall Protection Rescue Kits: Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated
    to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® will be coming to your ears in early 2019 and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show, and sign up to get alerted when our first episode drops, head on over to gearexperts.com. There's a trailer there too, so you can get a sneak peek of the show.

    Get Social


     

    Be sure to follow us on social media to keep up with everything GME Supply has going on.

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  • ANSI Standard for Descent Devices

    Few devices in your gear bag are as versatile as your descender. Whether you need to descend quickly, slowly over time, or perform a rescue, this device can do it all and keep you safe in the process. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down the ANSI Standards for descent devices.

    ANSI Z359.4-2013


     

    ANSI Z359.4-2013 outlines the safety requirements for assisted-rescue and self-rescue systems, subsystems and components. I know what you’re thinking: that title doesn’t say anything about descent devices. But, in the scope of the standard, it does mention descent control devices. An important clarification for you to know is that this standard is for rescue, not work positioning. We will cover more about that later.

    Section 3.2.7: Descent Devices


     

    The ANSI Z359.4-2013 standard is further broken down by sections. Section 3.2.7 specifically covers descent devices and is broken down into additional subsections for additional clarification.

    Section 3.2.7.1

    Section 3.2.7.1 covers descent energy and capacity for both single-use and multiple use devices.

    Section 3.2.7.2

    This section looks at descent speed – setting requirements for the maximum distance that you can lower yourself. For devices like the Petzl I’D Small Self-Braking Rope Descender or WestFall Pro D4 Descender for 7/16” Rope the maximum descent speed is 6.6 feet per second.

    Section 3.2.7.3

    This section covers static strength. Static strength is defined as a singular force being put on the device. Think of this a constant rate of force – similar to holding and maintaining a load.

    Section 3.2.7.4

    Section 3.2.7.4 covers dynamic strength. Dynamic strength is defined as a peak force being put on the device. Think of this as a sudden shock of force – similar to the force that is exerted in the event of a fall.

    Section 3.2.7.5

    This final section covers the general function of the device. This is where features like anti-panic come into play. If excessive force is applied or if you let go of the device completely, the device should halt the descent within 6 inches.

    Work Positioning


     

    Earlier we mentioned that the ANSI Z359.4-2013 standard is for rescue and not work positioning. In fact, at the time of this writing, there is no ANSI Standard that covers the use of descent devices for work positioning. This doesn’t make them unsafe or mean they are not suitable for work positioning. It just means that no official standard has been released for specifications and requirements. Devices like the Petzl I’D or WestFall Pro D4 are great devices for descending down to work in suspension in a range of situations like on a tower, painting, or cleaning windows. Of course, you still need to have proper fall arrest in place like a rope grab on a backup lifeline or an SRL.

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any fall protection equipment is used.

    Not sure which descender is right for you or have questions about the ANSI Z359.4-2013 Standard? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see the Petzl I’D Small Self-Braking Rope Descender

    Click here to see the WestFall Pro D4 Descender

    Click here to see our full selection of Descenders

    ANSI Standard for Descent Devices: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts®: The Podcast


    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated
    to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® will be coming to your ears in early 2019 and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show, and sign up to get alerted when our first episode drops, head on over to gearexperts.com. There's a trailer there too, so you can get a sneak peek of the show.

    Get social


     

    Be sure to follow us on social media to keep up with everything GME Supply has going on.

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  • Product Spotlight: TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder

    Bob just spent most of his day 200 feet up a tower installing new equipment. He finally got everything hooked up and positioned perfectly. Now it’s time for Bob to pack up his equipment and move to the next job site. Once he got back to the ground Bob found out that some of his measurements were off and the equipment is not where it needs to be. Bob now has to spend the rest of the day fixing that error and pushing his entire schedule back. Mistakes can be costly in the form of lost time, lost wages, and unsatisfied customers. If only Bob had used a laser rangefinder to ensure his measurements were accurate and the job was done right the first time. In an effort to make sure you’re not like Bob, our Gear Experts® are going to break down the TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder.

    The TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder


     

    This nifty little handheld device provides extremely accurate measurements that you can trust. And, because of the Bluetooth connectivity and serial port features, it pairs perfectly with antenna aligners like the MultiWave SmartAligner. The 200 Laser Rangefinder has been around for quite some time, but this isn’t your grandpa’s rangefinder. Laser Technologies recently revamped the 200 model. It now takes 50% more accurate ratings than before - with a distance accuracy of ± 8 inches and an inclination accuracy of ± 0.25°. It also features improved target acquisition and higher range resolution. All of this is achieved by using TruPulse’s proprietary TruTargeting Technology.

    More than Meets the Eye


     

     

    The TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder does far more than just measure distance and angles. It also has the ability to measure slope and distance plus inclination in degrees or percentages with the simple click of a button. The rangefinder then uses those measurements to internally calculate a three-shot height routine and a 2-d line routine. This is used to calculate slope determinations and changes in elevation. The maximum range for reflective targets is 2,000 meters while non-reflective targets have a max range of 1,000 meters (that’s around 6,561 and 3,280 feet, respectively). The high-quality optics jam-packed into this device magnify your field of view by up to 7X!

     

     

    Target Modes


     

    The 200 Laser Rangefinder also has five target modes so you can select or eliminate multiple targets. Those target modes are:

    → STD. (Single Shot)

    → CON. (Continuous)

    → CLO. (Closest)

    → FAR. (Farthest)

    → FLT. (Filter)

    Connected


     

    As mentioned above, this device is Bluetooth compatible with Windows and Android devices. It also includes an RS-232 serial com-port making it a perfect tool to pair with an antenna aligner to measure AGL

    All these features make this rangefinder ideal for the telecom, wind-energy, and construction industries.

    Got questions about the TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see the TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder

    Click here to see the MultiWave SmartAligner Antenna Alignment Tool

    TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts®: The Podcast


    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated
    to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® will be coming to your ears in early 2019 and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show, and sign up to get alerted when our first episode drops, head on over to gearexperts.com. There's a trailer there too, so you can get a sneak peek of the show.

    Get Social


     

    Be sure to follow us on social media to keep up with everything GME Supply has going on.

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  • 3Z RF Vision Antenna Aligner Warranty & Damage Protection Plan

    Antenna alignment is an important part of installing and maintaining antennas. Without proper alignment, you can run into a whole slew of issues like coverage gaps, network performance gradation, and loss of revenue. That’s where an antenna aligner like the 3Z RF Vision Antenna Alignment Tool comes in. In the first three parts of our four-part blog series on the 3Z Vision Antenna Alignment Tool, we covered the device itself, the tools and accessories that can make the antenna aligner extremely versatile, and how to properly care for and inspect your antenna aligner. This week our Gear Experts® are going to cover the warranty and replacement plan available for the 3Z Vision Antenna Aligner.

    Warranty


     

    The warranty for the 3Z RF Vision Antenna Aligner is similar to many standard warranties for electronic devices. We will outline some of the points below but recommend that you read this document which covers the Manufacturer’s Warranty in its entirety as well.

    What Is Covered

    The warranty is a limited warranty that covers factory defects in materials and workmanship in the product(s). It is effective for one (1) year from the date of original purchase and includes hardware as well as firmware and software updates.

    What Isn't Covered

    The warranty, like most warranties, doesn’t cover damage, deterioration, or malfunction resulting from any alteration, modification, improper or unreasonable use or maintenance, misuse, abuse, accident, neglect, exposure to excess moisture, fire, improper packing and shipping (such claims must be presented to the carrier), lightning, power surges, or other acts of nature. Basically, take care of the device and don’t try to fix it yourself if something starts malfunctioning. If you start having issues, contact one of our Gear Experts® and we will help you get the process started.

    Who Is Covered


     

    It is important for us to mention that only the original purchaser of the RF Vision Antenna Aligner is covered under the warranty. This means that the warranty is non-transferrable, and you will need proof of purchase in order to make a claim.

    For more information about the warranty claim click here.

    As you see from the warranty information, not everything is covered. Not to mention that the warranty only covers the first year of you owning the device. That’s where something like the Damage Protection Plan comes into play.

    Damage Protection Plan


     

    The damage protection plan is an optional plan that can be purchased in conjunction with the 3Z RF Vision Antenna Aligner. This plan is unique because it can be renewed every two years – ensuring that you never have to go a minute without being covered.

    Included in the Damage Protection Plan

    The damage protection plan covers:

    → Bi-annual premium calibration for the term life of the plan ($895.00 value per 2 years)

    → Bi-Annual battery replacement included for the term life of the plan during bi-annual calibration ($595.00 value per 2 years)

    → The manufacturer´s warranty is extended during the Damage Protection Plan period.

    → Bi-annual cleaning, and/or tune-ups during included recalibrations.

    → Damage caused by accidental physical damage including unit dropped from buildings and towers.

    → Damage caused by spilled liquids or accidental rain.

    → Cosmetic defects or damage (such as cracked outer cases, cracked LCD screens) or defects that inhibit the proper operation and performance of the covered items.

    → Electrical damage caused by improper or over-charging of battery or using incorrect voltage outlets or incorrect recharging adapters.

    → Damage due to dust, animal or insect infestation.

    → Repair or replacement due to vandalism, riot, or general environmental conditions, including but not limited to rust, corrosion or mold.

    The Fine Print

    The damage protection plan is subject to the following

    → Each time a 3Z RF Vision is sent to repair, 3Z Telecom will charge an Evaluation Fee of $99.95 to evaluate the condition and repair plan required for the equipment.

    → The 3Z RF Vision is subject to a $2,000 deductible in the event that a full replacement of the product is required.

    → The damage protection plan cannot be transferred to any other alignment tool.

    → All shipping and associated costs are the responsibility of the owner and not included in the damage protection plan.

    Got questions or need more information about the warranty and damage protection plan? Click here to contact our Gear Experts®.

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  • The Ultimate Holiday Gift Buying Guide (2018 Edition)

    It seems likes just a few months ago we published our 2017 Ultimate Holiday Gift Buying Guide. But, apparently, it has been an entire year. And this year, we are back with a whole slew of new gifts – and some we like so much they made the list again! Whether you are looking for a gift for your crew, team, hard-working friend, family member, or significant other, we’ve got the perfect gift to spread some holiday cheer. In our 2018 Ultimate Holiday Gift Buying Guide, we feature a little something for everyone. From clothing and (safety) glasses to tools, cups, and posters spread the holiday cheer with awesome gear from GME Supply!

    Gifts Under $20 | Gifts Under $50 | Gifts Under $100 | Gifts Under $170 | Power Tool Kits

    Gifts Under $20


     

    Find the perfect gift while staying within your budget with these gift ideas under $20.

    Ergodyne Rope Slip Fit Eyewear Lanyard – $1.99

    The Ergodyne rope slip fit eyewear lanyard is a slip-fit style, fits most frame types, and has a breakaway safety feature.

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    Ergodyne Cotton Eyewear Lanyard – $2.99

    The cotton eyewear lanyard is designed for safety glasses with standard sized tips.

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    Ergodyne Cotton Breakaway Eyewear Lanyard – $3.99

    The Ergodyne cotton breakaway eyewear lanyard has two breakaway points for extra safety in hazardous environments and standard tips.

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    Leatherman Quick-Release Lanyard Ring & Removable Pocket Clip - $4.95

    The Leatherman Quick-Release Lanyard Ring & Removable Pocket Clip can be attached to your tool so that you can carry it without a sheath. This item is not compatible with the older model Wave.

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    Ergodyne Skullerz Sköll Safety Glasses – $6.99 - 8.99

    The Ergodyne Skullerz Sköll Safety Glasses meet ANSI Z87.1+ and MIL-PREF 32432 for ballistic impact. These glasses have a sleek half frame "blade style", flexible rubber temples, and a non-slip nosepiece. The scratch resistant single lens blade-frame design provides a wide field of vision and blocks 99.9% of harmful UV rays.

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    Rayovac Virtually Indestructible 3AAA LED Headlight – $11.98

    Rayovac's Headlight is powered by 3 AAA batteries and offers 2 different lighting modes. The headlamp's rubber body offers impact resistance and is tested for up to a 30' drop. This Rayovac headlamp can run up to 17.5 hours with a beam distance of 30 meters.

    *3 AAA Batteries are included.

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    Ergodyne Skullerz Valkyrie Safety Glasses with Indoor/Outdoor Lens – $11.99

    Ergodyne's Valkyrie Safety Glasses offer a smooth medium frame with non-slip rubber temple tips. The 54080 design features an indoor/outdoor lens and black frame. Valkyrie safety glasses are also coated for scratch-resistance and filter 99.9% of harmful rays.

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    Ergodyne Skullerz Njord Safety Glasses with Smoke Lens and Black Frame – $11.99

    Ergodyne's Njord Safety Glasses feature a medium frame at an economical price. The Thor 55030 design offers a smoke-tinted lens and black frame. These safety glasses are also coated for scratch-resistance and block 99.9% of harmful UV rays.

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    Ergodyne Skullerz Erda Safety Glasses – $11.99 - $31.99

    The Ergodyne Skullerz Erda Safety Glasses are large full frame safety glasses designed with the female worker and wearer in mind. The sleek templates have no rubber to snag in longer hair and the scratch-resistant lens' block 99.9% of harmful UV rays. These tenacious safety glasses meet ANSI Z87.1+ and come in 4 different frame colors with a range of different lens options.

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    Ergodyne Skullerz Dagr Safety Glasses with Copper Lens and Black Frame – $12.99

    Ergodyne's Dagr Safety Glasses include a half frame, no-slip nose piece and rubber temple ear pieces. The 52020 design offers a copper, polycarbonate lens and black frame. Coated for scratch-resistance, Dagr safety glasses are long lasting and tough.

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    Ergodyne Skullerz Dagr Safety Glasses with Smoke Lens and Matte Gray Frame – $12.99

    Ergodyne's Dagr Safety Glasses include a half frame, no-slip nose piece and rubber temple ear pieces. The 52130 design offers a smoke-tinted, polycarbonate lens and matte gray frame. Coated for scratch-resistance, Dagr safety glasses are long lasting and tough.

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    Ergodyne Skullerz Dagr Safety Glasses with Smoke Lens and Black Frame – $12.99

    Ergodyne's Dagr Safety Glasses include a half frame, no-slip nose piece and rubber temple ear pieces. The 52030 design offers a smoke-tinted, polycarbonate lens and black frame. Coated for scratch-resistance, Dagr safety glasses are long lasting and tough.

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    Ergodyne Skullerz Kvasir Safety Glasses with Smoke Lens and Matte Gray Frame – $13.99

    Ergodyne's Kvasir Safety Glasses offer a versatile, medium-sized frame with non-slip rubber temple tips. The 53130 design features a smoke lens and matte gray frame. Kvasir safety glasses are also coated for scratch-resistance and filter 99.9% of harmful UV rays.

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    Full Body Harness 101 Safety Poster – $14.95

    Hang this educational 19” x 27” full-color, glossy posters in your office, training facility, workshop, trailer, or even your man cave to heighten awareness, prevent injuries, and show off your tower climber pride. The Full Body Harness 101 poster is designed to simply show how to don, adjust, inspect, and wear a harness, as well as special features available, and display important regulations and standards.

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    Connectors 101 Safety Poster – $14.95

    Hang this educational 19” x 27” full-color, glossy posters in your office, training facility, workshop, trailer, or even your man cave to heighten awareness, prevent injuries, and show off your tower climber pride. The Connectors 101 poster is designed to simply show required markings, warnings, ratings and geometry of commonly used hardware, as well as display important regulations and standards.

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    GME Supply 5104Mini Leather Bottom Bucket – $14.99

    Introducing the GME Supply 5104Mini Leather Bottom Bucket. Constructed of the same materials as the regular 5104, just smaller. Makes a great gift!

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    GME Supply New Hire PPE Kit – $14.99

    GME Supply's New Hirt PPE Kit includes head protection, eye protection, hand protection, and hearing protection. This exclusive PPE kit features a hard hat, safety glasses, gloves, and ear plugs. Give us a call to customize your kit to get all the personal protective equipment you require. This kit is perfect for the “workshop” hobbyist in your life.

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    Limited Edition "Climb Higher" Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirt – $14.99

    Every year we help fight breast cancer and raise awareness with our limited edition “Climb Higher” t-shirt. All proceeds are donated to benefit breast cancer research. Show your tower climbing pride and support for breast cancer awareness with this custom designed "Climb Higher" T-shirt from GME Supply.

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    Ergodyne Skullerz Valkyrie Safety Glasses with Blue Mirror Lens and Black Frame – $14.99

    Ergodyne's Valkyrie Safety Glasses offer a smooth medium frame with non-slip rubber temple tips. The 54092 design features a blue mirror lens and black frame. Valkyrie safety glasses are also coated for scratch-resistance and filter 99.9% of harmful rays.

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    Ergodyne Skullerz Loki Safety Glasses with Clear Lens and Black Frame – $15.99

    Ergodyne's Loki Safety Glasses can be converted to sealed goggles with the included interchangeable temples, removable foam gasket, and elastic strap. The 56000 design features a clear, polycarbonate lens and black frame. These safety glasses meet ANSI standards for impact protection and optical requirements.

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    Ergodyne Skullerz Odin Safety Glasses – $16.95 - 48.95

    The Ergodyne Skullerz Odin Safety Glasses are full frame safety glasses. They feature rubber coinjection temples and a non-slip nose piece for added comfort. The scratch-resistant lens' block 99.9% of harmful UV rays. These tenacious safety glasses meet ANSI Z87.1+ and come in a range of colors and lens options.

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    Milwaukee Shockwave Driver Bit Set - 32 Piece – $17.99

    Milwaukee's Shockwave Driver Bit Set includes 32 pieces. These driver bits are extremely durable to offer up to 10x the usage life. Made from proprietary steel and heat treated, Milwaukee bits even offer a geometric shock absorption zone. The forged tip enables a secure grip with maximum contact to reduce stripping and slips.

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    Ergodyne Skullerz Thor Safety Glasses with Smoke Lens and Kryptek Typhon Frame – $17.99

    Ergodyne's Thor Safety Glasses include a large, full frame and rubber temple ear pieces. The Thor 51330 design offers a smoke-tinted lens and Kryptek Typhon frame. These safety glasses are also coated for scratch-resistance and block 99.9% of harmful UV rays.

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    Ergodyne Skullerz Thor Safety Glasses with Smoke Lens and Black Frame – $17.99

    Ergodyne's Thor Safety Glasses include a large, full frame and rubber temple ear pieces. The 51033 design offers a smoke-tinted, polycarbonate lens and black frame. These Thor glasses are treated with Fog-Off technology and coated for scratch resistance.

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    Ergodyne Skullerz Thor Safety Glasses with Smoke Lens and Matte Gray Frame – $17.99

    Ergodyne's Thor Safety Glasses include a large, full frame and rubber temple ear pieces. The 51130 design offers a smoke-tinted, polycarbonate lens and a matte gray frame. These safety glasses are also coated for scratch resistance.

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    Stanley Adventure 8 Ounce Stainless Steel Flask – $19.99

    The Stanley flask is made from stainless steel and holds up to 8 oz. Completely leak proof, take this flask on the go, without worrying about spills. Stanley's Adventure Flasks features a rugged exterior and cap lanyard.

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    Ergodyne Skullerz Dagr Safety Glasses with Smoke Lens and Kryptek Highlander Frame – $19.99

    Ergodyne's Dagr Safety Glasses include a half frame, no-slip nose piece and rubber temple ear pieces. The 52330 design offers a smoke, polycarbonate lens and Kryptek Highlander frame. Coated for scratch-resistance, Dagr safety glasses are long lasting and tough.

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    Ergodyne Skullerz Dagr Safety Glasses with Copper Lens and Kryptek Highlander Frame – $19.99

    Ergodyne's Dagr Safety Glasses include a half frame, no-slip nose piece and rubber temple ear pieces. The 52320 design offers a copper, polycarbonate lens and Kryptek Highlander frame. Coated for scratch-resistance, Dagr safety glasses are long lasting and tough.

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    Ergodyne Skullerz Loki Safety Glasses with Smoke Lens and Black Frame – $19.99

    Ergodyne's Loki Safety Glasses can be converted to sealed goggles with the included interchangeable temples, removable foam gasket, and elastic strap. The 56030 design offers a smoke-tinted, polycarbonate lens and black frame. Coated for scratch resistance, these safety glasses are made for durability.

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    Gifts Under $50


     

    Show the special people in your life how much you appreciate them without breaking the bank with these gift ideas under $50.

    Milwaukee 18PC Shockwave Driver Bit Set – $20.29

    Milwaukee SHOCKWAVE Impact Duty Driver Bit Sets are engineered for extreme durability and up to 10x life. Made from proprietary steel and heat treated to control hardness, the SHOCKWAVE Impact Duty Insert, and Driver Bits feature an innovatively designed geometric shock absorption zone to extend life. The forged tip allows for a secure grip and maximum contact eliminating stripping or slipping. Broadly targeting cordless users, the SHOCKWAVE Impact Duty accessory line is not only ideal for heavy duty impact applications but delivers a full system solution for all the user's drilling and fastening needs.

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    Ergodyne Skullerz Thor Anti-Fog Safety Glasses with Smoke Lens and Black Frame – $21.95

    The Ergodyne Skullerz Thor Anti-Fog Safety Glasses with Smoke Lens and Black Frame are full frame safety glasses. They feature rubber coinjection temples and a non-slip nosepiece for added comfort. The scratch-resistant lens' block 99.9% of harmful UV rays. These tenacious safety glasses meet ANSI Z87.1+ and come in a range of colors and lens options.

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    Ergodyne Skullerz Loki Anti-Fog Safety Glasses with Smoke Lens and Black Frame – $21.99

    Ergodyne's Loki Safety Glasses can be converted to sealed goggles with the included interchangeable temples, removable foam gasket, and elastic strap. The 56033 design offers a smoke-tinted, polycarbonate lens and black frame. Coated for scratch and fog resistance, these safety glasses have it all.

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    Leatherman Bit Kit – $23.95

    The Leatherman Bit Kit expands the capabilities of your Leatherman drive with 21 double-ended bits (42 bits total). This bit kit can be used with all tools and knives with bit drivers.

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    Stanley 16oz One Hand Vacuum Mug – $24.99

    Stanley's One Hand Vacuum Mug features an insulated body that keeps 16 ounces hot or cold for hours. Made from stainless steel, this vacuum mug won't rust and is dishwasher safe. The push button lid makes it easy to open and drink with one hand. With no spills or leaks, Stanley's One Hand Vacuum Mug can be taken with you on the go.

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    Stanley Adventure Stainless Steel Tumblers 4-Pack – $24.99

    Stanley's tumblers come in a pack of 4 and can each hold up to 12 ounces. These tumblers will keep your drinks hot or cold for 30 minutes and can be stacked for easy packing and storage. Each tumbler features a different color insulation sleeve to help keep track of everyone's drinks.

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    Milwaukee 4PC Hollow Shaft SAE Nut Driver Set – $24.99

    Milwaukee 4 PC SAE Nut Drivers feature universal driver heads which fit 4X more fasteners including: Square, Hex, 12 point & Spline. Designed for maximum durability the Wrench Ready hex steel shanks are forged and chrome plated. Milwaukee Nut Drivers are designed for the jobsite and include Milwaukee's Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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    Irwin 30 Piece Screwdriver Bit Set – $24.99

    This screwdriver bit set includes 4 magnetic nut setters, 4 double-end power bits, and 21 contractor grade insert bits.

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    American Tower Climbers Banner – $29.99

    American Tower Climbers keep America’s cell phones up and running. People drive by dozens of cell towers a day and never give them a thought… if they only knew the #RealTowerClimbers that keep them online. Hang this patriotic 4x2 ft. banner in your office, shop, garage, trailer… wherever you need to show off your American Tower Climbing pride.

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    Real Tower Climber Banner – $29.99

    #RealTowerClimbers aren’t your average breed. They climb hundreds of feet in the air… rain, shine, sleet, or snow. Show off your #RealTowerClimber pride with this patriotic 4x2 ft. banner. Hanging it in your shop, garage, trailer… wherever you need to show off your tower climbing pride.

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    Stanley Adventure 1.4 Quart Stainless Steel Vacuum Bottle – $30.99

    The Stanley Adventure Vacuum Bottle will keep your drinks hot for 28 hours or cold for 26 hours. This durable vacuum bottle is made from stainless steel and holds up to 1.4 quarts. Completely leak proof, take this bottle with you anywhere.

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    Milwaukee 15 Piece Thunderbolt Black Oxide Drill Bit Set – $31.30

    Milwaukee Thunderbolt Black Oxide drill bits are designed for durability and long life. The Thunderbolt web features a thicker core than standard bits to offer strength and protection against side-load breakage. Milwaukee Thunderbolt bits are ideal for drilling on curved surfaces and require less effort to drill. This 15 piece bit set comes in a resilient case with bits in a variety of sizes.

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    Ergodyne Skullerz Dagr Safety Glasses with Polarized Copper Lens and Black Frame – $31.99

    Ergodyne's Dagr Safety Glasses include a half frame, no-slip nosepiece, and rubber temple ear pieces. The 52021 design offers a polarized copper, polycarbonate lens, and a black frame. Coated for scratch-resistance, Dagr safety glasses are long lasting and tough.

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    Ergodyne Skullerz Dagr Safety Glasses with Polarized Copper Lens and Kryptek Highlander Frame – $31.99

    Ergodyne's Dagr Safety Glasses include a half frame, no-slip nosepiece, and rubber temple ear pieces. The 52321 design offers a polarized copper, polycarbonate lens and Kryptek Highlander frame. Coated for scratch-resistance, Dagr safety glasses are long lasting and tough.

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    Leatherman Rev Multi-Tool – $34.95

    The Leatherman Rev Multi-Tool is pocket-sized and features 14 tools. The Rev features an outside accessible 420HC blade and a replaceable pocket clip for easy carry.

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    Stanley 1.4 QT Classic Vacuum Insulated Bottle – $34.99

    The Stanley 1.4 QT Classic Vacuum Insulated Bottle is fully leak-proof and able to keep drinks hot or cold for 28 hours or iced for 150 hours. This bottle features a locking handle for easy transportation and a lid that doubles as a drinking cup. It holds 1.4 quarts of liquid and is available in Hammertone Green or Hammertone Navy.

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    Stanley 24oz Classic Vacuum Food Jar – $34.99

    The Stanley 24oz Classic Vacuum Food Jar is made from stainless steel, is fully insulated, and can keep your food warm or cold for 15 hours. The Classic Vacuum Food Jar's lid can also be used as an 8 oz cup and is completely leak-proof. This food jar features double wall vacuum insulation and is available in Hammertone Green and Hammertone Navy.

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    Stanley Adventure Stainless Steel Shot Glass + Flask Set – $34.99

    Toast to your next journey with this gift set by Stanley! This set includes 4 stainless steel shot glasses, a carrying case with a screw-top lid, and an 8 oz. stainless steel flask. Available in Hammertone Green (10-01883-001) or Hammertone Crimson (10-01883-008).

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    Milwaukee 10PC Shockwave Hex Drill Bit Set – $34.99

    Milwaukee SHOCKWAVE Impact Duty 1/4" Hex Drive Drill Bits are engineered for extreme durability and up to 10x life. Made from proprietary steel and heat treated to control hardness, the SHOCKWAVE Impact Duty Hex Drive Drill Bits feature the Milwaukee Thunderbolt web for durability and chip removal paired with taper-fit construction for a stronger bit with less wobble. The bits include a 135-degree split point to allow the bit to start on contact and eliminates walking. Broadly targeting cordless users, the SHOCKWAVE Impact Duty accessory line is not only ideal for heavy duty impact applications but delivers a full system solution for all the user's drilling and fastening needs.

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    Milwaukee 6 PC Screwdriver Set – $34.99

    Featuring hardened tips & forged shanks the Milwaukee 6 Piece Screwdriver Set provides professional grade solutions and durability to the user. Metal caps and shock resistant tool steel prevent damage from abusive job site conditions, while integrated wire strippers and wire bending holes provide further utility for the user. Bit types are marked on the cap of each tool for quick identification and increased efficiency.

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    Rayovac Virtually Indestructible Lantern – $35.98

    This lantern has an impressive 400-lumen high performance LED and can run for up to 280 hours on a single charge. It features a shatterproof lens and reflector, a convenient handle, and an over-mold rubber head. This lantern has a beam distance of 13 meters when used on the high setting.

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    Ergodyne Skullerz Thor Safety Glasses with Polarized Smoke Lens and Kryptek Typhon Frame – $35.99

    Ergodyne's Thor Safety Glasses include a large, full frame and rubber temple ear pieces. The Thor 51331 design offers a smoke-tinted, Polarized lens and Kryptek Typhon frame. These safety glasses are also coated for scratch-resistance and block 99.9% of harmful UV rays.

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    Wilton BASH Ball Pein Hammer - 2 lb Head – $38.99

    Wilton's BASH Ball Pein Hammer is extremely tough and durable. With a revolutionary design that offers an engineered no-slip rubber grip and unbreakable handle technology, the Wilton BASH is backed by a lifetime warranty.

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    Ergodyne Skullerz Loki Safety Glasses with Polarized Smoke Lens and Black Frame – $39.95

    The Ergodyne Skullerz Loki Safety Glasses with Polarized Smoke Lens and Black Frame are full frame safety glasses that convert to sealed goggles. To convert these glasses to goggles simply use the interchangeable temples, elastic strap, and removable gasket (all included).

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    Stanley 25 oz Vacuum Bottle & 5 oz Flask Gift Set – $39.99

    The Stanley 25 oz Vacuum Bottle & 5 oz Flask Gift Set includes a stainless steel tumbler that can keep your beverage of choice hot or cold for 20 hours. It also includes a 5 oz Hammertone Navy flask.

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    Petzl TIKKA Classic Headlamp – $39.99

    The Petzl TIKKA Classic Headlamp is simple and compact while offering 200-lumen brightness and a wide beam. The phosphorescent reflector helps you find it in the dark, and the red lighting prevents members of a group from blinding each other. This headlamp features 3 lighting modes: proximity, movement, and distance vision.

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    GME Supply Tower Climber Gift Set 2 – $39.99

    This holiday season, get the perfect gift for the tower climber in your life, at an unbeatable price.

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    GME Supply Warming PPE Kit – $44.99

    The GME warming PPE Kit includes everything you need to stay warm in cold weather. This kit includes hand warmers, foot warmers, thermal gloves, and a balaclava. The Hand and foot N-Ferno Warming Packs literally “run on air”. Each soft, lightweight pouch contains a mixture of iron powder, water, vermiculite, cellulose, activated carbon, and salt. Once the outer package is opened, an oxidation process takes place which causes a safe, natural reaction to release heat. The Ergodyne 6821 N-Ferno Fleece Balaclava features a stretch fleece that keeps the head and neck comfortable and has a reflective accent for higher visibility. The Ergodyne 817 ProFlex Thermal Utility Gloves have 40 grams of Thinsulate insulation that provides warmth and a double reinforced synthetic leather palm is tough and rugged.

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    Wilton BASH Cross Pein Hammer - 2 lb Head – $44.99

    Wilton's BASH Cross Pein Hammer is extremely tough and durable. With a revolutionary design that offers an engineered no-slip rubber grip and unbreakable handle technology, the Wilton BASH is backed by a lifetime warranty.

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    Wilton BASH Ball Pein Hammer - 3 lb Head – $44.99

    Wilton's BASH Ball Pein Hammer is extremely tough and durable. With a revolutionary design that offers an engineered no-slip rubber grip and unbreakable handle technology, the Wilton BASH is backed by a lifetime warranty.

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    Wilton BASH Sledge Hammer - 4 lb Head – $48.99 - $69.99

    Wilton is on a never-ending journey to create the highest quality, most indestructible tools on the market. On this journey, they've managed to design and file patents for the world's most durable sledge hammer with Unbreakable Technology, revolutionary design, and engineered no-slip rubber grip. With the Wilton BASH backed by a $1,000 Guarantee, they put their money where their mouth is.

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    Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool – $49.95

    The Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool combines spring-action pliers, scissors, and 12 other indispensable tools. This tool is stainless steel, lightweight, and easily fits into a pocket. It features an outside-accessible, one-hand opening blade and spring action jaws.

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    Gifts Under $100


     

    Wilton BASH Ball Pein Hammer - 3.5 lb Head – $50.99

    Wilton's BASH Ball Pein Hammer is extremely tough and durable. With a revolutionary design that offers an engineered no-slip rubber grip and unbreakable handle technology, the Wilton BASH is backed by a lifetime warranty.

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    Wilton BASH Cross Pein Hammer - 3 lb Head – $54.99

    Wilton's BASH Cross Pein Hammer is extremely tough and durable. With a revolutionary design that offers an engineered no-slip rubber grip and unbreakable handle technology, the Wilton BASH is backed by a lifetime warranty.

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    Milwaukee 29 Piece Thunderbolt Black Oxide Drill Bit Set – $59.00

    Milwaukee Thunderbolt Black Oxide drill bits are designed for durability and long life. The Thunderbolt web features a thicker core than standard bits to offer strength and protection against side-load breakage. Milwaukee Thunderbolt bits are ideal for drilling on curved surfaces and require less effort to drill. This 29 piece bit set comes with 1/16" through 1/2" by 64ths bits.

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    Leatherman SKELETOOL Multi-Tool – $59.95

    The Leatherman SKELETOOL Multi-Tool is a compact, ultra-light 5 oz. multi-tool that features a combo knife, bit driver pliers, and more. It also has a stainless steel combo blade, removable pocket clip, and carabiner/bottle opener.

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    Leatherman Rebar Multi-Tool – $59.95

    The Leatherman Rebar Multi-Tool has pliers that have been optimized for strength and replaceable wire/hard-wire cutters. It features all-locking tools and a 100% stainless steel construction.

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    Stanley Classic Gift Set Vacuum Bottle and Flask – $59.99

    Stanley's Classic Gift Set includes a 1.1qt vacuum bottle and an 8oz flask. The insulated bottle will keep your drinks hot or cold for hours and includes a lid that can double as a cup. The flask features a wide mouth for pouring and filling and a lid lanyard. Both made from stainless steel, the vacuum bottle, and the flask are BPA free.

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    Stanley 16 QT Adventure Cooler – $64.99

    The Stanley 16 QT Adventure Cooler has a 21 can capacity and keeps ice frozen for 36 hours. It features a foam insulated lid and body and has a leak resistant gasket around the lid. The rugged latches and handle stand up to the toughest environments, so you can take this cooler wherever you go and it has an adjustable tie-down for added security. This cooler is available in 2 colors.

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    GME Supply Tower Climber Gift Set – $65.00

    This holiday season, get the perfect gift for the tower climber in your life, at an unbeatable price.

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    Wilton BASH Sledge Hammer - 6 lb Head – $70.99 - $87.99

    Wilton is on a never-ending journey to create the highest quality, most indestructible tools on the market. On this journey, they've managed to design and file patents for the world's most durable sledge hammer with Unbreakable Technology, revolutionary design, and engineered no-slip rubber grip. With the Wilton BASH backed by a $1,000 Guarantee, they put their money where their mouth is.

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    Stanley Heritage Cooler & Vacuum Bottle Combo – $74.99

    Loved by many generations, the Stanley brand has a rich, near 100-year, history. Born from inventor William Stanley Jr. who forever changed the way hot drinks were consumed in 1913, he fused vacuum insulation and the strength of steel in one portable bottle inventing the all-steel vacuum bottle we know and love today. In the century since, his vacuum bottle evolved from concept to icon and has become an essential part of workdays, road trips, and outdoor adventures.

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    Ergodyne 6465 CORE Performance Work Wear Thermal Jacket – $75.00 - $140.94

    This Ergodyne Thermal Jacket is your first layer of defense against the harsh winter weather. The 6465 jacket will keep you warm while allowing a remarkable range of motion.

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    Leatherman SKELETOOL CX Multi-Tool – $79.95

    The Leatherman SKELETOOL CX Multi-Tool is an ultra-light, full-size multi-tool with a knife blade made with premium 154CM steel. It also features pliers, a bit driver, pocket clip, and carabiner/bottle opener.

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    Leatherman Super Tool 300 Multi-Tool – $79.95

    The Leatherman Super Tool 300 Multi-Tool features replaceable 154CM wire cutters, extra-long blades, and comfortable handles. The large side cutouts make it easy to grab components with gloves on and stranded, hard, and regular wire cutters all come standard. Because the wire cutters are removable you can repair or re-sharpen them on the job if needed.

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    Ergodyne 8381 GloWear Class 3 Performance 3-in-1 Bomber Jacket – $79.99

    The Ergodyne 8381 GloWear Class 3 Performance 3-in-1 Bomber Jacket has a rugged ripstop hi-vis outer shell, zip-out wearable liner, and plenty of pockets for your winter gear storage needs. The weatherproof polyester keeps you dry and the ANSI-complaint reflective material keeps you up to code and safe.

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    Lift Safety Dax Cap - $80.00

    The Lift Safety Dax Cap is a fiber reinforced resin hard hat with a 6 point suspension system. It features a Clarino synthetic leather comfort dome and an over-sized ratcheting fitment dial that makes adjustment easy, even while wearing gloves. This cap meets ANSI Z89.1-2014 and is available in 3 colors.

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    Wilton B.A.S.H Sledge Hammer - 8 lb Head – $83.99 - $115.99

    Wilton is on a never-ending journey to create the highest quality, most indestructible tools on the market. On this journey, they've managed to design and file patents for the world's most durable sledge hammer with Unbreakable Technology, revolutionary design, and engineered no-slip rubber grip. With the Wilton BASH backed by a $1,000 Guarantee, they put their money where their mouth is.

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    Wilton B.A.S.H Splitting Maul - 6 lb Head – $86.99

    The Wilton B.A.S.H Splitting Maul features a 6-pound head and 36 inch handle with a steel core that eliminates breaking during overstrikes. The safety plate prevents the head from dislodging and the anti-vibe neck with tapered design eliminates vibration from striking. The no-slip grip is made from vulcanized rubber to ensure a secure hold and the head is made from drop forged steel.

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    Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool – $89.95

    The Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool features one-hand opening blades, comfortable handles, and 17 essential tools. The all locking features provide the ability to lock every tool into place (except for the pliers) and the outside accessible features allow certain tools to be used while the tool is folded.

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    Lift Safety Dax Composite Full Brim Hard Hat – $90.00

    The Lift Safety Dax Composite Full Brim Hard Hat has a fiber reinforced resin shell for impact protection. It features a perforated Clarino synthetic leather comfort dome with a molded EVA foam insert for added shock absorbing protection. The oversized ratcheting fitment dial to adjust size makes it easy to grip and use with gloves on and the moisture wicking foam backed microfibre liner reduces sweat build-up. There is a 6 point suspension system that provides a secure and comfortable fit and a triple reinforced crown for added impact protection. This hard hat meets ANSI Z89.1-2014 and comes in 3 color variations.

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    Leatherman Super Tool 300 EOD Multi-Tool – $99.95

    The Leatherman Super Tool 300 EOD Multi-Tool features EOD-specific tools like military-performance-spec cap crimpers and fuse-wire cutters. It has extra strong pliers with cleaning rod/brush attachments and replaceable wire cutters. The comfort-grip handles feature cutouts to make accessing tools with gloves on easy.

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    GME Supply "Climb Higher" Converse Shoes – $99.99

    Introducing our new Converse "Climb Higher" Shoes. Comfortably show off your tower climbing pride in these special edition Converse. The tongue of each shoe is embroidered with the "Climb Higher" logo.

     *These shoes are men's sizes and typically run a little big. To convert to women's, reduce 2 sizes. Please consider going down a size or half size when ordering. The Converse tag is removed from the tongue of the shoe to allow for the embroidery. 2-5 day processing time.

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    Wilton BASH Sledge Hammer - 10 lb Head – $99.99 - $111.99

    Wilton is on a never-ending journey to create the highest quality, most indestructible tools on the market. On this journey, they've managed to design and file patents for the world's most durable sledge hammer with Unbreakable Technology, revolutionary design, and engineered no-slip rubber grip. With the Wilton BASH backed by a $1,000 Guarantee, they put their money where their mouth is.

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    Gifts Under $170


     

    Go premium with these awesome gift ideas under $170 

    Leatherman SURGE Multi-Tool – $109.95

    The Leatherman SURGE Multi-Tool is one of Leatherman's two largest multi-tools. It features large plies, a large multi-tool blade, and easy to use locks. The 154CM wire cutters are replaceable and the four outside-opening blades give you quick access to the tools you use the most. This tool is available in Stainless Steel and Black.

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    Crescent 148 Piece Professional Tool Set (CTK148MPN) – $124.99

    This set contains all the tools needed for most industrial applications including a wide selection of standard and deep sockets in the most common SAE and metric sizes. It contains SAE and metric combination wrenches and all tools meet ANSI and ASME specifications.

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    Wilton BASH Sledge Hammer - 12 lb Head – $126.99 - $132.99

    Wilton is on a never-ending journey to create the highest quality, most indestructible tools on the market. On this journey, they've managed to design and file patents for the world's most durable sledge hammer with Unbreakable Technology, revolutionary design, and engineered no-slip rubber grip. With the Wilton BASH backed by a $1,000 Guarantee, they put their money where their mouth is.

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    Ergodyne 6466 N-Ferno Thermal Jacket – $131.99

    The Ergodyne 6466 N-Ferno Thermal Jacket provides your first layer of defense against winter. A 500D Nylon shell repels water and protects you from the wind and cold without sacrificing comfort. The 1600D nylon reinforcement zones in heavy wear areas provide an added layer of durability, and the heavy duty YKK zippers with a storm flap helps seal out wind and rain.

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    Wilton BASH Sledge Hammer - 14 lb Head – $137.99 - $143.99

    Wilton is on a never-ending journey to create the highest quality, most indestructible tools on the market. On this journey, they've managed to design and file patents for the world's most durable sledge hammer with Unbreakable Technology, revolutionary design, and engineered no-slip rubber grip. With the Wilton BASH backed by a $1,000 Guarantee, they put their money where their mouth is.

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    Truewerk Black Double Stitch Jacket – $139.00

    Truewerk's Double Stitch Jacket features heavy-duty stitching on all of its critical seams. Extremely durable, this jacket is made from 4-way stretch fabric that includes a waterproof, breathable membrane and a stain-resistant coating. With its tailored fit and 8 pockets, this jacket will keep you looking and feeling good in the cold.

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    Leatherman Mut Multi-Tool – $159.95

    The Leatherman Mut Multi-Tool, designed to maintain an AR-15, features a bronze carbon scraper, disassembly punch, bolt override tool, and 13 other tools. The Mut features multiple areas on the tool threaded for cleaning rods and brushes and all the screwdriver bits are sized for standard military and civilian sighting adjustment work. Also built into the design of the tool is the flexibility to replace the most commonly used parts on the spot, using a simple Torx #8, keeping downtime to a minimum.

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    GME Supply Shackle Pack – $304.99

    Purchase all your Crosby Galvanized Screw Pin Shackles in a bundle to save time and money! Our Shackle Pack includes 12 of our most popular shackles used for lifting and rigging applications. This shackle pack contains Crosby shackles that are all made in the USA.

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    Power Tool Kits


     

    Get that special person in your life the power tools they need. Perfect for passion projects and working on a job, give the gift of these Milwaukee toolkits.

    Milwaukee M18 Compact 1/2" Drill/Driver Kit – $169.00

    The Milwaukee M18 Compact 1/2" Drill/Driver Kit is the most compact drill driver in its class and more powerful than the competition. Built with a Milwaukee 4-Pole frameless motor, the M18 Compact 1/2" Drill Driver delivers 500 in-lbs of torque and up to 1,800 RPM. At only 7-1/4" length, this drill driver allows you access to the tightest work spaces. An all-metal gear case and 1/2" metal chuck provide maximum durability, even on the most challenging worksites. REDLINK Intelligence provides advanced protection in abusive situations and manages the tool's temperature to provide maximum life. The REDLITHIUM Battery Pack delivers more work per charge and more work over pack life than the competitors. The kit includes two M18 Compact REDLITHIUM batteries, an M18 and M12 multi-voltage charger, and a carrying case.

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    Milwaukee M18 Cordless 4-Tool Combo Kit – $549.00

    The 2692-24 M18 Cordless 4-Tool Combo Kit includes the M18 1/2" High-Performance Hammer Drill/Driver (2611-20), M18 Sawzall l Recip Saw (2620-20), M18 1/4" Hex Impact Driver (2650-20), and M18 Work Light (49-24-0171). The M18 Cordless LITHIUM-ION System's patented technologies and electronics, innovative motor design, and superior ergonomics provide the most efficient blend of power, weight and performance in the industry. Powered by RED LITHIUM, the M18 cordless system delivers more torque, more power, and longer run-time than the competition.

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    Milwaukee M18 6-Tool Combo Kit – $649.00

    The 2696-26 M18 Cordless 6-Tool Combo Kit includes the M18 1/2" Hammer Drill / Driver (2602-20), M18 1/4" Hex Impact Driver (2650-20), M18; Sawzall Recip Saw (2620-20), M18™ 6 ½" Circular Saw (2630-20), M18 4-1/2" Cut-off / Grinder (2680-20) and M18 Work Light (49-24-0171). The M18 Cordless LITHIUM-ION System's patented technologies and electronics, innovative motor design, and superior ergonomics provide the most efficient blend of power, weight, and performance in the industry. Powered by REDLITHIUM the M18 cordless system delivers more torque, more power, and longer run-time than the competition.

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    Milwaukee M18 Cordless Lithium-Ion 9-Tool Combo Kit – $999.00

    The Milwaukee 2696-29 M18 Cordless 9-Tool Combo Kit includes the M18 1/2" Hammer Drill / Driver, M18 Right Angle Drill, M18 1/4" Hex Impact Driver, M18 1/2" High-Torque Impact Wrench with Friction Ring, M18 Sawzall Recip Saw, M18 6 ½" Circular Saw, M18 4-1/2" Cut-off / Grinder, M18 Jig Saw, and M18 Work Light. The M18 Cordless LITHIUM-ION System's patented technologies and electronics, innovative motor design, and superior ergonomics provide the most efficient blend of power, weight, and performance in the industry. Powered by REDLITHIUM the M18 cordless system delivers more torque, more power, and longer run-time than the competition.

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    Getting Your Gift In Time


     

    Getting the items you ordered in time, especially with the busy holiday season, is just as important to us as it is to you. That's why we are committed to helping you in every way we can. Our stock status' featured on our product page can help you make sure your item will get to you when you need it. If the stock status says "Available" it means that item will ship in 3-5 business days. If the stock status says "Quick Ship", the order will ship out same day if ordered before 5 pm EST. If ordered after 5 pm EST it will ship the next business day. Exact delivery will be dependent on what shipping method you choose. For more information on shipping times on items that have the available stock status, please contact one of our Gear Experts® or check out our shipping policies page.

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    2019 is almost here! We've got a bunch of cool stuff and more free content coming down the pipeline. Be sure to follow us on social media to keep up with everything GME Supply has going on!

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  • Cold Stress 101

    It seems like just yesterday we were focusing on heat and how to work in it. But, with winter in full swing, it’s time to talk about the cold. This week our Gear Experts® are going to discuss cold stress and how you can combat it while on the job site.

    Cold Stress


     

    Cold stress isn’t something that people typically talk about. While heat stress is mentioned often and everyone at least knows a little bit about it cold stress doesn’t get nearly as much coverage. But its effects can be just as damaging to your body. So, what is cold stress? Cold stress occurs when your body can no longer maintain its normal temperature. When your skin temperature drops low enough it can begin to lower your internal body temperature.

    To maintain your vital organs, the body reroutes blood away from your external extremities in an effort to keep your core temperature up. This blood flow change can cause serious complications or even death. When gauging whether or not cold stress is a threat keep these 3 things in mind:

    Dampness & Windchill

    → Pre-existing health conditions and poor physical conditioning

    → Improper attire

    Cold Stress Injuries & Illness


     

    Cold stress, like heat stress, can cause serious illness. Common injuries and illnesses of cold stress include:

    → Hypothermia: A dangerously low body temperature that can result in gangrene or death.

    → Frostbite: The freezing of body tissue (usually skin) that results when the body redirects blood flow away from the outer extremities.

    → Trench Foot: A foot condition caused by overexposure to cold water or mud. Causes the surface tissue of the foot to die and turn black.

    Staying Warm


     

    While the threat of cold stress is serious, the solution to prevent it is simple: dress properly. Dressing for cold weather is the most important and effective precaution you can take to reduce the chances of cold stress. Here are some of our favorite options when it comes to protecting yourself from the cold:

    Ergodyne 6466 N-Ferno Thermal Jacket


     

    The Ergodyne 6466 N-Ferno Thermal Jacket is your first line of defense against winter weather. Let’s break down what makes this jacket so effective. On the outside, it features a 500D Nylon body with 1600D Nylon reinforced zones in the upper arm and shoulder section to protect from wear and tear. It also features a waterproof coating to prevent liquid from making contact with your skin (remember that dampness can lead to cold stress). The inside is made of 3M Thinsulate insulation which provides top-notch warmth with a quilted layer for comfort.

    This jacket isn’t short of storage either. Whether you are carrying hand warmers or something like a two way radio this jacket can handle it. It features two exterior pockets on the front and back and it has an interior device pocket. The YK zippers and spandex cuffs on the arms help seal out the cold and keep you nice and warm.

    Milwaukee M12 Heated Jacket


     

    The Milwaukee M12 Heated Jacket comes in a variety of colors and styles. It is also available in a “kit” version that includes a battery and charger. This jacket combines toughness and technology to redefine layering on the job site. The key feature of this jacket is the carbon fiber heating element that creates and distributes heat across the chest and back. The jacket is powered by an M12 Red Lithium Battery that provides 8 hours of runtime. It also features a one-touch LED controller that allows you to choose from 3 heat settings per zone. The three zones are chest, back, and front hand pocket (the chest and back zone can be adjusted independently from the front hand pocket zone).

    Now, let’s talk about toughness. This jacket is made out of 900D ripstop polyester with nine riveted reinforced pockets (including battery pocket). It features integrated knit cuffs, an exterior storm flap, and a drop tail extended back for maximum comfort and coverage. And, most importantly, it’s washer and dryer safe so you can get it dirty and throw it in the laundry without having to worry about a thing.

    Cold stress is no joke, but it’s pretty simple to prevent. If you need help finding the perfect winter solution for you and/or your crew or you just have questions about cold stress – click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see the Ergodyne 6466 N-Ferno Thermal Jacket

    Click here to see the Milwaukee M12 Heated Jacket

    Click here to see our full selection of winter gear

    Click here to see our full selection of Ergodyne gear

    Click here to see our full selection of Milwaukee gear

    Cold Stress 101: The Video


     

     

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  • Carabiner Gates 101

    There are few, if any, items in your gear bag that are as versatile as a carabiner. Carabiners come in all shapes, sizes, and strengths and making sure that the carabiner you use is up to the task is an important part of your safety. In this blog post, our Gear Experts® are going to give you the low down on carabiner gates.

    Gate Ratings


     

    A carabiner gate is the portion of the carabiner that can open to allow the carabiner to attach to the item you want to attach it to. The gate will have a specific rating that states how many pounds of force can be applied on the gate before it is damaged. This rating is separate from the load rating of the carabiner and will be stamped directly on the gate. Typically, it will be in one of 3 formats: 3,600 lbs., 16kN, or 3.6m. If you do not see this stamp on your carabiner there’s a good chance you’re not in compliance and you should not continue to work with that gear.

    Hiking Through the Woods


     

    We’ve all see those carabiners that hold your keys or are used to connect your canteen to your hiking backpack. Imagine that you are on a hike and you have your canteen connected to your backpack with one of those carabiners. As you climb the motion of the backpack moving slowly wiggles the gate of the carabiner open and your canteen falls to the forest floor. You’re focused on getting to your campsite and you bought an ultra-lightweight canteen, so you don’t notice that it falls off – that is, until you go to get a nice refreshing drink of water. If only you had used a carabiner with a gate mechanism. Then your canteen wouldn’t have been able to be opened by accident and you wouldn’t have lost your favorite canteen.

    Carabiner Gate Mechanisms


     

    The purpose of carabiner gate mechanisms is to prevent the accidental opening of the carabiner while it is in use. Losing your canteen while hiking is bad but having your carabiner come detached from an anchorage point while you are 100 feet up on a tower is worse. Carabiner gates come in a few different varieties (screw-lock, twist-lock, and auto-lock). For tower climbing, the most common is the twist lock, but some other work may require another variety of gate function.

    Screw-Lock

    The screw-lock operates by unscrewing the sleeve down the gate to open. This gate will not auto-lock as the sleeve has to be manually tightened after the gate snaps shut.

    Twist-Lock

    The twist-lock is a double action gate that quickly opens with a simple twist and pull movement.

    Auto-Lock

    This is a three-stage design as it requires 3 different motions to open. First you pull the sleeve down, then twist, then pull back to open. Some auto-lock carabiners only twist in one direction, while others can twist left or right.

    Click here to download a free PDF copy of the above poster.

    Got more questions about carabiner gate mechanisms? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

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    Carabiners: Playlist


     

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