September 2013

  1. Not Your Average Metal Loop

    This little loop of metal has come a long way. The term carabiner comes from German, “karabinerhaken” which means hook for a carbine. Before they were saving your life, the first carabiners were used for sailing and weren’t made to support a load. They usually just had a spring loaded wire closure, which was not made to catch a person’s weight, when they… say… fell off a tower.


    Two Carabiners


    The first load-bearing carabiners were hand-forged steel. Lighter aluminum versions came around WWII but there were no safety features, such as auto-twist gates. And the shapes were pretty basic ­– usually just an oval, which led to cross-gate loading, causing the ropes to slip out. That’s bad.


    Obviously, a lot has changed over the decades. Carabiners are better, and you should be pretty pumped about that. Instead of an oval, there are offset D shapes or larger pear-shaped carabiners. The closing function is much better. Instead of a light wire gate, there are screw or auto twist gates. Each revision has made the carabiner more functional and safer. That’s good.

    Carabiner ANSI Gate


    In our industry, carabiners must comply with specific regulations. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) says that for a carabiner to be used in fall protection it must have a strength rating of 5,000 pounds, or 22 kilonewtons and gate strength of 3,600 pounds, or 16 kilonewtons. The tested and approved ratings are always stamped or printed somewhere on the carabiner and gate. If you're not sure if yours are rated, or the stamps aren't visible… DON’T USE THEM!! (In case you were wondering: A newton is the force required to accelerate a one-kilogram mass one meter per second per second. 1000 N = 1kN = 224.8 lb force) OK! Enough math.


    There are obviously a wide variety of carabiners, and they all have the same basic parts:

    • The body, which is a loop
    • The gate and hinge, which open to allow attachment
    • The inner sleeve, which is what the gate twists around


    Different carabiner options may work better for one application over another.  GME Supply can help you select the best one for you, so you can Climb Higher!


    Carabiner Gate Closeup

  2. Hand Injuries

    Hand ProtectionYou use your hands to operate basically any tool. You use your hands to climb, carry, tighten, loosen, hold, and lift. If you injure your hands, you’re not going to be productive. Your hands are probably the most important part of your body. Turns out, they’re also the most injured.

    According to the CDC, there are almost 1.9 million hand injuries per year by workers in the US. 1.9 million!

    Hands can be injured in a variety of ways:

    • Cuts and punctures
    • Extreme temperatures
    • Chemical and thermal burns
    • Vibrations
    • Impact


    Obviously all injuries can’t be prevented but according to one study, wearing gloves reduces the risk of injury by 60%. Meanwhile, 70% of hand injuries are from workers not wearing gloves. Another large percentage was wearing incorrect or damaged gloves.

    Hand injuries also cost a lot. $382 million a year. They’re the second most expensive injury, only being beat by back strain.  They will crank up your insurance, could lead to fines or even law suits. An average claim on a hand injury is over 6 grand. And while that injury is being taken care of, you’re losing productivity.

    There is a very wide variety of glove types. Whether you need gloves that add grip and dexterity or increase cut and abrasion resistance, GME Supply can find you the right glove to meet your needs. We carry gloves for any application from a variety of brands.

  3. Milwaukee Tools and Brushed vs. Brushless Motors

    Click here to view all Milwaukee products and current offers!


    Milwaukee makes some of the best tools out there. They have been doing their thing for over 85 years, improving and innovating on tools that you need to stay productive and efficient. Right now, if you trade in your old tools to GME Supply, we’re offering $100 off any new Milwaukee M18™ product. Go here for more info on the trade-in program.


    Milwaukee Rebate Banner


    M18™ is the fastest-growing 18V system around. These things do what you used to need an extension cord and a corded tool to do. If you haven’t heard about it, here’s the short version. They’re professional-grade, lightweight, ergonomic tools with 18V lithium batteries that keep going long after others have died. You don’t make money while you’re waiting for your batteries to charge!


    Milwaukee Fuel Drills


    The M18 Fuel™ System has killer brushless motors and REDLINK PLUS™ that makes sure your tool is working as hard as it can and as efficiently as possible. While we’re on the subject, let’s look at the differences between brushed and brushless motors.

    Now, motors are all about magnets. As we all know, opposites attract and likes repel. When put together and correctly controlled, magnets inside a motor create rotational motion and spin the axle. Motors are everywhere, including power tools like drills.

    There are two basic types of motors that are used in drills: brushed and brushless. Both do essentially the same thing. They pump electricity through an electromagnet which is positioned near permanent magnets. This creates spin. The polarity of the magnet has to be flipped every 180 degrees, though. If the polarity weren’t changed, the motor would turn 180 degrees and stop. The way this polarity flip is created is the difference between brushed and brushless motors.

    In a brushed motor, the electromagnet passes through a pair of brushes that flip the polarity and makes the motor spin. While this is a very simple and cost-efficient way to make a motor, it does have drawbacks. The brushes can spark and create electrical noise, and they also limit the maximum speed of the motor. The motor also runs hotter due to the friction from the brushes. The biggest drawback, though, is the fact that the brushes wear out. If the motor isn’t serviced, eventually it will start losing power and then fail. That's an expensive repair.

    A brushless motor basically turns a traditional motor inside out, eliminating the need for brushes. It puts the electromagnets on the outside and the permanent magnet as the rotating piece on the inside. The polarity swap is handled by a small computer that rapidly turns the electromagnets on and off to spin the rotor. While this motor is more expensive to manufacture, it is more efficient and has a longer life. These very precise motors have virtually no wear parts and operate much cooler.

    Each motor has it's place, but the latest and greatest is definitely the brushless motors that are featured in the M18 Fuel™ system.

    Remember to check out our trade-in program to get $100 off your Milwaukee purchase and to learn more about what tools are right for you to get the job done safely and efficiently, contact our customer service department  at (800) 940-6762 or email

  4. Gear Giveaway

    You like gear.

    We're giving it away.

    $200+ worth of it, actually.

    Free Gear Photo

    All you have to do for a chance to win is review any product on our site, We don’t care if you love it or hate it, just tell us what you think. Once you submit that puppy, you’ll be entered to win.

    Look for the button that says, “Write a Review” on any product page to start your review. The more you enter, the greater your chance of winning. If you’ve used a product, tell us what you thought of it!

    Your reviews help us get you the best stuff. They also help you know what you need to Climb Higher! Get all your submissions in by October, 31st if you want to win the first drawing.

    If you have questions, give our customer service folks a ring at (800) 940-6762 or email

  5. New! GME Supply Bags and Buckets

    GME Supply is proud to announce the release of our brand new line of canvas bolt bags and lift buckets. These bags are strong, durable, and made in the USA!


    Our bolt bags are made of heavy-duty canvas with rivets for extra strength, and come in three different styles:


    First, the GM-5416TCP Extra Tall Top-Closing Bolt Bag, which is 12” tall and opens to 9” by 5” and has a 3” drawstring top.


    Next is the GM-5141P Extra Large Utility Bag, which is 10” by 12” by 5” with a 9” by 5” interior pocket and has a leather bottom for extra durability.


    Finally, the GM-5416T Bull-Pin and Bolt Bag is 10” tall and opens to 9” by 5” and has bull-pin loops for tool storage. Video coming soon!




    Our lift buckets, or nose bags, feature a high-strength webbing handle that is stitched down the length of the bag for better load distribution. The straps can be purchased with or without a swivel snaphook.


    The GM-5104 Leather Bottom Canvas Bucket is 17” by 12” with a high-density polyethylene top ring for strength and chemical resistance. The leather cuff extends 3” up the side and the bucket also has an 8” interior pocket.


    The GM-5109 Plastic Bottom Canvas Bucket is 15” by 12” and has a durable molded polypropylene bottom. This bucket also has a high-density polyethylene top ring.


    To learn more about any of these bags, visit the product page. Be sure to like us on facebook for daily product videos and news about our latest products!

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