November 2013

  1. Top Holiday Gift Ideas for 2013

    Top Holiday Gift Ideas


    Gift Pile


    ‘Tis the season around the GME Supply office… That means that we’ll put off our gift buying until the last possible moment. Then we’ll have to scramble through our warehouse to find something suitable for everyone… even the in-laws.


    Luckily for you, we’ve put together an entire section right here that has some killer holiday gift ideas. Now let’s look at a few of our favorites:


    Klein Tools 5104 Mini Leather Bottom Bucket

    Imagine the 5104 Leather Bottom Bucket. Now imagine yourself as a giant holding it. That’s what it’s like to hold the Mini Leather Bottom Bucket. It’s constructed just like the full-sized version. If you’ve got any construction workers, tower climbers or contractors that need gifts, this is a great option.


    Mini Bucket


    Milwaukee M12 Cordless Heated Jacket

    We’ve covered this jacket before… but that’s because it really is that great. The M12 REDLITHIUM battery in this jacket keeps the heat cranked for hours. You can go out in any temperature and stay comfortable. It’s also available in Realtree Xtra Camo for the hunters in your life.


    Milwaukee Jacket


    Milwaukee FASTBACK Flip Utility Knife

    This tough little dude gets used constantly in our own warehouse. Its Press and Flip feature makes opening all our shipments fast and easy since it can be operated with one hand. Plus it’s from the fine people at Milwaukee, so it’s obviously a quality knife.


    Milwaukee Fastback


    Klein Tools BBQ Tool Set

    We really don’t know how we ever flipped burgers before we got our set. They have 17” handles so you don’t singe your knuckles when you’re reaching those brats on the back row of the grill and the Cushion-Grip handle is comfortable and resists slippage for your marathon BBQ sessions. If you get a little thirsty, also check out the Klein Tools Beverage Tool. Perfect for cracking open a cold one.


    Klein BBQ


    Petzl Pixa 2 Headlamp with Mixed Beam

    If your hands are full, try out this hands-free alternative. The Pixa 2 is very tough, and would be a great gift for your favorite camper, climber or spelunker. It’s got two lighting modes and can be adjusted very easily, even with gloves.


    Pixa 2


    Ergodyne 6823 N-Ferno Wind-Proof Hinged Balaclava

    Balaclavas are a great way to protect your face, neck and ears. While you may wear these on the jobsite, you could also toss it on to go to the tree farm to cut down a Christmas tree or maybe when you’re on the slopes skiing or sledding. Whatever frigid environment you face, check this comfortable, wind-proof option from Ergodyne, along with our entire selection of warming gear.


    Ergodyne Balaclava


    Maximum Safety Journeyman Work Glove

    These are one of our favorite pairs of gloves. Made of trusty goatskin leather, they’re soft and comfortable plus reinforced fingertips add extra protection. They also have reinforced knuckles and reflective tape. The following sentence was typed wearing them. (We do not recommend using them as typing gloves.)


    Journeyman Glove


    Well… hope that was a quick rundown of a few of our Holiday Gift Ideas gives you some inspiration and helps you wrap up your shopping so you can get back to more important things like watching football and eating pie and things.

  2. Carhartt Gear

    Carhartt OuterwearBring on the rain, mud, snow and sleet. With the right set up from Carhartt, you will be able to withstand it all.


    If you’ve ever been out on the job in any of these tough conditions, you know that the right jacket or set of coveralls can make all the difference in how a workday goes. That’s where Carhartt’s innovation and high-quality construction comes in. Their entire line of outwear and work wear is tough-as-nails and is made to hold up to whatever you put it through.


    Their outerwear is comfortable, yet durable. They test all their fabrics way before they’re made into clothing. If it’s not the best, it doesn’t get the Carhartt name. After it’s been given the ok by the guys in the lab coats, it’s constructed with heavy-duty zippers and triple-stitching, guaranteeing that it has no weaknesses.


    For your bottom half, put on a pair of their pants, jeans or shorts. It doesn’t matter whether you choose traditional, relaxed, loose or dungaree fit… each one is made with premium fabric and designed to be comfortable from day one. You can get them with different linings, double-fronts for durability, even FR rated for those working near flames. Carhartt certainly has the ideal pair for you.


    If you need extra protection from the elements, have a looksee at Carhartt’s selection of bibs and coveralls. They’ve got heavy-duty fabric and metal rivets along with triple-stitched seams so they’ll stand up to any condition that you could possibly face.

    Carhartt Henley

    Just as durable as the rest of the Carhartt line, their shirts are great to have under your jacket. Some are available in a Work-Dry® material that will wick sweat away. You can get a button-up or a comfortable Henley style. And they have FR shirts to go with your FR pants.


    Carhartt Camo

    Done working and ready to hit the woods? Well, you’re in luck. Carhartt also has a complete line of Real Tree and Mossy Oak camo gear. Jackets, pants, bibs, gloves, boots, hats… you name it, they have it.


    Head over and take a look at all the Carhartt gear. There’s even more that we don’t have online, so if you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, chat us online or call one of our customer service folks to get set up with just what you need.

  3. Radio Check, This is GME Supply, Over.

    Cell phones can do basically anything these days. They’ve got WiFi, 4G LTE, GPS, Candy Crush… the list goes on. But if you’re relying on them to communicate with your crews, consider the following.

    Kenwood RDU-2020

    Two-way radios might not be the flashiest new technology, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t the best option for some tasks.

    • Radios broadcast to groups: You can get messages out to your whole crew at once, no matter how far apart you are on a job site. Stop calling every person individually.
    • Radios don’t require cell signals. Are you inside a building that cuts off cell reception? No worries, bud. The frequencies that two-way radios operate on are great at penetrating concrete, metal, even the ground.
    • Radios increase productivity. You don’t have to wait for a guy to get down off the tower to call you back. He’s not taking his phone up hundreds of feet while he’s working. With a radio, you can get info out instantly. You also can stop walking around a job site looking for the one person you need. A quick chirp on the radio eliminates that waste of time.
    • They pay themselves off. In the scheme of things, they won’t break the bank. And with the time you’re not wasting on less efficient means of communication, you’ll be rolling in the dough.


    Check out our radios from Kenwood and Motorola. Both are great options for business-class radios.


    You might not have even realized Kenwood is in the radio biz since they’re typically a household name in-car audio. That’s because they dump their funds into R&D to make the most boss radios they can. Check out the TK-3400U16P and the TK-3230DX to see what you’ve been missing out on.


    Motorola’s offerings have been redesigned to put out 30% louder than older models, so you won’t have to worry about background noise getting in the way of your communication. Swing by the Motorola page and have a peek at the RDU4160D and the RDU4100.

    Motorola Radios

    Be sure to watch our video overviews to find out which two-way radios would be best for you. If you still can’t decide, give us a call or chat us online and we’ll help you out. Blog post, over and out.

  4. Layers of Warmth


    Warming Layers Animation

    Working in the elements can be unavoidable. There’s a job and you have to do it – regardless of how much wind or sleet, rain or snow that Mother Nature is throwing at you. Luckily, GME Supply has the hook up on all the gear that you can layer up with to stay warm.


    The concept of layering isn’t new, but toss in high-tech fabrics or specially fitting shirts and jackets… you can laugh in the face of the ice-box that is the winter months.


    Ergodyne makes a complete line that is made specifically for layering. Take a look at the CORE Performance Work Wear series. It starts with a base layer that pulls moisture away from your body. These long or short sleeve shirts are designed with a long tail, so there isn’t any crack sneaking over your belt. You can wear an all-climate version or a thermal set. They’ve also got a pair of thermal bottoms to keep your legs toasty.



    The mid-layer is up next. These short or long sleeve shirts also pull moisture away and are loose-fitting and comfortable. They’re treated with a soil release and anti-stink treatment so they’re easy to clean and won’t hold onto any funk after a long day on the job.


    Finally, the outer layer. It’s your first line of defense against the cold. Start with a tenacious set of bibs. The rugged shell is resistant to wind and rain and has reinforced areas to prevent rips and tears. There’s also built-in knee and shin pads that can be replaced with a more beefy set if required. The legs have full-length zippers so tossing boots on and off is quick and easy.


    On top, try out a thermal vest or jacket. The polyester outer paired with soft fleece lining keeps you warm and comfortable. They’re riddled with pockets to hold all your gear, radios or IDs. Plus, with extra reflective accents, you don’t have to worry about not being seen.


    After that, slip on a pair of thermal gloves and a balaclava and you can basically survive in the arctic tundra. Say hello to the penguins for us.

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