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  1. GME Supply Co Receives Significant Investment from Platte River Equity

    GME Supply Receives Significant Investment from Platte River Equity

     

     

    GME Supply Co Receives Significant Investment from Platte River Equity

    Columbia, Missouri, December 4, 2019 – GME Supply Co (“GME” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has recently received a significant investment from Platte River Equity (“Platte River”), a private equity firm based in Denver, Colorado. GME, headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, is a market-leading distributor of fall protection, safety equipment and related gear for at-height workers in the telecommunications, wind, solar, industrial and construction markets.

    “We are excited about our new partnership with Platte River,” said Beau Aero, Founder & CEO of GME. “We have grown significantly over the last 10 years and believe Platte River’s experience in our markets will help us further achieve our goals.”

    Peter W. Calamari, Managing Director of Platte River said, “Beau and his management team have built an impressive organization with great customer service and consultative support for clients rooted in knowledge of products and best practices. Their unique position in a core group of niche industries and aggressive diversification strategy was a key factor in our decision to partner with their team. We hope to help GME continue to build upon this impressive track record.”

    “Our company has always been focused on doing what is best for the industries we serve, and the customers within those markets,” Aero said. “In discussions with Platte River, it was clear that they understood our vision for the future. We’re looking forward to accelerating our growth and improving our
    existing strengths to even higher levels.”

    Matt D. Newill, Vice President of Platte River, stated, “We have made several investments in companies serving at-height workers and believe GME is well-positioned to take advantage of strong growth in its core end markets.”

    With the additional support provided by Platte River, GME intends to increase their national footprint further with additional locations, staff, and logistical systems to continue their mission to keep workers safe and productive on the job, by offering customers world-class service and expertise.

    About GME Supply Co

    Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Columbia, Missouri with storefronts and primary distribution centers in Atlanta, Dallas and recently Los Angeles, GME is a North America’s Premier Outfitter of fall protection, safety equipment and other gear for at-height workers in the telecommunications, wind, solar, industrial and construction markets.

    About Platte River Equity

    Based in Denver, Colorado, Platte River Equity is a private equity firm focused on equity investments in lower middle market operating companies with enterprise values generally between $40 million and $250 million. The firm invests in sectors where it has deep operating and investing experience, including aerospace & transportation; industrial products & services; energy products & services; and agriculture & chemicals. Platte River has raised funds with committed capital in excess of $1.3 billion.

    *The information in this article has been published on PE Hub, Inside Towers, and Industrial Distribution.

  2. New Year, New Gear

    PMI Climbing Helmet

    In just a few short weeks it will be a new year and a new decade. We're always looking ahead to see how we can help continue keeping at-height workers safe and productive on the job. So, we're constantly bringing in new gear. Start 2020 out right with all new equipment like the Impact Helmet from PMI or the AC Electric Pulling/Lifting Winch 60Hz/120v from Portable Winch.

     

    PMI Impact and Air-Go Climbing Helmets


    And, in the video below we take a look at the new PMI Impact and Air-Go climbing helmets. Both the Impact and Air-Go were built to comply with ANSI Z89.1 Type 1 Class C. These helmets provide a great level of protection and comfort in a modern climbing style. 

     

    Portable Winch AC Electric Pulling/Lifting Winch


    The Portable Winch AC Electric Pulling/Lifting Winch 60Hz/120v was designed for lifting applications where a traditional gas-powered motor cannot be used. It can lift a load of 550 pounds with an integrated rope grabbing system. It is capable of pulling up to 1805 pounds at 29-feet per minute with its standard 85-millimeter drum. This winch was designed for use with any length of double-braid polyester rope with a 12 - 13 mm diameter.

     

    Gear Expert Giveaway - Bose Prize Pack!


    Our next Gear Expert Giveaway is live! Prizes include a Bose Solo 5 TV sound bar, Bose Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones, and more! Check out the full list of prizes and enter to win at gmesupply.com/win

    Enter daily to increase your chances of winning!

     

    Video: PMI Impact and Air-Go Climbing Helmets


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     
    If you haven’t already checked out Gear Up with Gear Experts, our podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction, it is available for download! You can find it on all major podcast listening platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, + your favorite podcatcher of choice. And, you can head on over to gearexperts.com to follow us on social media, check out our detailed show notes, and sign up for updates.

     

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  3. The Cordage Institute: Fiber Rope Requirement Criteria

    The Cordage Institute: Fiber Rope Requirement Criteria

     

    The Cordage Institute

    When it comes to working at-height, inspecting your equipment can make all the difference in job site safety. We’ve covered rope inspection in a previous blog post. You can find that post by clicking here. This week our Gear Experts® are going to provide a broad overview of the organization that sets standards for inspection.

    The Cordage Institute


     

    Fiber rope standards are established by an organization called the Cordage Institute. The Cordage Institute was founded in 1920 and is comprised of a group of fiber rope manufacturers, their suppliers, and affiliated end-user organizations. While the cordage institute sets a wide variety of standards for a wide variety of uses, the standard that is of interest to our industry is the International Guideline for Fiber Rope Inspection and Retirement Criteria – specifically section 4 (CI 2001-04).

    In this post, we're giving a brief overview of the subject matter discussed in the Fiber Ropes, General Standard (CI-1201) which covers the general characteristics and requirements for all fiber cordage and ropes which you can order in full here.

    CI-1201


     

    As we mentioned above, CI-1201 covers the general characteristics and requirements for all fiber cordage and ropes. We'll touch on characteristics that are tested for like Minimum Breaking Strength (MBS), Working Load Limits (WLL), and Safety Factor and the different packaging requirements for commercial use.

    Rope Packaging Labels for Commercial Use

    When buying rope, a unit should have a label noting the product description, diameter/size, weight/length, material, minimum breaking strength (MBS) or working load, the manufacturer's name and address, and country of origin.  This is the basic set of variables you need to know to estimate how your rope will or will not work in a given scenario.

     

    Minimum Breaking Strength

    Simply put, minimum breaking strength (MBS) is the lowest amount of force required to break an object. As mentioned, MBS should be listed on the packaging label.

    Working Load Limit

    In order to determine the Working Load Limit (WLL), you will need to know the Minimum Breaking Strength. Each manufacturer's ratings are different due to different construction processes and materials. To figure for WLL, you will take the MBS and divide it by the Factor of Safety.  

    Factor of Safety

    The default safety factor to which synthetic rope can be subjected is one-tenth (10%) of the manufacturer's documented MBS. It's worth noting that the safety factor accounts for strength reductions associated with knotting/termination and losses in strength and efficiency as the rope passes through sheaves. This should help to explain why the safety factor exceeds the more common 5:1 factor found regularly in ASME B30 for other rigging components.

    So, if you have a 1/2'' Double Braid Polyester rope with an MBS of 11,000 lbs., and dividing your default safety factor of 10, you end up with a WLL of 1,100 lbs.

    11,000 MBS / 10 = 1,100 WLL

     

    More Rope Information:

    Get a free downloadable rope log or learn more about ropes in our Knowledge Base.

    If you’ve got any questions about rope, rope inspection, or rope retirement, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see our full selection of rope.

    Click here to download your free rope inspection log.

    Click here to see all of our rope focused blog posts.

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. The manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used. The use of rope and cordage products has inherent safety risks which are subject to highly variable conditions and which may change over time.

    Compliance with standards and guidelines of the Cordage Institute does not guarantee safe use under all circumstances, and the Institue disclaims any responsibility for accidents that may occur. if the user has any questions or uncertainties about the proper use of rope or cordage or about safe practices, consult a professional engineer or other qualified individuals.

    Rope Videos: The Playlist


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    If you haven’t already checked out Gear Up with Gear Experts, our podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction, it is available for download! You can find it on all major podcast listening platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, + your favorite podcatcher of choice. And, you can head on over to gearexperts.com to follow us on social media, check out our detailed show notes, and sign up for updates.

     

    Get Social


     

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

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  4. Welcoming Our Newest Gear Expert: Willie Goldman

    Welcoming Our Newest Gear Expert: Willie Goldman

    Willie Goldman

     

    GME Supply is excited to welcome Willie Goldman as our new Telecom Business Development Manager. Goldman brings decades of expertise in the industry to help GME Supply continue to elevate our best-in-class level of excellence for contractors, carriers, and tower owners.

    Goldman has served on the National Association of Tower Erectors Member Services Committee and now serves on the NATE Trade Show Committee and the Tower Family Foundation Endowment Committee.

    On his new role, Goldman said, “If I had to write a job description for the perfect job I’d want to do for the next 10 years, it would be this job at this company...I’m as excited about this as anything I’ve ever done!”

    We couldn't agree more. Welcome aboard, Willie!

  5. Holiday Gift Ideas 2019

    High Quality Components

    It's that time of year again and we are back with new gifts. 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 2019 Ultimate Holiday Gift Buying Guide, we feature items for several price ranges. 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

    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.

    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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    Full Body Harness 101 Safety Poster – $4.99

    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 – $4.99

    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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    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 Dagr Safety Glasses with Smoke Lens and Matte Gray Frame – $11.81

    Ergodyne's Dagr Safety Glasses include a half-frame, no-slip nose piece and rubber temple earpieces. 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 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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    GME Supply 5104Mini Leather Bottom Bucket – $14.95

    Introducing the GME Supply 5104 Mini Leather Bottom Bucket. Constructed of the same materials as the regular 5104, just smaller. It 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 earplugs. 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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    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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    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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    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 job site 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 Ball Pein Hammer - 3.5 lb Head – $46.99

    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 – $49.99

    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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    Gifts Under $100


     

    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 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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    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 – $69.95

    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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    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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    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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    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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    Wera Tools 2019 Advent Calendar - $87.00

     

    The Wera Tools 2019 Advent Calendar is the perfect gift for someone in your life who appreciates the highest quality tools. The 416R T-handle Rapidator Screwdriver for 1/4-inch bits, 801 Stubby magnetic bit holder for 1/4-inch bits, and assorted bits and sockets will outperform any tools in their class.


     

    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 – $89.95

    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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    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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    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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    Gifts Under $170


     

    Go premium with these awesome gift ideas under $170

     

    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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    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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    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 – $179.00

    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 – $568.38

    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 – $699.00

    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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  6. Product Spotlight: AB Chance Capstan Rope Lock

    AB Chance Capstan Hoist Rope LockCapstan hoists are a staple in the lifting and rigging industry. They're lightweight, versatile, and strong tools that make the day a little bit easier. This week our Gear Experts® are spotlighting the AB Chance Capstan Rope Lock and reissuing our break down on how to properly mount a capstan hoist to a swivel mount.

    AB Chance Capstan Hoist Rope Lock


     

    The AB Chance Capstan Hoist Rope Lock device was designed to give you greater control while using your capstan hoist. The rope lock automatically supports the load when the fall line is released until the operator resumes hoisting. The release lanyard permits lowering or lifting loads with precise control over speed and distance.

    The Rope Lock was designed for AB Chance Series 90 - 1,000 lb capacity capstan hoists. It accepts 1/2'', 5/8'', and 3/4'' rope.

     

    Swivel Brackets


     

    A swivel bracket can only be used with the 1,000 Pound Capstan Hoist. If you need to mount your 3,000 Pound Capstan Hoist, click here to check out our blog post on how to use the chain mount bracket.

     

    Assembling the Bracket


    The first part of mounting the capstan hoist requires assembling the bracket and attaching it to the truck.

    Step 1: Attaching the Swivel Plate to the Hitch

    Insert the swivel mount plate into a 2-inch hitch mount. The plate does not come with a key or pin to secure the plate onto the hitch. You will need to get a pin/key that fits the hitch you are using. **Do not use the setup until the plate is secured to the hitch with a pin/key.

    Step 2: Attaching the Swivel to the Plate

    The swivel bracket comes with four Grade 5 Bolts. Line the bracket up with the holes on the plate and secure the bracket into place with the included bolts. The bolts should be attached with the threads facing down. Ensure that you have tightened the bolts securely to hold the bracket in place.

    Step 3: Attaching the C-Bracket

    There is a pin on the back of the swivel mount bracket. This pin fits into the bottom of the C-Bracket to ensure that it is positioned correctly. Using a ½ inch Allen wrench secure the C-Bracket with the 4 provided screws.

    Step 4: Attaching the Capstan Hoist to the C-Bracket

    The C-Bracket has a pin on the back of it. This pin ensures that you will install the capstan hoist on the bracket correctly. The drum of the capstan hoist should be positioned directly above the center bolt of the swivel bracket. To correctly position the drum, make sure that the safety bar is on the backside of the load. Then, using the 6 screws that came with the C-Bracket, attach the capstan to the bracket.

    If you’ve got any questions about our selection of capstan hoists, mounts, accessories, or how to attach the hoist to a mount, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see the swivel mount bracket

    Click here to see the 1,000-pound capstan

    Click here to see our full selection of capstans and accessories

    **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 equipment is used.

    Mounting the Capstan: 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® is available via your podcast listening platform of choice 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 for alerts, head on over to gearexperts.com.

    Get Social


     

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    *Much of the information provided in this blog was sourced from Hubbell Power Systems.

  7. 3M 5G Meets 5 Free Sweepstakes

    3M 5G Meets 5 Free Giveaway

    3M is giving away telecom safety gear kits designed specifically for 5G challenges. Enter here for a chance to win your choice of a Tower Climber Kit or a Small Cell Installer Kit!

    The 5G evolution is happening now and 3M can keep your team protected and productive with protective solutions designed for the way workers work today. From head, eye, and hearing protection to fall protection systems, 3M has the gear you need to thrive in a 5G world.

     

    Choose a Kit


    Tower Climber Kit includes:

    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® ExoFit NEX™ Plus ComfortStyle Tower Climbing Harness
    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® Rope Adjustable Positioning
      Lanyard, Trigger
    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® ShockWave™ 2 100% TieOff Shock Absorbing Lanyard
    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® Saflok™ Carabiner
    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® Saflok™ Carabiner, Yellow Zinc

    3M Tower Climber Kit

    Small Cell Installer Kit includes:

    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® ExoFit NEX™ Vest- Style Harness
    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® Nano-Lok™ Self Retracting Lifeline, Web
    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® Suspension Trauma Safety Straps
    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® Safe Bucket 100 lb. Load Rated Hook and Loop Canvas

    3M Small Cell Installer Kit

    Both Kits Include:

    • 3M™ SecureFit™ Safety Helmet
    • 3M™ Smart Lens Protective Eyewear Photochromatic Lens, Black Frame
    • 3M™ PELTOR™ Hard Hat Attached Electrically
      Insulated Earmuffs
    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® Parts Pouch, Canvas Black
    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® 5 lb. Tool Retractor
    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® Adjustable Radio/Cell Phone Holster
    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® Equipment Carrying and Storage Bag

    3M 5G Safety Kits

     

    Enter the giveaway here. Good luck!

    **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 equipment is used.

    3M Fall Protection Videos


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    *Much of the information provided in this blog was sourced from 3M.

  8. Petzl Headlamps

    Petzl Headlamps

    Headlamps are an unmatched form of work lighting in terms of versatility and mobility for handsfree work. The operating life and brightness of these handy tools have come a long way in the past decade.

    Petzl consistently offers improvements to headlamp designs, features, brightness, and durability with each new design. This week, we're taking a look at some of the more exciting features of the newest TACKTICKKA, DUO, and PIXA models.

    TACKTIKKA


    The TACKTIKKA is Petzl's compact professional headlamp built to be light and adaptable to a number of situations. They provide 300 lumens for the base model, 350 lumens for plus models, and 450 lumens for the rechargeable TACKTIKKA CORE model. Every TACKTIKKA is a HYBRID CONCEPT designed for compatibly with alkaline, lithium, or Ni-MH rechargeable batteries.

    Along with the standard lighting mode, each model features a red light for stealth and the TACTIKKA + RGB model features green and blue lighting modes to suit different situations.

    While all TACKTIKKA models can use rechargeable batteries, the TACKTIKKA CORE is built to utilize the CORE battery to its full potential - pumping out 100 more lumens than the TACKTIKKA +.

    PIXA


    The Petzl PIXA is a rugged headlamp built for use in explosive environments as noted in ATEX or HAZLOC zone requirements. Those specific requirements aren't necessarily followed in the U.S., but those designations say a lot about how durable these PIXA headlamps are built.

    Every PIXA features "Constant Lighting" technology, meaning the brightness does not decrease gradually as the batteries are drained like typical headlamps. Instead, the headlamps automatically switch to a reserve mode that uses a blinking light to signal you to change the battery.

    The PIXA also features a rotating knob, rather than a button, that allows you to easily switch between lighting modes while wearing gloves. These also feature added water-tightness to the IP67 standard.

    DUO


    The DUO models are Petzl's high-performance models with the higher brightness outputs and added features for groups of workers.

    Like the other models we've mentioned, the DUO has a hybrid design to give you the ability to use standard and rechargeable batteries. And, like the PIXA, the DUO also features the easy-to-handle knob to switch lighting modes.

    On top of that, the DUO features a BOOST lighting mode and FACE2FACE function. The BOOST mode allows you to temporarily access maximum battery power to increase your lumen output. The FACE2FACE function automatically dims your light output when you are facing another DUO - that way you can stop blinding coworkers when you are looking at each other.

    If you are needing some intense light output from a headlamp, try the DUO S. The DUO S offers an astounding 1,100 maximum lumen output and includes a 110/240 V charger with your purchase.

    **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 equipment is used.

    Petzl Headlamp Video


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    *Much of the information provided in this blog was sourced from Petzl.

  9. Anritsu Company Test and Measurement Equipment

    Anritsu Test an Measurement Equipment

    Here at GME Supply, we couldn’t be more excited to stock Anritsu Company's test and measurement equipment. We’re determined to decrease lead times for these important devices and make sure you’re fully supported. Our Gear Experts are here to help you select the proper equipment, get you the right training, and keep you supplied with all the necessary accessories. Let's dive into what makes these devices so exciting.

    Cable and Antenna Analysis


    The Anritsu Site Master is a trusted industry standard for cable and antenna analysis. There are several configurations available. To choose the right configuration, you will need to know the various frequencies you will be working with. One of our Gear Experts can help you out if you’re unsure.

    What is PIM?

    PIM, or passive intermodulation is interference generated "when two or more signals transit through a passive device with nonlinear properties (Analog Dialogue)." PIM can arise in a number of ways: bad or improperly tightened connectors, rusty brackets or other metals, and more. No matter the cause, you’ll need to find the issue and fix it because that frequency interference will potentially result in a carrier losing customers or incurring fines.

    The PIM Master can analyze a system and provide a Distance-to-PIM reading. The Distance-to-PIM reading will help you narrow in on what is causing any interference, and you can get to work on fixing the issue.

    Fiber Optics


    Historically, antenna equipment was supported through COAX cable. With 4G and beyond, a good portion of this COAX cable is being replaced with fiber optic cable to remove interference and increase signal strength. By relying on light rather than electrical charges through COAX, there are fewer variables to interfere with signal strength.

    That said, there’s still interference in fiber and you’ll need to keep a few things in mind as you purchase equipment to service fiber optic systems.

    First, the actual glass fiber in a Singlemode fiber cable is only 62.5 microns wide - about the diameter of a human hair. At such a small size, small particles on connectors or tiny fractures in the glass can cause interference in the strand and weaken its signal strength. The majority of the bulk in a fiber optic cable is protective cladding.

    As light travels through the fiber, it’s constantly hitting impurities that make the light scatter or reflect back. This reflectance decreases the overall strength of the light at its destination. That’s why testing and identifying the impurities, scattering, etc., is such an important step to fixing loss within a fiber optic system.

    The typical measurements tested for these super-thin strands are distance measurements, loss measurements, and reflectance measurements.

    Anritsu has several tools to help test, inspect, and measure fiber. The Video Inspection Probe, is a fiber microscope that allows you to visually inspect connectors.

    Light Sources allow you to beam light from one end of a fiber optic cable for a quick light test. With these devices, you can run a fairly simple pass/fail test. If you want to figure out where along the fiber you have a failure, you’ll need an OTDR device.

    An OTDR, or Optical Time Delay and Reflectometer, allows you to generate the pulses of light to the other end to verify and locate any reflectance. The OTDR ACCESS Master is Anritsu’s standalone OTDR solution. Not only do Anritsu OTDR find and locate reflectance, but they also offer recommendations and advice for solutions to fix any reflectance in the fiber.

    **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 equipment is used.

    Anritsu Video


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    *Much of the information provided in this blog was sourced from Anritsu Company, The Fiber Optic Association, Inc., and Analog Dialogue.

  10. Tower Consumables from Petrilla Technologies

    High Quality Components

    At GME Supply our mission is to keep you safe and productive on the job. We also pride ourselves in having the know-how and capabilities to provide you with all of the equipment to perform your job not only safely, but effectively. This week our Gear Experts® are going to talk about our full selection of tower consumables.

    Petrilla Technologies


    GME Supply has teamed up with Petrilla Technologies to provide tower consumables. Petrilla Technologies is a certified Service Disabled Verteran Owned Small Business backed by the National Association of Tower Erectors as a top-quality manufacturer of telecom components.

    Tower Consumables


    As we mentioned before, we’ve made a promise to help keep you safe and productive on the job. Part of that promise includes the equipment that you need to do the job once you reach the top of the tower. 

    We offer a huge variety of load cells, dust caps, and other components and accessories for the telecom industry from Petrilla Technologies.

     

    In Stock & Ready to Ship



    We understand that when it comes to tower consumables, you don’t always know what you need until a few days before you start the job. That’s why we keep most consumables in stock and ready to ship the same day. Simply look for this Quick Ship Label to know if we’ve got the consumables you need in stock. For more details about what Quick Ship means and more information on our shipping policies, click here.

    If you’ve got any questions about our selection of tower consumables, or if you’re looking for something specific, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see our selection of tower consumables.

    **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 equipment is used.

    Petrilla Tower Consumables: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


    Gear Up with Gear Experts® is available via your podcast listening platform of choice 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 for alerts, head on over to gearexperts.com.

     

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