Hard Hat

  1. Heat Stress 101

    It seems like just yesterday we were experiencing a polar vortex through the middle of the US and begging for warmer weather. Well, that warmer weather is finally here. Working in the cold has risks – we broke those down in our Cold Stress 101 blog post and working in the heat has its own set of risks. This week our Gear Experts® are going to talk about heat stress, symptoms, and ways to prevent it.

    Heat Stress


     

    Like we mentioned above, the heat of the summer can not only be uncomfortable, but it can have a huge impact on the job site in the form of heat stress and UV overexposure. Heat stress not only decreases employee performance, costing employer’s money and productivity, but it can be a very serious health risk. In fact, heat stress hospitalizes nearly 3,000 workers every year. Heat stress can take many forms like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

    Heat Stress Symptoms, Heat Exhaustion & Heat Stroke


     

    Heat Stress Symptoms

    Some symptoms of heat stress include:

    • Rash;
    • Cramps;
    • Dizziness;
    • Headache;
    • Nausea;
    • Confusion;
    • Heavy Sweating;
    • Weakness
    • Seizures; and
    • Unconsciousness

    Heat Exhaustion

    Heat exhaustion is when the body is losing fluid faster than it’s being rehydrated. Headaches, physical weakness, heavy sweating, and nausea are all signs of heat exhaustion. If you experience these symptoms find a cool place to rest, stay out of direct sunlight, and try to rehydrate your body with fluids. If symptoms do not improve in a reasonable amount of time, seek medical attention.

    Heat Stroke

    Heat stroke is when your body can no longer regulate your temperature properly. Convulsions, loss of consciousness, lack of sweating, or difficulty breathing are all signs of heat stroke. If you experience these symptoms you need to seek medical attention immediately because they are potentially fatal.

    Hydration is Key


     

    Obviously, the best way to avoid heat stress is to avoid being outside in the heat. However, we know that isn’t a realistic tip because the world doesn’t stop moving on hot days. So, the next best way to avoid heat stress is proper hydration. Strenuous work and high-temperature environments can result in a worker losing multiple liters of water in a single hour.

    According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommendations, workers should be drinking between 24 and 32 ounces of water every hour. This amount could increase as temperatures rise.

    Clothing Plays a Role


     

    Clothing also plays a huge role when it comes to heat management. After all, wearing a winter coat in 100-degree weather isn’t exactly a good idea. Not only does clothing protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun (UV exposure), but it also allows the body to make the most of its natural regulatory processes (sweating).

    Summer Workwear

    Lightweight and loose-fitting clothing will maximize the effectiveness of sweating. Light colored clothes will help reduce the amount of heat your clothing absorbs and, as mentioned above, will help protect your skin from UV rays. Full brim hard hats help keep that hot sun from direct contact with your skin as well.

    Hard hats / Helmets

    Unfortunately, when it comes to hard hats and helmets that are required on the job site, the options you have are often limited. A hard hat or helmet that is exposed to direct sunlight can be like having a little oven on top of your head. On top of that, full brim hard hats don’t exactly offer a ton of coverage for sun protection.

    Hard hat Neck Shades


     

    With hard hats being required, but not having a whole lot of protection, hard hat neck shades have stepped in to bridge that gap. Hard hat neck shades easily connect to the suspension of any hard hat or helmet and can make a serious difference when working in the summer heat.

    Chill-Its

    The Chill-Its line from Ergodyne have been designed to help prevent heat stress and add additional comfort when working in the heat. For example, the 6717 Hard Hat Pad with Neck Shade helps protect the back of the neck from UV exposure while adding a little extra padding for comfort. If you’re looking for more advanced protection, the 6670CT Neck Shade has a built-in cooling towel. The towel is made of a PVA material that when contacted with water or sweat activates a super evaporative cooling process.

    Heat stress is no joke and prevention should be taken seriously. If you need more information on heat stress, how to prevent heat-related illnesses, or any of our cooling products, 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 equipment is used.

    Click here to see our selection of neck shades

    Click here to see our selection of cooling gear

    Heat Stress 101: The Video


     

    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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  2. Product Spotlight: KASK Super Plasma HD Safety Helmet

    Head injuries are no joke. A head injury can cause brain damage, trauma, or even death. We know that protecting your noggin is an important part of job site safety. Not only is it important, but it’s required by law. OSHA states that a safety helmet must be worn “when working in areas where there is potential for injury to the head from falling objects”. While a safety helmet is required, not every helmet is the same. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down the KASK Super Plasma HD Safety Helmet.

    Features


     

    This helmet is jam-packed with cool features. It features ten air intakes to help keep you cool. These air intakes have an anti-intrusion grille that prevents dirt and debris from getting into the helmet. It also features premium lamp clips that are made of strong nylon and are compatible with any headlamp that has an elastic band. Storing the helmet is easy, too. The ring to hook special loop on the chin strap allows the helmet to easily connect to your harness.

    It also has visor attachments so that you can connect your favorite KASK Visor to your helmet. KASK doesn’t stop there, though. They’ve also included an integrated slot for earmuffs with a bayonet attachment. It also includes KASK’s “Up & Down System” which ensures a precise and comfortable fit around the neck. The center wheel and two side flaps allow for quick adjustment in both width and height.

    Construction


     

    The bells and whistles of this helmet weren’t only reserved for the sweet features. The construction is impressive, too. The outer shell is constructed of ABS plastic while the inner shell is made of HD Polystyrene. The soft PA Nylon provides ultimate comfort during your daily use and the universal size means this helmet can be adjusted from 20 to 24 3/8 inches (that’s 51 to 62 cm for our metric friends).

    Style & Standards


     

    This helmet has a style that more closely resembles a bike helmet rather than a traditional hard hat. But that doesn’t make it any less safe. What really matters when looking at a safety helmet is that it meets the standards (Type & Class) that are required for the work you are doing. Type covers impact and class covers electrical ratings. For more detailed information about standards, best practices, and service life, check out our Safety Helmets 101 blog post and our free Safety Helmets 101 downloadable poster.

    Now that we’ve established that there are specific standards, and you’ve had a chance to check out what those standards entail (if you didn’t already know, of course). Let’s break down the standards for this helmet. It meets ANSI Z89.1-2014 and CSA Z94.1-2015 which means the standards for this helmet have been established. Those standards are Type 1, Class C.

    If you’ve got more questions on the KASK Super Plasma HD Safety Helmet or if you’re looking for more information about safety helmets in general, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

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    Click here to see our full selection of KASK gear

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    Click here to download a free copy of our Safety Helmets 101 downloadable poster straight from our Knowledge Base

    **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.

    Safety Helmets: The Playlist


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGqmxdXiNrQ&list=PLZQI6zuBv9QM4a2K-mTIvp2MefUCl5WiQ

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

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  3. 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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  4. Must-Haves: Tower Climber Edition

    As a tower climber there is a ton of different gear to choose from and sometimes weeding through everything can take way too much time. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down the must-have gear you need to get the job done and stay safe.

    The Gear


     

    So, what are the essentials needed for tower climbers?

    Harness 

    Let’s start with the most obvious: a harness. Your harness is the focal point of all your gear, but which harness is the best? Well, that depends on some factors about what job you will be doing. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. You can click here to check out our Ultimate Fall Protection Harness Buying Guide for details on how to pick the right harness for you.

    Helmet

    The next intricate piece is a helmet. Protecting your dome is important and picking the right helmet ensures that your noggin will go uncracked. Picking the right helmet involves a little bit of knowledge about the job at hand. Check out our Safety Helmets 101 blog post where we take you through the what’s what when it comes to keeping your noodle safe. You can also download our free Safety Helmets 101 pdf from our Knowledge Base.

    Twin Leg Lanyard

    Once you’ve got your harness and helmet covered, it’s time to look at a shock absorbing lanyard. Twin leg lanyards are diverse. They come in a range of styles and lengths for a range of specific applications (like foot level tie off or tie-back) and with a ton of different connection point options.

    Cable Safety Sleeve (Cable Grab)

    Chances are, a tower you encounter will have a cable climb system which means you will need a way to securely connect your harness to that system. In fact, nearly every telecom tower in North America has a cable climb system of some sort. So, your gear list isn’t complete without a cable grab. While the basic function of cable grabs are pretty much the same – there are subtle differences in each.

    Pass-Through Sling (Pass-Through Web Anchor)

    Sometimes you will run into a situation where you need to make your own anchorage point. Having a pass-through anchor in your gear list will give you the ability to produce that anchorage point.

    Positioning Lanyard

    You’ve made it to your destination on the tower, but now you can’t quite work where you need to because the cable climb system isn’t in the right spot and you need both of your hands to work. That’s where a positioning lanyard comes in. Using your twin leg lanyard to move safely to your working location you can then position yourself and work handsfree with your positioning lanyard.

    Bolt Bag

    You’ve only got two hands (us too, unfortunately) which means that carrying nuts, bolts, and small tools up the tower while your climbing isn’t possible. That’s why a bolt bag is on our must-haves list.

    Carabiner

    At least one carabiner will make your life and the job so much easier. We recommend at least two typically, but one will get you by. Carabiners have a ton of different applications but using one to connect your bolt bag to your harness isn’t a bad idea. Find out more about carabiner gates with our free downloadable pdf from our knowledge base.

    Separator Bar (Spreader Bar)

    Sitting or leaning while positioned on the tower can place a lot of pressure on your waist and hips. It’s hard on your body and uncomfortable. Especially if you’re in that position for an extended amount of time. Using a separator spreader bar helps relieve that pressure and keep you feeling great.

    RF Monitor

    Not all dangers can be seen with the human eye and RF frequencies are one of them. Ensuring that you are not overexposed to RF waves is extremely important to your safety and the FieldSENSE 2.0 Personal RF Monitor has you covered. For more information on the FieldSENSE RF Monitor check out our blog post.

    Duffle Bag

    You’re loaded up with all the must-have gear for climbing the tower, but now you’ve got one little problem – you can’t carry it all. Did we mention having 2 hands isn’t enough already? A duffle bag fixes that problem. Fit all your gear neatly organized in one single, easy to transport duffle bag.

    All-In-One Solution


     

    We’ve covered a lot of information in this blog post – and sifting through all of the different options for each of the must-have pieces of gear takes time. Because we know that your time is precious our Gear Experts® have put together an Essential Tower Climbing Kit that includes all of the equipment we discussed in this blog post (except for the RF Monitor). It also includes a variety of upgradable options (like the RF Monitor).

    We have a variety of different kits assembled by our Gear Experts® for a range of different applications.

    Need help finding the perfect kit? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see our full selection of tower climbing gear

    Click here to see our Essential Tower Climbing Kit

    **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.

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  5. Safety Helmets 101

    This week our Gear Experts® are here to talk about hard hats. Whether you call them helmets or hard hats, protecting your skull is an important part of on the job safety.

    The Rules


     

    OSHA states that a safety helmet must be worn “when working in areas where there is potential for injury to the head from falling objects.” Hard hats must also be worn in areas where there’s a risk of exposure to electrical conductors that can potentially contact the head. In these situations, specially designed helmets must be used.

    Hard Hat Types


     

    Type I

    Type I hard hats are intended to reduce forces of impact from a blow to the top of the head. These are the most common helmet on the job site. Type 1 helmets would protect a worker from a dropped hammer or tape measure.

    Type II

    Type II hard hats are intended to reduce forces from lateral impact coming from an off-center, side, or top of the head strike. This impact could be from a sharp corner of an I-Beam or swinging structural element of a tower. The sides of these helmets are typically lined with a high-density foam or suspension.

    Electrical Classes


     

    Class E

    Class E hard hats are designed to reduce exposure to high voltage conductors and offer protection up to 20,000 volts. These helmets cannot be vented. Formerly associated with the “Class B” rating, Class E hard hats can also be considered a General, “Class G” hard hat.

    Class G

    Class G hard hats are designed to reduce exposure to low voltage conductors. They offer protection up to 2,200 volts. Like Class E helmets, this protection is only for the head. Class G was formerly categorized as “Class A”.

    Class C

    Class C hard hats are considered conductive, and they do not provide any electrical protection. These helmets are typically vented, and only protect workers from impacts but do provide workers increased breathability.

    Labeling


     

    To qualify as an ANSI certified helmet, there must be a legible label inside the helmet which identifies the standards that the hard hat was designed to meet. If your helmet is missing this label or it’s no longer legible, it should be replaced.

    Service Life


     

    A hard hats service life starts from the time it was put into service. While there is a date code stamped into the helmet, that is only the date of manufacturing. When a helmet is put into service, it should be documented on the label in the shell of the hard hat.

    The helmet suspension should be replaced after no more than every 12 months, and the helmet should be replaced after no more than 5 years. These dates are the maximum, and the helmet should be inspected regularly to ensure that it is still safe.

    If the hard hat has sustained an impact it must be removed from service. Even if there is no visible damage, the materials could have weakened and may no longer provide the level of protection required.

    Best Practices


     

    Suspensions should always be designed by the manufacturer to work with the specific hard hat and should not be modified. Only use the specific suspension when replacing a worn-out suspension and install it to the manufacturer’s instructions. This includes installing it backward, so the brim of a helmet can be worn in the back. Although, some manufacturers do offer swing-style suspensions which allow the helmet to be reversed.

    Do not paint your helmet. Chemicals in the paint can alter and damage the structure of the hard hat and reduce the protection provided. If you’re painting on the jobsite, always clean your helmet according to the manufacturer’s recommendations to remove any chemicals or paint residue that may be present.

    Pressure sensitive, non-metallic stickers or self-adhesive tape are typically acceptable on most of today’s hard hats. However, you must refer to the manufacturer’s recommendation to verify if they’re allowed on your particular hard hat and for placement guidelines.

    Standards


     

    ANSI/ISEA Z89.1-2014

    This standard provides performance and testing requirements for industrial helmets, commonly known as hard hats. It establishes the types and classes of protective helmets, depending on the type of hazard encountered.

    OSHA 29 CFR 1910.135

    Head Protection Requirements and Classifications of Hard Hats and Safety Helmets for general industry workers.

    OSHA 29 CFR 1926.100

    Head Protection Requirements and Classifications for head protection for construction, demolition, and renovation workers.

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  6. Protect Your Skull

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    Safety helmets­ – some call them hard hats – have been around for almost 100 years. Today’s helmets will protect your head much better than the leather or steamed canvas hats of the early 1900’s. The latest helmets on the market are lightweight, durable and comfortable. Early versions were very much not those things.

     

    Safety equipment that is comfortable to wear is really important. If workers feel the things they’re required to wear are uncomfortable, they could decide to wear them incorrectly or might not even wear them at all.

     

    If you’re in the tower climbing industry, you can use traditional construction hard hats, but they’re not ideal. They can be heavy, bulky, and restrictive. They also don’t usually have a chin strap. You don’t want to be at height and have your helmet slip off your head (and neither do the people on the ground)!

     

    Generally, helmets protect you from impact by using a suspension system which separates your skull from the helmet. That way, the shell can dent and absorb the blow. Another style uses a foam liner similar to a bike helmet. If the helmet gets hit, the foam liner deforms to absorb the impact. A deformed helmet can be replaced, a deformed head on the other hand… not so much.

     

    There are a couple basic kinds of safety helmets. ANSI Type I helmets protect against blows to the top of the head, and ANSI Type II helmets protect both the top and sides of the head. There should be a label on the shell of the helmet which shows which you have. You might also find something called a bump cap. These are not ANSI compliant, but they are great if you need to protect against scrapes and bumps.

     

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    There are also different electrical classes of helmets. Class G is the general helmet. They’re intended to reduce the danger of exposure to low voltage. Class E helmets are for use with potential exposure to high voltage. No more than 20,000 volts, specifically. Class C helmets are considered conductive and should not be used if you’re working near electricity.

     

    Traditionally hard hats come in a few standard colors: white, red, yellow, maybe orange. You can also get them in blue, green, black, and even pink. Or maybe you’d like to show your fandom for a pro sports team. We can get you whichever team you like… no questions asked.

     

     

    A few specific helmets for tower climbing that we recommend are the Petzl Vertex Vent, Kask Super Plasma, and EVO 6151 Vent.  Be sure to watch our helmet comparison video to learn about all their great features. GME Supply is here to help you find a lightweight, comfortable helmet so you can Climb Higher!

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