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Tool time: Hardware show unfurls abundance of new products

The National Hardware Show is full of new product launches this year, including Craftsman’s Harley-Davidson toolbox collection, Dickies’ new tool bag line and the latest parcel drop from Architectural Mailboxes.

The 2013 National Hardware Show, in Las Vegas through today , has attracted more than 27,000 people from the home improvement industry to see 2,500 exhibits at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

At Craftsman, the 86-year-old brand was showing off its new heavy-duty line of tool cabinets, with drawers that can hold up to 75 pounds each, up from the last model’s 50-pound drawer capacity.

The manufacturer also unveiled its Harley-Davidson branded heavy-duty tool cabinets, which are available at Sears or craftsman.com. A different version will be available at Harley dealers this summer. The cabinets have the official Harley orange and black color, Harley logos and Craftsman’s new DynaGlide ball bearing drawer system.

New Craftsman woodworking items will be in stores this month, including blades, a die-cast aluminum router table with a base cabinet and a quick lift gravity stand.

“We’re back as far as woodworking goes,” said Eugene Kulig, product manager for Craftsman Work Shop.

At 32 North, the company was showing its Stabilicers, replaceable rubber cleats that attaches to shoes for ice walking. The first version was launched 22 years ago, but it’s the company’s running shoe version that’s gaining the most traction.

“Running’s really taken off. It’s gone from 2.4 billion units in the U.S. in 2004 to 6.8 billion in 2011. This is a great category for us,” company President John Milburn said.

Milburn sells to retailers such as REI, Cabela’s and L.L. Bean, and his product is made in the United States.

Sonya Ruff Jarvis, vice president of attendee programs for Reed Exhibitions, said products made in the United States are popular, which prompted the hardware show to create an all U.S.-made pavilion. Products showcased there include the Bionic Wrench, Stud Buddy and old favorite Maglite.

Elsewhere on the floor, JS Products was showing off the new Dickies tool bags, made possible through a licensing agreement between the two companies. Nearby, Crazy Larry’s Secret Lube cutting oil was set up near a sea of wheelbarrows, power tools, levels, gloves and ladders.

Nancy Lewis was calling out to passers-by, trying to get them to check out a heated hose. As sales manager for Pirit Heated Products, she was pitching her four thermostat-controlled hoses and hose reels. The products are available in about 600 stores, but there’s always room for more.

“I’ve had a lot of traffic at the show, and I’ve met a lot of interesting people. We’re making great contacts,” Lewis said.

In the back of Central Hall, Architectural Mailboxes was showing its full line of mailboxes, including the newest, the Elephantrunk, released a few months ago. The locked drop can receive multiple parcels and has an outgoing partition for outbound shipments. It’s made from cast aluminum and heavy gauge steel powdercoated in four colors — black, red, white and bronze — and sells for $299.

“With all the people that are shopping online today, we felt it was time to have a receptacle at your home just like you do for your mail,” Architectural Mailboxes CEO Vanessa Troyer said.

The second product in the line, available for the first time at the hardware show, can hold larger parcels and works off a key code. It will be available in the third quarter.

“It’s very well-received,” Troyer said.

Contact reporter Laura Carroll at lcarroll@reviewjournal.
com or 702-380-4588. Follow @lscvegas on Twitter.

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