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August 26, 2015 11:06 AM

You Are CHANNELLOCK® Champions

In February, we launched CHANNELLOCK® Champions, a way for you to share your fierce photos with us. Since it started, we’ve received hundreds of photos of CHANNELLOCK® Nation members putting their fiercely made tools to work.

We have enjoyed seeing the old and new tools that are being put to work and sharing these photos with you to inspire the CHANNELLOCK® Nation to continue using our fierce tools.

Channellock Inc. would not be where it is today without our fans. We can’t thank you enough for supporting us and being our fierce fans. Our tools are made for you, the professionals and serious DIYers, who love a great tool made in the USA.

Please continue to share photos of your fierce tools with us, and you could be named the Champion of the Month! We will continue to share your images on social media. To submit, follow these simple instructions:

  • Tag your photo with @CHANNELLOCK or #CHANNELLOCK on Instagram,
  • Post your photo on our Facebook wall or,
  • Use #CHANNELLOCK on Twitter. 

Any photos that are tagged will be considered for the Champion of the Month! We can’t wait to see all of your fierce tools in use. Keep checking back on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see if your photo is shared!

For July, the Champion of the Month is @jazzyo69 from Instagram!

Congrats!

Lynn Snyder
Communications & Training Manager
Channellock Inc.

August 12, 2015 03:38 AM

The Tools For Every Job

With summer winding down, it’s time to think about the last minute outdoor projects that have to get done before schedules get busy, school starts, and the weather, unfortunately, isn’t as perfect for the outdoors.

We’ve compiled a list of the projects that you may need to do before heading into the fall and winter months, and what tools to use for each one.

Fix a Leaking Outdoor Faucet

A leaking outdoor faucet may be something easily ignored, but it wastes hundreds of gallons of water and that means money. Most leaking faucets are easy to fix. Simply tighten the packing nut behind the panel using a pair of pliers, such as the 420® 9.5" Straight Jaw Tongue & Groove Plier. A 1/8 to 1/4 turn should do the trick.

If the leak continues, the washer on the stem valve may need replacing. For a step-by-step guide to this repair, visit our friends at Today’s Homeowner.

Mend Your Fence

Fences may need to be fixed after summer storms. So for all of our ranchers and farmers out there, take time to carefully walk along your fence lines, looking for areas that will need to be fixed. Just make sure you bring your 85 Fence Tool with you, it’s perfect for barbed wire and high tensile fences.

Tune Up Your Bicycles

Every bike needs to be tuned up from time to time and hopefully yours has been used all summer. To extend the life of your bike, and to maintain safe operation, check out our tips from this past spring.

Check Your Gutters

When water freezes in the winter, it expands. Check your gutters early to ensure they aren’t loose and are free of debris. You can use the 528 Slip Joint Plier to bend, tighten, and reshape your gutters.

Since it is summer after all, maybe take a break and enjoy the weather with your BOCB Bottle Opener for some “me time.”

What projects are left on your list to do?

 

 

 

Lynn Snyder

Communications & Training Manager

Channellock Inc.

July 15, 2015 06:21 AM

From Meadville to Your Toolbox: How a Plier is Forged

CHANNELLOCK® pliers and tools can be found in hardware stores, retailers, toolboxes and workshops around the world. But before their tools can get into the hands of professionals and serious DIYers, they have to be forged, shaped, polished and fitted with their famous CHANNELLOCK BLUE® grips. 

To begin, every CHANNELLOCK® plier starts as a billet of high-carbon, North American 1080 steel. With thousands of pounds of force, their massive air-powered, computer-controlled die forgers precisely hammer the heated steel into component parts. Excess material is then removed on a trim press.

From the forge, each tool element is precisely ground, drilled, counter-bored, channeled, broached and polished to exact specifications. At almost every step along the way, there are skilled steel craftsmen inspecting every component to ensure each part is tested to ensure exceptional strength. Since steel is an unpredictable material, the process includes precautions to make sure the tools are heated properly because heating steel too much can make it hard and brittle, while not heating it enough causes it to remain relatively "soft" and easily fatigued. The unique heat treating processes used by CHANNELLOCK® ensures a very controlled, uniform tempering that makes the steel strong enough to withstand great force, but flexible enough to resist breakage under load conditions.

The next step is to use proprietary laser hardening techniques that make it possible to achieve the unique characteristics featured in the pliers. The laser hardening allows the jaws and teeth of the pliers to be incredibly durable, while the handles maintain flexibility for excellent control.

After laser hardening, the tongue and groove and slip joint products receive CHANNELLOCK® PermaLock® fasteners, which eliminate the problems associated with traditional nut and bolt fastener failures. Associates check and adjust each fastener to ensure that every plier works smoothly. In the final step in the manufacturing process the tools are cleaned and given a rust-inhibitive coating. Then, it's time for a dip in the large pool of CHANNELLOCK BLUE® coating that forms the famous grips.

Making quality American-made tools is not easy. Each step of the process involves precision and quality checks by American workers who take great pride in what they do. So the next time you reach for a CHANNELLOCK® plier, know that you are holding a tool that was fiercely made in Meadville, Pa. with quality and pride.

To see the process for yourself, take a virtual factory tour!

 

Lynn Snyder

Communications & Training Manager

Channellock Inc.