Posted: July 26, 2017 at 3:02 pm

Megapro Screwdriver Comparison Guide

Megapro Screwdriver Comparison Guide

Megapro® Drivers are an innovative, high-quality line of screwdrivers that feature a clever built-in storage system. Every driver comes with a set of bits that are actually stored inside the driver’s handle so that you’ll never have to lose another bit! The variety of bits supplied allows you to save space in your toolbox by essentially combining several driver types into one. And these drivers are built to last! Equiparts carries a variety of Megapro® Drivers for both general and specialty use.

There are several features that all Megapro® Drivers have in common. The shaft of each driver can be used as a 1/4″ Hex Nut Driver. They also all have a patented Palm Saver Cap™, which does not turn as the users turns the driver. Another feature these drivers (except the Ratcheting Driver) share is the patented EZ Guide Collar™, which provides the user with better control and maintains consistent contact between the driver bit and the screw. This allows the screw to be driven with much more ease. The drivers each have a retractable bit cartridge located at the top of the driver. This allows for easy storage and organization of bits, making any job that much easier.

What makes each driver different?

The Original

Equiparts Part #37696 

This is the most popular of the Megapro drivers. It features fourteen of the most common bits for driving screws. The shaft can be used as a 1/4″ Hex Nut Driver, making it 15-in-1. Each of the seven bits included are double-ended professional quality bits. The bits included with The Original are: Phillips Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, Square Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, Slotted (Flat) Bit 4 and 6, and Torx Bits 10, 15, 20, and 25. Megapro model number 151NAS.


The Tamperproof

Equiparts Part #37697
This driver is a must have for tradesmen in commercial and industrial fields. It is ideal for locksmiths, electricians, and any maintenance personnel. The driver comes with fourteen double-ended security bits, including Spanners 6, 8, 10, and 12, Hex Pins 1/8, 9/64, 5/32, and 3/16,  Torx Pin Bits 10, 15, 20, 25, 27 and 30. The Megapro model number is 151TP.


The ShaftLOK

Equiparts Part #37698
The ShaftLOK driver features an innovative grooved bit design which prevents the bits from falling out of the driver. No more lost bits when they get stuck in the fastener. The driver includes fourteen double-ended bits. The bits included with the ShaftLOK are: Phillips Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3,  Square Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, Slotted (Flat) Bits 4 and 6, and Torx Bits 10, 15, 20, and 25. Megapro model number 151SL44.


Ratcheting

Equiparts Part #37702
The Ratcheting screwdriver features patent pending ZAD 8 Zinc Alloy SOLID-CORE ratchet which delivers over 225 inch pounds of torque strength. Driving fasteners is easier and faster with the Precision 28 tooth ratchet design and rubberized cushion grip handle. The driver comes with six double-ended professional quality bits. The bits included are: Phillips Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, Square Bits 1 and 2, Slotted (Flat) Bits 4 and 6, and Torx Bits 10, 15, 20, and 25. Megapro model number 211R2C36RD.

The HVAC

Equiparts Part #37710
This screwdriver is a must-have for any HVAC technician. It is a high quality tool that also saves space. This driver features 6 double-ended bits which include:Phillips Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, Phillips DoubleLok Bit 2, Slotted (Flat) Bits 3, 4, 5, and 6, as well as 5.5 and valve stem bits. The driver also comes with a Square Awl Reamer bit which is great for piercing through sheet metal. Megapro model number 141HVAC-U.

 

Add Ons that help make your job easier

High Intensity Work Light

Equiparts Part #37680
This compact, high-intensity LED work light produces a powerful floodlight to make your everything in your work space easier to see. The housing of the work light is rugged and water resistant, which makes it last longer. It has a quality on and off push button, and a molded clip allows the work light to be secured in your pocket. This work light also has a magnetic swivel base, allowing it to cling to metal surfaces, and turn in any direction. It uses three AAA batteries to power the six super-bright light emitting diodes. Megapro model #6WORKLIGHT.


Locking Extensions

Equiparts Part #37700 (6″ Extension Pictured) | Equiparts Part #37699 (10″ Extension)
These locking extensions are great for getting into those hard to reach places. The 6 inch and 10 inch extensions both lock into the ShaftLOK screwdriver shaft with a 0.375 inch minimum clearance. For getting into those extremely hard to reach places, you can link multiple extensions together for a longer reach. Megapro model 6EXT-SL6-C for the 6 inch Extension and 6EXT-SL10-C for the 10 inch extension.

 

Other Specialized Drivers

Listed below are a collection of unique drivers that are specialized for different situations or professions. If you would like to order any of these drivers or any other that Megapro carries, please give us a call at 800-442-6622 M-F 730AM-5PM.

Automotive Ratcheting

Equiparts Part #37721 
This 13-in-1 ratcheting screwdriver is a must-have for professional auto mechanics, or anyone who regularly works on cars. The magnetic shaft is constructed from 303 stainless steel. The 28-tooth ratchet design allows you to drive with speed and ease. The handle has a rubberized cushion grip for comfort.  Like the drivers above, the shaft can be used as a 1/4″ Hex Driver. The driver includes 12 one-inch bits made of S2 industrial grade steel which are ideal for use on automotive screws.The bits included with this driver are: Phillips Bits 1, 2, and 3, Square Bit 2, Slotted (Flat) Bits 4 and 6, and Torx Bits 10, 15, 20, 25, 27, and 30. Megapro model 211R1C36RD.

Electronic

Equiparts Part #37727
This unique screwdriver is built specifically for service technicians in the electronics field. It comes with seven double ended professional bits, making it fourteen bits in total! The shaft of the driver can be used as a 1/4″ Hex Driver. The bits included with this driver are: Square Bits 1 and 2, Torx Pin Bits 10 and 15, Spanner Bits 6, 8, 10, and 12, Phillips Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, and Slotted (Flat) Bits 4 and 6. Megapro model 151ELEC.

The Outdoor

This driver is specifically for rugged outdoor use. It can be used on ATVs, snowmobiles, and more! The handle is made with a multi-resin molding process which makes it nearly indestructible and great for outdoor use. The driver is great for in the field situations like emergency repairs or maintenance. Included with the driver are six double ended bits plus a round awl to undo soaked or over tightened rope knots. Just like the drivers listed above, the shaft of this driver can be used as a 1/4″ Hex Driver. The bits included with this rugged driver are: Phillips Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, Square Bits 1 and 2, Torx Bits 10, 15, 20, and 25, and Flat Bits 4 and 6. Megapro model 151OUTDOOR.

The Elevator

This screwdriver is designed exclusively for elevator service technicians. The bit cartridge contains a mix of tamperproof and standard bits. The handle is specially made to be durable and drop resistant. The seven double-ended professional bits included with this driver are: Torx Pin Bits 10, 15, 20, and 25, Spanner Bits 6, 8, 10, 12, Phillips Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, and Flat Bits 4 and 6. The shaft of this driver, like the others listed above, can also be used as a 1/4″ Hex Driver. Megapro model 151ELEV.

MegaproDisplay1Megapro Information

Megapro officially started in 1994, driven by inventor Hermann Fruhm’s concept of creating a better storage solution for screwdriver bits by placing them inside the driver handle. This was an innovative idea, and would help solve the problem of missing bits while on the job. After numerous prototypes and sketches, the first Megapro screwdriver was created in the early 1990s. Its patented features quickly gained market success, and many users saw and appreciated the quality of the screwdriver as well as how easy it was to use. There are over twenty different variations of the screwdriver, each one designed specifically for a different type of job. Today, Megapro continues to grow domestically, and their international reach is also expanding.

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Posted: July 17, 2017 at 9:46 am

Commercial Faucet Aerator Guide

 

commercial faucet aerators

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to cut down on water usage, adding water-saving aerators to your faucets is an excellent way to do just that. Consider that home and business owners pay for water three times: once to bring it into the building, once to heat it, and once to dispose of it. Think about the number of customers at your restaurant, guests at your hotel, or students at your school, and you’ll realize how expensive water usage can be. Swapping water-saving aerators into your faucets is a simple way to save a lot of money on your utility bills.

cache aerator on faucet with keyHow Do Aerators Work?

Aerators work by mixing air into the water stream, thus breaking one large stream of water into multitudes of tiny streams. This means less water coming out of the faucet without sacrificing water pressure.

Why Install Aerators in Your Facility’s Faucets?

Aerators reduce the amount of water coming out of your faucets, and so your water bills will be lower. Along with being cost-effective, installing water-saving aerators is one of the easiest things you can do to make your home, office, or commercial building more efficient. They can be installed and ready for use in seconds! Adding air into the water stream also helps reduce splashing, and will cut down on wet restroom floors. This can help prevent slip and fall accidents, and make your facility more appealing. View Aerator Identification Chart.

 

Faucet Aerators Q&A

How Do I Choose an Aerator for my Faucet?sloan-faucet-aerator

There are several things to consider when selecting an aerator. GPM (gallons per minute), thread type, thread size, flow type, and style are the main factors. Different flow types include aerated, laminar, and spray. Laminar flow is recommended in hospitals and other health care facilities, and spray is used mainly in kitchen faucets. There are also vandal resistant styles available.

How Do I Determine Whether I Need a Male or Female Aerator?sloan-faucet-aerator

When you see the threads on the outside of the faucet, you have a male faucet and therefore need a female aerator. If the threads are located inside of the faucet, then you need a male aerator.

How to Determine Correct Aerator Size

There is an easy trick to determining which aerator size is needed to fit your faucet, and it just involves some spare basys-faucet-aeratorchange. A dime has a diameter of .705 inches and will fit on the threads of 13/16 size aerators, which have a diameter of .8125 inches. A nickel has a diameter of .835 inches. A nickel will fit on the threads of a 15/16 size aerator, which has a diameter of .9375 inches.

Is There a Universal Aerator?

There is a dual aerator that has threads on both the outside and inside of the aerator. This enables the spout to fit both male and female threaded faucets.  Dual thread aerators come in a variety of flow rates, from 0.35 to 2.2 GPM in 15/16” size only.

How Do I Install a Faucet Aerator?

Most aerators come ready to install, but some do not. For example, when using the female threads of dual aerators, you will need to remove one of the inside washers to expose the internal threading.

When Should I Replace My Aerator?

If the flow from your faucet is trickling out or only coming out of one side of the spout, then your aerator is likely clogged and needs to be either cleaned or replaced. The length of time your aerator lasts is determined by the quality of your water, how often the faucet is used, and other situational factors.

How Do I Remove an Aerator?

Unscrew male and female threaded aerators by turning the aerator counter clockwise. In most cases, when the aerator is not vandal resistant, you should be able to remove it with your hands. Tools will not be needed. However, if an aerator is very tight, you may need to use a non-marking wrench to remove the aerator. We recommend using a non-marking wrench because a regular wrench might mar the faucet or aerator. If the aerator spins and does not become loose when turned, then the aerator is likely vandal-resistant and requires a key for removal. If you look at the face of the aerator and you see two slots on opposite sides of the aerator, it is most likely a vandal-resistant type. The slots are where a special key is inserted in order to remove the aerator. Cache aerators also require a key for removal.

How Do I Figure Out Which Aerator to Get if My Faucet Doesn’t Have One?

If you are missing the aerator for your faucet, then determining the correct replacement aerator for that unit can be difficult. You can try searching with the manufacturer number of your faucet, or you can reach out to us at Equiparts to help you figure out which aerator likely fits your faucet.

How Do I Unclog an Aerator?

To unclog an aerator, you can soak it in vinegar and water or CLR (calcium lime remover) to remove any dirt, particles, calcium, or lime build-up.

How to Reduce Splash from My Faucet Stream?

Splash from your faucet can occur for a variety of reasons. Shallow or beveled basins, as well as angled faucet spouts can make splashing from the faucet stream more likely. One way to reduce or stop splash from happening is by decreasing the faucet’s flow rate. This can be done by installing an aerator with a lower GPM.

General Rules of Thumb

  • • Most kitchen faucets will require a 15/16 male thread aerator cache-aerator-faucetwith 2.2 GPM.
  • • Most commercial faucets will fit 13/16 or 15/16 sized aerators. They will likely use vandal proof style aerators that can only be removed with a key.
  • • Most residential faucets will use 13/16 sized aerators or smaller.
  • • Laminar flow aerators are used primarily in hospitals because they do not mix air in with the water.
  • • Cache Aerators, which are hidden within the head of faucets, are new style aerators that only fit in newer model faucets due to the different thread diameter they have. View Cache aerators or get help deciding which Cache aerators to purchase with this Cache Aerator and Kit GPM Diagram.

Where to Buy Commercial Faucet Aerators

Commercial aerators cannot be purchased at big-box stores. Vandal-resistant aerators, specialty thread aerators, and manufacturer-specific aerators are also usually not found in home improvement stores since they are designed for commercial applications. In some instances, faucets require an aerator designed specifically for that faucet or manufacturer. For example, gooseneck Chicago Faucets have a special thread that requires a specific Chicago aerator. This is also the case with Symmons and Speakman commercial faucets and aerators as well. Some Kohler faucets require a specialized ⅜ IPS thread.

Aerators at Equiparts

You can find any commercial (and residential) aerator you need at Equiparts. We carry all of the most popular sizes and commercial brands, including Chicago, Sloan, Central Brass, Symmons, Moen, as well as residential faucet manufacturers like Kohler and Delta. We also have a variety of specialized aerators in stock, and we ship nationwide. Take a look at the Clickable Aerator PDF below and click through to view the aerator listing on our website. 

In addition to water-saving aerators, Equiparts carries many other products that are designed to reduce water consumption and make your facility more energy efficient. Order your water-saving products today by requesting a quote on our website, or by calling us toll-free at 800-442-6622 Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-5:00PM EST.

 

 

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Posted: July 5, 2017 at 9:55 am

Fire Sprinkler Shut Off Tool

Quickstop fire sprinkler shut off tool

The Quickstop Fire Sprinkler Shut Off Tool is designed to temporarily stop the flow of water from a fire sprinkler. We highly recommend having this tool on hand in facilities with emergency fire sprinklers. The Talon Fire Sprinkler Tool is a must-have for hotels, classrooms, and commercial buildings.

It can take a long time to shut off the water, especially in larger facilities. Having this tool on hand can save a building from costly water damage. If you want your facility to have the tool it needs to shut off an emergency fire sprinkler, this is the tool you need. It’s reusable, adjustable, and easy to use.

How does the Quickstop Talon Fire Sprinkler Shut Off Tool work?

Quickstop Fire Sprinkler Shut Off ToolThe upper arm slides around the threaded area of the fire sprinkler. The lower arm has a round rubber gasket that seals the opening of the sprinkler head. The gasket fits over the entire opening of the sprinkler which stops the flow of water. The Quickstop Talon is designed to stay out of the direct flow of water so it should be easy to attach to the sprinkler. Then you simply squeeze the clamp to put the tool in place.

On the back of the tool, there is an adjustable screw and nut that can be raised or lowered, enabling the Fire Sprinkler Shut-Off tool to fit various fire sprinkler sizes. Every unit comes preset with the correct settings for the standard fire sprinkler size. There is also a red ‘quick release’ arm that enables the user to release the tool from a sprinkler system with one hand.

It is made of zinc and chrome plated steel, which protects the tool against rust. The Quickstop Talon has been tested to be 100% water tight up to 350 pounds per square inch (PSI).

Plumbing Fact: According to the International Plumbing Code, a building with water pressure that exceeds 80 PSI requires a pressure reducing valve. This means that this fire sprinkler tool is functional well over the maximum water flow rate. 

What Types of Fire Sprinklers does it work on?

  • • Conventional Fire Sprinklers
  • • Upright Fire Sprinklers
  • • Pendant Fire Sprinklers
  • • Horizontal Sidewall Fire Sprinklers
  • • Vertical Sidewall Fire Sprinklers
  • • Recessed Pendent Fire Sprinklers

This tool works on 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch fire sprinkler heads. Not only does this tool work for various sprinkler head sizes, but it also works on damaged and sheared units as well. The dimensions of the tool are 8 in × 3 in × 2 in.

Order this emergency fire sprinkler shut-off tool by requesting a quote on our website, or by calling us toll-free at 800-442-6622 Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-5:00PM EST.

Share the Quickstop Fire Sprinkler Shut Off Tool PDF with your facility director, maintenance team, or purchasing department to keep your facility prepared in case an activated fire sprinkler needs to be turned off.