When Stanley looked to update their 24″ and 36″ demo bars this year — and let’s face it: we haven’t seen a whole hell of a lot of “updates” in the demo bar field lately — they looked to material. Specifically, they calculated that by selecting the correct steel and dialing in the heat treatment perfectly (just like spring manufacturers do to make heavy-duty springs like the ones that hold up your car), they could create a bar that’s just as strong as before, but also 30% lighter.
I can hear you right now thinking: “Who cares?” Consider this: What if you were a bodybuilder, and every single day you pumped a particular weight for, say, 5,000 reps. Hell, even if the weight was pretty small, you’d build some muscle, right? That’s pretty much what any major remodeler (or anyone who’s ever ripped up sub-flooring) does. So maybe that 30% will make a difference for you.
Designers also added 25% to the width of the bar on both ends to provide improved leverage and stability. And, as with a number of new tools from the ‘Works this year, this one will carry the Bostitch brand name. Expect to pay around $15 for the smaller of the two, and about $25 for the big one.