IRWIN Industrial Tools, the company that invented the chalk reel in 1960, launched its new line of chalk reels to the construction industry. The STRAIT-LINE Mach6, the Speed-Line Pro, the Speed-Line and the Aluminum chalk reels all have re-designed bodies and steel handles with larger cen-tre clutches to give concrete contractors, carpenters and roofers the performance they need. The Mach6 chalk reel, with a powerful 6:1 gear system, retrieves line six times faster than traditional reels. The Speed-Line PRO chalk reel offers the same durable polyester/nylon 100-foot line as the Mach6, but with a 3.5:1 gear ratio for a 3.5-times faster rewind and a lightweight plastic housing to handle jobsite wear and tear. The Speed-Line Chalk Reel has a 3.5:1 gear ratio, and the Aluminum chalk reel has a redesigned body casing and handle. It has a traditional 1:1 gear ratio, durable aluminum housing and 100 feet of polyester line. Enhancements have also been made to the STRAIT-LINE chalk bottles, making them more streamlined to fit in the user’s tool pouch.
IRWIN’s folding utility knife is easier to use than other folding lock back knives due to the Quick Change Button feature, making blade changes 50 percent faster. The IRWIN knife only allows blades to be changed when the knife is in a 45-degree angle, making it less likely for the blade to slip out of the knife. The folding feature makes this tool compact enough to slip into a pocket. The Quick Change Button feature and Wire Stripping Notch make the new knife a versatile tool that meets everyday needs of professional tool users.