Sometimes product innovation is the result of necessity. This was the case for Tom Shetterly, who drew on his experience as a general contractor to create the Tool Kaddie, an aid for carpenters and tradespeople carrying their tools and equipment to the jobsite. Shetterly’s new product, Boar Blades, featured in the August issue of Qualified Remodeler, also fills a jobsite need.
What Shetterly saw in his business were situations of people cutting into wood and then hitting a nail or piece of metal. This would then cause them to stop and take time to change the blade and start again. Even if they could cut through whatever they hit, they would still need to turn the whole saw upside down to cut in the other direction on the other side.
At the 2004 National Hardware Show, Shetterly was exhibiting his other product, the Tool Kaddie, when he saw a double-edged blade. Instantly he saw the blade’s potential. After leaving the show, Shetterly continued to think about the blade and decided to search for the person who was responsible for bringing it to market in the first place.
“Obviously, it hadn’t gone anywhere because I had never seen it in the store or anywhere else,” says Shetterly. “The problem with that blade was that the tang, where the blade fits into the saw, only had one leg on it sticking down like a conventional reciprocating saw.”
Because of the single tang, the two-sided blade was only really supported to cut well in one direction. Any attempt to use the blade in the opposite direction only deflected the saw. Seeing this as a clear engineering issue, Shetterly negotiated with the owner of the blade for a year until he finally agreed to sell Shetterly the patents. After the tang and a few other features were redesigned to make the blade work successfully, it was relaunched as the Boar Blade in the spring of 2007.
Now with a bimetal, double-sided blade, a reciprocating saw can cut through virtually any situation and save the time of switching back and forth from wood to metal blades. A user can cut through nails, sheet metal — or just about anything that gets in the way. This innovation also becomes useful to cut in the opposite direction without turning the saw around and causing a potential safety hazard, especially in tight spaces or cutting out a spot for an electrical box.
Boar Blades has designed its blades for speed and efficiency by allowing the user to cut in either direction and can be used for wood or metal. Along with its 7 tpi x 10 tpi blade, Boar Blades has now also introduced the 7 tpi x 7 tpi for demo and framers and 10 tpi x 14 tpi for plumbers, electricians and HVAC. All Boar Blades come in 6-, 8- and 10-in. lengths and are all made of M-42 bimetal steel.
For more information on Boar Blades visit www.boarblade.com or Type #20 in E-Inquiry Form.
- The Ax from Milwaukee Electric Tool delivers superior durability and fast cutting in nail-embedded wood, plywood, OSB and engineered lumbers. Type #21 in E-Inquiry Form
- The Progressor all-purpose blade from Bosch has a tip designed for easy plunge cuts and allows one all purpose blade to cut through thick and thin materials cleanly and smoothly. Type #22 in E-Inquiry Form