Auto Service World
  October 21, 2019   by Allan Janssen

Non-marring tools

The APEX Industrial u-GUARD series of non-marring covered tools gives protection and control on the jobsite. These patented tools allow the user to grab directly onto the drive tool while it spins freely inside the covers, increasing fastening control and significantly reducing contact from the rotating tool. Already recognized by Popular Mechanics in the 2019 Tool Awards, the APEX u-GUARD quick release bit holder received Best Bit Holder of the year award.

The new line of u-GUARD non-marring covered tools includes bits, bit holders and nutsetters and is now available for purchase individually or packaged in the rugged new APEX alphaCASE bit storage case.

For construction and industrial users, working near finished paint, cabinetry, door frames, light fixtures or other final finishes is always a risk. Rework can account for up to 5% of a total job cost. One slip with a traditional bit can scratch or mar the finish, leading to more work and more expense. The u-GUARD non-marring cover protects from scratching or damages and the thin wall maximizes access for tight spaces.

The patented technology behind u-GUARD non-marring covered tools has been proven for over 10 years in assembly manufacturing, but this is the first time that this protection is available to the construction and automotive repair industries.

Furthermore, the core of the u-GUARD product line is the black oxide APEX Industrial screwdriving bit featuring full body design for greater durability and optimized tip geometry for best fit.

Alongside u-GUARD, APEX is also introducing the alphaCASE, a bit storage case combining an easy-to-use design with the strength jobsites demand. This case has superior durability that contractors, industrial technicians and auto mechanics need, with pivoting insert rails for easy access to the stored bits. Each rail can be removed or repositioned and has labeled slots that grip bits securely. The case also features a full length metal hinge for improved case life and attachment points for versatility on the job.

“These powerful u-GUARD non-marring covered tools join the wide range of industrial fastening tools offered by APEX, with the durability, tool life and precision that professionals need to get the job done,” says Ray Burse, APEX Product Manager.

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