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Drill Attachment turns drill into cable cutter.

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November 11, 2004 - PowerBlade(TM) Cable Cutter installs like drill bit on virtually any corded or uncorded drill with 3/8 in. drive shaft. With turning action of drill, it provides needed force to cleanly slice through up to 750 MCM hard-drawn copper cable or up to 1,000 MCM aluminum cable with minimal cable distortion. Adjustable torque arm securely holds drill in place, while textured Santoprene® grip provides control and minimizes vibration.

Ideal Industries, Inc.

Becker Place, Sycamore, IL, 60178, USA

Original Press Release

IDEAL PowerBlade(TM) Converts Standard Drill Into High-Powered Cable Cutter

Press release date: November 8, 2004

SYCAMORE, IL, NOVEMBER 8, 2004 - When an electrician, data communications installer or utility linesman attaches the new IDEAL PowerBlade to a handheld drill, they'll be equipped with a tool capable of cutting thick MCM cables quickly and cleanly - simply by pulling the drill's trigger.

The new IDEAL PowerBlade Cable Cutter is a revolutionary drill attachment that provides a smart alternative to exhausting long-arm cable cutters, undependable ratcheting cutters, or complex hydraulic versions that can cost upwards of $3,000. The PowerBlade also eliminates the need to carry bulky battery packs or special chargers because it works with the standard drills contractors already carry in their tool bags.

The PowerBlade concept is simple: It installs like a drill bit on virtually any corded or uncorded drill with a 3/8" drive shaft, with the turning action of the drill providing the needed force to quickly and cleanly slice through up to 750 MCM hard-drawn copper cable or up to 1,000 MCM aluminum cable with minimal cable distortion thanks to a contoured blade design. An adjustable torque arm securely holds the drill in place, while the ergonomic designed, textured Santoprene® grip provides control and reduces vibration. In addition, the grip has a protective shield to prevent accidental contact between the user's hand and the tool.

"The PowerBlade isn't simply a new cable cutter, it is a whole new way to cut cable that dramatically reduces user fatigue, tool costs and space without compromising the quality of the cuts," noted Jon Howell, Product Manager, IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. "Moreover, because rounded cable is installed around the world, the PowerBlade is a truly global product that answers universal requirements for greater productivity and ease-of-use."

According to Howell, the new PowerBlade is engineered for long-term durability, boasting a feature set that includes a rugged metal housing, hardened steel blades and heavy-duty gears: "Unlike ratcheting or hydraulic cable cutters, the PowerBlade is not a fragile tool in need of frequent maintenance. Its robust design ensures consistent cutting for years to come."

The IDEAL PowerBlade carries an MSRP of $674.80. It is expected to be available in January 2005.

For more information, contact IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., Becker Place, Sycamore, Illinois 60178. Or phone 1-800-435-0705, Fax: 1-800-533-4483. On the web, www.idealindustries.com.

ABOUT IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. has been serving the electrical industry since 1916. IDEAL is one of the world's leading manufacturers of professional quality tools and supplies serving installation professionals in the construction, maintenance, data communications and original equipment manufacturing industries.

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