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Top 10 Power Tool Christmas Gifts

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 09, 2019

Christmas is two weeks away. If you are behind on your shopping or trying to finish-up, here is a list of the most popular power tools for the DIY on your list.

Makita 18V Sub-Compact Combo Kit

Makita designed one of the best subcompact kits on the market. With the size of a 12V drill and impact but the power of a 18V tool, these subcompacts are a game changer. Lightweight and powerful all in one.

12V 2-Tool Combo Kit

If you want a great 12V drill and impact, check out the Bosch. Lightweight, small and powerful. Perfect for those jobs where space is at a premium or if you don’t want to carry around the weight of the 18V tools.

DEWALT 12″ Sliding Compound Miter Saw

This is the one and only compound miter saw to own. This has won the TIA awards for a number of years in a row. The Dewalt saw is accurate and easy to use. If you are looking for the perfect miter saw, the Dewalt is the one to own.

Milwaukee Cordless Sawzall Reciprocating Saw

Milwaukee Tool owns the reciprocating saw. Some people want a bigger reciprocating saw tool for their arsenal. The Milwaukee saw is powerful and low in vibrations. Perfect for that long work day.

Top-Handle Jigsaw

When it comes to Jig Saw, Bosch is the one to own. The Bosch Jig Saw is overlooked by some, but ask anyone who owns one and you will get an instant smile. Smooth and powerful, the Bosch is the perfect tool to get jiggy with.

Dewalt 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw

As with the Miter saw, Dewalt makes an incredible table saw. While the stand needs a little work, the saw is top notch. Smooth and very accurate, but most of all, extremely powerful to cut through any size lumber.

Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit

The Oscillating tool. No one does it like Bosch. The tool is a perfect fit for any hands and extremely low in vibration. Quick blade changes and the variable speed make this the oscillating tool to own.

Makita (36V) Brushless Rear Handle Circular Saw

The one and only cordless circular saw to own, the Makita rear handle saw. We used this circular saw for my roof. Time and time again it proved to work hard. No cords to mess around with and powerful enough to cut our old lumber. The runtime is exceptional. If you are looking for a cordless circular saw, the Makita Rear Handle Circular Saw is the one to own.

Milwaukee Cordless Rocket LED Light with 9.0Ah Battery

When it comes to lighting and the power tool world, Milwaukee Tool does it right. With a ton of lighting solutions, the tower light is one of our favorites. Lights up an area, easy to adjust and spread the light without any heat build up.

Bosch 3 Plane Leveling Alignment Laser

Considered the best laser by some, the Bosch is known for their quality and accurate lasers. This bad boy laser creates a 360° line and is perfect for any job. Very easy to see and the self-leveling makes it a simple and painless set up. Amazon is selling this for $350.

For more information, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham.

Fuel Related Reasons for Outdoor Power Equipment Repair

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham

Monnick Supply performs outdoor power equipment repair constantly for lawnmowers, snow blowers, chainsaws, leaf blowers and more. Some have been damaged through specific situations, some have not been regularly maintained and have issues that can have been prevented, but most equipment failure is a result of fuel.

The biggest problem outdoor power equipment has is the fuel that is used. Gas from the pumps has a very short shelf life. In fact, it can degrade in a month’s time. So, if you are storing power tools with the gas in them, you are asking for problems when you go to use that equipment again. When equipment is stored with the gas in it, it will be very challenging or impossible to get the engine running.

Even stored fuel will degrade. To help keep your gas fresh use a gasoline stabilizer and store it in the right container. Fuel with gas stabilizer allows small engines to start more easily, increases their power and improves their performance. However, the best option is ethanol-free gasoline. Most small gas engine repairs are not the result of regular wear and tear, but are caused by ethanol in gasoline, which can cause rust and carbon deposits inside the engine, can dissolve plastic parts and more.

Other fuel related problems are common in two stroke engines which require a precise fuel-oil mix. Two stroke engines are generally found in small hand-held machines such as trimmers, chainsaws and leaf blowers. Unless the fuel/oil mixture is prepared according to the manufacturer's specifications, severe engine damage can result.

For more information on outdoor power equipment repair, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham.

Now is the Time for Us to Say "Thanks" to YOU!

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Monnick Supply - Marlborough, Framingham, MA

Thanksgiving Day is the perfect time to remind one another of the many reasons there are to be grateful. We gather on this day to be thankful for what we have, for the family we love, the friends we cherish, the success we have had, and for the blessings that will come.

Thanksgiving is more than the festivities, it gives us time to ponder the lessons that we have learned and how we can spread happiness around, to look back at all the great memories and good people who came into our lives. We appreciate you, our customers and clients, so much.

At this time of year our thoughts turn gratefully to you with warm appreciation. Our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.

Lawn Mower Blades and Outdoor Power Equipment Repair

Darren Kincaid - Monday, November 18, 2019
Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA

Outdoor Power Equipment gets a workout in the spring, summer and fall. As a result, power tool care and maintenance is needed. In fact, regular maintenance of outdoor power equipment has many benefits; from safety to extending the life of your power tools to better care of your lawn and yard.

In fact, people are often surprised to learn that a common lawn problem is easily solved with a sharper lawn mower blade. If your lawn had widespread yellow hue at the tips of the grass, you may have a dull lawn mower blade. Dull lawn mower blades tear the grass instead of cut it. This causes the yellow discoloration.

This is easily fixed by replacing the lawn mower blades. They are inexpensive and easy to install. Use your lawn mower engine’s model number for the correct, recommended blades. Universal blades are not recommended, due to safety issues.

You should always have outdoor power equipment repair and maintenance performed to prevent safety issues and to extend the life of the equipment. Here are some other lawn more tips as fall approaches.

Check the lawn mower blade regularly — Look for damage, bends and dullness. Blades should be replaced every year or two, depending on usage. Replacement blades are inexpensive and easy to install.

Make sure the mower’s trail shield is working properly — A mower’s trail shield, located at the back of the mower, prevents debris from flying out toward the operator. Before each mowing season, check to make sure this is working properly and that it is free of tears.

Don’t adjust the mower’s deflector — Despite warnings against this in owner’s manuals, people often remove or adjust the position of their mower’s deflector. This results in debris flying a longer distance.

For more information on outdoor power equipment repair, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.

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What Snow Blower Should I Buy?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 13, 2019

How do you choose which snow blower is right for you? Maybe you only need something for a small clearing with lighter snowfalls, or maybe you need a snow blower to clear large areas in a region that receives apocalyptic blizzards. Whatever your case, you can find small snow blowers for clearing decks, roofs and narrow spaces, or bigger snow blowers for clearing large spaces or multiple driveways at and dealerships.

Small snow blowers for compact areas

Not all snow blowers are large, heavy machines. Single stage snow blowers are compact and lighter, making them ideal for clearing decks, narrow areas and even flat rooftops. But don’t think that means they’re limited. Single-stage snow blowers can also clear large areas with lighter snowfall amounts up to six inches very effectively.

Popular snow blowers of 2019

Need a snow blower for moderate snowfalls? If you live anywhere within North America’s snow belt, a medium sized snow blower may be your answer. As Mother Nature has showed in the past, heavy snowfalls of greater than six inches or more can fall anytime, and it sure is nice to be prepared for it.

Though there is no definition for a midsize snow blower, industry standard for a mid size snow thrower would be somewhere in the range of a two stage snow blower with a clearing width from 20 to 30 inches. With housing heights up to 23 inches, these machines are built to confront winter’s hardest punches.

Like single-stage snow blowers, two-stage snow blowers are built for varying needs. Whether you’re clearing an alleyway in Chicago, a long driveway in suburban New Haven, Connecticut, or a steep path in Banff, Alberta, the Ariens Sno-Thro® lineup has a machine that’s sized right and spec’d with features to fit your driveway. Ariens Compact Snow Blower

The Ariens Compact two stage snow blower series offers clearing widths of 20 inches, 24 inches and a track-driven option with a 24-inch housing. The Ariens Compact snow blower also features 15-inch directional tires for superior grip and handling, and an 11-inch auger / 12-inch impeller diameter combination to process up to 59 tons of snow per hour.

Chute controls positioned in the dashboard and a standard halogen headlight give operators convenience at any time of the day. Pull both the auger drive and wheel drive clutch levers, keep your hand on the wheel drive clutch but release the auger clutch and your Ariens snow blower continues driving forward and throwing snow. This dual-handle interlock feature, standard on all Ariens two-stage models, allows users to keep working while controlling the direction and height of the snow discharge comfortably with a free hand.

  • 15-inch directional tires
  • Halogen headlamp
  • 20-inch and 24-inch housing width options
  • 223cc Ariens AX engine
  • Dual-handle interlock

Ariens Deluxe Snow Blower

The Ariens Deluxe series is the best selling snow blower model of the best selling snow blower brand for a reason. For both homeowners and professionals, it provides a variety of options at price points of varying budgets. Numerous 24, 28 and 30-inch-wide models with engine sizes from 254 to 306 cubic centimeters gives all different type users with diverse needs access the advantages of the technology in the Ariens Deluxe. For example, Ariens' exclusive Auto-Turn™ drive system for easier turning trims time from maneuvering a snow blower and puts it back into time for yourself and your family. Opt for the super-high-output model and you throw even farther and faster with Deluxe's 14-inch auger / impeller combo.

  • 24, 28 and 30-inch clearing width options
  • 16-inch directional tires
  • Auto-Turn steering
  • EFI engine option
  • Super-high-output option
  • 14-inch auger and impeller diameters

Ariens Platinum snow blower

The Ariens Platinum is like the Deluxe's big brother. Built on the same chassis with the same housing options, Platinum is everything homeowners love about the Deluxe plus a few upgrades. Every model in the Platinum lineup is equipped with a SHO, or super-high-output engine, giving it the ability to process anywhere from 73 to 83 (depending on housing width) tons of snow per hour. While the extra power is welcome for anyone who lives in regions with moderate to heavy snowfall, the upgrades in the Quick-TurnĀ­™ chute control and standard heated hand grips give users a better user experience and added comfort.

  • Available in 24, 28 or 30-inch clearing widths
  • Quick-Turn chute control
  • Heated hand grips standard
  • All models equipped with SHO engines
  • RapidTrak™ option available
  • EFI option available
  • Platinum snow blower

For more information on Ariens Snow Blowers, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.

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The Right STIHL Chainsaw for the Job

Darren Kincaid - Monday, November 04, 2019
Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA - STIHL Chainsaw

When you rely on firewood to keep your home warm and cozy, you need a good chainsaw to build a solid woodpile. With an exceptional power-to-weight ratio, the STIHL MS 250 is up to the job. It’s easy to use and combines great features to tackle clearing or cleanup tasks, as well as cut through small limbs and trees.

For many years, the MS 250 has been a customer favorite, a model of efficiency and reliability that brings incredible performance every time.

STIHL MS 250 Chainsaw - Features

  • Easy-Access Air Filter Cover
  • Easy to remove for fast and easy filter cleaning or replacement.Rear Hand Guard
  • Reduces the risk of injury as well as provides a wide area for foot placement during starting.Master Control Lever™
  • The Master Control Lever™ is an easy to use single lever, operating the choke, starting throttle lock and on-off switch. The operator must pull the throttle trigger before moving the Master Control Lever™ to the choke position.Built in the USA
  • Indicates products that are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components
  • Side-Access Chain Tensioner
  • The side-access chain tensioner makes it much more convenient for the user to adjust the saw chain with a bar wrench as opposed to the typical location of the guide bar adjustment screw.Winter/Summer Shutter
  • The Winter/Summer Shutter allows the carburetor to operate at optimum temperature year-round and helps to prevent carburetor icing when working below 50°F (10°C).

This STIHL Chainsaw is now on sale for $299.95! Contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA for more information.

Home Fire Safety Checklist

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 28, 2019
Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MA

October is Fire Safety Month. It's the last week of October, but it there is still time to be sure your home is safe.

House fires can be caused by faulty electrical appliances, open fires and heaters, or unattended cooking.

Smoke alarms are essential for home fire safety. It’s also a very good idea to have a fire extinguisher and fire blanket at home.

A home fire escape plan helps your family know what to do and where to go in a fire emergency at home.

Home fire safety checklist

This home fire safety checklist can help you get rid of fire hazards around your home.

Electrical appliances

  • Replace faulty or worn-out electrical appliances and appliances with frayed cords.
  • If you need extra power outlets, talk to an electrician about having them installed. Avoid using power boards or double adaptors.
  • Clean the lint filter on your clothes dryer every time you use the dryer.
  • Let your clothes dryer finish its ‘cool-down’ cycle. This prevents overheating.
  • Make sure there’s airflow around your clothes dryer at all times.

Open fires and heaters

  • Enclose your open fire, wood burning stove, gas fireplace or electric heater with a guard. If the surface of the heater is so hot that you can’t put your hand on it for 10 seconds, it needs a guard. You can secure a guard by attaching it to the wall.
  • Clear space around your heater. Anything that could catch fire – like curtains, clothing, bedding, children’s toys and extra firewood – should never be within 3 feet of your heater or fireplace.
  • Turn off heaters at the power source when you’re not using them. If you have a fireplace, extinguish the fire before you go to bed or leave your house.

Cooking – inside and out

  • Don’t leave cooking unattended on the stove. If deep-frying or using a wok, make sure flames can’t get into the fat, and keep an eye on the temperature of the oil.
  • Supervise children in the kitchen at all times or keep children out of the kitchen when you’re cooking. Use the inner stove top elements first, and keep pot handles turned in.
  • Check the gas cylinder on your grill regularly. Before lighting, check the cylinder’s expiration date. Check that the hose connections are tight, that there’s no leakage, and that the hose isn’t damaged or worn. Check the hose for signs of cracking.
  • Always keep matches and lighters well away from children.

Smoke alarms

Smoke alarms are essential for home fire safety.

They give an early warning in the event of fire. They alert you quickly, and give you a chance to get out of the house to a safe location.

  • Only working smoke alarms save lives. Here’s what to do to keep smoke alarms in working order:
  • Change alarm batteries once a year, at the same time each year.
  • Test your alarm every month by pressing the test button and listening for the beep.
  • Keep your alarm dust free – clean it at least once a year.
  • Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
  • Be aware that children under five don’t always hear smoke alarms.

Install smoke alarms just outside the sleeping areas of your home so that the alarm sounds before smoke reaches anyone who is asleep. For extra protection, you can also install a smoke alarm in your child’s bedroom and in the bedrooms of people who sleep with their doors closed.

Multi-storey houses and apartments should have smoke alarms on all levels, including just outside the bedrooms and near the path used to get out of the building.

Fire-fighting and fire safety equipment

For home fire safety, it’s a very good idea to have the following equipment handy:

  • A fire extinguisher and fire blanket that conform to US Standards: you can buy these from . Keep them near the entrance to your kitchen, between the entrance/exit and anywhere a fire is likely to occur.
  • A dry chemical fire extinguisher: this is suitable for most small household fires. Shake it occasionally to prevent the powder from settling.
  • An electrical safety switch on your switchboard: you’ll need a licensed electrician to install it for you.

The following tips are also important for home fire safety:

  • Make sure you know how to use any fire equipment you buy for your home.
  • Household extinguishers are designed to be used only once, so replace your extinguisher as soon as possible after use.
  • Never use water to put out an oil, electrical or fat fire.

Using a fire extinguisher

Read the instructions for using the extinguisher before you need to use it.

Use an extinguisher if:

  • you can extinguish the fire quickly
  • you’re not putting your life at risk by staying near the fire e
  • everyone else has left the area
  • you know your extinguisher is suitable for putting out the type of fire you’re facing.
  • Once you’ve used your extinguisher, call 911 so firefighters can investigate. For example, the fire could have travelled up the fan area and into the ceiling without you realizing.

It’s recommended that you use a fire extinguisher or fire blanket only if you feel physically and mentally able to use the equipment safely.

Preparing and practising for home fire safety

The following guidelines can help keep you and your family safe if there’s a fire in your home:

  • Practice a home escape plan with your children and family. Choose a meeting place outside the house and make sure everyone knows to meet there.
  • Practice the ‘stop, drop, roll’ drill in case children’s clothes catch fire.
  • Practice the ‘crawl down low and go, go, go’ escape drill for crawling under smoke and poisonous gases.
  • Make sure you have two exits from every room in the house.
  • Never deadlock doors when you’re at home.

Dial 911 and ask for the fire department in an emergency. Know your address and the closest cross street.

In the event of a fire, keep a close watch on children once outside to make sure they don’t run back into the house.

For more information on fire safety equipment for your home, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham

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How Do I Choose a Snow Blower?

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, October 23, 2019

How do you know which snow blower is right for your driveway, patio or deck?

The Ariens lineup has numerous options, all different from one another and built for a specific application. We know making the choice isn't easy.

Not sure which two-stage snowblower is right for you? Watch the video or contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough, Framingham, MA.

Homeowner Chainsaws: Choosing The Right One

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Dependable chainsaws for cutting tasks around the home

If you’re looking to choose a chainsaw for work around your home, STIHL has you covered. These chainsaws are German-engineered and built in America. Most STIHL chainsaws come with anti-vibration technology to minimize vibration and help reduce fatigue, STIHL Quickstop® Chain Brake for additional safety, and a Master Control Lever™ to make start-up easy.

For easy comparison, view the Chainsaw Comparison Chart.

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Fire Safety Month: Check Your Alarms and Your Batteries

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, October 08, 2019
Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham - Fire Safety Month

October is Fire Prevention Month, and families should improve their home’s safety by checking their fire alarms, testing the alarms regularly, and adding reliable protection when replacing expired alarms. We are dedicated to helping protect what matters most because a home emergency can happen at any time and we want you to be prepared.

Fire Prevention Month is the perfect time to talk with your whole family about fire safety – include testing alarms, changing the batteries or upgrading to 10-year sealed battery alarm for hassle-free protection, and escape planning.

Are You Fully Protected?

Installing functioning alarms throughout your home is the first line of defense for fire prevention. They work around the clock to give your family an early alert in the event of should be placed on every level of the home, including the basement, as well as inside and outside each bedroom. Fire alarms should also be placed on every level of the home, especially in the kitchen and garage.

Top Tips for Fire Safety

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

Contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham for all of your home fire safety needs.

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