Infrared heating can save as much as 50% in annual fuel costs when compared with traditional forced-air systems. A new line of positive-pressure, low-intensity infrared tube heaters from Space-Ray are particularly suited for buildings with high heat loss areas. The PTS and PTU Series are available in lengths from 10' to 70' and in multiple configurations (straight, L-, Z- and U-shape) for optimum flexibility in designing a system. Both series come in natural or propane gas versions and in capacities ranging from 40,000 to 200,000 Btu per hour. Power, gas and thermostat connections are in one enclosed burner box for easy installation and maintenance. A tube integrity safety system shuts down the gas controls in the event of tube heater failure. Contact: Space-Ray, P.O. Box 36485, Charlotte, NC, 28236; (704) 372-3485; www.spaceray.com.
New Choice for Blades
Leon follows up its 4000 Dozer Blade for John Deere tractors with the Q440T blade for New Holland tractors. The new blade fits models 9020, 9030, 9040, 9050, 9060, Q480W, Q485W, T9050, T9060, TJ375, TJ425, TJ440, TJ450, TJ480, TJ485, TJ530 and TJ535. Blades are 47" high and come in widths of 12', 14', 16', 18' and 20'. A maximum lifting clearance of 49"-plus eliminates back-dragging, and an extra-high underframe clearance prevents hang-ups. Tight frame construction and hidden hydraulic mounting allow a smaller turning radius. All units have a ripple-formed contour for clean roll-off and roll-break action. With Leon's patented Quick-on Quick-off system, units can be removed or mounted with only two pins. Hydraulic vertical tilt control is available. Contact: Leon's Manufacturing Company Inc., P.O. Box 5002, Yorkton SK, Canada S3N 3Z4; (800) 667-1581; www.leonsmfg.com.
Miller Electric Manufacturing Company's Diversion 165 AC/DC TIG welder eliminates the two factors that commonly prevent people from learning the TIG welding process: complexity and high price. The unit has just two controls—one for heat input and one for selecting metal type—and its stable arc and positive arc starts make it easier for beginners to achieve good results. The lightweight unit connects to 230-volt, one-phase power and needs a 25-amp circuit breaker to produce its full welding output of 165 amps. The unit comes with an instructional book and DVD. Contact: Miller Electric Manufacturing Company, P.O. Box 100, Lithonia, GA 30058; (800) 426-4553; www.millerwelds.com.
For Seasoned Welders
Hobart designed its new Prowler Series of helmets with the expert welder in mind. Solar-assist auto-darkening lenses darken in 1/20,000 of a second after arc start, and four independent arc sensors provide continuous arc-sensing capability for out-of-position welding. Shades are internally adjustable (#9 to #13), with lens sensitivity and delay controls. The 23/8"x37/8" viewing area is the largest of all the company's models, and the #4 ultra-clear "light-state” makes for efficient setup and repositioning of hands and parts. Prowler helmets are a lightweight 11 oz., with easy-to-replace lithium batteries that last for up to 3,000 hours of MIG welding. Contact: Hobart Welding Products, P.O. Box 100, Lithonia, GA 30058; (877) 462-2781; www.hobartwelders.com.