Looking Forward Looking Back – Power tool inventor goes cordless
The industrial world has changed beyond recognition in the last 150 years. In 1867 the largest suspension bridge in the world was opened in Cincinnati, USA. The Suez Canal welcomed the first vessel through its waters and Joseph Lister discovered antiseptic surgery. It was the year when Wilhelm Emil Fein founded a company to manufacture electrical equipment.
Almost three decades after Wilhelm established his company, and only 16 years after Thomas Edison invented the incandescent electric lamp, FEIN combined the power of an electric motor with a manual drill to develop the world’s very first power tool.
The heavy drill, which weighed 16.5 pounds, was powered by a large but relatively weak DC electric motor that didn’t turn very fast. To use the drill, the operator had to use both hands, grab it by two handles opposite the motor and lean against a chest plate at the back of the drill to help press it into the work surface. The world’s first power tool may seem unwieldy and unproductive by modern standards, but it was the beginning of FEIN’s 150 years of putting innovation and commitment at the forefront of its work that today continues to put it at the forefront of the global power tool industry.
Even today, FEIN drills bear the stamp of the same spirit of innovation. Whether drills, angle drills or thread drills there are FEIN drills for almost any situation, with different sizes and shapes, drilling diameters of up to 38 mm and speeds adapted precisely to the material.The success of FEIN over 150 years is due to its commitment to innovation and ensuring its products are what the market demands.
Lightweight, ergonomic and compact for optimum results their dry wall screw guns are the specialist tools for drywall and interior applications while the metal screw gun, with models including the ASCS 6.3 Select Cordless is focused on safe, consistent working with self-drilling and thread-moulding screws in roof and facade construction as well as heating, air conditioning and ventilation. Metal nibblers are extremely versatile and curve-compatible. The Fein BLK 1.3 T is particularly suited for trapezoid sheet metals, corrugated sheet metals, profiles and curved single rolled sheets up to 1.3mm.
Oscillating machines, which came to the commercial market in 1984 to work on the removal of car windscreens are today an unbeatably versatile and powerful tool range. The FEIN MultiTalent, MultiMaster, FEIN SuperCut Construction and FEIN SuperCut Automotive make up the 4 best of oscillating power tools on the market. Each system is synonymous with professional application solutions and unrivalled load handling with a solution for almost every requirement.
Fein has built its success on innovation and its consistent demand to know what the market needs next. Looking after the expectations of the end user is key to continued success. Fein knows that being one step ahead will ensure those who rely on their tools will continue to receive innovative products.
Following Fein introducing its first cordless tool, the cordless drill in 1983 it has innovated, offering a cordless versions of all of its multi-tools, drill/drivers, nibblers, drywall screw guns and a host of other products. This has been all made possible due to advances in batteries and chargers that have seen the introduction of lithium ion leading to longer working time with the number of cordless machines in the range is on the rise. Even machines such as the mag drill are now going cordless, with Fein cordless mag drill accompanied with a new high power battery to support heavy application work, entering the market in the New Year.
2018 brings the potential of a whole new generation of tools with the substantial growth of the cordless market. New cordless angle grinders, die grinders and rotary hammers will ensure consumers have the tools they need for the jobs that need to be done.
In 1867 Wilhelm Emil Fein founded a company with a promise to manufacture electrical equipment that met the demands of customers while consistently looking at innovative solutions for the industry. 150 years later that company continues to deliver on that promise.