Wiha Tools announces the addition of GRS Stohler

MONTICELLO, MN – 8/29/2017

Willi Hahn Corporation USA dba Wiha Tools announces the addition of GRS Stohler to our manufacturing representative network. Beginning September 1, 2017 GRS Stohler will manage the industrial, automotive and electrical channels of distribution in Michigan.

GRS Stohler has a two-part approach that focuses on the dealer and the end-user. The unique combination of selling supports the dealer with a pull through strategy while engaging the end-user in the field with an assisted selling and product knowledge program. GRS Stohler launched the mobile Tool Van program in 2017 and has changed the way of doing business in their market. The program is value added for the end-user, dealer and Wiha Tools.

“We have invested with our manufacturing partners to drive the best experience for our customers with our innovative approach and we are seeing results. I am looking forward to adding Wiha Tools to our strategy and am expecting an immediate impact on the market.” Said Kelly Stohler, of GRS Stohler.

Wiha Tools is committed to a leadership role within the professional tools and solution industry in North, Central and South America. The partnership with GRS Stohler is the next step in the progression of delivering the highest level of service to our dealers and end-users. “Today’s business environment is extremely competitive and the investment GRS Stohler has made in their territory sets them apart for all the other agencies. I am excited to work with such an innovative group.” Said Mark Jost Eastern Region Sales Manager.

About Willi Hahn Corporation

Willi Hahn Corporation USA dba Wiha Tools is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wiha Werkzeuge Gmbh Schonach Germany. Beginning in 1985, Wiha Tools has developed into the largest subsidiary of Wiha Worldwide. Offering over 5000 products from our Monticello, Minnesota based North American Headquarters we service all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America.

www.wihatools.com & www.wihatools.ca

About Wiha

Founded in 1939, Wiha has become a leading global manufacturer of hand tools and solutions for professional tradespeople and industrial markets. A host of awards underline that Wiha sets the standard in functionality, design and quality.

As of 2015, Wiha is the first hand tool manufacturer in the world to receive the internationally recognized AGR seal. This recognition confirms the effectiveness and benefits of Wiha’s innovative range of screwdrivers, torque tools, L-keys, bits, soft-head hammers, pliers, measuring tools and articulated hoses. Wiha’s innovative approach offers real added value and user benefits in terms of increased efficiency and functionality in everyday work.

The family owned company was recognized in 2016 as belonging to the TOP 100 most innovative medium-sized companies in Germany, and received the Manufacturing Excellence Award (MX Award) as the best German SME in 2014. Currently, over 900 Wiha employees manufacture and market award winning Wiha premium tools.

Media Contact
Wiha Tools USA
Willi Hahn Corporation

1348 Dundas Circle
Monticello, MN 55362
Media Relations: pr@wihatools.com
1-800-494-6104

Wiha Tools announces the addition of Bray Sales

MONTICELLO, MN – 8/21/2017

Willi Hahn Corporation USA dba Wiha Tools announces the addition of Bray Sales to our manufacturing representative network. As of August 1, 2017, Bray Sales is responsible for managing the electrical channel of distribution for Iowa, Nebraska and Eastern Illinois.

Bray Sales, founded in 1968, is a premier electrical agency focused exclusively on servicing distribution accounts for leading manufactures. With offices in Des Moines, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska. Bray’s team of 4 sales people and 5 customer service representatives are focused on providing the highest level of support to their customer and manufacturing partners.

“The addition of Wiha Tools gives Bray the opportunity to provide our customers with one of the largest selection of insulated and non-insulated tools the industry has to offer. Given Wiha’s commitment to the industry, solid reputation and best in class product I am confident we will make an immediate impact on the market.” Said Joe Metzger, President of Bray Sales.

Wiha Tools is committed to a leadership role within the electrical channel of distribution in North, Central and South America. The partnership with Bray Sales is another step in the progression of delivering the highest level of service to our dealers and end-users. Bob Ash, Wiha Tools Director of Sales said, “There are not many opportunities to partner with agencies like Bray Sales and I am excited to expand the market with such a respected organization.

About Willi Hahn Corporation

Willi Hahn Corporation USA dba Wiha Tools is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wiha Werkzeuge Gmbh Schonach Germany Beginning in 1985, Wiha Tools has developed into the largest subsidiary of Wiha Worldwide. Offering over 3000 products from our Monticello, Minnesota based North American Headquarters we service all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America.

www.wihatools.com & www.wihatools.ca

About Wiha

Founded in 1939, Wiha has become a leading global manufacturer of hand tools and solutions for professional tradespeople and industrial markets. A host of awards underline that Wiha sets the standard in functionality, design and quality.

As of 2015, Wiha is the first hand tool manufacturer in the world to receive the internationally recognized AGR seal. This recognition confirms the effectiveness and benefits of Wiha’s innovative range of screwdrivers, torque tools, L-keys, bits, soft-head hammers, pliers, measuring tools and articulated hoses. Wiha’s innovative approach offers real added value and user benefits in terms of increased efficiency and functionality in everyday work.

The family owned company was recognized in 2016 as belonging to the TOP 100 most innovative medium-sized companies in Germany, and received the Manufacturing Excellence Award (MX Award) as the best German SME in 2014. Currently, over 900 Wiha employees manufacture and market award winning Wiha premium tools.

 

Media Contact

 Wiha Tools USA
Willi Hahn Corporation

1348 Dundas Circle
Monticello, MN 55362
Media Relations: pr@wihatools.com
1-800-494-6104

Top 5 Characteristics of High Quality Hand Tools

Confidence in Purchase

Quality hand tools are great to have, but with quality, typically come to a greater cost up front. Tools are an investment. Shouldn’t we invest our money in quality tools? Isn’t it true that generic knockoffs leave us exposed to delay in completing a task, unnecessary hazards, injury, and frustration? Investing in quality tools is a no-brainer. Here’s our 5 Characteristics of High Quality Hand Tools that you should have in your tool arsenal.

So what do we need to look for in quality tools?

Performance

Does the tool perform the way the manufacturer promised it would? Makers of high-quality tools like Wiha have a reputation for quality that we’re obligated to maintain. One of the main indicators of meeting a high standard of quality is ensuring that our product performance exceeds your expectations. Read more on 5 Ways Your Screwdrivers are letting you down in the performance category.

Features

In addition to performance is what features does the tool offer? Does it come with a pouch or case? What materials are used in its production? The features of high-quality tools are going to add value, and have unnecessary bells and whistles. Innovative design is the name of the game here.

Reliability

High-quality hand tools have a reputation for being reliable. They’re not going to fail when you need them most in fact, they create a safer way of tackling a job. When used properly, they don’t cause unnecessary damage to materials or put people at risk of injury. Perhaps most obvious, but still should be mentioned, is that high-quality tools have a long service life. Does the tool have a guarantee?

Conformance

Does the tool’s design and operating characteristics meet established standards? Better yet, does it surpass them? Many generic tools fall into “acceptable” tolerances, but do they meet and/or surpass target specifications? High-quality tools will meet or surpass the target specifications set by various industry authorities—a low level of tolerance. This tolerance can often be felt in the tool’s performance – both positively and negatively.

Durability

Tools that can be handed down to your kids and grandkids—this is what durability is all about. Yes, like we stated, to begin with, you’re going to pay a good chunk of cash more up front, but when that cost is spread out over three or four generations there is tremendous value found.

Backed by a Promise

Characteristics of High Quality Hand Tools

Wiha Tools are backed by our No Hassle Guarantee. We believe in the quality of our tools. Our tools perform reliably, have innovative features that solve real problems, while meeting the highest standards of conformance, and are made to last a lifetime.

Tell Us About It

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject. Is it worth it to have the best quality hand tools? Shop Wiha Tools USA or Wiha Tools Canada for high quality German Hand Tools.

Do you have a hand tool that was handed down to you from your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents?

Share a photo and tell us about it in the comments area.

A Detroit Sparky showing the auto pliers in action

Thanks to @detroit_electrical for posting a quick video of the Wiha auto pliers doing what it does best.

What’s the Worst Hand Tool of All Time?

There are thousands upon thousands of tools out there in the world that we love and depend on. Most of those tools were created out of necessity—to get the job done right. But there are tools out there that get many of us scratching our heads and wondering what the heck were they thinking? Worst Hand Tool of All Time? We’ll let you be the judge.

Our Finds

We’ve listed below a few tools that could possibly take the title of the “Worst Hand Tool of All Time” to include one of our own.

Some are Ridiculous

Adjustable “Hand” Wrench

 

Hand Wrench Wost Tool
Double-Fist Hammer

 

Hand Hammer Worst Tool Nomination

Some are Bad Design

Autoloading screwdriver

Bad Design Auto-Loading Screwdriver Worst Tool

An underpowered screwdriver

 

Wiha Electronic Worst Tool

All Kidding Aside

We know these are more or less jokes at best…or terrible designs at worst, but they certainly make for good conversation pieces to have around the shop.

There are some really terrible tools out there and we’d like to hear about what you’ve encountered.

Share with us your vote in the comments by posting an image of the tool and why you think it deserves the title of Worst Hand Tool of All Time.

Wiha Tools Welcomes Bob Ash, Director of Sales

Wiha Tools USA announces the appointment of Bob Ash as the Director of Sales – Western Division. Bob is a tool industry veteran with experience building businesses and brands across many different channels of distribution. Wiha Tools Welcomes Bob Ash, Director of Sales

“I am extremely excited to have Bob join Wiha. I have known Bob for over 15 years and have witnessed him transform businesses. He is a passionate and trustworthy sales executive that customers and associates enjoy working with.” said Wiha Tools Managing Director Patrick DiPerno.

Ash will focus driving new business and manage Wiha’s network of sales representatives. He is an example of Wiha’s commitment to investing in professional human resources to insure the growth of the organization and support our distribution partners.

Soft Grip BiCut SuperCut Compound Cutters 8″

Experience the Power

Soft Grip BiCut SuperCut Compound Cutters 8"Always Innovating

Another Wiha Tools innovation is found in our Soft Grip BiCut SuperCut Compound Cutters. These diagonal cutters feature a “Power” button that when pressed doubles your effective cutting potential.  The product measure 200mm/8″ OAL, giving a low force & high force cutting capacity that allows users to a wide variety of materials with just one tool.

Turn the power ON with Soft Grip BiCut SuperCut Compound Cutters 8″

Carry less in your tool bag by carrying more in one tool—the BiCut does the job of two cutters.

Let’s consider the different scenarios.

You need a pair of cutters to cut zip-ties away from some packaging. The Wiha BiCut will cut through these in a snap, but any old pair of cutters will do, right? But what if there is not enough power when cutting something more significant, or if cutting is laborious?

For instance, what if the next task in front of you requires cutters for thick gauged wire or perhaps you need to shorten some chain?

Soft Grip BiCut SuperCut Compound Cutters 8"Instead of reaching in your tool bag for a whole other (larger) set of cutters, you can grab the BiCuts and double the power at the press of a button. Once the power button is engaged, it takes up to 50% less hand strength to cut through the beefier materials.

Here’s an idea, eliminate both of your conventional cutters and carry one set of Wiha Tools Soft Grip BiCut SuperCut Compound Cutters.

The Wiha Tools BiCut Super Cutters cut a wide range of materials from copper to extremely hard piano wire, nails, screws, bolts, hardened wire, cables, spring steel, chain, etc.

Handle Comfort

Soft Grip BiCut SuperCut Compound Cutters 8"Wiha Tools BiCut Super Cutters are made from our patented high quality forged C70 tool steel and have induction hardened cutting edges for a 64 HRC edge hardness rating and outfitted with textured soft comfort grips.

Wiha Tools Introduces the No Hassle Guarantee

Willi Hahn Corporation USA dba Wiha Tools announces a No Hassle Guarantee. The policy is a departure from a traditional warranty. The Guarantee is designed to improve the end user experience. Wiha has always stood behind the quality of its products and has strived to be a leader in customer service. This No Hassle Guarantee solidifies our commitment to the customer.

“A few months back I was having a conversation with the President of another company and the topic of warranty policies came up. He was passionate about his company’s ‘fair to all’ policy. Which means if a customer is fair in the warranty request, his company will always be fair to the customer. My first thought was what a fantastic policy. It is simple and easy to understand. So, I thought, let’s learn from this and offer our customers a guarantee that reflects our commitment to them. After a few meetings, our No Hassle Guarantee was born.”  Said Wiha Tools Managing Director Patrick DiPerno.

Wiha branded tools are regarded as the most durable, best designed and highly innovative products around. Our tools are used by demanding professional tradespeople and tool aficionados alike. They are meant to be used and utilized often. And it is for that reason Wiha now supports the best customers in industry with our No Hassle Guarantee.