The end of the year has come, and everyone is filling out their wish lists.
Some of your favorite items are for personal use, but some might also be items that will make your workday go a whole lot smoother.
So, to help you find some of those things, Kimball Midwest presents the 2020 edition of our best-selling items of the year.
While this list is not exactly all-encompassing, it’s a well-rounded version of many of the things you may use – or the people in your industry use – to make your job easier. You may not even realize we sell some of these items, but rest assured, what we sell makes a difference in you getting the job done right, and quickly.
And our top selling item of the year was cable ties. Surprised? Don’t be. Cable ties are one of the most versatile items in our line – or in any shop.
The applications are boundless. Of course, binding is their primary function, but labeling also is a great function. When disassembling parts, big or small, cable ties can help you remember what goes where. We recommend multiple colors for this use. Simply wrap a blue tie around the hose or wire you removed and another on the place it connects to. Use orange for the next, black, red, etc. It’s much easier than trying to remember where everything goes. Don’t have multiple colors? Find masking or painter’s tape and a marker, and the same feat can be accomplished with just a few more steps.
We sell so many sizes and color variations, it will make your head spin.
Next? Well if you know us at all, you know Torq “CB” is simply part of the secret sauce.
Wondering what the “CB” means? Corrosion Busting.
Our formula decimates corrosion, quickly cutting through tough build-ups of grease, grime and contaminants that stop other penetrants and freeing frozen and corroded mating parts. And the non-drying lubricating oil provides lasting protection. Torq “CB” is ideal for all routine maintenance applications and is especially suited to problem areas that exist due to oxidation and corrosion caused by exposure to harsh conditions.
In July 2019, Kimball Midwest released a private line of KM-USA High Head Grade 8 cap screws, nuts and washers.
Customers have responded by purchasing … well … lots of them.
And frankly, we know why. Because we went through a painstaking process to make sure our KM-USA line was the best we could offer.
They are 100% made in the USA from raw material melted and rolled right here, which means we can trace the raw material to its origin. Our cap screws have a 20% higher head, increasing wrenchability and decreasing slippage while tightening and the washers are thicker, too. The threads are precision rolled with a 30% chamfered point to make inserting and threading the bolt as easy as possible.
But after all that assembly, wouldn’t it be nice to make things look pretty? We’ve got you covered there, too, because our Ultra Pro-Max paints were the next item on the list.
Our top seller is the gloss black, but we have more options than you can shake a paint marker at.
Our Ultra Pro-Max paint is economical, thanks to the high amount of solids in our 16-ounce cans. It takes 2-3 cans of economy paint to match the amount you get out of one of ours, saving you time and money. It’s also a superior performance enamel system, holding up to the harshest of weather elements. Ultra Pro-Max has been formulated to reduce the amount of solvents to a low level, reducing environmental and health hazards. And fewer cans used means fewer cans in landfills.
Need to make a hole? Super Primalloy drill bits are among the best, and our customers know it. The super heavy-duty 135° split point eliminates the need for center punching. If you go with our maintenance length, it provides increased rigidity, strength and breakage resistance.
Super Primalloy drill bits are forged with three flats on the shank to eliminate chuck slippages. The premium "M" series alloy provides exceptional wear resistance and longer life. And of course, they are made in the USA.
The next item is quite literally the glue that holds it all together, our Ultra Bond 2.
This advanced technology instant adhesive formula bonds in applications where conventional instant adhesives fail, including wood! It instantly forms a high-strength bond on surfaces contaminated with oil, grease, silicone, dirt and other materials.
The formula bonds the widest range of materials: Metal, most plastic, vinyl, nylon, Delrin, fabric, wood, rubber, cork, cardboard, leather and more and resists most chemicals. It can save you from the stickiest of situations.
And finally, one of our top sellers in 2020 was our maintenance efficiency center. When our Reps come to your shop, they can design and build a custom setup just for you. Want drawers? Bins? A holder for cable ties? A paint cabinet? Need a peg board? All you have to do is ask and we can build the set that meets your needs and your space, saving you time and money.
And that’s something that’s on everyone’s list.