MRO Stop - Industrial Supply + Technology Blog
Ask any pocketknife enthusiast what his favorite blade is and you’ll likely get a different answer every time. Knives come in hundreds of different configurations and styles, making the decision on which blade is “your blade” all the more complex. Certain knives are clearly better suited objectively for specific applications, but for an everyday pocketknife, the criteria can often be subjective to ones taste. Sarge offers many different knife variations, from single fixed blade to foldable styles.
A single-blade folding pocketknife comes with a locking mechanism for strength and durability. Single blade pocketknives are a clear favorite for everyday blades. They are simple in nature but strong enough to be well suited for a variety of tasks. Single blade knives often come as a straight edge, or a combo serrated edge. The Sarge SK813 Panther is a combo edge knife standing 3.5" with a locking mechanism. This is a perfect all around utility style pocketknife.
A single straight edge knife is best suited for “push cutting” and gives the user more control and accuracy to perform precision cuts. A serrated edge, like the SK-805, gives the user a much better level of “sawing” power, but with the benefit comes a lose of some precision and clean cutting ability.
Another consideration is blade length. Longer is not always better, as is often thought. Most short blades are able to travel anywhere as most laws that prevent knives from being carried certain places pertain only to blades longer than 2.75 inches. Short pocketknives are often foldable blades with a locking mechanism. One disadvantage to picking up a larger knife is that they are often fixed blade. This makes them more difficult to transport legally, safely, and discreetly. A perfect example of a very transportable small single-blade foldable pocketknife is the SK-800.
If you've decided what kind of knife you want to carry, browse our Folding Blades, Fixed Blade, and Combo-Serrated blade knife selections. Too see more knives and other tools, be sure to check out our social media at Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Linkedin.
We're excited to welcome aboard two new employees this month to the team! Rod Cardoso and Darryl Cannady have joined MRO Stop in the Customer Experience department. Please help us welcome them to the team!
Rod was born on the island of Cuba where he loved spending time on the beautiful beaches and enjoying the local food of his hometown. From Cuba he moved to Panama and spent quite a few years there enjoying the scenery and working to support himself. The majority of his life was spent in Miami, Florida…Go HEAT! Rod is an avid Basketball fan and a life-long HEAT fan.
Rod is married and has four children. He is really excited to be an MRO Stop team member and loves spending time helping customers have an exceptional experience when they shop with us. Rod can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (866) 388-7558.
Darryl was born in Youngsville, NC and moved to Charlotte very early on when his dad received a job transfer. Darryl has many interests including: Chess, Cards, Movies, Bowling, Traveling, Dining Out, Cars, and Electronics. The first thing you will notice about Darryl is his unashamedly positive attitude. He’s very outgoing and very much a “people person”. He describes his outlook as wanting to help people enjoy their lives and overcome hardships they have encountered through encouraging them to press on and succeed. Darryl can be reached at email@example.com or by calling (866) 388-7558.
Please help us to welcome these two with open arms and congratulate them on joining the team!
MRO Stop is committed to providing an excellent customer experience. We’d love to get to know our customers and hear more about how we can serve you better. Please feel free to contact Rod or Darryl about any questions or concerns you have!
MRO Stop now offers a full catalog of industrial fasteners. Unlike most industrial fastener suppliers, we’ll sell both bulk and individual quantities of whatever fastener you need. Our fastener stock is complete with various materials and thread configurations, including SAE and Metric. In our Charlotte, Greenville, and Savannah locations we keep everything from machine screws and rare bolts to your everyday nuts and washers on hand and in stock for your convenience.
At MRO Stop we pride ourselves in customer satisfaction and service. If you need help with fastener selection or have a special order need for a machine, we can help! We keep stock on the shelf of both general and hard to find fasteners, but if by chance what you need is rare or so hard to find that we don’t keep in the store, we’ll get it for you ASAP. Please see an associate at one of our locations if you have any fastener questions or stocking inquiries.
This week and in store only, we’re offering deep discounts on items your dad will love for Father's Day! Come check out the Stanley 75 piece socket and ratchet tool set on sale at $55. MRO Stop is also now a Sarge Quality Knives dealer and for Father’s Day only we’re offering 20% off all knives. We’ve got plenty of knives in stock to choose from, and ready to go.
MRO Stop is also a proud distributor of GoSol & Powerfilm products and for our Father’s Day sale we’re offering discounts on the Solar Powered iPhone charger.This charger outputs USB power and can charge most small electronics anywhere in the world….definitely a must have for the adventurous dad in your life. We’ve also got deals going on for Portable Halogen Worklight sets and various garden hose accessories. This deal is only going on in-store...so be sure to come by one of our locations and check it out!
Parker Welding Hose is engineered for portable or production line welding in a variety of settings. Typical applications would be factories, ships, construction sites, steel mills and foundries. One of the staple Parker Welding Hoses is the Siameez hose. This is a Grade T Twin Line Welding Hose, where red is the fuel line and green is the oxygen line. Series 7109 is a premium twin line welding hose that is flame and oil resistant due to its tube and cover. The following fuels can be used with the Red line; acetylene, hydrogen, natural gas, propane, and propylene. The green line is compatible with oxygen. Grade T is the only grade that has been recognized for use with oxy-fuel gas welding applications by the Compressed Gas Association.
Grade T Single Line Welding Hose, Series 7141 (Red, Gas) and Series 7142 (Green, Oxygen) are premium single line welding hoses from Parker. These hoses feature flame and oil resistant tubes and covers. Naturally, only the red line can be used with fuel and only the green with oxygen. These hoses are made for a wide variety of applications and long continuous lengths are available. Typical applications include, bending, brazing, cutting, fabrication, gouging, joining, piercing, pre-heating, post-heating, severing, soldering, straightening, surfacing, and trimming. Typical places of use would be assembly and fabrication shops, construction, factories, foundries, mines, oil rigs, plumbing, rail yards, salvage, scrapyards, shipyards and steel mills.
Another option is the Siameez Series 7126 twin line welding hose. In this case the red line is compatible with acetylene only, and not any other type of fuel. The green line is compatible with oxygen, as per normal. As with the other hoses mentioned here, the tube is “non-blooming” which minimizes the migration of combustible waxes or plasticizers the rubbers surface. In addition, flexibility is provided for with plies of textile reinforcement.
Parker Water Hose offers plenty of variations of water hoses that can handle any water transport application you can throw at it. Parkers suction and delivery hoses are used in a variety of industries for all kinds of different applications. These hoses feature a thick rubber tube and heavy textile reinforcements to maintain a long service life. The Parker wire-helix can be provided to prevent collapse during suction applications. As is the case with most Parker Industrial Hose products, the water hose is particularly resistant to abrasion, weathering, and ozone.
Parker Super-Flex Series 7392 is a suction and discharge hose that has been specially designed to deal with brine, alkalis, and glycols as well as herbicides, mild chemicals, slurries, and water. Typical industries include agriculture, construction, general industrial, irrigation, and surface mining. Temperature range is -40 F to +212 F. If you need a little bit more of a heavy duty hose to deal with these same chemicals and materials, you’ll want to look at Parker Super-Flex EPDM Heavy Duty Water Suction Hose Series 7325. This hose is designed to deal with the same materials as the 7392 but with its heavy wall construction and elevated pressure rating, rated for 300 PSI, this hose offers superior service.
Another example of Parker Water Hose is the Hurricane Pressure Washer Hose Series 7258. This is a flexible and high temperature pressure washer hose that is specifically designed to deal with hot water and mild chemicals. This would be typically used in agriculture, construction, general industrial, oil field, and shipyards. Working pressure on this hose 3000 PSI and temperature range is -40 F to +250 F. For durability in a high pressure environment this hose incorporates a high tensile wire braid reinforcement. This also provides for kink resistance and superior coupling retention. This hose is available in both black and blue colored options, both are resistant to oil and weathering.
For more products for various water applications, please consult our Water Hose section HERE.
Parker Steam Hose is built to withstand one of the most brutal applications hose is used for, where steam cycles hot, cold wet, and dry conditions both internally and externally on the rubber compounds that are used for its construction. One of the best examples of this is the Dragon Breath 250, series 7288. This is a traditional oil resistant hose that has been specifically designed by Parker to withstand the tough environment of the hot, cold wet, and dry cycle. The Dragon Breath 250 has an EPDM tube that helps prevent popcorning and heat resistance. This hose also features a wire braid reinforcement for prevention against crushing and to provide extended durability throughout its service life. This wire braid also creates a path to conduct a static electrical charge to ground. Lastly, this particular hose series 7288 is especially popular among oil refineries due to its red cover that is resistant to weathering and oil while providing color coding.
Another popular entry in the Parker Steam Hose category is the Steam-Lance 250, series 7264 (red). This hose has been designed as a traditional steam hose, built to withstand the hot, cold wet, dry condition cycle that steam applications impose. The EPDM tube, much like with the Dragon Breath 250, helps to resist popcorning and heat while adding a wire brain reinforcement for preventing crushing. The wire braid also adds kink resistance, and a red cover that is resistant to abrasion, cracking, hardening, and ozone.
Parker Oil Field Hose is a specially designed product primarily used in Frac tank service applications or as a high pressure discharge hose in drilling mud or petroleum waste. This hose is also used in water discharge applications.
One hose we feature is the BS & W Corrugated Oil Field Suction/ Vacuum Hose, Series 7213E. This hose is lightweight and flexible, used for suction and discharge and able to handle brine, crude oil, mild chemicals, petroleum waste, sediments, sludge, and slurries. The hose also easily handles water in harsh environments like oil field bottom sediment or waste pit recovery applications. Series 7213E is very strong and features a wire helix that provides full suction capability, flexibility, and kink resistance. The cover of the hose is also resistant to abrasion.
Another hose we offer is the Parker Mud Discharge Hose, Series 7309. As the name implies this hose is heavy duty and ready for rugged environments. It’s designed to handle drilling mud, mild chemicals, petroleum waste, and water. The hose is manufactured with a heavy duty wall to provide strength and durability. The hose also features the ability to conduct static electrical charge to ground. This hose is available in 200 foot continuous lengths. Pressure rating maxes out at 300 PSI.
Parker Petroleum and LP Gas hose line is a mix of hoses specifically designed to deal with LP and Petroleum gases that are highly flammable and potentially dangerous. These gases are typically used for heating appliances and vehicle applications. To accommodate for the safe and effective transfer of LP Gas and Petroleum, Parker has designed several different series of hoses to choose from with respect to your specific application. In the following post the MRO Stop team will discuss a couple of these hose products in detail as well as some specific applications for use.
Parker LP Gas Hose Series 7132 is a lightweight and flexible LPG (liquefied petroleum gas)/Propane hose for delivery and transfer. The hose construction is reinforced for kink resistance and flexibility. The outside of the hose is also constructed to withstand mild chemicals and ozone, using a perforated cover. This hose is available in long reel lengths from the factory, and has met all Underwriters Laboratories and Canadian Gas Association requirements. Series 7132 is rated for 350 PSI and a temperature range of -40 F to +180 F.
Parker LP Gas Hose Series 7170 is a lightweight and flexible version of Parkers LP gas hoses that is primarily designed for BBQ’s and grills, portable heaters, and small appliances. This hose, like the others, meets all Underwriters Laboratories and Canadian Standards Association requirements. Pressure, being in line with small appliances or grill applications, is 5 PSI. The temperature range is -40 F to +180 F. This hose is resistant to mild chemicals, oil, and ozone, utilizing a perforated cover. The hose is also constructed to maximum flexibility and kink resistance using multiple textile plies.
Parker LP Gas Hose Series 7243 Stainless Steel Reinforced – Textile Cover is an extremely rugged and durable LPG/Propane transfer hose that is small in diameter. This hose is tough and best suited for fuel line hose on forklifts and utility equipment. This hose is constructed using high tensile stainless steel braided reinforcement, providing superior strength, durability, and kink resistance. This textile cover gives the 7243 series the ability to resist abrasion and mild chemicals, as well as ozone.
The hoses detailed here, and other approved LP Gas Hoses, can be used with Natural Gas but there are a few caveats. The application must be outside or extremely well ventilated inside with continuous air movement. Parker LP Gas Hose should not be used to replace fixed or rigid pipe. Use rigid pipe whenever possible to convey natural gas, when that is the more appropriate material. The hoses detailed here are never to be used for Compressed Natural Gas applications. For CNG applications only used specially approved hoses, such as the Parker Parflex CNG Hose.
Parker has a well-rounded selection of Material Handling Hoses to deal with a wide range of applications, such as sand blasting, high pressure concrete & cement, and hoses for conveying granular food or powder. In the following Blog the MRO Stop team will detail out a couple of the hoses we carry in this category and their specific material handling capabilities.
The Concrete Placement Hose, series 7236, is a natural rubber hose that is a high pressure placement hose for dry and wet concrete. The hose is constructed with a heavy wall that prevents kinking and a thick rubber that is static dissipating. The tube is resistant to abrasion as well. The hose is suitable for use with abrasive materials, concrete, dry and wet cement, plaster, and in construction and general industrial applications. You can buy the 7236 in 200 ft continuous lengths. This hose is rated for a maximum working pressure of 800 PSI, but it’s worth noting that couplings attached with bands or clamps may reduce the effective working pressure. Temperature range is -30F to +150 F.
If loading & unloading barges, hoppers, and railcars is more your thing than concrete placement, you’d be looking for the Super-Flex, series 7363. This hose is a flexible suction and discharge hose specially designed for dry or wet abrasive materials, making it perfect for such applications mentioned. The hose is naturally resistant to weathering and abrasion from its corrugated rubber blend construction. The wire helix affords this hose full suction capability and kink resistance. Max working pressure is 100 PSI and temperature range is -40F to +160F.
Parker Day-Lite Corrugated Material Handling Hose is in the dirty business of sewage transfer applications on mobile vacuum trucks. This hose is a suction/vacuum and discharge hose for dry or wet abrasive materials and debris. Series 8341 is available in 200 ft continuous lengths and is rated for 100 PSI. Temperature range is -40F to +160F.