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2019 Product Preview

We’ve got a ton of awesome new and updated best selling products coming out this year across all the industries we serve! We thought we’d take a look and highlight some of them for you all!

Lineman Products | Arborist Products | Ironworker Products


The first vendor we’re taking a look at is BUZZLINE®.

Their Industrial Gear Bags feature two distinct advantages. First, the Weather Tough Molded Rubber Bottom protects against all kinds of weather. The second advantage is the Nylon Frame. This sturdy yet flexible frame removes weight from the bag but is able to keep all the contents inside the bag.

We’ve got two new bags from BUZZLINE®:

The 98-107 measures 15" x 8" x 13" and features 14 inside pockets and 10 outside pockets.

The 98-707 variant has 14 inside pockets and 17 outside pockets, depending on how much gear you need to carry.



The next vendor on our list is Lewis Manufacturing with their new Pulling Grips PitSock™.

Pulling Grips PitSock™ is a member of the new Identi-Grip™ line of wire mesh grip products. PitSock Grips are typically used by Electric Utilities and Utility Contractors for underground pulls. The nylon coating of these grips give them an excellent gripping power while providing a very rugged & abrasion resistance protection. The color-coding of the nylon coating allows for easy size-range recognition and visibility.

Next up is Bashlin Industries with their new Q series H-Style Tower Harness.

This all-black H-style full body tower harness with All quick release buckles, web loops on chest for rescue or ladder climbing system attachment, built in 4 D ring (Aluminum) tool belt, and back attachments – A loop or NEW aluminum D ring. However, the it also features their new new breakaway lanyard parking loops on the shoulder straps.


And wrapping up our lineman category is a couple new tools from Madi Lineman Tools

 First up, the SS-1 Slot Socket

This multi-use lineman's impact socket is slotted for use on various types of clamps and hardware. This 1/2" Square Drive socket is Impact Rated and has a High Visibility ID Band. This multipurpose socket can be used for the following applications and more:

  • Grounding Clamps
  • Hot Line Clamps
  • Layout Arm Hardware
  • Stringing Blocks
  • Temporary Arm Insulators
  • J Hooks

They’ve also updated their knife line with new ergonomic and safety features!


MADI Fixed Blade Skinning Knife FBSK-1

  • Highest Grade Stainless Steel Blade for Maximum Durability
  • Pointed Angled Blade Design for Maximum Sharpness
  • Blade and Snap Ring are Molded for Superior Strength and Separated by Nonconductive Material
  • Ergonomic Design with Over Mold for Secure Grip
  • Finger Guard for Maximum Safety
  • MADI Green for High Visibility



Arborists will be pleased to hear that the long-awaited Rock Exotica Akimbo SRT device is due to be released this month!

The Rock Exotica Akimbo is a single-rope technique (SRT) climbing device that is midline attachable, compact, lightweight, adjustable, and easy to set up and use. Gone are the days of multiple pulleys, carabiners and tension cords to achieve a safe climbing setup! This device is secure with no loose parts and no tools required for adjustments.


Corona Tools also announced their new ErgoHandle Machete (SKU: MA 60061)

This 18-inch blade is made of tough tempered steel designed to retain its edge through the most intensive use. It’s Built-in hand stop and an ergonomic handle attached to the perfectly balanced blade make for the most efficient swing possible.


Next on our list is RudeDog ironworker tools.

There’s a reason RudeDog has been the top name in the game for so long.

The Rudedog USA 5 Pocket Tool Pouch (Part #3023) is great for Rodbusters, Lineman, Electricians, Utilities, etc. Slots will accommodate up to a 3" belt.

The RudeDog hammer holder fits all size hammers. Constructed of heavy 11-13 oz Black Harness Leather with a tunnel loop. Conveniently fits up to a 2 1/2 inch belt.

Constructed of  HEAVY #4 canvas, has more rivets in them at the stress points than any other bag the market. Bottom is DOUBLE reinforced and the TUNNEL LOOP is TRIPLE sewn at stress points PLUS riveted!  Also has a bull pin loop on each side. After listening to customer feedback, they've also added a tape holder that is riveted and reinforced with a leather backing. No more digging through your bag looking for your tape measure! 


Many of the above products are not yet available online and are only accepting over-the-phone pre-orders, so give us a call for more details or to place your order!


Call us at (800) 421-3360!


Be sure to stay tuned to our social media channels (@jlmathewsco) for the low down on all the new products coming to J.L. Matthews. And lastly, if you see something out there from a vendor we carry, but it’s not on our site, give us a call and we’ll be happy to order it for you!

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