Chuck Systems & Drill Bit Shanks for Rotary Hammer Drills

Selecting the Correct Shank Type for Your Rotary Hammer Drill

When working with a rotary hammer drill, one of the most import things to consider is the type of chuck system your drill has. Knowing the chuck system of your drill is important because this determines the diameter of the drill bit shank, as well as the types of grooves that interlock the drill bit into the chuck of the drill. There are three major chuck / drill bit shank types available: SDS & SDS-Plus, SDS Max, and Spline. SDS and SDS-Plus shank types are completely interchangeable. The diameter of the shank and types of grooves will remain the same for each of these shank types regardless of the diameter, length, or other feature the drill bit may have. Read on to learn more about each of these different chuck / shank types available to you.

SDS & SDS-Plus Shanks

SDS chuck systems were specially designed for concrete and masonry hammering. The flat end of the drill bit is the only part the piston will hit, which makes its energy usage more efficient and effective. One of the most convenient features of the SDS system is the ability to change the drill bit with only one hand. SDS chucks have spring loaded balls designed to fit and lock into the grooves of the SDS shanks. After inserting the bit into the chuck, a simple twist will allow those spring loaded balls to snap into place and hold the bit. In German markets, SDS stands for “Steck, Dreh, Sitz” (Insert, Twist, Stay). The SDS-Plus shank came along when improvements were made to the original design, the SDS-Plus system allows the shank to be held in place more firmly. SDS-Plus shanks have four indentations on them: two open-ended and two close-ended, these keep the bit from coming loose from the chuck.

  • SDS and SDS-Plus shank types are completely interchangeableSDS & SDS-Plus Drill Bits
  • Typically used with Carbide Drill Bits 5/32” – 1-1/8”
  • Thin wall Carbide Core Bits up to 4”
  • SDS-Plus systems are the most common, since they’re adapted for relatively less-heavy drilling
  • SDS & SDS-Plus shanks have a diameter of 10mm

SDS-Max Shanks

The SDS-Max chuck system was initially designed to replace the Spline drive for larger bits, but improved connectivity similar to the SDS & SDS-Plus systems. The SDS Max system allows the piston to travel farther and in turn allows the piston to hit the bit harder and the bit cuts more efficiently. The SDS Max system was designed for heavier-duty work than the SDS-Plus system. SDS Max bit shanks have five indentations on them: three open-ended and two close-ended, these keep the bit from coming loose from the chuck.

  • SDS Max bits are only compatible in SDS Max chuck systemsSDS Max Drill Bits
  • SDS Max bit sizes leans more toward the larger end of masonry drill bits
  • Typically used with Carbide Drill Bits 1/2” – 2”
  • Thick wall Carbide Core Bits up to 4” (thin wall up to 6”)
  • SDS Max system is the newest  and overall best system for the most heavy masonry drilling out there
  • SDS Max shanks have a diameter of 18mm

Spline Shanks

Spline chuck systems are designed for the heaviest drilling workloads, like the SDS Max system, but the Spline is just an older system. The Spline shank has 12 “teeth” or splines that fit into the chuck and is held in place by a retaining pin. These shanks are held to an exact tolerance to assure a perfect fit. Despite the advantages the SDS Max system may have over the Spline drive, many users still prefer to use it. The primary advantage the Spline shank offers is its maximum drilling torque.

  • Spline drive bits are only compatible in Spline drive chuck systemsSpline Drill Bits
  • Typically used with Carbide Drill Bits 1/2” – 2”
  • Thick wall Carbide Core Bits up to 4” (thin wall up to 6”)
  • There are also a number of chipping, chiseling, bushing, cutting and digging bits available
  • Spline shanks have a diameter of 19mm

Safety Tips and Tools for Working with Electrical Equipment

The Importance of Working Safely with Electrical Equipment

While working with or around electrical equipment, it is very import to work with caution and in a safe and smart manner. The voltage and electrical currents in businesses and homes has enough power to cause serious injury and even death. People working with electrical equipment are faced with this safety hazard on a daily basis, it is very important to wear the proper apparel and to follow some simple safety guidelines to avoid any possible injuries. By following these safety guidelines below you and your fellow workers will greatly reduce the risk for serious injury or even death.

Electrical Boxes

Safety Guidelines To Avoid Injury or Even Death

  1. Avoid contact with all energized electrical circuits. This may be an unwritten rule, but not following this rule just once could be fatal. A good way to avoid this is to assume all electrical devices and circuits are live. Never assume equipment is safe until you have confirmed it yourself, your life may depend on it.
  2. Be sure to unplug the power source of all electrical equipment before working on it. Always pull from the plug, not the cord.
  3. Always wear proper non conductive clothing – insulated gloves, non conductive protective apparel and shoes with insulated soles. Avoid loose clothing or ties.
  4. Keep all water and liquids away from electrical equipment! If a spill does occur, immediately shut the power off at the circuit breaker or main power source and unplug the equipment.
  5. If electrical equipment is producing a “tingle” or feels like it is overheating, immediately turn the power off. Repair if possible, if unrepairable dispose of the faulty equipment. Never take the risk of working with compromised equipment.
  6. Enclose all electrical contacts and conductors to avoid accidental contact with them. Never leave exposed electrical contacts or conductors unattended.
  7. When possible, work with only one hand, with your other hand at your side and away from all conductive material. This precaution will lessen the likelihood of an electrical current passing through the chest cavity.
  8. Use only tools and equipment with non conductive handles. Tanner offers a full line of Electrician’s Insulated Hand Tools, learn more below.
Insulated Hand Tools

Electrician’s Insulated Hand Tools Offered at Tanner

Tanner offers an extensive line of Electrician’s Insulated Hand Tools from Stanley Proto®. The Facom® insulated hand tools have color coded handles with a bi-color warning system, when a tool’s insulation has been compromised the handle will change from orange to yellow. These hand tool have been wrapped with a thick layer of plastic insulation and have been individually tested to 1,000 volts AC and 1,500 volts DC.  These insulated hand tools include: pliers, screwdrivers, wire strippers, wrenches, sockets / drive tools, and much more! Shop for all of these great industrial strength, high quality tools here. And for all your other Safety and Industrial Supply needs, be sure to shop at

Showa Insulated Cold Weather Gloves – Great Gloves at an Even Better Price

Showa Insulated Cold Weather Gloves are known for providing the highest degree of hand protection and innovation. These insulated gloves are built to endure the elements and cancel out the cold. Showa’s insulated gloves create a protective barrier against extreme temperatures which threaten your most vital tools, your hands. These gloves regulate and maintain an ideal body temperature, while preventing burns, cold blisters, and scarring. When looking for a pair of Insulated Cold Weather Gloves look no further than Showa gloves, they will keep your hand toasty warm so you can work comfortably and safely.

Showa Atlas 451 Insulated Cold Weather Gloves

Custom designed to keep you warm when similar work gloves can’t, Showa Atlas 451 feature a 10-gauge insulated seamless liner and a natural rubber palm coating, never letting protection slip.

Features & Benefits:Showa Atlas 451 Insulated Cold Weather Gloves

  • Quick drying
  • Excellent wet & dry grip
  • Seamless cotton thermal liner, high warmth
  • Natural Rubber-coated gloves
  • Coating on the palm and fingertips
  • Breathable
  • Ergonomic design
  • Good mechanical resistance
  • Protects the hand from abrasion, cutting and puncturing and tearing
  • Rough textured grip allows slippery objects to be gripped firmly

Recommended Industries: Mechanical, Glass & Glazing, Transport, Logistics, Automotive, Gardening, Public Utilities, Agriculture, Construction

Available at Tanner: SHO 451L-09 – Large – $3.50/PRSHO 451XL-10 – Extra Large – $3.50/PR

Showa 4544 Insulated Cold Weather Gloves

Conquer the cold with Showa 4544 are constructed with a 7-gauge seamless thermal acrylic liner and natural rubber palm coating. Designed to persevere in winter weather and cold indoor environments, every glove is equipped to lock in warmth like no other.

Features & Benefits:Showa 4544 Insulated Cold Weather Gloves

  • Increased visibility in poor lighting conditions
  • Locks in warmth
  • Great grip
  • Unmatched comfort and lasting warmth
  • Fleece-lined, 7-gauge thermal shell
  • Dexterous latex coating
  • Foam grip
  • Fluorescent yellow with black palm

Recommended Industries: Agriculture, Transport, Construction

Available at Tanner: SHO 4544L-09  Large – $2.80/PR

SHO 4544XL-10  Extra Large – $3.95/PRSHO 4544XXL-11  2XL – $3.97/PR

Showa 4545 Insulated Cold Weather Gloves

Showa 4545 brings winter lined hand protection to the next level by combining a durable and extended, 3/4 over the knuckle nitrile palm-dip with an 15-gauge Nylon, 7-gauge acrylic fleece inner liner to keep the hand comfortably warm.

Norms & Declarations of Conformity: ANSI/ISEA 105 – Abrasion 5, ANSI/ISEA 105 – Puncture 3Showa 4545 Insulated Cold Weather Gloves

Features & Benefits:

  • Retains flexibility in temps down to -15?F
  • Wet and dry gripping power
  • Unmatched comfort and lasting warmth
  • Three-quarter (3/4) over the knuckle nitrile coating protection
  • Durable
  • Acrylic fleece liner
  • No irritating seams
  • Rough grip
  • Color-coded cuff indicates sizes for easy pairing

Recommended Industries: Transport, Construction, Agriculture

Available at Tanner: SHO 4545L-09 – Large – $6.25/PR

SHO 4545XL-10 – Extra Large – $6.25/PRSHO 4545XXL-11 – 2XL – $6.25/PR

Showa 477 Insulated Cold Weather Gloves

Revered for its unique combination of cold protection and tactical grip performance, Showa 477 is ergonomically designed to keep your hands dry and warm in the most extreme environments. Crafted with a full nitrile coating doubled with foam nitrile palm coating.

Norms & Declarations of Conformity: EN420, EN388: 2003 – 4231, EN511: 2006 – 011, 89/686/CEE

Features & Benefits:Showa 477 Insulated Cold Weather Gloves

  • Fixed acrylic terry insulated liner protects provide barrier from cold ensuring warmth and comfort all day long
  • Fully double engineered coating protects against liquids and water penetration
  • Impermeable for working in damp or greasy environments, keeps your hand dry
  • Dual nitrile coating technology provides optimal grip longevity, extra coating on palm
  • Seamless knit
  • Highly flexible and resistant to abrasion and tearing
  • Replicates the natural curvature of human hand and so reduces hand fatigue
  • Longer reinforced knit cuff
  • Full hand protection

Recommended Industries: Public Utilities, Construction, Logistics, Gardening

Available at Tanner: SHO 477L-08 – Large – $11.85/PR

SHO 477XL-09 – Extra Large – $11.85/PRSHO 477XXL-10 – 2XL – $11.85/PR

Showa 460 Insulated Cold Weather Gloves

Built to stay flexible down to -4°F,  Showa Atlas 460 features an insulated acrylic liner and double-dipped PVC coating for oil and chemical resistance.

Norms & Declarations of Conformity: ANSI/ISEA 105 – 242Showa 460 Insulated Cold Weather Gloves

Features & Benefits:

  • Seamless yellow acrylic insulated liner for  lasting warmth and comfort
  • Flexible at low temps (-4°F / -20?C)
  • Oil and chemical protection
  • Surface provides tactile feel and better grip
  • Impermeable for working in damp or greasy environments
  • Fully-coated double-dipped PVC
  • 300mm (11.8 in.) long
  • Extended protection on forearm
  • Rough finish

Recommended Industries: Public Utilities, Logistics, Agriculture, Transport, Chemical, Petrochemical, Construction

Available at Tanner: SHO 460L-09 – Large – $15.25/PR

SHO 460XL-10 – Extra Large – $15.25/PR

Proto® Tetether-Ready Tools: Safe, Reliable & Built To Last

Designed with Safety in Mind

When designing their tether-ready tools, Stanley Proto® thinks about safety first. All of their tether-ready tools are specifically engineered with the correct attachment holes / points from the beginning. This allows the user to add tethers without compromising the tools strength, finish, or ability to do its job correctly. Along with this added safety feature, all of Proto’s® tether-ready tools are manufactured with high quality metals and precision machining for a tough, durable tool that you can rely on for years to come.

Safety Innovations That Will Save You Money

Proto® Tethered Tool Sockets, Ratchets, and Torque Wenches have new built in safety innovations that can prevent lost sockets and save money. The Positive Control Pin Detent System keeps the socket in place while working or moving about without having to worry about it slipping off, creating a safety hazard. Unlike typical sockets with ball detent systems that only rely on friction, the Positive Control Pin Detent System requires a separate tool (punch pin or hex key) to attach or remove the socket.


TorquePlus™ Sockets Stand Above Conventional Hand Sockets

  • Allows up to 15% more torque to be applied safely to the fastener.
  • Reduces the risk of fastener rounding.
  • Improves the ability to turn worn or rounded fasteners.
TorquePlus™ technology  solves the age old problem of worn, stripped, and stubborn bolts. TorquePlus™ sockets have specially designed rounded points that allow you to grip fasteners tighter and more easily break stubborn fasteners free, when compared to conventional hand sockets. The rounded points on TorquePlus™ sockets allow the socket walls to contact the fastener walls creating a better grip on the flats of the fasteners head, taking the pressure off of the socket and fastener points. Excessive force on these points can cut through the socket wall or lead to fastener rounding. All Proto® hand sockets come standard with the innovative TorquePlus™ design.

Wide Variety of Tether-Ready Tools Available

Stanley Proto® makes a wide variety of tools that can be used in the Oil, Gas, and Petrochemical industries as well as on most job sites. These tools include Sockets, Drive Tools, Wrenches, Striking & Struck Tools, Pliers, Screwdrivers, Hex Keys and much more. All of these tools can be purchased online at

Proto® Tether-Ready Tools


SkyHook Tether & Transfer System Redefining Tool Drop Prevention

The SkyHook™ Tether & Transfer System, by Stanley Proto®, is a complete tool drop prevention system comprised of switches, docks, lanyards, and carabiners. The goal of the SkyHook™ Tether & Transfer System is to make tool control as easy and complete as possible, while eliminating interference to proper tool function. The SkyHook™ Tether & Transfer System is the perfect solution for working in areas requiring foreign material exclusion (FME) or anywhere simple accidents can become a costly mistakes.

The Heart of the SkyHook™ System is the SkyHook™ and the SkyDock™

The SkyHook™ is a switch connector that tethers to tools with a screw-gate carabiner at the end of a short lanyard.

The SkyDock™ is an attachment point that securely anchors the SkyHook™ to a wrist strap, belt, pouch, or apron.

Proto® SkyHook™ & SkyDock™

Building on Existing Carabiner Technology 

Maintain Positive Control during tool transfers. The safety mechanism inside the innovative SkyHook™ keeps the tool completely secure at every point during the transfer.

Gain Freedom of Motion to use tools correctly with a SkyDock™ attached to the wrist. The short lanyard is light, tight, and less likely to get caught on nearby equipment or snags compared to traditional lanyards.

Get Accountability through positive control. A tool attached to a SkyDock™ is either attached to a wrist, a belt, a tool apron or a co-worker. At all points, tools attached to SkyDock™ can be accounted for and no tool is left behind.

Beyond SkyHook – Proto Tether-Ready Tools. Safety First. No Exceptions

Featuring Proto TorquePlus Sockets

Proto® Tethered Tool Systems have been designed to keep workers protected from the dangers & costs of unsecured tools while on the job site. Proto® specializes in tethering solutions to keep every job site safe. Check back in next week to learn more about the wide variety of tether-ready tools Proto® has to offer, including the innovative TorquePlus sockets featuring two distinct features that we will expand on…

  • Improved Grip with TORQUEPLUS(tm) technology.
  • Sockets feature a Positive Control System that requires a separate tool to attach or remove the socket.

TorquePlus Fastening System


Proto® Industrial Tools Takes Tool Drop Prevention To New Heights

Proto Tether-Ready Tools

Proto Tether-Ready Tools

Proto® Makes High Quality Affordable Tools with Safety in Mind

Save Money Before a Costly Mistake Happens

Proto® Industrial Tools, a business unit of Stanley Black and Decker Inc. has taken tool drop prevention to new heights. Proto® Tethered Tool Systems are designed to protect workers from the dangers of unsecured tools, while still being able to perform their jobs safely and efficiently. Proto® has engineered their tools to include attachment points from the beginning, making tethering the tool a cinch. Along with this safety feature engineered into the tools, Proto® only uses high quality metals and precision machining to manufacture a durable tool that will work safely, reliably, and accurately for years of use.

Proto® Offers a Wide Variety of Tether-Ready Tools

Professionals in the Oil, Gas, and Petrochemical industry will love the number of tethering solutions and tools Proto® makes. These include wrenches, impact sockets, torque wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, cutting & finishing tool and much more.

  • Sockets, Drive Tools, & Accessories - All Proto® Tethered Tool Sockets, Ratchets, and Torque Wrenches feature a Positive Control Pin Detent System. The Positive Control System requires a separate tool to attach or remove the socket, helping to eliminate accidental detachments.
  • Wrenches - Proto® Tethered Wrenches are specifically assembled with the correct Heat Shrink Loop. The wrench is secure and remains strong because no holes are bored through the handle.
  • Striking & Struck Tools - Proto® Tether Attachment Points will secure a striking tool without holes or welds that weaken or unbalance properly-made equipment.
  • Pliers - All Proto® Tethered Pliers integrate a Tether Attachment Point in the handle that sits in the heel of your hand. When the pliers open, the lanyard remains stationary in the hand and promotes a more natural use of the pliers.
  • Screwdrivers & Hex Keys - Proto® Tethered Hex Keys and Screwdrivers feature tool collars that tightly attach to the bar of the tool.

The SkyHook™ Transfer System Builds on Existing Carabiner Technology

For safe tool handling, Proto® has developed the SkyHook™ Tether & Transfer System. The SkyHook™ Tether & Transfer System provides secure tool transfers, a free range of motion, and positive tool control. It is comprised of switches, docks, lanyards and carabiners, all designed to make tool control as complete as possible with little interference to tool function. Check back in soon for more information on the SkyHook™ Tether & Transfer System from Proto® Industrial Tools.

Powers Fasteners ICC-ES Code Compliant Anchors Available at Tanner

The International Building or Residential Codes (IBC and IRC) have been adopted in all 50 states. The building codes serve as the basic design and enforcement requirements that an owner, engineer, contractor, inspector, and/or code offical uses to produce safe structures today. It also applies to renovations of existing buildings requiring construction to meet current code requiremnets. These structures include everything from condos, shopping malls, hospitals, schools, and high-rise construction to ordinary home construction.

There are several reasons why everyone should be buying, specifying, and using only concrete anchors that are code listed:

  • Code listed anchors normally offer significantly higher performance
  • Compliance with state and local building authorities’ regulations (AHJ)
  • Independent qualification and certification of product perfomance
  • Proof of usability and conformance in all 50 states
  • Usability and conformance in wind and seismic areas (Florida and California)
  • Increased product safety, reliability and confidence
  • Minimize risk for all applications (structural or non-structural)
  • Enforcement and penalties for noncompliance are costly
  • Building inspection for compliance is common


To see all available International Code Council, Evaluation Services (ICC-ES) Approved Anchors Available At Tanner click the link below. The PDF is hyperlinked, so clicking on the product picture will bring you directly to the products department for fast and efficient shopping. You can also save the PDF to your computer for future reference.

ICC-ES Code Compliant Anchors Available at Tanner PDF

ICC-ES Code Compliant Anchors Available at Tanner



Take a Glance at Our New Maspeth Location

If you haven’t been able to stop in and check out our new Maspeth location, here’s a quick glance at what can expect to find there.

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Vendors performing live product demos during our Grand Opening Week Trade Show

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Our showroom is stocked wall to wall with high quality products

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Our knowledgeable and friendly staff will be happy to help you with any question you may have

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Large stock of Champion Cutting Tool available

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Makita Power Tools ready to be used on the job site

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Large selection of DeWalt Power and Hand Tool available

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Of course a vast selection of Fasteners and Anchors readily available for purchasing

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Stop in and find everything you need on the job site

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Plenty of Cutting Tools and Abrasives available to you the customer 


National Safety Month – Tool Drop Prevention

The Importance of Tool Drop Safety

In our last blog post we talked about the importance of Fall Protection and the ABC’s of Fall Safety. By following the ABC’s of Fall Safety you can safely work at heights without the fear of serious injury or even death. The ABC’s of Fall Safety focuses on keeping the user safely anchored while working, but what about the tools and equipment you are working with? Keeping these objects from falling is just as important as keeping yourself from falling. In 2013 out of the 828 worker fatalities in construction, 84 of those came from falling objects. A 4 lb. wrench dropped from 100 ft. will hit the ground with 1,002 lbs. of force per square inch. With that amount of force a person  struck by this object will surely face a life threatening injury if not instantly killed on impact. Along with being a leading cause of workplace injuries and fatalities each year, falling tools and equipment also contribute to additional costs to fix and/or replace damaged tool and equipment, along with causing delays to retrieve these falling objects. By having the correct Tool Drop Protection Equipment you can eliminate these dangers and keep you job site running safely and smoothly.

Impact Force of Dropped Objects

Python Safety –  The Leader in Tool Drop Prevention Products

Python Safety has been developing the perfect products for preventing dropped tools and equipment for over a decade now. Python’s innovative line of tool drop prevention products has made it the gold standard when it comes to drop prevention. Python’s drop prevention products will make any work environment safer and more productive, it will also help protect workers from hazards such as: personal injury, equipment damage, and tool loss. All of Python Safety’s products have been third-party tested by Applied Technical Services (ATS), an Atlantic-based consulting engineering firm. ATS is ISO 9001 Certified and an accredited testing lab of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ATS performs static and dynamic load tests to determine the safe working loads based on the products intended use. Here at Tanner we carry the full line of Python Safety Tool Drop Protection Products.


Python Safety Tool Drop Protection products can be broken down into 7 major categories:Python Third Party Tested ATS


Python Attachment Points allow the user to make any tool tetherable in a matter of moments without having to deface or modify the tool. Attachment Points include: D-Rings, Tool Cinches, Quick Wrap Tape, Heat Shrink Links, Quick Rings, and Quick Spins. Once your tool has a safe and reliable Attachment Point it is time to pick out a Lanyard or Tether to keep your tool secure and to avoid any possible dropping hazards. Tool Drop Lanyards & Tethers come in three different styles: Webbing, Bungee, and Coil. A great tether that can be used for most hand tools is the EXT-H2LBUNGEE – A 31″ Hook2Loop Bungee Tether that can stretch to 47″ and safely handle tools up to 10 lbs. Python Tool Belts were designed with tool drop prevention in mind. Each Tool Belt is compatible with Python Belt Attachment Points as well as Lanyards & Tethers, Holsters, and Pouches; truly making them fully customizable for your specific needs.

 Attachment Points - Lanyards & Tethers - Tool Belts

Tool Drop Holsters come in a wide variety of choices and can accommodate nearly any hand tool. The HOL-2TOOLBLT is a great choice when your job requires you to use more than just one tool. The Dual Tool Holster features two heavy duty 1″ D-Rings on each side for easy attaching. If your job requires you to use a cordless drill the HOL-BATTERY-LG is the way to go. The Battery Sleeve by Python Safety allows cordless drills and similar battery operated devices to be safely tethered when used at heights. A neoprene sleeve with an adjustable strap conforms to the shape and size of virtually any drill battery, which can then be secured using the included cinch. When using a cordless drill you will most likely need to carry a large amount of fasteners with you as well, but everyone knows spills are inevitable and lead to loss of  materials and potential hazards. To deal with this problem Python has designed the Small Parts Pouches, these pouches will stop accidental drops the moment something is put inside. Its innovative self closing system traps all your small parts inside and allows the user to easily retrieve them because no opening or closing is required.

Holsters - Buckets - Pouches

Python Safe Buckets are the perfect vessel to carry tools and materials up and down to your working area. Each Safe Bucket features a built in closure system and puncture resistant bottom to protect from accidental spills. They also come with 6 connection points that can be tethered too, along with a high quality aluminum carabiner for safe and reliable hoisting. To get the most out of you Safe Buckets you can also purchase the BKT-HBINSERT, this sturdy insert will transform your soft body Safe Bucket into a hard body Safe Bucket with extra storage pockets to help keep your tools and equipment organized.
Dopped Object Deflections


National Safety Month – Fall Protection and the ABC’s of Fall Safety

Fall Safety ABC’s

With June being National Safety Month, we at Tanner want to highlight some potential safety concerns you will typically find on jobsites on a daily basis. To start things off we will talk about Fall Protection and working at heights. When working at heights even the smallest misstep can lead to serious injury or even death. In 2013 one out of every 5 fatalities was in the construction industry and more than a third of those deaths came from falls. Here at Tanner we believe most, if not all of these deaths could have been prevented if they followed the simple Fall Safety ABC’s.

A typical Personal Fall Arrest System is made up of the ABC’s of Fall Safety, which are (A) Anchors, (B) Body Support, (C) Connectors, and (D) Descent and Rescue. Together these components form a complete system for maximum safety of the worker using them.

A – Anchors

Anchors are necessary for a secure point of attachment and MUST be able to support the intended load attached to them. Anchor connectors vary by industry, type of installation and structure.

Concrete D-Ring Anchor


A simple yet versatile and safe concrete anchor solution is the 2104560 Concrete D-Ring Anchor. This re-usable anchor can be used for temporary or even permanent applications. It features a safe “hook-up” indicator to notify the user if the anchor has been installed properly. This 5,000 lb. rated connection point swivels 360 degrees, is OSHA compatible and meets or exceeds all applicable industry standards.

B – Body Support

Body Support is typically a full body harness; these harnesses distribute fall forces evenly over the upper thighs, pelvis, chest and shoulders. Many of our harnesses that we sell can be used on most jobs, but DBI Sala also manufactures harnesses designed for specific industries such as construction, oil and gas, transportation, and wind industry. DBI Sala harnesses have rightfully earned the reputation for maximum comfort, freedom of motion, and ease of use. Along with attributes designed to please the user, these harnesses also meet OSHA and ANSI standards, including the stringent ANSI Z359.1.

Compliance in a Can Light



One of our best selling products is our (2199802) Compliance in a Can Light. In this kit features Protecta Pro gear which provides greater comfort and added safety. This leads to reduced worker fatigue and increased productivity. Each and every Protecta Pro Lanyard now features a 3,600 lb. gated hook meeting ANSI Z359. All during June and National Safety Month we have a special low price of $64.50 for this kit. Kit contains: A (1191995) 5-point FIRST Full Body Harness and a (1341001) Single-Leg Shock Absorbing Lanyard.


C – Connectors

Connectors attach to the users full body harness as well as the anchorage point. Connectors can either be a Lanyard or Self Retracting Lifeline (SRL). When using a lanyard as part of a fall arrest system, it must contain an energy absorbing unit that limits fall arrest forces during a fall to less than 1,800 lbs. (8kN). For extra safety most designs keep forces below 900 lbs. (4kN). Shock absorbers either come in pack or tubular styles depending on the user’s preference. SRL’s automatically extend and retract allowing the user to move about at normal speeds within a designated working area. SRL’s are designed to always keep tension on the lifeline to reduce dragging, snapping, and potential tripping hazards. If a fall does occur, a speed-sensing brake will activate, stopping the fall and reducing the forces imposed on the user to safe levels.

AD111A Rebel SRL


Our best selling self retracting lifeline is the (AD111A)  from Capital Safety. The Protecta Rebel 11’ web SRL features a 1” polyester web lifeline with steel snap hook, swiveling anchorage point, and anchorage carabiner. Protecta Rebel SRLs are built with super-tough yet lightweight composite housing designed to last and provide an economical fall protection solution without compromising safety or performance.


D – Decent & Rescue

Decent and Rescue devices may not be used all the time, but they are a necessity and can mean the difference between life and death in a worse case scenario.  These devices are necessary when working in a confined space and the user needs to be lowered and raised out of the confined working area. They are also necessary for more serious events such as when a fellow worker has fallen and needs to be rescued. In this scenario every second counts, which is why a reliable, quick and efficient rescue and descent system is necessary. Automatic rescue and decent systems usually require much less training than user controlled systems, but they are also less adaptable to multiple tasks. Careful consideration of the working environment should be taken into account when selecting a rescue and decent system.

Rollgliss R250 Pole Rescue Kit


The DBI Sala Rollgliss R250 Pole Rescue Kit is ideal for use as a peer rescue system in industrial environments. The system is extremely simple, yet completely safe and efficient. It will enable the rescuer to remove a person from danger without putting themselves at risk by descending to them. Unlike many industrial rope access rescue systems, the Rollgliss™ R250 rescue kit is easy to operate allowing everyone to use it, no specialized rescue skills are required. To use the system you simply find an anchorage point on the structure that is above the person to be rescued. The kit contains a small number of pre-assembled components that enables the rescue to be completed in a few simple steps.






New Tanner Storefront in Maspeth, Now Open & Ready for Business!

New Tanner Storefront in Maspeth
Now Open & Ready for Business!

60-01 55th Drive, Maspeth, NY 11378
(718) 786-2050 

In addition to our Brooklyn offices & warehouse, we are pleased to announce the June 1st opening of our new stocking showroom in Maspeth, Queens, conveniently located off the Maurice Ave. exit of the Long Island Expressway. Please note our Long Island City branch is closed.

The location will house displays and self-service shelves stocked with frequently used products such as:

  • Fasteners
  • Anchoring Systems
  • Safety and Security Products
  • Power, Hand, and Cutting Tools
  • Lifting Equipment
  • Metal Framing Systems
  • Janitorial Products

All staffed by our helpful & knowledgeable Tanner team! For our customers’ convenience, orders placed online, by email, phone and fax can be arranged for pick up in Maspeth.

How to find us…

The location is near intersection of Maurice and Borden Avenue at the service road to the Long Island Expressway. There is parking in front of the store and we are next to a McDonalds with additional parking. The entrances to the parking lot are off Borden Ave and also on 55th Drive.