HISCO manufactures digging, striking, and roofing tools that are specifically designed for the professional end user. We are headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and service customers throughout the United States and Canada. We were founded in 1978 and incorporated in 1981. Prior to January of 2002, all tools manufactured by HISCO featured fiberglass handles. In January of 2002, in an effort to provide our customers with a more comprehensive line of tools, HISCO introduced its Renegade Series of wood handled tools. In August of 2002, HISCO introduced its limited line of Maverick imported low-end wood handled digging tools and in January of 2007, HISCO introduced its Pro-Gold series.
HISCO is a niche marketer focusing on the industrial, underground, concrete, construction, roofing, plumbing, electrical, landscaping/irrigation (golf course maintenance), contractor, rental and “specialty tools & fasteners distributors association (STAFDA) markets. Utilities, municipalities, state and federal agencies are another very important market for our tools. We differentiate our products from our competition by producing professional grade tools that incorporate a superior quality fiberglass or wood handle with superior quality blades. This is an important selling point in today’s non-retail market since many of the remaining shovel manufacturers are moving more towards lesser quality lawn and garden type tools. Additionally, we choose to only market through professional distribution thereby protecting our distributors from “Box Store” competition
HISCO is best known for the quality and strength of our fiberglass handles.
1. Our workhorse handle, a solid fiberglass used on our 500 Series tools, digging bars and cant hooks. Unsurpassed in strength, the weight of the handle becomes an asset when digging in hard, compact and rocky soils or when using the tool to cut through tree roots.
2. Our signature fiberglass handle used on our digging tools features a thick wall fiberglass tube, which is less flexible than poly-molded handles, and has a solid fiberglass inner core in the base followed by a hardwood or polystyrene core through the remaining portion of the handle. The solid fiberglass core extends the stress point above the critical neck or collar portion of the handle which increases its overall strength and durability. The handles used on our roofing tools and scoop type tools, not usually subjected to the same types of stress as digging tools, feature the same thick wall fiberglass tube and a solid wood or polystyrene core throughout.
3. On tools that require less strength, such as our rakes, brooms, lutes and hoes, we use our fiberglass handle with a honeycomb plastic core.
All of HISCO’s fiberglass handles are pultruded fiberglass produced from thousands of continuous strands of fiberglass that are saturated and cured under tension, in thermosetting resins and finished with a non-fiberglass polyester veil (a Hisco exclusive), which encases the surface and reduces exposure to fiberglass if the handle is chipped. This polyester veil not only gives the handle a smooth finish but it keeps the user’s hands from touching fiberglass. The veil provides superior ultra violet (UV) protection to keep the handle color from fading and, most importantly, keeps the fiberglass from splintering. Our users do not like fiberglass, when the handle becomes worn out “they get the fiberglass in their hands”. This will happen only on low-end fiberglass handles that do not have the Hisco polyester veil impregnated on the surface.
HISCO’s design produces optimum strength-to weight ratios and provide the user with safety and durability in all heavy duty industrial applications.
No one can beat Hisco for the Range, Strength and Quality of our products, No one!