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New PowerShark Tool Eats through Biofouling

October 1, 2013

PowerShark WB3000 (Photo: Waveblade)

PowerShark WB3000 (Photo: Waveblade)

The PowerShark WB3000, a new rechargeable, submersible handheld tool from Waveblade, Inc., removes barnacles and other unwanted growth in seconds. According to the manufacturer, it delivers a new level of efficiency and safety for shallow dive maintenance work on hulls and marine structures, and works equally as well for land-based projects.

The PowerShark capitalizes on a patented resonant wave technology. Oscillating at a 3,000 rpm frequency with additional harmonics, the tool's cleaning head actually breaks the chemical bond between materials. In the process, even the most stubborn fouling falls away without damaging underlying surfaces. The completely waterproof tool operates both on land and underwater, with a 20' depth rating.

Behind the PowerShark's bite lies a 12.8V lithium iron phosphate rechargeable battery pack with a 6Ahr rating. An included battery holster and 4.25' cord provide unlimited mobility, freeing divers or workers from surface power connections. The battery provides a continuous running time of up to 90 minutes, and comes with its own custom charger.

Effective on more than just marine growth, the PowerShark also removes flaking rust, slag or foam rubber matting, Waveblade said. It safely cleans numerous surfaces, including metals, rubber, PVC, conduit, wood, concrete and fiberglass gel coat with its interchangeable stainless steel blades.  The PowerShark kit includes a flat chisel blade, plus standard 3" and 4.5"-wide blades. Thoughtful design features, such as an ergonomic shape and sensitive touch switch operation, add to the tool's ease of use. An aluminum knuckle guard protects hands from sharp fouling or rough surfaces. Constructed of highly durable materials, the PowerShark requires minimal maintenance, needing only a fresh water rinse following use.

The PowerShark WB3000 tool from Waveblade, Inc., measures 16.5" x 3" x 4.3", while its battery measures 4.5" x 7" x 8.5". Tool, blade and battery together weigh under 6 lbs. The kit, including PowerShark tool with battery pack and charger, three blades and storage bag, retails for $995. Additional batteries are available for $295 each, and spare stainless steel blades start at $24.99.

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