STURGIS, Mich. — Midwest Tool recently introduced the Cleat Driver Tool (MWT-CDT01).

Recovering from rotator cuff surgery, Ron Aho, who boasts 20-plus-years as a sheet metal worker, developed the tool, stating it allows him to work 50 percent faster while minimizing the repetitive motion of swinging a hammer.

In December 2017, Midwest Tool purchased the rights to manufacture and market the Cleat Driver Tool.

The Cleat Driver Tool is a new way for sheet metal workers to install and remove cleats more efficiently and with less shoulder strain. The tool is designed to work with an SDS & SDS-plus rotary hammer drills that have the hammer/chisel-only mode. Simply install the tool into the drill and drive the cleat on while decreasing muscle and shoulder fatigue and increasing productivity by almost 50 percent. The cleat driver also makes easy work of removing cleats that are covered with caulk or duct tape. To learn more about the Midwest Tool Cleat Driver Tool, visit

Publication date: 04/20/18