February 9, 2016

Sears Has a Big President's Day Sale for Military Only


Sears is celebrating President's Day by offering military personnel 40 percent (yeah, that's big!) off regular-priced tools. Or if the tool is already on sale, then it's an additional 10% off. The sale is in-store only and to be eligible you must be either active, reserve, or retired military. You'll also have to present a valid military ID.

The sale runs from Feb 11th to Feb 15th.

So yes, this is good. Pass it on if you know someone who could take advantage of it.

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February 3, 2016

Handee Clamp Tool


Have you ever heard of the Handee clamp?


Well, me neither until yesterday. But after checking it out, I wish I'd had one for the past 15 or so years. It's a product from a small manufacturer and it's just getting off the ground, but man, does it look useful.

It's a tiny, long-reach clamp perfect for all kinds of tight space work. It looks like it's basically two small pieces of flattened, round metal stock, one sleeved within the other. The inside one can be moved in and out of the larger one with a knurled thumb turn. This increases or decreases the small jawed clamp end. Really simple and smart idea.

It looks the most useful for the mechanical tinkerer who can't always jam their hands into the hidden depths surrounding the engine block. But as a parent, I'd be more inclined to use this thing as a "Lego Retrieval Tool." There is a video of it in use below, and it's one of those things that has you smacking your forehead thinking, "really, this doesn't already exist?"

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January 19, 2016

Klein's new clamp meters and multimeters


Klein, a company that doesn't seem to do much in the way of "sittin' still," has recently released a new line-up of clamp meters and multimeters. These ten new tools (six clamp meters and four multimeters) range in capability and brawn. Only a few of them have Klein's Tough Meter designation, which comes down to a higher drop rating and a greater resistance to good old H20.

The new clamp meters (models CL110, CL210, CL310, CL600, CL700, CL800) and multimeters (MM300, MM400, MM600, MM700) are all packed to the gills with features and capabilities. There are differences though (of course, why would there be so many models if there weren't?). It would take me about three weeks to list everything here, so the links above go to a .pdf of a brochure that explains the differences in wonderful chart format. If you're into it, you can spend hours with them. Have at it.

Of the tools, the highlights are the CL600, CL700, CL800 and MM600, MM700. These are the Tough Meters. You're probably not going to drag them behind a truck, but with a fall rating of 6.5-feet, they should handle a tip off a step ladder, which is always helpful, especially when you hand the tool over to "Dropsy McClumsy, the First-Time Apprentice." I've used some of their Tough Meters in the past, and they live up to their billing.

The multimeters range in price from about $25 to $100ish. The clamp meters fall from about $50 to around $140.

At Home Depot

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January 19, 2016

Ridgid STEALTH FORCE Brushless Cordless Pulse Driver


Recently Ridgid busted out of the gate with a new kind of impact driver, which, they tell us, is twice as fast as half as quiet as the impact that you already shelled out $200 for. As someone who spent years on construction sites, during the emergence of the impact driver, I can attest to the fact that "quiet" is good. The incessant rat-tat-tat-tat of five impacts simultaneously is enough to drive anyone bonkers. And that's not even talking about the damage that you're doing to your poor little eardrums (you really should be wearing ear protection, you know that, right?)

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December 14, 2015

DeWalt honors veterans and donates to the VFW


We just got word of this and thought it was worth a post.

During the Grand Opening of power tool manufacturing at DEWALT's facility in Greenfield, Indiana, on Veterans Day (November 11, 2015) officials took a moment to recognize the Veterans who work at the facility. DEWALT also donated 70 power tools, hand tools and accessories to the Greenfield VFW (image above) including some of the finest professional corded power tools made right in Greenfield. DEWALT is committed to hiring veterans and currently employs more than 1,500 former members of the military. The company has pledged to donate a minimum of $1.5 million over three years to the Wounded Warrior Project and to hire 300 U.S. military veterans over the same period.

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November 4, 2015

Paslode Cordless CF325XP Framing Nailer - Review


Paslode is in the process of upping their cordless framing gun with the new CF325XP Framing Nailer. Honestly, I really like their original CF325 and didn't even think it needed updating, but that's probably why I'm not in R&D for a leading tool company. But in looking at what they've done to the new version, it does make sense.

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November 2, 2015

Ridgid R4331 13 in. Thickness Planer - Review


While a surface planer isn't an essential tool, having one really starts to open up the doors to some interesting projects. This is especially true if you're an unrepentant wood scavenger like I am. Anything that looks interesting, regardless of its condition, I will take. I have a pile of chestnut that looks like it has sat out in the woods for the last hundred years (probably because it has). It's mushy, rotted and completely filled with nails, but I know (I just know) that there is some good material in there, enough for a bedside table. But anyway, a surface planer is a tool that allows you to clean up rough-sawn lumber and to customize the thickness of your material. Ridgid sent one of their R4331 13-inch planers for me to test out and I've been giving it a good work over. Here's what I think...

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October 30, 2015

Karcher K3 Follow Me Pressure Washer - Review


Have you ever washed your house? It's crazy the difference it can make, especially on a white house. What it does is remove a "dumpiness" that you didn't even know was there. You look at your house every day, so you get used to how it looks and you never notice the slow degradation over time (sort of like your waistline). But, yeah, it builds up and when you clean it off, it's a total facelift. You can wash a house with a bucket, a scrub brush, and an extension ladder (fun level: 5%), or you can use a pressure washer (fun level: 95%). The last time I did it, I used the Karcher K3 Follow Me Pressure Washer, which they nicely provided for me to test.

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Ridgid Hyperdrive Cordless Brushless Nailers - Review


Is anyone else sitting around thinking that the era of the corded power tool is coming to a close? It certainly looks that way, doesn't it? These days finding an outlet and unraveling an extension cord just feels so....2013. The latest pieces of evidence in this ongoing evolution are the two new Hyperdrive brushless nailers from Ridgid; the 18-gauge brad and the 16-gauge finish. I've been testing them out for the past couple weeks and here's what I think...

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October 28, 2015

Ryobi Dockit - Review


Ryobi's new Dockit storage system is a clever idea and probably one that is headed to a garage workshop near you. It's a simple, common sense solution to the age old question, "where the hell did I put my drill bits?" The customizable system centers around a wall mounted carriage and relatively small, specifically organized bit and driver boxes that sit in said carriage. They sent on a sample for me to check out and the plain truth is that I really like it.

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Arbortech TURBOShaft - Review


The innovative company Arbortech has once again found a new way to harness the awesome power of the angle grinder. The TURBOShaft is a strange little carving/shaping accessory that offers a high degree of subtlety, which is notable mostly because grinders are generally low on subtly. The TURBOShaft is a small shaft, about the size of a finger, that screws on to the spindle. At the working end of it are two carbide teeth proud of the shaft. When the grinder is activated, the two teeth, now spinning, become a precision carving tool. They sent us one to check out.

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October 27, 2015

Collomix: Who knew mixing paddles were so intense?

I watch a lot of promotional videos for tools and I have never seen anything quite like this Collomix video.

Check it out, it's bonkers:

I don't even know what's real anymore.

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October 19, 2015

Seek Thermal Camera - Review


A while back Seek sent us one of their little iPhone thermal imaging units to check out. It's a small camera that's barely bigger than a piece of Hubba Bubba that clicks into the charging port of an iphone (versions are also available for Androids). Through the phone and an app, the unit displays the heat image of whatever it is you point it at, whether that be a window, a wall, or your cat. It costs about $250 and comes with a nice little case.

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October 15, 2015

The Provident Prepper and Tools for Survival - Book Reviews


If you mention "prepping" to most people, my hunch is that they'll immediately conjure up an image of a family in a concrete bunker surrounded by shelves and shelves of canned goods (and, for a laugh, no can opener). Or maybe they'll think of Ted Nugent eating a deer head. Either way, people seem to see prepping as something that strange, reclusive "what's he building in there" kind of people do. Honestly, I think this is unfortunate. Maybe it's because I grew up at the end of a long dirt road in Vermont, and it wasn't uncommon for us to be snowed in with no power for three or four days at a stretch, but I think that having non-perishible food on hand, a load of batteries, flashlights, and first aid supplies (just to name a few things), and a plan (even if it's a pretty vague one) makes for a whole lot of common sense.

So recently I was sent two books along this line of thinking. The Provident Prepper: A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies, by Kylene and Jonathan Jones and Tools for Survival, by James Wesley Rawles.

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October 14, 2015

Pro Tool Innovation Awards


Sooo...here we are again, time for the annual Pro Tool Innovation Awards put together by our pals over at ProToolReviews. The awards cover all kinds of tools from test and measurement to pneumatics to cordless.

So go, go, and go check it out and sound off in their comments if you think they're way off base or right on target.

The best place to start is right here.

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