Tool Blogs That We Read...
We spend a fair amount of time reading about tools, and some of that time is spent on the other tool blogs. We like to see what they're covering, what they think is interesting, and how we can sabotage their sites so that Tool Snob is the last one standing in the brutal Thunderdome of tool blogging.
So here's a list of the sites that we hit up at least once each week to see what else is going on in the world of tools.
Toologics - This is the tool blog for the online retailer Tool King. At first, we were a bit suspicious of the whole 'associated with a retailer' thing, but we quickly learned that Jude and the other writers there are all very fair and honest.
Tool Crib - These guys cover a lot of woodworker-type tools (stationary table saws, etc.), but also things like this cool little game. Their posts don't happen everyday, but when they do, they're worth reading and very thorough. Tool Crib is also a retailer, but that's a fact that doesn't seem to have any impact on what they write or how they cover tools.
ToolMonger - This site has been around the longest and as far as sheer number of posts go, they pummel the competition. Not everything they cover is going to interest you, but they just cover so much that there's bound to be something that you're going to read. It's worth going through the archives for the hands-on reviews. They haven't done many of them lately, but they're great to read.
CopTool - Another retailer blog that has earned its credibility. CopTool is the blog side of Ohio Power Tools (an advertiser on this site). Because Ohio Power Tools deals mostly in the heavy-duty tools (Milwaukee, Bosch, etc.), that's what the blog tends to cover.
Tool-Rank - This one started up not too long ago, but it found its legs real quick. In addition to the articles covering tools, they're promoting their ranking system, where they're trying to get users to rate the tools that they own with the end result being a giant database of user reviews. If you're into that sort of thing, there's also ToolCritic.com.
Professional Power Tools - This site is run by a bunch of contractors out of the Chicago area. Their reviews are very thorough featuring both text as well as video. For the most part, it looks like they stick to the heavy-duty tools you're likely to see on a construction site.
There are also a couple new guys that we think might be worth watching...
ToolGuyd - This one just got going last December and features tool news and other odd bits.
Tool Talker - Another one that is just getting started, Tool Talker is the blog side of Tools Plus, an online retailer. So far there's less than a dozen posts, but what we've seen so far, we like.
So those are the tool blogs that we check out. We didn't include other great sites like Charles & Hudson and The Hardware Aisle, because they primarily cover other aspects of the DIY world.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at April 6, 2009 5:21 AM