October 26, 2010

Husqvarna 576 XP AutoTune Chainsaw - Review

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So what does a $1,000 chainsaw look like?

Um...this.

We're not kidding. This thing will set you back a grand. Well actually $909.95, but once you breach the $800 mark, who really cares? This is the Husqvarna 576 AutoTune Chainsaw. Is the engine block made of solid gold? Does it use liquefied silver for the chain lube? What gives? Why the sky-high sticker price?

When we first found out that Husqvarna was going to send us one of these saws to review, we danced around the shop in a very un-logger like fashion. We (obviously) like using tools, and we love using good tools, but when we get the chance to use an elite tool, it's a particular thrill. And at $1000, this one reeked of wonderful, pure, sugary elitism.

So what's the mystery of the Midas saw? We found out. Read on....

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October 25, 2010

Rockwell JawStand - Review

Rockwell_jawstand.jpgWe're total junkies for the Rockwell JawHorse. In the past couple years it's become the single tool that we use all the time for everything. Since we first got hooked, it's been on every gift guide that we've put together and we don't see any reason why it won't be on every one we do from here on out. Essentially, we're not going to let up until every house in the country has one.

So it's no surprise that we got all numb in the head when we heard that Rockwell was releasing another clamping stand, this one smaller and more compact than the JawHorse. From the looks of it, we took the JawStand as a calmer, gentler brother to the larger tool; a version of the JawHorse that you'd introduce to your parents, as opposed to having it sit out in the car with the engine running. Rockwell agreed to send us one to check out and for almost two months, we've been using it (a lot). It's pretty cool, but....

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October 21, 2010

Craftsman NEXTEC 12-Volt Right Angle Impact Driver - Review

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Thus far, we've been pleasantly surprised with Craftsman's 12-volt line, particularly their cordless oscillating tool. A couple weeks ago, we got word that they released a right angle impact driver and when they offered to box one up for us and send it on for a review, we happily agreed.

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October 15, 2010

Fein WSG 10-115 T Tip Start 4-1/2-Inch Angle Grinder - Review

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You want bizarre?

We'll show you bizarre.

Fein, a company known to most of us as the originators of the MultiMaster also makes a load of other tools, grinders included. They've also recently come up with the freakiest switch system that we've ever seen on a power tool. It's called the Tip Start and, really, why bother with switches when you can turn on the tool just by touching it? They sent us one to check out and we happily did....

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October 14, 2010

MasterForce 18-Volt Bandsaw - Review

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We've used bandsaws on a variety of job sites, but its always been on metal, so we sort of mentally anchored the tool to that material. Now, after having the MasterForce cordless bandsaw just kicking around the shop for about two months, we can say that the bandsaw is a far more versatile tool than we gave it credit for. In fact, it's sort of our new best friend.

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October 13, 2010

Channellock Ratcheting Wrenches - Review

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Channellock recently hit the scene with these two little ratcheting wrenches. They were nice enough to drop one of each in the mail to us so we could give them a look and a test and a drop and a kick and a throw and a crush and a smash.

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October 5, 2010

Snap-On Folding Work Knife and Carbide Sharpener Combo Pack - Review

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Monday through Friday, we don't leave the house without a utility knife in the pocket (lately, the new Milwaukee one). We opt for that style due to the easily replaceable blades. We've tried using traditional knives on job sites and they get ruined pretty quickly. Sometimes all it takes is a few pieces of Ice and Water Shield before we want to just toss the thing away.

But on the weekends, it's nice to have a regular knife on hand for opening packages, cleaning the fingernails, picking the teeth, or gutting the occasional deer. Let's face it, someone who carries around a razor blade utility knife on the weekends is just plain creepy. Snap-On recently sent us their Folding Work Knife / Sharpener combo pack and we've been toting it around for over a month now and we've come to our verdict.

And that verdict is....

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October 4, 2010

Johnson Digital Laser Level & Angle Locator - Review

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The digital world has made a beachhead and now seems to be in the process a full-fledged invasion into the dusty universe of the construction site. Laser levels, which used to be the exception, are now the rule. In addition, there are all kinds of measuring devices and task-specific layout lasers that have recently hit the scene. And on top of all this, a couple of digital angle finders have shown up. Among them, the Johnson Digital Laser Level and Angle Locator. Johnson was nice enough to send us one to take a look at.

So what exactly does this tool do?

Well, it does a lot actually. Where to start....

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September 29, 2010

DeWalt DC012 Heavy-Duty Worksite Charger/Radio - Review

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DeWalt, masters of the job site radio (and thus the people directly responsible for us having to listen to miles and miles of evil sports radio) have just released an upgrade to their enduring, 'on-every-site' stereo to the DC012. They were also nice enough to send us one so we could check it out. We did, and in the process we saw a million faces and we rocked them all.

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September 24, 2010

Bosch PS41-2A 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Impact Driver - Review

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Are you sick of us talking about Bosch's 12-volt drill/drivers yet? Well, if you're not, then you'll be happy to know that they sent us one of their new 12-volt impact driver to review. We've previously covered both the driver and the drill/driver in this second generation of li-ion madness and found them both to be exceptionally powerful. And the verdict on the impact driver is....

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