April 15, 2008

SawHelper Ultrafence Portable Miter Saw Stand

Sawhelper.jpgA lot of the tool world is dominated by the likes of Bosch, Ryobi, DeWalt, Milwaukee, and the other big name tool manufacturers. There's no doubt that they make some great tools, but we always like it when some little company produces a tool that runs so far ahead of the pack that it could only be the product of a small group of single minded people. Sawtooth Specialty Tools' SawHelper Ultrafence is like that. It's a very unique miter saw stand and ever since we first caught wind of it a few years back we haven't yet heard a single negative thing about it.

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March 1, 2008

Festool MFT/3 Workbench

Festool_-mft3.jpgAlong with the two routers (MFK 700 and OF 2200), Festool has also just announced the release of their new workbench, the MFT/3. From the looks of it, Festool has combined and improved the best aspects of their previous two models (MFT 1080 and MFT 800).

The MFT/3 provides a 43" x 28" work surface at a height of 35-1/2". One of the four legs is slightly adjustable for use on uneven surfaces. The four edges of the workbench have tracks on them which allow you to join up multiple tables, giving you a larger workspace if needed. The entire until weighs 61 lbs and the legs fold up to make it somewhat portable.

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February 28, 2008

Triton Multi-Stand

triton_multi_stand.jpgAt first we thought that this was your average out feed table, but then we took a closer look and saw that it's quite a bit more. The extra sauce in the Triton Multi-Stand is the swiveling, tilting, clamping head that can do everything from hold a door steady to prop up the other side of that floor joist. It's a simple idea and it makes us wonder why no one has thought of it before.

The Triton Multi-Stand still can be used as an out feed table so the top surfaces of the clamping head are made of a low friction material, to make things easier. The tripod is built wide and low for added stability and the height of the entire thing adjusts from 25" to 37". It can support over 220 lbs, so you can even set it up as a table stand.

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February 21, 2008

Skil XBench Deluxe Kit

skil_xbench_deluxe.jpgA while back, we told you about the Skil XBench, a cool looking workstation with a bunch of nice features. We assume, from the traffic we got on the site, that it was a big hit for the holidays. But if you don't have one yet, now might be the time because Skil is offering a Deluxe Kit with a load of extras.

Read on to see how big the Deluxe really is...

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February 18, 2008

Gorilla Gripper

gorilla_gripper.jpgThere's a technique to hauling around sheet goods; a particular way to pop the back up in order to get a hand under it, and, in the same move to grab the top and get into the standing position. From this point on it's all hand pain, back strain, and muscle aches. In other words, there's really no easy way to do it. Or so we thought before we got a look at the Gorilla Gripper.

The Gorilla Gripper, made by a company called Landon Innovations, LLC, is essentially a portable handle for sheet goods. From the looks of it, you just snap it on the plywood, drywall, Durock, or whatever and there you have it. The Gripper can handle anything from 3/8' to 2-3/4' thick, but it doesn't look like it can do multiple sheets at a time.

Read past the fold if you're interested in checking out the Gorilla Gripper ad. If you're the type who enjoys watching a hot chick in Daisy Dukes (and we are), you'll probably like it.

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February 5, 2008

Knaack Monster Box

knaack_monster_box.gifKnaack, the makers of some serious jobsite storage equipment have recently released a new line of Terminator-proof storage chests. The series is called the Monster Box and it has a number of industry firsts that will no doubt keep your tools safe after you go home for the night.

Each Monster Box comes with:

  • Tubular steel frame
  • 4-point crane lift system
  • Weather-proof cord access to the box
  • A 3-point latching system, impervious to both prying and being drilled out

The Monster Box comes in three styles; Piano Box, Cabinet, and Chest.

The pricing is fairly reasonable for the amount of security that you're getting. At U.S. Upfitters the chest is around $800, the Cabinet is $1250, and the Piano Box just over $1000. If the choice is to either spend that money or have all of our tools stolen, it's an easy decision.

For more information and a video, go here.

At U.S. Upfitters

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January 25, 2008

Dremel 220-01 Workstation

Dremel_workstation.jpgIt really is impressive how much mileage Dremel has gotten out of, essentially, one tool. This is because of two things; first, their rotary tool is just about the best out there, and second, because the company does little else, they are able to devote a boatload of resources to making new attachments and accessories. Since each of these attachments alters the use of the tool, Dremel is constantly reinventing their rotary tool and finding new things that it can do. The latest and most involved of these is the Dremel Workstation. Part drill press, part tool stand, and part bench grinder.

Once your Dremel is fit into the drill press, it can bore holes up to two inches at angles between 0 and 90, in 15 degree increments. Like a full-sized drill press there is a depth stop as well as four clamping points to keep the unit stable while you work.

With the tool attached and completely horizontal, the stand also functions as a rotary tool holder, turning it into something of a bench grinder. This stabilizes the tool and frees up both of your hands for the really delicate work.

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January 24, 2008

24" Magnetic Tool Holder

magnetic_tool_rack.jpgIf you're tired of the giant pile of hand tools on your workbench and peg boards don't do it for you, you should check out this 24" Magnetic Tool Holder. It has a capacity of 50 lbs and can be hung either vertically or horizontally. The best part is that it's so cheap ($8), that getting two or three of them isn't out of the question.

Since there are other brands that can go for up to $30, we checked and there is a 1-year warranty if this thing turns out to be a piece of junk.

At Amazon.com

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January 18, 2008

How-To Build Sawhorses

sawhorse.jpgWe're thinking about building some sawhorses and wanted to see what designs were out there. Well, we found a number of sites with a lot of different designs. Here they are:

The Sawhorse Workshop - This place has four different designs, each with different features (you have to pay to get one of the plans). It also has plans for making clamping tables.

AlterEagle - Here is a very detailed tutorial on how to make the kind of horse that we usually make. They're very durable and can hold a ton of weight, but they're bulky and don't fold up, so they can't be stored all that easily.

Popular Mechanics - Here is a detailed how-to for the classic time-proven sawhorse, the one your dad probably had.

Sawhorse Brackets - Or, if you're not interested in putting the time into building horses, you can pick up a set of inexpensive ($6) sawhorse brackets, like these.

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November 9, 2007

Triton Superjaws

triton_superjaws.jpgIf you're looking for something that can clamp anything, you should check out Triton's Superjaws. Although known primarily for their routers (which are apparently some of the best on the market), Triton has a number of other unique tools in their catalog. After one look, it's obvious that Superjaws is one of them.

Superjaws is a giant clamp that is capable of opening to 36" and delivering about 2200 lbs of clamping pressure. The tool is made of corrosion-resistant powder-coated steel and the whole thing folds up to a fairly compact unit, making it nice and portable.

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