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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November 2, 2007

Craftsman AXS Tool Storage System

craftsman_axs.jpgCraftsman has recently released a tool chest that's so pimped out it needs to be called a "tool storage system." It's loaded with some features that we've never seen on a tool chest, so maybe the name change in appropriate.

For starters, the chest is comprised of a 6-drawer chest and a 7-drawer roll-away (each sold separately). The drawers are on ball bearing slides and the pulls run the length of the drawer. From here things get interesting. The AXS features a LCD display that provides you with the time, date, and temperature. There is a slide out work surface (with a light), and a six-outlet power strip. I addition to all this, there is even a 12-volt power outlet and an optional set of speakers (so we're sure there is some sort of mp3 player hook-up).

The key system is set up in such a way so that you can use your house key to open the lock, reducing the load on your already over-stuffed keychain.

If you own a tool chest or have ever priced one out, you know that they can be expensive items and this is no different. The AXS system costs a combined total of $1300. But when looking at all the features on this set, it's probably not a bad price at all.

6-Drawer Chest at Sears ($550)
7-Drawer Roll-Away at Sears ($750)

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October 31, 2007

Maxxeon Workstar 1200

maxxeon_workstar.jpgMaxxeon, a company that specializes in work lights geared towards auto mechanics and other professionals, offers a little light called the WorkStar 1200.

Its features include a retractable hook; two magnets in the body so you can stick it against the hood of the car while you work; and an interesting head with two swivel points, allowing you to position the light in just about any way imaginable. The light also has a squared off body, so when you're not using the magnets, you'll be able to easily stabilize the light on it's side. The Workstar is cordless and can go for about five hours on a charge.

From the features, it's easy to see that although it would be a great light for a mechanic, it would also be a nice light for anyone in the trades (we're thinking plumbers and electricians), as well as any serious DIYer. It looks like a quality item and, because of that, it's going to cost you quite a bit more than your average work light. The Workstar retails for just under $100 at Amazon and almost $140 if you get it straight from Maxxeon.

For more information, there is a video here.

At Maxxeon and Amazon.com

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October 4, 2007

Northern Tool's Preseason Heater Sale

heater.gifNorthern Tool, one of our favorite online tool stores is having a preseason sale on all types of heaters. They've got portable jobsite heaters, larger ones for the shop, and even wood stoves. Pretty much anything having to do with heating an area is on sale over at Northern Tool. Just think, it's better to buy them now, then to be scrambling around in late November when you really need it and everyone is sold out. The sale is for a limited time (we're not sure how long).

Check out Northern Tool

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October 3, 2007

Husky 84-Watt Portable Tripod Fluorescent Work Light - Review

light_compact.jpgHusky has just released a new tripod work light and they were nice enough to let us try out. It's an interesting design, and one we've never seen before.

The light comes folded up, looking sort of like a camera tripod with a very large central shaft. At the end of the shaft is a small light. Once the legs of the tripod are set up, the shaft stands upright with the light on top. When you plug in the light (which is made easy by a nice 12' cord), the light on the top lights up (it's blue). Now, here's where it gets interesting. At this point, you find a little locking tab that you press and once that's done, you can now grab the little blue light and pull the main light out of the central shaft, where it's been nicely protected. Once the light slides up to as high as it will go, it locks into place and automatically turns on. This, we weren't ready for.

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